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Self-Contained CNC Fixtures

August 25, 2010 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The S.C.P.U. (Self-Contained Power Unit) from Kirsan Engineering was designed to eliminate the possibility of human error when hydraulically actuating machining fixtures. With the S.C.P.U., the hydraulic pump is integral to the fixture, and when the machining process is complete, the last tool used is then programmed to release the hydraulic press by depressing the release valve.

A Weld-Safe Bunker For Sensors

August 19, 2010 7:20 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Balluff ’s BunkerProx is a rugged, “self-bunkering” M18 inductive proximity sensor designed to survive longer in abusive welding applications without external protection. The BunkerProx has a strong, thick housing that boosts the ability to withstand repeated mechanical impact and serves as an intermittent heat sink to shield the sensor electronics from intense heat.

Dot-Peen Marking Tools

August 19, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The I-Mark I-Series dot-peen marking system from  Columbia Marking Tools, Inc. comes with a marking head, a system controller, cables, and programming software. The x-y CNC movement for the marking head is provided by high-torque steeper motors that mark up to five (1/8”) characters per second.


Industrial-Strength Spot Cooling

August 19, 2010 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Jetstream 2400, a new product in Port-A-Cool ’s evaporative cooling line, features a 48-gallon water reservoir built into the one-piece leak- and rust-resistant housing for extended cooling without having to refill. The unit can cool a 2,000 square foot area and has a louver panel that allows concentrated spot cooling simultaneously to the left, right, up, and down.

All-In-One Vehicle Tracking

August 19, 2010 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PowerFleet wireless vehicle management system from I.D. Systems helps increase productivity and safety, optimize vehicle use, create visibility of vehicles, and reduce damage to facilities. The system incorporates many functionality modules, including: Vehicle access control, which creates accountability by restricting vehicle use to authorized operators.

Versatile Pump Controllers

August 13, 2010 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 42A Pump Controller from Time Mark is a versatile liquid level/pump management system that can control up to three pumps with a 4-20mA input or two pumps and backup floats. Alarm inputs for seal failure, over-temperature, or contactor failure, plus an alarm output relay, are provided.

Collect Weld Fumes

August 13, 2010 6:23 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

United Air Specialists, Inc. announces the W Series of weld fume collectors, which are available in portable (WP model) and wall-mount (WS model) configurations. The collectors effectively capture weld fumes at the source of the welding process with obstruction-free extraction arms. Once inside the system, contaminants are sent through a spark trap and captured within a fire-retardant Protura Nanofiber cartridge filter.

High-Tech, Medium-Duty Lifts

August 13, 2010 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yale Materials Handling Corporation has launched its GC050LX cushion tire and GP050LX pneumatic tire internal combustion lift trucks. The GC/GP lift trucks take technologies utilized in the heavier-duty Yale Veracitor trucks — solid construction and durability — and adapt them for use in moderate-duty working conditions.


Coating Removal Systems

August 13, 2010 6:22 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Farrow 185, a self-contained coatings removal system from Farrow System USA , is engineered to remove any type of industrial corrosion-control coating quickly and safely. The process uses Farrow Green Clean media, a natural product that contains no chemicals or hazardous materials. Other features of the Farrow 185 include: The ability to clean coatings from wood, plastics, steel, aluminum, brass, concrete, and more.

Create A Dock Perimeter

August 13, 2010 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ENERGY GUARD from the Kelley Company provides a perimeter seal along the sides and rear hinge of dock levels in order to block dirt, debris, and insects, not to mention prevent energy loss. The design closes gaps between the dock leveler and concrete pit walls up to 9” above the dock level, stopping the mass flow of air from seeping through, and minimizing the transfer of heat in and out of the facility.

Conduits With Versatile Elbows

August 13, 2010 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Universal Conduit Elbow from Thomas & Betts functions as four elbows in one, resulting in the reduction of stock parts. The elbow replaces LL, LR, LB, and C conduit bodies for most applications. In addition, pulling wire is made easier because the radius of the elbow is the same as the conduit itself.

VOC Absorption Systems

August 13, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Munters is now supplying its Zeolite rotor concentrator systems for the removal of volatile organic compounds from process exhaust streams. The hydrophobic Zeolite material is combined with a Honeycombe desiccant rotor to create a VOC absorption system that reduces operating costs and helps the environment, according to the company.

Diamond-Based Seal Coating

August 13, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

EagleBurgmann has developed DiamondFaces, a synthetically-manufactured, ultrapure diamond — with the same characteristic as a natural stone — for seal coating. A microcrystalline coating of 8-µm thickness on a silicon carbide seal face extends the life of the seal, reduces maintenance costs, according to the company.


Industrial Cycling

August 13, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rugged Cycles have developed an industrial-friendly bicycle with an airless, chainless design. Instead of a traditional chain, the Rugged version uses a drive shaft, which helps eliminate the most common cause of industrial bike-related injuries: the chain. The solid polyurethane tires use no air, which makes them impossible to deflate, and reduces maintenance costs and time.

Software Simplifies Manufacturing

August 13, 2010 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RIDGIDConnect online business software suite from RIDGID allows customers to share and store digital assets, such as diagnostic job site photos and videos, job reports and histories, maintenance records, customer lists, and more. According to the company, this simplifies communication and recordkeeping duties.

Lubricants Go 5S

August 12, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon is now integrating their chemical and lubricant products with a packaging and identification system, based on the principles of 5S and Kanban, to create the Sprayon System. The system communicates what products are to be used for each application, and ensures users always have the right product on hand when it is needed.

Keep L-Wrenches Handy

August 12, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools Inc. developed the PB Swiss Tools’ KeyDisc Holder, which keeps L-wrenches readily available for every situation. The holder is available for all chromed L-wrenches as well as powder-coated RainBow versions, which range in size from 1.5 to 10mm. The clear disc can be rotated around the holder to lock the tools in place for transportation, and then rotated clockwise to allow access to the L-wrenches.

Heating Pumps Electrically

August 12, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Viking Pump has released its Electrically Heated pumps, which are available with Viking’s Heavy Duty Universal Seal series, for the heating of asphalt and bitumen. The heaters are located on the bracket to ensure asphalt/bitumen is in a liquid state at the seal chamber prior to startup. In addition, the use of electric heating eliminates hot oil or steam connections for quicker removal from service and easier routine maintenance.

VOC-Free Chemical Degreasing

August 12, 2010 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T-91 Non-Solvent Degreaser from LPS Laboratories is an environmentally-safe, high-performance, heavy-duty, solvent-free degreaser that removes grease and oil. T-91 has no VOCs and complies with a handful of VOC regulations. The 28 fl. oz., 3-finger trigger spray bottle has two spray pattern options: pinpoint and wide spray.

Terminal Blocks For Heavy Vibrations

August 12, 2010 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s newest terminal blocks use push-in technology (PIT) to reduce insertion forces by 50 percent compared with spring-technology products, according to the company. The leg-spring design increases termination speed and reduces operator fatigue. These modular PIT blocks have 250N of pullout force — five times the IEC requirement — making them ideal for high-vibration applications.

Isolate And Vent Pressure Gauges

August 12, 2010 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Swagelok compact gauge valve reduces maintenance and installation time by providing quick, convenient access for the isolation and venting of pressure gauges, according to the company. The design features an integral purge valve, which reduces leak potential. Other features include: A design that incorporates a purge valve for easy bleeding of trapped fluid pressure between the valve seat and gauge upon shutoff.

Material Handling With Compressed Air

August 12, 2010 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Aero-Drive, from AeroGo , provides motor power and steering control for operators to position and control awkward, delicate, or heavy loads up to 220 tons. The unit is propelled by compressed air for safe, frictionless movement that requires no batteries or fuel, and creates zero emissions. The swing-arm steering provides 360° movement in forward and reverse modes, while fingertip controls make it easy for operators to adjust and maneuver loads efficiently.

Actuators, A Sum Of Their Parts

August 12, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bimba’s OLE actuators are available in strokes up to 18”, thrusts to 350 pounds, and speeds to 24” per second. According to the company, they benefit from a flexible modular design, a massive bronze rod bearing, a custom motor coupler, and more. A special composite, self-lubricating nut provides high load capacity and speed while keeping noise low.

High Volume, High Speed Fans

August 12, 2010 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Ventilation has introduced the BigDog, a 72” diameter, 3 HP, belt-driven, fiberglass variable speed circulation fan, which is fitted with six fully-adjustable air deflectors. The BigDog is designed for ceiling or post mounting, and is ideal for large area cooling and de-stratification, according to the company.

Protect Your Cables

August 12, 2010 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yellow Jacket Inc. has developed the BarrierFree WASP AMS cable protector, which eliminates rails, barriers, and drop-offs for smooth transitions with tapered ramps for ease of access or crossing. The system can be used with Yellow Jacket’s Hipernsap locking devices, which ensure a secure connection.

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