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Chip-Proof And Temperature-Resistant

September 29, 2010 3:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus (East Providence, RI) is offering an energy tube for the machine-tool industry that is nearly 100 percent chip-proof, according to the company. The RX energy tube ensures debris simply falls off due to its smooth domed outer contour. In addition, internal testing has confirmed that the energy tube is nearly 100 percent airtight.

Improved Control Valves

September 24, 2010 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spirax Sarco, Inc. (Blythewood, SC) released its control valve range, SPIRA-TROL, in 6” and 8” sizes and with more control options. Thanks to a “clamp in seat” design, the valves are easy to maintain and do not require any special tooling, according to the company. In addition, a number of options have been added to ensure the valve can be optimized for the specific requirements of a customer application.

Solidified No More

September 23, 2010 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Material Transfer & Storage, Inc. (Allegan, MI) has developed a new system that utilizes hydraulically-actuated pivoting conditioning arms and a rotary lift table to safely and efficiently return solidified materials to a free-flowing state. The system’s frames penetrate deeply into the material for a more effective operation, and the lift table rotates and positions the bulk bag for material conditioning.

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Mastering Bin Headroom

September 23, 2010 9:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

BinMaster (Lincoln, NE) Level Controls has introduced a series of extended rotaries for top-of-bin mounting when the rotary is used as a high level alarm. For certain applications, BinMaster can custom-manufacture extended rotaries, offering custom lengths up to 144”. These systems help allow users to maintain a certain amount of headroom when filling a bin with solid materials.

Piping And Fittings Get Better

September 20, 2010 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Lubrizol Corporation (Cleveland, OH) offers a more durable, corrosion-resistant piping alternative with its Corzan HP pipe and fittings, which have a 25 percent higher pressure rating than standard CPVC at 180°F. The fittings are pressure-rated to the same pressure as the pipe. In addition, the Corzan HP fitting compound has also been tested to verify performance, and it has demonstrated improved creep resistance and the ability to better withstand long-term, high-temperature hydrostatic pressure.

Industrial Vending For Anything

September 16, 2010 9:27 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Apex Industrial (Mason, OH) has announced its SkyHook industrial vending machine, which makes it easier to vend MRO products of irregular shapes and sizes. According to the company, any product with a hang-tab or hole punch can be vended in this system, without repackaging. The system is installed by plugging it into a power outlet and connecting it to the Internet, which allows real-time usage, inventory, and restocking information.

Your Tool 'One-Stop-Shop'

September 16, 2010 9:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pro-Fit Carry Systems (Puyallup, WA) now offers their “one-stop-shop” for tool organization: the Modular Zippered Tech Bag with a removable shoulder strap. The lightweight nylon pouch provides pockets for small tools, and includes three modular Velcro tool panels, which can be easily inserted or removed.

'Hybrid' Carts

September 16, 2010 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Geerpres, Inc. (Muskegon, MI) has introduced a new high-capacity, powder-coated cart that blends the most beneficial features of stainless steel and modular plastic carts. The “Hybrid” High-Capacity Cart features a powder-coated metal construction and a center divided cabinet that includes locking and non-locking compartments.

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Vacuums Lifting More

September 14, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

A below-the-hook vacuum lifter and power tilter from Anver Corp. (Hudson, MA) uses a dry pump vacuum system rather than hydraulics for lifting steel, plastic, and fiberglass loads. The system is available with a 115 VAC electric or pneumatic actuator for the tilt mechanism. Developed for feeding machinery, the lifter has a removable pendant control for up/down and powered tilt, can be rotated manually, and includes a locking pin.

Choose The Right Rental Partner By Comparing Net Promoter Scores

August 31, 2010 7:42 am | by NES Rentals | White Papers

Deciding on a rental company is difficult. You want a place that has reliable equipment, but also knows how to serve their customers. That’s where Net Promoter Score (NPS) comes in. NPS helps determine which company consistently meets customer needs and has the most loyalty

Handle Fluids Of All Types

August 31, 2010 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The King Cobra Series Peristaltic Pumps from Wilden (Grand Terrace, CA) feature a simple, seal-free design that is dry-run capable and eliminates potential leak points. According to the company, this construction allows the pumps to handle a variety of fluids, from abrasives to viscous or particle-laden solutions.

Butterfly Valves, Supersized

August 31, 2010 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Wafer Style Type 567 Polypropylene Butterfly Valves from GF Piping Systems (Tustin, CA) have been expanded to include sizes from 14” to 24”. The larger-sized valves feature the same double eccentric design, excellent corrosion resistance, and complete modularity for easy interchangeability, according to the company.

Better Torque Support

August 27, 2010 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The “Torque Supporter” Precision Rack & Pinion Drive Systems from ATLANTA Drive Systems, Inc. (Farmingdale, NJ) handle dynamic and heavy loads, according to the company. Precision planetary reducers with an integral output housing and outboard bearing provide a rigid support.

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Stackable, Configurable Carts

August 26, 2010 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Creform Corporation (Greer, SC) has introduced a new cart for in-plant handling of totes and parts containers, which can be built to hold just about any size load while ergonomically presenting their contents well off the floor. The unique “Z” design allows empty carts to be nested, significantly reducing required storage space when they are not in use.

Long-Lasting Diaphragm Pumps

August 26, 2010 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VACUUBRAND ME1 and ME1C diaphragm pumps from BrandTech Scientific, Inc. (Essex, CT) offer a compact solution that is ideal for both single and multiple filtrations, according to the company. The new pumps deliver pumping speeds of 14 lpm and a vacuum of 100 mbar, while providing a long diaphragm life (10,000 to 15,000 operating hours).

Pump The Tough Stuff

August 24, 2010 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Moyno (Springfield, OH) 2000 CC pump is designed for industrial applications where close-coupled configurations are preferred, but the robustness of a gear joint drive is needed, according to the company. The pump has a sealed gear-type joint drive train, plus a design to efficiently transfer abrasive, high-solid content materials.

Adjustable, Metered Pumps

August 20, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Neptune Chemical Pump Co. (Lansdale, PA) is offering the Series 500 Metering Pumps, which feature a Variable Oil By-pass stroke adjustment that allows for better valve performance than variable-linkage designs. The Series 500 pumps include the ability to be adjusted from 10 to 100 percent of capacity via a micrometer dial, and have EZE-CLEAN valve cartridges that can be removed for cleaning without disturbing piping to the pump.

Vacuums For Gases

August 17, 2010 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The KNF (Trenton, NJ) N860-Series diaphragm vacuum pumps can sample, transfer, or evacuate air and gases. The compact pumps have structured diaphragm that optimize pneumatic performance and a long service life. N680 pumps feature multi-port valves to tolerate condensation without damage, perform oil-free transfer with an uncontaminated flow, and run quietly with low vibration.

Dual-Purpose Conveyors

August 12, 2010 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mayfran International (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the ConSep Flex universal chip conveyor/separator, a system that handles a range of materials while cleaning coolant at the machine tool. The system combines the features of a hinged steel belt conveyor with a scraper/drag conveyor for removing finer chips, while the magnetic bed technology captures ferrous fines such as machined cast iron.

Pressure-Safe Filtering

August 9, 2010 10:13 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Orival, Inc. (Englewood, NJ) has fabricated complete manifolds for multiple filter systems, all of which are designed to meet the specific requirements of the project. The manifolds can be equipped with flanged, welded, or Victaulic ends in any size required, and are coated inside and out with a tough coating used on Orival filter housings.

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.

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.

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