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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.

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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.

Pressure-Sensitive Labels Go Anywhere

April 12, 2010 7:12 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics (Harrisburg, PA) introduces the new EET G4 woven nylon, Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) acrylic labels for thermal transfer printers. The labels are suitable for wire, harness, and cable identification labeling as well as applications with irregular contours.

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Get Cutting

April 12, 2010 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

A line of circular knives and blades, along with hand knives designed for cutting hose and tube materials, are available from Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS, Southbridge, MA). The blades and knives are engineered to cut the strongest materials, including tough wire-reinforced hydraulic hose.

Like Lightning

April 9, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tanis Technologies (Holland, MI) offers the Lightning Cool system as a permanent solution to Fadal machining center maintenance issues. Now a factory option for Fadal machines, this system is designed to put an end to replacing spindle drive belts, drawbar components, rubber motor mounts, through spindle coolant seals, and more.

Afraid Of The Dark?

April 9, 2010 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bossco International (San Diego, CA) announces its newest product, a battery-operated lighted wrench set. According to the company, the new self -supported battery operated wrenches use replaceable CR 2032 lithium batteries, which allow users to take the wrenches with them.

When The Lights Go Out

April 9, 2010 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Electric Portable Power unit from Schumacher Electric (Mount Prospect, IL) has a 22 amp hour rechargeable lead-acid battery that can provide limited light and power, which allows you to show down your workstation in the case of a power outage. The Portable Power unit can provide light up to 66 hours using the included light, or a 4-watt fluorescent work light can be used for up to 68 hours.

The Arm Strength You Always Wanted

April 6, 2010 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Positech Corporation (Laurens, IA) has redesigned its ReactionArm industrial manipulator under the Positech brand name. The ReactionArm is a pneumatic torque reaction arm that absorbs shock, torsional forces, and impact forces from power tools — this helps reduce carpal tunnel injury and cumulative trauma disorders.

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Bearing Replacement, Made Easy

April 6, 2010 4:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

ATI Performance Products (Baltimore, MD) has released a full CNC-machined aluminum adapter that replaces the seal you have to remove when repacking wheel bearings. Because the housing can be removed with only your fingertips, the #150006 part helps reduce the otherwise time-consuming task of removing pressed-in wheel bearing seals.

From Harleys To Your Plant

March 30, 2010 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hawg Buddy and Cycle Buddy folding tools sets from the Bondhus Corporation (Monticello, MN) were developed for working specifically on Harley Davidson motorcycles, but can be used in industrial environments as well. The Hawg Buddy tools are finished with chrome plating, while the Cycle Buddy is finished with 14K gold plating.

Get On Track

March 30, 2010 4:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TRT-900 rubber tracks from Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Hartville, OH) are built for use with industrial equipment. According to the company, the TRT-900 adds to its extensive rubber track program, which includes a complete range of solutions for compact track loaders, utility machinery, and other industrial equipment.

Filtering Out Filters

March 26, 2010 9:42 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Green Filter Cleaning Machine (GFCM) from Diversi-Tech (Montreal, Canada) is designed to clean and extend the life of industrial filters, which reduces the cost of filter replacement. In addition, the GFCM helps manufacturers reduce the cost of disposal, and minimize their landfill use.

Get A Hold Of Your Tools

March 26, 2010 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new SINO-R from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) is a maintenance-free toolholder that is especially well-suited for rough milling. The holder is based on an expansion technology system, with a solid body as a pressure medium that quickly clamps the cutting tool by using a simple actuation switch.

Polish With No Spitting Required

March 26, 2010 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) introduces the new Electric Rotary Polisher, which works on a variety of solid surfaces, including fiberglass, plastic, painted surfaces, composites, and more. The polisher features rotary motion for cutting, polishing, and buffing, along with a 180° rotating trigger handle.

When Pressure Is A Good Thing

March 25, 2010 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CS Hyde Company now offers two high-performance films, Kynar and PEEK, which are available with pressure-sensitive adhesive. The KYNStick Tape is made with Kynar film and offers excellent chemical and corrosion resistance with a high tensile strength, according to the company.

Rebuild, Repair — They Do It All

March 25, 2010 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dematic Corp. (Grand Rapids, MI) introduces a suite of products and services designed to increase productivity and reduce operating costs, organized into three categories: material handling systems, facilities, and operations. Material handling : a sorter repair/rebuild kit, replacement rollers, a motorized roller retro-fit kid, a powered pulley upgrade, conveyor replacement, and software/controls upgrades.

Batteries Get Juiced

March 19, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The C2536D, a 25 amp multi-voltage battery charger from Christie and Clore Automotive (Lenexa, KS), provides up to 25 amp charging at several voltage settings (12V/24V/32V/36V). Its heavy-duty construction is suitable for a variety of fleet, industrial, and specialty applications.

Strong-As-Steel Epoxy

March 18, 2010 7:20 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

IMSEAL-800, a high-strength epoxy resin from IMPCO, Inc. (East Providence, RI) seals gross (visible) porosity in castings and other metal parts. It completely fills blowholes, cracks, and other defects where welding or brazing would be impractical. Other features include: A leak-proof, pressure-tight seal that can be drilled, tapped, machined, and otherwise processed without worry.

Belts Of Steel

March 16, 2010 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Belt Technologies (Agawam, MA) now offers a line of stainless steel vacuum belts for use in the production of solar cells. They run without lubrication of any kind, minimize variations in surface speed, and don’t stretch. The continuous-length belts minimize debris buildup and eliminate frequent shutdowns.

Working Up High Is E-Z

March 16, 2010 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

E-Z Drill (Stillwater, OK) now offers the E-Z Tray, a work tray designed for use on scissor lifts, boom lifts, aerial work platforms, and any equipment with railings. The E-Z Tray provides an ergonomically-friendly solution for the safe handling of tools while working at heights.

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