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Data collection unit provides interface between manufacturing process, ERP/MRP II

March 17, 2016

The new MDT-20 from Production Process is a universal, real-time data collection and production scheduling interface between any discrete manufacturing process and ERP/MRP II. The unit provides a bidirectional link to any discrete parts manufacturing machine and gathers production, performance, and...

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Modular, solvent-based cleaning system handles heavy loads

March 15, 2016

Dürr Ecoclean has developed the large-chamber EcoCDuty solvent-based cleaning system. Operating with hydrocarbons or modified alcohols under full vacuum, the machine is designed for loads measuring up to 49 by 33 by 38 in. and weighing up to 1.1 tons. Configured as a steam degreaser in its...

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Height-adjustable weld table changes position at the push of a button

March 15, 2016

Dectron USA offers a height-adjustable weld table. Actuators power the table up or down 11 in. at the push of a button for quick positioning of work. Available in a variety of standard sizes, the table features a heavy-duty modular steel frame design, precision-ground top, a variety of tabletop...

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Tempering furnace used for preheating before welding

March 14, 2016

Grieve Corp. has produced No. 837, a 1,450-degrees-F electrically heated tempering furnace, used for preheating before welding and various postwelding heat treatments at a customer’s facility. The furnace’s workspace dimensions are 60 in. wide by 60 in. deep by 60 in. high. Nickel chrome...

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Organizer bag, wrap offer durable storage

March 14, 2016

Milwaukee Tool has introduced a parachute organizer bag and bucket organizer wrap. The bag is designed to stand up and stay open, allowing simplified access to its contents. An external zipper pocket holds hand tools, bits, and accessories. The bags are designed for stacking so users can carry...

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Polishing machine automates prep of laser-grade optics

March 10, 2016

United Lens Co. offers the OptiPro PRO 160P CNC polishing machine. It automates the polishing of lenses and glass to help ensure the availability of laser-grade optics. In the e-book A Guide to Pioneering in Polishing with OptiPro PRO 160P, the company explains the machine’s custom...

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Portable, suction-based vacuum clamping protects surfaces

March 9, 2016

Festool USA has introduced the Vac Sys portable, suction-based clamping system. The system allows users to clamp nonporous material for machining and finishing while protecting delicate surfaces from clamp damage. Each clamping module is equipped with a suction base that adheres to nonporous...

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Dust collector filter combines flame-retardant, conductive properties

March 9, 2016

The new HemiPleat® FR carbon dust collector filter from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) combines flame-retardant and conductive properties in a single filter. The carbon-impregnated filtration media is designed for dust-handling applications that require flame resistance and dissipation of...

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Resistance welding machine features flexible waveform technology

March 7, 2016

Dengensha America has introduced its new Flexwave resistance welding machine and corresponding flexible waveform technology, which combines the capabilities of a capacitive discharge welding machine and a 15,000-Hz bipolar medium-frequency converter. According to the company, the technology...

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Absolute ring encoder released for angular motion feedback

March 4, 2016

Heidenhain has introduced the ECA 4000 incremental ring encoder, the next generation of the ERA 4000 unit for machine tool rotary tables, semiconductor wafer motion stages, and robotics. The new absolute series ring encoder offers several features for angular motion feedback. It comes in a...

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Confined-space ventilator includes attached ducting/canister

March 3, 2016

Pinnacle Climate Technologies has introduced the 8-in. MASTER® ventilator. The lightweight, small-diameter unit can be used where space is limited. It comes with 25 ft. of ducting in an integrated duct carrier. The ventilator, constructed with a dual-walled polyethylene housing, delivers high...

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Airflow amplifiers extract dust, fumes with no moving parts

March 3, 2016

Vortec airflow amplifiers extract smoke, fumes, and debris to help enhance safety and productivity in the workplace. The high-flow, bladeless blowers amplify compressed air up to 60-fold, in unducted applications, with no moving parts. They can be mounted, ducted, and moved easily, and airflow and...

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Cart keeps rolls of labels, tape organized

March 2, 2016

Creform has introduced a cart designed to hold rolls of labels and tape for the production process. Built using a system of pipes and joints, the cart keeps labels and tape consolidated in one area. The open design makes all the spools visible. The rolls are supported from the center on pins to...

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Closed-loop control introduced for metal 3-D printing system

March 1, 2016

Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc., has introduced the IRISS™ patented closed-loop control for its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing™ (EBAM) systems. IRISS, which stands for Interlayer Real-time Imaging & Sensing System, provides consistent process control for...

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MERV 16-rated filter performs like HEPA filter

March 1, 2016

Tri-Flow Compact filters for submicron particulate and fumes, available from Tri-Mer Corp., have a MERV 16 rating and perform like HEPA filters, says the company. Filtration efficiencies are 99.999 percent on 0.5-micron and larger particles by weight. A large surface area and small envelope...

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