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New Product Review: Richmond EXPO 2008
New Products at the Richmond EXPO 2008
Date Posted: 7/1/2008
AMS Offers New Mold Treatment
Automated Machine Systems introduced a new product for preventing mold on pallets and lumber that it is distributing to the pallet industry.
The E-Fusion wood protection process applies a polymeric coating that forms a tough mold- and mildew-resistant coating on the wood surface. It uses electrostatic properties to bind the coating to the surface of the wood. Essentially, the coating is negatively charged, and wood is positively charged, so the coating is attracted to the wood surface much like a magnet attracts ferrous metal.
E-Fusion can be applied with a manual sprayer or an automated system. It takes about five seconds to treat a pallet.
E-Fusion is available in concentrated form and also as a ready-to-use product.
Manual and automated spray systems can be provided, and, depending on volume, the sprayers may be supplied for free.
For more information, call Automated Machine Systems at (877) 267-8384 or visit www.amssystems.com.
AWMV Offers New Saw-Carriage System
AWMV Industrial Products, a division of Wood-Mizer Products, has several new machines for the pallet and sawmill industries.
The AWMV 4250 SCH is a complete head rig – a vertical band mill with carriage system. Unlike traditional head rigs, however, the carriage is stationary. The thin-kerf bandsaw, on a 17-degree slant, moves back and forth on rails to cut the log. The carriage is built by Cleereman Manufacturing.
The AWMV 4250 SCH can cut logs from 8-48 inches in diameter and up to 18 feet long; length can be extended to 36 feet. Feed rate is 300 feet per minute.
The band mill has 42-inch wheels and runs 38-50 mm-wide thin-kerf blades that are easily and economically maintained. The saw head is moved with a standard cable-drum system that only requires a 20 hp drive unit.
The AWMV 4250 SCH can reduce kerf, power consumption and cost, and blade and blade maintenance costs. Reduced operating costs and higher yields can improve profits.
“It can run as the primary head rig, a grade saw, a long log saw, or as a supplement to a breakdown line,” said Kevin Corder, vice president of AWMV.
The vertical band mill is also available as a stationary model, the 4250VH, for integration into existing moving carriage mills to upgrade circle saws or bandsaws.
AWMV also introduced a twin vertical band mill, the Twin Vertical Saw.
For more information, call AWMV at (800) 522-5705 or visit www.awmv.com.
Avcomm Supplies Radio Headsets, More
Avcomm Communications Systems supplies radio headsets and hearing protection for industrial applications.
The company offers a wide range of headsets and hearing protection, including radio headsets for hand microphones, speaker microphones and headsets with attached microphones.
Avcomm also supplies detachable cords, accessories, and communications equipment, such as single radio to headset interface and multi-radio interface, intercoms and much more.
For more information, contact Avcomm Communications at (800) 845-7541 or visit the company web site www.avcomm.com.
Baker Brings Out New Board Stacker
Baker Products has introduced a new automated board stacking system. The complete system accumulates boards, stacks them on a pallet, and discharges the loaded pallet onto dead rollers for forklift pick-up.
The automated board accumulator accepts boards one at a time and transports them via chain conveyor across a programmable counter. Small stacks of boards are transported onto the board stacker accumulation area to form a row.
When a row of boards is completed, the system picks up the row and moves it onto the waiting pallet. Hopper-fed cross members can be programmed to automatically divide the rows to a specified height or board count.
With the optional pallet de-stacker and auto pallet loader, a loaded pallet is discharged automatically onto the dead rollers, and another pallet is automatically staged to keep continuously stacking more boards.
The Baker automated board stacker can handle boards from 28 inches to 60 inches long, ¾-inch to 4 inches thick and from 3-1/2 to 6 inches wide.
For more information, call Baker at (800) 548-6914 or visit www.baker-online.com.
Brewco Offers New Single-Arbor Gang Edger
Brewco has developed a new single-arbor gang edger with a system that automatically removes the waste edging material.
It can edge material from 3-1/2 inches to 24 inches wide and from ½-inch to 1-1/2 inches thick. The machine can edge material at a speed of 150 feet per minute.
The new Brewco gang edger is powered by a 75 hp motor and features a 20 hp self-contained hydraulic unit and laser light guides.
Edged boards are elevated at the outfeed onto a takeaway belt, and the waste edging strips move unobstructed onto a waste belt. A sensor system automatically determines how many good boards are produced, and the material ‘fingers’ elevate into position, which allows lumber to go to a takeaway belt and waste to go to a scrap conveyor.
The new Brewco gang edger also features high-quality Char-Lynn hydraulic motors, a quick-change spacer and blade system, a heavy-duty arbor, and more.
For more information, call Brewco at (800) 237-6880 or visit www.brewcoinc.com.
Brewer Introduces ‘Gang of Tomorrow’
Brewer Inc.-Golden Eagle introduced its newest gang saw, the ‘gang of tomorrow.’ It is an evolution of the company’s popular Golden Eagle gang saw.
An important feature of the new gang saw is that all the top rolls travel with the flow of the wood, and they have more travel to accommodate under-size wood. All rolls are 5 inches in diameter and have bearings and sprockets on the outside of the machine for easy access.
Similarly, all arbor bearings are outside the saw chamber, free from dust and easily accessible for maintenance.
The core Golden Eagle gang saw design illustrates the Brewer commitment to produce durable, dependable machinery, and improvements have made it even easier to use and maintain. The bottom roll bearings of the gang saw are tap base mounted on the outside of the machine, which makes it easy to grease the bearings. Arbor door t-nuts are easy to replace. And the top and bottom feed roll shafts can be driven on one end or both ends; that makes it possible to flip the rolls and get longer life from them.
In addition, the basic Golden Eagle gang saw is designed so that even with all the guards in place, visibility of the drive train is good. The operator can see the machine perform and has the ability to anticipate problems.
Brewer offers single-arbor and double-arbor gang saws as well as numerous other features and also provides custom manufacturing services.
For more information, call Brewer at 800-345-6516 or visit www.brewerinc.com.
Cooper Has New Overhead Scragg
Cooper Machine Co. has developed a new end-dogging, overhead scragg mill. It features three-dimensional laser scanners, log pre-positioners and twin horizontal edgers.
The new scragg mill is designed to process logs that are 36-60 inches long. The lasers scan the logs, and a computer sets the cutting profile. High-speed positioners skew the logs for maximum yield.
One pass through the twin horizontal edgers produces three-sided slabs for easy recovery. Finished four-sided cants cut by the twin 48-inch circular saws range in size from 3-1/2x3-1/2 to 16x16.
An optional slat table or belt carries the three-sided slabs to a recovery system.
Cooper also has introduced a three-head cant cut-off saw, a railtie and cant stacking system with end trimmer and a horizontal bandsaw available as one head or up to six heads.
For more information, call Cooper Machine at (478) 252-5885 or visit www.coopermachine.com.
G. Wine Sales Adds Double-Head Notcher
G. Wine Sales Inc. introduced a new double-head notching machine. The machine can produce 6,000 notched stringers per hour, according to the company.
The new G. Wine Sales double-head notcher features a slide-out cutter head assembly that allows easy access for changing or maintenance to the cutter heads.
The machine is made of heavy-duty frame construction with 4x4x1/2 tube and angle frame steel. It has a variable speed feed system with automatic feeding for stringers and cam feed for single stringer notching. Hold-downs are air-assisted, and the cutter heads are powered by two 30 hp motors with starters.
The new G. Wine Sales double-head notching machine can notch stringers from 32 to 72 inches long, 1 to 3-1/2 inches thick, and 2-3/4 to 4-1/2 inches high.
For more information, call G. Wine Sales at (540) 644-9220 or visit www.palletmachinery.com.
HMC 2-Saw Trimmer Cuts Board, Cants, Ties
HMC offers a new high-speed, two-saw trimmer. It is designed to end-trim lumber, cants or railties up to 9 inches thick.
This all-electric machine features two 30-inch carbide saws powered by 10 hp motors. A 5 hp variable speed electric vector drive moves the shifting saw.
The trimmer is equipped with programmable setworks and can store up to nine settings in the programmable memory.
The machine features tubular frame construction with wide flange beam upright supports. The strands run on nylon slides and are moved by No. 60 roller chain. Feed chains are No. 80 roller chain, powered by a 3 hp variable speed drive.
Optional equipment includes powered center strand, belt conveyor, more setworks, a 10-foot leg extension and additional saws.
For more information, call HMC at (603) 746-4691 or visit www.hmccorp.com.
ICE Introduces Device To Lift, Move Saw Blades
International Carbide & Engineering (ICE) has introduced a new shop tool for lifting and handling saw blades and other metal objects.
The ICE magnetic skyhook can safely lift and move objects up to 16 pounds, such as saw blades that are hot, slick or sharp or other awkward objects.
The device uses a magnet to hold the saw blade, and a no-slip, comfortable grip handle allows the worker to carry it. The magnetic skyhook has a spring-loaded handle for quickly releasing the saw blade.
For more information, call ICE at (800) 424-3311 or visit www.ice-va.com.
Industrial Resources Unveils Infinity Stacker
Industrial Resources developed a new pallet stacker, the Infinity.
The stacker is cantilevered over the conveyor in the system, which is a more compact design. The design enables a system that can sort pallets into four categories in a 21-foot-long space.
For more information, call Industrial Resources at (800) 748-0306 or visit www.industrialresourcesusa.com.
Innovative Data Adds Voice Control Option
Innovative Data Systems has launched an improved version of its touch system to tally pallet pairs.
Voice control has been added as a new option, which eliminates the use of stickers, markers or other ways of visually tagging and tallying pallet repairs.
The system is very reliable, according to the company, and high quality headsets can further ensure accuracy.
Innovative Data Systems provides technology to capture and manage information about processes and operations in pallet and sawmill businesses.
For example, its automated pallet repair line systems can provide real time tracking, tally production of each worker, count pallets by grade, track repairs by trailer-load, make employees accountable, automatically transfer finished pallets to the correct stacker, and much more.
For more information, call Innovative Data Systems at (631) 244-0069 or visit www.pallettrack.com.
Interpack Supplies Equipment, Materials
Interpack Systems supplies industrial packaging machinery and materials. The company specializes in carton closing, product cushioning, palletizing, bundling, unitizing and marking, and it can provide sales, service, rental and leasing.
The company distributes several lines of packaging equipment, includes strapping machines, stretch wrappers, pallet shrink systems, case sealers, printers, dunnage systems and more.
Interpack supplies steel strapping and non-metallic strapping as well as strapping tools, accessories, dispensers and cutters, and also poly films, tape, bags, wire products, and more.
For more information, call Interpack Systems at (800) 257-8400 or visit www.interpackusa.com.
Keystone Offers Grade Bandsaw
Keystone Machinery has introduced the new model 2020 grade bandsaw.
The saw is equipped with 36-inch steel wheels and runs 1-1/2-inch to 2-inch blades. It features an air cylinder with an adjustable blade tensioning system and flowing blade guide assembly from 6 inches to 20 inches wide.
Other features include hydraulic hold-over arm, 6-foot powered heavy-duty steel infeed web with 3/8-inch-thick paddle and air powered outfeed hold-down.
The Keystone model 2020 grade bandsaw has programmable logic control height adjustment with eight pre-sets and manual over-ride. The console control panel features touch-screen controls.
For more information, call Keystone Machinery at (717) 859-4977 or visit www.keystonemachine.org.
Lane Unveils New Horizontal Grinder
Lane Recycling Machinery has introduced a new horizontal grinder, model HZV52.
The model HZV52 grinder is equipped with a 52-inch-wide hammermill and can grind wood material up to 18 inches in diameter, including slabs, logs or limbs and more. Production is up to 200 cubic yards of grindings per hour, according to the company.
The Lane HZV52 grinder is powered by a 300 hp engine, a choice of Caterpillar, John Deere or Cummins. More powerful engines are optional.
The grinder features a fluid coupler, which means no clutch plates, torque limiter or wear parts. If the hammermill jams or stops, the fluid coupler shuts down immediately automatically, protecting the hammermill and the drive belt. After the hammermill is cleared, the fluid coupler is reset to resume grinding.
The hammermill can be changed from fixed to swing hammers in less than 45 minutes.
Infeed is by a 44-inch-diameter hydraulically driven infeed wheel and drag chain infeed conveyor, which adjust automatically according to the hammermill load.
The Lane HZV52 grinder is available as a trailer-mounted machine and a track-drive machine.
For more information, call Lane Recycling Equipment at (434) 985-9969 or visit www.lanerecycling.com.
Vertical Printer Labels 4,000 Pallets Per Shift
McCoin Enterprises has developed a vertical laser printer for the pallet industry. The Super-Mark-It uses CO2 laser technology to print images on a stack of pallets. The printer can be used to apply heat-treating stamps, company names, logos and other text or graphics.
The Super-Mark-It can print images on up to 4,000 pallets per shift, according to the manufacturer, and can apply multiple images on both sides of the pallet simultaneously. It is virtually maintenance-free and can be operated by a forklift driver.
The Super-Mark-It can label new pallets, recycled pallets, and block, flush and wing pallets.
Operation is by a user-friendly touch screen control panel. A stop limit switch sets pallet length, and a hand crank adjusts for wing pallets.
For more information, call McCoin Enterprises at (615) 812-2173 or visit www.supermarkit.net.
Mid Continent Has New Nailer For Pallet Industry
Mid Continent Nail Corp. has developed a new pneumatic nailing tool for the pallet and container industry.
The company developed the new WCP-90PN pallet nailer to provide more robust performance over the WCP-90. It provides an alternative to the heavier WCP-100 series nailer.
Mid Continent’s new WCP-90PN pallet nailer weighs eight pounds. In most new and recycled hardwood applications, it replaces the heavier nailers to drive 3 to 3-1/4-inch screw and rink-shanked nails.
The nailer features reinforced steel ribs in the construction of the nose and a removable carbide insert that protects the nose from contact wear.
For more information, call Mid Continent at (800) 867-6245 or visit www.magnumfasteners.com.
Pendu Offers 2-Head, High-Speed Trim Saw
Pendu Manufacturing has developed a new high-speed, two-head trim saw.
The machine can cut material from ¾-inch to 9 inches thick and produce cut stock from 42 inches to 16 feet long.
The trimmer features two circular saws, one stationary and one adjustable, equipped with 22-inch or 24-inch blades and driven by 10 hp electric motors.
The adjustable saw heads moves automatically at 10 feet per second with 18 pre-set programmable positions for quick change-over and set-up.
For more information, call Pendu at (800) 233-0471 or visit www.pendu.com.
Rotochopper Offers New Compact Grinder
Rotochopper has developed a new, compact grinder that can be towed by a 2-ton truck. Like other Rotochopper models, it grinds wood and colors it in one pass through the machine to produce colored mulch.
The Rotochopper MP2 mobile wood grinder-colorizer can grind pallets, round wood, chips, construction and demolition debris, brush, slabs and other wood material. It can produce wood fiber products for markets for animal bedding, boiler fuel, colored mulch and more.
The Rotochopper MP2 is available with several engine selections and feed systems, and the user-friendly control system automatically monitors and regulates all critical parameters. The machine is mounted on a trailer with a single, 20,000-pound axle, pintle hitch, air brakes and DOT lighting, and it is equipped with a 48-inch-wide discharge conveyor with a 10-foot dump height.
Options include reversible radiator fan, magnetic head pulley, wireless remote control and power feed down pressure hydraulic accumulator.
For more information, call Rotochopper at (320) 548-3586 or visit www.rotochopper.com.
Smart Improves Single-Head Notcher
Smart Products has developed a new, improved version of its single-head notching machine.
The new machine features adjustable sides to accommodate stringers of varying lengths; it can notch stringers ranging from 36 to 72 inches long. Production is 500 double-notched stringer per hour, according to the company.
The cutter heads are enclosed for added safety, but the improved design allows easy access for maintenance.
The notcher has a gravity feed mechanism and a push return.
For more information, call Smart Products at (800) 401-0099 or visit www.smartproductsinc.com.
New Viking Machine Uses Collated Nails
Viking has developed a new automated pallet assembly system, the Gemini. The machine can nail two standard pallets at the same time or assemble one over-size pallet – with decking up to 12 feet long — at a time. It is the first system by Viking to use collated nails.
The Gemini features a single nailing head or station. After the system nails the top face of two standard pallets or a single wide pallet, the pallet(s) is flipped automatically in order to nail the top deck.
The Gemini is equipped with industrial pneumatic nailing tools, which enables it to ‘nail on the fly,’ and uses high-load coil nails – up to 3,000 nails per coil. Each tool will nail only when a deck board is present. In addition, if a board is bowed, the machine will nail about ¾-inch from the edge, not into the stringer.
The system features fast mechanical set-up, smooth material feeding, and motorized adjustment at the hydraulic stacker. A slate conveyor moves finished pallets or skids at the outfeed.
The Gemini requires only one operator when assembling single wide pallets and two operators when assembling two standard pallets at a time. The controls feature an easy-to-read touch screen control with English and Spanish interface. The system can store up to 40 pallet configurations in its memory.
The Gemini can assemble standard pallets and skids with two, three or four stringers and wide pallets with up to eight stringers.
For more information, call Viking at (800) 328-2403 or visit www.vikingeng.com.