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Belt gauge indicates correct tension TensionRite is an adhesive-backed plastic gauge applied to the belt backing. It allows accurate tensioning while reducing installation time and complex measurements. The device accurately indicates, within 7%, when correct tension is reached. An easy-to-follow chart indicates proper tension settings to achieve optimum performance.


Belt gauge indicates correct tension

TensionRite is an adhesive-backed plastic gauge applied to the belt backing. It allows accurate tensioning while reducing installation time and complex measurements. The device accurately indicates, within 7%, when correct tension is reached. An easy-to-follow chart indicates proper tension settings to achieve optimum performance.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

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Pipe insulation stays dry

VaporWick fiberglass pipe insulation stays dry in below ambient temperature applications where condensation can be a problem, such as in severe hot and humid environments. Operating temperature is 32[en]220 F. The insulation comes in 36-in. sections that are from 1[en]3-in. thick. Pipe sizes range from 1/2[en]12-in. dia.

Owens Corning

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Communicate in harsh environments

TALK-AROUND answers the need for wireless, short-range, team based communications in harsh SCBA-based environments. The device features a facepiece-mounted radio with four wireless communications channels. With mask-mounted microphone, flexible ear boom, and easy-to-use push-to-talk, the system places clear, crisp, reliable wireless communications within easy reach.

Scott Health & Safety

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Flowmeter uses HART technology

FlexMASSter ST98 flowmeter series combines superior performance with digital communications flexibility, due to HART Bus compatible electronics. The advanced thermal mass sensing element provides an accuracy of

Fluid Components Intl.

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Protect computers on the factory floor

Deluxe, heavy-duty computer cabinet has several outstanding features which include: an acrylic window door for easy viewing, a full-length hinged lockbar to secure contents, side-mounted fan with filter that provides temperature control, internal power strip, and choice of forklift or mobile base. The overall cabinet size is 30 in. wide x 30 in. deep x 591/4 in. high.

Lyon Workspace Products

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Coating protects nonporous surfaces

A new maintenance coating is an environmentally safe product that's water-based, free of VOCs and heavy metals, and complies with OSHA regulations. It is virtually odor-free and can be applied to metals, plastics, glass, tile, and any other nonporous material. It applies using standard spray equipment or a brush. It is quick drying, durable, and strips cleanly.

Chemco Mfg. Co.

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Photoelectric sensor eliminates problems

PZ-V/M series of photoelectric sensors uses position-sensitive detection and automatic power reinforcement technologies to provide detection stability that is unaffected by target color, surface reflectivity, angle, dirt, airborne dust, and harsh environments. All have a visible red beam for easy positioning and setup, and once calibrated, require no further adjustments.

Keyence Corp.

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Remove old flooring easily

Blastrac BMS-270 is a propane-powered, ride-on, scraping machine used for quick and efficient removal of VCT, carpet, marble or ceramic tile, wood flooring, waterproof membranes, and other flooring or coating materials from a concrete surface. It features a 2-in. breaker tooth for ceramic tile and a scraping blade available in widths from 2[en]24 in.

USF Surface Preparation Group

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Recorder regulates two variables

CT8100 circular chart recorder/controller measures, displays, and regulates up to two process variables. All recorder, control, and alarm functions are easily configured from a front keypad with self-prompting displays. Two user-configurable alarm settings are provided for each pen. Control outputs include SSR driver, 4[en]20 mA, or relays.

Omega Engineering

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Lamps last with instant start ballasts

ALTO universal T8 fluorescent lamps boast a full-rated life up to 20,000 hr on all T8 ballast types, including instant start, rapid start, programmed start, and hybrid types. These improved versions ensure less frequent re-lamping and provide reduced cost of ownership without sacrificing lumens, color rendering, or color temperature qualities.

Philips Lighting Co.

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Controls come in compact enclosures

Compact enclosures for inverter and vector controls have been reduced almost 30% from their previous size and enhanced with modular construction offering more efficient thermal management. Advantages include: easy maintenance of fans and bus capacitors, built-in reactor for protection from voltage transients, and no derate when used with 50-Hz power input.

Baldor Electric Co.

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Tool locates drill exit

DrillSpotter is an easy-to-use tool for locating the exact drill exit point through walls, ceilings, and reinforced concrete up to 40-in. thick. It eliminates ineffective methods such as test drilling and drilling blind. A receiver and transmitter are aligned through the use of a magnetic field and optical and acoustical methods. The device also measures wall thickness and detects metal.

First Edition Products

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Compressed air dryer saves energy

Energy Miser EM Series of compressed air dryers uses a simple refrigeration system to cool a liquid solution. By monitoring the temperature of the liquid solution, the refrigerant compressor runs only when needed, allowing the unit to run only to meet demand. The dryer uses R-507 refrigerant that efficiently absorbs heat loads, allowing the use of a smaller compressor.

General Pneumatics

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Flowmeter measures gases

Ultrasonic flowmeters for compressed air, nitrogen, and other industrial gases are designed for use in 2, 3, 4, and 6-in. ANSI lines. They enable users to quantify compressed air use and immediately recognize losses or leakage and eliminate unnecessary compressor maintenance.


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Shipping container saves space

Hold 'N Fold containers are ideal for inter- and intra-plant shipments and self-lock when empty, eliminating the need for banding. They combine the cost savings of light-duty units with the durability of rigid, heavy-duty containers. The 4000-lb capacity unit has an overall size of 45 in. x 48 in. x 42 in. high with a 331/2 in. usable depth.

Steel King Industries, Inc.

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Conveyor slides fragile products

Variable speed Horizontal Motion Conveyors are designed to move fragile products with a gentle sliding motion. The HMC-22 and HMC-50 models use a counter-rotating weight drive system so the product moves forward then slides on the conveyor surface as the conveyor reverses. The conveyors use a 1.5 or 3-hp variable speed drive that moves product at speeds of 40 fpm.

Eriez Magnetics

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Valve actuators offer high torque

M9132 Series nonspring return, electric actuators provide 280 lb-in. of torque or 560 lb-in. when used in tandem. This electric actuator series is the ideal solution for large valves and dampers. Two actuators — mounted in tandem — can be easily installed using a kit. The actuators are available for use with on/off, floating, or proportional controllers.

Johnson Controls, Inc.

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