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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.

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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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A More 'Zippy' Bagging Solution

June 2, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Zippy Bagger models from WeighPack (Lachine, QC Canada) operate at speeds up to 35 cpm within a compact footprint, according to the company. They will automatically draw a bag, open it, and seal it after filling. The systems can run both polyethylene and laminated wicketed bags in 6” to 20” lengths.

Go Ethernet

May 31, 2011 7:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) is offering its GS-EDRV100 Ethernet drive module, which provides a high-performance link between a control system and any GS or DURApulse AC drive. The module mounts on a 35mm DIN rail, and connects the drive to an Ethernet hub or PC by transmitting the signals to a number of servers.

More Versatile Actuators

May 26, 2011 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spartan Peripheral Devices (Vaudreuil, QC, Canada) is selling the ME4840 and ME4940 Spring Return Modulating Actuator with a wider input signal range. They are not on-board selectable with a Jumper J3 selectable range from: 0-10Vdc 2-10Vdc 0-5Vdc 5-10Vdc 4-20mA Users can choose from Spring Open or Spring Closed models with direct or reverse control action.

Flexible, Modular Power

May 24, 2011 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power-One, Inc. (Camarillo, CA) has announced the availability of its i-PWER Low Profile Modular (LPM) AC-DC power supply family. The flexible series offers up to 1,500W of power in the six-slow chassis (LPM615 model) or up to 900W in a four-slop chassis (LPM409 model). Four available output modules can easily be fitted into the four- or six-slot chassis, which provides customers with their exact voltage and current requirements.

Easier Motion Control

May 23, 2011 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenze Americas (Uxbridge, MA) has recently launched the Lenze 8400 Inverter Series, which features L-Force automation technology for tailored motion control solutions that deliver stable and dynamic performance in material handling operations. In addition, the series incorporates intelligent features, including memory modules, online diagnostics, and optional integrated safety systems.

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Cut Plastic With Lasers

May 17, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OEM quality CO2 laser optics for low-power lasers used in cutting plastics are now available from Laser Research Optics (Providence, RI). The CO2 Laser Lenses and Mirrors are optimized for use at 10.6µm and meet ISO-10110 specifications for optical elements. They are available for Cincinnati®, Coherent®, Epilog®, Synrad®, Universal®, and similar lasers, and are comparable to the originals, according to the company.

Faster Heating With Steam

May 17, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Johnson Inc. (Tree Rivers, MI) offers direct injection steam heaters to provide a cost-effective way to accurately heat water and water-based slurries by injecting steam directly into the fluid. In addition, they can handle a wide range of flow rates, allowing for precise temperature control while conserving energy.

Get Your Plant Wired

May 16, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BL20 Economy gateways from TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) provides a flexible in-the-cabinet system for distributed I/O with EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP, and can be paired with a broad range of I/O slices to suit virtually any application. In addition, RFID can be incorporated into any distributed I/O product with the necessary RFID-S slices.

Get No Backlash

May 13, 2011 7:51 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Ruland Manufacturing (Marlborough, MA) offers its Oldham couplings, which have typically been used in motion control applications where zero-backlash performance is needed. However, according to the company, the couplings can be used as an alternative to straight jaw couplings on general industrial equipment such as pumps, valves, gearboxes, and conveyor systems.

Electric Motors For Severe Environments

May 13, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

WEG Electric Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has redesigned the frame of the IEE 841 electric motor to its new W22 platform, which offers extended benefits for severe-duty applications. The NEMA Premium electrical design of the motor delivers high torque and low temperature, while the electromechanical design meets the IEE 841 Standard.

Robotic Tooling That Survives Washdowns

May 9, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The QC-77 Robotic Tool Changer, developed by ATI Industrial Automation (Apex, NC) allows robots to automatically change end-effectors or other peripheral tooling in extremely stringent food-processing environments. A stainless-steel design resists attack by organic and inorganic compounds while withstanding aggressive washdown methods.

An Industrial-Safe UPS

April 29, 2011 11:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cyberex Cyberwave Industrial three-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS) from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) operates at a greater efficiency and provides better control of the UPS output. With operation to an ambient temperature of 122°F with only a 10 percent power derating, the Cyberex is suited well to rugged industrial environments.

More User-Friendly Stretch Wrapping

April 29, 2011 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Q-300XT stretch wrapping machine from Lantech (Louisville, KY) improves operator friendliness with a larger load-placement window for its automatic film cut-and-clamp system, according to the company. The system allows the fork truck operator to simply drive up, position the pallet on the turntable, start the machine with a lanyard switch or a wireless Click-n-Go remove, and drive away, all without ever getting off the fork truck.

Control Your Microwaves

April 26, 2011 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation (Chelmsford, MA) is offering two full-featured Fractional-N PLLs with integrated Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) — the HMC837LP6CE and HMC840LP6CE — with a low-noise VCO and a precision charge-pump. According to the company, they feature exact frequency mode operation, deliver phase noise and spurious performance, and consume only 630 mW.

Boilers, Burners, And Controls, Together

April 26, 2011 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cleaver-Brooks (Milwaukee, WI) has launched the CBEX, an integrated boiler, burner, control, and heat recovery system that achieves higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions in a 15 percent smaller footprint. According to the company, the system can meet today’s tougher emissions requirements, including 5 ppm NOx without selective catalytic reduction and 1 ppm CO.

Laser Cutting Gets Better

April 25, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cincinnati Incorporated (Cincinnati, OH) has expanded its laser cutting product line with the CL-900 series fiber laser cutting system, which combines a low operating cost with high-performance 12,000 ipm linear-motor axis drives. The CL-900 cuts mild steel two to three times faster than conventional lasers, while reducing operating costs by up to 40 percent.

Pick From 22 Different Positioners

April 18, 2011 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA. Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced the addition of several new products to its family of Standard Precision Positioning Stages. The stages come in 22 different styles, which can be selected depending on specific applications requirements, such as: moving axes, positioning accuracy, load capacity, feed mechanism, linear guidance structure, or type of clamping mechanism.

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