November 1, 2003
This year's equipment to watch
Bematek Systems, Inc.The new Bematek Lab Model LZ-150 multi-shear in-line mixer features our exclusive, flexible, Modular Design Construction (MDC™). MDC allows easy interchange from one to 12 shear zones for total product flexibility in one, simple, multi-shear mixer head, and the ability to control shear rates and process time (residence time). Bematek's laboratory in-line mixer provides a uniform, homogenous distribution; it lacerates, dissolves, blends, disperses and emulsifies all types of liquid products, from pharmaceutical pill coatings to paints and coatings. Call 978/927.2179 or e-mail email@example.com.
Bolz-SummixThe Cycone blender is a vertical, conical screw blender that easily handles all types of powders, including detergents, foods, chemicals, resins, rock products, plastics and pharmaceuticals, giving very quick and precise mixing of batches. The rotating screw does not have a bottom bearing support, thereby eliminating any dead spots or difficult areas to clean, and allowing for full bore open discharging of the product. Rotating with the mixing screw is a spray nozzle, which allows the user to inject liquid or gas ingredients into the batch. The Cycone powder blender can also be manufactured with or without a cooling/heating jacket, and can be built as a dryer in atmospheric or vacuum operation. The product outlet is through the bottom via various discharge outlet designs for fast and complete discharging. Call 856/317.9960 or visit www.bolz-summix.com.
Bowers Process Equipment, Div. of SteelCraft Industries Ltd.Bowers is a fully integrated designer and manufacturer of process equipment and systems, high-speed dispersers, agitators, and jacketed mixing vessels, providing mixing solutions for both light and heavy-body materials. Their concentric shaft and multi-shaft designs and in-place cleaning systems improve end-user productivity, quality and reliability. New sealing technologies contain hazardous vapors during loading and all stages of the mixing and washing process. Visit us at www.steelcraft.ca.
Buhler Inc.This company is a global leader in the supply of processing plants and equipment to the printing inks, coatings, cosmetics and the specialty chemicals industries. The acquisition of DRAIS-DM, Germany, in June 2003, further strengthens the company's ability to supply state-of-the-art grinding and dispersion equipment to our markets. Both companies have developed lab mills that enable reliable testing and scale-up to our full-scale machines. Like the K-Series production equipment they support, the K-8 laboratory bead mill with conical grind chamber is ideally suited for testing medium- to high-viscosity materials. For low- to medium-viscosity products DRAIS-DM has developed the COSMO-5 lab mill. This mill can be used to simulate full-scale production of the SuperFlow, Advantis or Cosmo mills. These mills are the ideal choice for testing new product formulas and producing smaller batch sizes under reliable conditions. Call 763/847.0377 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CB MillsAnnouncing more versatility, CB Mills and WAB announce that DYNO-Mill's acclaimed ECM accelerators are available for use in the MULTI LAB with a 0.6-liter grinding chamber. The accelerators are available in hardened chrome alloy or ceramic and build up on the standard mill shaft. They transform the MULTI LAB into a high-energy density laboratory mill, and expand the ECM line from laboratory through production sizes. Still available; 0.3-, 0.6- and 1.4-liter KD grinding chambers. Call 800/522.7343 or e-mail Sales@cbmills.com.
Charles Ross & Son Co.A new line of high-speed dispersers is offered. The equipment is rugged in design and available in sizes from 1/2 hp to 200 hp to handle batches as large as 2000 gal. Built with wetted parts of type 304 stainless steel, the dispersers include air/oil hydraulic lift, explosion-proof inverter-duty motors and adjustable mix can lock mechanisms to permit use of different-size mix vessels. A line of fixed-tank models of the dispersers is also available and supplied without hydraulic lift assembly. For more information, call 800/243.ROSS or visit www.mixers.com.
Chemineer, Inc., a unit of Robbins & Myers, Inc.This company offers its high-performance DT top-entering mixers. Modular designs ensure that each DT is easily adaptable to customers' applications. DT mixers are fitted with industry-standard NEMA motors, gearmotors and commercially available seals. Additional features include: direct or gear-reduced drives; optional right-angle drives; open- and sealed-tank models; a wide range of impellers, 1/4 to 5 hp; various shaft lengths and diameters; and flanged or chuck shaft couplings. Call 937/454.3200 or e-mail email@example.com.
Conn and Co.The Conn Blades® are the only blending/dispersion blades that provide true pumping action for complete material circulation. The ITT style is the most aggressive. The IT style provides the same superior pumping but is gentle enough for shear-sensitive material circulation. The ITC is a great material mover with moderate shear. Conn Blades attain results in a shorter time with less heat generated. Users may discover new equipment isn't needed - just the right blade. For more information, call 814/723.7980 or visit www.connblade.com.
CPS Color Equipment, Inc.Modula is a flexible and modular automatic dispenser that meets the most demanding requirements in terms of performance and productivity. Up to 32 circuits, with a maximum of 16 external (MODULA TDF), and up to 32 internal canisters of different sizes. High-flow pumps (MODULA HF) with explosion-proof versions are available. The Modula is a highly flexible dispensing solution for large home centers, large paint stores, distribution centers and factories. Call 704/588.8408 or visit www.cpscolor.com.
Draiswerke, Inc.No development lab should be without the MegaVantis® V-3 bench-top media mill from DRAIS. This low-cost, highly versatile mill is the answer to all processing problems experienced with existing lab mills. Accurate scale-up, heat removal and reliable data are no longer foreign terms for milling and dispersing development. Particularly for pigmented dispersions, the DRAIS MegaVantis® V-3 has proven to mill down to less than 100 nm in a fraction of the time required by other lab mills. Batch sizes can range from 1 pint to 5 gallons, handling the widest viscosity range than any other mill. Call 201/847.0600 or visit www.draiswerke-inc.com.
Eiger MachineryThis company's Alpha production horizontal bead mill series is available with new high-speed PLC operator controls and process monitoring hardware. Operator controls, monitoring of process variables, data collection, process trending and safety monitoring are all integrated together to provide more process control and batch repeatability. Some functions monitored are temperature, pressure, product flow and power consumption. This economical system can be added to new and existing equipment. Call 847/548.0044 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXAKT Technologies, Inc.Perfect for small production runs and the research/product-development laboratory, the EXAKT 80S simultaneously achieves dispersion, homogeneity and uniform particle fineness in products such as highly viscous pastes, thick films, adhesives, inks and metal pastes. A wide variety of options are available, including ceramic rollers and scraper blades to eliminate metal contamination in the product, and a tensioning system that maintains a constant gap between rollers during processing. Freestanding and other countertop styles are also available. Call 800/866.7172 or visit www.exaktusa.com.
Filter Specialists, Inc.The FerrX 5000 is a magnetic separation device that removes significant amounts of ferrous materials from the effluents used to clean and rinse the surface of welded body units prior to paint application. FerrX 5000 traps and suspends ferrous particles by positioning powerful, rare earth magnets in the effluent stream. These materials are purged automatically when the unit performs its self-cleaning function. No disassembly or daily maintenance is required. Call 816/454.9409 or visit www.fsifilters.com.
Filtration Systems, Div. Of Mechanical Mfg. Corp.Filtration Systems' vessels and filter media are widely used throughout the world for liquid clarification and high-purity liquid filtering applications. We control the manufacture of our raw material components used in the fabrication of our products. Our vessels and filter media are specifically designed to work together as a system, maximizing efficiency and results. Investment cast components, machined-to-precision tolerances, produce a superior vessel, allowing our high-performance filter bags to work in perfect harmony with our Over-The-Top® design filter housings. Filtration Systems' Accufit® and Ultrafit® welded filter bags are manufactured with ultrasonically welded seams and absolute sealing collars, providing consistent, reliable filtration and optimum particle retention, as fine as .2 micron absolute. Call 954/572.2700 or visit www.filtrationsystems.com.
Glen MillsThe new three-dimensional dyna®-MIX rotates the material on three axes, reducing mixing times and resulting in a superior blend. It can handle any size or shape of container, and its fully programmable operation allows each product blend to be customized. Mixing in existing containers ensures no cross-contamination of product and no clean-up time. The dyna-MIX, available from 50 l to 1200 l, has proven itself in several industries including powder coatings, plastics, batteries, ceramics and more. Visit our website at www. glenmills.com.
HOCKMEYER Equipment Corp.The newly re-designed Micro Mill is built on a bench-mounting stand of solid construction with a stainless-steel column and counterweight for easy lifting and lowering. The unit comes complete with HSD immersion mill head, an interchangeable high-speed disperser shaft and blade assembly, and one process vessel. An optional rotor stator and larger process vessel are also available. The unit can be used for making samples, and the results can be scaled up for production machinery. Call 252/338.4705 or e-mail sales@hock meyer.com.
Hosokawa Micron Powder SystemsThis company presents the Mikro-ACM 2 EC (Easy-Clean) compact system, which offers a compact design for laboratory use and pilot-scale production. The ACM and ancillaries are designed for ease of access and cleaning to facilitate quick turnaround time between batches. System parameters can be used for scale-up to other, larger Mikro-ACM sizes. Additional features include an inlet air conditioning system, low-noise operation [< 85 dB(A)] and a PSR option to 10 barg overpressure. E-mail email@example.com.
INDCOThe INDCO Economy Direct Drive Clamp-Mount Mixer for 55-gallon drums is ideal for small-volume processing of chemicals, paints, inks, adhesives and more. These user-friendly mixers have an adjustable clamp-mount that permits easy mounting on open drums, a 316 stainless-steel shaft and one or two three-bladed propellers. Air motors, single-speed electric motors and variable-speed electric motors are available to ensure proper horsepower is available for every job. Call INDCO at 800/942.4383.
Inline ServicesThis company's Product Recovery Systems increase your production efficiency and reduce effluent treatment costs. Fully automated and/or manual systems are available. For maximum product displacement from your piping system, multiple product batches with no cross contamination and clean-in-place recovery systems. Call 888/973.0079, e-mail sales@inlineplc. com or visit www.inlineplc.com.
JBW Systems, Inc.In addition to the best possible mixing today with the JBW Drum and Tote Mixers, the company now manufactures the JBW Stationary Lift System. This new system is equipped with a safety shut-off switch and can be configured to the customer's specifications. The standard JBW Lift includes the JBW Drum Mixer, a 1/2" double diaphragm pump and control equipment. All are attached to the floor-mounted air cylinder. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
JongiaThis company's newly developed counter-rotating mixer features our patented concentric mechanical sealing system to ensure the proper sealing of both the inner and outer dual shafts. Both the inner and outer shaft mixing elements can be operated fully independent of each other and can be run in the same or opposite directions to achieve the most flexible mixing options and heat-transfer requirements. The outer (anchor) mixing element can also be fitted with scraper blades if required, and the inner mixing elements can be of various and multiple designs. The CRM mixer can be delivered to work on pressure/vacuum operations, and can handle a full range of material viscosities to include liquid/liquid or liquid/powder applications. The CRM mixer can also be built to fit an existing vessel, or we can also supply the complete mixer/vessel with heating/cooling jacket or other required design. Call 856/317.9960 or visit www.mpegroup usa.com.
Kady InternationalThe Kady Continuous Flow Mill adds a clear advantage to your company's production line. Without the cost of a major equipment overhaul, the power of Kady can maximize existing equipment on your line. The Kady Continuous Flow Mill uses only 8 square feet of production floor and utilizes the kinetic dispersion concept, assuring enhanced tank flow and batch uniformity. Call 207/883.4141 to arrange a free test drive at your plant, or visit www.kadyinternational.com.
Kemutec Group Inc.Kek's highly efficient sifters have been used for powder paints since 1960. Company highlights include:
- 1983 - Minisifter was introduced, specifically for the powder paint re-cycle.
- 1998 - Cantilever Minisifter, easier to clean and maintain than any unit, before or since.
- 2003 - Unique cantilever design allows the first ever "Insertable Sifter" that can actually be located in the paint hopper, providing major savings, convenience and bringing economic re-cycle to even the most modest powder coater.