Air Logic Power Systems LLC, better known as ALPS, introduced at NPE2012 a new high-speed linear leak tester for testing empty bottles or containers.
“This machine fits a new niche in our product line, offering a lower cost, high-speed machine for testing rates up to 250-300 containers per minute,” Scott Heins, director of sales and marketing, said at the show, held April 1-5 in Orlando.
He said ALPS builds on its single-station linear leak tester that it has offered in the past and provides a faster, multihead linear line that can be used for PET and high density polyethylene containers, especially in that 250-300 cpm range.
The ALPS Speed Glider is a multiple-station, continuous-motion, linear-container leak tester. The model on display was the Speed-Glider 4.5, a four-station machine designed for containers ranging from about 8-64 ounces.
The machine uses a precision timing screw for each container type to provide positive handling and control. It easily mounts and tests over a customer's existing tabletop conveyor. No sensors are necessary to center probes onto bottles and the system is set up to prevent untested bottles from passing through.
Heins said that the Speed-Glider is comparable in test sensitivity to its NexGen Rotary 4 station machine but is only three-quarters the cost. Its speed capacity is similar to its eight-station rotary at two-thirds the cost. ALPS also offers its NexGen rotary machine in configurations up to 30 heads and speeds up to 1,200 cpm.
The new machine has controls designed along the same line from its single-station linear tester and features a programmable logic controls-based system with a color touch screen.
The Speed-Glider can be built for different configurations based on speed and bottle-size requirements. Heins said one was to be delivered to an undisclosed customer in May for beta testing, and it will be ready for general use by July 1.
Overall sales are up about 15 percent this year, he said.
Milwaukee-based ALPS said its machines test about 50 billion containers a year.