Plex Online is an ERP SaaS software suite, using 400 modules to manage operations from the shop floor, such as quality management and machine integration. In addition, the system incorporates enterprise resource planning (ERP) functions such as accounting and finance, customer relationship management (CRM) functions, and supply chain management (SCM) capabilities.
Brookfield Engineering has expanded into the processing industry with their new Powder Flow Tester, which delivers quick and easy analysis of powder flow behavior. According to the company, the PFT is ideal for manufacturers who need to eliminate the downtime and expense of erratic powder discharge from hoppers.
CRC has developed the Syntha-Tech Lubricant w/PTFE, a non-flammable blend of synthetic lubricants that utilize PTFE plus anti-wear and extreme pressure additives, all with no VOCs. The lubricant penetrates deeply into cracks or joints to lubricate and protect all exposed metals, and can withstand temperature ranges form -40° to 450°F.
The SpeedClean BucketVac is a wet/dry vacuum that easily attaches to standard 5 gallon buckets, and is recommended to clean job sites, including large water and dry pickups. While conventional vacuums require users to stop and dump, the BucketVac head just pops off the old bucket and onto a new one, eliminating down time.
GoatThroat introduces the SCP-6500 series of groundable, hand-operated pumps for Class 1 and 2 flammable liquids. The pumps exceed the criteria of NFPA 77 while eliminating fugitive emissions and allowing for the spill-free transfer of flammable liquids from 5 to 55 gallon containers. According to the company, the SCP-6500 will allow facilities to safely transfer flammable liquids without the use of expensive electric pumps.
Reelcraft Industries now offers the stability of a dual pedestal reel — plus a compact yet strong design — with the DP7000 Series reel. The DP7000 Series features a two-piece, non-welded, and interlocking base that won’t vibrate apart due to its steel-formed and stamped base design.
Presto Lifts has developed the DXL Series Compact Scissor Lifts, which offer a full 2,000 pounds of lifting capacity with a smaller footprint than standard lifts. According to the company, they are ideal for work positioning, assembly, repair, and inspection applications. A double scissor mechanism allows for a low 6” collapsed height while providing a 42” raised height.
The VIBXPERT II rugged portable vibration analyzer, from Ludeca , combines a rapid processor with an energy-efficient color VGA display, which has 102,400 lines of resolution. All forms of machine vibrations, bearing conditions, process data, and visual inspection information can be collected and stored on the expandable Compact Flash Card for report generation.
AutomationDirect’s Productivity 3000 is a programmable controller that combines the features and capabilities of a PC-based control system with that of a typical programmable logic controller (PLC). The modular rack-based system supports up to 116,000 I/O points with local, expansion, and remote I/O bases.
Workers tired of the bulky and out-of-date designs of traditional over-the-glasses options of protective eyewear have an alternative through Gateway Safety’s Cover2. According to the company, the Cover2 has a balance between safety, style, and comfort, which helps improve compliance. Other features include: A lightweight lens and soft, flexible temple tips to increase long-term comfort.
Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control introduces the Gold Series High Vacuum (GSHV) pneumatic receiver that controls emissions in applications up to 17” Hg vacuum or 8 psi positive pressure. The pump combines rugged construction and high-efficiency cartridge filtration with simple service to create a heavily-reinforced dust capture vessel for use as a central vacuum system.
Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) is offering a number of new ergonomic products for the workplace, including back supports, wrist supports, kneepads, and more. The Dual-Flex wrist supports contains eight stays that provide firm support, plus an ambidextrous design that fits both right and left hands.
W. W. Grainger, Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) now offers a combination belt and bench grinder, which features a powerful capacitor motor for all-day grinding and finishing applications. The grinder has an adjustable belt for vertical and horizontal positioning, plus a dynamically-balanced rotor and sealed bearings that minimize vibration.
The Steam Jenny, from Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) has introduced a full line of electric-powered cold pressure washers, which can be operated in enclosed areas where gas-powered machines can’t be used. The washers are powered by Marathon or Baldor electric motors, which range from 1.
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) has announced the transition of all its V28 cordless power tools to the new M28 LITHIUM-ION battery pack, which is completely compatible with current V28 products. The company has also added Digital Power Management (DPM) to the battery packs to ensure optimal battery life and run-time, while protecting the battery from tough conditions.
HOUSTON (AP) — BP illegally emitted nearly 500,000 pounds of toxic air pollutants at its Texas City refinery during a 41-day period this spring, the state attorney general contends in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit filed Monday in state district court in Austin, BP's poor operation and maintenance for those days in April and May were the primary cause of the toxic emissions of cancer-causing benzene, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.
PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — A company that makes reclining furniture broke ground Monday for a plantexpansion in northeast Mississippi. Southern Motion said it's investing $7 million in its new 180,000-square-foot production facility in Pontotoc. The company said it will create at least 200 new jobs over the next two years, with the potential to double that number within five years.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has cut 600 workers at its Japanese factories, the company said Tuesday, as it prepares for a drop in local sales when incentives for green cars run out next month. Toyota Motor Corp. employed a total of 2,400 contract workers at the end of 2010, it said. Contract workers are hired under different terms from other employees at Toyota, mainly to make it easier to increase or cut the numbers of workers in response to fluctuating demand for cars.
MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's Tata Motors posted quarterly profit of 19.9 billion rupees ($428.4 million) Tuesday, turning around a loss as reviving global demand for its Jaguar and Land Rover brands made up for rising commodities costs. The company returned to profitability on a consolidated basis for the April to June quarter from a loss of 3.