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Low Profile Conveyor

January 20, 2012 5:13 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Dorner ’s (Hartland, WI) 2200 Series low profile belt conveyor with the latest advancements in belt and drive technology has increased its weight carrying capacity to 200 pounds. The 2200 Series is able to move heavy loads while maintaining a 1.4-inch diameter pulley for optimal part transfer and machine interface.

Low Profile Conveyor

December 12, 2011 5:53 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Dorner ’s (Hartland, WI) 2200 Series low profile belt conveyor platform has received the Ultraclean Products Approval Laboratory certification for use in ISO Standard 14664-1 Class 5, and Federal Standard 209 Class 100 rated clean rooms. This means that 2200 Series conveyors will not contribute to the contamination of clean rooms conforming to those standards.

Robotic Dispensing System

December 5, 2011 6:13 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new Dual-Station XYZ Robotic Dispensing System from Sealant Equipment & Engineering (Plymouth, MI) is designed to improve adhesive dispensing and product assembly by eliminating problems such as the need to speed up production, adhesive out of position, too much or not enough adhesive, excess waste, and high production costs.



November 17, 2011 9:55 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) Magna-Rails and Magna-Rolls magnetically convey, transfer, control, elevate, reposition, hold, or orient basic ferrous materials and finished parts. An ever-present need within many processing industries is the ability to hold steel parts firmly on moving belt conveyors. Such conveyors, fitted with Eriez Magna-Rails, ensure that parts do not fall off, even when being elevated or lowered.

Robotic Surface Treatment Equipment

November 17, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Guyson Corporation (Saratoga Springs, NY) has extended its range of robotic surface treatment equipment to include a 7-axis direct pressure blast machine with a work envelope of 30 x 40 x 30 inches and a small overall footprint for lean processing. A sturdy safety barrier with an interlocked access door surrounds the back of the.

PROT Powered Rotator

November 16, 2011 5:48 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The PROT Series Side Grip Powered Rotator from Anver Corporation (Hudson, MA) is a vacuum lifter with motorized, powered rotation in both directions that can be locked in place and operated from a single pendant control. Featuring custom made side grippers with anti-skid suction pads it can securely handle up to 2,000 pounds.

Angled Frame Conveyors

November 16, 2011 5:46 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

QC Industries (Cincinnati, OH) has added another component to their line of Automation Series Conveyors: AS40Z Angled Frame Conveyors. AS40Z Conveyors feature the same 1.95 inch high rigid aluminum frame offered in other Automation Series Conveyors. Its design resists twisting, which is a leading cause of belt tracking issues in conveyors.

Label ID Inspection

October 6, 2011 11:47 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The CI-Vision vision label identification inspection solution from Metter-Toledo (Columbus, OH) automatically inspects labels on packaging to confirm that the label matches the product inside the package. Inspections include barcode and 2D data matrix verification, label control number verification, and graphical label ID verification.


Twin Shaft Vibratory Drive

September 28, 2011 6:19 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new twin shaft vibratory drive from The Witte Co. (Washington, NJ) features a proprietary design that produces the linear vibration required to deliver consistent motion to its high capacity fluid bed dryers, coolers, screeners, and conveyors. Developed for smooth, high volume, 24/7 operation, the twin shaft drive operates at comfortable sound pressure levels of less than 80 dBA, 11 percent quieter than OSHA’s permissible industry standard.


September 19, 2011 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VERNON Tool RAZOR, a new robotic tube cutting and profiling system from VERNON Tool (Oceanside, CA), a Lincoln Electric company, offers functions ideal for high-production tube and pipe fabricators in heavy fabrication, agricultural, construction, vehicle, and tube frame manufacturing. The rugged RAZOR improves productivity and quality by consolidating the typical multi-step fabrication process—set-up, layout, manual/CNC machining and end prep—into one operation.

Pneumatic Servo Dispensing System

September 9, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Pneumatic Servo Dispensing (PSD) system from Sealant Equipment & Engineering, Inc. (Plymouth, MI) is a positive rod displacement metering system that combines the cost efficiency of a pneumatic drive motor with the controlling accuracy of a servo drive motor.  The PSD system eliminates the need for a servo drive motor or material flow meters in a dispensing system.

GX Series Sliding Vane Pumps

September 9, 2011 9:48 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) has introduced the GX Series Sliding Vane Pumps, designed with the versatility to handle a wide variety of non-corrosive solvents and industrial liquids. Ideal for in-line blending and mixing, the pumps are available in four different models. With flow rates ranging from 40 and 528 gpm, the pumps are equipped with head-mounted gear-reduction drives that feature oil-lubricated, hardened helical gears.

BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock

August 26, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock from ACS Valves (Caledonia, Ontario, Canada) is designed to ensure optimal bulk density and throughput of hard-to-convey materials such as fine powders and flakes that, in high-pressure pneumatic conveying applications, can easily over-aerate and reduce material feed efficiency.


Series RVDT Automatic Valve

August 9, 2011 8:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plast-O-Matic Valves, Inc. (Cedar Grove, NJ) has introduced a new automatic valve that performs multiple functions in a piping system, including pressure relief, backpressure control, pump bypass, and anti-siphon protection. The new ½ inch, lug-mounted Series RVDT uses an adjustable non-wetted spring to control backpressure in a liquid piping system.

Quiet Sheet Metal Work

July 7, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Marking Tools, Inc. (Chesterfield Township, MI) introduces its new Slide-A-Mark to quiet the marking of sheet metal parts. The stamp holder is mounted stationary on the opposite side of the part in a special molded sound suppressor material that is slightly raised above the stamps.

New NITRA Solenoid Valves

June 28, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added modular solenoid valves to its NITRA product line. NITRA pneumatic BVS series modular solenoid valves are body ported, three-port, two-position poppet valves available in open or closed configurations. Models are available with removable flying leads or 8 mm micro DIN connectors.

Labeling Gets Faster

June 27, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Clear Automation (Southington, CT) has announced its new 100 parts-per-minute label applicator system, which was designed with a Fanuc robot, Herma labeler, and a graphical touch-screen human machine interface. Bottles travel to the cell along a conveyor, upright in pucks, which are fed by a servo-driven screw that spreads them to match the pitch of a linear indexer.

Keep Metal Out

June 27, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has developed its heavy-duty Model CF Metal Separator, which can be installed directly above the material feed throat of an extruder, injection molding, or blow molding machine. It removes both magnetic and non-magnetic metal contaminants from a slow, downward moving column of material, reducing machine downtime, costly repairs, and improving product purity.

A Gateway To Networking

June 23, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) is now offering the MB-GATEWAY, a single-port Modbus Gateway module that converts Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU. The module uses an automatic read function and is equipped with a RJ45 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port and one RS-422/485 serial port. The gateway module is 35mm DIN-rail mountable, and it supports NetEdit or Web browser configuration tools.

Fluid For Machining Any Metal

June 21, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

CIMCOOL Fluid Technology (Cincinnati, OH) has created CIMTECH 609, a hybrid fluid developed for grinding performance and improved machining ability. According to the company, it works with most aluminum alloys, titanium, exotic alloys, cast iron, carbon steels, high speed steel, high alloy steels, and stainless steels.

Linear Actuators For Any Application

June 17, 2011 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The linear actuator line from Exlar (Chanhassen, MN) has been expanded to include the new K Series Universal rod style linear actuators. According to the company, the K Series has options to mount any type of motor, permitting operators to choose the configuration best suited for a specific application.

Out-Of-The-Box Positioning

June 16, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors (Pennsauken, NJ) offers an “out-of-the-box” solution for linear position gaging with its new EAZY-GAGE Bundle. The package combines spring-loaded LVDT position sensors with an EAZY-CAL Mini-Module LVDS Signal Conditioner. According to the company, it takes the guesswork out of gaging applications by providing a fully calibrated and complete linear position gaging system ready for immediate operation.

Picking Made Easier, Faster

June 14, 2011 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dematic (Grand Rapids, MI) has launched its RapidPick System, which uses a “goods to person” design that delivers split case items to an operator in a configuration that allows pick rates up to 1,000 line items per hours. According to the company, it offers high pick accuracy because only one SKU is presented to the operator at a time, in the desired sequence.

Make Mixing Cheaper

June 13, 2011 6:12 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

A compact in-line static mixer that injects multiple chemicals and saves up to 70 percent over the cost of conventional static mixers, according to Westfall Manufacturing Company (Bristol, RI), is now available. The Westfall Model 2800 Static Mixer is a fixed plate that features an internal orifice design with angled tabs, which are computer-designed and tested to arrive at the optimal shape for mixing with minimal head loss.

Longer Daisy Chains

June 3, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) is now offering the HE359 series universal remote I/O module. It connects via 2-wire RS485 Modbus RTU to any PLC, allowing a total of 31 I/O modules to be daisy-chained on a single RS485 link. Available I/O modules include digital in, relay out, analog in, analog out, RTD, and thermocouple.

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