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Fluorescent Dyes Are Now Food Safe

November 8, 2013 7:34 am | by Spectronic's Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Spectronics Corporation’s WATER-GLO™ Series fluorescent dyes are now NSF Certified and registered to meet food-grade processing requirements for category codes G7, GX and HTX-2. 

Hand-Held Temperature/Humidity Reader

November 6, 2013 9:13 am | by Anaheim Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Anaheim Scientific today introduced the second model in its M-Series of mini-handheld environmental meters: The M120 – Mini Temperature/Humidity Meter. 

Insulated Fully Nitrile-Coated Gloves

November 5, 2013 3:43 pm | by Galeton | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Galeton has recently added #11927 Otterback™ Arctic Insulated Nitrile Fully Coated Gloves that help keep hands warm and dry for work in cold, wet conditions.

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HVA-2000 High Voltage Digital Ammeter

November 5, 2013 3:36 pm | by HD Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

Take ampere measurements on conductors up to 500kV  with the HVA High Voltage Digital Ammeter from HD Electric Company.

New Videoscopes For Remote Quality Control

November 5, 2013 9:00 am | by Titan Tool Supply | Product Releases | Comments

The new Titan Tool model TVSG videoscopes have the capability to record video or still images on the supplied 8GB SD card. 

New Solvent-Based Part Cleaning System

November 4, 2013 5:08 pm | by Dürr Ecoclean | Product Releases | Comments

Dürr Ecoclean released its EcoCCore system for solvent-based part cleaning.

DMW Introduces INTELLILUBE Lubrication System

November 4, 2013 9:10 am | by Dearborn Mid-West Company | Product Releases | Comments

Dearborn Mid-West Company (DMW), a global material handling supplier, has officially introduced its INTELLILUBE® single-point lubrication brand and accessory product line to the automotive and manufacturing industries.

Mechanically Controlled Linear Drive

October 29, 2013 10:00 am | by Amacoil/Uhing | Product Releases | Comments

For applications that do not require variable speed, this new option lets users fix a specific linear travel speed in one or both directions of travel.

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Multiple Material Tapping

October 29, 2013 9:55 am | by WIDIA | Product Releases | Comments

VariTap's design engineering includes a proprietary spiral point geometry that lowers tapping torque, extending tool life while efficiently driving chips forward in  through holes, says the company.

Deere Sells Stake In Landscape Business For $300M

October 28, 2013 2:39 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Farm and construction gear maker Deere & Co. says it reached a deal to sell a majority interest in its landscapes business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm, for $300 million.             

Safeguarding The ‘Cool Side’ Of Direct-Chill Billet Casting

October 7, 2013 8:01 am | by Proprietary Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers of aluminum extrusions are highly dependent on the availability of high-quality billet, which can sometimes be difficult to procure either in cut lengths or logs. Without billet, extrusions do not get run and on-time deliveries do not occur, particularly with custom products. This situation can put customers at risk.

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Energy costs are a significant portion of any compressed air system's total lifetime cost. In fact, the amount of energy required to run an air compressor for just one year can exceed the compressor purchase price. Over a period of 10 years, energy normally totals 70 percent of the overall costs.

University Of California Irvine's Aeroacoustic Laboratory Uses DryLin® T Profile Guides

October 2, 2013 3:25 pm | by igus | Product Releases | Comments

Students from the University of California, Irvine used DryLin T profile rail guides donated by igus® as part of The Geared Turbofan Project, designed to study the noise attenuation effects of a hybrid wing-body in relation to the placement of an aircraft's turbofan. The students are part of UCI’s Aeroacoustic Laboratory, which aims to study the acoustics of aerospace technologies such as fans, nozzles, ducts and more.

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TPC Wire & Cable Corp. Inducted Into Innovation In Business Class Of 2013

October 2, 2013 11:46 am | by TPC Wire & Cable Corp. | News | Comments

TPC Wire & Cable Corp., a leading supplier of wire, cable and connectors used in harsh industrial environments, was honored as a VISIONARY at the 2013 Innovation in Business Conference & Awards in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. 

Klein Tools Enters Australian Market, Partnership With Mumme Tools

September 18, 2013 2:41 pm | by Klein Tools | News | Comments

Klein Tools, a top hand tool choice of professional electricians in the United States, today announced its entry into the Australian market through a significant financial investment and strategic partnership with Mumme Tools, Australia’s leading mining tool manufacturer.

The Gray Shift Part 2: Using Ergonomy To Retain Valuable Older Workers

September 18, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

To address coming workforce demographic changes, employers must create a corporate culture that promotes both safety and wellness. Healthy workers and a safe workspace reduce costs and increase productivity, so these efforts will be repaid fully.

Feet On The Floor

September 17, 2013 4:20 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The risk of slips and falls is one every business must face, but industrial environments contend with the added challenge of preventing significantly more dangerous incidents. With heavy machinery, rotating equipment, sharp corners, and other various dangers around every corner, it’s critical manufacturers stress safety… and what better place to start than the floors.

Fastener Standards Today: Improving Quality

September 17, 2013 4:17 pm | by Dick Seidl, Global Applications Engineering Director, Stanley Engineered Fastening | Articles | Comments

Fasteners are essential to modern life; it is easy to forget just what an important role they play. Automakers have reported that the majority of their warranty costs arise from fastener related issues – ranging from the simple rattle in the dashboard coming from a loose tapping screw to a major recall resulting from mis-torqued high strength fasteners in the steering system. Many problems relate back to the not-so-simple fastener.

Faster, Stronger, And More Precise

September 17, 2013 4:05 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

When people look to chemical threadlockers, they are almost always looking to secure a troublesome fastener from vibrating loose. However, a key advantage of anaerobic threadlockers often overlooked is their ability to seal the threaded joint from leaks.

Dispense Sense

September 17, 2013 3:58 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Point-of-use dispensing technology has gained in popularity for many manufacturers who have struggled for years with the tracking of MRO products. Manufacturers and distributors alike can recount horror stories of contending with hundreds of SKUs of something as simple as work gloves.

Selection To Avoid Downtime

September 17, 2013 3:54 pm | by Jack Gayara, Product Manager, Lapp USA | Articles | Comments

A typical manufacturing plant today will have thousands, or even many thousands, of electrical connections on both fixed equipment and moving machines. And it’s just a matter of time before some of those connections fail or wear out, bringing production machines to a dead stop.

September 2013: Built Ford Tough

September 17, 2013 11:01 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Ford readies its Kansas City location for 2,000 new jobs, a connector expert explains how to prevent downtime, experts discuss proper product selection for threadlocking and gasketing, and more. 

Fouling In Heat Exchangers: A Costly Problem

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The fouling of heat exchangers in processing industries is a chronic operating problem. Costs due to additional fuel consumption and maintenance, loss of production, etc. have been estimated as 0.25 percent of the GNP of industrialized countries. EWT offers companies an environmental, effective, and cost saving method of reducing fouling on heat exchangers which can only prove a win, win, win scenario for all.

The Gray Shift Part 1: An Aging Workforce Creates New Workplace Injury Issues

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.

EMO Hannover 2013 Promises Solutions

September 16, 2013 12:42 pm | by EMO Hannover | News | Comments

EMO Hannover returns today through September 21,2013. International producers of manufacturing technology are exhibiting their metalworking products, solutions and services under the theme “Intelligence in Production” at the world's leading metalworking trade show.

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