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A Decade Later, Still Burning Bright

March 18, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) now offers the DuroSite High Bay fixture, which incorporates Cree’s Xlamp XP-G LEDs and delivers nearly 12,000 lumens while consuming only 150 watts. The DuroSite can sustain an 80 percent capacity after 60,000 operating hours and is virtually maintenance free, lasting upwards of 10 years.

Stay Safe, Green With PVC Mats

March 16, 2010 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cushion Trax Ultra ¾” anti-fatigue mat from Superior Manufacturing Group (Chicago, IL) is the latest addition to Superior’s line of mats, which combine a durable vinyl top surface with a PVC foam base using the UniFusion bonding process, which eliminates the possibility of de-lamination, according to the company.

Enough Of The 'Windwilling'

March 16, 2010 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Draftguard anti-rotation device from Gates (Denver, CO) prevents belt-driven air-cooled heat exchanger (ACHE) fan drives from “windwilling” when they are idle. A free-spinning fan poses a safety hazard to maintenance workers and causes wear on belts, shafts, bearings, and attached equipment when the fan direction is reversed during start-up.

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Clean Up Busy Spills

March 15, 2010 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig Corporation (Tipton, PA) introduces the tough PIG® RHINO™ Absorbent Mat, designed to stand up to heavy foot traffic while soaking up liquid and minimizing slips. Features include: A thermally bonded, spunbond polypropylene top layer with zig-zag stitching to enhance strength and resist wear and tear.

Blowing Hot Air

March 15, 2010 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atlas Copco (Antwerp, Belgium) announces its new technology for air blowing applications: the ZS screw blower, which will replace the company’s entire range of rotary lobe blowers. The screw blower can be used in food and beverage, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, textiles, and other general manufacturing.

Keep An Eye On Time

March 8, 2010 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ED210 TIME CLOCK from Computerwise, Inc. (Olathe, KS) is a large format, wall-mounted digital time display with 4” high digits. The self-contained time-of-day clock can be periodically synchronized with a designated SNTP time server located on your local network.

Be Kind To Your Ears

March 5, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SZ Acoustic Curtain Walls from Zoneworks (Milwaukee, WI) can make reducing excessive noise within an industrial facility easy and affordable. The walls reduce noise levels inside buildings by up to 22-25 decibels, making a space approximately four times quieter than it would be without them.

No Need For Night-Lights

March 4, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HEPC Series of emergency power controls from High-Lites (Wallingford, CT) adapt locally switched lighting fixtures for operation during power interruptions, with a design that bypasses the local switch. HEPC power controls also save energy by eliminate the need for night-light circuits.

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Access Control For You And 300 Friends

March 2, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kaba Access Control (Winston-Salem, NC) announces that its E-Plex 5800 Series FIPS 201 Locks and Stand-Alone Access Controllers (SAC) are now the only standalone products that are GSA-approved. The E-Plex 5800 series offers multiple levels of security based on their access control needs, and works with TWIC, PIV, CAC NG, FRAC, and other FIPS 201 interoperable credentials.

Light Up Safety Awareness

March 1, 2010 9:51 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The PSENopt safety light curtains and light barriers from Pilz Automation Safety (Canton, MI) are optoelectronic protection devices that safeguard danger zones whenever a production process requires active yet safe access. The PSENopt curtains offer a muting function — total or partial — that is directly integrated, as is monitoring of the muting lamps.

Ventilation In Small Spaces

February 26, 2010 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VAF-Series ventilators from Americ (Elk Grove Village, IL) are designed for confined space applications. They are manufactured from durable, high-density polyethylene plastic, making them extremely lightweight and portable. Handles are located centrally for balanced maneuverability, and anti-skid rubber feet keep the ventilator in once place.

High BTU Heaters From Space

February 26, 2010 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Space-Ray (Charlotte, NC) has expanded its line of energy-efficient, low intensity gas-fired U-tube heaters to 21 different models, with capacities from 40,000 to 250,000 BTU/hour. The heaters are ideal for high air change environments and higher ceiling heights, such as machine or weld shops, maintenance facilities, and more.

Guard Your Energy

February 22, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ENERGY GUARD from Serco (Carrollton, TX) provides a perimeter seal along the sides and rear hinge of a dock leveler to block dirt, debris, and insects, and most importantly, prevent energy loss. The design seals the gaps between the dock leveler and concrete pit walls up to 9” above the dock.

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Short But Powerful

February 22, 2010 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new CM25 self-contained, ceiling-mounted air conditioner from MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) offers a high cooling capacity at a lower cost than conventional solutions, such as precision cooling systems. The CM25 was designed specifically for spaces with dense heat loads and small spaces, at only 20” high.

High-TEK Industrial Fans

February 19, 2010 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) announces the TEK Plug Fans, which feature TEK backward curved airfoil wheels. The TEK Impellers combine precision injection molding techniques with modern high-strength plastics to produce a wheel that is stronger than steel, yet half the weight.

Sweep Up With Magnets

February 16, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Magnetics, Inc. (Castle Rock, CO) has introduced a few additions to their line of magnetic sweepers. The permanent magnet assemblies range from 12” to 96” in width, making them ideal for quick removal of hazardous scrap metal debris from warehouses, loading docks, and manufacturing areas.

Breathe Easy In The Sewers

February 10, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro (Garden Grove, CA) has manufactured the Manhole Ventilation Passthru (MVP), which is designed to maintain and redirect air flow, with minimal restrictions, into manholes, sewers, and tanks. The MVP combines three components—a low-profile air vent, 90° elbow, and built-in mounting—all in one unit.

Go Retro On Your Roof

February 5, 2010 9:38 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Thybar Corporation (Addison, IL) now offers the Retro-Curb, an insulated roof curb that allows for unrestricted positioning on standing seam roof systems. The curb has a flat, pre-punched base flange that can be cut out to allow perfect alignment with the seams on the roof, and they are custom designed to accommodate any roof slope.

Fluorescent Takes On HID

February 4, 2010 8:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cooper Lighting (Peachtree City, GA) offers the HBI High-Bay Industrial Fluorescent Series, which features an optic that has been optimized to provide maximum performance from T8 lamps. The high lumen package allows the benefits of fluorescent to be applied at high mounting heights that were traditionally exclusive to HID lamps.

Get Vertical For Space Saving

February 1, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stanley Vidmar (Allentown, PA) has relaunched its vertical lift product, now called the Vidmar Vertical. The automated storage and retrieval system that can manage up to 132,000 lbs of material from the convenience of one computer console. According to the company, use of vertical space is a simple way to save up to 75 percent of a facility’s floor space.

Shatter-Free Lighting

February 1, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shat-R-Shield (Salisbury, NC) has recently added the T5 High-Output and High Intensity Discharge lamps to their safety-coated lighting products. The new T5HO fluorescent lamp offers an output of 5,000 lumens in a slim-profile lamp, at only 54 watts. They feature low mercury and are TLCP-compliant, in addition to a 30,000 hour rated lifespan to help reduce maintenance and recycling costs.

No Bumper Cars With Forklifts

February 1, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Knuffi Soft-Edged Bumper Guards from Independent Warehouse Inc. (IWI; Sparks, NV) were designed to address safety issues in the workplace, and feature a highly visible black and yellow striped covering to warn of danger or restricted access. Knuffi guards can function as protection for covering indoor and outdoor wall edges, doorways, and stair edges.

Environmental Palletizing

January 28, 2010 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EcoPolyBlend spill control pallets from Justrite Mfg. (Des Plaines, IL) are an eco-friendly solution that protects against groundwater contamination to meet EPA standards. In addition, the pallets are made of 100 percent recycled polyethylene, so they support other green initiatives as well.

Fan-Powered Utility

January 26, 2010 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new line of BIU Utility Fans from Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) are offered in thirteen sizes, ranging from 10” to 36”. The Utility Fans feature heavy gauge, rugged welded steel construction in either Class I or II construction. They come with either backward inclined or B1 airfoil wheels, depending on size selected.

Extendable, Versatile Pallets

January 25, 2010 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sun Technologies (Blomfield Hills, MI) has developed the Mini Floor & Pallet, which is a 2’ x 4’ x 2’ Polypropylene riser platform. The pallet holds up to 1,000 pounds, yet weighs only 8.5 pounds. In addition, the sections can be connected by the length or the width with clips, which are included.

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