Microroller Driver

A universal controller for powered rollers can be used in conveyor systems. The controller drives standard motor-driven rollers (MDRs) or mechanical brake rollers, applying electronic braking to either. This device can replace separate driver and controller modules for each roller, reducing energy costs. Holjeron Inc., div. of Matthews Marking Products, Tualatin, OR; 503/582-0820;

Dust Collector

A line of dust-collecting machines can be fitted with 12 to 64 filters. The Sonic Jet dust collectors comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146 and feature external serviceable components that facilitate maintenance and safety and eliminate the need for human entry inside the unit. Its modular design permits capacity to be easily expanded or reduced. Precision AirConvey, Newark, DE; 302/999-8000; www.

Sanitary Conveyor Belting

A sprocket-driven hygienic vertical scoop belting uses 55% less water during cleaning in comparison to competing belts, and it also dries faster. The ThermoDrive conveyor is offered as part of the AquaPruf family of sanitary conveyors. Its homogenous thermoplastic construction has no pins, hinges, or link joints, where bacteria could thrive. AquaPruf conveyors are designed to disassemble in 30 seconds without tools. Dorner Manufacturing Corp., Hartland, WI; 262/367-7600;

Bag Cleaner

A device prevents contamination of plastic-bag seals by dust. The Airwash Bag Top Cleaner removes dust from the mouths of filled plastics bags and enables heat-sealing machines to deliver an effective seal. This new Airwash has a reduced noise level, from 90 dB in previous generations to 80 dB, which was achieved by replacing its air blower with a vacuum generator. Fischbein S.A., Brussels; +32 2555 1170;

Color-Changing Curing

A manufacturer’s UV-curing adhesives enable users to determine whether adhesive has been dispensed properly and cured completely. See-Cure adhesives are bright blue in color in their uncured state, which disappears when exposed to UV radiation. The highly visible blue color can be seen in deep wells or sandwiched between two layers of material. The adhesive does not stain, and its coloration lasts only temporarily, until UV-curing has completed. Dymax Corp., Torrington, CT; 860/482-1010;

Laser Marker

A three-axis CO2 laser marker has a 42-mm variable focal length that eliminates the need for mechanical-stage adjustments during product changeovers. The ML-Z 9500 series creates a distortion-free 300 × 300-mm marking area. The device leaves marks on various shapes, including cylinders, cones, inclined planes, and spheres, at speeds of up to 12,000 mm/sec without compromising character clarity. Keyence Corp. of America, Woodcliff Lake, NJ; 888/539-3623;


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