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Choose Your Own Shaft Collars

December 7, 2010 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Large diameter shaft collars, which can be single point threaded to customer requirements, are now being offered by Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (North Reading, MA). The collars feature bore sizes up to 16” I.D, along with a variety of O.D. sizes. Customers can specify the collars to be threaded with bearing-, ACME-, stub ACME-, UNC/UNF-, and multi-start threads.

Find Leaks With Light

December 6, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tracer Products (Westbury, NY) has unveiled the new Tracerline TP-8690 OPTIMAX 3000, which is a portable, blue light LED fluorescent leak detection flashlight. With a focused beam, the OPTIMAX 3000 makes finding air-conditioning and fluid leaks easier than ever. The super-hi-flux LED technology delivers 15 times brighter leak detection light over regular LED lamps.

No More Carpal Tunnel

December 6, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) is offering a number of back-supports, wrist supports, kneepads, and ankle and elbow supports, according to the company. The wrist supports address the problem of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) with five different designs, with each one made to help maintain a neutral position at the wrist while allowing for full movement of the hand and fingers.

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Bearings Are Better In 'HD'

December 6, 2010 7:29 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Dodge Steel-Housed S-2000 HD spherical roller bearing from Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, AK) features an economical set screw shaft mount with a cast steel housing specifically designed for heavy-duty applications. The S-2000 HD bearings are available in pillow block and flange configurations, and are designed with a high-capacity, double row spherical bearing element that provides excellent misalignment tolerance.

Arc Welding For Any Job

December 3, 2010 9:05 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Thermal Arc (St. Louis, MO) has introduced its most versatile arc welding equipment: the Thermal Arc Portable DC Welder Series. The series, which includes the 95S, 161S, and 201S, offers 95 to 200 Amps of welding power. The 161S Portable DC Welder is designed for light industrial projects, with 110 Amps on standard 115-volt circuits for stick and TIG welding.

A Safer Air 'Gun'

December 2, 2010 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Precision Safety Gun from EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) is lightweight and comfortable to operate during periods of extended use, according to the company. The small diameter nozzle and extension fit into tight spaces while packing the punch of a strong blowing force, and the sleek profile works with small or large hands.

Hard-To-Reach Fastener Solution

December 1, 2010 5:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gage Bilt  (Clinton Township, MI) is launching a solution meant for hard-to-reach fastener applications through ¼-inch diameter. The MGL08-713-58RA heavy duty right angle nose assembly will install ¼-inch Magna-Loks® and Hemlocks®. Gage Bilt also offers a unique right angle nose assembly for MS Blind Bolt, NAS Blind Rivet, UAB, Bulb-Tite, and many more.

Hoses Get Stainless Steel Braids

November 30, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker PAGE International Hose (Fort Worth, TX) has developed the Stainless Steel Braided Convoluted Hose Assemblies in SCW and SCWV designs. The tubing in these assemblies is made from virgin PTFE in natural or static dissipative style in order to provide better flex life. According to the company, the hoses show no signs of stress cracking after 1 million cycles of flex testing.

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Make Consistent And Accurate Bends 

November 22, 2010 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Greenlee  (Rockford, IL) offers the 555 series benders and the 855GX IntelliBender. According to the company, they are designed to make consistent and accurate bends in EMT, IMC, Steel Rigid, Aluminum Rigid, Stainless Steel Rigid, and PVC Coated Steel Rigid conduit. The patent pending solid-state control system uses current-limiting technology to protect the motor and on-board electronics from a variety of job site power sources, like generators and temporary drops, as well as eliminates arcing and the potential for relay failure.

Anti-Pinch, Non-Slip 

November 22, 2010 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VISE-GRIP curved jaw locking pliers from  Irwin  (Phoenix, AZ) feature a self-energizing lower jaw. According to the company, the jaw tightens for maximum grip as torque is applied to the tool. They are available in two core models: Fast Release, with a one-handed, triggerless release and anti-pinch, non-slip ProTouch™ Grips; and Original, with a classic trigger release.

Sustainable Bubble Wrap

November 17, 2010 3:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Instapak RC45 foam from Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) provides users with a plant-based, renewable-content packaging form that is ideal for light-duty packaging applications. The RC45 foam contains 25 percent renewable content in the finished foam, providing a reduction in the use of petroleum-based raw materials.

Better Grease For Electric Motors

November 17, 2010 3:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Monolec Extend EM Grease from Lubrication Engineers, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) helps bearings run cooler and last longer, along with increasing efficiency and mechanical stability. According to the company, it is ideal for severe conditions, where extreme temperatures and high speeds are present.

Protect Your Products

November 15, 2010 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pres-On (Addison, IL) has developed the PBWMF-4 white masking film, which can help prevent glass, auto trim, clear-coated aluminum and other polished surfaces from being scratched during manufacturing, shipping, or installation. PBWMF-4 is a 3.0 mil polyolefin film coated with a removable acrylic adhesive, and removes cleanly from most surfaces up to one year after deployment, depending on the application.

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Stronger Porcelain-Like Coatings

November 12, 2010 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

A line of high-temperature, high-gloss, and VOC-compliant coatings that provide a porcelain-like appearance for metal surfaces is now available from Dampney Company, Inc (Everett, MA). The Thurmalox 8800 Series Heat Resistant High Gloss Coatings are silicone-based baking enamels that can withstand head to 500°F.

Get More Selective Welds

November 12, 2010 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools, Inc. (Gainesville, GA) has announced that it now manufactures the RPS Automation Selective Solder Nozzles for the Rhythm, Harmony, Opus, and SS100A range of selective soldering machines. The custom solder nozzles assist to replace labor-intensive hand soldering while eliminating defects caused by wave soldering machines.

Non-Magnetic Fasteners

November 12, 2010 8:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yardley Products Corporation (Yardley, PA) has announced that it is offering inserts manufactured using a “non-magnetic” brass material, making it ideal for applications involving electronics or medical devices. Most brass inserts are slightly magnetic due to small traces of iron in the alloy, which can cause RF inferference with sensitive electronics.

Milling And Cutting, Together

November 9, 2010 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SumiMill GOALMILL Milling Cutter from Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc. (Mount Prospect, IL) can finish cast iron with exceptional accuracy, according to the company. The GOALMILL provides surface finishes with tangentially-mounted inserts accompanied by easily-adjustable wiper inserts.

Bearings With Electrical Protection

November 8, 2010 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

NKE Austria (Steyr, Austria) now offers electrically-insulated roller bearings, the SQ77, provide reliable protection against current discharge and the resulting electrical corrosion. According to the company, these bearings are ideal for electric motors, generators, and electrical machines.

Versatile Welding Torches

November 8, 2010 8:25 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The WP-50 and WP-125 Micro-Tig torches from Weldcraft (Appleton, WI) features lightweight, short torch bodies that allow pen-like welding control in the most complex applications, according to the company. The WP-50 air-cooled TIG torch provides 50 amps DC of welding capacity, and its 80-degree torch head is only 5/8” long and 3/8” in diameter.

Work In The Dark

November 5, 2010 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The portable and cordless HEMIPRO High Power Worklights from Cliplight Manufacturing (Toronto, ON, Canada) and Go Distribution are designed to provide 50,000 hours of halo-free LED illumination. The high-power LEDs are housed in a light-but-rugged casing designed to handle workplace rigors.

Flap Discs In All Shapes And Sizes

November 5, 2010 4:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

A line of Type 29 ceramic flap discs are now available from Rex-Cut Products, Inc. (Fall River, MA). The Rex-Cut Sigma Ceramic Flap Discs provide aggressive stock removal with smooth operator control on steel and stainless steel, according to the company, and feature a slight angle that provides a greater contact area.

Protect Your Ball Bearings

November 5, 2010 4:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DayLube high-performance grease from Dayton Progress Corporation (Dayton, OH) uses nanoceramic particles, which provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces with a lower coefficient of friction at all temperatures than traditional PTFE greases. According to the company, the grease does not soften or run out — after 100,000 production strokes, it showed no evidence of breaking down.

The 3-In-1 Grinding Wheel

November 2, 2010 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Camel Grinding Wheels (GCW — Niles, IL) has expanded its line of abrasive wheels with the introduction of its 3-in-1 cut/grind/finish combo wheels. The combination eliminates the need for frequent wheel changes and increases production times. When at the 90° position, the combo wheel cuts; at a 30° angle, the wheel grinds; and when used at a 15° angle, the wheel finishes.

High-Strength Epoxy Lining

November 2, 2010 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed the EP21ARHT two-component epoxy for coating and lining storage tanks, piping, scrubbers, and processing equipment. Its chemical, fuel, and acid resistance allows it to withstand immersion in 20 percent hydrochloric acid for more than a year. The epoxy cures at room temperature with minimal shrinkage, or more rapidly at elevated temperatures, and once cured, it produces a bond strength greater than 2,200 psi.

Protect Against High Voltage

November 1, 2010 8:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

For life-threatening high voltage applications where over-torque conditions are not tolerated, Mountz Inc. (San Jose, CA) offers insulated torque wrenches. Designed with non-conductive plastic insulation, the torque wrenches provide operators with safety from product failure due to shorting, arcing, or other electrical damage.

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