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A 'Squid' Solves Outlet Woes

February 28, 2011 8:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Trident Design, LLC (Las Vegas, NV) has announced three new marketing partners (NCC, Bits Limited, and Accell) for its PowerSquid, which eliminates the problem of overcrowded power strips and bulky power adaptors with a unique “tentacled” design. The PowerSquid comes in a variety of models, ranging from basic outlet multipliers to advance surge protectors.

Better Fuses For Solar Applications

February 24, 2011 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics, Inc. (Bloomfield, NJ) has expanded its fuse line to include 10x38mm photovoltaic fuses for solar panel applications. The 74-10FC Solar Protection Fuse series has been specifically designed for photovoltaic (PV) systems. The midget fuses can safely protect PV modules and their conductors from reverse over current conditions despite the challenges of DC power.

Acid-Resistant Epoxies

February 22, 2011 8:42 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The EP21ARHT two-component epoxy from Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) was developed for coating and lining storage tanks, piping, scrubbers, and processing equipment. According to the company, it can withstand chemicals, fuel, and acids, and can survive immersion in 96 to 98 percent sulfuric acid or 20 percent hydrochloric acid for more than a year.

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All-New Air Nozzle Technology

February 18, 2011 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new 9002W flat air nozzle from Silvent (Portage, IN) utilizes an energy-efficient design that represents a new blowing technology. Each orifice is designed to optimize the entrainment area, generating a strong, efficient blowing force at a low noise level. Aerodynamic slots of the nozzle provide high efficiency and low noise.

Improved Wire Stripping

February 17, 2011 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The flexibility of the indexing cutter head technology from Schleuniger (Manchester, NH) has been paired with servo drives and improved electronics in the new PowerStrip 9550. The tool processes a wide range of applications, from stranded wire to multi-conductor cables, as well as coaxial and other shielded cables.

A Microscopic Lubrication

February 14, 2011 7:03 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The DAYlube grease — from Dayton Progress (Dayton, OH) — uses nanoceramic particles that act as microscopic ball bearings, which helps provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces. Dayton Progress has announced that DAYlube is now available in 5-gallon pails, which makes it ideal for high-volume applications, particularly conveyors, bearings, chains, gears, and more.

Thermoplastic Purging Gets Easier

February 11, 2011 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Dyna-Purge Division of Schuman Plastics, Inc. (Depew, NY) has introduced the improved Dyna-Purge M, which is a non-abrasive, non-chemical engineered thermoplastic purging compound. It is formulated to flow naturally through the barrel and hot runner system of an injection molding machine, as well as extrusion equipment.

Clear Blockages With High Pressures

February 10, 2011 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RIDGID (Elyria, OH) KJ-3100 water jetter offers professional power to clear blockages in 2” to 10” diameter drains with a full 3,000-psi working pressure, and a 5.5 gallon-per-minute flow. The KJ-3100 jetter allows the user to reach remote or resisted-access drains easily. The system is mounted on a heavy-duty, two-wheeled cart that fits through standard doors and negotiates tight turns, and the design allows the user to refuel without removing the reel.

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Labeling Goes Portable

February 8, 2011 5:38 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Visual Workplace, Inc. (Bryon Center, MI) has introduced LabelShop, a portable labeling and bar code machine that enables users to quickly create adhesive-backed bar codes and labels. The system features a large keyboard and an LCD display for ease of use. Three 26’ long rolls of white label tape comes in widths of 0.

Seal Up Your Welds

February 8, 2011 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

WeldSeal, a brush-on methacylate compound formulated for sealing porosity in welds that well contain gases under pressure or liquids, is now available from IMPCO Inc. (East Providence, RI). The WeldSeals low dynamic viscosity enables it to wick into pores and seams, allowing any excess material on the surface to be easily rinsed away with water.

Work With Super-Tough Alloys

February 7, 2011 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seco Tools (Troy, MI) has announced its new CBM 170 grade, the first PCBM grade developed specifically for the finish turning of nickel-based super alloys. The CBM 170 is designed for both toughness and wear-resistance, which makes it ideal for materials like Inconel 718, UDIMET, Waspaloy, MAR M, and more, according to the company.

Labels, Containers, And More

February 4, 2011 5:45 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Melmor Associates Inc. (Niles, OH) has added a new label holder line and material handling identification line. The label holder is a placard label holder, which enables the user to repetitively label returnable containers, pallet racks, and flock racks, without the mess of label and adhesive build-up.

Stop Cutting Hoses With Razor Blades

February 4, 2011 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TC-1 tube and hose cutter — from Beswick (Greenland, NH) is a precision tool for making square cuts, and uses chrome-plated metal for strength. A plastic coating is then applied to the handles to improve the feel. According to the company, the V-shaped head ensures straight cuts and prevents jagged edges, which makes it easier to use than a utility knife or razor.

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Everything You Need For Tube Fabrication

February 3, 2011 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation (Huntsville, AL) has created a package of tube fabrication tools for small bore tube assembly. The new package provides all the equipment necessary to successfully install tube fittings — both CPI and A-LOK — in various system applications, and includes benders, a cutter, a deburrer tool, a sawing vise with an integral hacksaw guide, and an inspection gauge.

Strike-Free, Heavy-Duty Wrenches

January 31, 2011 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new strike-free wrenches from Wright Tool (Barberton, OH) can be used for heavy-duty applications, where striking-face box wrenches cannot be used and where cheater bars should not be used. The wrenches also loosen and tighten large fasteners in confined areas where there is not enough room to swing a striking tool.

Two Tools In One

January 24, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The star-tipped tools from Bondhus (Monticello, MN) now work with both the company’s Star and Star-Plus fasteners. The tool is available in many styles, including: L-wrenches, wing and flag, fold-up, screwdriver, and T-hangle, and in a full range of sizes, from T5 to T60. Other features include: The freedom from not stocking separate tools for both fasteners.

It's Okay To Be Over-'Bearing'

January 21, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new SGi Shaft Grounding Bearing Isolator from Garlock (Palmyra, NY) helps protect bearings from electrical damage, as well as from lubricant loss and contamination. It combines the technologies of the GUARDIAN non-sparking bronze labyrinth seal and the AEGIS shaft grounding ring, in a single unit.

These Centers Are 'Live'

January 20, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Riten Industries, Inc. (Washington Court House, OH) has redesigned its CNC Sprint series live centers, which feature an accuracy to ±0.00004 TIR, the highest bearing capacity available in centers of that size, and a full-length spindle for maximum rigidity. The new design allows for deeper cuts, a better surface finish, and an extended service life.

Hold It Together

January 20, 2011 8:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed the Supreme 33, which is formulated for structural applications in extreme environments with temperatures from -80 to 425°F. The two-component epoxy offers high structural bond strength while resisting thermal cycling, thermal shock, and impact, according to the company.

Big Impact, Small Package

January 18, 2011 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chicago Pneumatic (Rock Hill, SC) has developed the lightweight CP7739 ½” impact wrench, which features side-to-side (S2S Technology) forward/reverse functionality located directly above the trigger. The wrench can deliver 450 ft. lbs. of torque in a compact magnesium composite design that is only 2.

Seal Your Pores

January 17, 2011 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

CastSeal, a brush-on methacrylate compound formulated for sealing porosity in cast iron parts that will contain gases under pressure, or liquids, has been developed by IMPCO (East Providence, RI). The low dynamic viscosity enables it to wick deeply into pores and seams between close-fitting ferrous metal surfaces.

Grinding In Hard-to-Reach Places

January 14, 2011 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mini-Dynafile II from Dynabrade (Clarence, NY) is a lightweight, air-powered belt machine for grinding, blending, and deburring in normally inaccessible areas. The Mini-Dynafile II utilizes 1/8” - 1/2” wide by 12” long abrasive belts running at 25,000 RPM. The multi-positioning head pivots 180°, which makes it ideal for grinding into hard-to-reach areas.

Clean House

January 13, 2011 8:17 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

ERC Wiping Products, Inc. (Lynn, MA) has further expanded its line of economical microfiber products to include non-woven microfiber wipers. According to the company, the wipers are lint-free, non-abrasive, absorbent, and can effectively clean with little or no chemicals. Microfiber wipers are ideal for infection control as they are low-cost enough to be used as a disposable wiper yet durable enough for machine washing.

Put Your Sanders Into Orbit

January 13, 2011 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Dynorbital Silver Supreme Random Orbital Sander from Dynabrade (Clarence, NY) is an air-powered sander ideal for high-production areas needing flat and horizontal sanding. The 12,000 RPM sander is available in 3”, 3.5”, 5” and 6” diameter models, all of which include a low profile, urethane weight-mated sanding pad.

A Tougher Gear Rack

January 12, 2011 3:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

ATLANTA Drive Systems, Inc. (Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany) has developed a new class of precision gear racks that use a carburized case-hardening process to increase the strength of the rack, including the tooth flanks and root, which maximizes power density, stiffness, and performance. Because of the increased power density, a small rack size can be used, according to the company.

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