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Cable Splitting Made Easier

April 12, 2011 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seatek Company (Stamford, CT) has introduced a new model in the Roto-Split line — the RS-101B — with an auto-clamping feature that eliminates the need to fuss with a thumb screw when cutting different sizes of AC/MC cable. Any cable from 14-2 to 10-4 or 3/8” Flex can be secured without adjustment by squeezing the bottom lever.

Sealing, Filling Tape

April 11, 2011 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pres-On (Addison, IL) is now offering an EPDM tape that combines the flexibility of standard open-cell foam tapes with the sealing qualities of closed-cell foam tapes. The Pres-On P9400 seals out damaging dust, wind, water, and noise with a variety of roll widths, lengths, and thicknesses. It is excellent for filling joints and spaces, as well as for sealing HVAC installations.

More Torque Wrench Choices

April 11, 2011 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stanley Proto (Conyers, GA) has developed nine new Interchangeable Head torque wrenches and 125 head attachments. The wrenches consist of three electronic, two micrometer, and four pre-set versions, and come in 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” drives. Torque values range from 25 inch-pounds to 250 foot-pounds.

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Tough Grinding Wheels

April 8, 2011 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

To expand their Vortec Pro bonded abrasives product line, Weiler Corporation (Cresco, PA) has added 12” and 14” cutting wheels in aluminum oxide and silicon carbide grains for general purpose cutting. According to the company, they are designed for use with steel, iron, and other ferrous metals, with a resin-bond formulation for aggressive stock removal and fast cutting.

A Better Tool Storage Solution

April 8, 2011 9:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) has developed new Technician Series toolboxes, technician carts, and cart garages. The toolboxes use a rugged design with drawers that are full extension, with a 440 pound capacity. According to the company, the addition of worktops transform the toolbox cabinet into a work area, and can come with surfaces in stainless steel, butcher block, galvanized steel, plastic laminate, or retainer top with a rubber mat.

Precision-Built Torque Tools

April 5, 2011 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seekonk Manufacturing Company, Inc. and Pro Torque Tools (Atlanta, GA) are now offering Seekonk’s line of Precision Torque wrenches, screwdrivers, and testers for delivery anywhere in the world. All of Seekonk torque products are manufactured in their Massachusetts facility, with an ISO 9001-certified commitment to quality.

Carry More With Modular Belts

April 5, 2011 6:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Duckbill LLC (Grand Rapids, MI) has designed the MobilityMax product line of ergonomic body-borne carrying gear, which allows for users to bring their hand tools, instruments, and devices with them in a modular fashion. The MobilityMax product is a system-based approach to upgrading new, or existing, fall protection harnesses that do not interfere with the ability to carry gear.

Improved Mechanical Seals

April 4, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new line of dry-running mechanical seals for mixers, agitators, and reactors that meets the ASME-BPE 2009 standards for cleanability is being introduced by Sharpe Mixers, Inc. (Seattle, WA). The Sharpe RD Dry-Running Mechanical Seals were developed for sanitary applications where product contamination from barrier fluids is unacceptable.

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Variable Speed For Precise Polishing

April 4, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeWalt (Towson, MD) has launched its two new 7”/9” Variable Speed Polishers (DWP849X and DWP849) which deliver the power and speed control necessary for use on a variety of materials, ranging from metal to concrete surfaces. Both models feature a powerful 12 amp motor and a variable speed dial that delivers 0-600/0-3,500 RPM, giving users precise control of speed and power.

A Tool With Thousands Of Possibilities

April 4, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) has expanded their M12 LITHIUM-ION system with the introduction of the M12 Rotary Tool. The tool uses optimized electronics and REDLITHIUM battery technology for a compact and portable cut-off solution. With a variable speed of 5,000 to 32,000 RPM and a collet that is compatible with all 1/32 to 1/8” shank accessories, the new tool delivers cutting, grinding, sanding, and polishing solutions.

Even, Precise Bolt Tensioning

March 31, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The hydraulic bolt tensioners from Enerpac (Sydney, Australia) help facilitate faster, safer, and more precise maintenance and fabrication operations, according to the company. The GT-Series bolt tensioners, in capacities up to 320 tons at 1,500 bat, are suited where operators want to achieve known and accurate bolt loads across multiple applications.

Fully-Sealed Connectors For Tough Jobs

March 31, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has announced the Multi-Drop Sealed Connector and Cable System, a modular connector system for the transfer of both power and data/signal in a multi-drop configuration. The system is fully sealed to IP66 and IP67 ratings, and can be customized to meet any requirements for internal and external data/signal and power applications.

High-Accuracy Workholding Chucks

March 29, 2011 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Northfield Precision Instrument Corporation (Island Park, NY) has introduced their Automotive Rubber Grip chuck for automotive “rubber coupling” drive shaft joints. The small collet in the center grips a 14mm I.D. to an accuracy of less than 1/10,000” T.I.R. Three extended fingers simulate “bolting” the flange in place the way it is used in vehicles.

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Rip Up Your Floors

March 29, 2011 12:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

General Equipment Company (Owatonna, MN) has introduced the CTS 12 Rip-R-Stripper for floor-covering removal projects. The machine can remove ceramic tile, hardwood floors, and other tough floor coverings. The CTS12 acts as a tool carrier for electric-powered breakers with ratings between 30 and 40 foot-pounds of force.

Clean Tanks In All Directions

March 25, 2011 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new TankJet 360 Fluid Drive Tank Cleaner from Spraying Systems Co. (Wheaton, IL) is equipped with a dual- or triple-nozzle hub and high-impact solid stream nozzles that rotate 360° in horizontal and vertical planes. The rotation cleans tanks up to 100’ in diameter, and can remove the stickiest of residues, according to the company.

Wide-Range, Pressure-Sensitive Film

March 24, 2011 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensor Products Inc. (Madison, NJ) has announced the Fuji Prescale pressure film, which reveals pressures from two to 43,200 PSI. The Mylar tactile pressure-indicating sensor film instantly reveals surface pressure magnitude and distribution between contact or impacting surfaces. When placed between the surfaces, it permanently changes color directly proportional to the pressure applied.

A Better All-In-One Tool

March 24, 2011 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to Hyde Tools (Southbridge, MA), tool clutter has pushed many users toward tools with multiple uses, such as its 14-in-1 Multi-tool, with four screw bits in the handle, plus 10 other common uses. Hyde’s newest tool combines a high-quality, lightweight design with a tool that can scrape paint, spread compound, clean rollers, remove putty, scrape convex surfaces, open cans, and pull nails, among others.

Keep The Lights On

March 21, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shurter (Santa Rosa, CA) has announced the addition of the V-Lock cord retaining system for 10A and 16A appliance couplers and power entry modules. The V-Lock power cord provides a safe and reliable power connection that latches into the notched inlet to prevent accidental disconnection of the power from the equipment.

Guard Your Pallet Racks

March 18, 2011 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Damotech (Boisbriand, Canada) has introduced the Damo Super Guard, which protects pallet racks in warehouses from damage, typically from forklifts. The Super Guard offers an extra level of durability, including five anchor bolts with high shearing capacity to sustain the most common impacts in warehouse environments.

A Better Cutting Oil

March 17, 2011 9:52 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Rustlick (Glenview, IL), a subsidiary of ITW ROCOL North America , has announced the release of ULTRACUT Aero, a new premium water-soluble oil optimized for high-tech ferrous and nonferrous metals, including titanium, aluminum, Inconel, and stainless steel. The Aero uses the latest lubrication and antimicrobial technologies to create a long-lasting cutting fluid.

Guard Your Forks

March 15, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pharmaseal Scrubs LLC (Riviera Beach, FL) has introduced the Truck-Gard modular protective covers for Class 3 Walkie pallet trucks in all makes and models. The covers allow full functionality of the truck with the cover on, including battery charging. All nameplates, placards, controls, and safety components are easily-accessible as well.

Electrically-Heated And Independent

March 15, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Quincy (Woodstock, IL) now offers the #49C-650D, an electrically-heated oven, which is available in NFPA 86 Class ‘A’ or Class ‘B’ configurations. According to the company, the oven is a popular choice among heat processors for most curing, drying, and pre-heating needs.

Flexible, High-Performance Bonds

March 15, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

For applications where flexible, high-performance bonds are required, Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed its Polymer System EP37-3FLF, which is suitable for castings with wider cross-section thicknesses. According to the company, the polymer is serviceable over the wide range of 4K to 250°F, and it cures at room temperature in two to three days, or faster at elevated temperatures.

Springs With Sinusoidal Reliability

March 14, 2011 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rotor Clip Company, Inc. (Somerset, NJ) now offers its MST-series of Truwave wave springs. The single-turn metric wave springs are available in sizes from 16mm to 170mm and are ideal for short deflection applications, according to the company. Advantages of the Truwave springs include: The ability for the springs to be installed automatically via a tapered mandrel similar to the automatic installation of retaining rings.

Read Up On Better Design

March 11, 2011 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Design for Reliability (by Daniel T. Daley), is a new book available from Industrial Press (New York, NY) that addresses the process from the manufacturer’s viewpoint, allowing readers to deliver the goods that their customers want. According to the company, the book is ideal for anyone involved in the design, development, or purchase of new assets.

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