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Safe And Simple Cranks

December 17, 2009 11:06 am

Ratcheting crank handles from Lowell Corporation (Worcester, MA) offer an alternative to handwheels and other devices for machine control. Designed for permanent mounting on shafts or studs, the handles are less likely to slip, stick, or freeze than other devices. The small arc of operation is easier and safer for the operation, and helps reduce wear on the machinery.

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Totally Tubular Sensors

December 17, 2009 11:05 am

The GlobalProx line of tubular inductive sensors from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows for a wide range of choice and flexibility in sensor selection with tubular M8, M12, M18, and M30 sensors in multiple varieties of 3- and 2-wire DC outputs. The most recent expansion includes additional 3-wire DC PNP and NPN models for more control variations and more metal porthole models for robust applications.

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A T-Rex For Your Plant

December 17, 2009 11:04 am

Cooper Instruments (Warrenton, VA) has released the T-Rex Test Stand to accommodate a variety of materials, component, and product tests. The rugged and flexible system provides the capacity of 4 tons in tension and 10 tons in compression, with custom and larger capacity systems also available.

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Restore Power Anywhere

December 15, 2009 5:12 am

Bridgeport Magnetics (Shelton, CT) has developed the PhazeSaver Model PS8000, a transportable 8000VA transformer to restore 240VAC power from a single 120VAC and a neutral source. The PhazeSaver restores power to businesses that lose partial service — either 120VAC or 208/240VAC — until permanent repairs can be completed, without the use of shunts or bridging utilities.

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Universal Valve Actuators

December 15, 2009 5:12 am

VICI Valco (Houston, TX) has a new Universal Valve Actuator that allows instrument manufacturers to use a single motor and control software to operate any Valco or Cheminert rotary valve. All valves and selectors, with a wide range of turning torques, are covered by three actuator versions: high-speed, medium-speed/medium-torque, and high-torque.

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Anti-Stick Gasketing

December 15, 2009 5:12 am IMPO

The Flange Free anti-stick gasket coating from Garlock Sealing Technologies (Palmyra, NY) is a proprietary, anti-stick agent that facilitates the removal of gaskets from flanged joints, which is applied to all of Garlock’s compressed sheet gasketing. Treating gaskets with Flange Free can reduce the time and effort required for removal after extended service, according to the company.

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Pipe Weld Inspection, For Any Size

December 15, 2009 5:11 am

Olympus NDS (Waltham, MA) introduces a suite of tools for the inspection of circumferential welds in pipes with a diameter as small as 0.84”. Integral in the solution is the COBRA, a manual scanner specifically designed to inspect welds in small diameter pipes. The COBRA is used in conjunction with the OmniScan MX Phased Array flaw detector and OmniScan MXU software to provide a portable inspection solution.

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Miniature Circuit Breakers

December 14, 2009 7:59 am

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now offers Fuji Electric’s BW series of molded case circuit breakers, which take up a small amount of space and offer standard type and high-interrupting capacities in identically-size housings. The three-pole non-adjustable magnetic trip breakers, in sizes up to 800A, are also suitable for reverse-feed applications.

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Fast, Low-Power Vacuum Gripping

December 14, 2009 7:58 am

The FXC-HD large-area gripping system from Schmalz (Raleigh, NC) facilitates energy-saving and cost-efficient automation with a small main body and a small evacuation volume. The chambers from the suction and blow-off functions are separate, so items can be set down quickly, using less power, with only 0.

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Mechanical Boosters For Energy-Efficiency

December 14, 2009 7:58 am

The HV8000 mechanical booster pumps from Edwards Vacuum (Tewsbury, MA) replace steam ejectors on a chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) process, which is used in the matrix deposition process of manufacturing high-temperature materials, and using a mechanical booster can significantly lower manufacturing costs, according to the company.

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Independent Video Monitoring

December 14, 2009 7:56 am

Satel-West (Cupertino, CA) has announced the WIPAT Remote Patrol and Monitoring System, a long-range wireless video monitoring system that provides video clips, still images, multiple digital sensor inputs, and a suite of event logging tools. While operating on public safety channels — with options for satellite connection and solar power — WIPAT allows industries to monitor critical areas without relying on phone lines, fiber optic cable, or hardwired networks.

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Award-Winning High-Speed Doors

December 11, 2009 9:55 am

Hörmann Flexon LLC ’s (Pheonix, AZ) line of high-speed doors have been voted No. 1 in the industry by the Professional Door Dealer magazine’s Best of Business dealer’s choice poll. The poll honored a number of Hörmann Flexon products, including the Speed-Commander 1400 SE and Quick Connect HFC1 plug-and-play control box.

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Keep Your Trailers Upright

December 11, 2009 9:54 am

TMI ’s (Pittsburgh, PA) new EZ-Riser trailer stand is used to prevent trailers from up-ending when they are not connected to tractor trailers during loading and unloading. The EZ-Riser is a heavy-duty, ergonomically-designed stand that features a gas-activated leveling system and an automatic height adjustment.

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Flammable Liquid Cleanup

December 11, 2009 9:54 am

The Model 55 Air Operated Vacuum from VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) was designed for the cleanup of flammable liquids with an integral flame arrestor. The Model 55 helps facilitate the safe cleaning of gasoline, diesel, JP-4 and JP-5 jet fuels, plus non-combustible liquids. Additional features include: A completely air-driven operation to eliminate spark hazards.

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Versatile Motion Controllers

December 11, 2009 9:53 am

TMC-3D, the multi-axis motion controller from Technosoft (Bevaix, Switzerland) has now been adapted to execute G-code commands, which execute various movements such as piece cutting, profile shaping, or drawing. The G-code information is translated into TML commonds through the C-code to TML converter integrated in the EasyMotion Studio software.

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Full-Body Nomex Harnesses

December 10, 2009 8:12 am IMPO

The Thermatek Kit from MSA (Pittsburgh, PA) is a full-body harness kit for high-heat or welding applications, and features a Kevlar/Nomex-blend webbing to provide resistance against chemicals, weld splatter, and other high-heat exposures. Kevlar stitching in contrasting colors enables users to more easily inspect the product for flaws that might arise, and the shock absorber features a Tuffweld protective cover to increase the lanyard longevity.

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Air Velocity And Temperature In One

December 10, 2009 8:12 am

The HHF143 handheld rotating vane thermo-anemometer from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) provides accurate air velocity and temperature measurements in harsh environments, and features a minimum and maximum recall, analog voltage output, and a low speed sensitivity. NIST calibration is also included.

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Energy-Saving Industrial Doors

December 10, 2009 8:11 am

The HR6 Energy Door from Custom Quality Products (Cincinnati, OH) is suitable for heavy cart to light motorized traffic and is available in single- or double-panel configurations. A full perimeter thermal break makes the doors ideal for applications such as walk-in coolers with self-closing hardware, a vapor barrier, and a triple-pane, gas-filled window.

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Maximum Cabling Flexibility

December 10, 2009 8:10 am

Wilcoxon Research (Germantown, MD) has broadened its line of MaxFlex cables for portable data collects to include an optional safety connections that break away if the sensor or cable becomes entangled. If more than 10 pounds of pull force is exerted, the cable will disconnect to protect the operator, and cannot be reconnected until the sensor and cable are safety retrieved from the monitoring point.

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High-Temperature Solids Sensors

December 8, 2009 5:04 am

BinMaster Level Controls (Lincoln, NE) announces the SmartBob-SH and SmartBob-SHT sensors, which are designed for measuring the level of solid materials in storage and processing bins at high temperatures. The HT model is for applications up to 500°F, while the SHT model can handle temperatures up to 900°F, with bursts up to 1,685°F.

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