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Protecting Delicate Electronics

May 20, 2010 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Polyflex FR fire-resistant impregnation resin from IMPCO (East Providence, RI) is suitable for sealing electronic connectors, wires, and wiring assemblies against corrosion. Polyflex FR can create a permanent flame-retardant barrier that prevents corrosion-related failures by uniformly filling all gaps and pores, and will not reliquify, melt, or burn.

Betting Your Safety With A COBRA

May 18, 2010 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The COBRA LIFELINK Single-Man cart from Garlock Safety Systems (Plymouth, MN) is a mobile anchorage system that one or two people can tie-off to when they’re on an elevated job site by providing fall arrest for 1 worker and fall restraint for a second. The modular design fits almost anywhere.

Labeling For Safety

May 14, 2010 8:10 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics (Harrisburg, PA) has announced the North American launch of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) labels for safety, warning, and electrical box identification. The labels have a permanent adhesion and are protected by a lamination that offers resistance to abrasions, fluids, dirt, and stains.

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Learn Hydraulics In-And-Out

May 14, 2010 8:10 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

American Technical Publishers (Orland Park, IL) has introduced a new textbook specifically designed for teaching the design, application, and maintenance of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Fluid Power Systems addresses fluid power systems, components, and devices, and focuses on troubleshooting techniques by introducing descriptions, operational procedures, common applications, and operating characteristics.

When It's Good To Be Square

May 13, 2010 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

IRISS, Inc. (Bradenton, FL) has expanded its product line of Custom Application Products (CAP) to include a Square Infrared Window capable of passing durability and impact requirements. IRISS custom-builds the square windows because round windows sometimes do not provide complete coverage, or because so many windows are required they become cost prohibitive to the customer.

Keep Your Documents Safe

May 11, 2010 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

RNR Plastics, Inc. (Raynham, MA) has developed a clear vinyl pouch that allows technicians, mechanics, and maintenance personnel to keep important documents nearby while protecting them from oil spills or other contaminants. The Critical Documents pouch is made from clear PVC and is ideal for instructions, schematics, production schedules, maintenance logs, or other documents that need to be used close to the work.

Blow Guns Made Easier

May 10, 2010 7:25 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Coilhose Pneumatics (East Brunswick, NJ) introduces an extended trigger system for its high-force blow gun, the Coilhose Cannon. The metal handle retrofit kit enables the user to more easily operate the gun while wearing protective gloves with a long lever-style mechanism.

Breathe Easy

May 7, 2010 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

3M (St. Paul, MN) has expanded its reusable facepiece respirator line with the 3M Ultimate FX Full Facepiece Reusable Respirator FF-400 Series, designed for flexibility in extreme environments. The new facepiece enables a wide peripheral view, along with a quick assembly and disassembly.

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Keep Your Hands Cut-Free

May 7, 2010 6:33 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) has redeveloped its Jackson Safety G60 Purple Nitrile Cut Resistant Gloves, which now provide a higher level of cut resistance with more dexterity and comfort features. The gloves are ideal for use in metal fabrication, glass handling, automotive assembly, and other applications involving the handling of sharp parts.

Get Supplied

May 6, 2010 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reid Supply Company (Muskegon, MI) has revamped their full-color 2010-2011 catalog with new smart categorization. According to the company, these new categories will help customers find the products they need out of the 900-page catalog. The color-coded categories include fasteners and hardware, leveling devices, material handling, MRO supplies, safety equipment, and more.

Lock Down The Threads

May 3, 2010 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CT) has introduced their newest anaerobic threadlocker: Loctite QuickTape 249 Threadlocker Tape. The medium-strength tape provides the same performance of liquid threadlockers yet can be carried in a pocket or toolbox, and can be pre-applied to fasteners for future assembly.

VOC-Friendly Film

May 3, 2010 6:19 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new DRI TOUCH Non-VOC is a high-grade corrosion preventative from Birchwood Casey (Eden Prairie, MN) that contains no VOCs and forms a colorless, dry-to-touch protective film suitable for all metal surfaces. The DRI TOUCH has a flash point of 248°F, making it ideal for manufacturing facilities under air quality restrictions or with flammability hazards.

Printing Goes Anywhere

April 30, 2010 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dalemark Industries, Inc. (Lakewood, NJ) has developed the Model 8000-TT Tabletop Hot Stamp Coder for virtually any surface. The coder has a compact design and accommodates up to three lines of print with an interchangeable metal type. Other features include: Capability to handle products up to 4mm.

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Sprayon Goes VOC-Friendly

April 22, 2010 7:32 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Eco-GradeT line of products from Sprayon (Cleveland, OH) offer extreme pressure lubricants and fast-acting cleaners or degreasers, which help preserve and protect your equipment, facility, and workforce. All Sprayon Eco-GradeT products offer formulas that are made with renewable, biodegradable resources, and are VOC-compliance in all 50 states.

Finding The Best Angle

April 20, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Metabo Corporation (West Chester, PA) now offers the 5” W11-125 Quick Compact Class Angle Grinder, which features a quick wheel change system that makes changing discs both safe and easy, without the use of tools. The W11-125 is ideal for cutting and grinding applications with a Vibratech side handle that reduces vibration up to 60 percent, lowering the risk of white finger syndrome, according to the company.

Keep Your Fingers Safe

April 20, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Danray Products LLC (Rockford, IL) introduces its new fan guard safety scale, which checks the openings in fan guards for compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.212(a)(5). The OSHA regulation states that fan blades must be covered with a guard, which may not have openings more than ½”.

Make Shaft Welding Easy

April 20, 2010 6:58 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

A line of AISI 1018 steel shaft collars from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA) can be machined to facilitate the welding of components such as brackets, cams, lever arms, mounts, pins, and rods. The collars come in one- and two-piece styles that can be further machined to make fixturing easier when creating welded assemblies.

Get Wired

April 19, 2010 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added a new line of Bryant wiring devices, including locking and straight blade plugs, connectors, and receptacles—available in 15, 20, and 30 amp models. The locking plugs and connectors are constructed with impact- and chemical-resistant nylon, and accept 14 to 8 gauge solid or stranded conductor wires.

A Whisper Of Compressed Air

April 19, 2010 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The WHISPERBLAST from Lechler (St. Charles, IL) is a line of air nozzles that are designed to handle most industrial usage for compressed air, such as drying off parts, blowing dirt or dust off parts, or blowing off rejected items from a conveyor. The standard flat version can be installed with others on a header to create an air curtain, while the standard round version can be used for hand-held applications.

LEDs Reveal Dark Places

April 19, 2010 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Mfg., Inc (Bluffton, IN) announces the launch of its new Stubby II Cordless LED industrial grade work light, which has eight 1/2-watt side LEDs and comes with a lensed 1-watt LED on the end. The LEDs are rated to 50,000 hours and produce 5000K color light. The 7.

Prevent Industrial Explosions

April 16, 2010 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) offers a new permanently static dissipative hose meant to prevent static buildup and reduce the potential for explosions in powder handling, plastics extrusion, and related applications. The hose features a seven-strand copper ground wire embedded in a thermoplastic polyurethane alloy to provide clean ESD protection.

Circular Sawing Without The Strain

April 16, 2010 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

PORTER-CABLE (Towson, MD) introduces its new heavy-duty 15 Amp Circular Saw (PC15TCSMK), which offers a lightweight construction (9.5 lbs) for a more comfortable grip. An angled auxiliary handle allows users to naturally and comfortably hold the saw without impeding line of sight.

The Hard Nut Life

April 16, 2010 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fasteners Plus, Inc. (Iverness, IL) has developed the Hard Lock Nuts, which are designed to withstand loosening from vibration longer than any other fastener on the market. A unique wedge principle creates a self-locking force — a small curve in the sliding part of the convex top of the lower nut acts as the wedge, and the effect is similar to hammer-driving in a wedge.

Getting The Right Torque

April 15, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lowell Corporation (Worcester, MA) has introduced a new torque wrench kit that gives workers greater flexibility in working with US-style No-HUB couplings up to 60 or 80 lb-in. Each kit comprises of two Lowell T-Torker torque wrenches and three hex sockets (1/4”, 5/16”, and 3/8”), with one wrench preset to 60 lbs.

Clean Up With Dry Ice

April 13, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IceBlast KG50 from Ice Tech (West Chester, OH) is an industrial-strength dry ice blaster, which can be used to clean manufacturing equipment faster than traditional methods. According to the company, dry ice blasting allows for reduced maintenance downtime and fewer environmentally-damaging products in your facility.

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