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Hydraulic manipulators help eliminate strain injuries

November 26, 2014

TDA Buddy hydraulically powered manipulators are designed to allow a worker to hold and maneuver parts up to 1,000 lbs. in three dimensions with almost no strain injuries. The manipulators are suitable for heavy-duty industrial material handling applications. The throttle-style control feature...

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Plasma spray gun controller offers touchscreen, scroll wheel control

November 24, 2014

Oerlikon Metco has introduced the UniCoatPro™ single-process plasma controller. The compact unit is designed for use with conventional or cascading arc (SinplexPro™) plasma spray guns. The operator controls the entire spray process via a touchscreen. Hot buttons provide quick access to...

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Air cleaning cartridge offers extended time between changeouts

November 24, 2014

AAF® Intl. has introduced the REDClean™ cartridge for air pollution control. According to the manufacturer, the cartridge offers reduced power consumption and twice the time between changeouts compared to traditional cartridges. The unit pairs with the company’s OptiFlo® dust collector...

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Magnetic drum separators separate ferrous parts from abrasive media

November 21, 2014

Eriez® magnetic drum separators are suitable for separating ferrous parts from abrasive media. Models are available in various sizes and strengths to meet application requirements. The line includes models in diameters from 12 to 36 in. and widths from 12 to 60 in. They provide separation on...

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Industry-standard totes have snap-in dunnage feature

November 20, 2014

PolyFlex Products has introduced the Flex-Tote™ series of industry-standard totes. Their patented snap-in/snap-out system locks in removable custom dunnage for holding parts and components during shipping, in-process handling, and washing cycles. When the intended task is completed, the user...

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Floor signs promote safety

November 18, 2014

Visual Workplace Inc. offers floor signs for communicating critical safety instructions clearly. The peel-and-stick signs are made of durable, high-bond acrylic that withstands forklift and heavy foot traffic. Signs are available in three sizes: 12 and 17 in. round or 14- by 20-in. rectangles with...

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Production management system provides real-time traceability

November 18, 2014

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l. has introduced CrossTrack 3 for sheet metal. The production management system provides complete traceability and control of material stock, parts, assemblies, orders, and nests, all in real time. Using Microsoft SQL server, the system provides a common interface across all...

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Open-source communication standard updated

November 17, 2014

The MTConnect® Institute has released the MTConnect standard version 1.3.0. The open-source communication standard addresses the interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices. This version provides significant features, which include interdevice connectivity to enable machine-to-machine...

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Coating protects metals from corrosion indoors and outdoors

November 17, 2014

VpCI®-389 from Cortec® is an environmentally friendly, water-based, temporary coating that delivers multimetal protection for outside applications and salt-spray resistance. Suitable for use as a replacement for oil-based products, it provides up to five years of protection in indoor storage and...

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Clean air booths highlighted in brochure

November 13, 2014

The Micro Air® clean air booth brochure includes facts and specs on the entire line of booths from 8 by 8 by 8 ft. to 16 by 8 by 8 ft. and custom sizes from 4 to 120 ft. wide. Diagrams and photos show various applications and configurations. The modular booths can be customized for a specific...

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Nesting software updated with enhanced features

November 13, 2014

Magestic Systems offers TruNEST 2015 nesting software for such applications as laser cutting, CNC punching, plasma cutting, waterjet cutting, and oxyfuel torch cutting of metal and heavy plate. The new version introduces a new user interface and enhancements to features such as reduced pierce...

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Liquid protein concentrate serves as base substance for oil-free cooling lubricants

November 12, 2014

Gelita AG, together with an automotive part supplier and an industrial college in Eberbach, Germany, has developed NOVOTEC® CL 800, a liquid protein concentrate that serves as a raw material for oil-free cooling lubricants. According to the manufacturer, metal processing fluids based on this...

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Environmental control booth offers HEPA-level filter performance

November 11, 2014

Tri-Mer has introduced the Tri-Flow environmental control booth, designed for plant areas where dirty and/or noisy tasks need to be confined to their own workspace. The booth provides HEPA-level filtration performance and has a MERV 16 rating. It is 99.999 percent efficient on particles 0.5 micron...

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Rotary encoders compatible with Mitsubishi interface

November 6, 2014

Heidenhain has introduced the new absolute ECN/EQN and ROC/ROQ 400M rotary encoders for use on machines that require a Mitsubishi interface. These encoders fulfill the requirements of the Mitsubishi High Speed Generation 2 pure binary interface with two-pair transmission. The products are an...

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Weld gas designed for reduced spatter, slag

November 5, 2014

Linde offers the CORGON® welding gas series with helium as a component. The gas was developed to produce low-spatter and low-slag seams at high speeds on nonalloyed and low-alloy steels in both manual and automatic GMAW processes. It achieves these results through a balanced gas mixture with a...

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