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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.

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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.

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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.

Get A Hybrid... Workspace

January 25, 2010 3:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hybrid Systems from Shure (Washington, MO) can be customized to numerous configurations according to customer specification, with increased under-bench storage, making them ideal for an existing facility in need of remodeling. The workbench systems are offered in 4’, 5’, 6’, 8’, and 10’ lengths to accommodate different configurations.

All-Electric Pressure Washing

January 19, 2010 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sioux Corporation (Beresford, SD) has introduced the new E-Series All-Electric line of pressure washers and steam cleaner, with a compact, portable, and 100 percent all-electric design. According to the company, the E-Series is ideal for cleaning, disinfecting, material handling equipment, and more, in a variety of industrial applications.

Keep Vibrations Out

January 18, 2010 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Vibro-Curb from the Thybar Corporation (Addition, IL) has integral vibration-dampening spring isolators for mounting with rooftop HVAC units, allowing roofing to be completed after HVAC installation without disturbing the unit. In addition, the 9” counter-flashing provides a weather seal while permitting easy access to the isolators, which provide a minimum of 90 percent isolation efficiency.

Filtering Out Discomfort, Illness

January 18, 2010 9:16 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Filtered Diffuser from Comfort First Products (Santa Ana, CA) is designed to eliminate drafts from overhead diffusers and reduce the illness and allergies caused by ductwork pollution. The diffuser allows users to adjust the angle the air enters the room on all four sides, helping to eliminate drafts or hot and cold spots.

Heavy-Duty Multitasking Mezzanines

January 12, 2010 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delta Industrial (Chesterfield, MI) has a range of mezzanine systems designed for both large and small facilities, making them ideal for in-plant offices, storage, industrial platforms, catwalks, and conveyor integration. Features of Delta’s mezzanine systems include: Customer-designed specifications.

A Dynamic Waste Solution

January 11, 2010 8:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delamo Manufacturing, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) has introduced the DYNAMO trash can, available in 32 and 44 gallon sizes. The DYNAMO is the first plastic trash can to offer built-in storage for a variety of cleaning tools, including brooms, mops, dust pans, and more. Flexible belts are available to secure the can liner to the top of the can, along with a number of optional extras, such as the DYNAMO dolly.

A Bailout-Free 'Heat' Bank

January 11, 2010 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HeatBank mats and cables from EasyHeat (Rosemont, IL) help convert “off-peak” electrical energy into a reservoir of radiant heat stored with a building’s foundation, which can help industrial facilities significantly lower their energy bills. Once stored, the non-drying heat radiates throughout the building during peak energy periods, serving as a cost-effective supplement to standard heating systems, according to the company.

Quick, Clean, Green: Backwash Filtering

January 11, 2010 3:40 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Forsta Filters Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) has released its Green-Clean industrial water filter technology, which can reduce backwash waste water by as much as 75 percent. Without interrupting system flow during backwash, Green-Clean technology utilizes smaller flush valves to minimize the volume of water required to remove buildup on a filter element.

Save Money With Industrial Fans

January 5, 2010 9:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rite-Hite (Milwaukee, WI) offers a range of HVLS (high-volume, low-speed) fans that help push air throughout your entire facility. According to the company, these fans can save as much as 30 percent on winter heating bills by destratifying the air. Check out the video for more information: To find out more about the HVLS fans, go to www.

Learn Who's In And Who's Out

December 23, 2009 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kaba Access Control (Winston-Salem, NC) now offers the new LearnLok feature to its E-Plex PROX-based 5700 electric locks, in addition to the E5770 and E3700 series. The LearnLok feature simplifies programming of up to 300 user credentials (HID PROX cards, fobs, etc.) per door by “learning” them at the lock reader.

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