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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.

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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).

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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.

Machining Goes High-Speed

January 20, 2011 8:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The M10 Pro — the next generation in high-speed machining centers from Datron Dynamics, Inc. (Milford, NH) — features linear scales on all axes driven by larger motors, which yields a ±5 micron position accuracy. The M10 Pro has a direct-drive, liquid-chilled, 40,000 RPM spindle, which uses HSK-25E tool holders with <1 micron run-out.

Review Your Switch Data

January 17, 2011 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RTS Series 30-cycle-rated and 3-cycle-rated automatic transfer switches from Russelectric (Hingham, MA) now come equipped with the company’s RPTCS microprocessor automatic transfer control system. Setup, alarm acknowledgement, and review of actual data are easily accomplished using the controller’s soft keys and color display.

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High-Accuracy Air Regulators

January 17, 2011 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Precision Controls Divison (PCD) of Marsh Bellofram Corporations (Newell, WV) has announced the Type 78, which is a direct-acting air pressure regulator designed to offer high accuracy, large flow, and exhaust capabilities. The regulators are available in port sizes of 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and NPT and BPST, with 1/4 NPT gauges.

Print Directly On Cables

January 14, 2011 9:57 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) and Kingsley Machine Company have introduced a hot stamp printer for marking directly on insulated cables or wires that have connectors or terminated ends. The front-loading KIP-FL eliminates the need to print and apply adhesive labels or heat shrink tubing to mark cables or wires with connectors or terminated ends.

Save Money On Extrusions

January 13, 2011 8:17 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Guill Tool & Engineering (West Warwick, RI) now offers money-saving extrusion technology in the form of a unique six-layer head/die, which offers a lower cost when compared to purchasing two three-layer systems to perform the same function. The Series 800 can extrude fluropolymer materials, but it can also handle non-fluoropolymers and adhesives that work well when combined in thin layers.

Riding On Air

January 10, 2011 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The actuators for scissor lifts and tilt tables from Air Springs (Meadowbank, New South Wales, Australia) attempt to eliminate one of the weakest links in pneumatic actuation: the seals in traditional cylinders. The Airstroke actuators are essentially — according to the company — heavy-duty balloons.

Cylinders That Handle The Unexpected

January 10, 2011 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new long-stroke RC Duo hydraulic cylinders from Enerpac (Milwaukee, WI) optimized extension capabilities while minimizing retraction times to get the job done faster and more reliably, according to the company. The 700 bar cylinders are available in capacities from 5 to 95 tons, with stroke lengths from 156 to 362mm.

Protect Your Grippers

January 7, 2011 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DCT Series Pneumatic Grippers from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) are angular grippers with a 180° jaw opening, which allows for the complete release of a directly-fed part. The gripper forces range from 32 N to 112 N. According to the company, the gripper has shielding to repel chips and other particulate from the internal drive mechanism.

A Better Suction Cup

January 7, 2011 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Piab (Hingham, MA) has launched its new piGRIP suction cup, which is the first modular suction cup, according to the company. The piGRIP allows companies to choose the ideal combination of lip and bellow so products can be handled at high speeds. The system is available with a range of independent lips, bellows, and fittings in sizes from 25-77mm, allowing it to be tailored to individual gripping, lifting, and height requirements to handle a variety of products.

Make A More Flexible Robot

January 4, 2011 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

SAS Automation (Xenia, OH) has introduced the new Uni-Grip and Uni-Clamp Robotic Gripper Systems. The Uni-Grip is a universal system that allows for a precise gripper tool to be built with the added benefit of greater flexibility, such as the ability to use center-mountable components without disassembly or additional drop-in channel nuts.

Film Wrapping Goes 'Lean'

January 3, 2011 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The automatic stretch wrappers equipped with the new metered film delivery systems and other LeanWrap innovations from Lantech (Louisville, KY) have been designated as the “L” Series of stretch wrappers. The new line includes the QL Automatic (turntable model), SL Automatic (cantilevered and straddle automatics), and RL Automatic (ring straddle automatics).

Water Filters Help You Go LEED

January 3, 2011 4:11 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The self-cleaning water filters from Forsta Filters (Los Angeles, CA) can help reduce water use, improve energy efficiency, and are made entirely from sustainable materials. According to the company, implementing a Forsta water filter can help projects meet a variety of environmental and sustainability goals, such as LEED.

Ovens For Clean Rooms

January 3, 2011 4:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carbolite (Hope Valley, UK) has developed a class 10,000 clean room oven solution in order to meet precise production requirements. A digital time temperature program controller manages the temperature of the oven and is capable of storing up to 20 programs, each with up to 16 segments. In addition, the oven employs forced air circulation that is carefully positioned to give optimum uniformity of the zones.

Easy RTV Dispensing

December 21, 2010 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RTV Silicone Dispenser from Dispense Works, Inc. (McHenry, IL) is a bench-top solution for automatically dispensing RTV onto a user’s product. The Axis 300 robot uses a built-in digital valve controller and a full-length T-Slot base to simplify fixturing and tooling. In addition, the robots feature continuous contouring and real-time syringe/valve control, which results in dispensed beads of consistent widths and volume.

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