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A Better Caster

May 26, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Revvo Caster Company, Inc. (West Seneca, NY) has announced two new Towcaster swivel caster sets for moving ISO freight containers quickly without expensive equipment, such as cranes, gantries, or side-loading forks. The Towcasters are now available as a set of four swivel casters for optimum mobility.

Easy-Upgrade Valves

May 26, 2011 5:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hayward Flow Control (Clemmons, NC) has developed the new large-diameter TB Series True Union Ball Valve, which incorporates an actuation mounting pad, per ISO 5211, and an integral panel mount foot pad. Sizes range from 2-1/2” to 6”, and materials include PVC and CPVC. Additional features include: A pressure rating of 235 psi non-shock and a full-port design.

A More 'Friendly' Lift

May 20, 2011 8:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The pneumatically-powered Famatec Friendly ergonomic manipulator from Haeco (Loveland, OH) allows an operator to effortlessly suspend, rotate, tilt, and transfer a product weighing up to 880 pounds. When equipped with the end-of-arm tooling, it can be used to manipulate, transfer, or install various products, such as pallets, wheels, small engines, wood, glass plate, and more with a working radius of 20 feet.

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Sanitation-Approved Hoses

May 20, 2011 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) is now offering the Nylobrade braid-reinforced PVC hose, which is now certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for Standards 51 and 61. According to the company, Nylobrade is an appropriate choice for applications involving water at temperatures up to 140°F and food process applications.

Classic Vacuum Pumps Get Better

May 19, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The piCLASSIC vacuum pump series, from Piab (Hingham, MA), is based on COAX technology and is suitable for a wide range of applications with large capacities. According to the company, it has an initial high amount of flow, which means there is no need for expensive vacuum tanks and valves, and by using compressed air, it is easy to turn on and off, saving energy.

Deliver In Tighter Aisles

May 19, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kinetic Technologies, Inc. (Wickliffe, OH) has released a new custom-designed rotational pick and delivery cart. The 43” wide by 52” long cart is usable in narrow aisle, elevated pick operations and for tight in-plant delivery locations. They feature a four-shelf design with 1,500 pounds of total capacity.

Put Material Handling Overhead

May 17, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The overhead bridge crane kits from Demag (Cleveland, OH) are a quick and cost-effective solution for installing overhead cranes in the 3-, 5-, and 10-ton capacity range. According to the company, the kits are plug-and-play, require no electrical work, and include everything needed for installation, save for box girders or steel beams.

Handle Combustible Bulk Solids

May 16, 2011 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Bulk Equipment, Inc. (NBE; Holland, MI) is offering its bulk bag unloader system, which is designed for use in highly contaminant-sensitive process areas that handle bulk materials known to generate combustible dusts. The 9.525mm polycarbonate encasement surrounds the unloader to prevent dusts from becoming airborne and entering the work zone during bag conditioning.

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Safe And Ergonomic Lift Tables

May 6, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Unidex, Inc. (Warsaw, NY) has designed a mobile workstation designed for safe, ergonomic lifting, positioning, load transfer, assembly, manufacturing, and maintenance operations. The PHQL mobile lift table has a 500-pound load capacity and features a 24” by 24” platform table time.

More Ergonomic Vacuum Lifting

May 5, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

An updated VT Series ergonomic vacuum lifter from Anver Corp. (Hudson, MA) has a stronger and more secure handlebar, plus a proprietary lifting tube and tube attachment system. The Anver VT Tube Lifter features a handlebar that secures at six points (front, center, and rear) for rigidity, and is fully adjustable to let operators tailor it to their own requirements.

Forklifts Get Articulate

May 2, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combilift (Greensboro, NC) has introduced new designs and a new 33E model in the Aisle-Master range of articulated forklifts. By replacing a combination of reach and counterbalance trucks with a very narrow aisle operating Aisle-Master, storage capacity can be doubled, according to the company.

Get A New Pump, Without The Hassle

April 25, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Grundfos Pumps (Olathe, KS) has released the CR(N)-H and CRNE-H stainless steel horizontal end suction pumps, which were designed to be used in a variety of applications, including washing and cleaning, paper industries, and more. According to the company, the CR(N)-H can bolt directly to the piping and pump case footprint of a traditional ANSI pump.

Fault-Free Wire Dispensing

April 21, 2011 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lincoln Electric (Cleveland, OH) has introduced a new Stem and Wood Reel Dispensing System, which was designed for larger wire sizes from 1/16” to 3/16” in diameter. The system allows for accurate wire placement when using large diameter wire, and is compatible with up to 2,200-pound bulk stems.

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Take Control Of Your Pallets

April 19, 2011 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Machines (Vancouver, WA) has further developed the Load Transfer Station (LTS) product line to include a Pallet Cart (LTS-C), which allows the fork truck driver to place the “go to” pallet onto a pallet cart allowing the process to complete automatically. The LTS-C is capable of transferring products that are packaged in cases, barrels, drums, bags, and pails from one pallet type to another.

Centrifugal Pumps For Intense Environments

April 11, 2011 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The System One centrifugal pumps from Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) are designed for high-volume, severe-duty applications. The System One has a stiffer heavy-duty shaft and larger bearings, which means that operators can expect improved mean time between failures for reduced maintenance costs.

Change Pump Pressure When Needed

April 7, 2011 5:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The NLB (Wixom, MI) 605 Series of water jet pump units now give users a combination of ultra-high pressure and high horsepower in a rugged unit that can be converted to a variety of operating pressures. The range has been expanded to include eight operating pressures from 4,000 to 40,000 psi, with engines of up to 600 hp.

Scissor Lifts Reach New Heights

April 5, 2011 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Genie (Redmond, WA), a Terex brand, is launching a new series of 69”-wide rough terrain scissor lifts, which includes three new models: GS™-2669 RT, GS™-3369 RT and GS™-4069 RT. According to the company, the redesign has increased capacity and improved jobsite performance.

More Sanitary Pipes And Accessories

April 4, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced a significant expansion in its Sanitary Pipes and accessories product category. The expanded line provides engineers with a greater range of options when selecting fluid and air handling system components. The MISUMI offerings now number more than 100, many of which are configurable to user specifications.

A Smarter Electric Lift Truck

April 1, 2011 7:42 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Yale Materials Handling Corporation (Greenville, NC) has unveiled its next generation of electric lift trucks with the ECR-VA series. The new trucks have lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 pounds, plus AC motors and transistor controller technology for both the traction and hydraulic systems, which reduces the frequency and cost of maintenance.

A Crane That Carries Anything

April 1, 2011 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air Technical Industries (Mentor, OH) has announced the development of the Telescopic Mast Straddle Crane, which is a mobile solution that is compact and can carry a variety of loads up to 50,000 pounds. According to the company, it can lift the load up to 120” high for loading, unloading, or transporting heavy loads from one plant bay to another.

Cheaper, Lighter-Duty Casters

March 29, 2011 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Colson Caster Corporation (Jonesboro, AK) has introduced two new caster lines to serve lighter-duty markets. The first two sets of its new low-cost casters include the L Series for light duty and the G Series for more general applications. The L Series offer a 150-pound capacity and come in 2-5” wheel diameters.

Lifting With Magnets

March 28, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Magnetics (Castle Rock, CO) now offers Neodymium Lifting Magnets, which are ideal for handling steel plate, forgings, die casting, and similar items in machine shops, warehouses, and industrial processing plants. Lift magnets eliminate the need for slings or clamping devices and allow one person to do the work of two or more.

Double-Diaphragm For Many Applications

March 28, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new portable, variable-speed electric double diaphragm pump — available from EDSON (New Bedford, MA) — is rated for 25 GPM service in a variety of industrial applications. The EDSON Model 2500 electric-powered double diaphragm plastic pump can transfer liquids with solids up to 1” diameter, with low emulsion and no shear.

More Compact Storage Systems

March 28, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spacesaver Industrial (Fort Atkinson, WI) has introduced the ActivRAC Mobilized Storage, which is a full-line of space-saving storage systems that give manufacturers the ability to increase their capacity without having to expand existing facilities. With ActivRAC Mobilized Storage, fixed rows of pallet racking are mounted on carriages and mobilized.

Chains That Don't Bend Backwards

March 25, 2011 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

iwis (Indianapolis, IN) has introduced anti-backbend chains, which are only flexible in one direction, for pushing loads and transmitting forces without the need for a guidance system. The chains are suitable for transmitting tensile and compressive forces, and perform a similar function as linear drives, eliminating the need for an endless, circulating chain drive.

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