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Compact cutter self-feeds tube Model 118 self-feeding, midget cutter is a spring-loaded tool that provides an action that makes it unnecessary for continuous adjustments while operating. Designed in a compact size for tight or hard-to-reach spaces, the tool cuts hard and soft copper, aluminum, and brass from 1/4–11/8-in.


Compact cutter self-feeds tube

Model 118 self-feeding, midget cutter is a spring-loaded tool that provides an action that makes it unnecessary for continuous adjustments while operating. Designed in a compact size for tight or hard-to-reach spaces, the tool cuts hard and soft copper, aluminum, and brass from 1/4%%MDASSML%%11/8-in. dia. A knob allows for quick changeover from one diameter to another.

Ridge Tool Co.

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Half-mask eliminates fit problems

Xcel half-facepiece mask is available in four sizes instead of the industry standard three and virtually eliminates fit testing problems. It provides respiratory protection against gases, vapors, fumes, and other airborne particulates. Molded from a durable, yet supple, thermoplastic elastomer, it provides a soft, comfortable fit.

Scott Health & Safety

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Diaphragm valve available in two configurations

Type 15 diaphragm valve comes in 5 and 6-in. flanged configurations. The body, bonnet, and diaphragm utilize the latest CAE technology, resulting in highly improved sealing characteristics. The valve does not require external metal reinforcement brackets, and is available in PVC, PP, and PVDF. Accessories include a stem extension and locking device.

Asahi/America, Inc.

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Reel handles twin gas welding hose

N400 Series reels improve the efficiency of welding operations. The welding reels handle 1/4 and 3/8-in. oxygen/gas dual hose in lengths up to 100 ft, and feature two swivel joint inlets and two outlet risers to handle twin gas welding hose. The narrow frame design is ideal for limited space environments.

Hannay Reels

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Narrow aisle truck steers four ways

Multidirectional reach narrow aisle trucks have 4500 and 5500-lb capacities. The line features lift heights to 29 ft, a 48-V power system for fast operation, and four steering modes for maneuverability. Programmable controls and adjustable components in the operator compartment contribute to new levels of driver comfort and safe operation.

Drexel Industries, LLC

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Power meter uses plug-in modules

The 6200 ION three-phase power and energy meter is just 4-in. wide and 2-in. deep. Despite its small size, the meter offers a full range of measurements and communications options, including Modbus support. New features can be added in seconds in the field by attaching plug-in feature packs. The packs enhance communications, datalogging, and input/output options.

Power Measurement, Ltd.

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Install cables quickly

Fast assembly system (FAS) makes cable installation quick and easy. This innovative system uses a simple, one-step process that requires no screws, bolts, or tools other than a screwdriver. The FAS comes complete with a versatile range of profiles and brackets that fit virtually any application.

Cablofil, Inc.

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One fan cools large spaces

A 24-ft diameter ceiling fan is 20% larger than the biggest unit previously developed. This high volume, low-speed fan circulates air over an area of 10,000%%MDASSML%%15,000 sq ft and is effectively used in buildings with ceiling heights exceeding 45 ft. It eliminates the need to install multiple smaller fans and doesn't interfere with equipment placement.

HVLS Fan Co.

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Bellows pump seals handle high temperatures

High-temperature Sealol metal bellows seals ensure minimum leakage and maximum mean time between planned maintenance for high temperature fluids. The seals eliminate the need for ancillary support systems and cooling flushes. Seals can withstand temperatures up to 800 F and pressures from 300%%MDASSML%%1000 psi.

John Crane

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Micro speed drive provides 250% torque

S9 adjustable micro speed drive with true torque control algorithm provides up to 250% torque @ 1 Hz, and speed regulation of 0.5% over a 60:1 speed range without an encoder. Features include single-phase input, dc bus terminals, and zero side clearance required. The drive uses pulse width, modulated, sensorless vector control to handle 1%%MDASSML%%20 hp at 230 and 480 V.

Toshiba Intl. Corp.

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Tube bender uses one shoe

Quad Bender 853 electric tube bender features a no-shoe change-out design to provide the user with a cost effective way to handle 1%%MDASSML%%2-in. conduit. The tool comes with a four-in-one shoe that has the capacity to handle EMT, IMC, rigid steel, and aluminum conduit. There is no time lost to shoe or roller change-out, and no loose parts to get lost.

Greenlee Textron

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Gear drives feature wide ratio range

Compact Series drives have a range of ratios from 7.1:1%%MDASSML%%112:1, including two and three-stage units. Configurations include parallel shaft and right-angle gearing. Horsepower capacities range from 50%%MDASSML%%1200.


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Manage steam traps by computer

TrapMan is a complete measurement and analysis system consisting of TM5 hardware and a precise ultrasonic and temperature testing instrument. The software is a comprehensive Windows 95/98 NT program that enables extensive data storage, analysis, and reporting of the entire trap population. The program makes a judgment in 15 sec by comparing internal data to trap performance.

TLV Corp.

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