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Thermocoupling Made Easy

October 26, 2009 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Thermocouple Mini-Grabbers from Electronic Development Labs (EDL, Danville, VA) provide a continuous thermocouple connection from bare wires to the measuring instrument without the need to attach plugs. The continuous thermocouple material, from trip to mini plug, offers a better and more convenient connection when compared to copper wire, according to the company.

Multi-Tipped Blow Gun

October 23, 2009 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coilhouse Pneumatics (East Brunswick, NJ) has released the Typhoon blow gun line makes blow-off and clean 132oup easy. The new OSHA-compliant tips are designed specifically for the Typhoon and include: A pinpoint tip for a precise air stream to clean crevices.

Circuit Board Cutter

October 22, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 590 Micro-Pneumatic Cutter from Xuron (Saco, ME) is an air-operated flush cutter that can be supplied with three different cutting heads: standard, standard with a lead retainer, and low-profile for reaching into densely populated PC boards. The tapered rectangular shape fits comfortably in small or large hands for the repetitive cutting of up to 16 AWG wire.

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Environmentally-Friendly Baths

October 20, 2009 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Duro-Tank Stainless Steel Recirculating System from A.W.T. (Chicago, IL) has been designed for use with a washout sink and uses biodegradable chemistry to clean a variety of objects. The closed-loop recirculating system uses multistage filtering to reduce chemical consumption by as much as 80 percent.

Simple Tube Cutting

October 13, 2009 8:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reed Manufacturing Co . (Erie, PA) offers an easy-to-grip Spring-Loaded Tubing Cutter. The spring-loaded cutter wheel self-feeds with constant pressure as the tool is rotated around the tubing, which means operators only have to turn the cutter in the direction of the marked arrow.

Thermally-Resistant Epoxy

October 12, 2009 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed the EP46HT-1, which extends the limits of epoxy adhesive/sealant formulations, according to the company. It can operate in temperatures from -100°F to 550°F and intermittent exposures up to 600°F. In addition, the epoxy has been designed to withstand repeated thermal cycling.

LCD Heat Gun

October 5, 2009 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Appliance Corp. (Racine, WI) introduces its now UL-certified Model PH-1400 Proheat LCD Dial-In Heat Gun, featuring controls for digitally displayed temperatures from 130°F to 1000°F in 10°F increments. The heat gun is compact and ergonomically designed for balance and grip with top-mounted, dial-in controls for easy temperature and air flow adjustment.

Leadscrew Tables

October 2, 2009 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus (East Providence, RI) has unveiled a new addition to its line of DryLin SLW leadscrew tables. The DryLin SLW Pre-Loaded utilizes anti-backlash nuts to reduce axial clearance and is fitted with “turn-to-fit” linear bearings. According to the company, the DryLin is less expensive than ball bearing assembles, and costs associated with research, design, and assembly are eliminated.

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'Dieing' Isn't A Grind

October 2, 2009 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynabrade’s (Clarence, NY) line of 0.4hp die grinders have been designed for precision grinding, deburring, and blending on a wide variety of materials. They are available in versions from 950 – 30,000 rpm and feature composite overmold housing, which reduces tool vibration and cold air transmission.

It's Alright To Conform

September 28, 2009 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bondhus Corporation (Monticello, MN) introduces a revolutionary new screwdriver line featuring a handle that conforms to the tool user’s hand, which helps eliminate pressure points. In addition, less force is required to grip the handle, allowing more of the effort to be focused on extracting the screw.

Removable, Reusable Adhesive

September 28, 2009 6:32 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

un-du (St. Louis Park, MN) introduces its eponymous un-du line of adhesive removers, allowing workers to remove self-sticking and pressure-sensitive tapes, labels, and adhesives quickly. Even duct tape can be removed without leaving behind reside, grease, or a sticky mess.

Professional Splicing Kit

September 25, 2009 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

PAPCO Industries (Northvale, NJ) is now offering an array of splicing products and tools for making emergency repairs on non-metallic expansion joints, which can be purchased individually or as a part of a professional kit. The professional splicing kit includes the following: splicing iron (P38), stapler, spray adhesive, PFA splice film, spare fuses, a splice rubbing block, and more.

Automatic Beam Drilling

September 25, 2009 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nitto Kohki (Hanover Park, IL) has introduced its Atra Ace Automatic Drill, a solution for medium-volume and irregularly-shaped beam drilling. The Atra Ace enables fabricators to drill holes in steel in applications unsuitable for a CNC beam drill line. The Atra Ace also allows operators to bring the drill to the beam, rather than the beam to the drilling line for processing.

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Oil-Resistant, High-Strength Epoxy

September 23, 2009 3:05 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

3M (St. Paul, MN) introduces its latest technology in structural adhesives, the 3M Scotch-Weld Toughened Epoxy Adhesive DP920, designed for metal-to-mtal bonding in a variety of applications. DP920 cuts through surface oil on surfaces, reducing the amount of cleaning necessary before application of adhesive, and cures at room temperature.

High-Grip Pull Caps

September 21, 2009 11:45 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Caplugs (Buffalo, NY) introduces the new VFT series of vinyl pull-caps, with a textured finish at the top to enable better gripping to save time and effort in the field. According to the company, hands, gloves, and even automated machinery can grip the VFT series up to 80 percent better than traditional caps.

Score-less Pipe Cutting

September 17, 2009 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RIDGID (Elyria, OH) Press Snap soil pipe cutter expands the original RIDGID line of press tools by providing an easy way to cut cast iron soil pipe. The Press Snap eliminates the need for manual ratcheting when connected to a RIDGID press tool, and there is no need to score the pipe beforehand.

Lightweight Overhead Drilling

September 15, 2009 8:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeWalt (Hampstead, MD) is launching a line of compact lithium ion power tools, including a drill driver (DCD760KL) , impact driver (DCF826KL) , hammerdrill (DCD775KL) , and a right angle drill (DCD690KL) . Two combo kits, also available with the new line, offer packaged batteries and chargers.

Impact-Resistant Gangway

September 14, 2009 5:27 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

SafeRack (Sumter, SC) has announced its redesigned SafeRack G4 Gangway. The G4 uses metal-stamping technology to create a stronger gangway that is at the same time lighter and smoother to operate. The G4’s parts, most often aluminum, are stamped out in a tool-and-die process and then formed by bending the metal into the required shape, eliminating the need for welding.

Go Ahead And Weep

September 14, 2009 5:25 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

La-Man (Port Orange, FL) has developed a series of Extractor/Dyers that are designed as a point-of-use filter to efficiently remove moisture and contaminants from compressed air systems. The Extractor/Dyer is a two-stage filter designed to operate most effectively within twenty-five feet of the point of use.

E-Z Hooks And Picks

September 11, 2009 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

E-Z Red (Deposit on the Delaware, NY) offers the Universal Interchangeable 8-Piece hook and pick set, featuring an ergonomic chemical-resistant handle with quick-disconnect. The tools quickly and easily pull clips, rings, seals, cotter pins, washers, and other small parts.

XL Scrubber For Big Facilities

September 11, 2009 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advance US (Plymouth, MN) now offers the Condor XL, a 67-inch wide rider-scrubber with 100-gallon solution and recovery tanks. According to the company, the Condor XL can cover up to 100,000 square feet of open floor space on a single tank of solution, increasing productivity and reducing cleaning costs.

Strike A Chord

September 10, 2009 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX) has three styles of drop-forged, heavy-duty striking wrenches, including the offset 12 point, straight-pattern 12 point, and “roughneck” straight-pattern six point. All three styles are produced using alloy steel and are heat-treated for extended life, especially when used on difficult fasteners requiring large amounts of force.

High-Heat Ceramic Sealant

September 8, 2009 5:29 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Cotronics (Brooklyn, NY) has engineered the Thermeez 7030, a ceramic-based sealer that is ideal in high-temperature (up to 1,800°F) applications, notably exhaust systems, diesel engines, gas turbines, and heating plants. Unlike epoxy-based adhesives, the 7030 sealer provides high expansion even in the warmest environments.

Low-Volatile Adhesives

September 8, 2009 5:27 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Royal Adhesives and Sealants LLC (South Bend, IN) announces the launch of its new line of Silaprene LVOC (low-volatile organic content) contact adhesives and cements. These new adhesives and cements are EPA-compliant and contain less than 250 grams per liter of VOCs compared to over 600 grams per liter of VOCs in traditional solvent-based contact adhesives and cements.

Powder-Coated and Impact-Resistant

September 1, 2009 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX) has added powder coated handles to its line of broached crank handles. The black epoxy powder coating offers an improved appearance over a basic mill finish, and is impact, abrasion, and chemical resistant. The 11 stock sizes are available with square bores from 1/2 to 1”.

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