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Rotary hearth oven preheats, cures powder coatings

December 31, 2015

The Grieve Corp. has developed No. 816, a 500-degrees-F, gas-fired, rotary hearth oven, for preheating and curing powder coatings onto electric motor parts. Workspace dimensions are 54 by 54 by 72 in. It features 350,000 BTU/hr. installed in a modulating gas burner, while a 4,200-CFM, 3-HP...

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CNC introduced for cutting systems

December 18, 2015

Hypertherm has introduced the EDGE® Connect CNC for plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems. It includes the newest version of Phoenix™ software, as well as CutPro Wizard™ for job setup and an introductory version of ProNest® CNC nesting software. This added software allows table...

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Automated feed system positions material up to 2,100 lbs.

December 15, 2015

TigerStop® offers the Heavy Duty 2™ for automation of new and existing machinery in pushing, pulling, and positioning applications. The automated feed system positions material up to 2,100 lbs. and 108 ft. with accuracy of 0.008 in. Options include TigerLink 6 parts list downloading...

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Robotic blast system adapted for grit blast surface preparation

December 9, 2015

Guyson Corp. has introduced a new version of its RB-10 robotic blast system that is adapted for grit blast surface preparation of gas turbine blades and buckets up to about 3 ft. long. The system’s 60- by 60-in. finishing chamber is designed with a heavily reinforced 60- by 48-in. vestibule...

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Orbital stretch wrapping machines wrap products fed by conveyor

December 8, 2015

Tab Industries LLC offers the Tab Wrapper Tornado line of orbital stretch wrapping machines. The machines can be fed from a chain, belt, or roller conveyor. Featuring a patent-pending design that keeps the wrapping ring stationary while the film is wrapped around a horizontal axis, the unit is...

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Bladeless blowers extract dust and fumes with no moving parts

December 7, 2015

Vortec offers Air Flow Amplifiers for extracting smoke, dust, and debris. The high-flow, bladeless blowers take ordinary compressed air and amplify it by up to 60 times in unducted applications with no moving parts. Airflow and output are adjustable. They do not require electricity, so they can...

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Manufacturing cell uses single software program to optimize production flow among machines

December 3, 2015

Salvagnini has introduced FlexCell, a concept linked to the optimum management of a cell that can be tailored to meet specific needs. The system starts with bending and can be extended upstream to cutting to optimize the workflow management of a cell comprising two or more stand-alone machines,...

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Static-dissipative bubble film offers cushioning, corrosion protection

November 30, 2015

EcoCortec® offers Cor-Pak® static-dissipative bubble film. Produced with Nano-VpCI® technology, the film combines volatile corrosion inhibitors with cushioning packaging bubbles to provide protection for sensitive and delicate components. The film is suitable for various packaging...

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Parts accumulator designed for lights-out manufacturing

November 30, 2015

The automated Rota-Rack parts accumulator from Royal Products allows machine tools to run unattended for extended periods of time. The patented unit collects finished parts as they come off a CNC lathe, using an automated rotary spiral that directs parts to the center of the turntable. A...

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Sheet metal gripper operates in tight spaces

November 25, 2015

De-Sta-Co has added a sheet metal gripper to its Accelerate® collection of lightweight tooling. The compact tool features a patent-pending, nonprotruding jaw design that eliminates the need for additional clearance around the stamping die set. The modular 0.6-lb. gripper offers 33-ms...

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Configurable ERP software’s production engine offers supply/demand visibility

November 24, 2015

KeyedIn® Solutions has released version 5 of its KeyedIn Manufacturing Cloud ERP system. This configurable, extensible software features a production engine that delivers real-time visibility of supply and demand for comprehensive production control. Integration with other software systems is...

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Swivel fitting helps simplify precision blowoff

November 23, 2015

Exair has introduced the model 9204 1 NPT swivel fitting to allow the precise adjustment of the company’s air nozzles. The 303 stainless steel swivel offers a 50-degree total angle of adjustment. The 1 MNPT x 1 FNPT swivels will work with any 1 NPT nozzle or fitting, regardless if they have a...

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Rust blocker shield offers long-term corrosion protection in enclosed spaces

November 23, 2015

Cortec®’s BioEmitter™ provides rust and corrosion protection for metals stored in enclosed spaces as large as 50 cu. ft. Attached to a clean surface inside an enclosed area, the product takes up less than 1 sq. ft. of space. Vapor-phase corrosion inhibitors (VpCIs) migrate throughout the...

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Industrial caster integrates electric motor

November 20, 2015

Caster Concepts Inc. has introduced the Drive Caster™, an all-in-one motorized industrial caster. It is available with a ¼-HP or ½-HP motor to move loads up to 6,000 lbs. at up to 5 MPH. A second unit can be added to double the load capacity that can be moved and to enable tank-style...

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Dust-extraction swing arm removes fumes at point of source

November 19, 2015

Ruwac USA has introduced a dust-extraction swing-arm attachment that can be connected to any of the company’s portable vacuum systems to remove airborne dusts, gases, and smoke straight from the point of source during the manufacturing process. The swing-arm assembly is fully mobile and...

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