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4:08 pm
April 11, 2013
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From Our Perspective: Why State Of Tune Equals State Of Mind

ken bannister thumb thumb thumbBy Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor

Few things are guaranteed in life, unless you live in the continental Northeast. Up here, winter living is synonymous with bad driving conditions, lots of snow shoveling, high heating bills and, possibly, critical equipment problems.I recently have been up close and personal with all of the above.

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2:43 pm
April 11, 2013
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Problem Solvers

0313mplaceexairAir Coolant For Machining Operations

EXAIR’s Cold Gun Aircoolant SystemTM produces a cold, quiet stream of air to reduce heat buildup on machining operations. According to the company, the product is an alternative to mist systems and helps reduce costs associated with the purchase, filtration and disposal of liquid coolants. Features include an improved hot-air exhaust muffler that reduces the operating noise level to 70 dBA.

Exair Corp.
Cincinnati, OH

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0304mplacemilwaukeeCordless Grease Gun

Milwaukee Tool’s M18™ Cordless 2-Speed Grease Gun delivers up to 10,000 psi operating pressure and includes a pre-set grease counter to dispense exact amounts of grease. Other features include an on-board LED light, a lock-on/off trigger and a plunger rod with markings to gauge remaining grease. The tool has a stand-up design and shoulder-strap capability, while a 48” flexible hose offers accessibility to hard-to-reach fittings.

Milwaukee Tool Corp.
Brookfield, WI

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0213mplacejlmCompact High-Viscosity Filter Cart

The OilMiser 15V456 High Viscosity Filter Cart features a  compact design and a high-efficiency TEFC motor. Its color-coded Filter Condition Indicator signals a needed filter change. Quick-disconnects comply with ISO-7241-1B Interchange Standards, and are supplied with dust caps on suction and discharge ports. The cart’s low flow rate of 1.9 gpm (7 L/m) minimizes filter media stress and maximizes contamination retention on the oil filter.

JLM Systems Ltd.
Richmond, BC, Canada

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0304mplacesdtUltrasound Data Collector 

SDT has added an acceleration feature to its SDT270 ultrasound data collector, allowing inspectors to measure, log, alarm and analyze vibration data. It also features survey-driven temperature, tachometer and static/dynamic measurements powered by an on-board synchronous database. Data can be further analyzed through the company’s Ultranalysis Suite software.

SDT Ultrasound Solutions
Cobourg, ON, Canada

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0313mplacenewpigSemi-Permanent Spill Containment Solution

New Pig’s crush-resistant Build-A-Berm® Barrier Kit lets facilities create semi-permanent spill containment barriers around machinery or storage areas. This pliable, open-cell barrier can be shaped to suit the application and springs back into shape after being walked on or rolled over with light, wheeled equipment. It features a high-visibility yellow color and 18-oz all-vinyl covering that resists oils, coolants and most chemicals. The kit includes straight sections, corners and sealant, and the barrier is easily removed with a flat-bladed shovel.

New Pig Corp.
Tipton, PA

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0313mplacesprayonLow-Temp Food Grade Lubricant 

LU™214 Food Grade Low Temperature Lubricant from Sprayon® Products is NSF® H1-rated and suited for extended service under low-temperature conditions (down to -78 F). Its blend of synthetic oils includes extreme-pressure corrosion inhibitors, anti-oxidant, anti-foam and anti-wear additives. Kosher-approved, this non-staining formulation with a high load capacity is suited for use on compressed air systems, gears, chains and more.

Cleveland, OH

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0304mplacefluitechLube-Additive Diagnostic Tool With Wi-Fi Connectivity

Fluitec’s RULER View™ diagnostic tool provides the type of critical insight into the health and remaining useful life of the antioxidant additives in lubricants that heretofore hasn’t been available through other condition monitoring and analysis technologies. An advancement of the company’s flagship condition monitoring product, the RULER, it features a microphone for real-time dictation of data relevant to the sample and an integrated camera to capture an image of the MPC patch (Membrane Patch Colorimetry, ASTM D7843) when testing for varnish potential. Technology-friendly Wi-Fi connectivity allows for seamless software upgrades and product support. The built-in report template and integrated software lets users quickly produce high-value, professional reports on the remaining useful life of their critical lubricating assets.

Fluitec International
Jersey City, NJ

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6:00 am
March 13, 2013
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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Manufacturing System Savings

motor-decisions-matterHenry Ford once said, “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” Sound motor management practices, like conducting a motor inventory to assess repair-replace decisions before motors fail, are done behind the scenes, but can lead to noticeable energy and cost savings. The right management practices enhance the quality of your operational processes, and serve to make your plant more lean and efficient. 

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6:33 pm
March 12, 2013
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Automated Lubrication System Improves Container-Crane Efficiency


Belgium’s Port of Antwerp (“Antwerp”) is Europe’s second largest and the fourth largest in the world. Thousands upon thousands of ocean-going vessels call at this busy facility each year, and containers are a huge (and growing) component of its maritime traffic. As it is around any port, each hour saved in handling freight that moves through this one—even an hour spent maintaining freight-handling equipment—can be important to the bottom lines of the companies doing it. That includes MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company), one of the biggest players in the container-transport arena. MSC’s terminal operation in Antwerp is the site of a notable lubrication success story.

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