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Chip Trapper Prolongs Coolant Life
EXAIR’s new, patented High Lift Chip Trapper™ removes the solids like chips, swarf, and shavings out of used coolants and other liquids with up to 15 feet of lift or 20 feet of horizontal vacuum.
Wireless, Controller-Free Laser Tracker
The OTC Core is a high-performance laser tracker that delivers essential laser tracking measurement capability at an affordable price. Its compact size and wireless operation offers high-accuracy measurement with the convenience of portability and ease-of-use.
Spinning Hanger Blasting Machine
Viking Blast & Wash Systems offers a redesigned industrial blasting machine of the “spinner hanger” design: The SH 3660 has a wider blast zone — 36 inches wide by 60 inches tall — than its predecessor (SH 3460), which achieves a new scale of efficiency.
Accuride Acquiring Rival Truck Wheel-End Producer
Accuride agreed to acquire KIC LLC for an undisclosed price, and will combine its commercial vehicle wheel, brake drum, rotor, and hub and drum assemblies with its similar Gunite division offerings.
A New Look for High-Volume Moldmaking 
It may seem that foundries everywhere have embraced additive manufacturing for producing sand molds for the design flexibility and the dimensional accuracy of sand printing, but for some foundries the objective remains production volume — and for those the Disamatic has been a consistent source of production technology for more than 50 years.
A New Vision of Connectivity for Foundries 
FATA Aluminum’s "Foundry of the Future" proposition means metalcasting operations will automatically anticipate and avoid downtime, increasing throughput and achieving flexibility for new requirements.
Mixed-Light Inspection for Inline Casting Assessment
Inspection Technologies Ltd. has developed a mixed-light system that eliminates production bottlenecks and significantly increases throughput rates at inline inspection points. The system includes software that automates inspection, removing the need for expensive highly qualified inspectors. After the automated inspection process is complete, visual photographic records of all inspections are permanently stored for compliance and 100% Quality Audit purposes.
Release Agent Helps Protect Molds, Castings, Environment
Cortec’s new EcoAir® mold release provides dual protection by combining lubrication with a bio-based corrosion inhibitor for injection molds and other metal surfaces.
Entry-Level, Continuous Through-Feed Shot Blast Machine
Wheelabrator is expanding its CT series of continuous through-feed shot blast machines with the introduction of a new, entry-level model. The CT-2-45/7-430 was designed as a flexible and cost-effective model, well suited to foundries looking for automation, integration, and high quality.
Level Detectors for Foundry Sands
Automation Products Inc. Dynatrol level detectors can operate as high-, mid-, and low-level indicators for foundry molding sands, green sand, reclaimed sand, or other bulk solid materials, ranging from low-density flakes and powders to pellets and heavy granular materials.
U.S. Leads Automotive Aftermarket, Study Finds
In 2016, for example, U.S. buyers accounted for 86% or $10.3 billion of overall sales in the North American automotive aftermarket. Through 2021, U.S. aftermarket demand for engine, transmission, and drivetrain components will increase 1.6% annually, less than the rate of increase in the Canadian and Mexican markets.
HMI Workstations for Productivity, Increased Plant Safety
Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds division expanded its series of MTL GECMA HMI workstations, introducing two new products, the thin client (TC) and personal computer (PC) versions. The new versions result in a common platform design for plant managers to reduce operating costs, optimize productivity and increase plant safety, with the additional benefits of reducing space in the cabinet, and “future proofing” the plant.
Fluidized-Bed Scrubber for Gas Absorption, Particulate Collection
Bionomic Industries Inc. offers a new “fluidized bed” scrubber that absorbs gas and collects airborne particulates, for gas capacities from 500 to 250,000 acfm. The patented RotaBed Series’ performance comes from a swirl induced Coriolis grid that achieves greater fluidized bed stability, resulting in more efficient gas mixing and transfer efficiency than less advanced designs.
High-Speed, Lightweight Deburring Tools
ATI Industrial Automation will introduce the RC-900 and RC-1040 radially compliant deburring tools, the same air-actuated compliance as current models, but with a motor that is 50% more powerful.
Back-Blow Air Nozzle for Cleaning Tiny Inside Diameters
Exair’s new Model 1004SS, M4 NPT back-blow air nozzle was designed to deliver the smallest, most effective airflow for blowing debris and liquids from small pipe or hose inside diameters, channels, bores, holes, internal threads, and other internal part features. An array of holes provides a forceful, 360-degree airflow to clear out coolant, chips, and light oils following machining processes.
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