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Industrial Baskets

August 4, 2010 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Salco Engineering and Manufacturing (Jackson, MI) has developed in-process parts holding baskets and wash baskets for use in assembly lines, robotic systems, and any other system that requires conveyor movement. The baskets feature ergonomic handles, giving users a firm grip and preventing stress normally placed on fingers, hands, and arms when lifting and carrying rod handle baskets.

High-Flow Water Filtering

August 4, 2010 9:14 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The M-90 automatic water filter from Forsta Filters (Los Angeles, CA) is less than 12” tall, making it easy to incorporate into nearly any piping system. An automatic backwash feature allows the filter to clean itself as needed, and it requires almost no routine maintenance, according to the company.

Smarter, More Efficient Forklifts

August 3, 2010 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yale Material Handling Corporation (Greenville, NC) has improved its Veracitor VX truck series with a choice of engine options designed to deliver performance with low fuel consumption, minimal noise, and reduced maintenance costs. The trucks’ lifting capacity ranges from 3,000 to 19,000 lbs.

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In-Plant Gyrating

July 29, 2010 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

ROTEX Global, LLC (Cincinnati, OH) now offers a full line of Gyratory Reciprocating Screeners designed to accurately separate dry materials at high production rates. These self-contained production screening machines utilize a unique gyratory-reciprocating motion and a positive mesh cleaning system that provides accurate separations.

Don't Stop The Flow

July 26, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Sprocket (Arlington, TX) offers products designed to regulate the rate of material flow from a hopper or bin. The company has uniform diameter screws, tapering diameter screws, variable diameter or variable pitch screws, and more. For fine free-flowing materials, the company suggests the uniform diameter screws; for material with lumps and dead space in flow, a tapering diameter screw can be used.

Don't Worry About Dust

July 26, 2010 8:16 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Dorner Manufacturing (Hartland, WI) announced the 2300 and 5300 Series conveyors, part of the DustPruf family of conveyors. They feature SmartSlot technology designed into the frame, which provides all the integration and add-on capabilities of a T-slot without collecting contaminants or debris.

Bag Filling Made Easy

July 26, 2010 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Easy-Load rotary bag hanger system from Material Transfer (Allegan, MI) brings all the bag strap connection points directly in front of the operator for easy access. The bag is automatically inflated, filled by weight to a programmed set point, and densified. Once the fill cycle is complete, the bag inlet spout and straps release, the fill head raises, and the filled bag is automatically moved out of the station.

Fluids Reach Their Limits

July 26, 2010 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supercritical Fluid Technologies, Inc. (Newark, DE) developed the SFT-100XW Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) system, which was developed to apply supercritical fluid techniques to various processing challenges. Dual sapphire syringe pump technology accurately pressurizes the SFT-100XW stainless steel vessel, which is capable of containing supercritical fluids and pressures up to 10,000 psi.

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Earthquake-Friendly Enclosures

July 22, 2010 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Optima EPS (Fremont, CA) has announced a new cabinet enclosure for mobile applications or seismic zones. The Mobile cabinet features double-walled extrusions for a rugged, modular design, and is placed on an isolator platform for additional protection while mobile. All of the M-series cabinets also feature reinforced corner members, cross-bracing, and stiffeners to handle rugged applications.

Get Every Last Drop

July 15, 2010 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The general-purpose CX Series of pneumatic diaphragm pumps from Almatec (Kamp-Lintfort, Germany) are ideal for low- to medium-duty application, as well as drum pumps, according to the company. The CX pumps have been designed to self-prime and are protected against dry-running, which allows them to empty containers down to the last drop of liquid.

Making Your Motions Smarter

July 15, 2010 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

KolverUSA (Westford, MA) has developed the SmartMotion Linear Arm, which provides smooth positioning motion for assembly tools, such as screwdrivers, particularly when torque is involved. The arm can absorb the torque reaction while providing ergonomic support for the operator.

PVC And Hytrel Combine

July 12, 2010 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hytrel-lined PVC tubing is designed to provide the flexibility and durability of PVC with the unique properties of Hytrel, and is now available from NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA). The tubing is useful in applications where different performance is needed for the inside and outside of the tube, and typical applications include air sampling, computer equipment, gas delivery, and general fluid transfer.

Get Into Tip Top Shape

July 12, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The P-433 Ship Shape bulk container from Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, OH) is now available with an optional hinged panel that opens for visual and ergonomic access to goods. The hinged panel permits these high-volume containers to replace smaller bins or totes in order to increase efficiency in picking, assembly, and other operations.

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Simple Blower Packages

July 8, 2010 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

AIRLANCO (Falls City, NE) Positive Displacement Blower Packages come in pressure, vacuum, and combination models to accommodate any dense phase pneumatic conveying situation. They are self-contained for easy installation and feature heavy-duty frames and adjustable motor bases, plus inlet and outlet silencers for a quieter working environment.

Vertical, Sustainable Conveyors

July 1, 2010 12:28 pm | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The DynaCon Vertical Lift Conveyor from Dynamic Conveyor (Muskegon, MI) is ideal for more sustainable material handling, according to the company, due to its ability to save space in crowded manufacturing facilities and be reconfigured when needs change. The Vertical Lift is designed to meet ANSI/ASME B20.

Industrial-Sized Straining

July 1, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kochek Company (Putnam, CT) has introduced a new all-aluminum strainer designed with a self-leveling float system that makes drafting possible under almost any condition. The high intake ratio allows for maximum volume flow rates while the vortex shield protects against whirlpooling.

Energy-Efficient Dry Pumps

July 1, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Edwards (Tewksbury, MA) has launched a new range of dry pumps that enable full process integration. The compact GXS pump features screw technology that enables users to optimize their processes, resulting in a low cost of ownership. According to the company, the GXS has a service life of up to five years and is virtually maintenance-free, even in harsh conditions.

Time To Split

June 21, 2010 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to Graphite Metallizing Corp . (Yonkers, NY), its GRAPHALLOY® Type 1017 Self-lubricating Split Bushings are ideal for screw conveyor applications. GRAPHALLOY®, a graphite/metal alloy formed from molten metal, graphite, and carbon, is insoluble in most industrial liquids and is not affected by submersion in most acids, alkalies, hydrocarbons, or liquid gases.

Easy Bucket Conveying

June 21, 2010 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new bucket elevator that moves material in three different directions is now available from Gough Econ, Inc. (Charlotte, NC). The Gough Elecon bucket conveyor and elevator system is ideal for applications requiring gentle handling, according to the manufacturer. Cantilevered buckets can move vertically, horizontally, and can turn any direction up to 90° without having to transfer the load being conveyed.

Lifting With Vacuums

June 18, 2010 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) Modular E-Vac Vacuum Generators are compressed air powered vacuums for lifting, “pick and place,” clamping, chucking, and surface mounting applications. The pumps are offered in many sizes and offer a variety of vacuum levels and flow rates.

Conveyors Go 'Pro'

June 18, 2010 11:04 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Midbrook, Inc. (Jackson, MI) has announced a new model in their line of pneumatic material handling conveyors known as “Shuttle Pro Conveyors.” The Shuttle Pro conveyor has a universal t-slot mounting and cross bar support, and uses vibratory/shaking motion to convey materials down the length of a tray.

Conveyors Make Lean Possible

June 15, 2010 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FLEXconveyor from Bliss Industries Inc. (Milpitas, CA) allows users to unclamp and re-clamp any section of the conveyor line to meet changing needs or improved processes, and is 20 percent off now through July 4, 2010. According to the company, the FLEXconveyor is ideal for low-and high-mix facilities, and allows manufacturers to utilize lean manufacturing to the extreme.

Docks Made Easier

June 14, 2010 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Zero-Low Dock Lift from Air Technical Industries (Mentor, OH) is a heavy-duty dock lift table — with a lowered height of 0” — which can raise a load of up to 50,000 pounds. The lift is ideal for use in low-lying areas where a loading ramp is not feasible or not available, or when transferring the load from one level to the next.

Manipulate Anything

May 28, 2010 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mobulator AC from Advanced Manipulator Specialists, Inc. (Hoffman, MN) uses a clean, energy-efficient AC motor and control technology, making your material handling more flexible, according to the company. The elimination of tracking, rails, and floor-mounted bases frees floor space and allows one machine to replace multiple material handling stations.

Be A Material Handling Pilot

May 28, 2010 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Konecranes, Inc. (Springfield, OH) introduces the DynAPilot sway control system, which is designed to improve load control for all makes and models of overhead lifting equipment. The DynAPilot can be integrated into the bridge or trolley inverter of a crane to provide controlled operation for loads of all types and sizes.

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