Tank breather controls contamination
X-Series contamination control breathers are designed to remove water vapor and solid particles from outside air in extreme-humidity environments. With two check valves in the cap, the breather only allows air to enter a tank when the pressure is greater than 0.3 psi. Air is only released when the pressure buildup is greater than 2.1 psi, thus creating a closed system in an extreme environment.
Fluid Protection Corp. : airsentry.net , TO VOTE, WRITE 24 ON BALLOT For more information, write 24 on card
Database aids in finding bearings
The Bearing Expert, version 2.0 assists users in reducing scheduled maintenance and repairs while eliminating costly downtime. This database has new features including bearing diagrams, prefix and suffix reports to break down part numbers into meaningful descriptions, extended harmonics reporting, and additions for both vibration and interchange data.
International Source Index, Inc. : sourceindex.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 30 ON BALLOT For more information, write 30 on card
Gear drives are leak-free
UNIBLOC worm gear motors and speed reducers offer a one-piece housing that ensures leak-free and maintenance-free operation. The worm gear drives operate at up to 92% efficiency and offer torque capacity up to 2690 lb-in. Power ranges from 0.1 to 6.3 hp with output speeds from 0.2 to 350 rpm. Lubed-for-life sealed construction eliminates relubrication.
NORD Gear Corp. : nord.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 51 ON BALLOT For more information, write 51 on card
Hydraulics run only to meet demand
UNIGY System has a computerized controller with integral drive that runs the hydraulic pump only to meet system demands. There is no excess flow requiring bypass valves and circuits or oil coolers. The operating mode reduces pump wear and increases intervals between maintenance. Other benefits include: reduced energy costs, simplified circuits,, and cooling water savings.
Kadant AES : kadantaes.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 77 ON BALLOT For more information, write 77 on card
Get correct belt tension
Tension-Finder is a tool used to set the tension on single and multiple V-belts and cog belts. One end of the tool is placed over a scribe mark on the belt. The other end has a spring clip that attaches to the belt. Using a chart on the tool, the belt is tightened until the scribe mark lines up with the correct numbered slot. The tool eliminates any calculations or belt surface preparation.
Carlisle Power Transmission Products, Inc. : cptbelts.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 83 ON BALLOT For more information, write 83 on card
Plastic chain fights bacteria
MWS Series plastic chain fights pathogens such as staph, e coli, and lactobacillus, which can shut down a bottling or pharmaceutical line. The chain is infused with unique compounds that fight the formation of a variety of bacteria and mold. Even if the surface wears, the antibacterial properties continue. The chain lasts longer than standard plastic chain, lowering replacement costs.
U.S. Tsubaki, Inc. : ustsubaki.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 88 ON BALLOT For more information, write 88 on card
Drive belts go metric
Metric Power V-belts provide a source for nearly 400 part numbers in standard sizes for imported machinery. Two cross sections are available: classic, in sizes 10X, 13X, and 17X; and narrow, in eight sizes from XPZ to XPC. Standard lengths range from 530 to 3000 mm. Molded notches reduce thermal and bending stresses. Straight sidewalls provide uniform wedging action.
Gates Corp. : gates.com/metricpower , TO VOTE, WRITE 95 ON BALLOT For more information, write 95 on card
Drive system mounts quickly
Drive One standard bushing-mounted drive systems are pre-engineered, shaft-mounted, right angle drives. They are supplied completely assembled on a modular swing base and are mounted to the driven equipment shaft with a single, tapered bushing assembly and torque arm. Savings include reduced field assembly and alignment time.
Falk Corp. : falkcorp.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 164 ON BALLOT For more information, write 164 on card
Speed reducers shrink
TIGEAR-2 worm gear speed reducers provide the user with a smaller package that is maintenance free. The units, on average, deliver 30% more output torque and greater efficiency than their predecessors. Reducers are filled with a synthetic lubricant and sealed. There are no breathers to allow contaminants to enter or lubricant to escape.
Rockwell Automation : dodge-pt.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 169 ON BALLOT For more information, write 169 on card
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey