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What’s new… (September 01, 2001)

Premium efficient motors carry EnergyGuide labelBaldor will be labelling its Super-E premium efficient motors with an EnergyGuide label. Similar to the yellow tags on home appliances, these labels wil...

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Premium efficient motors carry EnergyGuide label

Baldor will be labelling its Super-E premium efficient motors with an EnergyGuide label. Similar to the yellow tags on home appliances, these labels will inform electric motor buyers of the energy and dollar savings they can achieve from installing these motors. According to a recent U.S. Department of Energy study, electric motors use 63% of the electricity used by industry, or 25% of all the electricity sold in the United States. The study suggests that this energy use could be reduced by as much as 18% using “proven, cost effective technologies,” including premium efficient electric motors. Electricity accounts for over 97% of the lifetime cost of an industrial electric motor, while purchase price, installation and repair costs comprise less than 3%. A Super-E motor can reduce electricity use by up to 9% annually. The company has an aggressive marketing campaign under way to demonstrate to motor buyers how quickly energy savings can hit their bottom line. Also, it is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as they develop an “Energy Star” program for industrial motors.

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Filtration system recycles spent coolant

A filtration system that decreases the disposal costs of spent machine coolants, the Wastecompressor processes spent machine coolants into two components, a concentrated waste and a purified solution. The purified solution is either sent to the drain or reused, reducing the volume of waste requiring disposal by 70% to 90%. Membrane fouling is minimal because ceramic membranes with a uniform, 500-angstrom pore size are used.

Tuf Technologies
Reader Service Card No. 308

Step motor control system features three control axes

The MD2035/3 intelligent control system for step motors from Applied Motion Products includes three axes of control with an integrated power supply and three step-motor drives. Features include a 16-bit microprocessor, programming via the motion control language MINT or plotter command set HPGL, eight digital outputs, two analogue outputs, eight digital inputs and a counter input for following a master encoder. Additional I/O and an operator keypad can be added with ribbon cable connections. The system can operate in both host and stand-alone modes.

Electromate Industrial Sales
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Expanded line of pump motors handles variety of fluids

Lincoln Motors has announced an expanded line of Signature series close-coupled and Jet Pump AC motors, suitable for industrial fluid-handling applications requiring NEMA JM, JP and Jet Pump mounting arrangements. Designed for long life and dependable service, the pumps are available in single- and three-phase AC voltage configurations and in ODP or TEFC enclosures. All Jet Pump models have built-in automatic reset thermal overload protection.

Lincoln Motors
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Convertible profiles attach to timing belts for flexibility in conveyor systems

Brecoflex’s ATN convertible profile system offers flexibility and cost savings by allowing different goods to be transported as needed in a conveyor system with the same belt by changing the profile set-up. Fastened to the timing belt by means of nylon or brass inserts, the profiles can be converted, interchanged or reconfigured on the same timing belt. Downtime is short when changing profiles, since this can be carried out on site without disassembling the system. Existing machines can be reconfigured to convey or index new products by changing profiles to accommodate the shape and size of the new product.

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Close focus option is added to thermometer series

Raytek has announced an addition to its Raynger MX series of infra-red, non-contact thermometers, the MX Close Focus. This modified MX model provides accurate measurement of small target areas without including unwanted background temperatures. The close focus option is available with any model in the MX series, adding the bonus of a minute distance-to-spot ratio of 300 mm (11.8 in.) with a spot size or 6 mm (0.24 in.) at the focal point without compromising the wide temperature range of minus 30 C to plus 900 C (minus 20 F to plus 1,600 F).

Anderson Controls
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Software upgrades enhance DCS family

Reliance Electric has announced the release of two new versions of its AutoMax executive software for its AutoMax Distributed Control System (DCS). Version 3.9 and Version 4.3 are available as upgrades for current and new users of AutoMax control products. Both versions operate in Microsoft Windows 95/98, Windows 2000 and NT environments. Version 4 provides advanced ladder language capabilities. Included with this release are AutoMax manuals on CD, at no extra cost. Hard copies of the manuals will continue to be available for purchase. The DCS family encompasses a wide array of speed, power and memory capabilities for multi-functional AC and DC industrial drive regulation and control applications, functioning as a drive regulator, a programmable controller and a process controller in a single product.

Rockwell Automation
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Laser aligns machine trains, measures straightness

Hyatt Industries has expanded its Rotalign laser series to include the Rotalign Pro, which aligns not only standard coupled and uncoupled machine sets, but also entire trains of up to six machines. Also new is an additional module that makes light work of straightness measurement of ways, beds and other machine applications. Other features include time-saving machine templates with predefined or user-specific set-up configurations and a soft foot “wizard” that gives expert correction recommendations. The unit is shock-, water- and dust-proof and meets IP67/65 standards.

Hyatt Industries
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Oscilloscope has waveform mathematics function built in

Fluke Electronics Canada has released new firmware which adds waveform mathematics capabilities to its 190 series ScopeMeters. Many easy-to-use functions are built in to the version 4.0 firmware, including the ability to multiply individual channel inputs to calculate power graphs. These digital hand-held oscilloscopes feature dual inputs. Each input has its own digitizer, allowing simultaneous acquisition and analysis of two waveforms. Using the new waveform mathematics capability, these input waveforms can be added, subtracted or multiplied. As a result, the user has the ability to view power as a function of time.

Fluke Electronics Canada
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