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Power Plants Diagnose Motor Problems Without Highly Trained Personnel

September 3, 2013 8:02 am | by Jacob Beck, Electrom Instruments, developer of the iTIG II | Articles | Comments

The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment have become much more powerful than in the past. Yet, in many instances these sophisticated devices have also introduced a high degree of complexity for users, requiring that highly trained and experienced personnel perform the testing.

Free Industrial Manufacturer Symposium

August 23, 2013 2:55 pm | by Finishing Brands | Events

This FREE symposium, held on Sept. 18, 2013 from 8:30am-2:30pm, will include presentations from industry experts and live product demonstrations. The agenda will include market trends, automating your system with robotics, and live product demonstrations.

How To Manage Machinery Lubrication (Part II): Sealing Systems

August 23, 2013 8:02 am | by Bryan A. Ogden, Business Development-Food & Beverage for SKF USA Inc. | Articles | Comments

Seals for processing equipment play vital roles in protecting bearings and lubricants. From the perspective of managing lubrication, a seal’s primary purpose will be to retain lubricant and keep contaminants from degrading or harming the grease.


The Future Of Energy-Efficient Compressor Technology

August 23, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In the last twelve months, the compressor industry has seen the release of several innovative, patented air compressor technologies that significantly reduce energy consumption. These recent advancements derive from improvements throughout the compressor design and contribute to dramatic increases in energy efficiency.

How To Manage Machinery Lubrication (Part I): Eliminating Bearing Relubrication

August 21, 2013 8:02 am | by Bryan A. Ogden, Business Development-Food & Beverage for SKF USA Inc. | Articles | Comments

Few industrial environments can match the diverse and difficult operating conditions encountered in the food and beverage processing industries. Equipment often will be exposed to contaminants, frequent washdowns can degrade machinery and may cause lubricant leakage, and other adverse influences can combine to impact an operation’s lines and productivity.

Designing A High Power, Right Angle Drill

August 9, 2013 8:02 am | by Spirol | Articles | Comments

DEWALT’s lead design engineer for drills was tasked with designing a high power right angle drill that is lightweight, compact, and portable. As is common with hand power tools, the goal with the design was to maximize performance while minimizing the size of the tool.

Surface Mount Technology Vs. Workstation Design

August 7, 2013 8:02 am | by Jim Norton, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In today’s modern assembly facilities, the design and flexibility of the workstation is critical to maintain quality, workflow, and ergonomics. Unlike the old, static, welded frame workbenches of the past, modern workstations incorporate a modular, flexible, adaptable design, with a wide variety of options that allows the end user tremendous flexibility in reconfiguring the furniture to meet an ever changing production environment.

Klein Tools Doubles Its Pledged Donation to Operation Homefront

July 31, 2013 11:16 am | by Klein Tools | News | Comments

Operation Homefront has accepted a generous $50,000 donation from Klein Tools to support ongoing efforts to provide emergency financial aid and other assistance to military members and their families.Klein Tools, a leading U.S. hand tool manufacturer, originally pledged to donate $25,000 to Operation Homefront this year in conjunction with the company’s Limited Edition Camouflage Pliers Promotion.


Energy Intelligence Report: An Eye On Efficiency

July 22, 2013 4:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Our fourth annual Energy Intelligence Report has been designed to spark some ideas for cost savings measures, as manufacturers continue to face tightening budgets and competitive pressures. We hope you can find something of value as you look at your own plant floor and try to determine where to start.

CNC Machines Go Horizontal

July 22, 2013 2:43 pm | Articles | Comments

Suburban Manufacturing has been in business more than 33 years and has a gleaming, state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot CNC machine shop. According to vice president Brian Nuibe, Suburban is a “true job shop. We have vertical machining centers and horizontal machining centers, single- and multi-spindle CNC lathe machines, saws, hones, sand blasting, part marking — a huge array of operations.”

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Motor Disconnect Switch

July 19, 2013 9:38 am | by Mennekes | Articles | Comments

Dust, water, corrosive chemicals, and airborne particles are severe hazards to many manufacturing and production facilities. Any environment where critical electrical equipment is exposed puts this equipment at risk. This critical equipment includes your motor disconnects and switched receptacles.

Rust-Oleum Acquires XIM Products

July 12, 2013 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rust-Oleum Corporation today announced that it has acquired certain assets of XIM Products, Inc., a producer and marketer of specialty primers and coatings based in Westlake, Ohio. XIM offers a range of primers offering excellent adhesion to difficult-to-paint surfaces, as well as other problem-solving coatings. Their brands, including Peel Bond, UMA, and TILE DOC are widely available in paint stores. 

Disc Magnet Step Motor

June 14, 2013 5:19 pm | by Portescap | Product Releases | Comments

The P532 series motor has a diameter of 52 mm, length up to 55 mm, and rated torque of 0.2 Nm (boosted up to 0.5 Nm).


June 2013: Toshiba, Made In America

June 13, 2013 10:49 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, check out the 2013 Jobs Report, which feature's American-made Toshiba HEV engines, veterans in today's skilled labor jobs, the latest industry numbers, how manufacturers can take back American-made, and more.

Mean Green® Cleaner & Degreaser

May 24, 2013 2:11 pm | by CR Brands, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mean Green® Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser has a unique blend of biodegradable detergents, formulated for challenging machinery and equipment maintenance applications, says the company.

Toughest Jobs Contest

May 24, 2013 2:09 pm | by Greenlee | Product Releases | Comments

A grand prize winner will receive a bucket of Greenlee hand tools and an 18V Li-Ion Electrician’s Hammer Drill/Driver Kit valued at $1,000.

Emergency Fluorescent Light

May 24, 2013 2:06 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The HALP-EMG-48-2L-T5HO Class 1 Division 2 emergency fluorescent light is designed to provide operators with a failsafe lighting solution that can withstand the rigors of operation in locations where corrosion and wetness is an issue.

HALO™ Eye/Face Wash

May 24, 2013 2:05 pm | by Bradley | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with the latest technology in fluid dynamics, HALO covers 85 percent of the user’s face, says the company.


May 24, 2013 2:02 pm | by AutoCrib, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new VisiCab toolbox actually ‘sees’ which items are in it and which are missing, making it an ideal answer for Foreign Object Debris control, says the company.

High Pressure Hose Reels

May 24, 2013 1:57 pm | by Coxreels® | Product Releases | Comments

The existing 1185 Series reels, featuring 1 ½-inch ID models, are now available with an upgraded swivel to strengthen the reel capacity to up to 3,000 PSI usage.

New Gigabit Routers

May 24, 2013 1:55 pm | by Weidmuller | Product Releases | Comments

These are designed to offer secure and reliable communication between Ethernet-based systems as well as higher-level networks, says the company.

New Drilling, Wood Boring Bits

May 24, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Disston Company | Product Releases | Comments

The expansion includes black oxide, titanium, cobalt, power bores, glass and tile, masonry, spade bits, and countersinks and drill/countersinks.

Digital Industrial Cameras

May 24, 2013 1:46 pm | by Cognex Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new line of GigE Vision® digital industrial cameras designed for easy integration with VisionPro® and CVL® vision software.

Technical Support Competency

May 17, 2013 11:17 am | by Atlas Copco Compressors | Product Releases | Comments

The new central Technical Support Competency Group can provide support for in-depth technical inquiries from customers, distributors, and employees across the United States.

LED Leak Detection

May 17, 2013 11:10 am | by Spectronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

OPTI-LUX™ 400 is designed to emit less visible light so industrial fluid leaks are easy to spot by their bright fluorescent glow.

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