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Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

Industrial PC

March 8, 2012 1:15 pm | by noax Technologies Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

To enable a versatile range of applications, noax industrial PCs feature a number of interfaces as a standard.

Mobile Radios

February 24, 2012 11:24 am | by Motorola Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

The radio has Intelligent Audio, which automatically adjusts the radio’s volume to fit background noise.

All Hazards Guide

February 7, 2012 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring everything from tools to PPE, the guide is part of Fastenal’s initiative to support emergency preparedness.


Calibration Management

January 31, 2012 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

FlukeCalibration (Everett, WA) has introduced version 8.0 of its MET/CAL® Plus Calibration Management Software, the latest edition of the application suite for calibration professionals who need to automate the calibration process and manage calibration assets efficiently. MET/CALPlus 8.

Complexity Made Simple

January 27, 2012 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Deacom, Inc. (Wayne, PA) has launched its new website, which was designed to communicate Deacom’s overall message of Complexity Made Simple to employees, customers, potential customers, and the world at large. The new website outlines the capabilities of the DEACOM ERP software package offerings and explains the philosophies behind its development.

New Digital Destination

January 26, 2012 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hyde Tools (Southbridge, MA) has launched a new digital destination that marries a robust new website, YouTube channel, and an online digital catalog featuring more than 750 HYDE® products. Designed to interest and engage both professional and do-it-yourself “pros at home,” the destination is a portal for accessing industry news, obtaining how-to information, sharing home improvement projects, and more.

Ultrasound World

January 26, 2012 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ultrasound technology has become recognized as a valuable component to any maintenance program for identification, diagnosing, and analyzing of potential failure conditions in plant equipment and systems. Ultrasound World , considered the major forum for ultrasound technology, will take place May 14-17, 2012 in Clearwater Beach Florida.

Energy Efficiency App

January 24, 2012 4:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The newly released EQ™ Energy Efficiency Analyzer app for iPads allows users to easily calculate the efficiency of their compressed air systems and identify energy-saving opportunities, plus see the cost reduction potential. Quincy Compressor ’s (Bay Minette, AL) Efficiency Quotient (EQ) app is a free tool for facilities managers to take the first step in assessing electrical consumption for compressed air systems.


Pump Search Engine

January 13, 2012 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments (Tacoma, WA) is a dynamic search engine that helps pump buyers—from engineers and maintenance professionals to farmers and contractors—get price quotes on products. The system is fast and easy for customers and suppliers. The website invites buyers to enter the criteria for their pump, and then identifies suppliers that sell the pump they need.

Interactive Digital Catalog

January 6, 2012 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hyde Tools (Southbridge, MA) has launched a new interactive digital master catalog. The flipbook style publication provides a complete listing of all HYDE® products, with product descriptions, photos, and how-to videos. The catalog features easy navigation using an interactive table of contents and index, and also allows readers to search content by keyword, product code, product name, or category.

Cost Optimization Software

December 6, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

aPriori (Concord, MA) has  announced the latest release of its software platform, aPriori 2011r2, which offers new functionality and enhancements that expand the platform’s cost optimization capabilities for companies with high tolerance machining requirements in the automotive, oil and gas, semi-conductor equipment manufacturing, and defense segments.

C-More Remote HMI App

December 2, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect ’s (Cumming, GA) new C-more remote HMI application is available through the iTunes App Store for $4.99 and provides remote access and control to mobile users who have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. A C-more panel with remote connectivity is required, and the C-more Remote HMI app does not require third party remote desktop VNC-type applications.

Hazardous Area Telephone

November 28, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

FHF Safety Products (Edison, NJ) has launched the new Ex-ResistTel Hazardous Area Telephone for hazardous areas. Developed for United States and Canadian markets, the telephone is UL Approved for Class 1, Division 2 Groups A, B, C, and D. The telephone’s rugged glass fiber reinforced polymer construction requires no additional enclosure and has type 4x environmental ratings.


LED Drivers

November 22, 2011 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas Research Products (Huntley, IL) has announced availability of its new LED Drivers brochure. It includes a full line of lower- and high-power Energy-Star-compliant LED drivers, plus stray-voltage LED surge protectors and stepdown transformers for lighting applications. Thomas Research Products is an engineering-led American manufacturer of compact, integral, thermally advantaged longlife LED Drivers, ranging from 12 to 300 watts in constant-current or constant-voltage models, each listed in the new brochure.

Labeling Software

November 15, 2011 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Information Tools, Inc. (Naples, FL) has released a solution to common packaging errors that cause costly customer returns and nonconformance penalties. Based on VIA’s globally popular Man-IT traceability software, ValiPack software focuses specifically on validating each packaged unit for label compliance, across industries.

Power Design Pro

November 14, 2011 5:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Generac Power Systems, Inc. (Waukesha, WI) has enhanced its award-winning Power Design Pro generator sizing software with a new exhaust piping module. This exhaust piping module allows users to enter the length of the exhaust piping run and the number of various elbow types. It then automatically selects the appropriate exhaust piping for a selected generator.


November 9, 2011 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Krylon Industrial (Cleveland, OH) has announced the launch of a new website designed specifically with customer’s needs in mind: . Some features of the new site include: View by Product Category: Krylon's diverse product portfolio is categorized into specific categories to help users find the specific product they need.

Relio R1420

November 4, 2011 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Relio R1420 from Sealevel (Liberty, SC) is a small, rugged embedded computer that operates without fans or moving parts for the most reliable operation possible. Designed for harsh industrial and commercial environments, the Relio is perfect for mobile applications, embedded control, and measurements.

Creo Simulate

November 1, 2011 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Creo Simulate from PTC (Needham, MA) gives designers the power to understand structural and thermal product performance on the desktop before resorting to costly, time-consuming physical prototyping. With Creo Simulate, design engineers can better understand product performance and then optimize the digital design, early in the design cycle—without needing expertise in simulation.

Linear Drive Selection Software

October 24, 2011 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

New software from Amacoil (Aston, PA) saves time by analyzing complex linear drive selection criteria in seconds. Those considering a Uhing traverse drive receive immediate access to useful information such as shaft rotational speed, drive torque, power requirements, and shaft sag. Additional output data includes Fourier transformation analysis and dynamic simulation charts for visualizing shaft deflection off the centerline in relation to shaft rotation speed.

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.

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