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Coupling info

Configurator is an online tool that translates raw data into usable CAD drawings and dimensional data for various styles of flexible couplings used in applications including pumps, compressors, and gearboxes. Visiting the web site provides access to a database of more than 20,000 couplings with either inch or DIN metric specifications.

Lovejoy, Inc. , lovejoy-inc.com , Write 304 on PE card

Servo valves

D634-P direct drive, servo-proportional valve offers the highest flow for applications where speed is required while providing safety, energy savings, and responsiveness. The valve has integrated electronics and is available in 6, 10, and 15-gpm flow versions with a Dp of 75 psi per land. At high pressure drop, the valve holds its maximum flow area nearly constant.

Industrial Controls Div. Moog, Inc. , moog.com/industrial , Write 305 on PE card


Inverter-duty gearmotors are specifically designed for use with adjustable speed controls. The line is rated at 3/8 hp, 230 V, three phase. An operating range of 10 Hz to 90 Hz features ratios from 5:1 to 75:1 in right-angle and parallel-shaft configurations. Both styles feature an internal oil expansion bladder and synthetic oil that never needs replacing or maintenance.

Baldor Electric Co. , baldor.com Write 306 on PE card

Hose couplings

Swing-Couplings eliminate the common hazards associated with connecting and disconnecting pneumatic couplings and quick disconnects. They eliminate the hose whiplash effect by requiring the user to first pull back a locking collar, then swing a plug into position for release. This two-stage operation eliminates whip and ensures a safe disconnect.

EFC International , efc-intl.com , Write 307 on PE card

Bearing substitute

DryLin R bearings are maintenance-free and dry-running, making them an ideal substitute for traditional ball bearings, especially in harsh, debris infested, or water-based environments. By reducing the clearance between the bearing liner and shaft by 50%, life expectancy is more than doubled.

igus, Inc. , igus.com , Write 308 on PE card

Versatile gearboxes

Z-Series spiral-bevel gearboxes serve as speed reducers or increasers while delivering an efficiency of 96% to 99%. Available in seven sizes and six model types, the units are constructed of case hardened and lapped alloy steel, spiral-bevel gears, ensuring low noise, reduced backlash, and less transmission error. Two and three-shaft models have capacities from 2 hp to 540 hp.

Andantex USA, Inc. , andantex.com , Write 309 on PE card

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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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