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Go Explosion-Free

May 14, 2010 8:11 am

Fike (Blue Springs, MO) has introduced a new brand for its entire line of explosion protection products. The EPIC brand includes explosion venting, flameless venting, explosion isolation (chemical and mechanical), explosion suppression, and more. The EPIC name stands for “Explosion Protection Integrated Components,” and has changed the branding on other model names, so customers are encouraged to visit www.

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Labeling For Safety

May 14, 2010 8:10 am IMPO

Tyco Electronics (Harrisburg, PA) has announced the North American launch of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) labels for safety, warning, and electrical box identification. The labels have a permanent adhesion and are protected by a lamination that offers resistance to abrasions, fluids, dirt, and stains.

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Learn Hydraulics In-And-Out

May 14, 2010 8:10 am IMPO

American Technical Publishers (Orland Park, IL) has introduced a new textbook specifically designed for teaching the design, application, and maintenance of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Fluid Power Systems addresses fluid power systems, components, and devices, and focuses on troubleshooting techniques by introducing descriptions, operational procedures, common applications, and operating characteristics.

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Lifting Is Just Dandy

May 13, 2010 6:23 am

Southworth Products Corp. (Portland, ME) introduces the new Dandy Lift with a battery-powered lift mechanism. The Powered Dandy Lift is a clean and quiet product for transporting, lifting, and positioning loads in industrial environments. A 24-volt battery aids in lifting and lowering, and the lift comes in five models with capacities from 220 to 500 lbs.

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Manufacturing On Your iPhone

May 13, 2010 6:22 am

The Mechanical Engineering Tools of the Trade iPhone app from Martin Sprocket & Gear (Arlington, TX) allows for accessible power transmission information. The application includes 200 key formulas and conversions used by industrial professions, making notepads and calculators obsolete.

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When It's Good To Be Square

May 13, 2010 6:21 am

IRISS, Inc. (Bradenton, FL) has expanded its product line of Custom Application Products (CAP) to include a Square Infrared Window capable of passing durability and impact requirements. IRISS custom-builds the square windows because round windows sometimes do not provide complete coverage, or because so many windows are required they become cost prohibitive to the customer.

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Keep Your Documents Safe

May 11, 2010 8:35 am

RNR Plastics, Inc. (Raynham, MA) has developed a clear vinyl pouch that allows technicians, mechanics, and maintenance personnel to keep important documents nearby while protecting them from oil spills or other contaminants. The Critical Documents pouch is made from clear PVC and is ideal for instructions, schematics, production schedules, maintenance logs, or other documents that need to be used close to the work.

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Protect Fingers With Light

May 11, 2010 8:35 am IMPO

The PSENopt safety light curtains from Pilz Automation Safety (Canton, MI) can be used for finger, and body protection by safeguarding danger zones whenever a production process requires active yet safe access. According to the company, the PSENopt barriers comply with stringent industry standards.

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All The Bubble Wrap You Want

May 11, 2010 8:34 am IMPO

The NewAir I.B. Express system from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) is the newest inflatable cushioning system that quickly creates Barrier Bubble material for cushioning, or blocking and bracing applications. The I.B. Express allows operators to make cushions with widths of 12” and 24”, plus the availability of options for film strength.

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From The Kitchen To The Plant Floor

May 11, 2010 8:34 am

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP, Winchester, VA) introduces a new line of heavy-duty carts and trucks, which consists of 55 products made out of Rubbermaid’s Duramold structural resin and metal composite structure. According to RCP, the Duramold compound has been tested to hold and transport up to 2,500 pounds of weigh load capacity.

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Long-Term Peristaltic Pumps

May 10, 2010 7:29 am IMPO

Airtec Products Corp. (Fall River, MA) now offers the Aspen Pumps’ Purple Series of peristaltic condensate pump kits for minisplit air conditioners. These pumps are ideal in applications where excess dirt or oil create blockages in conventional minisplit condensate pumps.

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Curtains Save Your Climate

May 10, 2010 7:27 am

The Climate Curtains from Goff’s Enterprises, Inc. (Pewaukee, WI) are designed to reduce temperature loss and separate space with double-paneled vinyl curtain walls lined with Thinsulate from 3M. These curtains are ideal in applications involving freezer and cooler areas, loading docks, food processing lines, and warehouse separation, according to the company.

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A Voice-Guided Warehouse

May 10, 2010 7:26 am

Voxware (Hamilton, NJ) has developed Voxware 3, a voice-recognition software suite for manufacturing facilities and warehouses. The Adaptive Voice Framework is customizable and highly flexible, according to the company, allowing customers to alter their voice control as their manufacturing assets grow from one warehouse to three, for example.

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Blow Guns Made Easier

May 10, 2010 7:25 am IMPO

Coilhose Pneumatics (East Brunswick, NJ) introduces an extended trigger system for its high-force blow gun, the Coilhose Cannon. The metal handle retrofit kit enables the user to more easily operate the gun while wearing protective gloves with a long lever-style mechanism.

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Better Than HVAC

May 7, 2010 6:34 am

Trane (Chicago, IL) has developed the Performance Climate Changer air handler, with capacities up to 60,000 cfm. The air handler features energy recovery, airflow monitoring, and advanced humidity control options that improve the building environment and better control temperature and humidity.

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Breathe Easy

May 7, 2010 6:33 am

3M (St. Paul, MN) has expanded its reusable facepiece respirator line with the 3M Ultimate FX Full Facepiece Reusable Respirator FF-400 Series, designed for flexibility in extreme environments. The new facepiece enables a wide peripheral view, along with a quick assembly and disassembly.

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Keep Your Hands Cut-Free

May 7, 2010 6:33 am IMPO

Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) has redeveloped its Jackson Safety G60 Purple Nitrile Cut Resistant Gloves, which now provide a higher level of cut resistance with more dexterity and comfort features. The gloves are ideal for use in metal fabrication, glass handling, automotive assembly, and other applications involving the handling of sharp parts.

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Hydrogen Powers The 21st Century

May 7, 2010 6:32 am

Plug Power (Latham, NY) has developed the GenDrive GD-160 and GD-170, which are fuel cell power units for a variety of material handling operations, including forklifts. The GenDrive holds enough fuel to sustain a counterbalanced truck at full-speed throughout an entire shift, without any reduction of power, unlike batteries.

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Bench Press 1,320 Pounds

May 6, 2010 8:53 am

Gorbel Inc. (Fishers, NY) has expanded their line of G-Force Q and iQ Intelligent Lifting Devices to include a 1,320lb capacity unit. The G-Force technology combines the responsiveness and flexibility of a human operator with the mechanical power of a machine, according to Gorbel, and can make a workforce more productive by enabling them to safely perform complex lifting and handling tasks.

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A Manufacturing Photo Shoot

May 6, 2010 8:52 am IMPO

The latest photoelectric sensors from Balluff (Florence, KY) are designed to detect issues such as skew, material shifts, object alignment, and web material drag—all issues that force production levels to be less than optimal. The EdgeMaster comes in four types, the first of which is the BAV MA series, with a fixed dual-optical axis edge detection system.

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