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Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

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.

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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.

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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.

All-Electric Pressure Washers

March 15, 2010 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sioux Corporation (Beresford, SD) has redesigned its EN-Series All-Electric line of hot water pressure washers and steam cleaners. The all-electric series now incorporates a more compact frame: the non-explosion proof units have a minimum 43 percent reduction in volume, while the explosion proof units have been reduced by at least 30 percent.

Torque Wrenches With Jaws

March 15, 2010 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binder-USA (Camarillo, CA) now offers a new torque wrench for its 7/8” Series 820 connectors. The tool is designed to connect and disconnect field-attachable cable connectors with hex-shaped locking nuts. The wrench ensures the correct torque value and guarantees an IP67-rated connection.

Recondition Drills, Not Your Hair

March 12, 2010 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

For a limited time, customers who purchase a new WIDIA (Latrobe, PA) solid-carbide drill are eligible for a free drill reconditioning. Select WIDIA, WIDIA-Hanita, and WIDIA-Rubig tools are covered under the program. For more information on the offer, or to take a look at WIDIA’s new 800-page Solid Endmills and Holemaking Master Catalog , visit www.

Springs Stronger Than Human Hairs

March 12, 2010 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BANTAM Mini Compression Springs from Lee Spring (Brooklyn, NY) are a response to the need for miniature stock springs that combine strength and corrosion resistance. The springs start at a wire diameter of 0.004”, slightly thicker than a human hair, and range up to 0.

Pressurized Tube Cleaning

March 12, 2010 3:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Saflex 3000 from NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI) is a semi-automated water jet system that cleans tube bundles more productively than manual methods and has wireless remote controls that let the operator stand clear of the action. The system can clean three tubes at once, on both the in and out stroke.

High-Temperature Thread Locking

March 12, 2010 3:10 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CT) has introduced two new Loctite threadlockers formulated to withstand consistent operating temperatures up to 360°F. The new products tolerate the oils and lubricants typically found on “as received” threaded fasteners, and will also cure on plated, aluminum, stainless, and chromated fasteners without primers.

Prep For Compressed Air Drying

March 9, 2010 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Van Air Systems (Lake City, PA) now offers the Prep40, a complete package in portable compressed air drying. All Prep40 models are designed for applications needing mobility and dew points down to -40 or -100°F. Typical applications include pipeline drying or critical sandblast and painting operations.

10,000 Volts? No Problem

March 9, 2010 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bondhus Corporation (Monticello, MN) introduces a full line of high quality insulated tools through its German marketing partner, FELO. The screwdrivers, bit drivers, and pliers are tested and certified to comply with all critical safety standards, including insulation safety testing at 10,000 volts.

Adhesives From On High

March 8, 2010 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

LORD Corporation (Cary, NC) has produced a new aqueous primer and covercoat adhesive for bonding during vulcanization to metal, the Chemlok 8212, which is designed for use with the Chemlok 8008 Primer. The primer increases environmental resistance for the bonded assembly and adhesion to the substrate—LORD’s bonding solution works on cold rolled steel, phosphatized steel, and aluminum.

Repair, Don't Scrap, Frames And Columns

March 8, 2010 6:20 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

RIDG-U-RAK (North East, PA) introduces a turnkey rack repair solution for damaged frames and columns, which are designed to fit any manufacturer’s rack system. The repair kits are available in straight leg, slant back, and set-back designs. Features of the repair kits include: Heavy-duty horizontal and diagonal bracing, with a full length heavy-gauge rear channel, offering complete and rigid engagement with the rear column.

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