Maintenance Tools and Equipment

Rotary hammer gives operator added protection TE 76-ATC rotary hammer features an active torque control device to provide added operator protection.


Rotary hammer gives operator added protection

TE 76-ATC rotary hammer features an active torque control device to provide added operator protection. If a bit jams in a hole, a clutch disengages the motor from the drive gears and turns off the power. The 13/4-in. tool also is lightweight and offers lower vibration exposure, faster drilling speed, and ergonomic grips. It covers a broad range of applications and has a drilling range from 1/2-6-in. dia and a wide selection of chisels. Hilti, Inc.;


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Flexible head ratchet reaches confined and obstructed areas

Flex-head indexable ratchet accesses fasteners in confined and obstructed areas. Head disengages and can lock into 24 different positions. Features of the 3/8-in. drive tool include comfort grip handle; seven new flex-head angles; one-hand, indexable head release switch; 360-deg head rotation; and more. Stanley Proto/The Stanley Works;


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Noncontact thermometers use circular laser sighting

Raynger ST Pro and ProPlus noncontact, point-and-shoot thermometers feature circular laser sighting to better identify the measurement area and improved optical resolution to measure smaller areas from the same distance. ST units come in a contemporary rugged ergonomic design to accommodate prolonged comfortable use in demanding environments. Raytek Corp.;


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Deburring attachment takes edge off parts

DB-2000 modular V-block guide quickly mounts to any drill press, vertical mill, or hand router to deburr or bevel parts or stock. Solid carbide cutting tool is used as the workpiece, which is passed along a track to lightly deburr or bevel a piece to 0.24-in. deep. Accessories include vacuum chip removal, coolant retrieval pan, flat-panel guides, and round/radius edge guide. V. Cannelli Co. LLC;


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Cordless UV lamp designed for fluorescent leak detection

Locator+ rechargeable UV lamp lets the user move around fluid systems and accesses hard-to-reach spots without the burden of a cord. Lamp reaches full power instantly with no warm-up time. Its swivel head and stand-alone base lets the user position it for hand-free adjustments. A turbo button provides 50% more UV light intensity for 30 sec to help illuminate a leak from a distance. Bright Solutions, Inc.;


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Vibration analysis tool simple to use and economical

The vb2000-T portable vibration analyzer is a dual-channel unit that measures displacement, velocity, and acceleration. It features a built-in tachometer function and dual plane balancing, and comes with MAS PC vibration analysis software. Its simple operation and low cost brings vibration analysis to the maintenance and repair of almost all rotating machinery. Commtest Instruments;


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Specially designed handle speeds pipe painting

Pipe Buster lets workers paint pipes up to 10 times faster than with conventional brushes or rollers. Study metal frame has four individual rollers made of dense ploy nap and nylon cord to glide easily over any pipe. Custom sizes are available. Pipe Buster LLC


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Label system produces custom signs quickly and affordably

PowerMark sign and label making system lets maintenance, safety, and plant engineers create a wide range of custom products at an affordable price with no delays. System prints up to four colors on tape sizes from 4-10-in. wide. Device can stand alone or link to a PC to work the company's MarkWare software that lets users preview labels before printing, add bar codes, and access right-to-know templates. Brady Worldwide, Inc./Signmark;


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Multipoint, automatic lubricatoris accurate and reusable

Memolub high-pressure system is a reusable, self-contained automatic, single- point/multipoint lubricator. This electromechanical device with a positive displacement pump ejects lubricant at 350 psi, giving it the capability of feeding up to 12 lube points using progressive distributors. System can lubricate a bearing up to 40-ft away. Schiess A.G.;


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Sensor monitors rotating machinery vibration levels

Spindler ICP sensor monitors vibration levels of high-speed rotating machinery. Small size and swivel mounting permit installation in out-of-the-way places. Durable, stainless steel housing withstands the rigors of cutting fluids and flying metal chips. Sensor is ideal for predictive maintenance and condition monitoring applications, as well as facilitating machined part quality assurance by detecting tool wear. PCB Piezotronics/IMI Div.;


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Raised foot feature adds flexibility to clamp

J-12 all-steel clamp features a raised foot that lets a user step-over the lip on channel iron, angle iron, I-beam, or other obstructions. Clamp has profiled rail, fixed jaws, and pressure plate that are heat-formed, tempered, and electro-galvanized in one piece from cold drawn steel. Nominal opening of the clamp is 12 in. with a throat depth of 51/2 in. It is a regular duty clamp with 2660 lb of nominal clamping pressure. Bessey;


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Thermal imaging camera offers high resolution

Safety Works 4000 thermal imaging camera meets the needs and demands of the MRO market. Rugged, lightweight, and ergonomically designed unit is simple to operate and uses the latest microbolometer technology to provide crisp, high-resolution pictures. Large display and dual handle promote ease of use. Images may be recorded for later review. Mine Safety Appliances Co.;


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