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Better-Smelling Disinfectants

January 12, 2011 3:16 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Hard Surface Disinfecting Wipes from Spartan (Maumee, OH) are now available in two fragrances: lemon and fresh scent. The durable wipes are ready-to-use in portable dispensers of 125 wipes, and eliminate the spraying of potentially harmful chemicals into the air, reduce respiratory problems, and stop over-spray on sensitive equipment.

A First In Air Quality

January 7, 2011 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Reznor Z Series hybrid ventilation unit, developed by Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) is the first unit, according to the company, to integrate an energy recovery wheel into a dedicated heat pump system for precise ventilation and temperature control. The Z Series can recover more than 80 percent of the exhaust air energy year-round.

More Effective Enclosures

January 7, 2011 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Attabox (San Antonio, TX) has achieved IP66 certification, which adds to the current UL/cUL 50e, type 3R, 4, 4X, and 12 certification. The IP66 rating means the enclosure provides effective protection from dust penetration and leakage from high-pressure water jets. This allows users to be sure the enclosures can last in harsh environments.

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A Tribute To Boilers

January 3, 2011 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fulton Companies (Pulaski, NY) has announced new products, including a signature boiler, the Tribute model (ICT). The boiler uses a pressure vessel design with high efficiency, and also has the capability to operate at sub-9 ppm NOx with an advanced boiler control system. The Tribute model also utilizes a fiber mesh burner, variable-speed fan, and integrated gas train, which provides low emissions combustion.

Machine Guarding Comes In Any Shape

December 14, 2010 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Wireway Husky Corp. (Denver, NC) has developed a modular machine guarding system that is rugged, secure, and easy-to-install for protecting all types of machinery. The MATRIX GUARD sysem features welded wire mesh modular panels, which are reinforced with in-line folded flutes for rigidity, and high strength seam-welded tubular steel stiffening posts.

Prevent Falling Equipment

December 13, 2010 8:50 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

ASGCO (Allentown, PA) has developed the Safe-Guard Return Idler Cage to provide workers with a cost-effective, durable solution for guarding needs. The cage is designed to catch the return idler from falling onto unsuspecting workers or equipment, preventing injuries and downtime. It’s also built from powder-coated A36 steel and requires no welding.

Tough, Resistant Polycarbonate Enclosures

December 10, 2010 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Attabox (San Antonio, TX) now produces a line of UL 50, Type 3R, 4, 4X, and 12 polycarbonate enclosures. According to the company, the enclosures integrate many features, including external latches, a removable lid, high-performance inserts, an integrated lock hasp, a flush-fit swing panel, and a DIN rail mounting system.

Put A Blanket Over Your Coolers

December 9, 2010 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZONEWORKS (Milwaukee, WI) now offers the insulated Door Blanket, which is a quick and affordable way to protect temperature-controlled items and finished products from the threat of spoilage or irreparable damage that occurs when powered doors on coolers or freezers unexpectedly shut down. The Door Blanket is designed to eliminate the exchange of air at the door opening when an air or automated door won’t close for any reason.

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More Rooftop Filtering

December 9, 2010 6:19 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Filter Curb from Thybar (Addison, IL) can add additional filter capacity to a rooftop unit. Advanced laser technology offers the tightest tolerances and superior construction because each curb is custom-manufactured due to the varying specifications of various roof configurations. The Curbs use an all-welded construction, factory-insulated walls, an integral filter rack, and an access door for servicing filters.

Humidity Testing Gets Better

December 9, 2010 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sheldon Manufacturing, Inc. (Cornelius, OR) has announced its HC6 Environmental Humidity Chamber for multiple industrial testing applications. The HC6 floor model incorporates an air-jacket design that evenly disperses air within the walls to maintain uniformity and ensure proper insulation.

Troubleshoot Your Loading Dock

December 3, 2010 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 4SIGHT is designed to alleviate common logistics problems around loading docks. The product, developed by 4Front Engineered Solutions (Carrollton, TX) can be used as a standalone system or in conjunction with other warehouse management software solutions. Real-time data is used to assist facilities in loading dock visibility, live and staged trailer coordination, and turn time management.

Signage Goes Sustainable

December 2, 2010 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Brady (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced a line of three new sustainable materials for safety and traffic signage. The Sustainable Signs can help companies invest in ”green“ programs, according to Brady, by using materials that are as durable as other products. The B-586 Paper Signs are made of 10 percent post-consumer waste and are 100 percent recyclable.

Don't Lose Your Earplugs

December 2, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) has added two new products to its Jackson Safety brand hearing protection line: the H10 and H20 metal detectable, disposable, and reusable earplugs. Embedded metal ensure that the earplugs or other forms of PPE can be detected via scanning in food and pharmaceutical processing.

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Non-Metallic Can Still Be Tough

November 30, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stahlin (Belding, MI) now offers Non-Metallic Enclosures in their J Series enclosure line. They offer 14 standard size options from 3x3” to 24x16”. According to the company, they are designed to be reliable and durable while protecting delicate systems in industrial environments.

Better Rooftop HVAC

November 18, 2010 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Vibro-Curb, available from Thybar Corporation (Addison, IL) has integral, vibration-dampening spring isolators that can be easily accessed. The curbs provide mounting for rooftop HVAC units, and they allow roofing to be completed at a later date. The flexible 9” counter-flashing provides a weather seal while permitting easy access to the isolators.

Pick Up Your Chips

November 8, 2010 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) has a new 30-gallon Chip Vac, which picks up chips and delivers them to an ordinary 30-gallon drum. It can be moved from drum to drum in order to keep different materials separate for recycling, and can be used on fixtures, floors, and work surfaces in machining centers, lathes, mills, and more.

Keep Forklifts In Check

November 5, 2010 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Safety Sentry Warning Signal Alarm from Erich Industries (Verona, WI) can alert workers of a nearby vehicle backing into the dock position. The Safety Sentry uses a 105 dB siren and strobe light in combination with motion sensing technology. According to the company, at least one dock-related fatality occurs each year nationwide, and the Safety Sentry could help prevent a similar incident.

Who Wants A 'Sortasaurus'?

November 5, 2010 4:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Sortasaurus ergonomic table from Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, OH) is rotationally-molded from smooth and 100 percent waterproof polyethylene plastic to eliminate the splinters, bacterial concerns, and other safety issues associated with wooden tables. The Sortasaurus table uses a one-piece design with wings on three sides to help corral diverse products, parts, and packages as they are put on the table.

Move Plenty Of Air

October 25, 2010 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) has introduced a new line of CAB Cast Aluminum Blowers, which can move up to 1,550 cfm of air. According to the company, the blowers are ideal for smoke and fume removal, spot cooling, and electronic equipment cooling. Features and benefits of the blowers include: A spark-resistant construction.

Pocket-Style Air Filters

October 22, 2010 9:27 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Camfil Farr (Jonesboro, AR) has released its Hi-Flo ES pocket-style air filter for industrial applications, with a tapered design that eliminates pocket-to-pocket contact. This allows for the full use of the media area while reducing the filter’s resistance to airflow. This allows for few required filter changes and reduced disposal costs, not to mention eliminating the carbon footprint of additional cartridges.

Prevent Door Panel Damage

October 21, 2010 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

APS Resource’s (Mequon, WI) FLEX-BACK panel helps prevent one of the most frequent and costly maintenance problems in manufacturing facilities and warehouses: lower door panel damage. The FLEX-BACK panel is constructed of a high-impact polymer skin and flexible tube frame, which bends upon impact and returns to its normal operating position.

Vacuums For Finer Particulates

October 15, 2010 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) Model 110MFS Portable Industrial Vacuum Cleaner is designed for fine or difficult powders found in food plants and bakeries, chemical plants, and general manufacturing. The 100MFS has a 5HP motor to handle difficult materials, such as flour, corn starch, powder coatings, carbon black, and more.

Video Release: Polish The Worst Of Floors

October 15, 2010 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Product Design & Development Editor David Mantey spoke with Perfect Polish (Norris, TN) owner David Paget at Design & Manufacturing Midwest to discuss some of the worst floors he's ever had to salvage.  Perfect Polish diamond grinds facility floors, removes coatings, and fixes curled joints.

Comprehensive Skin Care

October 14, 2010 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP — Winchester, VA) has announced its comprehensive skin care solution: the Rubbermaid Flex (Foam Liquid Excellence) TC Skin Care System. According to the company, 80 percent of germs outside the home are transmitted by hand, and 23 percent of adults don’t wash their hands after using public restrooms.

Emergency Lighting For Any Plant

October 14, 2010 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chloride Systems (Burgaw, NC) offers advanced technologies in emergency lighting with the CMF/TMF/ZMF Series, which provides a fixture that is versatile enough to meet egress code requirements in industrial applications. The series is available in 6, 12, or 24 volt, 25-450 watt units with high-performance MR16 lamp head assembly options.

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