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Roof Access Made Safer

August 11, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Kee Walk from Kee Safety provides a safe, anti-slip, and level walking surface for roof access. The system is designed for use with flat or sloping roofs, from 0 to 35 degrees, using steps and a construction that distributes the pedestrian load across the surface. Easy assembly, using standard components, removes the need to have custom parts manufactured.

Chip-Proof Energy Tubes

August 11, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus  is now offering the RX energy tube, which was developed especially for the machine tool industry. Its construction is nearly 100 percent chip-proof, with a domed outer contour that allows debris — such as metal or wood chips — to simply fall off the tube. Additional features include: A large interior space for cables and hoses, which can be separated using vertical separators and a horizontal shelf.

High-Accuracy Data Recording

August 11, 2010 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The nanodac recorder/controller, built by Ivensys , offers four high-accuracy universal inputs for data recording and PID control, and is enhanced by a full-color, 1/4 VGA (320 x 240 pixel) display. The nanodac can feature data in a number of ways — including bar graphs, trend charts, and numeric values — using its 50MB of flash memory.

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Fall Arrest And Restraint, Together

August 11, 2010 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The COBRA LIFELINK Single-Man cart from Garlock Safety Systems is a mobile anchorage system that one or two people can tie off to when working on an elevated job site. The system can provide fall arrest for the first worker, and fall restraint for a second simultaneously. Workers can roll the cart where it is needed because no anchorage to the substrate is required.

Part Delivery By Carts

August 11, 2010 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kitting carts from the Creform Corporation are custom-designed to minimize inventory space on the production floor by giving workers the exact parts they need while maintaining access and presentation. The carts are designed using the Creform System of plastic-coated steel pipe and metal joints.

Quiet, Strong Blowers

August 11, 2010 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gardner Denver introduces the IQ blower package, which delivers pressure up to 15 psig, vacuum to 16” Hg, and air flows from 200 to 1,400 icfm with a 50-100 horsepower motor. Other features of the IQ blower include: A quiet design that reduces sound levels by as much as 20 dBA. An integrated full-voltage starter or optional variable frequency drive (VFD) for efficiency.

Cloud-Based ERP

August 11, 2010 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition is a software suite for job shops and small manufacturers provided through a software-as-a-service (Saas) model. The software is designed to help customers reduce complexity and decrease ongoing operational costs, enabling them to focus on business, not IT. Manufacturers are provided everything they need to manage opportunities, orders, and operations in one integrated solution.

Cooling In A Small Footprint

August 11, 2010 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MovinCool CM25 ceiling-mounted air conditioner has a total cooling capacity of 25,000 Btu/h and a sensible cooling capacity of 18,900 Btu/h. At only 20” high, the CM25 was designed to fit in small spaces with dense heat loads. A built-in mounting bracket, flanges, and vibration isolators allow for low-cost installation.

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Reduce Industrial Noises

August 11, 2010 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SZ Acoustic Curtain Walls from Zoneworks can reduce noise levels inside buildings by up to 22-25 decibels, making a space approximately four times quieter than it would be without them, depending on existing noise frequency levels. The modular walls can be custom-fitted to existing spaces with Velcro connections, eliminating the need to invest in permanent walls.

Hurricane-Safe Industrial Doors

August 11, 2010 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TKO CruiserWeight Door with the Wind Load Package is approved for high wind load environments, providing facilities in hurricane-susceptible environments with a safe solution for loading dock doors. According to the company, these doors are built on technology that allowed previous TKO doors to survive the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Programmable Heat Gun

August 11, 2010 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Appliance Corp. has introduced its Model PH-1500 Proheat LCD Programmable Heat Gun, which features six preset, changeable factory programs and an easy-to-read digital display. Temperature and air flow are keypad-adjustable, with increments of 10° from 130° to 1,000°F, and air flow from 4 to 16 CFM.

High-Powered Pocket Flashlight

August 11, 2010 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Pocket LED Light Stick (PCLED6) from E-Z Red uses a high-powered, wide-angle LED to cover an area about ten times the size of conventional flashlights, according to the company. A pocket clip is molded into the light for easy access. The rugged construction is made to last, and is also water-resistant.

Wireless Multimeter Displays

August 11, 2010 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Fluke 233 DMM true-rms multimeter features a wireless removable display that can be up to 33 feet away from the measurement point. The 233 gives the user flexibility in hard-to-reach and unusual measurement scenarios, or allows technicians to measure safely in hazardous areas or clean rooms.

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Impact Power, Ratchet Versatility

August 11, 2010 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 2015MAX and 2025MAX Hammerhead low-profile Impactools — from Ingersoll Rand — are designed for performance in extremely confined spaces. The Hammerhead delivers the power of an impact, plus all the capabilities of a ratchet, within a head height of less than 2” and max torque of 180 ft-lb.

Fire-Safe Manufacturing

August 11, 2010 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pikotek has developed the VCFS — which consists of an E-ring, a compression-limiting back-up ring, and special washers to retain bolt load — to meet the need for a fire-safe isolation kit. The technology has passed the API 6FB Fire test and is the only validated fire-safe isolation kit available in the world, according to the company.

Safer, Cleaner Mopping

August 10, 2010 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nilfisk-Advance now offers the Advance EcoFlex System floor scrubber, which helps facilities maintain clean, safe, and sanitary floors while reducing cleaning costs. The scrubbers provide the flexibility to select the right blend of pad pressure, water, and detergent. The EcoFlex lets staff clean low-traffic areas with water only, or use low amounts of detergent when needed to tackle dirtier areas.

Air-Driven Pumps

August 10, 2010 11:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Pumps 2000 America dual-diaphragm pump from Megator is targeted for demanding applications, and comes in 1”, 1-1/2”, and 2” models capable of passing up to 1-1/2” solids. The air motor runs without any lubrication, and requires low air consumption. In addition, the system’s material design is 41 pounds for the 2” model, helping prevent neck and back injuries, and helps resist deterioration in low pH environments.

Simplified Pallet Inversions

August 10, 2010 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PalletPal Inverter from Southworth Products is an easy way to rotate fully-loaded pallets, according to the company. It is ideal for replacing broken pallets, switching to or from in-house/shipping pallets, transferring loads to slip sheets, and replacing damaged goods at the bottom of a load without the need for manual restacking.

An Extendable ERP Suite

August 10, 2010 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plex Online is an ERP SaaS software suite, using 400 modules to manage operations from the shop floor, such as quality management and machine integration. In addition, the system incorporates enterprise resource planning (ERP) functions such as accounting and finance, customer relationship management (CRM) functions, and supply chain management (SCM) capabilities.

Powder Flow Testing

August 10, 2010 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Brookfield Engineering has expanded into the processing industry with their new Powder Flow Tester, which delivers quick and easy analysis of powder flow behavior. According to the company, the PFT is ideal for manufacturers who need to eliminate the downtime and expense of erratic powder discharge from hoppers.

Versatile, Non-VOC Lubricant

August 10, 2010 8:07 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

CRC has developed the Syntha-Tech Lubricant w/PTFE, a non-flammable blend of synthetic lubricants that utilize PTFE plus anti-wear and extreme pressure additives, all with no VOCs. The lubricant penetrates deeply into cracks or joints to lubricate and protect all exposed metals, and can withstand temperature ranges form -40° to 450°F.

Low-Maintenance Wet/Dry Vacuums

August 10, 2010 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SpeedClean BucketVac is a wet/dry vacuum that easily attaches to standard 5 gallon buckets, and is recommended to clean job sites, including large water and dry pickups. While conventional vacuums require users to stop and dump, the BucketVac head just pops off the old bucket and onto a new one, eliminating down time.

Safe Transfer Of Flammable Liquids

August 10, 2010 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

GoatThroat introduces the SCP-6500 series of groundable, hand-operated pumps for Class 1 and 2 flammable liquids. The pumps exceed the criteria of NFPA 77 while eliminating fugitive emissions and allowing for the spill-free transfer of flammable liquids from 5 to 55 gallon containers. According to the company, the SCP-6500 will allow facilities to safely transfer flammable liquids without the use of expensive electric pumps.

Vibration-Resistant Reels

August 10, 2010 8:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reelcraft Industries now offers the stability of a dual pedestal reel — plus a compact yet strong design — with the DP7000 Series reel. The DP7000 Series features a two-piece, non-welded, and interlocking base that won’t vibrate apart due to its steel-formed and stamped base design.

Low-Profile Scissor Lifting

August 10, 2010 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Presto Lifts has developed the DXL Series Compact Scissor Lifts, which offer a full 2,000 pounds of lifting capacity with a smaller footprint than standard lifts. According to the company, they are ideal for work positioning, assembly, repair, and inspection applications. A double scissor mechanism allows for a low 6” collapsed height while providing a 42” raised height.

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