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Better PVC Hoses

September 9, 2010 8:33 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The line of reinforced PVC high-stretch hose from Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) can be customized for upright, canister, and central vacuum cleaners.  The Dayflex Lightweight Stretch Hose features PVC construction reinforced with a vinyl-coated spring steel wire helix, and comes in a flat top style with a 5:1 stretch ratio, or a full block style with a 4:1 ratio.

Get Better Back Support

September 2, 2010 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) has developed a number of back supports for various applications and jobs, including the Liftbak, which is a 5” belt of rigid foam that supports the back during strenuous lifting. Allegro’s popular Deluxe Spanbak and Bodybelt are designed for greater durability and strength, while the Flexbak offers a three-part closure for a custom fit and superior lumbar support.

Thermally-Conductive Adhesives

September 2, 2010 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Master Bond EP30FLAO (Hackensack, NJ) is a two-component epoxy resin system for high performance potting, bonding, sealing, and coating. The low-viscosity epoxy is ideal as a thermally-conductive potting compound, and has a wide service temperature range of 4K to 250°F, plus a thermal conductivity of 9-10 BTU/in/ft²/hr/ºF.


Make Your Tools Safer, More Mobile

August 30, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Portable Mechanics’ Service Sets from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) put large and small hand tools, including screw drivers, wrenches, and pliers — along with multimeters and other specialty equipment — at easy reach for professionals looking for maximum protection of their tools.

Crimping Gets Faster

August 26, 2010 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

BURNDY (Manchester, NH) announced the new High Performance PATRIOT PATMD6-14V series crimping tools, which utilize the same 14.4 volt Ni-MH batteries as older models, but are 80 percent faster. The PATRIOT can complete a crimp on a 4/0 copper crimp in approximately two seconds, according to the company.

Experimenting With Supercritical Fluids

August 24, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supercritical Fluid Technologies, Inc. (Newark, DE) has developed the SFT-150 Supercritical Fluid Extraction/Reaction System, which allows users to investigate the feasibility of applying supercritical fluid techniques to various processing situations. A modular design makes it easy and cost-effective to alter the unit’s basic configurations, adapting it to meet new or evolving application needs, according to the company.

Damage-Free Flange Spreading

August 24, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flange Spreaders separate pipe flanges for the replacement of the flange gasket or the reapplication sealant to the flange face. The Safety Boy Flange Spreader, from WM.L.RIGGS Company (Tulsa, OK) attaches to the flange mounting holes and spreads the flange faces without the risk of damage to the flange sealing surfaces.

Easier Than Hand Tapping

August 24, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Speedaire Hand Tappers, which are ideal for general purpose tapping, are now available from W.W. Grainger (Lake Forest, IL). They eliminate time-wasting hand tapping with a pneumatic high-reversal-type motor with added torque, which allows the tapper to handle a range of tap sizes. A quick-change tool holding provides tap-changing flexibility and accepts optional clutch-type tap holders.


Get A Bag Of Chips

August 23, 2010 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 110 Gallon Chip Trapper from EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) offers a fast, easy way to clean large coolant sumps, according to the company. The Chip Trapper removes solids — such as chips, swarf, and shavings — out of used coolants and other liquids, and is ideal for use on machines with parts washers, tanks, and storage containers.

Welders In All Sizes

August 23, 2010 7:22 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products (Florence, SC) introduces the Origo MIG family of welders — including the MIG 320, 410, and 510 — all of which offer a wide current and voltage range that simplify optimizing settings for a wide variety of filler metals and gases. Made with a strong galvanized metal casing designed to withstand harsh environments, the Origo family features large wheels, sturdy lifting eyelets, and a standard undercarriage for easy forklift transport.

Full Speed In Reverse

August 23, 2010 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chicago Pneumatic (Rock Hill, SC) has introduced the CP6720, a new 1/2” impact wrench that delivers speed, power, and durability for industrial maintenance. The impact wrench features 425 ft-lbs. of torque, plus a one-hand push button for forward and reverse operation.  A four-position regulator allows for better control of assembling bolts and other fasteners, according to the company.

The Most Flexible Of Mounts

August 20, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new “Versatile Mount” from Sprinter Marking, Inc. (Zanesville, OH) was engineered to provide manufacturers with a flexible, changeable mount for a variety of positioning applications. Despite its compact size (1-3/8” x 2” x 2”), the company claims it can support substantial weights when secured.

Recirculation Makes For Safer Cleaning

August 20, 2010 7:03 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Duro-Tank Stainless Steel Recirculating Systems from A.W.T. World Trade (Chicago, IL) are designed for use with a washout sink with biodegradable chemistry to clean a variety of objects. The cleaning solution is applied directly to the part through a one-piece wand and scrub brush, while the closed-loop recirculating system uses progressive multi-stage filtering to extend solvent life.


Jay Leno-Approved Parts Cleaning

August 19, 2010 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bio-Remediation process from Bio-Circle (Windsor, CT) eliminates the need for toxic solvents when cleaning tools and parts, and also reduces the possibility any dangerous effluent to virtually zero. The Bio-Remediation process uses microscopic life forms to “digest” contaminations and convert them to clean H2O with negligible traces of CO2.

Abrasives Made Easier

August 17, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MIGHTY-LOK 3 from The Malish Corporation (Willoughby, OH) is a multi-purpose pad driver that can be used with pads, bonnets, diamond discs, and abrasive pucks. The driver is available in sizes ranging from 13” to 20” and includes a molded riser and universal Malish NP-9200 Tru-Fit Clutch Plate built in to the block.

Nomex Stands Up To Combat

August 17, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wiley X (Livermore, CA) has introduced the Wiley X Hybrid Glove, with an 80/20 Nomex/Kevlar weave and an injected molded knuckle protector that can be slipped in and out in seconds to protect the hands. A goatskin rubber helps reinforce high-wear areas on the palm and underside of the fingers.

Industrial-Strength Wipes

August 13, 2010 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Georgia-Pacific’s (Atlanta, GA) line of Brawny Industrial Wipers is expanding with the addition of Brawny Industrial High Performance Shop Towels, which are engineered to replace rags and shop towels. Brawny towels are designed to be hygienic, safe, and strong, according to the company, and are able to stand up to tough working environments.

Five-In-One Screwdrivers

August 13, 2010 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal Industries, Inc. (Sycamore, IL) is now offering a 5-in-1 non-conductive screwdriver that meets ASTM F1505-94 and IEC900 standards for the safety of technicians working on electrical components. Each screwdriver is UL- and VDE-listed and certified to 1,000V AC or 1,500V DC for safety. The high-visibility bright yellow handle, along with a permanently-bonded orange insulation shaft, act as an “at-a-glance” safety system, according to the company.

Earplugs Made Better

August 13, 2010 8:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Magid Glove & Safety (Chicago, IL) has introduced Magid E2 IHP932J and IHP932CJ Jumbo-Sized, Uncorded, and Corded Disposable Earplugs. The hypo-allergenic polyurethane foam has a high noise reduction rating (NRR) of 32 dB, with a variety of sizes. A tapered design ensures a comfortable fit all day long, and the red PVC cord keeps the plugs close at hand while reducing loss and further enhancing visibility.

Lubricants Go Horizontal

August 12, 2010 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accu-Lube Gel Paste from ITW ROCOL North America (Glenview, IL) is a natural-based lubricant that is environmentally-safe and ideal for horizontal applications, because it won’t run or drip. The gel texture makes it easy to apply to tools with a soft brush, without risk of damaging the tool, according to the company.

Vandalism-Free Conduits

August 12, 2010 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

O-Z/Gedney (Rosemont, IL) announces the AXB Expansion Fitting for long conduit runs installed in areas subject to vandalism, theft, harsh weather, and wide temperature variations. The fitting permits linear movement in conduit runs caused by thermal expansion, preventing conduit buckling or disconnection.

All-Day Bench Grinder

August 10, 2010 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

W. W. Grainger, Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) now offers a combination belt and bench grinder, which features a powerful capacitor motor for all-day grinding and finishing applications. The grinder has an adjustable belt for vertical and horizontal positioning, plus a dynamically-balanced rotor and sealed bearings that minimize vibration.

Pressure Washing In Small Spaces

August 10, 2010 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Steam Jenny, from Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) has introduced a full line of electric-powered cold pressure washers, which can be operated in enclosed areas where gas-powered machines can’t be used. The washers are powered by Marathon or Baldor electric motors, which range from 1.

Better Battery Packs

August 10, 2010 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) has announced the transition of all its V28 cordless power tools to the new M28 LITHIUM-ION battery pack, which is completely compatible with current V28 products. The company has also added Digital Power Management (DPM) to the battery packs to ensure optimal battery life and run-time, while protecting the battery from tough conditions.

Sanitation Is Important, Says Dilbert

August 9, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega (Laval, Quebec, Canada) has released its catalog, the DILBERT NEW HORIZONS in Products for Sanitary Applications Version No. 27 , which contains 180 pages of information on top-selling products for manufacturers. These products include the Digital RTD Thermometers with NEMA 4 enclosures, which are ideal for washdown environments, according to the company.

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