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Dry As A Desert

November 18, 2010 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atlas Copco (Westfield, MA) has launched three new desiccant air dryer ranges that are designed for efficiency, with low pressure drops, delayed dryer cycles, and a guaranteed constant pressure dew point — even at full load — under any condition. The CD+ range is engineered with a design that guarantees reliability, according to the company.

Water Filtering's Many Benefits

November 15, 2010 8:00 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Forsta Filters Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) has developed their self-cleaning water filters, which help reduce water use, improve energy efficiency, and are made from sustainable materials, according to the company. They are ideal for protecting heat exchangers, condenser tubes, and other water-cooled process equipment because they can control particulate levels.

Be A Better Catcher

November 15, 2010 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sitema Safety Catchers, manufactured by Sitema GmbH (Karlsruche, Germany), are clamping devices that mount around shafts to support vertical loads. They can decelerate and stop falling loadings, preventing personal injury or damage to equipment. A series of wedged clamping jaws are arranged inside the Safety Catcher housing, each with one slide lining and one brake lining.

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Magnetic Powder Sorting

November 15, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has announced its newly redesigned Dry Vibrating Magnetic Filter (DVMF) with a stainless steel construction option that makes it an ideal choice for handling various powders. The DVMF uses a high-intensity, high-gradient magnetic field generated in the bore of a solenoid coil.

Oil-Free Air Compressors

November 11, 2010 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced that it has expanded its product line of Oil-Free Rotary Screw Air Compressors to include units in the size range 132-240kW. The expansion also includes life cycle cost reductions, space conservation, and increased efficiency, according to the company.

It's Time To Mix And Shake It

November 11, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Co., Inc. (Pompano Beach, FL) has released a line of mixers and shakers, including one-gallon vortex mixers and multi-size shakers. The XVL-10 (Round) One Gallon Vortex Mixer and the XVL-12 (Square) One Gallon Vortex Mixer both mix one gallon, quart, and pint containers in a small package.

Portable Power In Remote Locations

November 11, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

For any application requiring portable electric power, the Portable Power Package from Newcastle Systems (Middleton, MA) offers advantages over extension cords or generators. The package uses a rechargeable battery to provide integrated, seamless power for any use, and isn’t noisy like generators, or inconvenient and potentially dangerous, like extension cords.

Earn Some Green

November 9, 2010 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) has announced that LB Series Gas Compressor has recently been implemented as the centerpiece to a new propane vapor-recovery system at Bluhms Gas Sales, which has allowed the company to not only recoup losses, but also also increase profits. The LB compressor is designed to deliver high efficiency in handling propane, which has allowed Bluhms to return more than 40,000 gallons of propane back into a storage tank.

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Oil-Free Air Compression

November 9, 2010 8:20 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Kaeser Compressors (Fredericksburg, VA) has introduced a completely oil-free air compressor: the Airbox. The quiet, energy-efficient piston compressor is ideal for any applications requiring modest air flow, according to the company. The system is available as a standalone compressor, or as an Airbox Center, which also includes a tank, dryer, filters, and drain in a single package.

Packaging Cushions Go Hybrid

November 5, 2010 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pregis Corp. (Deerfield, IL) has introduced a new hybrid cushioning system that can handle multiple roll widths (up to 32”) via a dispenser head than is 60 percent smaller than previous models. The Air Speed HV Versa can provide cushioning in three different widths: 24” wide cushions from 32” rolls, as well as 18” and 12” wide size.

More Flexible Cables

November 5, 2010 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Belden (St. Louis, MO) has enhanced their Belden Infinity C-TC+ and FCC cables with the addition of Belden high-performance Belflex jackets, which offer resistance to sunlight, oil, and abrasion. They also provide flexing capabilities and the ability to withstand temperature ranges of -40°C to 90°C (cold impact) and -50°C to 90°C (cold bend).

Better HVAC Drives

November 5, 2010 4:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Firmware version 3.50 is now available for Danfoss’ (Milwaukee, WI) VLT HVAC Drives, and provides on-board BACnet communication to maximize installation, expansion, and modification flexibility. A “Smart-Start” functionality allows for faster commissioning of the drive and motor.

Marking Lasers Of All Types

November 2, 2010 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Laser Research Optics (Providence, RI) offers a full line of OEM-quality replacement CO2 laser optics, including lenses and mirrors, for popular industrial marking lasers. Laser Research’s products are optimized for use at 10.6 µm with 25 to 200 watt marking lasers. They feature <0.

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Tool Holding Gets Flexible

November 1, 2010 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Heimatec (Prospect Heights, IL) has announced its newest development, a flexible tool adapter system that allows a standard ER output live tool to accept various adapters for different applications. This allows users the ability to have quick changeover of tools on almost any lathe, using a single live tool, according to the company.

Better Linear Positioning

October 28, 2010 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Linear Positioning Stages from H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) use a moving magnet voice technology to provide a high resolution (from 50 nm), zero cogging, high reliability, and a long service life. The stages can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and are ideal for short stroke positioning applications, according to the company.

Backup Your Transformers

October 14, 2010 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new Thomas & Betts (T&B — Memphis, TN) Hi-Tech 38kV Trans-Guard OS Short Backup Current-Limiting Fuse provides the greatest risk reduction of disruptive transformer failure. The system is designed for use in 26.4 to 34.5kV distribution while significantly reducing fault energy and offering high interrupting capability for protection against ever-increasing available fault currents.

Even More Efficient AC Motors

October 13, 2010 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, AR) has recently added additional designs to its Baldor Reliance Super-E line of efficient motors, which will be compatible with almost any configuration for specific applications, according to the company. The Super-E motors include 26 premium efficient ratings designed for the heating, venting, and air conditioning industry; more than 50 washdown, paint-free, and all stainless premium efficient ratings; and more than 70 premium efficient unit handling ratings.

Compact Manual Motor Controllers

October 13, 2010 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bryant line of manual motor controllers (MMC) is now available from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA). The controllers are UL-listed as “suitable as motor disconnects” due to a compact design that uses thermoset bodies to provide high resistance to electrical arc tracking. AC-rated silver alloy contacts extend life and increase conductivity.

A UPS That Survives In Extreme Temperatures

October 13, 2010 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric, Inc. (Irwindale, CA) has announced a new line of SSG-RP Series Ultra-Wide Temperature UPS, with models from 1kVA to 3kVA, which are designed to operate reliably in temperature environments beyond standard UPS products (-22° to 149°F). The LCD display has been replaced with a high-temperature display, internal components have been upgraded, and special batteries with a wide operational temperature range have been incorporated.

Fully-Integrated Sortation

October 12, 2010 12:27 pm | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Accu-Sort Systems, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) has a full spectrum of intelligent and integrated sorting systems, which can be used to modernize and lower the cost of sortation. The system works with all major systems integrators, according to the company, including tilt tray conveyors, cross-belt conveyors, and more.

Glow-In-The-Dark Cables

October 12, 2010 12:26 pm | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Northwire Technical Cable (Osceola, WI) has introduced its ElectriGlow Photoluminescent Glow-In-The-Dark Cables, Power Cords, and Retractables, which are the first industrial photoluminescent glow cables, according to the company. They are ideal for power, industrial networking, control, communication, and more.

Video Release: Engineering A Versatile Positioning Mount

October 12, 2010 12:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Product Design & Development Editor David Mantey discusses the new Versatile Mount with Sprinter Marking’s John Bishop. The Versatile Mount was engineered to provide manufacturers with a flexible, changeable mount for a variety of positioning applications. Despite its compact size (1-3/8” x 2” x 2”), the company claims it can support substantial weights when secured.

Handle 15 Systems At Once

October 11, 2010 10:37 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The TransferLine — a flexible, individually-adaptable modular system that can handle up to 15 processing stations — is available from Schleuninger (Manchester, NH). The mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical interfaces are designed to accommodate quick and simple retrofitting and installation of add-on modules.

Create Bags Of Any Type

October 4, 2010 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The r2b Horizontal Form Fill Seal Bagger from WeighPack (Lachine, QC Canada) can create a wide variety of bags to integrate bag-making, filling, sealing, and printing into one automatic process, which can reduce labor and film costs. The r2b uses laminated roll firm stock, which can be used to create an array of bags, including: flat-bottom, stand-up, 3-sided seal, 4-sided seal, and with or without zipper closures.

Brakes Get Bigger

September 21, 2010 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Twiflex Limited/Hilliard Corp. (South Beloit, IL) is offering its grinding mill braking systems, which have wrap-around motors that measure 38’ in diameter by 45’ in length. The braking system is designed to provide both static and dynamic braking function, and the system can operate in two modes, stopping from full speed in an emergency or providing inching functions in the event of bearing lubrication or power failures.

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