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High-Grip Pull Caps

September 21, 2009 11:45 am IMPO

Caplugs (Buffalo, NY) introduces the new VFT series of vinyl pull-caps, with a textured finish at the top to enable better gripping to save time and effort in the field. According to the company, hands, gloves, and even automated machinery can grip the VFT series up to 80 percent better than traditional caps.

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Low Capacitance Cables

September 21, 2009 11:45 am

Belden (Richmond, IN) has expanded its line of low capacitance DataBus cables, which consists of PLTC/ITC-ER, PLTC, and TC-ER versions that are specifically designed to meet Fieldbus specification 61158.2. DataBus cables offer a robust electrical design and robust construction to ensure reliable performance, while providing flexibility in industrial environments, including outdoor installations.

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Inexpensive Thermal Imaging

September 21, 2009 11:44 am

FLIR Systems (Billerica, MA) has unveiled the FLIR i7 thermal imaging camera, which couples RESNET-compliant 120x120 pixel infrared resolution with 2 percent accuracy and 0.1°C sensitivity. Designed for electrical, HVAC, mechanical, and energy-audit problems, the FLIR i7 reveals abnormal temperature readings with crisp images on a 2.

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Versatile PLCs

September 21, 2009 11:43 am

The CLICK PLC from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) is the latest family of programmable controllers designed as stackable discrete modules for first-time PLC customers as well as experienced users. The product is engineered with a multitude of built-in and stackable I/O options.

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Don't Get Diverted

September 21, 2009 8:09 am

Vortex Valves (Salina, KS) has introduced its new Quantum Series 4-Way Wye Line Diverter, designed to handle dry bulk solids in pneumatic conveying systems with vacuum or positive pressures of to 15 psig. The Quantum is available in 2” to 6” pipe or tube, which can direct material from one source to four destinations, or converge four sources to one destination.

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Cycle Closing And Withstand Tested

September 21, 2009 8:08 am

The new RTS Series transfer switches from Russelectric (Hingham, MA) are listed for 30-cycle closing and withstand ratings based on testing per UL standard 1008. These switches simplify selective coordination of overcurrent/short circuit devices in emergency and backup power systems.

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Training For Welders

September 21, 2009 8:07 am IMPO

American Technical Publishers (Orland Park, IL) announces new training materials specifically designed for welders and students working with all types of welding processes. Now in its fourth edition, Welding Skills addresses all aspects of the latest welding technology, including the competencies recommended in the American Welding Society (AWS) guidelines.

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Clear Your Vision

September 21, 2009 8:06 am

Cognex (Natick, MA) has enhanced its VisionView operator interface with new features that enable more detailed visualization of parts and easier storage of failed images. The VisionView interface integrates with Cognex In-Sight vision systems, and version 1.2 of the interface adds panning and zooming capabilities.

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Energy Awareness

September 17, 2009 6:23 am IMPO

Coastal Training Technologies (Virginia Beach, VA) and DuPont Safety Resources have collaborated to produce a new training DVD, titled Energy Smart , which helps promote general energy awareness. A 7-day preview is free, and the video will soon be released in Coastal’s ClarityNet online courseware.

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Be In Sync

September 17, 2009 6:22 am

The TML_LIB_X20 motion control library from Technosoft (Cincinnati, OH) is a collection of high-level functions and blocks allowing the control of a Technosoft intelligent drive from a B&R PLC. With the TML_LIB functions, customers can control drives individually or grouped by sending commands for simple, complex, or synchronized moves.

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Score-less Pipe Cutting

September 17, 2009 6:22 am

The RIDGID (Elyria, OH) Press Snap soil pipe cutter expands the original RIDGID line of press tools by providing an easy way to cut cast iron soil pipe. The Press Snap eliminates the need for manual ratcheting when connected to a RIDGID press tool, and there is no need to score the pipe beforehand.

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Custom Motion Control

September 17, 2009 6:21 am IMPO

Lowell Corporation (Worcester, MA) has expended its capacity for designing custom motion control components, and can now provide customized solutions for a variety of applications: paper and metal processing machinery, conveyors, chain binders, and more. If a customer requires a non-standard motion control device, Lowell can typically fill the need by modifying an existing product in its line, by altering the shape or size of the drive, adding or removing teeth on a gear, or changing the configuration of a handle.

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Get On The Lean Track

September 15, 2009 8:38 am

Parsec Automation Corp. (Brea, CA) has developed the next generation of its LEANTrack Mobile Productivity Solution, a portable package that can be rapidly deployed without installation, wiring, programming, or infrastructure changes. The LEANTrack system allows users to set up a system through a configuration wizard, and begin collecting data.

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Soft, Yet Secure Machine Vision

September 15, 2009 8:37 am

SoftNoze USA Inc. (Frankfort, NY) announces a new line of products that mount, aim, and secure machine vision cameras and smart sensors. The first two products in the Machine Vision series are the MV-SUB-CB and MV-SUBE-CB, which combine a stainless steel bracket with a high-strength polymer base to make camera and sensor installation easy.

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Lightweight Overhead Drilling

September 15, 2009 8:36 am

DeWalt (Hampstead, MD) is launching a line of compact lithium ion power tools, including a drill driver (DCD760KL) , impact driver (DCF826KL) , hammerdrill (DCD775KL) , and a right angle drill (DCD690KL) . Two combo kits, also available with the new line, offer packaged batteries and chargers.

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Integrated Blow Molding

September 15, 2009 8:35 am

The MACO Compact control system from Eurotherm (Leesburg, VA) is an integrated system for demanding blow molding, offering control of clamps, linear positioning, pressure/flow, temperature, and more. The new interface for the system is compatible with the manufacturer’s preferred HMI, offering options of several keyboards, a full numeric keypad, or just a simple touchscreen.

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Explosion-Proof Pumps

September 14, 2009 12:21 pm

High-capacity pumps from KNF (Trenton, NJ) have been designed to meet the demanding flow and vacuum requirements in air/gas sampling and analytical instrumentation applications. An electrically-operated diaphragm allows for easy customization with a variety of pump designs.

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Don’t Be A Drag

September 14, 2009 12:20 pm IMPO

Bunting (Newton, KS) has launched an addition to its material handling product line, the DragSlide conveyor, designed to convey shredded plastic films or light fibrous materials. The DragSlide has been engineered to avoid the issues typically found with belted conveyors, namely clinging to the belt.

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Accelerate Your Vibration Analysis

September 14, 2009 12:20 pm

Wilcoxon Research (Germantown, MD) introduces two compact industrial accelerometers, the 780B and 780C, rounding out the family of narrow, low-profile, and lightweight sensors. Both sensors are 100 mV/g general purpose vibration sensors, with the 780B featuring a + 10 percent sensitivity tolerance, and the 780C featuring a + 15 percent tolerance.

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Precise Peristaltic Pump

September 14, 2009 12:19 pm

Randolph-Austin (Manchaca, TX) has released the TP 1000 V, designed as an extremely precise meter or bottling peristaltic pump. The pump can be operated in a semiautomatic mode or be fully integrated through a RS-232 connector as an automatic filling or metering machine.

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