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Elinx Ethernet Extenders

October 20, 2011 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Ottawa, IL) has expanded its family of industrial-grade Elinx Ethernet Extenders with models featuring built-in Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) and network management (called managed) capabilities. Using existing copper wire infrastructure (Cat5 cable or two straight wires from the telephone line) to avoid the cost and hassle of fiber or new construction, the Elinx Ethernet Extenders allow users to simply and inexpensively deploy remote security cameras, IP phones, and other Ethernet devices beyond Ethernet’s 328 foot limit.

OpenVPX Backplane

October 12, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic Corporation (Fremont, CA) now offers a new 3U 9-slot OpenVPX backplane with optional Ethernet control plane. Designed to VITA 65 design principles, the 9-slot OpenVPX backplane features a centralized routing topology. The profile number is BKP3-CEN09-15.2.17-1, with data rate speeds to 3.

CAN-bus Cable

October 6, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binder-USA (Camarillo, CA) has expanded its M12 Series 763 product line with a new cable specifically designed for CAN-bus applications. The over-molded connectors are ideal for industrial network applications, including factory automation. The single-ended cordsets are offered in male and female versions with 5 gold-plated contacts.


Waterproof Light Pipes

October 5, 2011 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronics (Fremont, CA) now offers light pipes that are waterproof. The LED light pipes meet IP68 specifications, come in a wide range of options, and are ideal where there may be humidity/condensation, rainfall/snow melt, or direct exposure to water. The watertight design is achieved through a special shaping of the light pipe’s outer surface which requires a very precise mounting hole.

Application-Based Product Sizing

October 5, 2011 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thomson (Wood Dale, IL) has introduced Linear MOTIONEERING: Ball and Lead Screws, a new web-based sizing and selection tool to help machine builders quickly specify the right ball or lead screw from Thomson’s range of inch and metric screws, to satisfy specific application performance requirements.


October 3, 2011 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon (Cleveland, OH) has introduced user-driven enhancements to : New Products Area: Designed to showcase the latest products and innovations from Sprayon Products. New Sprayon System Area: Redesigned to demonstrate how any facility can take their 5S Visual Management efforts to the next level.

Manufacturing Solutions Suite

September 29, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ubisense Manufacturing Solutions Suite from Ubisense (Cambridge, U.K.) provides real-time visibility of production operations to increase throughput, improve quality control, and achieve a smarter workflow. The suite is a comprehensive collection of software applications that leverage location information to precisely pinpoint critical assets moving through complex production environments.

COMM+4 PCIe Serial Interface

September 26, 2011 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) has introduced the COMM+4 PCIe serial interface, for expanding serial communications in a variety of test and measurement, process control, and point-of-sale applications. The interface provides four multifunction serial ports, each individually field-configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485.


Wireless True RMS Logging System

September 19, 2011 11:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Wireless True RMS Clamp Meter/Data Logging System (Model CMR35) from General Tools & Instruments (New York, NY) improves safety while increasing utility and reducing labor costs. With its ability to remotely monitor multiple voltage/current inputs at once, the system is designed for use by industrial MRO professionals.

Wearable, Rugged Tablet

September 19, 2011 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Glacier Computer (New Milford, CT) has added the T507K, a seven inch rugged tablet, to their existing product line of vehicles and fixed mount terminals, handhelds, and wearable rugged computers. The T507K offers a sunlight readable seven inch touch screen and is drop tested six feet to concrete.

Loctite Design Guide

September 9, 2011 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CN) has updated and reintroduced its Loctite Design Guide for bonding plastics to simplify the challenge of determining the most effective adhesive/plastic bonding combinations. An informational resource for anyone looking to bond plastics, this completely updated 96-page guide provides detailed technical information on the seven leading adhesive technologies that effectively bond the 30 most common plastic substrates.

40G Backplanes

September 2, 2011 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pentair Technical Products (Anoka, MN) has announced Schroff 40G backplanes for AdvancedTCA. The backplanes provide higher data transfer rates to support next-generation processing requirements and meet growing customer demand for higher data throughput, without increasing costs. Made from improved FR4 material, the backplanes support the most current high-speed data transfer rates.

Aget Launches New Website

September 2, 2011 7:43 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Aget Manufacturing Company (Adrian, MI) has launched a new website, , with easy to navigate features for finding product information quickly. Photos, line drawings with extensive dimensional data, and technical information are provided for each product. All Aget products are accessible from each site category, allowing users to continuously narrow their search for a particular product.


Electrical Systems For Facilities Maintenance Personnel

August 29, 2011 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Technical Publishers (Orland Park, IL) has released their new textbook, Electrical Systems for Facilities Maintenance Personnel by Glen A. Mazure. Providing a detailed overview of facility electrical equipment and systems, this text is a comprehensive resource for facilities maintenance personnel.

LXE Marathon Field Computer

August 15, 2011 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

EMS Global Resource Management (Norcross, GA) has announced that the LXE Marathon field computer has been tested and certified for use in the field with Datamax O’Neil’s line of rugged portable printers. In communication certification tests, the Marathon Field Computer connected wirelessly via Bluetooth or 802.

Smart Switch For RadioLinx Ethernet Radios

August 1, 2011 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Prosoft Technology (Bakersfield, CA) has announced the new Smart Switch feature, supported in the RadioLinx Industrial Frequency Hopping Ethernet Radios for the 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz spectrums. With Smart Switch technology, the Ethernet radios are able to route packets over the network, managing the wireless network like a standard Ethernet switch, and creating peer-to-peer wireless Ethernet communication.

EAM 8.5 Does More

August 1, 2011 7:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Infor (Alpharetta, GA) has developed new functionality for its leading asset management solution, Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) 8.5. These enhancements allow users to be more effective in managing their assets: Graphical Scheduling Planning Board—a streamlined, graphical process to schedule resources with advanced filtering across multiple weeks.

FaciliWorks 8i Available In The Cloud

July 28, 2011 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

FaciliWorks 8i CMMS/EAM software from CyberMetrics (Phoenix, AZ) is now available in the cloud. FaciliWorks 8i can help reduce maintenance costs, improve productivity, and eliminate time and money spent on software maintenance. This software can, Track and coordinate assets, preventative maintenance schedules, personnel, tools, parts, procedures, budgets, suppliers and purchasing.

Yard And Dock Management System

July 28, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 4SIGHT Yard and Dock Management System from 4Front Engineered Solutions (Carrollton, TX) combines RFID and GPS technology to increase productivity in loading docks and yards. Designed to alleviate bottlenecks in the dock and yard areas, 4SIGHT enables facility managers to effectively schedule and facilitate loading and unloading at various dock positions.

Sprite Roamer Intensive Care Unit

July 19, 2011 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sprite Roamer™ Intensive Care Unit (ICU) from Azima DLI (Woburn, MA) is a portable, online monitoring system. Typically used by facilities with no online monitoring system that need more than monthly data collection, the system is also used on problematic machines to gather frequent, consistent data.

Bigfoot CMMS For Maintenance Operations

July 14, 2011 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bigfoot CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) from Smartware Group (Center Harbor, NH) is a web-based solution to improve facility and equipment maintenance operations. Features include preventative and predictive maintenance scheduling, equipment history tracking and reporting, and asset life cycle and parts inventory managing.

Manufacturing Software Launched On The Cloud

July 13, 2011 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Acumatica with JAAS Systems (Bethesda, MD) has launched a fully integrated manufacturing, distribution, and accounting solution on the Windows Azure Cloud. Companies can use it to manage sales, inventory, material plans, and master production schedules from a web-browser from any location.

PROACTOnDemand Software Released

July 12, 2011 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reliability Center Inc. (Hopewell, VA) has released PROACTOnDemand, a software-as-a-service version of its PROACT RCA Software application. PROACTOnDemand is designed to identify an organization’s most significant annual losses and then supplies the knowledge and tools to identify all the causes of any undesirable event.

Visual Workplace Announces SHADOW-Mark

July 7, 2011 4:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Visual Workplace, Inc. (Byron Center, MI) introduces SHADOW-Mark, a method to designate specific locations for each item in the workplace. Users trace the item, cut it out, peel the backing, and place the SHADOW-Mark in the desired location. It is available in six colors in 12.25 in. x 15 ft.

Wasp Inventory Control V6 Launched

June 30, 2011 11:53 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Wasp Barcode Technologies (Plano TX) recently launched Wasp Inventory Control v6. The updated inventory software features real-time visibility of stock levels, locations and inventory access, and enables SMBs to instantly update inventory. The new software comes with free, unlimited technical support and getting started training.

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