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Soft top jaws grip hard-to-handle products without marring surfaces

June 26, 2014

Dillon Mfg. offers turned or bored soft blank top jaws to provide a smooth gripping surface that holds the workpiece snugly with no marring of the surface. Extra-wide jaws are available to provide a wider gripping surface, especially for large-diameter parts. The serrated soft top jaws are...

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Horizontal-motion conveyor moves scrap without vibration, springs

June 26, 2014

Prab Inc. has redesigned the horizontal-motion conveyor known as the Quick Return (QR). The conveyor removes scrap from a press or other cutting and stamping operations by propelling material forward gently, without vibration or springs. The drive location is flexible, allowing for an adaptive...

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Mist collector achieves 99.98 percent efficiency

June 26, 2014

MistMax™ mist collector from Micro Air Clean Air Systems is designed to achieve 99.98 percent efficiency without the use of additional HEPA filters. The patented multilayer filter design provides filter life of one to five years, depending on the application. The unit is suitable for...

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Air knives available up to 108 in. long

June 25, 2014

Exair has expanded its line of Long Super air knives to include a maximum length of 108 in. The company now manufactures all knives 60 in. and longer in one-piece construction to help ensure seamless airflow and decrease overall height by 0.5 in. The air knives produce a laminar sheet of airflow...

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Stainless steel levelers have rubber pad options

June 23, 2014

J.W. Winco Inc. has introduced GN 340.5 stainless steel leveling mounts with tapped socket and rubber pad in inch and metric sizes. The RoHS-compliant leveling mounts feature a tapped socket of stainless steel with a shot-blast finish. They are available with two pad options: black pad inlay of...

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Lift tables use no hydraulics

June 19, 2014

Air Technical Industries (ATI) has developed a new series of Zero-Low ground-level lift tables. They are powered by an electric motor, with lifting action by machine or ball screw, instead of hydraulics. Everything is built in, and the operation is smooth and clean. Stainless steel or aluminum...

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Vacuums designed for use in shop, on-site

June 18, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced its newly redesigned Turbo I, Turbo II, and Turbo II HEPA series of professional shop vacuums. All three models have the same basic features and specifications with the exception of filters, weight, and tank capacities. Each model’s body is made of...

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Modular clamping system grips odd-shaped parts

June 18, 2014

The OML VariClamp modular clamping system, available from Lexair Inc., uses a floating mechanism of fixed and movable jaws and a variety of gripper forms to provide custom clamping of irregular-shaped workpieces, including round, curved, elliptical, rectangular, stepped, and slanted parts. The...

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Magnetic trays secure small parts at any angle

June 17, 2014

Ergodyne has introduced the Arsenal® 5920 magnetic tray organizer—rectangle and Arsenal 5925 magnetic tray organizer—round. Designed to control and organize ferromagnetic objects, the trays keep objects accessible at any angle and help minimize the risk of dropped or misplaced...

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Shrink film’s corrosion inhibitors diffuse to every area of wrapped parts

June 17, 2014

Cortec offers MilCorr® VpCI® shrink film for protecting surfaces against powerful natural elements. The nontoxic, environmentally friendly film includes corrosion inhibitors that can replace rust preventives such as oils and desiccants, offering an alternative to wooden crating, aluminum foils,...

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Tool grinding software includes functions for complex-geometry tools

June 17, 2014

NUM offers Numroto tool grinding software, which includes functions for complex-geometry tools such as multihelical end mills with variable-width flute areas. The software accommodates several new types of gash-out on drills and form cutters, allowing the grinding wheel to follow the tool’s...

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Additive manufacturing system supports series production of variety of alloys

June 17, 2014

EOS offers the EOS M 290 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS™) system for tool-free production of serial metal components, spare parts, and prototypes. Build volume is 9.8 by 9.8 by 12.8 in. The unit offers extensive monitoring functions for the system and for the build process. A camera built...

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High-capacity mother carts deliver machined parts

June 12, 2014

Kinetic Technologies Inc. has introduced a new gantry-style mother cart that moves three daughter basket carts totaling up to 3,000 lbs. The daughter carts are rolled onto a gas spring-controlled drop ramp from either side of the mother. Mother carts feature reverse coupled caster steering for...

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Modular clamp bends to hold parts at any angle

June 12, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced the new Third Hand modular clamp. The fully articulated, fully adjustable clamp holds parts in any position for hands-free access during tack welding, cutting, grinding, sanding, and painting. Two smooth ball joints in the clamp allow the user to rotate the...

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Grinder rest stores hand-held grinders within reach

June 11, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced a new grinder rest for tabletop or table-edge storage of hand-held (4.5- or 5-in.) grinders. The compact rest holds the grinder, wrench, and spare discs. A cable wrap hook allows safe storage of the grinder’s electrical cord. The spare disc hook keeps discs...

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