Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning

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11/01/2001


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Flashlight detects AC&R leaks


Titan Stinger is a cordless AC&R fluorescent leak-detection flashlight. Designed with dichroic filter lens technology, the unit produces significantly more UV/blue light than other inspection flashlights. The flashlight is 73/8-in. long, weighs 8.7 oz., and has an effective working range of at least 12 in., depending on ambient light. A rechargeable NiCad battery provides about an hour of inspection time. Spectronics Corp.; www.spectroline.com

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Shatter-resistant lamp kills germs

UVC Emitters are shatter-resistant, plastic-sheathed lamps for mold and microbial control in critical processing applications. The beverage and pharmaceutical-grade tubes continuously eradicate mold, bacteria, and phlage (bacteria attacking viruses) in formerly impossible places. A resin coating encapsulates the tube with no loss of UVC output. Steril-Aire, Inc.; www.steril-aire-usa.com

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Combustion system quickly responds to process changes

Magna-Flame LEx Rapid Response System is an ultralow NOx and CO combustion system that incorporates integral control components into the burner platform to provide the primary benefits of ultralow emissions, fast changes to process requirements, and low operating costs. The system can respond to process changes in less than 10 sec. North American Mfg. Co.; www.namfg.com

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Leak detector has dual functions

Informant 2 leak detector allows pinpoint detection of both refrigerant and combustible gases. Sensor tips swap in seconds and automatically adjust sensitivity levels. The unit features an audible indicator with mute option coupled with sequential LEDs to monitor increasing gas concentrations. A flashing light at the tip visually defines the sampling location. Bacharach, Inc.; www.bacharach-inc.com

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System remotely analyzes boiler failures

Miura Online Maintenance can predict a boiler's maintenance needs from information the boiler continuously reads and records. The system automatically calls should a connected boiler go down, pinpointing which alarm occurred and which of 28 possible faults was the cause. Everything that happened in the boiler for 4 sec before the shutdown is recorded. Miura Boiler Co., Ltd.; www.miuraboiler.com

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Draft control eliminates microorganisms

Control-A-Flow draft eliminator with antimicrobial filter is the solution to air conditioning vents blowing cold/hot air laden with germs and allergens. While filtering and killing microorganisms, it deflects air along the ceiling, maintaining balance and air volume. The device installs in seconds without tools and can be adjusted while standing on the floor. International Diversified Marketing; www.controlaflow.com

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Burner package has ultralow NOx emissions

CSB microSTAR is an ultralow NOx burner package for heating and steam applications. It is UL listed with a firing range of 2.0-10.5 MMBtu/hr. The package achieves the low emissions of less than 12 ppm reliably by premixing air and fuel and combusting this mixture on a high-temperature, alloyed surface. The package does not require complex combustion controls or flue gas recirculation. Alzeta Corp.; www.alzeta.com

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Enclosure protects shop computers

Foundation is an integrated and adaptive PC enclosure with the flexibility to be scaled up in features and levels of protection from a durable rack enclosure to a fully integrated mini computer room system. Complete HVAC, humidification/

dehumidification, and power protection can be added. Units can be customized with adjustable mounting rails, multiple door options, and cable access. Liebert Corp.; www.liebert.com

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Alarm deciphers emergency messages

FSNetworx is a safeguard monitoring and alarm system that sends flame malfunction information via email and wireless devices from multiple remote plants and boiler houses to decrease downtime due to burner equipment failures. It provides web-based monitor and diagnostic displays for easy diagnosis of problems. Users can prioritize alarms. Total Automation Concepts; www.fsnetworx.com

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May 2018
Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
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December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
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April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

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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.

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