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2012 IMPOvation Award Winners

November 8, 2012 4:48 pm | Articles | Comments

The fourth annual IMPOvation awards tracked reader click activity to determine the most popular product technology in our daily e-newsletteer, IMPO Insider. These are your favorites. The top three companies showcased Double-X™ Pliers, oil-injected screw compressors, and a pedestal/magnetic mount work area light.

November/December 2012 - Floor Safety, Line Safety

November 7, 2012 5:06 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, industrial matting solutions address various safety concerns within a plant,...

Your 2011 Impovation Award Winners!

December 1, 2011 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

IMPO readers voted in droves for the third annual IMPO vation product technology award. From a...

Your 2010 Impovation Award Winners!

December 17, 2010 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

IMPO readers voted in droves for the second annual IMPO vation product technology award. From...

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Manage Your Plant

September 2, 2010 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation developed the R3.05 upgrade to its Plant Resource Manager (PRM), which is an integrated device management software package that can be used to manage, monitor, and diagnose plant field devices. The PRM now supports PROFIBUS DP/PA and wired HART 7 devices, allowing it to be used with a larger range of devices online.

Recover, Reuse Oil Mist

September 2, 2010 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OILMISER Vapor Guard (OVG) from JLM Systems is designed for lubricated gearboxes and bearing housings that are vented to atmosphere. The OVG traps the oil mist and fumes migrating out of the gearbox before they foul the air filter. In addition, the system has a central diffuser post inside a sealed aluminum containment chamber, which allows fumes to condense back into liquid oil.

Better Welding Helmets

September 2, 2010 5:00 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Jackson Safety brand has updated its line of passive welding helmets to incorporate models with fixed-shade and variable auto-darkening visors. At the top of the line is the W-60 series, a multi-functional auto-darkening helmet that operates on a digital platform.

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More Comfortable Safety Goggles

September 2, 2010 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The XPR36 high-performance safety goggle from Encon is designed for protection against chemical splash, dust, and flying particles. According to the company, the 360° circuitous ventilation system combines with the QD2 easy strap adjustment system and the ENCOTE (anti-scratch and anti-fog) lens to set a new standard in comfort and durability.

NASA-Approved Adhesives

September 1, 2010 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Supreme 10AOHT-LO adhesive from  Master Bond   is a single-component, no mix, thermally-conductive compound featuring electrical insulation and durability against impact, thermal shock, vibration, and stress fatigue cracking. It meets NASA low outgassing specifications and is formulated to cure at elevated temperatures between 250° and 300°F for 1 hour.

V-Belts Survive Extreme Temperatures

September 1, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Gates Rubber Co. industrial molded notch v-belts have been upgraded to a high-performance EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) material construction, which provides longer belt life at extreme temperatures, according to the company. The EPDM belts offer a 70 percent broader operating temperature range (-60° to +230°F), which improves resistance to cracking, a common belt failure.

Intrinsically Safe Pressure Transmitters

September 1, 2010 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The P612 Silicon Glass Fused Pressure Transmitter from Tel Tru is specifically designed to operate safely in hazardous areas, and is cCSAus Intrinsically Safe certified to Class I, Div.1, Groups A, B, C, and D, when used with approved zener barrier systems. The single-piece 316L stainless steel sensing element with a high-output silicon glass fused strain gauge maximizes cycle life even in the presence of pressure spikes, vibration, and aggressive fluid media.

Quicker Washing And Sanitization

September 1, 2010 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Douglas Model 1536,SPW is designed to efficiently wash, rinse, and sanitize scale buckets, weigh hoppers, chutes, and feeder pans. Racks are available for all types and sizes of scales and are designed to protect the parts during cleaning and extend their lifetime. According to the company, turnaround time is significantly reduced because the buckets and feeder pans of most 12 head scales can be cleaned in just one wash/rinse cycle of only six minutes.

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Technology-Enabled Cabinets

September 1, 2010 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CribMaster Hybrid Accu-Cab combines two cutting-edge technologies: weight-sensing and RFID. The dual solution combines to accurately manage both bench stock and durable types of inventories all in a single device, and is driven by CribMaster software. The Hybrid Accu-Cab consists of a heavy-duty, double-walled cabinet equipped with highly-sensitive scales, four RFID antennae, and a secure door lock.

Biodegradable Lubricants

September 1, 2010 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Summit EnviroTech FGPL is a NSF-registered H-1 bio-based penetrating lubricant, formulated for use in the food processing and packaging industry. The biodegradable formulation is odorless, tasteless, fast-acting, and rapidly penetrates corrosion or carbon residue on equipment, according to the company.

Small Fans, Big Fans

September 1, 2010 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The direct drive APW Panel Fan is available in diameters from 14” through 60”, with capacities ranging to 60,000 cfm. Continental Fan includes an adjustable pitch impeller for precise performance matching, and the airfoil axial impeller is constructed of spark-resistant die cast aluminum.

Lighter, Faster AS/RS

August 31, 2010 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Mustang Evo is TGW ’s single-mast automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), and it offers a payload of 220 pounds and an optimum height of 39’, meaning it can meet the requirements of more than 70 percent of all mini-load AS/RS solutions. A new construction makes the new Mustang Evo 25 percent lighter, yet the mast is three times stiffer.

More Precise Gearing

August 31, 2010 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The RCS 2, from ITW Ransburg , is the latest generation Ratio Control System for precise electronically-control gear pump metering. The RCS 2 is ideal for applications where short trigger times, quick response, and low flow are required, according to the company, and the magnetically-coupled meter pumps eliminate maintenance and downtime issues related to shaft seal leaks.

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Smarter Air Control

August 31, 2010 12:01 pm | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The B-PAC series of Baghouse Performance Analyzers & Controllers from FilterSense meet EPA or OSHA compliance with powder processing, air pollution control, and dust collection. The controllers integrate control, sensing, and high-speed digital signal analysis to provide time-saving diagnostics.

Welding Fume Extraction

August 31, 2010 12:01 pm | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Nederman's WeldFilter is a welding fume extraction unit that offers flexible access, with a 7’ extraction arm, a cleanable cartridge filter, and an automatic filter alarm to indicate when cleaning is needed. The WeldFilter captures fumes at the source, which is most efficient, according to the company — just plug it in and start welding.

ERP On Your Smartphone

August 31, 2010 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Deacom, Inc. offers mobile access technology to its DEACOM Integrated Accounting and ERP Software System, which gives accessibility to ERP data via any smartphone device. A variety of reports can be viewed as read-only, including sales orders, purchase orders, production jobs, and customer relationship management (CRM).

Dry Ice Blasting, Cleaning

August 30, 2010 11:16 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

IceTech has developed the KG50 Pro Multi-Touch 1”, which allows users to perform maintenance and cleaning with dry ice blasting. The KG50 offers greater cfm capability and maximum efficiency through the entire range of the machine. Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive, and this unit features infinitely variable adjustment of ice and air on the gun.

Rare Earth Lift Magnets

August 30, 2010 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The compact and powerful Rare Earth lift magnet from Industrial Mangetics contains an internal ON/OFF release device that does not contact or damage the surface of the part. A test load feature allows users to safely determine lifting capability without fear of injury, and the whole system is heat-resistant up to 200°F.

Get The Works Of Lubricants

August 30, 2010 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The WD-40 Company is introducing BLUE WORKS, a new line of industrial-strength, specialty maintenance products that deliver performance under tough conditions. The BLUE WORKS line consists of eight products: Contact Cleaner, Degreaser, High-Performance PTFE Lubricant, and White Lithium Grease, plus more.

Torque Wrenches Go Digital

August 30, 2010 11:09 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Mountz Inc.  introduces newest version of the TorqueMate® Digital Torque Wrench, a microprocessor-controlled digital torque wrench designed for use in quality control and maintenance. With a large LED screen, the wrench is well-suited for torque calibration, joint testing, auditing, or verification of torque applied.

Safe, Bright Work Lights

August 30, 2010 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Mfg., Inc. has launched its IS300 Intrinsically Safe, Cordless LED work light. The IS300 comes with three 3-watt LEDs and has the capability of operating in beam mode for use as an inspection light. The long-life LEDs are rated at 50,000 hours and produce 5,000K bright, white light.

Efficient Water Heaters

August 26, 2010 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Rheem-Ruud SPIDER fire condensing-type commercial water heater offers thermal efficiencies of 92 to 95 percent and high recovery rates, according to the company, particularly during periods of heavy usage. The most powerful unit (at 350,000 BTU/hour) delivers 460 gallons of water per hour at a 100°F rise.

Scales For Washdown Environments

August 26, 2010 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SW Super Washdown scales from the Paul N. Gardner Company are designed to withstand the most demanding process conditions. They can handle high-pressure and -temperature water, as specified by the IP69K standard (1,450 psi and 175°F). All the scale’s components are made out of food-grade 304 stainless steel and are easy to clean.

Easier Lubricant Dispensing

August 25, 2010 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Oil-Rite Corporation has designed a spray dispenser to apply lubricant or industrial fluid to continuously operating machinery with alternating reservoirs in a controlled sequence to attain an “always on” status. Two reservoirs are used together to achieve a constant source of pressurized fluid, avoiding the need for oversized reservoirs to maximize the run time.

Next-Generation Industrial Doors

August 25, 2010 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Goff’s Enterprises has developed a customized high-speed roll-up door, the “G-2 Door,” which features replaceable and exchangeable panels in vinyl, mesh, and clear PVC. The panels allow users to replace sections of the door with changing seasons without downtime or destruction.

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