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Ejector system uses energy-efficient technology

April 8, 2014

Piab has updated its piCOMPACT™ line of manifold-mounted ejector systems based on energy-efficient COAX® technology. By working at low feed pressure and maximizing the usage rate of the compressed air, the ejectors help reduce energy consumption. Products in the line are suitable for...

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Basic welding fume filter offers entry-level extraction technology

April 8, 2014

Kemper America Inc. offers the Smart Master welding fume filter, a mobile suction extractor designed for occasional use and low amounts of dust. The compact design and rotatable, swiveling exhaust hood enable use in a 360-degree radius, eliminating most adjustments during welding. With its W3...

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Search-based application reduces time to find already-created part designs

April 3, 2014

Fisher/Unitech has introduced Exalead OnePart, a search-based application technology for product development from Dassault Systemes SolidWorks. The technology allows designers and engineers to locate and access existing parts, product designs, and other related information from anywhere inside the...

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Armored cables withstand harsh environments

April 3, 2014

Mencom Corp. has introduced armored cables designed to prevent failures from harsh manufacturing conditions. They feature a stainless steel coupling nut and stainless steel armor jacket that prevent water damage from high-pressure washdown, cleaning chemicals, and extreme temperature. A...

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Sample kit helps engineers find appropriate bearing material

April 2, 2014

The dry-tech® box from igus® Inc. is a sample kit designed to help engineers find the right bearing material for their applications. The box contains a set of card overlays that filter the bearing choices by criteria. The sample box includes an array of iglide® bearings, from iglide...

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Start/stop technology reduces hydraulic press energy consumption

April 2, 2014

AP&T has introduced a frequency drive system in its hydraulic presses to help save energy — similar to the start/stop function found in modern vehicles. The system controls the speed of the electrical engines, which then control the load-sensing hydraulic system found in the company’s...

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Draw-wire unit covers up to 98.43 ft.

April 2, 2014

The Leine & Linde WDS series draw-wire length measurement unit from Heidenhain provides up to 98.43 ft. of position data for lifts, factory doors, hoists, and gantry systems. The unit can be used with either absolute or incremental rotary encoders. The draw-wire unit’s measuring length is...

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Vertical storage system operates in 250 sq. ft.

April 2, 2014

The Vidmar® STAK system stores and retrieves heavy, bulky items vertically, up to 18 ft. high, with an adjustable racking system comprising removable, adjustable pallets and a captive lifting and handling device. According to the company, the system can operate fully in as little as 250 sq. ft....

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Device lifts up to 1.76 tons

April 1, 2014

Konecranes offers the ATL Vertical Lifter to meet the handling requirements of a variety of industries. It features a maximum lifting capacity of 1.76 tons and absorption of torque up to 4,000 Nm. The pneumatic manipulators are ceiling-based systems made up of an XA crane system and a telescopic...

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Wet blasting machine delivers edge radii within ±5-micron tolerance

April 1, 2014

The Vapormatt Sabre wet blasting machine is designed for small- to medium-volume manufacturers, coating centers, and R&D facilities. The nozzle arrangement focuses blast guns on the critical faces and cutting edges, delivering edge radii within ±micron tolerance of specification and a...

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Casters handle loads up to 1,200 lbs.

April 1, 2014

Caster Concepts offers a line of casters that it claims are maintenance-free. They can handle loads up to 1,200 lbs. by distributing downward pressure over a large area. Derived from a traditional caster using a bearing race held together by a kingpin, the kingpinless swivel bearing holds the yoke...

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E-book offers strategies for sheet metal fabrication sourcing

March 31, 2014

ETM Mfg. has published a free e-book, Estimating Sheet Metal Fabrication Costs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding How Fabricated Parts Are Estimated. It focuses on all of the cost components that comprise a fabricating quote — material costs, labor costs, overhead costs, and shipping...

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Chillers maintain metalworking fluids at consistent temperature levels

March 31, 2014

PolyScience offers DuraChill recirculating chillers to provide temperature control for metal forming, machining, and welding equipment. DuraChill chillers have cooling capacities from 5.2 to 33.4 kW at 68 degrees F. They are available in air- and water-cooled models. The 1.5-, 2-, and 3-HP...

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HEPA vacuum’s 110-gal. drum lengthens time between changes

March 27, 2014

Exair offers the 110-gal., heavy-duty HEPA Vac™ industrial vacuum cleaner. The high-capacity drum reduces the number of drum changes required during cleanup. The vacuum is engineered to filter contaminants to HEPA requirements in dusty environments requiring frequent cleaning. The unit...

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Direct-diode laser system increases speed of cladding, heat treating

March 26, 2014

A new direct-diode laser system from Coherent Inc. offers higher power to help increase throughput for applications in metal cladding and heat treating. The new HighLight™ 10,000D, with its 10-kW output at 975 nm, can be configured to deliver a variety of interchangeable beam shapes with...

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