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Get An Edge On Inventory

April 8, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Edge 5000 Series from Apex Industrial Technology (Loveland, OH) is a rugged and easy-to-use Internet Appliance that tracks, manages, and controls critical tools or supplies. The Edge is designed to deliver in harsh factory environments with a heavy-duty construction, including an option steel front door.

Reclaim Your Floor Space

April 8, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

FastPic Systems (Westbrook, ME) has developed the FastPic inventory management software, which allows manufacturers to manage and control inventory while processing transactions in real-time. When additional parts are needed, an operator can select the order to process in the FastPic software, and seamless integration of Shuttle VLMs allows the units to begin retrieving the required parts immediately.

Give Your Pumps A Boost

April 6, 2010 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Best Controls (Clearwater, FL) introduces the PC 4000 Controller, which is a dedicated product for pressure control applications using variable frequency drives (VFDs). Typical applications include booster pump controls. Other features include: A 1 to 4 pump configuration with P.

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Feed Your Parts Appetite

April 5, 2010 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The multi-lane parts feeder from the Arthur G. Russell Company (Bristol, CT) allows for high output within a limited floor space. The patented Vibro-Block electromagnetic vibrator sits at the heart of the multi-lane feeder to deliver a consistent product feed that achieves high output across multiple lanes.

A Compressor With 'Ultimate' Lubrication

April 5, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Jenny Products, Inc (Somerset, PA) introduces its J11HGA-30P single-stage, gas-powered compressor. The unit it portable by wheels and includes a 30-gallon air tank and a belt-driven “J” pump, which is a single-stage, four-cylinder pump. The unit delivers 21.

The Spider Of Efficiency

April 1, 2010 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

RSW BV (Duvien, The Netherlands) has developed the Smart Mixed Palletizing software, which features the Intelligent Palletizing Software (IPS) to quickly calculate the optimum stacking patterns in any medium. The software works with the MLS Spider palletizing machine to determine the sequence in which crates and boxes should be stacked.

Many-Sided Industrial Airlocks

March 31, 2010 12:19 pm | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Airlocks from AIRLANCO (Falls City, NE) are available in customized fabricated and machined models for pneumatic systems, gravity feeds, and volumetric discharge devices. Fabricated models handle dust collection, plastics, feeds, and corrosive chemicals where pressure differentials are 20” of water column or less.

Getting The Oil Under Control

March 30, 2010 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OILMISER Technology from JLM Systems Limited (Richmond, BC, Canda) can turn an old oil room into a fully-functioning work area. The Oil Storage & Dispensing System requires an oil-free, pressure-regulated air supply, and covers the basics for best practices in oil maintenance: fluid handling, air quality, oil sampling, and oil cleanliness.

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Lamination Made Safer, Easier

March 23, 2010 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ttarp Industries, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) offers its 60-inch heat laminating system, which is designed to laminate, slit, and rewind heat-activated or cold-bonded adhesive products. The laminators process sheet or roll goods, including rubber, plastic, foam, and others. Other features include: Two sets of larger (5” diameter) silicone pinch rollers to improve bonding on thin materials.

Condensate-Free Air Dryers

March 16, 2010 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SSRC Refrigerated Cycling Compressed Air Dryer from Sullair Corporation (Michigan City, IN) is furnished in nine models, ranging from 175 to 1000 scfm. The dryers utilize the reliable and energy-saving scroll compressor, and a zero-loss drain integrated into the heat exchanger to collect condensate.

Feed Rolling By Memory

March 12, 2010 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

COE Press Equipment (Sterling Heights, MI) has upgraded its ServoMaster Series Roll Feeds with the new ServoMaster 3 Controller based on an integrated Yaskawa MP940 servo drive and motion control package. Other benefits of the ServoMaster 3 include a 500-job memory function, S-curve acceleration for improved accuracy, and 24 I/O ports.

All-Stainless Cylinders

March 5, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fabco-Air (Gainsville, FL) now offers 3 new styles of cylinders with all exposed surfaces made of stainless steel. The new styles include: The Pancake, a round, compact cylinder that has a uni-body construction and a smooth outside surface that doesn't trap wash down solution or allow bacteria growth.

Servomotors In Three Weeks Flat

March 4, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens Industry, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) announces a new service for its line of 1FK7 servomotors, which allows customers to place an order for any Siemens customizable servomotor and have it drop-shipped in three weeks. A diverse range of options are available, creating more than 100,000 possible configurations, according to the company, including all compact (CT) and high-dynamic (HD) servomotors.

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Start Up A Stir

March 1, 2010 9:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The UHVM and VGVM concrete vibrators from Cleveland Vibrator Company (Cleveland, OH) offer durability, portability, and adjustable frequency for forms, hoppers, bins, chutes, and more. The UH and UHVM air piston vibrators are available in 1-1/4” or 2” diameter piston versions, and both models have adjustable high frequency vibration for maximum efficiency.

Teaming Up On Pallets

February 25, 2010 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lantech (Brewerton, NY) and Schneider Packaging Equipment introduce the Stack and Wrap Palletizing/Stretch Wrapping Cell, which combines two or more lines into a centralized, automated stretch wrapping station. The palletizing system centers a FANUC robotic arm between two Lantech Q-600 stretch wrappers.

Tubing Doesn't Stand A Chance

February 18, 2010 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Han-Kwang USA (Lombard, IL) announces its Model TL 6015, a tube cutting laser system capable of handling 24’ long, 6.5” diameter workpieces. The maximum wall thicknesses are up to ¼” in mild steel and 1/5” in stainless steel. A 2.5KW Panasonic laser and a versatile Siemens 840D CNC controls all function of the machine, alongside Han-Kwangs proprietary “Flex 3D” tube cutting software.

Pick Wisely

February 12, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

TRI-TRONICS, Inc. (Tampa, FL) has introduced the SMARTEYE ColorWise Sensor that solves most difficult color applications at higher speeds than color cameras or other sensors. The ColorWise is ideal for intricate color sorting or inspection problems, such as high-speed packaging and production lines.

Unattended Laser Cutting

February 9, 2010 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cincinnati (Harrison, OH) Modular Material Handling System (MMHS) boosts the productivity of its CL-800 series of dual-pallet laser cutting systems, reducing cost-per-part and allowing unattended operation for up to three shifts via an automated load/unload of raw materials and finished parts.

Chain Drives For Rain Or Shine

February 1, 2010 9:14 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Iwis Drive Systems (Indianapolis, IN) now offers the Elite product range of chains and complete drive solutions for systems that are exposed to harsh conditions, such as dust, dirt, extreme temperatures, and water. The chains feature Iwis' proven design, in addition to special materials and coatings, to withstand extreme environmental conditions.

Slow Down, Man

January 29, 2010 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Deschner (Santa Ana, CA) is now offering the Super-K Kinechek speed regulator, designed for a wide variety of motion control solutions, including robotics, food processing equipment, and packaging machines. The Super-K now comes in a 4” or 6” stroke within a short overall length, and can handle loads up to 1,200 lbs.

Making Machining 'COOL'

January 18, 2010 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

MAG (Sterling Heights, MI) now offers a wide range of CYCLO CUT cutting tools and CYCLO COOL metalworking fluids designed and blended for machining. The tools and fluids can increase material removal rates in titanium structures by as much as 300 percent, according to the company, resulting in faster cycle times, 33 percent cost-per-part reductions, and increased tool life.

Slip Rings Keep Things Rolling

January 7, 2010 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

DEUBLIN Company (Waukegan, IL) introduces the Slip Rings, an electrical device that allows the transmission of power from a stationary to a rotating structure. The rings from DEUBLIN can be easily configured for both power and signal connections, and are compatible with Ethernet, Profinet, RS-232, RS-485, RS-422, CAN, as well as generic analog signals.

Smart'-er Industrial Vending

December 23, 2009 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fastenal (Winona, MN) offers a solution to industrial vending with the SmartStore, which is managed by the customer’s local Fastenal store team and stocked with the products they use most. Installation requires only electricity and Internet access, according to the company. Advantages of industrial vending include: Reduction in consumption by tracking employee usage and setting limits.

Customizable Containers

December 18, 2009 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Universal Package Systems (Dale, IN) has expanded its bulk container and tote cut and weld capabilities, and is now producing a variety of custom containers based on customer demands. By customizing the size of the container for a specific application, customers will be able to maximize their storage area while effectively reducing shipping costs.

Universal Valve Actuators

December 15, 2009 5:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

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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