Product News - June 2017

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Speed Sensor Mounts on Multiple Idler Styles

Superior Industries has added a new speed sensor to its conveyor component accessories offering. The device monitors the speed of a conveyor belt by producing electronic pulses interpreted by a PLC or a Superior Speed Sensor module. The unit’s sensors help operators control conveyor shutdowns, monitor belt slippage and trigger warning systems. Fitted for CEMA C and D idlers, Superior Speed Sensors are available for belt widths ranging from 24 inches (in.) to 72 in. and are protected by a two-year components warranty. They can be mounted on a clean side roll, return roll or troughing wing roll.

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Linear Position Sensor

The GEMCO 958A embedded Linear Displacement Transducer (LDT) was designed specifically with the needs of the mobile hydraulics market in mind. The rugged, rod style LDT is designed to fit entirely inside a hydraulic or clevis style cylinder and provide absolute analog feedback in the most-demanding applications and extreme operating environments. It offers accuracy and reliability with high resolution and precision repeatability. The embedded LDT is totally installed inside the cylinder, which protects the transducer from outside conditions. It uses the latest generation of field-proven magnetostrictive position-sensing technology to give absolute analog position, accurate to 0.04% of the programmable sensing distance. A variety of analog outputs are available.

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Rexnord Launches Digital Productivity Initiative

Rexnord recently announced its DiRXN (pronounced “direction”) initiative — its new digital productivity platform based on the integration of innovative Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and e-commerce technologies with its leading portfolio of tools, products and services. DiRXN directly connects miners to data and information that allows them to optimize productivity across all stages. Rexnord said this digital unification of product and processes will create a true ecosystem of enhanced value over time as it further innovates deep learning into solutions and partnerships to reshape and enhance Rexnord service levels and business models.

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Flexible Coupling Basics

Many different types of flexible couplings are available for use in the pump industry. Each has its own features and benefits, but all are required to perform three primary functions: connect two shafts, transmit rotary power and accommodate shaft misalignment. A document recently released by the Hydraulic Institute outlines pumping industry standard practices to select flexible couplings based on application requirements. Along with basic selection techniques, it reviews the most common styles of couplings found on pump applications across different industries today. It also provides the user with general guidance on the installation and maintenance requirements of each coupling type.

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Smart Level-detection Switch

The Gladiator Admittance Smart Switch Series, a state-of-the-art level probe, has been designed to operate in tough industrial environments. It detects the level of liquids, slurries, powders or solids in a tank or vessel. The unit is suitable for a broad range of products and dielectric constants and can operate at temperatures of up to 842°F. The unit measures the capacitance or “admittance” between a probe and the wall of the container. As the level of the product rises to the level of the probe, or drops below that level, the capacitance measured at the probe changes. The Gladiator detects this change and produces an output.

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Heavy-Haul Planetary Axle

The P600 Series Tridem Heavy-Haul Planetary Axle has been designed for heavy-duty, long-haul, mining and logging applications. “The new tridem is the next-generation axle from our award-winning P600 series and one of many new products Meritor will bring to market during the next three years as part of the company’s M2019 growth initiative,” said Steve Luepke, director, off-highway, for Meritor. “Reduced lead time, aftermarket parts and support, and continued investment and innovation differentiate us in this market and support our strategy to be an industry leader.”

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Agility and Technology Meets Iron

Hemisphere GNSS introduced a new application software for high-precision GNSS-based machine control and guidance systems. GradeMetrix is next-generation, core software (optional Windows 10 and Android) designed to empower heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own branded machine control and guidance solutions to their customers.
Heavy equipment manufacturers in large part, have had to rely on after-market systems to provide their machine control positioning technology. After-market systems also compete with OEMs creating a lack of brand identity, customizable solutions and integration tools, all of which are essential to facilitating superior system performance.

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Flow Switch Protects Pumps

Engineers responsible for industrial water storage, disinfection or effluent treatment systems will find the FlexSwitch FLT93 Flow Switch reduces pump repair and extends pump life by detecting dry running conditions. Industrial wastewater treatment systems in mining applications depend on pumps to move water through storage, disinfection, effluent treatment and delivery. Pumps are expensive to operate and costly to maintain — especially when dry running conditions suddenly occur due to system variable demand, leaks, clogs or other problems that can end up damaging pump seals or bearings. The result can be emergency shutdowns, expensive service interruptions and major pump repairs, overhauls or even full replacement.

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Product News - May 2017

 OEMs Will Showcase Equipment at Longwall USA

The two leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for longwall mining equipment, Komatsu Mining Corp. and Cat Global Mining, will display products and services at Longwall USA, which takes place June 13-15 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Komatsu Mining Corp. (formerly known as Joy Global) will be highlighting a variety of underground equipment and solutions at Longwall USA 2017, explained Caley Clinton, global public relations manager. “Those products include items such as replaceable inserts for shearer trapping shoes and cameras for roof supports,” she said. “In addition to longwall mining equipment, we will also be promoting the 14ED25 entry development miner-bolter as well as service products and consumables such as hydraulics hoses, filters and bits.”

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Cat Presents Advanced Automation

Cat Global Mining returns to Longwall USA with digital displays of its complete line of longwall products — roof supports, shearers, plows, face conveyors, stage loaders, drive systems and automation technology to optimize operations. The company will present advanced automation technologies that have played key roles in several Australian longwall mines attaining million-ton months. One mine exceeded 360,000 tons in a week. In addition to increases in productivity, integrating control of all longwall components increased equipment availability and reduced in-panel parts usage.

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Baldor Expands Raptor Line of Couplings

Baldor Electric Co. recently announced the expansion of the Raptor tire coupling product line, designed to deliver up to 5.9 times longer coupling life, to include sizes E100, E120 and E140, with a maximum torque rating of 340,340 in.-lb.

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Non-nuclear Density Meters

The Red Meters (RM) Series is a product lineup of highly accurate non-nuclear density meters. Coated with an abrasion-resistant liner to withstand rough and finely ground slurries, the RM3 is easily installed into the slurry pipeline. A Class 2 industrial laser reads passing materials continuously, which is then interpreted by the system’s custom-developed algorithm and fed into the Human Monitoring Interface (HMI). Density is calculated with an accuracy of 0.25% based on samples taken 50 times per second. The RM3 is far more than just a sensor. The HMI touchscreen output can be set to display different variables in numerical or graph form, including density, pressure, percent solids, totalized mass, and more. The RM3 is designed to accommodate an internal pipe bore of 2 in. to 60 in. in diameter with a maximum pressure of 600 psi. Replacing a nuclear meter with a RM3 increases accuracy readings by 2.5%, leading to immeasurable savings in time and money. 

Open Gear and Rope Lubricant

Bel-Ray’s Molylube Open Gear and Rope Lubricant can be used in general industrial open gears, pins and bushings, chains, wire ropes, cables, drive chains and sliding surfaces. It has been specifically formulated for open gears, girth gears and rack and pinions, which are found in all types of equipment such as draglines, shovels, mills, kilns and stationary and mobile cranes. The Molylube Open Gear and Rope Lubricant, according to Bel-Ray, is a highly tenacious lubricant that ensures adherence to the gear teeth creating excellent resistance to throw-off and slinging.

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Product News - April 2017


Multi-Purpose Truck Chassis Tackles Off-Road Applications

ARDCO recently produced the next generation of its Articulating Multi-Purpose Truck (AMT), featuring a modular back-end platform that offers the flexibility to customize the vehicle to suit extreme off-road jobsites.

The AMT is designed to accept a wide array of standard and customizable attachments. Available configurations include a bare chassis, flatbed, water tank, fuel tank, dump bed, service and lube station, utility bed, personnel carrier, pipe trailer, drill, and custom solutions. End-users can easily change attachments, while rental companies can serve a variety of customer applications with a single machine.

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Product News - March 2017

Hitachi Introduces Multiple Technological Innovations

Last fall, Hitachi showcased several technological advancements at its MINExpo 2016 exhibit. These innovations ranged from autonomous haulage to an advanced AC-drive system to electric-powered hydraulic mining excavators.
“Hitachi built the first hydraulic excavator in Japan exclusively using Japanese technology,” said Craig Lamarque, division manager, Hitachi Construction Machinery-Americas. “Building on this legacy, Hitachi continues to lead the industry with technological innovation.”

Hitachi’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) leverages technologies developed for Hitachi Ltd.’s automotive and railroad solutions as well as Wenco’s fleet management and dispatch system to increase productivity and lower the total cost of ownership. The system features automated navigation and route optimization; the ability to negotiate traffic conditions; optimized accelerating, braking and steering control, site awareness and forward collision warning; and the Wenco fleet management system for overall supervisor control.

“As a fully integrated system, our autonomous haulage system is Hitachi to the core,” said Lamarque. “It results in a truck that can determine the most efficient paths without constant communication with traffic control. We’ve also included components that make it possible to convert any Hitachi AC-3 truck bought today to AHS in the future.”

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PRODUCT NEWS - December 2016

South African Coal Operators Purchase Eickhoff Continuous Miners • Conveyor Drive System • Safety Glasses • Solutions for Falling Objects • Joy Announces New Services at MINExpo

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