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Vortex Corp. announces three improvements to its Clear Action gate valve. First, the valve body can now be sealed, preventing material leakage into the space around the valve. Second, the valve’s air purge mechanism now reduces material migration into the valve body. Finally, to ease maintenance, shims can now be added or removed while the […]
AutomationDirect’s GH15 series of electric contactors now includes larger frame sizes, ranging from 79 mm to 145 mm (3.1 to 5.7 in.). In addition, models are now available up to 315 Amps. GH15 series IEC motor controls feature self-lifting pressure plate terminals for quick wiring terminations. Actuator coils in 110/220 V and 220/240 V, 60Hz […]
Two Thomas & Betts brands of compression connectors, Blackburn® and Color-Keyed®, are now being brought to market simply as Blackburn. (The official full name is Blackburn Featuring the Color-Keyed System.) The Blackburn connector brand is widely used in construction, while the Color-Keyed ® brand is better-known in industry. In addition to a comprehensive line of […]
By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor The Texas A&M Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia in Houston was full of it: the “R” word, that is. It showed up, in some shape, form or fashion, in technical sessions, networking affairs, casual conversations, printed and electronic materials, exhibitor-booth signage, you name it. Whether or not the event organizers planned […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Facilities and equipment management is about to be taken to a whole new level with the release of ISO 55000 Asset Management Standard scheduled for early 2014. Or is it? The long-awaited rollout of this new global standard might not be what many are assuming it will be. Then again, […]
By Ron Marshall, for the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) Air is like a sponge: It soaks up as much moisture as it can hold. When moisture-laden air is sucked into the intake of an air compressor and squeezed, like a sponge, it releases the moisture it has absorbed. If left untreated, this moisture will flow […]
By Rick Carter, Executive Editor We’re told to embrace change because it’s coming (like it or not). But for those affected by the U.S. skills shortage, change has so far been a no-show. Consistently ranked a top challenge for industry, the shortage of skilled labor for key manufacturing positions has received a lot of coverage […]