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Get In The Flow With Magnetics

August 27, 2010 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has developed the Center-Flow Bullet Magnet, which reduces the pressure drop through the housing, and can be cleaned in seconds, according to the company. The design maintains a 15 psi rating for all types of dilute-phase pneumatic or gravity-flow conveying lines, plus a one-piece gasket that improves sealing along the production line.

Inverters Get More Torque

August 20, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced the WJ200 series of inverters, which are sensorless vector (SLV) drives capable of 200 percent or greater torque across the speed range. According to the company, speed regulation at low speed has been dramatically improved, and fluctuation is half that of previous models.

Better Gears Make Better Robots

August 17, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Machine (Elk Grove, IL) has developed TH-A Series rigid gears for its SCARA 6-axis robots, providing quicker acceleration/deceleration, a longer life span, and easier maintenance. With the new gears, axis one and two of the TH-A combine to provide a near 360° working area. The TH-A’s arms are constructed of aluminum casing, and span from 650mm to 1,200mm.


Braking With Oil

August 12, 2010 9:00 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Posistop oil shear coupler brake from Force Control Industries (Fairfield, OH) is an ideal replacement for electric brakes, according to the company. The system mounts to the working end of a standard C-face motor, eliminating the need for a special brake motor, allowing them to be used in virtually any application in which electrically-released brakes are used, including palletizers, conveyors, hoists, loaders, and more.

Get Unstuck With Ultrasonic

August 12, 2010 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ROTEX ULTRASONEX Blinding Control System from ROTEX Global (Cincinnati, OH) minimizes mesh blinding and bridging when screening difficult or sticky materials, such as metal powders, ceramics, powder coatings, plastic resins, and more. According to the company, the ULTRASONEX system increases sieving capabilities by enabling powders to pass through screens faster.

Next-Generation Fuses

August 12, 2010 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to Cooper Bussmann (St. Louis, MO), Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has established a new fuse and fuse holder class for the next generation of circuit protection, and only the Low-Peak CUBEFuse system meets the new Class CF standard. The new Class CF is the first with Peak Current Let-Through Curves in the standard, which cover the range of currents from 25kA to 300kA.

A Switch Is Not Simple

August 9, 2010 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Trinetics Compact UltraVac from Maysteel, LLC (Menomonee Falls, WI) is a single-phase capacitor switch that provides maximum dielectric strength in a compact design. The switches are designed for long life in tough conditions, and are available with either reliable motor operators or with high-speed dual solenoid operators.

Redesigned Butterfly Valves

August 9, 2010 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sure Seal, Inc. (Mineral Point, MO) announces that the tapered-seat design of its LBF Series Lined Butterfly Valves requires lower torque in all applications, has improved seat integrity, and significantly improves the service life of the valve. The butterfly valves are available in 12 different sizes — from 2” to 24” — and have been designed for use in corrosive processes.


Stronger AC Motors

August 4, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has expanded the power range of its Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755 AC drives to 450 kW/700 hp, in order to provide users with increased application flexibility. The 755 AC is well-suited for motor control applications in material handling, metalworking, and more, according to the company.

Easy-To-Use Connectors

August 3, 2010 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter (Santa Rosa, CA) has announced the IEC C14 inlet with EMI filter, series 5120 ECO design, which comes in two new configurations to ease installation, reduce assembly time and cost, and provide optimal filter performance in a compact package, according to the company. The new version has flexible wire leads, which allow for pre-assembly, further reducing handling and associated costs.

More Flexible Misting

August 2, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Magnets In All Shapes

July 26, 2010 8:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

A More Perfect Union

July 23, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Barco (Batavia, IL) developed the E-Series air union to meet the demand of maintaining production performance in applications such as clutches, winches, and braking action on a manufacturing floor. The product is constructed with a hard, corrosion-resistant surface that can withstand the harshest of conditions.


Compressed Air At All Angles

July 20, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ½” Super Air Wipe from EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) produces a 360° airstream that can blow off, dry, clean, or cool the material passing through it. A split design can be clamped around continuously-moving material such as wire, cable, pipe, hose, and extruded shapes. The Super Air Wipe uses a small amount of compressed air through a thin slotted nozzle.

Get Serious About Marking

July 19, 2010 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The I-Mark I-Series dot-peen marking system from Columbia Marking Tools, Inc. (Chesterfield, MI) comes with a marking head, a system controller, cables, and programming software. The compact head is approximately 7” square, and can be mounted on one of the three sides.

Going Solar Is Simple

July 9, 2010 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bentek Solar (San Jose, CA) offers a line of solar combiners that are high-quality, easy to install, and safe for the complex electro-mechanical and power distribution systems in the solar industry. They feature NEMA 3R/4 or 4X enclosures, including steel, fiberglass, or stainless options.

Ventilate And Perforate Easily

July 6, 2010 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schober USA (Fairfield, OH) announces five VentPerf-Hot systems for the online or offline micro-perforation of film and other specialty materials. According to the company, the VentPerf-Hot systems are ideal for packaging or ventilation applications, with a system to fit any need.

Vibration At High Temperatures

July 1, 2010 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BinMaster SHT (Super High Temperature) vibrating rod from BinMaster (Lincoln, Nebraska) features a piezo system built specifically for higher process temperatures up to 482°F. The SHT has a reinforced membrane that insulates internal electronics from heat, not to mention an IP66/IP67 aluminum enclosure for further protection.

Spray Nozzles In All Sizes

July 1, 2010 5:02 am | by Learn more visiting . | Product Releases | Comments

Lechler, Inc. (St. Charles, IL) has a complete line of full cone spray nozzles to handle capacities from less than a gallon per minute to thousands of gallons per minute. The nozzles cover a complete circular area and are ideal for applications requiring cleaning, cooling, coating, dust suppression, and more.

A Different Kind Of Doctor

June 29, 2010 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Solutions (Auburn, MA) has extended its doctoring product line to include drum flaking applications with its new ProFlake doctor blade line. The blade uses a bi-metal technology for longer blade life, reduced operating costs, and improved flaker performance. In addition, they’re available in a variety of widths, thicknesses, and bevel configurations.

Energy-Efficiency Is The Game

June 25, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

WEG Electric Corp. (Atlanta, GA) adds two new energy-efficient motors to its line: the Quattro and W22 Super Premium. The Quattro is a line-start permanent magnet motor that is more efficient than NEMA Premium efficiency induction motors. The motor operates at synchronous speed regardless of the load, and has the same frame size as an induction motor.

Multiple Flows, Directions, Media

June 21, 2010 11:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Conant Controls, Inc. (Medford, MA) introduces custom manufactured pneumatic selector (diverter) stack valves that can handle multiple flows, in multiple directions, with multiple media. According to the company, Conant Custom Selector Valves can be manufactured to specification from a variety of materials such as aluminum, brass, and 316 stainless steel; with O-rings and sleeve materials to handle various media.

Go Vertical

June 21, 2010 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) offers a line of electric two-stage, vertical-tank stationary air compressors. According to the company, the two-stage models provide 175 psi and displace between 9.1 and 43.6 cfm. Each of the line’s 16 models encompass a smaller footprint than their horizontal-tank counterpart.

Strong Pneumatic Presses

June 21, 2010 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) is now a distributor for pneumatic presses from Dayton, built for assembling, drawing, and punching operations. The presses feature dual safety controls, a timer for an automatic cycle, a workpiece counter, an adjustable depth stop nut, and head elevating screw.

Extreme Linear Bearings

June 21, 2010 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RW64-V RoundWay Linear Roller Bearing from Thomson (Wood Dale, IL) is a 4” version boasting a dynamic load capacity of 70,000 lbf — more than twenty times the load capacity of a conventional linear ball bearing, even at extreme operating temperatures up to 500°F.

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