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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.

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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.

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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.

Lubricants Go 5S

August 4, 2010 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon (Cleveland, OH) is now integrating their chemical and lubricant products with a packaging and identification system, based on the principles of 5S and Kanban, to create the Sprayon System. The system communicates what products are to be used for each application, and ensures users always have the right product on hand when it is needed.

Alloys Survive Pressure, Heat

August 4, 2010 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Penn Stainless Products (Quakertown, PA) added a new line of 330 Plate and Processed Flat Bar to its family of high-temperature products. According to the company, 330 is ideal for high-temperature, high-pressure applications. In addition, the alloy can be used where resistance to the combined effects of thermal cycling and carburization is necessary.

High-Temperature Lubrication

August 4, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZYP Coatings, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN) introduces is 4-oz. Boron Nitride Aerosol Lubricoat spray can. The small container allows users to test the boron nitride coating on various substrates at temperatures up to 1,000°C in air, and over 1,800°C in inert/nitrogen atmospheres. According to the company, boron nitride is chemically inert and provides non-stick, release, and barrier-layers to reactive materials.

Long-Term Bearing Protection

August 3, 2010 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) has introduced the Split-Ring AEGIS Bearing Protection Ring with Conductive Epoxy Mounting, which is designed for easy installation in order to protect the bearings in VFD-driven motors. According to the company, the Split-Ring kit offers effective, long-term protection of AC motor bearings from electrical damage by safely channeling VFD-induced bearing currents to ground.

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Shred Anything

August 2, 2010 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 0300 Jackhammer Hard Drive Shredder from Security Engineered Machinery (SEM — Westboro, MA) has a small footprint but can destroy hard drives, other electronic devices (cell phones, PDAs, etc), optical media, and computer backup tapes. The sawtooth cutters can handle 125 to 500 drives per hour, reducing them to random 1-1/2” shreds.

Lockring Bushings Get Accurate

July 30, 2010 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

ETP Shaft locking bushings from Zero-Max (Plymouth, MN) produce accurate and concentric mounting compared to mechanical shaft locking bushings. In addition, the ETP bushings incorporate a double-walled sleeve that encapsulates a pressure medium, and are ideal where repeated mounting and dismantling of components is required.

Easy-To-Install Collets

July 30, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Royal Products (Hauppauge, NY) has developed the Quick-Grip CNC Collet Chucks for workholding. When installing the collet, a special installation tool compresses the rear end of the collet so it can be inserted, and upon expansion, the collet locks into place via a hook-and-groove arrangement.

Biodegradable Packaging

July 26, 2010 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

IPG (Brandenton, FL) has developed the Genesys OXO-Biodegradable High Performance Machine Film, which is a light-gauge cast film available in 50, 63, of 75 gauge thicknesses. Genesys is designed for use on automated stretch wrapping equipment. The films biodegrade much more quickly than standard stretch films when exposed to oxygen and sunlight, leaving no harmful by-products or impact on the environment.

Labels That Tough It Out

July 23, 2010 6:26 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Computer Imprintable Label Systems (CILS — Burlington, MA) has launched their new CIL8200S Metalized polyester range of chemical-resistant labels, which can be customed “in-house” using a Thermal Transfer Printer. The labels, when used in combination of thermal transfer ribbons, resist a range of chemicals and solvents, and are suitable for rating plate and batch ID labels for fuel valves, hydraulic pumps, flow control gauges, and more.

Stick To Anything

July 23, 2010 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond Inc. (Hackensack, NJ) has developed the Polymer System EP31 for use with a variety of substrates, including metals, plastics, rubbers, ceramics, and glass. The two-part system has a lap shear strength exceeding 4,600 psi, a peel strength of more than 40 pli, a tensile modulus of more than 410,000 psi, and a flexural strength that exceeds 13,000 psi.

Adhesives Made Easy

July 22, 2010 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The two-part epoxy delivery systems from Adhesive Packaging Specialties (Peabody, MA) include the thorough blending of two-component materials, degassing them to remove entrapped air, and then freezing the resin system in a disposable syringe or cartridge. The containers are then packed in dry ice and shipped directly to the customer’s facility to provide on-demand mixing and dispensing of two-component materials in a controlled process.

Drills In All Sizes

July 22, 2010 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Beyond platform of high-performance tool grades for holemaking applications from Kennametal (Latrobe, PA) is now available in three new grades: KCPK10, KCU25, and KCU40. The whole series covers SPPX/SPGX Drill Fix Square outboard inserts, available in HP, FP, and MD geometries. Kennametal’s indexable drill platform can be used in virtually any short-hole applications with CNC lathes or machining centers.

ESD-Protective Labels

July 20, 2010 7:06 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Desco (Chino, CA) is introducing ESD Susceptibility Labels (2” x 2”) in a new Integrated Dispenser, which can be used to identify assemblies and devices that have sensitivity to ESD events. They are ideal for closing shielding bags and seal ESD-protective packaging, according to the company.

Workholding In Your Jaws

July 20, 2010 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Northfield Precision Instrument Corporation (Island Park, NY) has introduced their latest custom workholding chuck, the Model 450L. The company has mounted aluminum pie jaws, with custom flex inserts bolted to the jaws, to the top of a standard 450 air chuck. The flexing inserts compensate for any out of roundness in the work piece, according to the company.

A 'Magic' Wand

July 19, 2010 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coxreels (Tempe, AZ) announces the addition of a wand holder for its 1125 Series hand crank and motorized reels. The new accessory is made out of lightweight aluminum, with a black powder coating finish for corrosion resistance. The holder stands in at 24” long, with a diameter of 1.

Will You Hold This, T-Rex?

July 19, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T-Rex Test Stand from Cooper Instruments (Shawnee, OK) has been designed to accommodate a variety of materials, component, and product tests. The flexible system provides a capacity of 4 tons in tension and 10 tons in compression. The numerous applications possible with the T-Rex system include, according to the manufacturer: mechanical connection tests, adhesive bond strength verification, crushing strength review, and more.

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