Type PFP™self-clinching panel fastener assemblies feature a steel retainer and screw and a standard black ABS knob. The spring action of the knob's plastic fingers lets the knob hold in a retracted position. The components install in metal sheets as thin as 0.036 inch. Two screw lengths are available for each unified or metric thread size from #4-40 through #8-32 and M3 through M4. Optional knob colors include red, yellow, green, orange, blue, and violet.
Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corp., 5190 Old Easton Rd., Danboro, PA 18916-1000; FAX (215) 766-0143; www.pemnet.com.
The organic polymer and cadmium coatings/platings of Armor Coat™fasteners are intended to provide corrosion resistance, tensile strength, and durability. The components are off-the-shelf replacements for commercial zinc, cadmium, and hot-dip galvanized fasteners, and can also replace stainless-steel fasteners in applications requiring strength and corrosion resistance. The inch series product line also includes hex-head cap screws, socket products, studs, nuts, washers, threaded rod, and lifting eye bolts.
Metric Blue Product Group, 12640 Delta Dr., Taylor, MI 48180-9873; FAX (734) 946-3053; www.metricblue.com.
Stainless-steel bellows and aluminum hubs let Belflex™bellows couplings offer high torque, high torsional rigidity, zero backlash, and low inertia. The couplings accommodate parallel and angular misalignment and axial motion. Six outside diameters are available from 19/32 to 2 inches, both in set-screw style and NOMAR®clamp style. A total of 272 standard parts are available in inch and metric bore sizes from 1/8 to 1 inch (3 to 25 mm).
Ruland Manufacturing Co. Inc., 380 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472; FAX (800) 929-9205; www.ruland.com.
These seals clip on to exposed edges without adhesives, screws, or rivets. Rubber-encapsulated wire eases application and provides flexibility and compression set resistance. The dual-durometer seals are available in standard profiles; custom parts are also possible for specific applications and sealing requirements.
Lauren Mfg., 2228 Reiser Ave. SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663; FAX 330 339-1515; www.lauren.com.
These hinges feature low-cost installation, 180°opening, and corrosion resistance. Several of the models are reported to allow easy door removal. The 8 new designs complement the manufacturer's existing range of 45 types.
EMKA Inc., 1961 Fulling Mill Rd., Middletown, PA 17057; FAX (717) 986-1080; www.emkausa.com.
More than 200 interchangeable accessories are available for the RAM universal ball and socket mounting system. The mounts are made of marine-grade aluminum with a powder-coated finish, stainless-steel hardware, and rubber balls for light weight, strength, and corrosion resistance. The design reportedly provides vibration protection, durability, mobility, and easy installation.
National Products Inc., 1017 S Elmgrove St., Seattle, WA 98108; FAX (206) 763-9615; www.ram-mount.com.
A triple-link hinge with recessed pin fasteners and an attached clamping screw ease assembly and adjustment of Hinged Shaft Collars. Standard stainless-steel parts come in inch and metric sizes up to 4 inches (50 mm). Custom parts can be produced from a variety of materials with customized bore and OD configurations. Special bores include threaded-, keyway-, square-, and hex-configurations for power transmission and machinery applications, and spherical bores for mounting equipment.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp., Box 2370, Woburn, MA 01888; FAX (978) 657-4731; www.staffordmfg.com.
Small Diameter Huck-Spin®fasteners are available in diameters of 1/4, 5/16, and 3/8 inch. A low swage system allows a swaging action between fastener collar and pin until it fractures, so there is no pintail waste or exposed fracture surface to corrode. The fasteners install with a lightweight hydraulic tool to provide a permanent clamp.
Huck International Inc., Box 8117 8001 Imperial Dr., Waco, TX 76714-8117; FAX (254) 751-5259; www.huck.com.
Double-loop polyurethane elastomeric material assembled to zinc-plated steel hubs gives the K-COUPLING®enough axial flexibility to accommodate large parallel and angular misalignment. Because the unit adjusts to axial end play, the coupling reduces thrust loads, allows for assembly in tight quarters, and allows variable end-to-end distance. The design also reportedly damps and isolates system vibrations, operates quietly, and resists corrosion, solvents, ozone, and most oils.
Acushnet Rubber Co. Inc., Box 6916, New Bedford, MA 02742; FAX (508) 998-4100; www.acushnet.com.
Arcare®8874 and Arcare®8881 are two non-metallic, electrically conductive acrylic adhesive-based tapes intended for bonding the connector components of the electrode to a second substrate. Designed to ease the transmission of signals sent through the adhesive to make the electrical connection, they can be used in a variety of multifunctional electrodes. Both adhesives are also flexible enough reportedly to re-place soldering bonding methods that use metallic materials.
Adhesives Research Inc., Box 100, Glen Rock, PA 17327; FAX (717) 235-8320; www.adhesivesresearch.com.
These aluminum PC-board inserter/extractors are custom designed to meet function, shape, and strength requirements. The devices can overcome high board insertion and extraction forces, accommodate any board thickness, and feature two-way mechanical advantage and positive locking. Optional finishes and marking are available.
Calmark Corp., 4915 Walnut Grove Ave., San Gabriel, CA 91776; FAX (626) 287-7350; www.calmark-corp.com.
Functionally similar to domestic collars, Stafford Imported Shaft Collars are offered in one- and two-piece clamp-type designs, and set screw styles, manufactured from steel and stainless steel. With bore sizes from 1/8 inch to 3 inches, the shaft collars are reportedly priced at 20 to 40% less than domestic collars.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp., Box 2370, Woburn, MA 01888; FAX (978) 657-4731; www.staffordmfg.com.
The Rotor Pak®is a retaining ring kit featuring a total of about 1,000 rings. It contains 50 each of 20 common internal/external retaining ring sizes, with each stack of 50 taped and marked with the size of the ring on each. The internal retaining rings fit 3/8- to 1-1/8-inch diameter housings or bores, and the external rings fit shafts sizes from 1/4- to 11/8-inch diameter. The kit also includes two pliers that fit every ring.
Rotor Clip Co., 187 Davidson Ave., Somerset, NJ 08875; FAX 732-469-7333; www.rotorclip.com.
The Bonded Slit Valve (BSV) door features a seal made from the company's proprietary perfluoroelastomer compound, CHEMRAZ®. The seal is bonded to the aluminum/stainless-steel door, which minimizes abrasion in the gland. The door installs via several bolts and requires no O-rings. In a semiconductor-processing test, the life of the door's seal was 5,000 wafers.
Greene, Tweed & Co., Box 305, Kulpsville, PA 19443; FAX (215) 256-0189.
System Plast®machinery and conveyor components include: guide rail brackets, cross clamps, adjustable heads, wear strip profiles, leveling mounts, threaded tube ends, drive sprockets, idler wheels, corner discs, chain return components, lateral guides and guide rail clamps, side mounting and support heads, connecting joints, and hinges and handles. Components are ISO 9001 certified.
J.W. Winco Inc., Box 510035, New Berlin, WI 53151; FAX (800) 472-0670; www.jwwinco.com.
Freestanding, precision leveling mounts for stamping presses and injection-molding equipment feature stiff isolation pads for stability and vibration control. Wedgmount®VRC High Damping Leveling Mounts are mechanically adjustable under full load and can dissipate up to 90% of the energy a machine generates, depending on the load and floor conditions.
Clark-Cutler McDermott Co., Box 269, Franklin, MA 02038; FAX (508) 528-1236; www.airloc.com.
Designed to remove multiple-turn rings and intended to simplify field assembly, the Spiral Retaining Ring Removal Tool fits precisely between the ring layers to access the removal notch. When slipped in place, the tool surrounds and encapsulates the removal notch, which minimizes slipping as the user pulls the ring's free end out radially and up for removal. Four standard ends are available: small straight, small 90°bend, large straight, and large 90°bend.
Smalley Steel Ring Co., 385 Gilman Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090; FAX (847) 537-7698; www.smalley.com.
Heyco-Flex Nylon Sweep Connectors connect junction boxes and motor housings to electrical conduit or to nonmetallic tubing for transporting process liquids. The faceted, low-profile design permits ready gripping for fast installation. Users do not need to thread conduit or tubing into the connector, eliminating cuts in the line or leak path. Available in diameters of 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 inch, the parts are molded of black or gray high-impact-type 6/6 nylon.
Heyco Products Inc., 1800 Industrial Way N., Box 517, Toms River, NJ 08755; FAX (732) 244-8843; www.heyco.com.
The THERMIX®warm edge spacer is made of a modified polycarbonate resin containing a stainless steel foil diffusion barrier. It eliminates condensation through a perforation that allows moisture within the insulated glass units to be absorbed by a desiccant installed in perimeter bond. The spacer is a companion product to INSULBAR®, a thermal break system alternative used in aluminum-framed windows, storefronts, and curtainwalls.
Ensinger Inc., 365 Meadowlands Blvd, Washington, PA 15301; FAX (724) 746-9209.
Symmetrical, 16-fold twin columns let users bay the TS8 enclosure on all sides. Each vertical section can accommodate hinges for an enclosure panel, and the rear panel can be replaced with a second door. Two fixing levels on the rails let users simultaneously install equipment on both the inner and outer levels. The enclosure is backward compatible with hardware from its PS enclosure predecessor.
Rittal Corp., One Rittal Place, Springfield, OH 45504; FAX (937) 390-5599; www.rittal-corp.com.
A low-profile dual lock from 3M is available for converting to customer specifications. The reclosable fastener has headed stems that engage together. A pressure-sensitive adhesive lets the thin, lightweight component bond to metal and many other substrates, such as polyethylene and polypropylene.
Converters Inc., Box 910, 1617 Republic Rd., Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006; FAX (215) 355-1118; www.converters.com.
The inverter-controlled PF-60 air plasma cutting system features cyclone airflow in the cutting torch, which increases cutting capacity, improves surface roughness, and reduces dross and bevels. Cutting capacities are 12 mm for mild steel, 12 mm for stainless steel, 7 mm for aluminum, and 3 mm for copper/brass. Rated output is 60A at 60% duty cycle using 3-phase power and 40A and 40% duty cycle for single-phase power.
Panasonic Factory Automation, 9377 W. Grand Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131; FAX (847) 288-4564; www.panasonicfa.com.
Designed for 3/16- and 1/4-inch leadscrews, the XCF-1800 flange-mount plastic nut suits 5-lb load capacity applications such as computer peripherals and light manufacturing operations. The part features the company's ActiveCAM technology to achieve zero backlash, consistent and minimal drag torque, high repeatability, and long life. A thread-mount version is also available. Both versions can run without additional lubrication.
Ball Screws & Actuators Inc.,3616 Snell Ave., San Jose, CA 95136; FAX (408) 629-2620; www.ballscrews.com.