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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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