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Refrigerated And Desiccant Dryers, Together

February 17, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Hybritec combination dryer series from Kaeser (Fredericksburg, VA) combines the energy savings of a refrigerated dryer with the low dew points of a desiccant dryer, according to the company. Hybritec units operate on a process that first treats the air to remove a majority of the water vapor.

Smarter Gas Handling

February 15, 2011 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gasco Affiliates, LLC (Oldsmar, FL) has announced the expansion of its EcoSmart line of environmentally-friendly precision gas products with the EcoSmart 44, a standard 34-liter container containing 44 liters of precision calibration gas. The new model features 29 percent more gas than the traditional 34-liter unit, which reduces the cost per liter while extending the life cycle.

Not Too Bright, Not Too Dark

February 11, 2011 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Casella USA (Amherst, NH) is offering a cost-effective alternative to traditional light measurement devices with its new Digital Light Meter. The tool is designed to help facility managers measure and maintain safe light levels by displaying results in either Lux units (200,000 max) or foot-candles (20,000 max).

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Get Things Done With Whiteboards

February 10, 2011 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new magnetic KPI whiteboards from Magnatag (Macedon, NY) help managers tell employees that “things get done” when they display key performance metrics. According to the company, these whiteboards can help increase productivity, or can be used as an essential component of a company’s Lean program.

Get In Control Of Vibration

February 8, 2011 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reid Supply (Muskegon, MI) is now offering hundreds of new products in its vibration control lines. These products can significantly cut down on the excessive motion that causes harmful noise levels on the plant floor. In addition, controlling excess motion also increases the service life of industrial equipment, as well as their support structures.

Bolle Brings Eyewear To The U.S.

February 4, 2011 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bollé (Overland Park, KS) has announced the launch of its Bollé Safety product line to the U.S. safety eyewear market. According to the company, the line is known for its performance, style, and comfort. To support the launch, Bollé has reached a distribution agreement with Protective Industrial Products, Inc.

Burnishing Gets You LEED

February 3, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advance (Plymouth, MN) now offers battery and electric burnishers that meet requirements for sustainable cleaning equipment specified by LEED-EBOM, such as the Advolution 20BT battery burnisher and the Advolution 20XP electric burnisher. Both are available with active dust control, and operate at a sound level of less than 70 dBA.

Quiet, Energy-Efficient Compressors

January 31, 2011 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Boge Compressors (Powder Springs, GA) is planning to exhibit a number of new products at the Hannover Fair 2011 in Hannover, Germany, including an extended belt-drive C series screw compressor range. They are available up to 22 kW, and are extremely quiet during operation, according to the company.

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Steam Traps For High-Pressure Situations

January 31, 2011 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spirax Sarco (Blythewood, SC) has announced the release of the FTC80-FB ball float steam trap series, which is made for applications with pressures as high as 1,160psig. The FTC80-FB carbon steel series has a body and cover made of cast steel, with welded connections. They are self-modulating to provide soft and continuous discharge, which helps maintain stable process conditions.

Get A Handle On Your Fans

January 31, 2011 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new touch-screen Fan-Commander control station from Rite-Hite Fans (Milwaukee, WI) controls the operation of up to 18 high volume/low speed (HVLS) Revolution Fan or Revolution SP Fan models. With the Fan-Commander, users can optimize year-round performance of the fans. In the winter, the controller changes the fan speed to produce even temperatures from floor to ceiling for energy savings.

OSHA-Compliant Powder Vacuuming

January 28, 2011 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) Model 860/02 is for managers who want to eliminate drum handling and collect powders in a safe, dust-free, and convenient way. It uses the VAC-U-Max Air-Powered Vacuum cover with the manual pulse-jet filter cleaning system and a non-stick filtration, which captures 99.

Better Ceramic Membranes

January 24, 2011 8:58 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

SJE-Rhombus (Detroit Lakes, MN) will offer two new tubular ceramic membrane modules in its CFS (Ceramic Filtration Solutions) line. Typical applications for the CFS products include industrial process water and wastewater treatment, and the products are suitable for high flow rates. The company also offers the following features: A long membrane life, a high filtration rate, and a high recovery rate.

Easier Solar Panel Mounting

January 24, 2011 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hollaender (Cincinnati, OH) developed the 47R in 1-1/2” IPS size, wide-footprint flange used to attach solar racking systems and railings to narrow gauge metal roofing. The new design is ideal for applications on narrow gauge corrugated metal where the load must be spread out further and where numerous fasteners are required.

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Precision-Cut Fences, Doors

January 24, 2011 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced new additions to its Aluminum Extrusion Safety Fences and Doors. The HFUAY and HFUBY Safety Mesh Fences feature yellow-painted extruded aluminum frames, which are constructed of cut-to-order lengths of MISUMI’s HFS Aluminum Extrusion Series profile.

Easy-To-Maintain Dryers

January 21, 2011 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Eclipse Desiccant Dryer line from ZEKS Compressed Air Solutions (West Chester, PA) is designed to minimize the time and effort associated with scheduled maintenance by keeping all serviceable parts available for convenient access. The design also results in a low overall height, which allows it to be installed in locations where competitive dryers will not fit.

Take A Ride As You Clean

January 21, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T16 Battery-Powered Rider Scrubber from Tennant Company (Minneapolis, MN) is designed to provide facility managers with a powerhouse scrubber for improved safety, productivity, and performance. The T16 can reduce operating costs up to 20 percent compared to traditional scrubbing methods, and the design uses a Touch-N-Go control module that allows the operator to keep both hands on the wheel while operating the scrubbing functions.

Protection From Dangerous Forklifts

January 21, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Saf-T-Bump, LLC (Cleveland, TN) has developed a new product to pad the sharp exposed forks on forklifts while they are in a raised position, and not in use. The pads are made from a tough, yet soft polymer that is designed for shock absorption. They come in highly-visible safety orange, yellow, or green.

Video Release: A Wind-Proof Door

January 18, 2011 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Goff’s Enterprises (Pewaukee, WI) has introduced the G2 Door, which is a high-speed and high wind load-rated vinyl roll-up door. To explain the features of their products, they have produced the following video: To learn more, visit www.

Get Eco-Friendly With Spills

January 18, 2011 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

SpillTech (Alpharetta, GA) now offers the EcoTech Rolls, which are eco-friendly, cellulose blend mats to soak up machine leaks or overspray. They are made from 75 percent recycled newsprint to help keep a facility green, and they can absorb up to 16 times their own weight in liquids. According to the company, they are fire retardant for added safety, when the mat is exposed to heat.

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.

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.

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