HPS(TM)Series 88 CF components can handle pressures as low as 10-13 Torr and withstand temperatures of -196 to 500C. The stainless-steel components are available in sizes of 11/3 to 10 inches with rotatable and nonrotatable flanges and a variety of bore sizes, gaskets, and assembly hardware. A 32-page catalog details the products' dimensions, specifications, and pricing.
MKS Instruments, 5330 Sterling Dr., Boulder, CO 80301; FAX (303) 442-6880; www.mksinst.com .
A system of plastic retainers placed between the ball bearings of S1 Series linear guides prevents the bearings from colliding and rubbing against each other. A 14-page brochure describes this technology and how it reduces noise and vibration, provides smoother motion, and improves load-carrying capacity. It also includes color photos, specifications, and diagrams.
NSK Corp., 250 Covington Dr., Bloomingdale, IL 60108-3116; FAX (630) 924-8197; www.nsk-corp.com .
Heat distortion tester
Available with three or six test stations, the Vista 6 Heat Distortion Tester provides high sample throughput, increased automation, and calibration and correction features. It can combine ASTM and ISO specimens in the same test run, and change from HDT to Vicat testing. Windows-based Vortex(TM)software lets users operate the unit, perform data acquisition, and generate custom reports. A brochure includes an overview of the tester's features, applications, and specifications.
Atlas Electric Devices Co., 4114 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60613; FAX (773) 327-5787; www.atlas-mts.com .
Urethane design guide
"Stevens Urethane Film & Sheet Design Guide" provides technical and application information to help engineers use and specify thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film and sheet. Technical specs are included for the company's aromatic TPU film and sheet along with a table comparing the products with other flexible materials such as vinyl and rubber. Brief case studies demonstrate a variety of applications.
Stevens Urethane, 9 Sullivan Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040-2800; FAX (413) 552-1195; www.stevensurethane.com .
More than 160 uses for aluminum structural framing are included in a 68-page application guide. Examples include industrial applications such as workstations, test stands, guarding, and carts, as well as such unconventional uses as furniture, tradeshow exhibits, and merchandising displays. Framing features bolt-together construction, offers profiles and connectors to meet many strength requirements, and requires no welding or painting.
Bosch Automation Products, 816 East 3rd St., Buchanan, MI 49107; FAX (616) 695-3446; www.boschat.com .
A multimedia CD-ROM presents the company's forging capabilities, which include forging parts up to 80,000 lbs and rolled rings up to 60,000 lbs. Parts include bars, blanks, rings, hubs, spindles and shafts, hollows, and custom shapes. The disk also shows secondary in-house services, including rough turning and milling, drilling and boring, torch cutting, saw cutting, heat treating, and testing.
Scot Forge, Box 8, Spring Grove, IL 60081; FAX (847) 587-2000; www.scotforge.com .
Hundreds of AutoCAD 2000-compatible drawings of the company's industrial filtration products are available on the PlantSpec CD-ROM. These products include industrial filters, filter separators, filter elements, turbine oil conditioners, and flow indicators. The disk provides multiple views for each part as well as printable product data.
Kaydon Corp., 1571 Lukken Industrial Dr. W, LaGrange, GA 30240; FAX (706) 833-6199; www.kaydonfiltration.com .
Spirawave(R)flat-wire compression springs range from 3/8 to 16 inches in diameter. Custom springs are available with diameters up to 84 inches. The Wave Spring catalog contains part listings, custom order information, and application examples for both compression springs and spiral retaining rings.
Smalley Steel Ring Co., 385 Gilman Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090; FAX (847) 537-7698; www.smalley.com .
A comprehensive database of the company's line of surface-mount and through-hole fuses, isolation transformers, and delay lines is available on an interactive CD-ROM. The disk also provides Internet links, a search utility, and more than 200 product data sheets.
Bel Fuse Inc., 198 Van Vorst St., Jersey City, NJ 07302; FAX (201) 432-9542; www.belfuse.com .
The Interface Solution CD covers the company's signal transmitters and isolators, smart temperature transmitters, alarm trips, distributed I/O, I/P, and P/I converters, ac power transducers, and related interface products and accessories. Information includes: data sheets, installation manuals, certifications, product selection guides, and 75 application notes.
Moore Industries, 16650 Schoenborn St., Sepulveda, CA 91343-6196; FAX (818) 891-2816; www.miinet.com .
The "Automotive Power Integrated Circuit Designer's Manual" details the company's fully protected power MOSFET switches, gate drivers, and special-function ICs. Its 397 pages include complete part specifications, case outlines, and application notes.
International Rectifier, 233 Kansas St., El Segundo, CA 90245; FAX (310) 252-7100; www.irf.com .
"Guide to Intelligent Operator Interfaces, Operator Terminals, and Machine Control Workstations" includes a company and product overview, product selection guide, and supplementary CD-ROM. The disk adds product data sheets, operating manuals, service manuals, application notes, demonstration software, and tutorials.
Eason Technology Inc., 241B Center St., Healdsburg, CA 95448; FAX (707) 433-3706; www.eason.com.
Designed to provide an overview of basic terminology, the "Protective Coatings Glossary" contains more than 1,500 terms and acronyms associated with coatings used to protect steel and concrete surfaces in highly corrosive environments. Topics covered include: surface preparation; formulating, applying, and inspecting high-performance coatings and linings; coating failures and application defects; and environmental, health, and safety regulations.
The Society for Protective Coatings, 40 24th St. 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4656; FAX (412) 281-9992; www.sspc.org .
Rollway(R)spherical roller bearings are available in sizes of 40 to 480 mm, in nine series, and in both tapered- and cylindrical-bore designs. A 16-page catalog contains bearing dimensions, selection and engineering data, radial clearance tables interchange information for popular variations, and designs for using the bearings on vibrating screens.
Emerson Power Transmission, Box 687, Maysville, KY 41056; FAX (606) 564-2239; www.emerson-ept.com .
"Automation Solutions for the Fiber-Optics Industry" features product specifications for the firm's line of automated fiber-optics positioning systems. Products include FiberAlign for fiber-optic alignment, FiberCouple for coupling, FiberPlane for advanced fiber-optics fabrication, and the FiberGrate system for manufacturing fiber Bragg gratings.
Aerotech Inc., 101 Zeta Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15238; FAX (412) 963-7459; www.aerotechinc.com .
"Handling Industrial Fluids? Take the Innovative Approach" argues that the company's storage and dispensing systems and mobile handling carts provide an easier, safer, and cost-efficient alternative to 55-gallon drums for handling industrial oils, lubricants, and fluids. Twenty-one standard systems are available, as are custom models.
IFH Group, 200 E Third St., Rock Falls, IL 61071; FAX (815) 626-1438; www.ifh-group.com .
Rolling Ring Technology converts rotary input into linear output on a smooth, unthreaded shaft for reciprocating, positioning, and indexing linear motion systems. A brochure details products that implement this technology.
Amacoil Inc., 2100 Bridgewater Rd., Aston, PA 19014; FAX (610) 485-2357; www.amacoil.com .
A 20-page brochure describes the company's hand tools and gauges, including the Pocket Surf(R)portable surface-roughness gauge. Product categories include: calipers, micrometers, test indicators, dial indicators, digital electronic indicators, indicator gauges, height gauges, and electronic gauges.
The 8-page Dolphin Guides catalog describes the two-component slides, which comprise a rail and carriage. FrelonGOLD(TM)self-lubricating plane bearing liner material eliminates metal-to-metal contact between the components. The catalog includes technical information for specifying the guides and the components needed to drive them.
The updated "Medical Product Selector Guide" presents information on adhesive dispensing systems, light-cure equipment, and more than 30 biocompatible adhesives for medical device assembly. Adhesives include light-cure acrylics and silicones, epoxies, urethanes, cyanoacrylates, adhesion promoters and accelerators, and single-component FLASHCURE(TM)light-cure cyanoacrylates.
Loctite, 1001 Trout Brook Crossing, Rocky Hill, CT 06067; FAX (860) 571-5465; www.loctite.com .
A 148-page catalog provides information about all the company's conveyor and material-handling product lines in one manual. Also included is a selection guide that recommends which equipment should be used in which applications and markets.
Dorner Manufacturing Corp., Box 20, Hartland, WI 53029-0020; FAX (800) 369-2440; www.dorner.com .
A comprehensive 196-page catalog includes product specifications, capabilities, and application examples for all of the company's optical sensors. Devices described include tubular- and block-style sensors, washdown-ready sensors, miniature sensors, color mark sensors, luminescence detectors, and optical windows. The catalog also lists accessories such as mounting and alignment brackets, fiber-optic cables and tips, and adapters.
Balluff Inc., 8125 Holton Dr., Florence, KY 41042; FAX (859) 727-4823; www.balluff.com .
A brochure on micromachined integration illustrates the benefits and applications of this technology for IC-based digital isolation and relays. A roadmap of future devices and technologies the company is developing for its Micromachined Integrated Components product line completes the publication.
Analog Devices, Box 9106, Norwood, MA 02062-2062; FAX (859) 727-4823; www.analog.com .
Precision sampling syringes come in a range of sizes and models for gas, liquid, or high-pressure sampling. PTFE plunger tips ensure a leak-tight seal and are self-lubricating to stay smooth for the life of the product. A 34-page catalog describes the different syringe types, lists available sizes and options, and details how to request a custom product.
Valco Instruments, Box 55603, Houston, TX 77255; FAX (713) 688-3948; www.vici.com .
More than 600 common valves and sensors for fluid-control systems are listed in the "Product and Systems Catalog." Parts include: solenoid, angle seat, ball, and diaphragm valves and flow, conductivity, temperature, and level sensors/controllers. Each listing presents detailed specifications and ordering information.
Burkert Contromatic Corp., 2602 McGaw Ave., Irvine, CA 92614; FAX (949) 223-3198; www.burkert-usa.com .
The "LIA Handbook of Laser Materials Processing" includes guidelines for selecting lasers, comparisons of different technologies and their costs, and descriptions of laser components. Chapters describe treating both metals and nonmetals. Processes covered include cutting, welding, marking, beam monitoring, guidance techniques, rapid prototyping, and repair.
Laser Institute of America, 13501 Ingenuity Dr. Suite 128, Orlando, FL 32826; FAX (407) 380-5588; www.laserinstitute.org .
Inserts and studs provide durable threadforms when installed into hard materials as well as soft materials such as aluminum, magnesium, iron castings, plastics, and composites. A brochure reviews the company's products, including Keenserts(TM)key-type inserts and studs, Slimsert(TM)thin solid-column inserts, and Deltron(TM)honeycomb and sandwich panel inserts.
Fairchild Fasteners, 3000 W Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505; www.fairchildfasteners.com .
Pitch-based carbon fiber, its properties, and its applications are described in the brochure, "An Extremely Versatile Enabling Technology." The publication provides a general overview of the material and the company's capabilities, and compares pitch- and pan-based carbon fiber.
Conoco Inc., Box 2197, Houston, TX 77252-2197; FAX (281) 293-1446; www.conoco.com .
The "Industrial Linear Motors Guide to Printing and Labeling" describes the advantages of using the company's electromagnetic linear motors-instead of pneumatic, mechanical, or spindle-type engines-for printing and labeling processes.
LinMot, Box 521, Rogers, MN 55374-0521; FAX (800) 463-8708; www.linmot.com .
Linear motion products
A 120-page catalog describes the company's precision plastic nut, leadscrew, and ballscrew assemblies for linear motion applications. Seven sections-supernuts and leadscrews, ballscrews, complete screw assemblies, stock stages, rails and bearings, linear actuators, and accessories-provide technical specifications on all product lines.
Ball Screws & Actuators Inc., 3616 Snell Ave., San Jose, CA 95136; FAX (408) 629-2620; www.ballscrews.com .
"Intelligent COTS Solutions" summarizes leading products from the company's three divisions. The table of contents divides these commercial off-the-shelf products into a variety of board platforms, including VMEbus, cPCI, PC/PCI, and PC/104, as well as bench-top and VXI instruments to test these boards. Also in the catalog are ac/dc power supplies and dc/dc converters.
NAI Inc., 170 Wilbur Pl., Bohemia, NY 11716; FAX (631) 567-1823; www.naii.com .
Performance Pak actuators have self-contained motors (or manual gearboxes) that drive ball screws. Many models are available, and a guide helps engineers choose the proper actuator for specific applications. The guide discusses voltage choices and options such as electric brakes and position sensors. Detailed drawings for each type of actuator are included along with tables showing capacity, stroke, and dimensions for every unit.
Thomson Saginaw, 2 Channel Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050; FAX (516) 883-9039; www.thomsonindustries.com .
Timing belt pulleys come standard in aluminum and steel and are available in most common inch, metric, and HTD pitches. A 24-page catalog offers technical information on the devices, including sizes and tolerances of bores, keyways, and V guides. The design-guide section outlines how to design custom configurations.
Mectrol Corp., 9 Northwestern Dr., Salem, NH 03079; FAX (603) 890-1616; www.mectrol.com .
Bidirectional overrunning clutches for lawn and garden equipment provide automatic 4-wheel drive in both directions on demand. This feature helps reduce turf damage caused by equipment slipping on wet grass or on inclines. A 4-page brochure includes application drawings, mounting configurations, and operational details.
Hilliard Corp., 100 West 4th St., Elmira, NY 14902-1504; FAX (607) 737-1108; www.hilliardcorp.com .
Automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) for material handling include four types: unit load, fork-type, towing, and low-profile vehicles. Modular components-such as digital motion controllers, on-board diagnostics, manual controls, and load-transfer devices-let users operate all four types in a similar manner.
Control Engineering Co., 8212 M-119, Harbor Springs, MI 49740; FAX (616) 348-7201.
Test equipment and tools for installing fiber-optic communications networks are described in a 14-page catalog. The publication also includes information about the company's training programs and materials.
Fotec, 151 Mystic Ave., Medford, MA 02155-4615; FAX (781) 396-6395; www.fotec.com .
An 8-page brochure discusses the advantages of using permanent magnet brushless systems and electronics for motion control. Engineering services described include custom and standard design assistance and rapid prototyping.
APW Aspen Group, 1120 Rock Rd., Radford, VA 24141; FAX (540) 639-5013.
The Everest telemetry-workstation features an 18-inch color display for real-time data viewing, intuitive touch-screen interface, 32 analog or digital input channels, and a hard drive for saving large amounts of data. Screen shots in the unit's 12-page brochure show the customizable control panel as well as the on-screen annotation feature and charting options.
Astro-Med, Astro-Med Industrial Park, West Warwick, RI 02893; FAX (401) 822-2430; www.astro-med.com .
The BL range of small, long-range bar-code readers comprises two laser types and a CCD type. Application details, specifications, photos, drawings, tables, and charts are included in a 20-page catalog.
Keyence Corp. of America, 50 Tice Blvd., Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675; FAX (210) 930-1883; www.keyence.com .
Refrigerated and nonrefrigerated fluid temperature control systems are available for the specific needs of such application areas as semiconductor manufacturing, medical, lasers, and scientific instruments. A brochure outlines these systems and includes the temperature range of each unit.
Bay Voltex Corp., 174 Lawrence Dr. Suite J, Livermore, CA 94550; FAX (925) 606-6297; www.bayvoltex.com .
Plastic nut, leadscrew, and ballscrew assemblies for linear motion applications are covered in this company's 2000 catalog, which includes information on continuing product lines as well as new offerings. New products include the XCM-1800 Advanced Anti-B acklash Nut, and a number of new metric, low head, and left hand thread screws for greater design flexibility.
BSA; FAX (408) 629-2620; www.ballscrews.com .
Temperature measurement and monitoring of sensitive materials is the subject of this company's catalog. Products available include temperature, humidity, shock and pressure data loggers, temperature recording labels, liquid crystal thermometer labels, infrared thermometers, oven profilers, low-cost freeze recorders and other shipping environment recorders.
Telatemp Corp., 351 So. Raymond Ave., Fullerton, CA 92831; FAX (714) 870-8136; www.telatemp.com .
CV Series machine vision systems are the subject of a new CD-ROM Quick Guide. A product overview is provided, as well as a guide to employing the company's systems in a variety of detection and inspection applications, including plastics, metal/steel, semiconductor, electronics, automotive, food, and pharmaceutical industries.
Keyence Corp. of America, 50 Tice Blvd., Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675; FAX (210) 930-1883; www.keyence.com .
Directional and circuit control valves, solenoid valves, accessories, manifolds, and fittings for miniature pneumatics applications are the topic of this catalog. The company's two, three, and four-way valves feature closed cross-over for precise control and swivel input or output ports ranging from 10/32 to 1/4 Push-In. Other products featured include air jets, quick disconnects, couplers, and tubing, as well as custom designed components.
Pneumadyne, 12975 16th Ave. North, Plymouth, MN 55441; FAX (763) 559-0547; www.pneumadyne.com .
"Automated Deburring With Brushes" is a guide to the selection and use of this company's line of deburring products and accessories. A guide to deburring applications is provided, as well as a burr classification system for determining burr size and selecting the appropriate products and processes. Products featured include wire wheel, Nylox(R)wheel, disc, cup, end, and tube brushes specifications are outlined.
Weiler Corporation, One Wildwood Dr., Cresco, PA 18326; www.weilercorp.com .
Nylon fittings for a variety of applications are covered in this brochure. Sizes range from 1/8 to 2 inches, and include thread-to-thread, thread-to-barb, and barb-to-barb connections. Product types offered include couplings, adapters, elbows, tees, menders, nipples, bushings, plugs, and nuts. The fittings are made of type-6 virgin resins, which are said to be resistant to a range of chemicals, including agricultural chemicals, sodium compounds, and petroleum products.
Bee Valve, 1150 Taylor St, Elyria, OH 44035; FAX (440) 366-0198.
ValTru(TM)high density rubber collets described in this brochure are said to offer twice the clamping strength of split steel collets while maintain grip and accuracy. Technical information and illustrations are provided for the 28 available sizes from 1/8 to 5/32 inch to 31/32 inch to 1 inch, while a table shows the four different collet sets that are available for machining needs.
Valenite Inc., 31700 Research Park Dr. Box 9636, Madison Hts., MI 48071-9636; FAX (248) 597-4902; www.valenite.com .
Thermoplastic engineered pumps are said by their manufacturer to be a cost effective replacement for pumps made of stainless steel and other alloys for the handling of corrosive or abrasive fluids. This technical paper analyzes reasons for using the pumps, and gives detailed information which shows the physical properties of thermoplastics, thermosets, and stainless steel. Selection and maintenance guidelines are also provided.
Vanton Pump & Equipment, 201 Sweetland Ave., Hillside, NJ 7205; FAX 908-686-9314; www.vanton.com .
Blowoff and cooling
Blowoff and cooling products are covered in this company's technical guide and catalog. Products featured include the Super Air Knife for part blowoff and drying, UL Listed Cabinet Coolers for electrical enclosures, and the Adjustable Spot Cooler for cooling plastic and metal parts. New items have also been added to the company's conveying, industrial housekeeping, and static elimination product lines.
Exair, 1250 Century Circle N., Cincinnati, OH 45243-3309; FAX (513) 671-3363; www.exair.com .
Caps and plugs
Free samples and literature are now available from this company for its line of tapered caps and plugs, which are said to provide firm, friction-fitted protection for all threaded and non-threaded internal and external fittings during manufacturing, storage and shipping. The caps are made of low-density polyethylene, available in standard and metric sizes, and are said to protect against damage, dirt, and moisture.
Niagara Plastics Co., 7090 Edinboro Rd., Erie, PA 16509; FAX (800) 358-4391; www.niagaraplastics.com .
MinVac(TM)and airOlift(TM)lifters are two product lines covered by this company's brochure. The minVac is designed to replace vacuum tube lifters through the use of a Venturi pump to lift semi-porous and non-porous products. The airOlift is a semi-rigid, twin-cylinder manipulator which is said to need only one hanging point on workstation crane systems for load positioning.
Conec, 650 Ore St., Box 40, Bowmanstown, PA 18030; FAX (610) 852-2316; www.airolift.com .
Dispense valve systems
Low-maintenance dispense valve systems featured in this company's catalog are said to be a cost-effective way to reduce downtime and increase productivity on production lines. The products can be used to apply adhesives, lubricants, sealants, and other assembly fluids without dripping or waste. Application photos, technical drawings, a selector guide, and specifications are also included.
EFD Inc., 977 Waterman Ave., East Providence, RI 02914-1378; FAX (401) 431-0237; www.efd-inc.com .
Recommended for industries such as analytic chemistry, liquid/gas chromatography, metal treatment, food processing, semiconductors, and biomedical, this cryogenic valve series is reported to offer the following: quiet operation; mounting flexibility, as a stand-alone or in manifold configurations; direct acting seal, with no minimum operating pressure; and seat/ seal design for fluids down to -345F and operating pressure to 1,000 psig. The resource guide contains diagrams, a valve selector graph, and product data sheets.
Valcor Engineering Corp., 2 Lawrence Rd., Springfield, NJ 07081; FAX (973) 467-8382; www.valcor.com .
Laser products, services, safety standards, education, literature, and conference information are all covered in this group's catalog. Catalog, which is designed to provide laser industry professionals with a complete guide to the industry. Products featured included the LIA Handbook of Laser Materials Processing; a video, "LASER, The Extraordinary Light", and LIMITS, an educational CD-ROM dedicated to the safe use of medical lasers.
Laser Institute Of America, 13501 Ingenuity Dr., Ste 128, Orlando, FL 32826; FAX (407) 380-5588; www.laserinstitute.org .
Electronic timing and temperature industrial control is covered in this catalog. Products covered include time devices, temperature indicators and controls, dust collector controls, custom controls, solid state relays, liquid-level controls, and voltage monitors. The catalog also provides details on the company's design capabilities, customer service, and engineering support.
Ametek, Station Square, Paoli, PA 19301; www.ametek.com .
Fluoropolymer accessories for glass-lined vessels and columns are now available. Features and benefits are covered, as well as performance information on products including nozzle and manway repair shields, dip tubes and spargers, flexible connectors, coatings, bonded liners, nozzle liners, and coated vessel covers and heads in both standard and custom sizes.
Edlon-PSI, Box 667, Avondale, PA 18644; FAX (610) 268-8898. www.edlon-psi.com
Static elimination products and solutions are covered in this company's product guide. Featured products include the DC-duo high-speed, far range eliminator bar and the E-series static eliminator bar. Applications for the company's products include elimination of static on moving webs, air-assisted bars, guns and nozzles for cleaning, hand-held static meters for measuring static charges, and bars and generators for static charging applications.
Tantec, 630 Estes Ave, Schaumburg, IL 60193; FAX (847) 524-6956; www.tantecusa.com .