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Machine guard fits many applications

Orange Peel rotating shaft guards replace the need for custom engineered solutions, saving drawing and manufacturing time. The guards are hinged and swing open for convenient coupling lubrication, inspection, and maintenance. They are ideal for new applications and for retrofitting existing installations to meet safety compliance. Orange Peel, LLC; www.opguards.com


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Cam followers resist corrosion

Cres Camrol bearings utilize components made from 400 series stainless steel. Lubri-Disc+ seals offer up to five times more protection against liquid contamination on sizes 1-in. OD and larger. Zone hardened raceways increase load capacity and a ductile stem absorbs shock. Bearings match industry standard cam followers in popular sizes. Emerson Power Transmission, McGill Mfg. Div.; www.emerson-ept.com


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Speed reducer fits all servomotors

ServoFit SMS planetary, modular speed reducers have a flexible motor mounting system, which allows them to fit any servomotor. They can be back driven, enabling the motor to adapt to the actual load inertia and avoid damaging the motor. Ratios range from 2:1 to 252:1. The triple-split, low-inertia, backlash-free coupling system can be mounted without special tools. Stober Drives, Inc., www.stober.com


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Gear drives reduce inventory

Drive One family of medium-torque gear drives provides six-sided mounting capabilities for use as a parallel, right-angle, or shaft-mounted unit. The drives feature 60% fewer parts than traditional designs, with components interchangeable across styles and sizes. This interchangeability can ultimately reduce spare parts inventory up to 40%. The Falk Corp.; www.falkcorp.com


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Tension gauge mounts on belt

TensionRite is an adhesive-backed plastic gauge that adheres to V-belts during installation and allows accurate tensioning while reducing installation time and complex measurements. The gauge indicates, within 7% tolerance, when correct tension is reached. An easy-to-follow chart indicates proper tension settings to achieve optimum performance for various drives. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; www.tensionrite.com


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Seal protects bearings

VBXX-D bearing isolator provides protection for bearings from contaminants. The XX interface significantly outperforms any other interface for contaminant exclusion and can run submerged for short periods of time. The D Groove provides superior oil retention. The vapor blocking O-ring provides a positive barrier to humidity transfer through labyrinth seals. Inpro/Seal Co.; www.inpro-seal.com


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