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Altra Industrial Motion, South Beloit, Ill., is building a 90,000-sq-ft manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China (near Shanghai).
Looking Back 10/20/2011
Maneuverability is the benefit of an innovative steering system for the popular Sea-Doo watercraft line. Sea-Doo O.P.A.S. (Off-Power Assisted Steering) assists boat operators when steering in off-power operation
Looking Back 7/07/2011
With its 3.6-liter V8, the Bentley Experimental (EXP) Speed 8 race car does 0-to-60 in 3 sec and has a top speed of 225 mph
Looking Back 6/23/2011
Robotic refueling for fleets: An automated fuel-tank filling robot targets urban public transit networks and vehicle fleets. From Robosoft in France, the Oscar MK6 has a dripless and vaporless rubberized coupler for 31-gallon/min fueling that eliminates spills
New Products: Handheld Plastic Welder
It weighs 1.2 kg, including its 3-m power cord and air-supply hose. The unit requires at least 40 lpm of airflow from an optional remote blower system or compressed-air supply.
New Products: Floating-Nut Fastener
The product lets installers attach components in off-center applications and compensate for tolerance stack up in the manufacturing process. Riv-Float can replace cage nuts, clinch nuts, floating nut plates, or weld nuts.
New Products: Structural Blind Rivets
Designed to fill a wide range of hole sizes and offering a broad grip range from 0.12 to 0.87 in., the Huck- Lok creates rugged joints suited for a wide range of structural assemblies. The HuckLok is available in 0.18 through 0.25-in. diameters.
Product Spotlight: Flexible Underhood Hose
The GH100 hose is qualified for underhood use with biodiesel B2 to B20 up to 150°C, biodiesel B100 up to 125°C, and for transmission-oil cooler applications using synthetic lubricants at peak temperatures up to 175°C.
Product Spotlight: Flat-Face Couplings
Series 2FSI flat-face couplings contain special sectors made of hardened steel rather than latching balls to increase the contact surface between male and female couplings, preventing the brinelling effect.
Product Spotlight: One-Piece Captive Flange
A one-piece captive flange for Code 61 and Code 62 connections is designed to attach to a hose after the hose’s fitting has been crimped.
New Products: Mold and Mask Tape
Scapa 815 is a flash-breaker tape designed to mask and hold tools, forms, and parts for metal or composite bonding.
Thermal transfer overprinter
The Videojet DataFlex Plus thermal-transfer overprinter for flexible packaging prints up to 40 ips (1,000 mm), or 425 packages/ min, depending on ribbon width and application.
Intermediate drive conveyor
The Intermediate Drive Conveyor in the Designer System conveyor line requires only a 26-in. straight section and lets users determine gearmotor placement.
Continuous motion shrink wrapper
The 596S Continuum Shrink Wrapper's single-roll lap seal handles PET, glass, and metal containers.
Laser-marking system
The Videojet 3430 combines high-speed coding and 50 W of laser power for beverage, brewing, food, packaging, and extrusion lines.
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