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Heating Pumps Electrically

August 12, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Viking Pump has released its Electrically Heated pumps, which are available with Viking’s Heavy Duty Universal Seal series, for the heating of asphalt and bitumen. The heaters are located on the bracket to ensure asphalt/bitumen is in a liquid state at the seal chamber prior to startup. In addition, the use of electric heating eliminates hot oil or steam connections for quicker removal from service and easier routine maintenance.

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VOC-Free Chemical Degreasing

August 12, 2010 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T-91 Non-Solvent Degreaser from LPS Laboratories is an environmentally-safe, high-performance, heavy-duty, solvent-free degreaser that removes grease and oil. T-91 has no VOCs and complies with a handful of VOC regulations. The 28 fl. oz., 3-finger trigger spray bottle has two spray pattern options: pinpoint and wide spray.

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Terminal Blocks For Heavy Vibrations

August 12, 2010 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s newest terminal blocks use push-in technology (PIT) to reduce insertion forces by 50 percent compared with spring-technology products, according to the company. The leg-spring design increases termination speed and reduces operator fatigue. These modular PIT blocks have 250N of pullout force — five times the IEC requirement — making them ideal for high-vibration applications.

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Isolate And Vent Pressure Gauges

August 12, 2010 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Swagelok compact gauge valve reduces maintenance and installation time by providing quick, convenient access for the isolation and venting of pressure gauges, according to the company. The design features an integral purge valve, which reduces leak potential. Other features include: A design that incorporates a purge valve for easy bleeding of trapped fluid pressure between the valve seat and gauge upon shutoff.

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Material Handling With Compressed Air

August 12, 2010 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Aero-Drive, from AeroGo , provides motor power and steering control for operators to position and control awkward, delicate, or heavy loads up to 220 tons. The unit is propelled by compressed air for safe, frictionless movement that requires no batteries or fuel, and creates zero emissions. The swing-arm steering provides 360° movement in forward and reverse modes, while fingertip controls make it easy for operators to adjust and maneuver loads efficiently.

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Actuators, A Sum Of Their Parts

August 12, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bimba’s OLE actuators are available in strokes up to 18”, thrusts to 350 pounds, and speeds to 24” per second. According to the company, they benefit from a flexible modular design, a massive bronze rod bearing, a custom motor coupler, and more. A special composite, self-lubricating nut provides high load capacity and speed while keeping noise low.

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High Volume, High Speed Fans

August 12, 2010 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Ventilation has introduced the BigDog, a 72” diameter, 3 HP, belt-driven, fiberglass variable speed circulation fan, which is fitted with six fully-adjustable air deflectors. The BigDog is designed for ceiling or post mounting, and is ideal for large area cooling and de-stratification, according to the company.

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Protect Your Cables

August 12, 2010 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yellow Jacket Inc. has developed the BarrierFree WASP AMS cable protector, which eliminates rails, barriers, and drop-offs for smooth transitions with tapered ramps for ease of access or crossing. The system can be used with Yellow Jacket’s Hipernsap locking devices, which ensure a secure connection.

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Crane Operators Make The Grade With Training

August 12, 2010 6:38 am | Articles | Comments

Employee training has a bottom-line impact on ROI, according to Jim Lang, General Manager of the Konecranes Training Institute, a full-service training organization designed to help companies be more productive with their material handling. Investments in training can bring workforces to a higher level of proficiency, helping companies increase ROI over the entire lifecycle of their operations.

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Next-Generation Fuses

August 12, 2010 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to Cooper Bussmann (St. Louis, MO), Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has established a new fuse and fuse holder class for the next generation of circuit protection, and only the Low-Peak CUBEFuse system meets the new Class CF standard. The new Class CF is the first with Peak Current Let-Through Curves in the standard, which cover the range of currents from 25kA to 300kA.

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Lubricants Go Horizontal

August 12, 2010 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accu-Lube Gel Paste from ITW ROCOL North America (Glenview, IL) is a natural-based lubricant that is environmentally-safe and ideal for horizontal applications, because it won’t run or drip. The gel texture makes it easy to apply to tools with a soft brush, without risk of damaging the tool, according to the company.

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Vandalism-Free Conduits

August 12, 2010 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

O-Z/Gedney (Rosemont, IL) announces the AXB Expansion Fitting for long conduit runs installed in areas subject to vandalism, theft, harsh weather, and wide temperature variations. The fitting permits linear movement in conduit runs caused by thermal expansion, preventing conduit buckling or disconnection.

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Slip-Resistant Roofs

August 12, 2010 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kee Safety, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) has developed the Kee Walk, a slip-resistant walkway for workers accessing a roof during maintenance. The walkway provides a clear demarcation route that protects the roof from damage by distributing the load across its surface, and is compatible with roofs from 0 to 35°, according to the company.

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Roof Access Made Safer

August 11, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Kee Walk from Kee Safety provides a safe, anti-slip, and level walking surface for roof access. The system is designed for use with flat or sloping roofs, from 0 to 35 degrees, using steps and a construction that distributes the pedestrian load across the surface. Easy assembly, using standard components, removes the need to have custom parts manufactured.

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Chip-Proof Energy Tubes

August 11, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus  is now offering the RX energy tube, which was developed especially for the machine tool industry. Its construction is nearly 100 percent chip-proof, with a domed outer contour that allows debris — such as metal or wood chips — to simply fall off the tube. Additional features include: A large interior space for cables and hoses, which can be separated using vertical separators and a horizontal shelf.

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High-Accuracy Data Recording

August 11, 2010 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The nanodac recorder/controller, built by Ivensys , offers four high-accuracy universal inputs for data recording and PID control, and is enhanced by a full-color, 1/4 VGA (320 x 240 pixel) display. The nanodac can feature data in a number of ways — including bar graphs, trend charts, and numeric values — using its 50MB of flash memory.

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Fall Arrest And Restraint, Together

August 11, 2010 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The COBRA LIFELINK Single-Man cart from Garlock Safety Systems is a mobile anchorage system that one or two people can tie off to when working on an elevated job site. The system can provide fall arrest for the first worker, and fall restraint for a second simultaneously. Workers can roll the cart where it is needed because no anchorage to the substrate is required.

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Part Delivery By Carts

August 11, 2010 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kitting carts from the Creform Corporation are custom-designed to minimize inventory space on the production floor by giving workers the exact parts they need while maintaining access and presentation. The carts are designed using the Creform System of plastic-coated steel pipe and metal joints.

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Quiet, Strong Blowers

August 11, 2010 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gardner Denver introduces the IQ blower package, which delivers pressure up to 15 psig, vacuum to 16” Hg, and air flows from 200 to 1,400 icfm with a 50-100 horsepower motor. Other features of the IQ blower include: A quiet design that reduces sound levels by as much as 20 dBA. An integrated full-voltage starter or optional variable frequency drive (VFD) for efficiency.

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Cloud-Based ERP

August 11, 2010 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition is a software suite for job shops and small manufacturers provided through a software-as-a-service (Saas) model. The software is designed to help customers reduce complexity and decrease ongoing operational costs, enabling them to focus on business, not IT. Manufacturers are provided everything they need to manage opportunities, orders, and operations in one integrated solution.

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