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Carts adjust height automatically

January 12, 2015

Verti-Lift has introduced Auto-Hite carts, which automatically adjust so that workpieces are at the optimal operator height. The spring-loaded, self-leveling products feature a 22- to 26-in. window of vertical travel, making them suitable for any associate or parts height requirement. The carts...

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Parts washer’s cleaning chamber can be extended

January 6, 2015

MecWash Systems has introduced the Maxi, a fully automatic, highly customizable, self-contained aqueous cleaning system that meets aerospace, automotive, and hydraulic industry cleanliness standards. Suitable for cleaning large, individual components or small components with high volumes, the...

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Industrial benchtop vending system dispenses small items

January 5, 2015

CribMaster has released the X3 system, combining both helix and carousel dispensing, designed for smaller-scale point-of-use vending of high-volume inventory. The system stores and distributes any type of PPE or MRO inventory, especially small items such as welding tips. The authorized user...

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Contactless inductive coupler is wear-free

January 5, 2015

Turck USA has launched the NIC contactless inductive coupler. The wear-free unit, suitable for data and energy transmission, can transfer up to 12 W and 0.5 amp of power across an air gap of 7 mm. With a tolerated angle offset up to 15 degrees and a parallel offset up to 5 mm, the coupler also can...

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Compressed air filter provides point-of-use filtration

January 5, 2015

Walmec North America’s two-stage compressed air filter is designed to operate most effectively when placed near the point of use. Featuring a 5-micron rating, it is available in flows from 15 to 250 SCFM and pressure ratings up to 250 PSI. The air filter is suitable for a variety of...

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Vertical-airflow cabinet oven developed

December 26, 2014

Grieve has developed No. 814, a 500-degrees-F, electrically heated cabinet oven, currently used for plastic and metal part heat-treating operations at a customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of the oven are 22 by 21 by 85 in. The Nichrome® wire tubular elements deliver 18 kW to heat the oven...

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Powered walkie stacker has 3,000-lb. capacity

December 24, 2014

The PowerStak model PPS-3000-AS stacker from Presto Lifts offers 3,000 lbs. of capacity with a 24-in. load center. A two-stage telescopic mast enables it to lift loads up to 125 in., allowing it to service racks up to 10 ft. high. Forward- and reverse-drive switches are located on both sides of...

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Solid roof increases dust collector strength

December 17, 2014

Imperial Systems has changed the roof design of all CMAXX cartridge dust collectors to have a solid, one-piece roof. The updated roof is reinforced and slightly positively bowed to make the unit stronger and assist with water runoff. According to the company, the system remains the only modular...

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Heavy-duty casters tote 200 tons

December 16, 2014

Hamilton Caster has built four 100,000-lb.-capacity casters for a federal contractor. Fully assembled, each caster stands 52 in. above the factory floor and weighs more than 8,000 lbs. Together, the four casters have a payload capacity of 200 tons. Each Colossus caster has a spring-loaded...

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Single device connects all sensors for active monitoring, data logging

December 15, 2014

The new SKF Machine Tool Observer MTx serves as a single device connecting all operating-parameter sensors to monitor, observe, and log the performance history of machine tool spindles, grinding machines, and other rotating equipment. The unit collects information about the accumulated...

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Sequencing system offers welding operators step-by-step instructions

December 12, 2014

The Weld Sequencer from Lincoln Electric allows welders to view each weld in the operational sequence pictorially and log results automatically. The welding power source parameters, such as voltage, wire feed speed, and waveform mode, are set for each discrete weld. The software includes...

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Business system gives manufacturers a path to the cloud

December 11, 2014

KeyedIn® Solutions offers KeyedIn Manufacturing software, which the company says is the industry’s first fully custom-configurable software that can adapt to any manufacturing environment. Developed on the company’s Konfigure™ platform, the software provides business management tools...

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Industrial gas apparatus products offered for oxyacetylene cutting, GTAW, GMAW

December 9, 2014

Matheson has introduced new industrial gas apparatus products as part of its Select® line of welding accessories, safety supplies, welding tools, and filler metals. The new lineup includes preconfigured outfits for oxyacetylene cutting and heating, as well as related individual components, such as...

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Antifatigue welding mat also protects against sparks

December 2, 2014

ALECO® has introduced the Comfort Weld™ antifatigue welding mat. Constructed of self-extinguishing material, the fire-retardant mat guards against sparks and hot metal. Its slip-resistant pebble surface provides ergonomic qualities that enable welders to stand comfortably, minimizing the pain...

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Welding helmet delivers filtered air into breathing zone

December 1, 2014

Lincoln Electric has introduced the VIKING™ PAPR (powered air-purifying respirator) 3350 welding helmet. The PAPR draws air from the environment through a HEPA filter located on the belt and delivers filtered air in the breathing zone of the auto-darkening helmet. This model, which offers...

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