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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.

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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.

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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.

Large-Scale Bagging Made Easy

May 27, 2010 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The redesigned Bag Dump Station from VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) features a 5 cubic foot capacity hopper, complete with an integral Dust Collector. Overall, there is 130 sq ft of filter area, and a 300 ft/min face velocity across the door of the bag dump station. A square-to-round transition in the hopper section ensures constant flow of most powders without use of flow promotion devices.

Pumps With Simple Maintenance

May 27, 2010 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Griswold Pump Company (Grand Terrace, CA) has announced its E, F, and G Series Centrifugal Pumps, which are ideal for use in HVAC cooling towers. The pumps have capacities of up to 3,000 gpm, heads to 310 feet, and a broad range of sizes and configuration options. They are also equipped with a choice of either a close-coupled NEMA electric motor or frame-mounted with couplings to electric motors.

Hoses Ready For Anything

May 21, 2010 7:31 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

A flexible, wire-reinforced Santoprene thermoplastic rubber hose from Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) is well-suited for a wide range of ventilation and light bulk handling applications, according to the manufacturer. The Flexadux TR T-6 hose is highly resistant to chemicals, moisture, UV, and abrasion, and is capable of handling toxic fumes, dust, wood chips, and similar materials.

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Conveyors Go Dust-Free

May 21, 2010 7:30 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The DustPruf family of conveyors from Dorner Manufacturing (Hartland, WI) includes the 2300 and 5300 series, and now integrates SmartSlot technology into the frame. This slot provides all the integration and add-on capabilities of a T-slot, without the inherent drawbacks of slots that collect contaminants or debris.

A Pump Regulator That Purrs

May 18, 2010 7:09 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Cat Pumps (Minneapolis, MN) has developed the new 7375 and 7376 pressure regulators, which are designed to meet the demands of industrial applications where continuous-duty, dependable performance is required. The high flow regulators set system pressure, by-pass unused liquid without interrupting system operation, and protect the pump from exceeding the set system pressure.

Long-Lasting Pumps

May 17, 2010 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nikkiso-KSB GmbH (Bruchköbel, Germany) has launched a new pump type series to meet the stringent requirements of API 685. The series comprimises of 27 sizes and is designed for a minimum of 20 years of operation under heavy-duty conditions. The low-noise motors are available up to 132 kW and are fitted with a corrosion-resistant and energy-efficient chrome nickel molybdenum alloy.

Lifting Is Just Dandy

May 13, 2010 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Southworth Products Corp. (Portland, ME) introduces the new Dandy Lift with a battery-powered lift mechanism. The Powered Dandy Lift is a clean and quiet product for transporting, lifting, and positioning loads in industrial environments. A 24-volt battery aids in lifting and lowering, and the lift comes in five models with capacities from 220 to 500 lbs.

All The Bubble Wrap You Want

May 11, 2010 8:34 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The NewAir I.B. Express system from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) is the newest inflatable cushioning system that quickly creates Barrier Bubble material for cushioning, or blocking and bracing applications. The I.B. Express allows operators to make cushions with widths of 12” and 24”, plus the availability of options for film strength.

From The Kitchen To The Plant Floor

May 11, 2010 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP, Winchester, VA) introduces a new line of heavy-duty carts and trucks, which consists of 55 products made out of Rubbermaid’s Duramold structural resin and metal composite structure. According to RCP, the Duramold compound has been tested to hold and transport up to 2,500 pounds of weigh load capacity.

Long-Term Peristaltic Pumps

May 10, 2010 7:29 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Airtec Products Corp. (Fall River, MA) now offers the Aspen Pumps’ Purple Series of peristaltic condensate pump kits for minisplit air conditioners. These pumps are ideal in applications where excess dirt or oil create blockages in conventional minisplit condensate pumps.

Hydrogen Powers The 21st Century

May 7, 2010 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plug Power (Latham, NY) has developed the GenDrive GD-160 and GD-170, which are fuel cell power units for a variety of material handling operations, including forklifts. The GenDrive holds enough fuel to sustain a counterbalanced truck at full-speed throughout an entire shift, without any reduction of power, unlike batteries.

Bench Press 1,320 Pounds

May 6, 2010 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gorbel Inc. (Fishers, NY) has expanded their line of G-Force Q and iQ Intelligent Lifting Devices to include a 1,320lb capacity unit. The G-Force technology combines the responsiveness and flexibility of a human operator with the mechanical power of a machine, according to Gorbel, and can make a workforce more productive by enabling them to safely perform complex lifting and handling tasks.

Pump It Up

May 3, 2010 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LB942-LW Model reciprocating gas compressor from Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) features a single-stage, oil-free operation and is designed specifically for LPG transfer and vapor recovery. According to the company, its design helps reduce vibration, and it is well-suited for dealing with items that present poor suction conditions, such as pumps where system piping restricts flow and installations that require an initial lift to the liquid.

Extreme Makeover: Conveyor Edition

May 3, 2010 8:27 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics (Newton, KS) developed a new design for its cross-belt conveyor product line. The new design features an improved magnetic deep-reach circuit and tramp metal deflector to help increase belt protection. It also has a new wing design that seals the edge of the belt and keeps tramp metal from snapping to the side of the conveyor frame, or getting under the belt.

Go Swaged For Leak-Free Days

May 3, 2010 6:20 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The PYPLOK® fittings from Tu be-Mac Industries Ltd. (Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada) are a non-weld, 360° radial swaged connection for tubing and pipes. The fittings range in size from ¼” to 3” and can withstand pressures up to 9,000 psi. In addition, the swaging action produces a leak-free and tamper-proof connection.

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