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The Effects Of Misaligned Equipment

Perth, Western Australia, Jun-27-2017 —  /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/  — Nexxis are one of Australia’s leading suppliers of specialist remote visual inspection (RVI) technology and non destructive testing (NDT) equipment and they have all the answers to your equipment misalignment problems.

Industrial operations are losing huge sums of money because the centrelines of the shafts of their rotating equipment (such as pumps and motors) aren’t running on the same axis and are therefore misaligned – with some industry sources going as far as saying that shaft misalignment is to blame for up to 50% of all machine breakdowns.

And when you consider that a survey by a leading rotating equipment service company found that less than 10% of machines that were evaluated were aligned within acceptable tolerances, misalignment is clearly a widespread problem.

Here are some of the costly and damaging effects of equipment that is poorly aligned or misaligned.

Excessive vibration
Misalignment is one of the leading causes of vibration problems – and as the reliability of the machine corresponds directly with the level of vibration, excessive radial and axial vibrations will impact negatively on performance. All rotating equipment will produce a certain level of noise, but when the shafts are misaligned and the equipment vibrates excessively, noise levels will also escalate correspondingly.

Premature failure of seals and bearings
Accelerated failure of seals and other parts is costly – and even the slightest misalignment can result in excessive force and stress being put onto the bearings and seals. Replacement parts are expensive, plus there’s also the risk of damage and contamination of other components from the leaking fluid from the stressed seals and bearings.

Increased energy costs
Misalignment correlates directly to higher power consumption as the machines are less efficient and therefore draw greater amounts of energy.

Excessive heat
In the same way that variations in temperature can cause misalignment, misalignment can cause machines to overheat which results in lubrication issues as well as safety risks.

Broken shafts
Misalignment can cause the shafts to break or crack – and this can lead to unplanned downtime and production problems as well as costly equipment repair.

Higher operating costs, loss of production and increased maintenance costs
Misaligned machinery generally has a shorter service lifespan and this premature failure of capital equipment adversely affects outputs as well as negatively impacting the operation’s balance sheet. Higher maintenance costs, costly downtime, unexpected capital costs for equipment replacement, increased inventory for spare parts and even the potential for catastrophic machinery failures are all consequences of misalignment-induced mechanical failures.

Inferior quality outputs
Misaligned machinery can also result in inferior or defective products which can impact on profitability.

Implementing a careful and thorough preventative maintenance programme will go a long way towards minimising the risk – and the associated costs – of misaligned machinery. To find out how a customised solution can ensure that your operation runs at optimum efficiency, you should contact Nexxis on 08 9418 4952 or via their website, nexxis.com.au.

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LSP Technologies Procudo® Laser Peening System can deliver 20 pulses per second – the fastest laser peening system ever built

Dublin, Ohio, USA, Jun-14-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — LSP Technologies announces the sale of its state-of-the-art Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System to the ZAL Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung in Hamburg, Germany. The equipment is being delivered to the ZAL TechCenter in Hamburg during the 3rd quarter of 2017, and being used to study metal fatigue enhancement applications for the civil aviation industry.

“We are very excited to introduce the first production-quality commercial laser peening system into Europe,” said Dr. Jeff Dulaney, President and CEO of LSP Technologies, Inc. “Laser peening is becoming the aviation industry standard for increasing fatigue strength in titanium and steels, and LSPT’s Procudo® Laser Peening System is the most powerful and versatile machine available for component service life extension.”

Laser peening is a proven method for significantly increasing the fatigue life and fatigue strength of metals. The mechanical surface enhancement process utilizes a high-energy pulsed laser beam to impart compressive residual stresses up to twenty times deeper than shot peening. The compressive stresses introduced by laser peening add strength and robustness to metal parts by improving their resistance to damage, fatigue, crack initiation and crack propagation. Benefits of the process include: extended component service life, reduced maintenance and repair costs, improved part performance, and enhanced resistance to failure. The process has been employed for years by major aerospace OEMs including GE Aviation and Rolls Royce.

LSP Technologies’ Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System is the only commercially available laser designed exclusively for laser peening. It employs a diode-pumped, pulsed YLF laser that produces a flat-top beam for smooth energy distribution and consistent processing. The flexible system offers selectable laser parameters, along with custom controls and diagnostics developed from LSPT’s 20 years of laser peening experience. Engineered for high-volume production processing, the Procudo® Laser Peening System can deliver 20 pulses per second, making it the fastest laser peening system ever built.

The Hamburg Center of Applied Aeronautical Research was established in 2009 as a technological research and development hub for the Hamburg Aviation Network. It is a public-private partnership that not only includes collaboration from some of the aviation industry’s largest organizations, such as Lufthansa and Airbus, but also from suppliers, SME, universities, research institutions, start-ups and many more. The ZAL TechCenter opened in Hamburg in 2016, and the 95-million-euro facility immediately became one of the largest and most advanced aeronautical research facilities in the world.

LSP Technologies is the world’s premier laser peening services, technology and equipment provider. It is the only company in the world selling, installing, and integrating state-of-the-art laser peening systems into manufacturing and research facilities. The company has been providing laser peening production services for clients in the aviation and power generation industries for over twenty years, and has been awarded more than fifty patents for innovations in laser peening equipment and technology.

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Improve Your Palletising To Save Money And Increase Business Efficiencies

Willetton WA, Australia, Apr-20-2017 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — AccuPak are Australia’s leading supplier of packing, filling, bagging and palletising machinery and equipment, and they have the answers on how you can increase your productivity, reduce your personnel requirements and minimise the risk of injury. Accupak helps business owners save money and improve efficiencies with automated palletising systems. The advantages of automatic palletising are numerous, as detailed below.

Any industrial and warehousing operation that is still relying on manual palletising is likely to be compromising their productivity, quality and business efficiencies.

Manual palletising is no match for modern automated equipment in terms of speed, precision, productivity, safety, quality and outputs and in today’s highly competitive environment, businesses need to take every opportunity to improve.

Palletising is the final step in an assembly line whereby the products (such as boxes, bags, cases, cartons, bottles, sacks etc) are loaded onto pallets. Semi-automatic and automatic palletising systems have undergone major changes in recent years, with advances in robotics technology driving significant improvements in terms of pallet pattern flexibility, tooling flexibility, cycle times as well as the presentation of the stacked pallets.

In basic terms, a robotic palletiser utilises various end-of-arm-tools which alleviate the need for manual stacking of bags, cartons or drums onto a pallet, thereby increasing productivity and profitability while allowing greater flexibility and versatility.

Although automated palletising equipment requires a capital outlay, many businesses are surprised at just how quickly they get a return on their investment. It doesn’t take long before the companies’ bottom-lines reflect the improvements in productivity and efficiencies that are made possible by the new equipment – and customer satisfaction levels are also a lot higher.

Let’s take a closer look at how palletising equipment will benefit a business:

Speed of operation. Humans can’t compete with automated or even semi-automated palletising equipment when it comes to speed. The equipment works faster than any person possibly can, plus it can operate continuously.

Quality control. Because human error is eliminated, a robotic palletiser ensures that quality standards are consistent and deliveries/outputs are always correctly counted and packed. The overall consistency of the loading and unloading processes improves, thereby reducing costly stoppages required to fix errors and inconsistencies as well as reducing the likelihood (and therefore, the cost) of returns or damaged goods.

Reduce labour costs. Eliminating the human element or substantially reducing the level of human intervention leads to substantially lower labour costs and greater efficiencies. The likelihood of error and contamination from human handling is minimised plus there are the obvious productivity and profitability benefits as a result of lower labour costs. Another reason why automated palletisers can improve business efficiencies is that personnel who are no longer required on the manual packing line can be redeployed to other areas within the organisation and used to greater effect.

Greater flexibility. Versatile palletising equipment makes it easy to reconfigure systems to handle different shapes, case sizes, pallet stacking patterns, layers of product and weights as well as handle multiple production lines. This means faster turnaround times and productivity improvements.

Improved working conditions. An automated palletising system reduces the need for workers to do heavy lifting and repetitive work, and minimises the likelihood of OH&S issues. This means a safer working environment with reduced likelihood of workplace injuries and costly workers compensation claims.

Improved data handling and reporting. Computerized controls and a seamless interface with other business software systems allow improved data gathering, real-time reporting and analysis as well as reducing invoicing errors and enabling a more streamlined and secure information chain.

More efficient use of floorspace. A robotic palletiser generally occupies less space than a manual operation which means businesses can use their square meterage more cost-effectively. In some instances, operations are even able to reduce the size of their factory or warehouse, which results in substantial cost savings.

Find out more by calling the AccuPak professionals on 1300 793 476 or visit www.accupak.com.au to learn more about their extensive range of palletising equipment and solutions.

Whaler Supply Leads the Way for Product Solutions in the Industrial and Commercial Markets

Company Overview
Whaler Supply is a great way to find the products that make your business run properly. They have built a unique business structure, which allows them to provide fantastic customer service without paying a premium price for the solutions your business requires. Whaler Supply has established partnerships with only the most respected manufacturers in the industry, such as 3M, Aware Ware and many more. These suppliers offer great warranties, return policies, fair prices and great customer service. The chosen partnerships are appropriate because they have proven to truly care and service the customer.

Markets
Whaler Supply has recently shifted their core business to better serve the industrial and commercial markets.

The industrial market focuses on selling goods and services to other businesses. Many of the products Whaler Supply is selling to other businesses are inputs to different end products. Without these inputs, other businesses operations would not be possible. As opposed to the industrial market, the commercial market focuses on selling goods and services to end-users. Many of these products can be used in a business or personal setting. Whaler Supply has actively worked over the past years reinventing product lines and market focus. This new approach has shown to be very successful and is the leading reason why Whaler Supply is a top player in the product solutions space.

Products
Whaler Supply offers an array of products to suit any sized project. Regardless of the state of the economy, businesses are constantly expanding, maintaining and making strategic decisions to improve the financial and overall well being of various industries. They offer an array of categories consisting of matting and runners, personal protective equipment and traffic and pedestrian safety equipment. Some of these products include mats, hard hats and eye glasses for the workplace. Always check www.whalersupply.com/ to find new specials, additional products and newly established partnerships with premier manufacturers.

Key Highlights
Whaler Supply is constantly innovating to provide the best business solutions in the industry. As previously mentioned, their website is full of information covering policies, a login account enabled privacy feature and product information. One of the most highlighted services they offer is the return policy and shipping information.

Return Policy
Not only are they an industry leader in the business product solutions area, but also offer one of the most reasonable and fair return policies in the industry. They offer eligible returns for up to one (1) year on product solutions. They offer product or credit refunds to your account. Returns are only contingent upon five (5) easy to follow guidelines: (1) All RMA forms are downloadable online, simply fill out and attach to the packing slip (2) The product must be unused and in the original packaging (3) You must provide prepaid shipping on the product, it will be refunded to you (4) The easy to complete RMA form is also to be emailed to Whalers Supply (5) No authorization is needed for returns

Delivery Information
Whaler Supply prides itself on providing premium products and services at reasonable prices. They have an established business partnership with the worldwide leader, FedEx, to provide safe, quick, and reasonable shipping costs. As is standard in the product solutions area, the shipping costs and times are all contingent upon the package weight. As previously mentioned, Whalers Supply has developed an innovative website including an account feature for customers pleasure. Orders can be placed, tracked, and cancelled online from the comfort of your business or home.

As previously mentioned, Whaler Supply prides themselves on the ability to offer some of the lowest prices from the most established businesses in the product solutions area. The return and delivery policies satisfactorily complement their overall business mission.

Takeaway
They have a newly updated website that highlights their mission, products and policies. You can now track your orders from start to finish, checkout faster than ever, automate reorder shipments and find specials and discounts with Whaler Supply online. The recent upgrade to the official Whaler Supply website has introduced the Trust Wave, trusted commerce, solution to improve order checking and payment processing. The products and services Whaler Supply offers are always available at reasonable prices paired with excellent customer service without the premium price tag.

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Express Cleaning Supplies Gives Any Carpet The Clean Sweep

Express Cleaning Supplies can supply any cleaning equipment from small to large along with all the proper chemicals required for a good operation and quality cleaning with the equipment involved. This equipment can also be supplied at very competitive prices from a company, which has the experience to deal with all cleaning needs.

Express Cleaning Supplies is pleased to be able to supply the Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner to the carpet and upholstery cleaning trade. Prochem manufacture some excellent equipment for all sorts of cleaning work but this piece of equipment is designed to meet the needs of the travelling carpet and upholstery cleaner who needs to be totally self-sufficient.

These days even the householder does not want to be inundated with large portable cleaners which take over the house and for a hotel or office complex this is often totally unacceptable as corridors or working space cannot be clogged up even out of normal working hours. The Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is usually mounted in a typical small van with a side door, the cleaning head is attached to a water and chemical supply hose and also a 2 inch vacuum hose and these are fitted to the Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner. These hoses are some 250 feet (75 metres) long and can work long distances from the truck mounted carpet cleaner. Setting up for a job is simple and quick and with an extra water tank fitted the unit is totally self-sufficient.

The cleaning chemicals are added to the supply tanks but there is no need for careful measuring and mixing as the machine is set to mix the chemicals automatically. The machines works with a Briggs and Stratton 2 stroke engine and is therefore not reliant on a local power supply.

Express Cleaning Supplies are delighted with the quality of cleaning of the Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner as it is very quick in its operation and very effective. The unit works at a pressure of some 300 to 500 psi unlike the smaller units that work at less than 100 psi. This increased pressure gives a much better cleaning, which is maintained at long distances from the van. Being just a set of trailing hoses allows the operator to move freely throughout the home or building complex and the ability to use many different chemicals allows it a full ability to deal with all the different problems that the operator may encounter. The machine can work continuously with no stops required other than enforced ones, it is also able to clean upholstery exceptionally well so that a complete cleaning operation can be carried out at one time. The Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is a great machine for dealing with large building cleaning as it can reach throughout the building, hoses and gun can be taken up external stairways or through windows to avoid entrance ways and hallways and there is no machine noise inside the building. Express Cleaning Supplies – http://www.express-cleaning-supplies.co.uk – notes that this is definitely a major player in the cleaning game

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Warranty on Trucks and Trolleys Extended to 10 years by The Workplace Depot

The Workplace Depot is delighted to announce that their range of Fetra trucks and trolleys will now be under warranty for 10 years; previously the warranty was for five years.

Many workplaces rely heavily on trucks and trolleys to move goods around and they can take a heavy pounding from regular, hefty usage. So it may come as a surprise that a company could guarantee the reliability of such an item for an extended period.

Ken Miller, Director of the Workplace Depot explained, “The reason we can give a 10 year warranty is because the equipment is now manufactured at highly efficient production facilities using some of the most advanced precision machinery. The Fetra range of trucks and trolleys are also powder-coated and undergo vigorous shot blasting pre-treatment.”

The new manufacturing process extends the product life as well as keeping the finish in tip-top condition for much longer.

There may be cheaper alternatives in the truck and trolley ranges provided by other suppliers, but buying an inferior item can be a false economy. This type of transport equipment has notoriously high levels of wear and tear, so lower quality equipment may only last a few years and therefore need to be replaced. This wastes both time and money versus the alternative of purchasing a reliable product that is guaranteed for 10 years.

Steve Miller, The Workplace Depot’s Managing Director commented on the quality of the Fetra products, “We are proud of the fact that if any of the Fetra products fail within 10 years, we will replace the whole truck or trolley, not just replace a part. We will of course do this free of charge. Our range is built to last and nothing says this more than a 10 year warranty.”

To view the full range of Fetra manufactured trucks and trolleys, visit the Workplace Depotwebsite.

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Capital Online Supply Green Power Steam Cleaners

Capital Online have pleasure in supplying the Green Power Dry Steam Cleaner which has a great advantage of filling an unfulfilled niche in the cleaning market place. Unfortunately in the cleaning business it is almost impossible to fill the cleaning market with a one size fits all machine and so the usual case is that sometimes there is a requirement for a range of equipment items in order to fully satisfy the requirements for a superb clean. The Green Power Dry Steam Cleaner is one of those pieces of equipment being a hand held small nozzled machine built specially to carry out its work in those areas which require small concentrated work areas and where it is impossible to use a large machine.

Capital Online supply already a nice line of large steam cleaners which will bottom clean large areas quickly and efficiently but any large building has small areas where the larger machines cannot get. This is particularly relevant to bathrooms and washrooms where there is a desperate requirement to obtain top of the range cleaning in difficult small spaces and niches. Places like around the toilet bowls or in the corners of shower cabinets are particularly vulnerable. Kitchens can also be places of serious risk of infections that require the best available cleaning equipment and techniques. Capital Online are also note that the unit is ideal for removal of chewing gum which is one of the worst problems that can be found in any cleaning system. The Green Power Dry Steam Cleaner is ideal for spot deposits of chewing gum as it lifts the gum by heating it and letting it gently peel away from the source of the deposit ready for disposal while leaving the base material undamaged.

Capital Online is particularly pleased with the operating cycle of this unit as it can be readied for usage in a very short time. This is ideal for a unit, as basically the steam cleaner can be left in storage until required by the operator. The unit takes approx. 20 seconds to heat the 500 ml of water that it uses to reach temperature of 120 degrees C which is the standard operating temperature of the Green Power unit. This start up time means that there is no demand for the unit to be filled and ready to go at all times although anticipation can remove some of the delays, certainly in can be readied and used in a matter of minutes. The temperature of 120 degrees C is such that it kills germs and bacteria and this has to be a major plus in the scheme of things and it is also ideal for serious spot and chewing gum removal which it does without any damage being done onto the carpet, rugs or upholstery on which it is found.

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Capital Online Steams Ahead For Safe Cleaning

Capital Online supply some excellent steam cleaners, which are ideal for safe and very efficient steam cleaning in a range of businesses and has worked well for many years to achieve the best in the business. Capital Online are pleased to be able to offer 2 particular models from Osprey the manufacturers of steam cleaners. The first is the Osprey Robby 3000 which is a good workhorse model and the second is the Osprey Provap Eco Vap which can either be purchased or rented on contract. The cost of the second steam cleaner is such that it costs in excess of £2,700 and Capital Online realises there is probably a more limited regular usage for this model but it is still ideal for an interval standard clean and so the contact allows usage for the period required. If it is on a continuous contract this is often more useful to the cleaning contractor as the large financial outlay at the start of the work could put an unnecessary strain on finances. The rental system is obviously a good system for the contract cleaner who has a large amount of regular work which can be dealt with on a normal basis and financed out of regular income.

Capital Online is a great fan of good steam cleaners as this system of cleaning offers a great deal in the effectiveness of the cleaning and also the speed of the operation and it is also very environmentally friendly. The steam is general called dry when there is less than 5 to 6% water content in the steam. This allows good safe cleaning at a temperature of 180 degrees C which kills the germs and removes all the dirt and grime from almost any surface quickly efficiently and without any damage. The amount of water used if very low and there are no detergents used at any one time which makes the whole operation very environmentally friendly. Care does have to be taken on where a commercial steam cleaner is used as obviously the high temperatures can damage delicate materials but they are ideal for deep cleaning in kitchens and catering establishments where it removes dirt and grime and fatty deposits and leaves a sparkling surface, it works well on the stainless steel surfaces found in these places.

The steam cleaner is excellent at removing grease and this makes it particularly useful in an industrial application. Capital Online (http://www.capitalonline.biz) particularly like the use of gum removal abilities. This is always one of the more difficult items to remove and one of the most obnoxious items leaving a residue that is sticky and extremely difficult to remove. Provided there is no chance of damaging the material on which the gum has been deposited then the gum can be removed simply and quickly and permanently. The advantages of having a cleaning system which uses little water and no detergents or chemicals will become more important as the rules get tougher and Capital Online is pleased to be at the forefront of reducing the problems.

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Tech2select Makes Manufacturing Data Viral

Tech2select is the most advanced technical industry portal for parts and components. It`s focused on detailed manufacturing information to provide a high level matching quality for buyers and suppliers. For suppliers Tech2select provides additional social media services from now on and supports the industry to increase visibility.

So, Tech2select reacts on an US longterm-study about Social Marketing, which shows very significant figures in the industry: 84% of the industry companies mean, that social media is very important for their business. 57% will use videos for their marketing activities in the future.

Tech2select reacts on this trend and provides social media services for suppliers to support them for increasing exposure and traffic. So company and manufacturing data become viral.

From now on company profiles can be shared on Twitter, Facebook and Delicious with a click. Additional the clickrates for the company profiles are published. So, online marketers can navigate and control the social media activities from their Tech2select company profile. For convincing buyers from the industry with additional emotions, marketers can publish a look-and-see video on Tech2select.

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IceTech America, Inc. Is Expanding To A New Location In West Chester, OH

IceTech America, Inc., a world leader in manufacturing high performance Dry Ice Blasting and Dry Ice Production equipment is expanding to a new location in West Chester, OH. The response to growing demand for their blasting machines along with state of the art dry ice production equipment has prompted the move.

“Since expanding to the United States, we have seen growth every year” says Dennis Hjort, President/CEO of IceTech America, Inc. “With our growing presence in North America we have outgrown our current facility. This new facility at 5217 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester, OH will allow us the room we need to hire additional employees, expand our service department and continue to add value for our customers.”

IceTech America, Inc. first opened their doors in April of 2006. With the expansion, IceTech America, Inc. will be more than doubling their campus. “We have our customers to thank for our continued growth”, says Hjort. “We invest a lot of time and resources to build close working relationships with each of our customers, and we are seeing a lot of referrals and repeat business as a result.”

With the new location IceTech America, Inc. will now host a state of the art training and conference center unmatched by any in the industry. “When our customers walk in the door, they will be very impressed” says Mr. Hjort. “The new location will offer an expanded service center along with room to meet our growing demand for more customized and automated solutions.” Automated systems have increased in demand over the last couple of years, and with the new facility IceTech is now capable to offer detailed engineered automated solutions for Dry Ice Blasting to their customers.

IceTech America, Inc. will also continue to stock every part for their blasting machines, and now will carry a complete line of parts needed for their pelletizers to continue to meet their guarantee shipment of parts within 24 hours.

Dry Ice Blasting is rapidly growing as a first choice cleaning method in all industries, from automotive to historical restoration. Dry Ice Blasting offers a non abrasive, non toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning method with zero secondary cleanup involved and no moisture. Dry Ice as a blasting media is approved by the USDA, EPA and FDA. IceTech offers the only line of blasting equipment that is approved and listed by UL.

IceTech America, Inc. has recently launched all new state of the art Dry Ice production equipment that is revolutionizing the industry from older technology to the 21st century. IceTech offers the fastest line of Dry Ice Production equipment in the industry.

IceTech was first founded in 1998 in Denmark. Since inception, IceTech has continued to change the industry while engineering the most versatile line of Dry Ice Blasting equipment and high performance Dry Ice Production equipment. IceTech has supplied equipment to over 180 countries around the world both directly and with their network of over 30 distributors. For more information, please visit www.icetechworld.com.

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Direct Drive Air Bearing Rotary Tables

IntelLiDrives newly released RTH Series rotary tables combine planar air bearings and RotoLinear motor technologies in the compact, direct drive configuration.

These rotary tables eliminate friction, backlash and the wear problems associated with worm gears and belt driven stages.

Small 1.5” height profile tables manufactured with diameters 4”, 6”, 8” and 12”, operate on air bearings for frictionless, maintenance free operation, and can be supplied with aperture opening through the center.

Torque ranges from 5 to 50 lb*ft, resolution up to 1 arc-sec, repeatability 5 arc-sec, speed up to 200 rpm with unlimited rotation.

Series RT rotary tables are compatible with standard micro stepping indexer/drivers and offer a low cost, compact envelope direct drive rotary positioning systems and can also be supplied with high resolution tape encoders for ultra-precise positioning and closed servo loop operation.

Typical applications include semiconductor assembly equipment, wafer inspection and cutting, fiber-optics alignment, optical applications, precision part indexing and robotics.

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Play Safe And Follow The Law When Storing Fuel In Jerry Cans, Says Slingsby

With fuel shortages continuing to make headlines as Easter approaches, workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has seen jerry can sales treble over the last fortnight. As a result, the company has compiled a list of safety guidelines for anyone stockpiling fuel at home.

Even though strike action over the Easter bank holiday seems to have been ruled out, the threat of industrial action still looms, with the Unite union looking for guarantees of improved safety standards and working terms for tanker drivers. As a result, petrol retailers in the UK are continuing to report soaring sales and problems replenishing stocks to meet demand.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director at Slingsby, which supplies 35,000 products online and through its catalogues, said: “Sales of jerry cans to the domestic market have gone crazy since talk of a strike by tanker drivers began. When this is combined with the huge volumes of petrol and diesel that fuel retailers have sold in the last few days, and continued fears over potential strike action, it seems that a large proportion of people have listened to the government’s controversial advice and are storing fuel at home.

“We would always advise against stockpiling fuel because the explosion and fire risks can be disastrous, but if someone is adamant that they want to store fuel at home there are a number of guidelines that should always be followed”

Slingsby has compiled the following advice that anyone storing fuel should follow:

Approved storage solutions that are specifically designed for fuel must be used. Appropriate containers should be marked and fitted with a secure cap to prevent leakage of liquid and fuel vapours.

The maximum amount of fuel that can be legally stored at a domestic address is 30 litres, which must be kept in two 10 litre metal containers and two plastic containers with a maximum capacity of five litres each.

Using other combinations of containers, such as three, 10 litre metal containers or six of the five litre containers is illegal.

These limits also apply to any containers kept in vehicles parked in a garage or on a driveway.

Any fuel stored at home should be kept in a garage or shed that is either detached from the main living accommodation or if it is an adjoining building it should be separated by a fire door.

If fuel is left outside it should be no more than six metres from your house.

Never store fuel in the living area of your home.

Below is Slingsby’s most popular jerry can which is available by calling 0800 294 4440 or at www.slingsby.com.

The 5 Litre Metal jerry can Made from 0.9mm pickled steel sheet. Fuel resistant lining. Locking pin. Choice of 20 litre or 5 litre capacity. Optional pouring spout.

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New Analyzing Tool for sourcing foundries

To meet the requirements of industrial buyers, Tech2select developed a new analyzing tool for casting parts – sourcing of European and Asian supplier already possible.

Sourcing for new casting suppliers can be very time consuming, because casting is not casting. It depends on a catalogue of technical details, if a supplier fits or not. Especially normal searching machines offer a lot of information, but it lacks in a technical exact searching and matching tool.

The industry portal Tech2select launches a special analyzing tool for finding the exact foundry now. It is based on all the needed technical criterias, which buyers have to keep in mind: material, processes, machines, batches and quality measure methods. So the sourcing time for a casting part can be shortened.

At the moment, there are 300 foundries from Europe and Asia online, which can be sorted that way. They are offering various casting methods – from steel castings, grey castings to gravity die casting. So industry buyers find technical fitting castings very easy and time efficient.

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The catalogue no workplace should be without

Leading workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has launched a new edition of its catalogue to showcase the company’s 35,000 products.

The latest catalogue covers 1,374 pages and includes 2,000 brand new products across a wide range of categories, including handling & lifting, premises, health & safety, signage, environmental & waste, janitorial and safety & security.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, said: “Slingsby has produced its famous catalogue for more than 100 years and even though a lot of customers now prefer to view and buy our product range online, a large proportion still like to flick through a hard copy of the catalogue and then consult our sales advisors before placing an order.

“For this reason we continue to place as much emphasis as ever on our catalogue and this year is no different. It contains quality photography and detailed descriptions of our entire product range and appeals to all industries including retail, manufacturing, education, healthcare and the public sector.

“We’ve also increased the number of products that are available with free next day delivery and have held or even reduced thousands of prices, which makes this catalogue an invaluable tool for all businesses and organisations.”

For further information on Slingsby or to order a copy of the company’s latest catalogue, call 0800 294 4440 or visit www.slingsby.com.

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New Tugs Pull In Sales for Slingsby

A NEW and innovative range of handling and lifting equipment are already proving to be a hit within months of being added to Slingsby’s new catalogue.

Although the company now sells all types of workplace equipment it has been supplying a market leading range of trolleys, trucks and tugs since 1893 when company founder, Harry Crowther Slingsby, began producing products to move heavy loads horizontally around large buildings.

The latest additions to the range feature electric motors and are designed to pull, push and steer wheeled loads of up to 1000kg, with hardly any effort required by the operator.

Dominic Slingsby, Managing Director of Slingsby explains: “These state of the art tugs are simple to use and enable anyone to manoeuvre substantial loads around confined spaces by literally flicking a switch. Although there are cheaper alternatives out there, these are among the best tugs in the world at the moment and as a result they are immediately generating interest due to their huge potential and versatility.

“They are designed to be used in all types of premises from hospitals to warehouses and shops through to factories. These products will immediately increase productivity, reduce manual handling and improve safety and for larger premises there’s also an option to add a ride-on platform.”

They come with built-in rechargeable batteries, an accelerator system that can be regulated to specific limits and they can be adapted to work with a wide range of trolleys, carts and pallet systems. Visit www.slingsby.ie or call 1850 200 633.

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Turn Up The Heat On Fire Procedures In Your Workplace

DESPITE new legislation being introduced last year to reinforce the fact that employers in England must consider an employee’s capabilities when it comes to fire safety, the majority are still unaware of their obligations according to workplace equipment provider Slingsby.

The Fire Safety (Employees’ Capabilities) (England) Regulations 2010 were introduced to clarify how fire-related tasks and assignments should be delegated to employees. As part of the legislation employers must consider what a worker is able and unable to do and how these capabilities may affect their ability to deal with fire-related risks.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, which supplies 35,000 workplace products including an extensive range of fire safety equipment, explains: “Rather than being an extra burden for employers, these new regulations have been introduced to reinforce a workplace’s responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. However the majority of businesses that we speak to are still unaware of the requirements and, as well as creating health and safety issues, this could put them at risk of prosecution.

“The regulations say that employers must carry out a fire safety risk assessment to identify what general fire precautions need to be in place. This should be reviewed regularly and updated where necessary. It must take a workers’ capabilities into consideration along with specific risks they face in their job role and where necessary employers should provide specific training. This also applies to fire wardens or marshals.”

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is still the primary legislation concerning all sectors of fire safety. As part of this employers are required to carry out a fire risk assessment to identify potential hazards and then take action to reduce them. They must also have a plan in place in case of an emergency as well as nominated people to assist in implementing it and all employees should be aware of the procedures.

All buildings must have adequate escape routes for their size and layout. In addition relevant signage should display fire procedures and highlight exits. In premises where employees could be unaware of a fire, either because it’s out of sight or they can’t hear warnings from colleagues, suitable fire alarms should be used and emergency lighting may be necessary in dark escape routes.

Usually one water based extinguisher is also required for each 200m2 of floor space, with a minimum of one extinguisher per floor. However in large or more complex premises, and depending on individual risks, a greater number or wider range of fire safety equipment could be required and some premises may also require hose reels, fire blankets or protective clothing.

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Workplace and Safety Equipment Provider Slingsby Launches Magalogue

LEADING workplace and safety equipment provider Slingsby, which supplies more than 35,000 products across all industries, has launched a new ‘magalogue’ which combines seasonal parts of the company’s catalogue with a wide range of features and news articles.

The new 64 page publication, named ‘WORK-it’ will be produced twice a year and offers supplier and customer interviews, buying guides, tips, ideas and news articles as well as showcasing a selection of Slingsby’s most popular products including safety matting and office furniture.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, explains: “WORK-it is designed to be relevant to people across all industries and features a full range of unbiased articles as well as profiling various products. The first issue contains six interviews, which include the head of The British Institute of Facilities Management and key people from ladder manufacturer Abru, as well as special offers, competitions, product reviews and health and safety advice.

“Customers can already view our entire product range in our catalogue and on our website as well as being able to visit our trade counter so WORK-it has been designed to complement these whilst being informative and interesting.”

Lee Wright, Marketing Director adds: “The first issue has been circulated to a wide range of customers across all types of business and public sector organisations and their initial response has been fantastic and we are delighted with the feedback we have received.”

For further information on Slingsby and its product range visit www.slingsby.com.

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Don’t Slip Up By Neglecting Floors

DESPITE slips and trips still being one of the most common causes of accidents in the workplace, many employers are unknowingly putting their employees at risk by not maintaining non-slip flooring correctly, according to a warning from workplace equipment provider, Slingsby.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) says at least one serious slip injury occurs every three minutes in workplaces throughout Great Britain and most of these are due to contaminants, such as water or grease.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby which supplies more than 35,000 workplace products across all industries from salt spreaders to air conditioners, explains: “Non-slip flooring is often found in high traffic areas such as kitchens and on walkways so it can quickly build up with dirt and grime if it is not cleaned regularly and as the HSE’s figures demonstrate this regularly results in accidents.

“Cleaning up any spillages or contaminations should be a priority in all organisations. Putting such procedures in place is quick and easy and can immediately make a workplace safer and reduce the risk of injuries and compensation claims.”

Lee adds: “In addition non-slip safety matting should be cleaned regularly to maintain its non-slip properties and in busy or public areas it should be cleaned every day. Because a lot of non-slip floors are heavily textured rap mops usually work better than sponge mops, which often disintegrate, and an industrial floor cleaning product should also be used. A scrub brush is good for tough areas or else steam cleaners are also very effective on these surfaces.

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Static Control Ionizer Specifically Designed To Ionize Nitrogen Gas Flow In Pure Nitrogen Environments

ION Systems, an ITW Company, the leader in static charge neutralization and control products for high tech industries, announces the In-line Ultra Clean Nitrogen Ionizer, Model 4214, the first in-line ionizer specifically designed to ionize a nitrogen gas flow in ultra clean medical, semiconductor, or other high purity processes where static charge generation is an issue.

The Model 4214 In-line Ultra Clean Nitrogen Ionizer was developed to provide a solution to the problem of materials readily charging to 30-40 kV when handled in pure nitrogen environments. Many processes in the medical, semiconductor, and electronics industries are carried out in five 9’s pure nitrogen environments (99.999% nitrogen). Nitrogen ensures a clean, non-oxidizing environment that enables critical processes to be carried out without contamination issues. The dry nitrogen environment, however, encourages static charge generation, which can cause particles contamination through electrostatic attraction, or damage from ESD events. The Model 4214 ionizer, by providing a stream of ionized nitrogen, can effectively remove static charge from products to minimize particle attraction and ESD events. Nitrogen cannot be ionized with standard ionization equipment designed for use in ambient air or CDA environments. The Model 4214 provides the user with the first small format ionizer that ionizes the actual nitrogen molecules instead of the trace impurity gases.

In addition to ionizing pure nitrogen, the Model 4214 is also the world’s first corona ionizer that meets Extended ISO Class 1 cleanliness. Using formulas in the ISO 14644-1 standard, ION Systems has extrapolated the allowable particles down to 0.01 micron (10 nm) in size. These smaller particles which are not covered by ISO 14644-1 can be especially harmful to semiconductor devices with 32 nm or below technology nodes.

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Tool-NET Make It Easy To Get The Right Power Tool For The Job

With the current economic situation, it is crucial that the buying decisions that we make are the right ones. We all need the right tools for the job. For many years now, Tool-NET.co.uk has offered a wide selection of power tools and accessories, with more than 6,500 products for customers to choose from. Its Dynamic Competitive Pricing has helped bring power tool prices down for both tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts. Recent innovations to the site, however, have helped to ensure that it is now easier than ever before for customers to choose the best tool for the job. Tool-NET provides detailed, regularly updated listing information, carefully categorised product lines and online ‘live chat’ to ensure the process of choosing a power tool is easier than ever before.

Tool-NET know the power tool business inside out. Their extensive stock range includes saws, drills, grinders, nail guns, routers, sanders, lathes, nibblers, pressure washers and all types of power tools, fixings and consumables. With more than 6,500 products to choose from, you can be sure to find the latest power tools at a great price from brands such as Bosch, Makita, Rawl, Stil, Black & Decker, DeWalt and Hitachi.

Tool-NET are dedicated not just to selling you any power tool, but to helping you select the right power tool for your needs. Tool-NET have introduced a number of innovations to help you choose the right tool for you.

* Each of the 6,500 products has a comprehensive listing that details the product’s features and benefits. Information is also given about any accessories or warranty that comes with the product.
* Large images help you to get a real feel for the products.
* To make comparing similar products even easier, the site is structured in categories and sub-categories that allow customers to compare, for example, all cordless angle drills at a glance.

Tool-NET.co.uk also now ensures that expert help is always at hand at the moment you make your buying decision. The site now allows users to access ‘live chat’, enabling direct access for customers to a member of the Tool-NET team. This means that a tradesperson can find out about exactly how a Makita LXT202 differs from its competitors, or a DIY enthusiast can enquire after the benefits of an air compressorfeature on a nail gun.

Choosing a power tool need no longer be a guessing game – Tool-NET.co.uk not only provides choice but also the information, advice and knowledge that customers need to make the right buying decisions.

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