Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) now offers a variety of ergonomic supports to prevent back injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other joint and muscular stresses. Allegro addresses the serious problem of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) with six different wrist supports, with one designed to help maintain a neutral position at he wrist while allowing full movement of the hand and fingers.
Stafford (North Reading, MA) has developed the Grip & Go Handle, which is designed to replace a standard socket cap screw in a one-, two-piece, or hinged shaft collar to permit wrench-free adjustment without sacrificing holding power. The handle features a knurled surface for simple hand-tightening, and is ideal for any non-rotary application requiring frequent repositioning along a shaft.
The compact Tool Box Kneeler from Bennette Design Group and ErgoPads (Millis, MA) is made of soft, but supportive foam, and helps increase comfort for employees who have to work on their knees. The Kneeler also fits inside most toolboxes, allowing for easy transport and storage, and is made from a black, rugged “closed cell” foam that hides stains and dirt.
Lee Spring (Brooklyn, NY) introduces LeeP Plastic Composite Springs, which combine the strength of metal with the special attributes of high-performing engineered thermoplastics. The springs are fabricated from distinctive formations of Ultem* PEI resins, and are stocked in a variety of standard sizes, each available in a variety of strengths.
General Machine Products Company, Inc. (GMP, Trevose, PA) announces the Heavy Duty Stiff Spine Conduit Cleaners to its line of underground cable placement tools and equipment. The cleaners are designed to remove obstructions like dirt, ash, sand, oxides, and debris from utility conduits.
Rulmeca Corp. (Wilmington, NC) has announced that their Grease Canister Kits are now a standard feature with the “Labyrinth Seal Option” Motorized Pulleys, including models 220M, 220H, 320L, 320M, 320H, 400L, 400M, and 400H. The canister helps maintain the labyrinth seal to provide an extra barrier of protection for shaft oil seals by forming a grease-filled path for corrosive and abrasive material.
Mountz, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has introduced new torque tool options for ensuring the correct torque is applied in applications involving RF/COAX and SMA connectors. In applications using stainless steel or beryllium-copper bodies, the correct tightening of connectors is important to ensure optimum performance.
K88, a penetrating fluid from LPS Laboratories (Tucker, GA), is now available. The fluid features a high solvency, low surface tension, and special additives to enhance penetration, lubrication, and corrosion attack. According to the company, KB 88 meets local, state, and federal VOC regulations, such as those of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
KT Pro Tools (City of Industry, CA) has released the Adjustable Slip-Jaw Wrench, which simplifies normal adjustable wrench operation. Once the jaw is adjusted to the size of the fastener, the user no long has to remove the tool and re-attach to continue tightening; the tool can be indexed back to the original position without removing the wrench from the fastener.
TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) will showcase a number of new products at the AHR Expo in Orlando, Fl. between January 25-27. The TruTool series of tools includes the S 130, developed specifically for thin-sheet users, measuring only 10”x15” and weighing in at 3 pounds with its battery.
Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) has expanded its Super-Size AkroBins line with 24” length bins in two new sizes: 24”L x 11”W x 7”H and 24”L x 18.25”W x 12”H. The AkroBins feature optional width and length dividers that allow for even more effective parts separation and versatility in organization.
Dake (Grand Haven, MI) has released the VH200, a vertical hydraulic cylinder capable of bending tubing up to a 2” diameter. At 60 pounds, the unit it portable and can be operated in the field, with either a manual pump or an air-operated pump. The VH200 is furnished with one of three standard dies, for either a 6” or 7” radius, and 12 additional dies are available.
Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) is introducing a series of air-powered Die Grinders, which feature high-quality steel housings. The grinders are available in either .5 or .6 hp air motors and use a rubber grip housing to insulate the operator from vibration and cold air transmission.
Xuron Corp. (Saco, ME) has released a pair of wire cutters and pliers for grasping and tip-cutting soft lead wires in electronics production, assembly, and rework. The Xuron 170-II Micro-Shear Flush Cutter and Model 450S Pliers are ideal for working with wire from 1 mil to 18 Ga thick, and feature Light-Touch return springs, along with Xuro-Rubber cushioned hand grips.
Eaton Corporation (Cleveland, OH) announced the availability of its new UNIBAG Series Filter Bags, designed using low-cost, environmentally-friendly materials. The bags also feature a molded top ring seal with an all-welded construction of new needlefelt media, which is made from recycled fibers and contains no optical white additives.
Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP, Redmond, WA) has introduced a new battery charger for its Genie-branded slab scissor models (the GS-30, -32, and -46 series), which helps deliver maximum battery life. The new charger meets ANSI, CSA, and CE standards. Four primary improvements were made to the new charger, which include: Moving the charger plug from the side to the rear of the scissor to improve the overall durability and make it less susceptible to damage.
Ratcheting crank handles from Lowell Corporation (Worcester, MA) offer an alternative to handwheels and other devices for machine control. Designed for permanent mounting on shafts or studs, the handles are less likely to slip, stick, or freeze than other devices. The small arc of operation is easier and safer for the operation, and helps reduce wear on the machinery.
Cooper Instruments (Warrenton, VA) has released the T-Rex Test Stand to accommodate a variety of materials, component, and product tests. The rugged and flexible system provides the capacity of 4 tons in tension and 10 tons in compression, with custom and larger capacity systems also available.
The Flange Free anti-stick gasket coating from Garlock Sealing Technologies (Palmyra, NY) is a proprietary, anti-stick agent that facilitates the removal of gaskets from flanged joints, which is applied to all of Garlock’s compressed sheet gasketing. Treating gaskets with Flange Free can reduce the time and effort required for removal after extended service, according to the company.
The Thermatek Kit from MSA (Pittsburgh, PA) is a full-body harness kit for high-heat or welding applications, and features a Kevlar/Nomex-blend webbing to provide resistance against chemicals, weld splatter, and other high-heat exposures. Kevlar stitching in contrasting colors enables users to more easily inspect the product for flaws that might arise, and the shock absorber features a Tuffweld protective cover to increase the lanyard longevity.
The General Machine Products Company, Inc. (GMP, Trevose, PA) has announced the Cordless Power DuctSlitter, a battery-powered blade that offers a mechanized method for trimming and slitting innerduct utility conduit, providing an easy alternative to the brute force typically required when cutting innerduct by hand.
West Chester Holdings, Inc. (Monroe, OH) introduces the New ProSeries R3 heavy-duty gloves for demanding industrial applications, designed with safety in mind in order to reduce recordable hand injuries. The R-series reduce hand fatigue while providing critical protection through a synthetic leather palm, which provides oil resistance, breathability, and comfort.
Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) has introduced a new series of air-powered Die Grinders, which feature high-quality steel housings ideal for heavy-duty applications. The grinders are available with either 0.5 or 0.7 hp air motors, and each tool features a rubber grip housing to insulate the operator from vibration and cold air transmission.
NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) now offers custom-designed and produced tubing and hose that can be heat-formed into specific shapes, useful for applications that involve multiple sections of fittings and clamps. A formed piece of tubing that is custom-made for a specific use greatly reduces the risk of kinking and flow impediment of fluid or air.
Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has created a two-component, room temperature-curing potting and encapsulation silicone, the MasterSil 151 Med, to withstand exposure to the vibration, impact, shock, and thermal cycling often required from medical devices. With a low viscosity of 1,500 cps, the 151 silicone is ideal for use in applications with complicated contours, according to the company.