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The Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University is sponsoring the 32ndTurbomachinery Symposium. It will be held Sept. 8-11 at the Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. The conference is billed as an essential meeting ground for users and suppliers of rotating equipment. Continuing Education credits are available for attendees participating in technical sessions.

The Turbomachinery Laboratory, Texas A&M University, turbolab.tamu.edu, Write 300 on PE card

T-slot demo van

A demonstration van and gurney feature over 4000 fractional and metric components and accessories including T-slotted aluminum extrusions, fasteners, bearings, joining plates, and panels. Onsite demonstrations, available by request, offer hundreds of solution ideas for guards, machine frames, workstations, and material handling.

80/20, Inc., 8020.net, Write 301 on PE card

Linear motion web site

DanaherMotion.com/lms is a web site that offers 198,000 page-links full of accurate information on linear motion systems and products in a reliable and easy-to-use format. Product specifications, technical data, and part drawings are available for over 6000 part numbers without the need to download entire catalogs.

Danaher Motion, danahermotion.com, Write 302 on PE card

Pneumatic lockout

Pneumatic Quick-Disconnect Lockout provides for worker safety by isolating equipment from compressed air sources in an innovative, practical manner. The center of the device fits over an air hose, and a built-in loop makes it possible to hang the lockout and hose. The lockout fits most

Brady Worldwide, Inc., bradysignmark.com, Write 303 on PE card


Braketronic Controller is an innovative electronic braking system that provides variable torque control to shoe and disk brakes. The device is designed to replace high-maintenance hydraulic systems. Single or multiple brakes can be proportionally controlled by foot pedal, switch, radio, or a combination of these. Programmed brake ramping can be done.

Mondel Engineering, mondelengineering.com, Write 304 on PE card

Sealed chain

Dust Stopper Chain is a prelubricated roller chain that seals out dust and debris. A one-piece, powdered metal bushing/roller impregnated with oil is designed for applications where relubrication is difficult or impossible. Chain is available in sizes 40, 50, 60, and 80XDLO. Application speeds range from 650 to 1300 fpm at pitches from 1/2 in. to 1 in.

Diamond Chain Co., diamondchain.com, Write 305 on PE card

Bronze bushings

LD heavy-duty, wear-resistant, bronze bushings feature perforated solid strip construction for longer lubrication intervals than indented, monometal plain bearings. Designed for use with oil, grease, or process fluids, the bushings provide improved wear performance by capturing dirt and debris in their perforations.

Glacier Garlock Bearings NA, ggbearings.com, Write 306 on PE card

Precision levelers

Wedgmount Precision Levelers compensate for uneven floors by providing up to 3 deg of self-alignment and vertical adjustability from 3/8 in. to 1 in. with 0.0004 in. of accuracy using a box wrench. The units feature a series of interlocking, split disks that provide additional height adjustment, at any time, without requiring disassembly.

AirLoc Div., Clark-Cutler-McDermott Co., airloc.com, Write 307 on PE card

Select gauges

Stainless steel pressure gauges catalog contains the information an end user needs to select from five models: general purpose, general purpose with adjustable pointer, solid front safety, miniature, and low pressure. Technical data is provided on dial ranges, accuracy, configurations, dimensions, end connections, operating temperatures, and materials of construction.

Swagelok Co., swagelok.com, Write 308 on PE card

Hydraulic power packs

A 12-p brochure explains the features and benefits of a line of power packs. Color photos show sizes and styles. The units incorporate variable displacement pumps and valve options for working pressures up to 3000 psi. Tank capacities are available from 20 to 100 gal and have a 20

Bosch Rexroth Corp., boschrexroth-us.com, Write 309 on PE card

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