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High-Strength Chain Lubricant

March 8, 2011 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Escalator Chain Lube — available from Royal Purple (Porter, TX) — is a high film strength synthetic lubricant designed for a variety of chains, including those used in automotive and industrial applications. According to the company, it can reduce lubricant consumption by as much as 75 percent, along with reducing noise levels and extending the life of chains.

Penetrating, Water-Resistant Grease

March 8, 2011 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

LPS Laboratories (Tucker, GA) has introduced the Clean Penetrating Grease, a high tack, clear grease that contains PTFE to enhance the lubrication performance and reduce friction. According to the National Lubrication Grease Institute (NLGI), Clear Penetrating Grease has a rating of 1 to 1.

Better Cordless Torque Control

March 7, 2011 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mountz, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has developed a new line of cordless screwdrivers to their FlexPower-branded lineup, designed for torque control and durability. The tools are built around the 10.8V and 14.4V high-capacity lithium-ion battery platforms. According to the company, they are ideal for applications where air or electric power is not easily accessible, and they automatically stop when the preset torque has been reached.

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Floor, Wall Cleaning Gets Easier

March 7, 2011 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Oil Eater Floor Cleaner from Kafko (Skokie, IL) comes packaged in a 1.5 oz. pouch, and simplifies the task of cleaning floors and walls, according to the company. The pre-measured packets help maintain proper dilution and control wasteful overuse, while still being compatible with a mop bucket or floor scrubber.

Forego Welds And Rivets For Adhesives

March 7, 2011 9:55 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CT) has introduced two Loctite Structural Acrylic Adhesives formulated to fixture in just five to 20 minutes. The Loctite H8100 and H8110 Speedbonder Structural Adhesives provide excellent peel and shear strength once cured, and the bonds are designed to reduce or eliminate welds, rivets, and threaded fasteners.

Ball Valves In Many Sizes

March 4, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The True Union Ball Valves — from Spectrom Parts (Grand Terrace, CA) — come in 1/2”, 1”, 1-1/2”, 2”, and 3” sizes, and are constructed of Georg Fisher PVC or CPVC. They have threaded or rocket connections, with the option of EPDM or Viton seals. TUBCs come in standard pipe sizes so they will work with any matching sized and material piping system.

Abrasive Cutting In Many Ways

March 4, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The AbrasiMatic 300 abrasive cutter from Buehler (Lake Bluff, IL) now features the optional X-Bed for increased convenience when sectioning in the x-axis direction. The accompanying digital display tracks x-axis travel, improving precision, consistency, and repeatability in serial (parallel) sectioning applications.

LPS Celebrates 50 Year With Time-Tested Lubricants

March 3, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

LPS Laboratories (Tucker, GA) has announced its 50th anniversary with a limited edition of the United States LPS 1, LPS 2 Industrial Strength Lubricant, and LPS 3 Heavy-Duty Rust Inhibitor. The aerosol cans come with a “retro” look, which is similar to the design of the original cans in the early 1960s.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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