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Date Posted: 10/1/2006

Trace Introduces Woodpecker Nailer 

Trace Equipment has introduced a new automated nailing machine for the pallet industry. The Woodpecker nailing machine is equipped with pneumatic nailing tools and uses collated fasteners, and it is capable of assembling pallets made of new or recycled lumber.

The standard Woodpecker can build four-stringer pallets up to 64 inches wide and 84 inches long. However, Trace Equipment can provide custom Woodpecker nailing machines for a company’s requirements.

The Woodpecker, which has a cycle time of three pallets per minute, features a safety stop on both sides of the nailing gantry. The easy-to-read operator’s control box has a safety lock-out valve.

Slanted bars make it easy to fill the automated runner feeder with new or recycled stringers, and adjustment screws enable quick change-over.

The Woodpecker features a board hold-down mechanism to ensure proper alignment. Accuracy is further ensured by a state-of-the-art photo-eye and a firing rail that holds up to four sets of firing pins. A flipper automatically turns the partly-nailed pallet over so the top deck can be nailed; when a pallet is being flipped, a finished pallet is pushed automatically into the stacker, which is equipped with a counter and 10-foot outfeed roller table.

Optional equipment includes stencil, top board flusher, bottom board flusher, and fifth runner.

Trace Equipment can supply modified versions of the Woodpecker to meet custom requirements for length, width, power, air set-up and more.

For more information, call Trace Equipment at (877) 778-7223.

Pneumatic Tool Removes Nails from Used Lumber

Reconnx Inc. offers a tool to remove nails from recycled pallet parts. The Nail Kicker

The Nail Kicker can be used to straighten a crooked nail, too. When the nail is vertical and perpendicular to the board, the Nail Kicker is aligned with the point of the nail. When the Nail Kicker is activated with a trigger mechanism, the nail is ejected from the other side of the board. It is fast, safe, and precise.

The Nail Kicker already has been widely used in similar applications in the deconstruction, salvage and recycling industry.

For example, Habitat for Humanity uses the Nail Kicker in Austin, Tex. Removing nails from used lumber has helped the organization prevent more than 300,000 cubic yards of wood material from being disposed of in landfills in the past six years. The Re-Store, another nonprofit organization in Seattle, Wash., has used Nail Kickers to help remove nails from flooring.

The Nail Kicker also should help reduce worker fatigue since it is less strenuous then removing nails with a claw hammer.

For more information, call Reconnx at 888-44-REUSE or visit www.nailkicker.com.

AMS Offers New Sterilization Chamber

Automated Machine Systems (AMS) Inc. has developed a new pallet heat-treatment chamber.

The new PPS600 portable sterilizer
can heat-treat 630 GMA pallets and still maintain fast cycle times. It keeps AMS’s high standards of quality manufactured materials but comes with a new affordable price.

The PPS600 will feature a large BTU burner system and the same fan system used in the PS300, PS500, PS600 and PS700 series sterilizing chambers.

AMS is a full design and supply integrator of automation, computerization and sterilization for the pallet and material handling industries.

For more information about AMS or its heat-treatment chambers, call (877) 267-8384.

® denailer is a pneumatic hand tool that ‘kicks’ nails out from the point side, eliminating the need to pull nails by hand with a claw hammer or other tool.

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