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Maintain Your Sensors Anywhere

February 26, 2010 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The U-50 Series Multiparameter Meters from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) measure and display 11 parameters simultaneously with a newly-designed control unit. This unit features an easy-to-read LCD display and a one-handed operation. A shock resistant cover makes the unit ideal for industrial applications.

An Accident, But Not A Mystery

February 25, 2010 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SMARTY from Keytroller (Tampa, FL) is a compact digital camera recorder that matches video incidents with GPS location and tracking. The SMARTY begins to record when its 3-axis accelerometer senses an impact, fast acceleration, or quick turn. Video, GPS location, and G-force is kept 15 seconds before and 5 seconds after the event and stored on the unit’s onboard memory.

Fire Detection, Infrared-Style

February 23, 2010 7:15 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Multi-Spectrum Infrared (MSIR) FL4000H Flame Detector from General Monitors (Lake Forest, CA) now features a new housing for easy installation that simplifies wiring. The new MSIR sensor incorporates neural network technology (NNT) to provide reliable flame monitoring with immunity to false alarms.

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Easy-To-Use Friction Testing

February 19, 2010 11:08 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Advanced Friction Tester from Gardco (Pomano Beach, FL) produces detailed fingerprints of new substrates, coatings, and production samples. These characteristic can be saved and compared at any time, allowing the manufacturer to specify the optimum surface finish for any packaging process.

Pickin' Up Bad Vibrations

February 18, 2010 8:14 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Balmac Inc. (Plain City, OH) offers the Model 4216 Vibration Analyzer with an LED Strobe Light for vibration analysis and dynamic balancing applications. The analyzer is a portable solution for vibration and balancing work with a highly efficient, high-brightness light source.

A Billion Revolutions Later

February 16, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mercotac Inc. (Carlsbad, CA) announces the Model 215-2K in their line of rotating electrical connectors with a service life that can last over one billion revolutions in many applications. In addition, the connectors are virtually maintenance-free, and transmit electrical power or signals with almost no electrical noise.

Safety Needs A Backup

February 12, 2010 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

SIS-TECH (Houston, TX) announces the DIAMOND-SIS automated independent backup (AIB), a standalone safety instrumented system that backs up current process control trip logic and meets the requirements of IEC 61511. The AIB is available in single, dual, and triplicated channel configurations with on-line diagnostics, testing, and maintenance capabilities.

You Hold The Power

February 12, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Edison power distribution line from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now includes the HPB-series open-style power distribution blocks as a convenient way to manage power distribution needs. The distribution blocks are manufactured with tin-plated aluminum connectors suitable for copper conductions, helping maintain a high SCCR rating of 200kA.

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Xenon-Besting LED Stroboscope

February 11, 2010 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) is offering the DT-329, an LED-based stroboscope that delivers a crisp image while operating at all flash rates with high brightness. Even at repeats up to 120,000 FPM, the service life of the DT-329 is five times greater than traditional xenon flash tube-based stroboscopes, according to the company.

The Pressure Of Ultrasonic Welding

February 10, 2010 7:03 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Sensor Products (Madison, NJ) is now offering Pressurex pressure-indicating sensor film, which can be used during ultrasonic welding to ensure that the horn and anvil are precisely aligned during setup. Pressurex reveals the distribution and magnitude of pressure between any two contacting surfaces, and when placed between the horn and anvil or the ultrasonic bonder, the film instantaneously and permanently changes color proportional to the pressure applied.

Full Range Control

February 10, 2010 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mokon (Buffalo, NY) introduces a Full Range process temperature control system, which offers a combination heating/chilling system in one package. According to the company, the system integrates a Mokon circulating water system with an Iceman chiller to provide heating and chilling from a single, compact, self-supporting unit for optimal performance.

Not Your Regular Stickers

February 9, 2010 6:35 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Brady Worldwide, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) introduces a new series of temperature indicating labels that permanently document the temperature levels for a piece of equipment during operation. When the labeled equipment reaches a certain temperature, the white area of the label will turn irreversibly black, which provides clear evidence of the highest temperature attained for that piece of equipment.

Laser Alignment Isn't A 'Bore'

February 5, 2010 9:34 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) introduces two bore alignment accessories for the Laser Microgage line. These new mounts can accommodate bore diameters as large as 3’, and as small as 2 ½”. The Laser Microgage projects a visible reference beam that extends out to 180 feet and is accurate within 0.

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Gas Phase Analysis In Real-Time

February 4, 2010 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Titan industrial FTIR systems from MIDAC (Costa Mesa, CA) provide real-time, multi-component extractive gas phase analysis for various applications, including industrial hygiene, CEM, and process optimization. Cell pathlengths range from 1cm to 60 meters, and thermal isolation from the spectrometer allows operation from ambient temperatures to 240°C, allowing moist sample streams to be analyzed without condensation.

Get The Right Angle

February 4, 2010 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Solutions (Auburn, MA) has launched the AngleSet angle gauge tool for doctor blade and scraper installations. The new gauge is used to set the proper angle for improved doctoring performance and longer blade life. The AngleSet tool provides an accurate reading of the blade angle, and its compact design allows for flexibility in various applications, including creping, coating, drum flaking, and converting.

Gauge Your Pressure Valves

February 1, 2010 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new compact gauge valve from Swagelok (Solon, OH) is designed to provide quick andconvenient access for isolating and venting pressure gauges. The gauges can be positioned with tube adapter ends, eliminating threaded connections and leak points. Additional features of the gauge valve include: A smaller, lightweight footprint that reduces the need for supports, along with a streamlined body that incorporates a purge valve for easy bleeding of trapped fluid pressure.

Power Supplies For Any Phase

February 1, 2010 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new family of UL-listed and CSA-certified switching power supplies from Wieland (Burgaw, NC) deliver a control voltage of 24V DC, at an output current from 1.25A to 40A. Nine models are available, including six single-phase and three three-phrase, which can function in a temperature range from -25°C to 71°C.

Leak-Free With Blue LEDs

January 29, 2010 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OPK-341 Industrial Leak Detection Kit from Spectronics Corporation (Westbury, NY) is an efficient way to pinpoint the source of fluid leaks in hydraulic equipment, compressors, engines, gearboxes, fuel, and other synthetic industrial systems. The core of the kit is the OPTIMAX 3000, a cordless, rechargeable, blue-light LED inspection flashlight.

Keep The Hydrogen Out

January 28, 2010 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIC Leak Detection (Ronkonkoma, NY) announces its new series of hydrogen gas leak detectors. The portable, battery-operated hydrogen leak detector uses a safe 5 percent hydrogen gas mixture and can test wet parts without being affected by humidity. Additional features include: A minimal amount of required maintenance, with no chamber evacuation vacuum pumps, evacuation valves, and manifolding.

High-Definition Video In Your Facility

January 26, 2010 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Teli America, Inc. (Irvine, CA) has launched the CSDS60CM3, the company’s first high-definition color camera to target the industrial vision marketplace. With high picture quality and smearless imaging, the camera is ideal for industrial facilities requiring machine vision.

Gas Detection With Infrared

January 26, 2010 8:13 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Infrared Industries Inc. (Hayward, CA) announces the new Automated Programmable Calibration tool that reduces the service, maintenance, and labor costs for CEMS gas monitoring. The calibration is offered on the Model IR8400D, an explosion-proof NEMA7 IR gas analyzer that is approved for hazardous areas.

Pressure Transmitting Through The Gauntlet

January 25, 2010 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company (Rochester, NY) has expanded its Silicon Glass Fused Sensor Series of pressure transmitters. The P621 sanitary model features a single-piece 316L stainless steel sensing element with a high-output silicon glass fused strain gauge. This combination maximizes cycle life even in the presence of pressure spikes, vibration, and aggressive fluid media.

Gas Detection, Wirelessly

January 25, 2010 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

From Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) comes the Model 700 gas detection sensors, which now include wireless technology as an integration option, in addition to standard 4-20mA analog and Modbus RS-485 outputs. The Model 700 is designed to work with the Model RXT-300 wireless gas detection system, which is a wireless Modbus replacement and links one master to one or more slaves.

Safety, Especially At Low Speeds

January 25, 2010 3:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron (Fremont, CA) introduces the G9SX-LM Low-speed Safety Monitoring Unit, which consists of two proximity sensors and a G9SX safety controller with fault diagnostics, to monitor motor rotation speed and facilitate safe machine maintenance. The G9SX-LM allows an operator to access the machine for maintenance work while it is running at a safe, maximum threshold of 10 Hz.

Stay Flexible In Tight Situations

January 18, 2010 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new line of continuous-flex, interconnect motor cables are now available from igus (East Providence, RI), harnessed in accordance with leading manufacturers, including Siemens, Rexroth, Fanuc, and Allen Bradley. These interconnects are ideal for continuous-flexing applications in an Energy Chain cable carrier.

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