EP Editorial Staff | August 4, 2011
Advanced-Pattern-Recognition Condition Monitoring
General Physics has integrated advanced pattern recognition (APR) technology into the Version 10 of its EtaPRO™ Performance and Condition Monitoring System to track equipment health para-meters such as shaft vibration and bearing temperatures. The product provides early warning of impending equipment failure by continuously comparing current values to detailed empirical models of “normal” data.
General Physics Corp.
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Attention-Grabbing, Cut-Resistant Safety Gloves
Youngstown Glove’s Titan XT™ lined with Kevlar® product is highly visible, cut-resistant and durable. Foam padding and TPR knuckles across the top of the hand protect users from smashes, pinches and cuts due to heavy machinery, power tools and broken glass. The company says the palms on these colorful products exceed Level 3 on the ANSI/ISEA 105-2005 Mechanical ratings for cut resistance.
Youngstown Glove Co.
Agoura Hills, CA
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Portable Grease Test Kit
SKF’s Grease Test Kit is a portable, user-friendly option for performing bearing grease condition assessments in the field. It lets users who have had no special training collect samples and evaluate for grease consistency, oil-bleeding characteristics and contamination, without harmful chemicals. The kit is equipped with instructions, tools for sam-pling and testing and guidelines to interpret results. Only 0.5 grams of grease is required to perform all three tests.
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Non-Electric, Liquid Drum Vacuum
Exair’s compressed air-powered Reversible Drum Vac™ offers an effective way to clean up liquids, including coolants, hydraulic oils, spills, sludge, tramp oil and wastewater. With no moving parts, it provides maintenance-free operation. This system includes a 110-gal. drum with bolt ring and lid, shut-off valve, drum dolly, 10’ vacuum hose, ABS Spill Recovery Kit, aluminum wand, 11” and 24” crevice tools, skimmer tool, 20’ compressed air hose and tool holder.
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Expanded Line Of Oil-Soluble PAG Synthetic Base Fluids
Dow Chemical has added three new ISO viscosity grades to its existing line of UCON™ Oil Soluble Polyalkylene Glycol (OSP) Base Fluids. ISO viscosity grades 320, 460 and 680 now complement the existing ISO viscosity grades 32, 46, 68, 150 and 220. The fluids are used as primary base oils, co-base oils and as additives in automotive and industrial lubricants. They allow formulators to incorporate the advantages of a PAG synthetic base fluid in combination with mineral, synthetic hydrocarbon or other oils.
The Dow Chemical Co.
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Electric Heating For Asphalt Pumps
Electric heat is now available on Viking’s Universal Seal series cast iron asphalt pumps. A patent-pending design uses heat cartridges in the head crescent to quickly melt asphalt throughout the casing. Two heat cartridges on the bracket flange behind the rotor ensure sufficient heating in the shaft bushing and stuffingbox. A temperature-control system incorporates a thermocouple and thermowell adapter for mounting in the bracket port and a controller that powers all heat cartridges on the pump. Viking says electric heating can offer a number of advantages over steam, hot oil and electric heat tracing, including lower installation costs, reduced environmental and energy costs, simplified service and improved safety.
A Unit of IDEX Corp.
Cedar Falls, IA
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Intrinsically Safe, Mercury-Free Thermometer
Fluke’s 1551A “Stik” thermometer offers accuracy, durability and safety, and they do it all with no mercury. This ATEX- and IECEx-certified unit can be used in environments where potentially explosive gases are present. According to Fluke, the instrument is capable of repeatable accuracy of +0.09 F (± 0.05 C) over its full range from -58 F to 320 F (-50 C to 160 C).
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Electric Utility Vehicle For Moving Maintenance Teams
The rugged Polaris Ranger EV LSV can be an efficient means of moving maintenance teams around an operation. Both electric and street-legal, this mid-size utility vehicle boasts a top speed of 25 mph, all-wheel-drive and a full 10” of ground clearance. Polaris says that with its 11.7 kWh maximum-power battery pack and three-mode system (High, Low and Max), this side-by-side has the longest range in its class (up to 50 miles). Offered as a transportation solution for industries of all
types, it can be charged by plugging into a 110V AC outlet.
Polaris Industries, Inc.
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Explosion-Proof Motors For Hazardous Duty
The XP100 (1-300 hp) motors from Siemens Industry are UL® and CSA listed for gas and dust ignition-proof environments and suitable for Division 1, Class I, Groups C & D, Class II, Groups F & G, hazardous area classifications. Their electrical design meets or exceeds the requirements of the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007.
Siemens Industry, Inc.
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