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On the web ... Hand-held, remote ordering of products from GE Supply, the electrical, voice and data products distribution business of General Electric, now is on-line via its www.gesupply.com websit...


September 1, 2001
By MRO Magazine

On the web …

Hand-held, remote ordering of products from GE Supply, the electrical, voice and data products distribution business of General Electric, now is on-line via its www.gesupply.com website. The system uses a hand-held device that marries a Palm Pilot to a Symbol SPT 1500 scanner which recognizes ID bar codes on product labels. Once scanned, items are uploaded to a PC, which transmits the information on in secure mode to the website, an order is placed and scheduled for delivery. This enables material to be ordered from the jobsite. For more information, contact GE Supply by calling 203-944-3102.

Hobart Welders Welding Talk Forum, online at www.hobartwelders.com, is an interactive chat room where visitors can discuss the finer points of welding, in addition to asking questions. Support staff monitor the site and submit a response when appropriate.

Kollmorgen, a Danaher Motion company, has announced the launch of Motion Village, an online web community designed to provide resources and engineering solutions quickly and easily to designers and engineers. Located at www.motionvillage.com, the site includes training, product, service and support information.

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Danaher Motion offers a Product Selector, which allows the user to conduct a preliminary search of Kollmorgen’s wide range of servo products to determine the viability of a product solution. Used in conjunction with Motioneering, the company’s dynamic analysis sizing software, the application can search a large database of motor and drive products by one or more performance or feature parameters. The Product Selector is at www.selector.kollmorgen.com.

Miller Electric has updated its website, located at www.millerwelds.com, which now features online buying and list prices for all products. The site includes access to company welding experts, the ability to download owner’s manuals, a product selector function and an expanded library of application and technical stories.

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced a new website designed to promote its Prest-O-Lite line of air-gas equipment used for welding, cutting and heating. Located at www.prest-o-lite.com, the site offers descriptions of the complete product line, including regulators, cylinders, oxy-acetylene brazing, welding and heating heads, replacement gauges and more.

IndustryAnswers.com from Meridium is an industry-wide reliability benchmarking website designed to capture failure and repair data from refinery and chemical processing companies. This database of hundreds of thousands of repair records allows subscribers to benchmark their performance against industry averages. The site has two major features: first, the free-access Reliability Exchange Forum, which facilitates the exchange of experience and information regarding plant and equipment reliability issues; and second, the members-only Metrics and Benchmarking site, which calculates and presents benchmarking information based on equipment and work order data from contributing organizations. Further information can be obtained by calling Meridium at 540-344-9205 or visiting www.meridium.com.

Engineers can instantly answer customer questions regarding Pacific Scientific products or applications in the chat room recently established by the company on its website, located at www.pacsci.com.

Chromalox has revamped its website to offer more design support and on-line ordering assistance for engineers and specifiers seeking information about heating technology. Visitors to the site, located at www.mychromalox.com, will find more installation guides, instruction sheets, free software and a Design Wizard.

Visitors to the E-MON website, located at www.emon.com, will find broader technical, application and sales information on the company’s full line of solid-state kilowatt-hour meters, demand meters, automatic meter-reading equipment, energy monitoring and analysis software and more. The company’s on-line load profiling and energy analysis service, emonenergy.com, also is featured.

On CD …

Baldor has released the updated and improved Version 7.0 of its interactive Electronic Catalog on CD-ROM. This new version, available at no charge, gives users instant access to a wide variety of technical information on more than 6,500 different Baldor motors and drives. An interactive search function allows them to find items when they have only limited information. Also included are an energy savings analysis program, new product highlights and a direct link to the company website at www.baldor.com. For more information, call 501-646-4711 or visit the website.

A CD from General Magnaplate guides engineers in the selection of combinations of metals and coatings that improve the service life of mating components. The easy-to-use Friction Data Guide shows comparisons of the co-efficients of friction of a variety of combinations of treated and untreated surfaces. Also featured are test results of combinations of Magnaplate-applied coatings and generic materials. The CD is available by calling 800-852-3301 or visiting www.magnaplate.com.

Summit Training Source’s Heat Stress Prevention program now is available in a Peak Training interactive CD-ROM format. The guidelines in this training course will help workers recognize the symptoms of heat stress and provide tips on how to avoid this dangerous condition. It costs US$695.00. Free previews are available by calling 616-949-4343, toll-free 800-842-0466, or by e-mailing previews@safetyontheweb.com.

Rockwell Automation has released an upgrade of the Reliance RPM AC Motor Wizard, a software program for selecting inverter-duty motors from 3 hp to 1,000 hp. Now in CD format as Version 2.1, this upgrade contains enhancements designed so that users with little understanding of AC induction motor theory and construction can provide the desired inputs and receive a customized RPM AC inverter-duty design that matches the application requirements. The program automatically assists in motor configuration/selection by taking into consideration the operating characteristics of the motor, as well as inter-relationships of environmental, operational and user-imposed limitations. For further information, call 864-281-2171 or visit www.reliance.com.

In Print…

Caster producer Darcor Limited and Ergo-Web Inc. are producing a white paper, The Ergonomics of Manual Material Handling. It is to include an overview of the costs and consequences of neglecting ergonomics and an overview of typical pushing and pulling activities in industry. To order a copy, contact Darcor’s Robert Hilborn at 800-387-7206, e-mail casters@darcor.com. The company’s website is located at www.ergonomic-casters.com.

New from Rockwell Automation is a pocket reference guide featuring Dodge mechanical power transmission products. The 26-page brochure features a brief description of each product. For further information, call 864-281-2171 or visit www.dodge-pt.com.

Deltech is offering free copies of its booklet entitled How to Purify Low Pressure Breathing Air. This 16-page booklet, designated Bulletin 270, uses text and illustrations to describe types of compressed breathing air purification equipment, guidelines for selecting the correct equipment for specific applications, and other info
rmation. Order it at 352-873-5700 or visit the website at www.deltech-flair.com.

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has released the latest edition of the ISO 9000 Essentials handbook. A guide for Quality Management System practitioners, it includes a complete vocabulary, full text of the standard, revised help statements and a checklist. The design of the updated guide is more user friendly, and it outlines the merger of the 1994 editions of ISO 9001, 9002 and 9003 into a single document, ISO 9001:2000. Contact 416-747-2620 or visit www.csa.ca.

The 2001 Measurement & Inspection Sensors Catalog from Banner Engineering has been expanded by approximately one-third over last year’s edition, providing detailed product coverage, including selection data and complete specifications for every sensor, and more than 50 application drawings. The 119-page catalogue features a simple-to-follow layout, including colour-coded product sections grouped by family. Request a free copy of the catalogue via e-mail to sensors@bannerengineering.com, call 763-544-3164 or 888-373-6767, or visit www.bannerengineering.com.MRO