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Real-Time Hose Condition Monitoring

August 15, 2011 12:17 pm | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Eaton (Cleveland, OH) has introduced a new hydraulic hose technology that uses patented real-time hose condition monitoring to report imminent failure in high pressure hose assemblies. The LifeSense hose technology continuously monitors the health of hydraulic hose assemblies in a system and alerts users when an assembly approaches the end of its useful life.

Sigma Control 2 Compressor Control System

August 15, 2011 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new Sigma Control 2 compressor control system from Kaeser (Fredericksburg, VA) maintains all the features of the Sigma Control plus enhanced communication and control options. Its built-in web server and standard Ethernet port let users view compressor information from any PC without any additional hardware or software.

PsionOmnii XT10

August 4, 2011 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PsionOmnii XT10 from Psion (Hebron, KY) is a modular handheld computer, designed for demanding usage, such as in ports, airports, and supply chain and logistics operations. The IP65 rating resists water and the durable construction withstands drops from 2.0 meters. The XT10 weighs in at 1.


DIO-16-LPCIe PCI Express Digital I/O Adapter

August 3, 2011 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems (Liberty, SC) has introduced the DIO-16-LPCIe low profile PCI Express digital I/O interface adapter. The DIO016-LPCIe provides eight optically isolated inputs and eight Reed relay outputs for a variety of monitoring and control applications. Sealevel PCIe serial and digital I/O boards are PCI Express X1 compliant and will work in any PCIe slot.

LIFEPLUS TC3-W High-Frequency Smart Charger

July 28, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

HAWKER (Ooltewah, TN) has introduced the LIFEPLUS TC3-W high-frequency smart charger, equipped with wireless capabilities for real-time data collection and monitoring. The TC3 offers four different charge profile options: Ionic—employing periodic current pulses which both identify the battery’s capacity and state of charge,this profile provides the optimal recharge with minimal heating.

Expanded Line Of ERD Actuators

July 28, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) has expanded its line of ERD electric rod-style actuators. Enhancements such as ball screws, motor mounts for NEMA, and metric stepper and servo motors make it possible to employ ERD actuators in more types of motion control applications. All three sizes of the ERD are available, with an optional external guide system that prevent rod deflection and rotation during operation.

Navigator Series Of Portable Scales

July 28, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

OHAUS Corporation (Pine Brook, NJ) has launched the Navigator Series of portable scales. The Navigator Series offers sensors for “touchless” operation, fast response time, and overload protection. The touch-free control of tare, zero, print, function, and display backlight helps to minimize touching the keypad, avoiding cross-contamination.

MiniTest 650 Measures Anything

July 28, 2011 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MiniTest 650 from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) is ideal for any measuring task in the finishing industry. Its dual sensor identifies the substrate material and upon contact with the surface, the gage automatically switches to the suitable measuring principle based on the user’s application.


Wahl C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator

July 27, 2011 7:51 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Wahl C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator from Palmer Wahl (Asheville, NC) features built in terminals, portable and bench top flexibility, and embedded software. Fully protected with an external anti-shock rubber boot with IP 54 rating, it features five user-selectable languages, 0.

Protect-R-Shield Protects Circuit Boards

July 21, 2011 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shat-R-Shield (Salisbury, NC) introduces the Protect-R-Shield, a unique one part, non-yellowing, optically clear silicone elastomer which has been developed for use as a conformal coating on LED printed circuit boards. Protect-R-Shield is a crystal clear encapsulating material that is formulated to offer outstanding insulation performance over a wide range of temperature (-65°C to 200°C).

T9000 Series of I/P And E/P Transducers

July 19, 2011 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild (Winston Salem, NC) has launched the T9000 Series of I/P and E/P transducers for high accuracy and the capability to customize the product for the user’s exact application. The basic T9000 Electro-Pneumatic transducer attains accuracy of 0.5 percent or better and has an LCD display screen with a keypad user interface.

New Wireless Ranger System

July 18, 2011 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The wireless Ranger system from Commtest (Knoxville, TN) is a machine health information system to monitor and detect faults on industrial machinery. The Ranger system consists of the Ascent software suite and four hardware modules: the Ranger Sensor, Ranger Booster, Ranger Station, and the Ranger Bridge.

Fluke 381 Remote Display True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter

July 14, 2011 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has introduced the Fluke 381 Remote Display True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter with iFlex, designed to meet every requirement for testing and maintaining electrical systems. The Fluke 381 is a full-featured clamp meter with a detachable wireless display for flexibility and safety.


Meltric’s DSDC Series Plugs, Receptacles

July 14, 2011 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meltric Corporation (Franklin, WI) has presented a new product line for electrical equipment powered by direct currents. Meltric’s DSDC Series plugs and receptacles can provide safer connections for direct current applications up to 200 amps at 250VDC, up to 100 amps at 600 VDC, or up to 30 amps at 750 VDC.

Liquid Mist Flow Monitors From FilterSense

July 12, 2011 6:38 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

FilterSense ’s (Beverly, MA) Liquid Mist Flow Monitors are used to monitor the outlet of all types of mist eliminators for mist carryover and mist filter failure detection. The monitors employ an induction-sensing principle and a probe to ensure high reliability even in harsh environments such as acid mist, oil mist, or water droplets in high pressure pipes.

Portable Monorail Fall Arrest System

July 11, 2011 5:49 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Rigid Lifelines (Morgantown, PA) has developed a Portable Monorail Fall Arrest System that delivers fixed-path fall protection. Completely portable using a forklift or optional steerable rolling chassis package, the system provides access to many vehicle types while offering fall protection coverage up to 30º off center.

New KEYTROLLER LCD601 With Color

July 11, 2011 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller, LLC (Tampa, FL) announces the KEYTROLLER LCD601, a new generation LCD access and monitoring system with color. This system maintains OSHA regulations with automated checklists at the start of every shift and tracks scheduled maintenance by date or hour meter reading. It also prevents unauthorized drivers by requiring code input or RFID card reading and senses driver speeds.

New Hand-held Industrial Gas Analyzer

June 30, 2011 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new E4400 flue gas analyzer from E Instruments International (Langhome, PA) is designed for emissions monitoring and the maintenance and tuning of combustion processes. Usable for boiler, engine, and furnace applications, the E4400 offers up to four gas sensors (O2, CO, NO, and NO2 or SO2) and can also measure temperature and pressure.

Fluke Introduces New Portable Oscilloscope

June 30, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke (Everett, WA) introduces the ScopeMeter 190 Series II 2-channel handheld portable oscilloscope. The new model combines the capabilities of a 2-channel oscilloscope with a 5,000 count digital multimeter. Safety rated for CAT III 1000 V/CAT IV 600 V environments, the new meter also has an IP51 dust- and dripwater proof rating.

Handheld Radiation Survey Meter

June 28, 2011 6:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Electronics (Everett, WA) recently introduced the 481 Radiation Survey Meter for industrial radiation safety. The hand-held radiation device detects skin dose (beta), deep dose (gamma) and x-ray radioactivity. The Fluke 481 can measure radiation on goods, equipment, surfaces or environments—indoors and outdoors.

Thermometer With Laser Targeting

June 28, 2011 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Tools & Instruments (New York, NY) has launched the new Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner with Star Burst Laser Targeting, suitable for both commercial and consumer applications. The gun-style device allows the user to designate a set point and determine whether subsequent readings are within or outside selectable ranges.

Proven Leak Detection

June 23, 2011 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

UE Systems (Elmsford, NY) has independently verified the accuracy of its UE3000 leak detectors to estimate compressed air leak flows. Air Power USA ran head-to-head comparisons of air flow estimates between the UE3000 and their own engineering-based approach to finding leaks, and found that the two approaches came with 5 percent of each other, or within 2 cfm.

Smaller, Lighter Accelerometers

June 23, 2011 11:18 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt (Germantown, MD), the maker of Wilcoxon Research accelerometers, has announced improvements to its side exit 4-20 mA vibration sensors, including a reduced size. The PCC421 and PCC423 series are 50 percent lighter and operate at 221°F. Additional connector and mounting options have also been added to the PCC421, such as the traditional MIL-C-5015 connector and the popular M12 connector.

IP67 Toughness For Pressure Sensors

June 23, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Balluff (Florence, KY) has developed new pressure sensors to combine the advantages of a display, measuring transducer, and pressure switch into a single device. According to the company, there are more than 130 versions available, all with an IP67 housing that rotates 320° and a bright display with easy programming.

Take Your Scales On The Go

June 21, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

OHAUS Corporation (Parsippany, NJ) has announced the Defender 3000 Series of wheeled bench scales, which combine the OHAUS 3000 Series indicator with the Defender “T” wheeled platform. According to the company, the Defender 3000 is designed with an ergonomic platform to allow moving without lifting the scale.

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