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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.

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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.

Your Own Dinosaur

May 3, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, OH) now offers the Recycleosaurus, a waterproof and weatherproof recycling cart and container made out of 100 percent polyethylene. The recycling bins can be configured with permanent, molded-in company logos, tracking numbers, or other markings.

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Spend Time By The Pool

April 30, 2010 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) announces their new PoolMaster Butterfly Valves for water treatment and other industrial applications. The PoolMaster valves feature a PVC body and disc with EPDM liners, and are available in sizes from 2” to 8”.

Need A Lift?

April 21, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

NACCO Materials Handling Corporation (Greenville, NC) has launched a new series of electric stand-up lift trucks — the ESC030-040AC series — which provide dependable performance for lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. Each truck features precision load positioning that allows operators control the truck's position while working on an incline, such as on a dock or in a trailer, minimizing the likelihood of product damage from unintended load contact.

Sliding Vanes Pump Anything

April 20, 2010 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) announces its SMVP Series Sliding Vane Pump, which combines the energy-efficiency of sliding-vane technology with a seal-less magnetic coupling. The SMVP offers zero shaft leakage when dealing with hard-to-seal surfactants, fatty acids and oils, glycerin, additives, and more.

Control Flow Rate And Efficiency

April 19, 2010 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Wilden (Grand Terrace, CA) released its of Pro-Flo X™ HS (hygienic series) stainless steel pumps for sanitary applications in the beverage-manufacturing industry. The pump allows the user to control flow rate and efficiency, and it satisfies a wealth of application requirements.

Getting The Timing Down

April 19, 2010 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hytrol (Jonesboro, AR) unveiled its E24™ timing belt transfer, a conveyor accessory that features E24-powered timing belt strands and a pneumatic lift. The timing belt transfer has a modular design, which helps allow for simple system configurations. Its neoprene timing belts are coated with urethane to ensure positive grips when transferring the product, and the drive sheaves come standard with ABEC-1 bearings.

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Bulky Items, Small Aisles

April 19, 2010 8:56 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Crown Equipment Corporation (New Bremen, OH) has introduced the Crown SP 3500 Four-Point Series Stockpicker, which allows user to lift large, bulky, and heavy loads in narrow aisles. The SP 3500 can handle non-standard loads at heights exceeding 30 feet by evenly distributing forces through the mast and power unit.

Conveyors Get Dynamic, Cool

April 16, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynamic Conveyor (Muskegon, MI) offers a rapid part cooling system used in conjunction with a DynaCon modular conveyor system that provides instant cool air in the hottest environments, such as production lines, manufacturing processes, injection molding, and others. The unit creates cool air up to 25 degrees below room temperature, and provides up to 60,000 BTU/hour.

Actuate Higher Reliability

April 15, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) offers a new line of CE- and CSA-Approved reversing, quarter-turn actuators, designed for use with all ball and butterfly valves up to 24” in size and torque outputs from 300-13,500 in. lbs. The EPM actuators include a modular design that utilize US-manufactured modular PC boards to eliminate 90 percent of internal wiring for higher quality, reliability, and easier maintenance.

Conveyor Belts Go Stainless Steel

April 12, 2010 7:11 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Belt Technologies (Agawam, MA) now offers a line of stainless steel indexing belts to pair with the high-speed conveyors used to assemble multi-component assemblies. The steel belts resist stretching, provide good repeatability, and allow for the exact positioning of tools and parts.

An Electric Pick-Me-Up

April 12, 2010 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hyster Company (Greenville, NC) has introduced the E30-40HSD2 series of electric stand-up lift trucks. The three-wheeled truck delivers lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 lbs. and anti-fatigue mats that absorb and reduce the transmission of vibration and shock to the operator by 25 percent.

Bubble Wrap Goes 'Green'

April 9, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bubble Wrap brand from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) now offers recycled-grade cushioning with a minimum of 50 percent pre-consumer recycled content, the highest in the market. The material combines the recycled content with Barrier Bubble technology, which helps the cushioning retain air longer and promote reusability, according to Sealed Air.

LEGO-Like Crane Kits

April 8, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Demag Cranes & Components (Cleveland, OH) offers pre-engineered single girder crane kits in either top running or under running configurations that allow installers to do their own on-site assembly. The kits are shipped with all necessary components except the steel beams.

Get Bent — It's A Good Thing

April 6, 2010 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Compact Spiral hose from Parker Hannifin Corporation (Wickliffe, OH) offers 5,000 and 6,000 psi performance in a compact design. The hoses are available in a variety of sizes. The inner tube within the hoses allows for ½ the bend radius and a 30 percent smaller O.

Prevent Pallet Damage

April 1, 2010 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Polymer Solutions International, Inc. (Medford, NJ) introduces its ProStack Double Leg Ratchet pallet as a material handling solution for companies tired of forklift and pallet jack damage that leads to piles of scrapped pallets. Additional features on the pallets include: Telescoping double legs for twice the forklift damage protection.

ShipShape For Tip-Top Handling

April 1, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

ShipShape bulk containers from Meese Orbitron Dunne, Co. (Ashtabula, OH) feature durable covers that establish a sturdy seal with the container to safeguard against dust and vapor release. The molded covers protect the products or materials inside the container from contamination and spillage during transport.

Know Your Lifting Limits

March 23, 2010 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller’s (Tampa, FL) Weightroller 100 and 100+ are hydraulic scales accurate to within 2 percent of the lifting capacity of the machine. They now provide a forklift operator with a visual (flash) and audible (beep) at the approach of unsafe overload conditions.

Cranes Tell You Where It Hurts

March 23, 2010 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SMARTON from Konecranes (Springfield, OH) is an overhead crane designed to minimize total lifecycle costs and maximize productivity, along with being rugged and flexible in challenging industrial environments. The SMARTON can lift loads ranging from 30 tons to more than 500 tons.

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