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Save Your Lubricants

August 3, 2010 6:43 am IMPO

Spectro Incorporated (Littleton, MA) has developed the FluidScan, a handheld analyzer that can be used to measure water contamination, additive depletion, Total Base Number (TBN), and Total Acid Number (TAN), all of which are key parameters used to understand how healthy your lubricant is. According to the company, 80 percent of lubricants are disposed of before their time.

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More Flexible Misting

August 2, 2010 6:17 am

The AirMist, from Lechler (St. Charles, IL), is an air atomizing spray nozzle that has been redesigned to provide increased flexibility and improved reliability. It can be easily combined with any of the interchangeable aircaps that go with it to create a wide choice of spray patterns, flow rates, and coverages.

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Safer Compressed Air Cleaning

August 2, 2010 6:16 am

The re-engineered Jet-Kleen Personnel Blow-Off Gun from Specialized Safety Products (Chicago, IL) is a safe and effective alternative to compressed air for dust, debris, and moisture removal, according to the company. The system is lightweight and portable, not to mention much quieter than compressed air.

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Shred Anything

August 2, 2010 6:16 am

The Model 0300 Jackhammer Hard Drive Shredder from Security Engineered Machinery (SEM — Westboro, MA) has a small footprint but can destroy hard drives, other electronic devices (cell phones, PDAs, etc), optical media, and computer backup tapes. The sawtooth cutters can handle 125 to 500 drives per hour, reducing them to random 1-1/2” shreds.

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ERP On Your iPhone

August 2, 2010 6:15 am

Deacom, Inc. (Wayne, PA) has developed the addition of mobile access technology to the DEACOM Integrated Accounting and ERP Software System for manufacturers of all sorts. Mobile DEACOM now gives accessibility to ERP data — including sales orders, purchase orders, production jobs, and consumer relationship management — via any smartphone device.

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The Ultimate Dock Compatibility

July 30, 2010 7:10 am IMPO

The Manual Safety-Chock from  Serco  (Carrollton, TX) provides loading docks with a versatile wheel restraint solution, capable of engaging and restraining the wide range of trailers that come to the dock, including trucks with lift gates, damaged rear impact guards, or different axle configurations.

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Intelligent Smoke Detectors

July 30, 2010 7:09 am IMPO

The Fireray 5000 Auto Alignment Beam Detector range from Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE — Mentor, OH) has been certified to meet rigorous loss prevention standards. The Fireray 5000 is a beam-type smoke detector that covers large areas with fewer units than traditional “point” type sensors.

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Lockring Bushings Get Accurate

July 30, 2010 7:08 am

ETP Shaft locking bushings from Zero-Max (Plymouth, MN) produce accurate and concentric mounting compared to mechanical shaft locking bushings. In addition, the ETP bushings incorporate a double-walled sleeve that encapsulates a pressure medium, and are ideal where repeated mounting and dismantling of components is required.

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Easy-To-Install Collets

July 30, 2010 7:07 am

Royal Products (Hauppauge, NY) has developed the Quick-Grip CNC Collet Chucks for workholding. When installing the collet, a special installation tool compresses the rear end of the collet so it can be inserted, and upon expansion, the collet locks into place via a hook-and-groove arrangement.

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Raise The Roof, Literally

July 29, 2010 6:02 am

Rooflifters (Miami, FL) is offering a solution to expand the cubic space area in any manufacturing facility or warehouse. The company can raise an existing roof to any desired height while keeping it intact, and with minimal demolition, in order to increase clear height to meet current standards.

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Sensing With A Big Memory

July 29, 2010 6:02 am

The new humidity and temperature HygroLog HL-20/21 data logger from ROTRONIC (Bassersdorf, Switzerland) is a compact device that uses the company’s AirChip 3000 technology and Hygromer sensors.  According to the company, the HL-20/21 is ideal for pharmaceutical clean rooms, warehouses, production rooms, and more.

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RFID Made Simple

July 29, 2010 6:01 am

The IO-Link-based RFID systems from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows customers to connect their RFID system to their network as easily as connecting discrete I/O. The IO-Link protocol enables users to connect RFID processors to an industrial network via a gateway using standard discrete sensor wiring.

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In-Plant Gyrating

July 29, 2010 6:00 am

ROTEX Global, LLC (Cincinnati, OH) now offers a full line of Gyratory Reciprocating Screeners designed to accurately separate dry materials at high production rates. These self-contained production screening machines utilize a unique gyratory-reciprocating motion and a positive mesh cleaning system that provides accurate separations.

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Measure Thicknesses

July 26, 2010 8:19 am IMPO

The Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. (Gardco — Pompano Beach, FL) developed the MiniTest 70 Series for quick and easy non-destruction coating thickness measurement. It is available in two models: The MiniTest 70 F, with a built-in sensor for measuring non-magnetic coatings applied on steel.

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Don't Stop The Flow

July 26, 2010 8:18 am

Martin Sprocket (Arlington, TX) offers products designed to regulate the rate of material flow from a hopper or bin. The company has uniform diameter screws, tapering diameter screws, variable diameter or variable pitch screws, and more. For fine free-flowing materials, the company suggests the uniform diameter screws; for material with lumps and dead space in flow, a tapering diameter screw can be used.

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Magnets In All Shapes

July 26, 2010 8:17 am

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has expanded the inventory of products now available online, including bonded neodymium, sintered neodymium, samarium cobalt, alnico, and ceramic magnet product lines. More size and shape options for block, disc, plug, and ring styles of magnets are now offered.

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Don't Worry About Dust

July 26, 2010 8:16 am IMPO

Dorner Manufacturing (Hartland, WI) announced the 2300 and 5300 Series conveyors, part of the DustPruf family of conveyors. They feature SmartSlot technology designed into the frame, which provides all the integration and add-on capabilities of a T-slot without collecting contaminants or debris.

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Bag Filling Made Easy

July 26, 2010 6:09 am

The Easy-Load rotary bag hanger system from Material Transfer (Allegan, MI) brings all the bag strap connection points directly in front of the operator for easy access. The bag is automatically inflated, filled by weight to a programmed set point, and densified. Once the fill cycle is complete, the bag inlet spout and straps release, the fill head raises, and the filled bag is automatically moved out of the station.

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Fluids Reach Their Limits

July 26, 2010 6:08 am

Supercritical Fluid Technologies, Inc. (Newark, DE) developed the SFT-100XW Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) system, which was developed to apply supercritical fluid techniques to various processing challenges. Dual sapphire syringe pump technology accurately pressurizes the SFT-100XW stainless steel vessel, which is capable of containing supercritical fluids and pressures up to 10,000 psi.

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Biodegradable Packaging

July 26, 2010 6:07 am

IPG (Brandenton, FL) has developed the Genesys OXO-Biodegradable High Performance Machine Film, which is a light-gauge cast film available in 50, 63, of 75 gauge thicknesses. Genesys is designed for use on automated stretch wrapping equipment. The films biodegrade much more quickly than standard stretch films when exposed to oxygen and sunlight, leaving no harmful by-products or impact on the environment.

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