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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.

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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.

Streamlined Thermal Printing

December 21, 2010 8:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The duplexpackslip from Premier Print (Chicago, IL) allows shipping departments to streamline the shipping label and packing slip process with two-sided thermal printing. The duplexpackslip allows facilities to reduce high labor costs and excessive error rates. According to the company, the system takes a five-step process and brings it to a two-step process with minimal intervention, which enables costs savings.

Cables That Can Handle Torsion

December 16, 2010 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus (East Providence, RI) has introduced twistable hybrid, bus, motor, and fiber-optic cables to its torsion-resistant Chainflex robot cable range. The line includes five cables with a PUR outer jacket: CF-Robot 9, which is a hybrid control cable that is available shielded or unshielded.

Reliable Volumetric Dispensing

December 16, 2010 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

GPD Global (Grand Junction, CO) has developed Positive Cavity Displacement (PCD) Dispensing for next-generation volumetric dispensing. Fluids are delivered to the substrate via nozzles, a technique that is not affected by variations in temperature or reservoir pressure, thereby improving day-to-day and start-to-finish process results, according to the company.

Universal Vehicle Control

December 10, 2010 9:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) has introduced the VC600 Vehicle Controller, which is just 125 x 50 x 195 mm in size, allowing it to fit where other vehicle controllers can’t. The controller also uses a rugged IP65-classified design that is immune to vibrations, unstable power supplies, temperature variations, humidity, and dust to deliver 24/7 operation.

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Go Oil-Free With New Compressors

December 10, 2010 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced its SRL Series Oil-free Multiplex Scroll Air Compressor, which gives companies more versatility when going oil-free, according to the company. The compressor is available in 7.5kW, 11kW, and 16.5kW models, with pressure optimization at 116 PSI or 145 PSI.

Pilot Lights In Explosive Environments

December 9, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Optitrol Series from O-Z/Gedney (Rosemont, IL) is a line of factory-sealed, explosion-proof and dust-ignition proof control stations and pilot lights. They are typically used for remote control of motors in industrial areas where flammable gases are present. Optitrol’s heavy-duty enclosure confines electrical arcing, preventing ignition of flammable atmospheres, and the malleable iron enclosure is given a triple coat of zinc, chromate, and epoxy powder for corrosion resistance.

Air- Or Electrically-Actuated Drives

December 7, 2010 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Force Control Industries (Fairfield, OH) has announced their Two Speed Drive for applications up to 30 HP that require a high turndown ratio, while maintaining high torque. The drive includes a brake motor with a low speed drive built-in, which provides precise low speed control with continuous high torque.

Portable Dot Peen Marking

November 30, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mini Mark, from Kwik Mark (McHenry, IL) is a portable dot peen marking system designed for both handheld applications and integration into existing and new machinery. Preloaded leadscrews and ball slides help increase performance and durability. The detached controls feature the latest in embedded technology, with CF card storage and network (LAN) and RS-232 connectivity.

Easily-Programmable Motion Control

November 29, 2010 9:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America (Waukegan, IL) has released the MP2600iec motion controller, which provides motion control of 1 or 1.5 axis along with machine control. The machine controller supports all five IEC61131-3 programming languages: Ladder Diagram, Function Block, Structures Text, Sequential Function Chart, and Instruction List.

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Higher-Than-High-Quality Hoses

November 22, 2010 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GilaFlex Inner-braided PVC Air Hose from Coilhose Pneumatics (East Brunswick, NJ) is the newest addition to the company’s line of high-quality hoses. The visible safety orange cover does not trap dirt and is easy to clean — according to the company — and a special blend of PVC allows the hose to lay flat on the ground or floor.

Clean And Recirculate

November 18, 2010 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Trans-O-Filter unit from SERFILCO, Ltd. (Northbrook, IL) re-circulates at flow rates of 3 to 10 GPM on fuel or hydraulic systems to collect moisture on a coalescing element. To enhance the life of the coalescing element, a pre-filter can be added to remove particulates, and the choice of media allows the user to select cartridges with high dirt holding depth or absolute media of pleated membrane to trap particles as small as 1 micron.

Dry As A Desert

November 18, 2010 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atlas Copco (Westfield, MA) has launched three new desiccant air dryer ranges that are designed for efficiency, with low pressure drops, delayed dryer cycles, and a guaranteed constant pressure dew point — even at full load — under any condition. The CD+ range is engineered with a design that guarantees reliability, according to the company.

Water Filtering's Many Benefits

November 15, 2010 8:00 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Forsta Filters Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) has developed their self-cleaning water filters, which help reduce water use, improve energy efficiency, and are made from sustainable materials, according to the company. They are ideal for protecting heat exchangers, condenser tubes, and other water-cooled process equipment because they can control particulate levels.

Be A Better Catcher

November 15, 2010 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sitema Safety Catchers, manufactured by Sitema GmbH (Karlsruche, Germany), are clamping devices that mount around shafts to support vertical loads. They can decelerate and stop falling loadings, preventing personal injury or damage to equipment. A series of wedged clamping jaws are arranged inside the Safety Catcher housing, each with one slide lining and one brake lining.

Magnetic Powder Sorting

November 15, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has announced its newly redesigned Dry Vibrating Magnetic Filter (DVMF) with a stainless steel construction option that makes it an ideal choice for handling various powders. The DVMF uses a high-intensity, high-gradient magnetic field generated in the bore of a solenoid coil.

Oil-Free Air Compressors

November 11, 2010 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced that it has expanded its product line of Oil-Free Rotary Screw Air Compressors to include units in the size range 132-240kW. The expansion also includes life cycle cost reductions, space conservation, and increased efficiency, according to the company.

It's Time To Mix And Shake It

November 11, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Co., Inc. (Pompano Beach, FL) has released a line of mixers and shakers, including one-gallon vortex mixers and multi-size shakers. The XVL-10 (Round) One Gallon Vortex Mixer and the XVL-12 (Square) One Gallon Vortex Mixer both mix one gallon, quart, and pint containers in a small package.

Portable Power In Remote Locations

November 11, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

For any application requiring portable electric power, the Portable Power Package from Newcastle Systems (Middleton, MA) offers advantages over extension cords or generators. The package uses a rechargeable battery to provide integrated, seamless power for any use, and isn’t noisy like generators, or inconvenient and potentially dangerous, like extension cords.

Earn Some Green

November 9, 2010 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) has announced that LB Series Gas Compressor has recently been implemented as the centerpiece to a new propane vapor-recovery system at Bluhms Gas Sales, which has allowed the company to not only recoup losses, but also also increase profits. The LB compressor is designed to deliver high efficiency in handling propane, which has allowed Bluhms to return more than 40,000 gallons of propane back into a storage tank.

Oil-Free Air Compression

November 9, 2010 8:20 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Kaeser Compressors (Fredericksburg, VA) has introduced a completely oil-free air compressor: the Airbox. The quiet, energy-efficient piston compressor is ideal for any applications requiring modest air flow, according to the company. The system is available as a standalone compressor, or as an Airbox Center, which also includes a tank, dryer, filters, and drain in a single package.

Packaging Cushions Go Hybrid

November 5, 2010 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pregis Corp. (Deerfield, IL) has introduced a new hybrid cushioning system that can handle multiple roll widths (up to 32”) via a dispenser head than is 60 percent smaller than previous models. The Air Speed HV Versa can provide cushioning in three different widths: 24” wide cushions from 32” rolls, as well as 18” and 12” wide size.

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