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January 2014
 
by Andrew Adams
 
 
‘The Cube’ destemmer
Valley Pipe & Supply in Fresno, Calif., is now offering “The Cube” by French winery equipment supplier Socma. According to Socma’s product information, the Cube is a gentle destemmer that separates whole berries from stems with little damage to the grapes. The machine employs “flexible destemming fingers,” that form a vertical passage for grape bunches. The fingers work with vibration to detach berries from stems that are then separated out via a sorting conveyor. Details: valleypipe.com.

New tank washer
Gamajet reports its new, ergonomic Aseptic 8 tank washer “is engineered to deliver a high-impact clean for a wide variety of mid- to large-sized tank types in sanitary processing industries.” The flow-through rotary impingement tank cleaner is also designed to help wineries reduce the amount of water and chemicals used for cleaning. Details: gamajet.com.

Inline carbon dioxide monitor
The new Carbo 520 Optical by Anton Paar is a carbon dioxide monitor designed to be installed directly inline and in constant contact with the sample material. According to the manufacturer, the unit measures CO2 with the spectroscopic approach of attenuated total requiring only the passing of infrared light through a crystal. The unit provides measurements in the range of zero to 12 grams per liter. Turbidity, color, the presence of other gases and sugar composition have no effect on the sensor. Details: anton-paar.com.

Separator unit for wine or juice clarification
GEA Westfalia Separator Group unveiled its new GSI 75 separator for clarifying beer, wine and fruit juices. The unit features the company’s Direct Drive technology to reduce energy use and required maintenance. The machine does not require motor bearings or lubrication. The input and discharge ports are located within a closed system that is hydro-hermetically sealed to help ensure gentle and foam-free product handling and prevent oxygen absorption. Details: westfalia-separator.com.

New line of utility vehicles
Kubota Tractor Corp. announced the release of its all-new RTV X-Series, the next generation of the company’s diesel utility vehicle. The RTV comes in three model types all powered by a diesel engine and featuring variable hydraulic transmissions. Details: kubota.com.

VitiSort optical grape-sorting system Key Technology unveiled its new
VitiSort optical sorter for wine grapes. The compact system employs a patent-pending MOG-removal system that uses a shaker table and optical sorting with an integral juice-recovery system. VitiSort is intended for wineries producing 5,000 to 50,000 cases per year and can sort up to 5 tons of grapes per hour. After passing along a vibratory sorter table, grapes fall through an optical scanner that activates airjets shooting out jacks and other unwanted material. Details: key.net.

IDCORK anti-counterfeit system
Italian packaging supplier Brentapack Srl. launched its new IDCORK anti-counterfeit system at the SIMEI exhibition in Milan, Italy, in November 2013. The system uses the unique structure of each cork like a bar code to ensure the authenticity of bottles. After pulling a cork, the user scans it with a smartphone running the IDCORK app to verify its identity. Details: idcork.com.

New tank model of concrete wine tanks
Sonoma Cast Stone added a rectangular-shaped tank to its line of concrete wine tanks. The rectangular tank can hold 1,300 gallons and can be used as a closed-top or open-top tank. The tanks weigh 15,100 pounds dry and approximately 26,150 pounds full and can be mounted on an optional steel base. Details: concretewinetanks.com.

In-transit temperature recorder
DeltaTRAK released a new temperature recorder designed to monitor and record temperatures during transit. The new recorder features a durable case with superior air circulation for more accurate temperature measurement. Serial numbers on every unit provide traceability, and units are designed to stop measuring temperature at the end of each transit trip. Recorders can monitor periods of five to 90 days. Details: deltatrak.com.

New label material by Labeltronix
Labeltronix added Arctic Bright White Felt to its line of Artic Shield label material, which is designed to withstand the moisture and cold temperatures of an ice bucket. The new label material has “a delicate felt texture” that works with flexographic and digital-offset printing. The material can also be embellished with hot foil stamping, embossing, varnishing or lamination. Details: labeltronix.com.

EZ-Install TPE diaphragms for air pumps
Wilden’s new line of EZ-Install TPE diaphragms are designed to offer a “convenient and simplified replacement of traditional diaphragms.” The company reports the new diaphragms don’t need to be inverted during the installation process, making the job quicker and easier. Details: wildenpumps.org.

 
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