Containers for Bananas and Berries

IFCO SYSTEMS introduces three new additions to its existing portfolio of reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for bananas and strawberries. Each of the new containers was specifically designed to meet the unique needs of its respective product, ensuring higher quality at the retail store and greater supply chain efficiencies.

IFCO’s new RPC for bananas protects product better than traditional packaging and provides faster cooling and better temperature management for fruit ripening and freshness at retail display. In addition, its ergonomic design and secure stacking ability generate supply chain and handling efficiencies.

IFCO’s new strawberry RPC is designed within the industry standard 60-centimeter-by-40-centimeter footprint. IFCO’s berry RPC facilitates faster cooling and protects delicate product better through the supply chain. In addition, the RPC accommodates a pack of nine, 1-pound clamshells, a 9-percent increase in clamshells per pallet delivered versus the conventional corrugated pack. The new strawberry RPC also cross-stacks to build a strong pallet and eliminates the need for tie sheets and other packaging materials.

A Clean Cut

The new RC2512 Medium Duty Smooth Top Rotary Cutter from Land Pride features a 12-foot cutting width, 1.5 to 12-inch cutting height and ability to cut weeds and brush up to 1.5 inches in diameter. This model offers a pull-type, self-leveling tongue with a clevis hitch for attachment to 50 to 75 hp tractors. The unit features a constant velocity Category IV main driveline and Category III connecting drivelines with slip-clutch protection. The standard stump jumper under each blade spindle slides over stumps, rocks and debris. Front and rear single chain safety guards provide protection against thrown objects.

New Biological Fungicide

Subtilex NG from Becker Underwood provides protection against soilborne pathogens such as rhizoctonia and fusarium. Subtilex NG is based on the MBI 600 strain of Bacillus subtilis, which produces an endospore that allows the bacteria to survive extreme environmental conditions like heat and desiccation.

Subtilex NG doesn’t require special storage or refrigeration, has a long shelf life and complements a wide variety of chemical and biological products used in integrated pest management programs.

It works through two modes of action: it colonizes plant roots to exclude soilborne pathogens, and it produces a metabolite that destroys the pathogen’s cell wall.

Weighing During Washdowns

Cardinal Scale introduces its new 190 STORM digital weight indicator, built for extreme-use applications in the weighing industry. The IP69K-rated polycarbonate enclosure withstands high-temperature (up to 176 degrees), high-pressure washdowns (1,450 PSI). The NTEP legal-for-trade 190 STORM features capacitive touch keys, 1-inch-high LCD digits, built-in RS232 communications port and three power options: AC, DC and rechargeable battery.

The 190 STORM’s display changes color automatically as the preassigned target weights are reached: amber for under weight, green for accepted weights and bright red when weights exceed the upper weight limit.

Reelcraft’s Heavy Duty Cord and Cable Storage Reels

Reelcraft’s expanded Series 30000 line of cord and cable storage reels is designed to handle long lengths of 10/3, 12/3 and 16/3 cable. Choose from bevel crank, hand- crank or electric motor-driven rewind. These reels are constructed of heavy-gauge steel and assembled with vibration-proof, self-locking fasteners. They undergo a five-stage cleaning process and are individually powder-coated.