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Valves That Handle The Highest Pressures

March 18, 2011 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Badger Meter (BMI; Milwaukee, WI) has added the Ultra High Pressure Valve Assembly HP-60 to its product line. It is engineered for use in high-pressure chemical applications in need of a 60,000 psi, low-flow control valve. It is designed with a 17-4ph alloy and solid Stellite Innervalve assembly, allowing it to withstand intense pressure.

Vacuum More With Less

March 14, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Piab (Hingham, MA) has launched its piCOMPACT10 range, the manifold-mounted and functional ejector system based on MICRO COAX technology. Products in the piCOMPACT10 range are ideal for pick-and-place operations where efficient handling of small, heavy parts is crucial. By using Piab’s MICRO COAX cartridges, the new range provides three times more vacuum flow, resulting in substantial sustainability benefits, as well as energy and cost savings.

More Efficient Condensers

March 11, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Luvata Grenada (Grenada, MS) has announced its new range of air-cooled condensers that reduce refrigerant charge and perform 25 percent more efficiently. The 800mm series air-cooled condensers are available with enhanced copper tube/aluminum fin, or with all-aluminum Microchannel coils, both of which are compatible with environmentally- friendly refrigerants.

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Better Robotics With Better Drives

March 11, 2011 3:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) has developed their Ethernet-compatible PowerLink servo drives, which have been used in a variety of applications, such as a conformal coating machine with three-dimensional spraying accuracy at Advanced Coating Robotics (ACR). The drives, equipped with Baldor’s motion control software, offer real-time interpolated control via a simple plug-together system building approach.

Stretch Wrapping Gets Easier

March 11, 2011 3:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Load Seeking Clamp 4.0, available on the SL automatic stretch wrapper from Lantech (Louisville, KY), was designed to reduce film breaks. At the beginning of the wrap cycle, the Load Seeking Clamp 4.0 goes to the edge of the load, creating clamp-to-load contact regardless of the width of the load.

A Waste-Reducing Skimmer

March 4, 2011 7:50 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Keller Products, Inc. (Lexington, MA) has developed the TKO-10-DP pump/skimmer specifically for dye penetrant applications, which are used to detect cracks, seams, or porosity in the surfaces of the parts. The system pulls the penetrant from the surface of the tank through a floating inlet valve using an air-operated pump, separates the penetrant from the rinse water with a permanent separator element, and returns water to the rinse tank at a high flow rate.

Longer-Lasting Tool Grades

March 3, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Beyond platform of high-performance tool grades from Kennametal (Latrobe, PA) is now available in inserts for the company’s FixPerfect system, which promises improved toughness and wear-resistance, resulting in higher turning productivity and safety. The FixPerfect system features a proprietary shaped pocket for high clamping forces, very low cutting forces, chip control, and an improved process stability.

High-Torque Electrical Actuators

March 1, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The P-Series, PA-PD Series, D Series, and PL Series Electric Actuators from ProMation (Brooksville, FL) are designed for rugged, industrial use. They are available in a variety of models, such as quarter-turn reversing, quarter-turn reversing spring return, and linear drive models to provide on/off, jog, or proportional control.

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New Tools For Machine Builders

February 28, 2011 8:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced new products in its timing pulleys, belts, and keyless bushings categories. The components can be used by machine builders in the design and assembly of rugged factory automation and motion control machinery. The GT Timing Pulleys and Belts include four types of rugged, round tooth profiles, built to deliver exceptionally durable performance in high-accuracy positioning applications, with minimal backlash.

Print On Virtually Anything

February 17, 2011 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Videojet Technologies Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) allows companies to print large, variable data codes on both porous or nonporous substrates with the new Videojet 2120. The system can apply characters on everything from cardboard and paper, to plastic and foil. Multiple printhead and ink options provide the flexibility to configure the industrial ink jet printer for different products.

This Membrane Dryer Is A 'SuperStar'

February 17, 2011 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

LA-MAN Corporation (Mazeppa, MN) is now offering the AMD-035 SuperStar Membrane Dryer that provides clean and dry compressed air. The membrane dryer can be used where refrigerated dryers may be too large. The AMD-035 lowers the dew point by continuously removing water vapor and venting into the surrounding atmosphere.

A Chuck For Air

February 15, 2011 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Northfield Presicison Instrument Corporation (Island Park, NY) has introduced the Model 450 Air Chuck, which installs on the bed of the customer’s machine. The pick-and-place arm picks up the parts after they are finished in the front chucks and transfers them to the rear chucks for finishing.

Master Your Bulk Bag Systems

February 15, 2011 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The modular Material Master Bulk Bag Discharging System — from Material Transfer (Allegan, MI) — offers a Sure-Seal pneumatic discharge spout clamping system to ensure a dust-tight operation. In addition, the Flo-Master bag massaging system delivers product to high-deflection vibratory feeder.

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Extra-Durable Shaft Encoders

February 15, 2011 10:17 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced its new HS35 family of incremental hollow shaft encoders — including a fully-programmable version — for heavy-duty positioning and speed control applications. The rugged encoders withstand shocks up to 200 g, high-pressure cleaning, and ambient temperatures from -40°F to 212°F.

Frictionless Braking Is Possible

February 14, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Posidyne oil-shear clutch brakes from Force Control (Fairfield, OH) transmit torque between two lubricated surfaces, which eliminates wear and dissipates heat. Because there is no direct contact between the friction surfaces during acceleration or deceleration, there is no need for adjustment or replacement of discs, according to the company.

One-Way Clutches

February 11, 2011 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced a new line of One-Way Clutches, which are designed to operate on the end of a shaft. They feature ball bearings on both ends of the clutch to provide support for radial loads. The clutch allows for free spinning in one direction, while locking in the other direction, to prevent reverse rotation.

Tougher-Than-Tough Transformers

February 10, 2011 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has expanded its Hammond line of HPS Fortress commercial encapsulated power transformers. The single-phase units are now available in 100VA to 25kVA ratings and input voltages ranges of 120VAC to 480VAC. They are encapsulated with electrical-grade silica sand and resin compounds to protect the core and coils, which seals out moisture and airborne contaminants.

More Versatile Process Control

February 10, 2011 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) now offers the CS series of process control modules, which give you PID loop control of any process, all without using a PLC. A variety of modules allow for control of temperature, flow, and pressure, while the single- and dual-loop temperature models provide ramp-and-soak controls.

Massive Bearings For Massive Loads

February 7, 2011 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kaydon Corporation ’s Bearings Division (Muskegon, MI) is now offering many models of its space-saving HS Series slewing ring bearings, which handle moment loads of up to 139,000 ft-lbs. The ability to deliver heavy load and thrust and space savings makes the series ideal for medium- to heavy-duty applications, such as cranes, aerial lifts, lift truck rotators, and industrial turntables.

Better-Performing Butterfly Valves

February 7, 2011 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new line of High Performance Butterfly Valves from Assured Automation (Clark, NJ) offer Class VI shut-off and an advanced seat design, which provides a bi-directional interference and pressure-assisted seal. The valves are available in sizes from 2” to 12”, with a pressure rating up to 285 PSI for the 150-class, and 740 PSI for the 300-class valves.

Indestructible Steam Hoses

February 4, 2011 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eaton Corporation (Eden Prairie, MN) has developed a new line of steam hose that was engineered to provide maximum safety. The Steam Slayer hose combines a chlorobutyl tube with high-tensile steel wire reinforcement and an Ethylene Proylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) cover to produce a hose with a 10:1 burst safety factor.

High-Efficiency Pumps

February 3, 2011 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TSFR Series Magnetic Drive Rotary Vane Pumps from Clark Solutions (Hudson, MA) are designed for applications such as heat exchange and process loops, where many hours of operation are required. The TSFR Pumps are AC-powered, have four speed selections, and are rated for continuous flow to 1,000 l/h (264gph).

Reuse Your Gearbox's Oil

January 28, 2011 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

JLM Systems Limited (Richmond, BC, Canada) has developed the OILMISER Vapor Guard (OVG), which is designed for lubricated gearboxes and bearing houses that are vented to atmosphere. Continuous operation, rotating parts at high speeds, and high working loads will all generate heat and oil mist inside a gearbox, but the OVG helps condense the mist at the bottom of a containment chamber.

Motors That Withstand Any Rigor

January 28, 2011 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Boston Gear (Charlotte, NC) has launched a new line of stainless steel motors, which have been engineered for better washdown performance, according to the company. The exterior construction consists of a 300 Series stainless steel housing, end bells, output shaft, and conduit box. The motors also use double lip shaft seals, a rubber gasket seal on the conduit cover, O-rings between end bells and the housing, and a smooth exterior with no mounting feat.

Improved Production Line Printing

January 28, 2011 7:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The enhanced Videojet 2300 Series from Videojet Technologies, Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) offers improved flexibility for easier production line integration and operation. The 2340, 2350, and 2360 printers all feature the automatic printhead micropurge, which helps eliminate frequent downtime, while maintaining high-quality printing, even in dusty environments.

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