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LED Light Tower

December 16, 2011 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ (Kemp, TX) has announced the addition of an LED light tower that provides an economical yet powerful alternative to halogen and metal halide light towers. Designed to provide high quality illumination for large areas, the WALTP-2XWP400 LED costs less than traditional HID towers and provides further savings through greatly reduced energy consumption and no need for frequent bulb replacements.

Hardened Steel Finishing

December 16, 2011 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc. (Mount Prospect, IL) is pushing the envelope in productivity for hardened steel applications with its CBN technology. Sumitomo’s most recent hardened steel turning advancement, the uncoated CBN grade BN2000, is designed for turning die steels and bearing steels with hardnesses of above 50 HRc.

Flex Data Cables

December 16, 2011 5:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus ® (East Providence, RI) now offers its Chainflex® CF11 and CF211 continuous-flex data cables with a smaller bending radius for demanding, flexing applications on all types of automated machinery.  igus was able to reduce the minimum bend radius of Chainflex CF11 by 32 percent, from 10 times the diameter to 6.


Non-Spring Return Actuators

December 15, 2011 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProMation Engineering (Brooksville, FL) P2-13 Series Quarter-Turn Electric, Non-Spring Return Actuators feature a rugged, industrial grade design for use with all ball and butterfly valves or dampers requiring higher torque outputs from 800 to 40,500 inch pounds. The series features a self-locking hardened steel drive train for smooth operation, mechanical end of travel stops, and patented clutch-free manual override for single-handed positioning of the actuator.

Rust-Inhibiting Lubricant

December 15, 2011 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluoramics Inc. (Mahwah, NJ) has developed a rust-inhibiting lubricant that is solvent free, non-aerosol based, and odor free. HinderRUST is a multi-use product, which will benefit any industry using machinery and tools, extending the life of valuable equipment by keeping it moving and rust-free.

Right Angle Gear Drive

December 14, 2011 7:05 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Designers looking for a smooth operating, quiet right angle gear drive will find Zero-Max (Plymouth, MN) "Crown" gear drives the ideal choice. They feature heat treated AGMA Class 10 spiral bevel gears and non-magnetic stainless steel shafts providing long term, maintenance free operation.

Precision Cutter

December 14, 2011 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

A precision flush cutter that removes parts from plastic sprues without damage, is comfortable to hold in any size hand, cuts fast, and has an internal return spring is available from Xuron Corp. (Saco, ME). The Xuron® Model 2175A Maxi-Shear™ Flush Cutter is ideal for degating plastic parts from sprues because it employs “by-pass cutting” to achieve a clean, flat cut, rather than squeezing and deforming the parts like conventional compression-type cutters.

Clean Room Hose

December 14, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) Flexadux® T-7 white clean room hose is a medium-weight thermoplastic hose that features a smooth interior to minimize friction loss and promote efficient air flow. Capable of operating over a -40 degree to 250 degree Farenheit temperature range, this flexible hose is reinforced with a spring steel helix and offers excellent chemical-, moisture-, and abrasion-resistance.


Wafer Check Valves

December 13, 2011 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Asahi/America, Inc. (Malden, MA) has introduced 10- and 12-inch PVC wafer check valves. Wafer check valves are installed on the discharge side of pumps to prevent back-flow flooding that could seriously damage pump systems. Asahi’s new wafer check valve’s body, disc, and stopper assembly are machined from solid PVC plate stock, which conforms to ASTM D1784 Cell Classification 12454A.

Syphon Gun Series

December 13, 2011 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Guardair Corporation (Chicopee, MA) has announced that its syphon gun series delivers a spray of up to 12 gallons an hour. Compressed air produces high vacuum suction that empowers the gun to produce an enhanced spray of solvents, spray oils, cleaners, disinfectants, and coatings. Three models are available (79SG, 79SG012, 79SGM), each featuring a unique configuration and combination of accessories.

Pyramid Abrasives

December 13, 2011 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Metabo Corporation (West Chester, PA) has introduced a line of pyramid abrasives for use with its INOX tools that offer a better, more consistent finish than traditional metalworking abrasives. The new aluminum oxide pyramid abrasives feature a three-dimensional, structured geometric placement of the grains.

Mechanical Dial Pressure Gauges

December 12, 2011 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProSense mechanical dial pressure gauges from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) are available in a variety of configurations for use in most pneumatic, hydraulic, HVAC, plumbing, industrial, and commercial applications. These high quality gauges use Bourdon tube sensing elements and do not require any external power sources to operate.

Cougar Pro Hand Tools

December 12, 2011 5:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cougar Pro™ line of professional-grade hand tools from Wright Tool (Barberton, OH) has expanded. The additions include combination wrench and reversible-ratcheting combination wrench sets. The Cougar Pro combination wrenches are available in two SAE sets and two metric sets. The 11-piece SAE set (#E911) and the 14-piece SAE set (#E914) consist of wrenches ranging from 3/8- to 1¼-inches.


Next-Gen Spindle Connection

December 8, 2011 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kennametal (Latrobe, PA) has introduced the next-generation spindle connection, the KM4X™. Some systems may be able to transmit considerable amount of torque, but cutting forces also generate bending moments that will exceed the interface’s limits before torque limits are exceeded.

Deep Cut Band Saws

December 8, 2011 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Milwaukee Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) continues to demonstrate a focused commitment to corded product with the launch of four new Deep Cut Band Saws that provide more durability while still delivering on the heritage of long-term reliability and performance that make Milwaukee Band Saws the industry standard for professional tradesmen.

Triaxial Accelerometer

December 8, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt ’s (Germantown, MD) selection of the M12 connector enables an upgrade to the external case, resulting in a thicker shell and better resistance to impact. For both route based and permanent mount applications, this full performance triaxial accelerometer hosts three general purpose 100 millivolts per gram vibration sensors with ±10 percent sensitivity tolerance.

Linear Position Sensors

December 7, 2011 5:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors (Pennsauken, NJ) offers an upgraded series of intrinsically safe LVDT Linear Position Sensors for use in hostile environments such as gas and steam turbine plants, chemical process plants, and paper mills. Rated for operation to 212 degrees F, the HLR sensors are UL/ULC listed for hazardous locations Class I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C, D, and Class I, Zone 2 by Underwriters Laboratories.

LED Trouble Light

December 7, 2011 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ (Kemp, TX) has announced the addition of a powerful LED trouble to its line of LED work lights that produces four times the illumination of a comparable biaxial fluorescent bulb trouble light. The VPHLED-12W-25 is a compact and powerful trouble light designed to provide high light output.


December 6, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Vibro-Curb from Thybar Corporation (Addison, IL) has integral, vibration-dampening, spring isolators that may be easily accessed. These curbs provide mounting for rooftop HVAC units; roofing may be completed at later date without disturbing the unit which eliminates extra crane or helicopter expenses.

Label Printer, Applicator

December 6, 2011 6:25 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Tharo Systems ’ (Brunswick, OH) industry proven PA2000t/b Tamp/Blow Label Printer/Applicator is an accessory for Tharo’s H-Series thermal transfer bar code label printers. The PA2000t/b Tamp/Blow features a small footprint, 16.5 inches wide x 30 inches long for the H-400 or 19.5 inches wide x 30 inches long for the H-600, with a remote front panel for easy access, regardless of the orientation of the applicator.

Quick Disconnect Couplings

December 5, 2011 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Colder Products Company (St. Paul, MN) has introduced the NS212 quick disconnect couplings to meet the need for smaller, cost-effective, non-spill fluid connectors in a wide range of applications. NS212 couplings give users versatility and broad chemical compatibility for printing and ink management, electronic cooling, analytical instrumentation, and other applications.

Endevco Accelerometers

December 5, 2011 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems (San Juan Capistrano, CA), a Meggitt group division, has introduced the Endevco® model 71M series, a family of rugged, undamped subminiature surface mountable piezo resistive accelerometers, designed to support a variety of high-g shock measurement requirements.

Shaft Voltage Test Kit

December 2, 2011 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new AEGIS™ Shaft Voltage Test Kit from Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) makes it easier than ever to measure and document damaging VFD-induced voltages while there is still time to head off bearing damage and equipment downtime. Because the kit can test every VFD-controlled motor in a whole production plant, office building, mechanical room, or anywhere else VFD-driven motors are operating, it provides a powerful tool for maintenance personnel, testing contractors, and anyone who needs to determine that a motor is or is not subject to stray shaft voltages great enough to harm motor bearings.

Posidyne Clutch, Brakes

December 2, 2011 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Posidyne® clutch and brakes from Force Control Industries (Fairfield, OH) feature oil shear technology that allows rapid and precise stopping, starting, reversing, speed change, and positioning—all without adjustment and virtually no maintenance. Ideal for applications with frequent start/stop cycles, these motion control devices allow higher cycle rates (as high as 300 cycles per minute) to increase production rates with lower downtime.

Truck-Mounted Static Ground

December 2, 2011 5:46 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

A new truck-mounted static grounding system from Newson Gale (Overland Park, KS) provides an enhanced margin of safety when vacuum trucks are used during transfer of flammable or combustible materials in hazardous areas. The Earth-Rite® MGV system verifies the existence of an effective low resistance ground point and monitors the bonding connection throughout the transfer process.

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