WEBINAR: Oxidizer Operating Cost Reduction Strategies  
The initial capital cost of an oxidizer can be rapidly eclipsed by continued operating expenses if careful attention is not periodically given to the system. Even for the most efficient, well maintained oxidizers, there are multiple heat and energy recovery technologies that can further reduce operating costs and fuel consumption. This webinar will focus on the parameters that end-users should know about their oxidizer and identify the best available options for heat and energy recovery.
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MTS Announces AeroPro 6.1 Software for Aerospace Structural Testing   New Textbook on Quality in the Office Features Quality Companion by Minitab
Eden Prairie, Minn. - MTS Systems Corporation announced AeroPro 6.1 software, the latest version of its proven control and data acquisition software for aerospace structural testing. AeroPro 6.1 builds on the powerful test-acceleration capabilities of version 6.0 with a host of new features designed to help aerospace test labs improve the speed, efficiency and safety of aerospace structural testing. "Test labs are being pushed to perform more complex cyclic and static tests faster and often with fewer test articles," said Mike Englerth, MTS aerospace product manager. "AeroPro 6.1 software provides the capabilities they need to streamline the setup of complex structural tests, ensure the safety of valuable test articles, improve post-test analysis and adapt quickly to changing demands."   STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A new textbook by noted Lean/Six Sigma authority James Martin aims to boost the successful application of quality improvement methods in the office. In Lean Six Sigma for the Office, Martin presents proven modifications that can be deployed in offices, particularly those offices involved with global operations. Along the way, he shows how 'Quality Companion' by Minitab can make projects easier. Quality Companion is software made specifically for managing and executing quality improvement projects. It complements the company's flagship product, Minitab Statistical Software, used by companies worldwide to analyze the data at the heart of every Six Sigma project.
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In a Tough Economy, Fluke Shows How Facilities Managers Can Boost Efficiency and Save Money   Y.CT Vario - The New, Innovative CT Scanner from YXLON
EVERETT, Wash. - Fluke Corporation, the global leader in portable electronic test and measurement and thermal imaging technology, has published guidelines and tips for facility managers under pressure to cut energy costs in these tough economic times. With the economic downturn, many facility managers face tight operation and maintenance budgets. Luckily, many facilities are sitting on multiple energy conservation opportunities that can save thousands of dollars per year with relatively little capital investment. A checklist showing where to look for these savings is now available in the Fluke application note, "Save money with best practices and an energy inspection checklist," available free on the Fluke web site.   Germany - YXLON International, a leading provider of problem-solving solutions in industrial X-ray inspection and computed tomography (CT) for inspecting materials on a non-destructive basis, presented Y.CT Vario, its new CT scanner. The Y.CT Vario sets itself apart through an optimum combination of high resolution and output performance, a high level of material penetration and short image acquisition times. That combination makes Y.CT Vario the ideal solution for industrial X-ray applications in digital radiography and modern computed tomography. The enabling factors behind this are the perfect coordination of the new YXLON Y.XST225-VF variofocus X-ray system with an innovative polar manipulation concept and state-of-the-art flat-panel detector technology.
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Agilent Technologies' Four New Low-Power, High-Speed Digitizers Provide Precision Data Acquisition for Test, Measurement Applications   New Portable Test Cell Offers Fast and Convenient Wireless Testing
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced four new versions of its low-power U1071A line of Acqiris two-channel, high-speed 8-bit PCI digitizers. The new digitizers give users highly precise and cost-effective measurement data, designed specifically for small to mid-sized test and measurement applications. The U1071ATM digitizers are designed for use in research and educational experiments such as high-energy physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, medical imaging and commercial ultrasonic testing, 3-phase power testing, automated test equipment, and the validation of mixed-signal semiconductors.   CEDAR PARK, Texas- Drawing upon its extensive experience with state-of-the-art wireless test chambers, ETS-Lindgren now offers a portable RF shielded test cell, Model 5247, for making wireless device design verification and over-the-air performance measurements. At just 35.5" (90.17cm) long x 35.5" (90.17 cm) wide x 84" (213.36 cm) high with rolling casters, the test cell can be easily moved between locations for design verification, pre-certification, and production line measurement applications. The test cell is constructed with the same RF shielding and shielded door technology of ETS-Lindgren's popular chambers and offers performance of 80 dB over the frequency range of 700 MHz to 10 GHz.
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New Pinpoint Capture Software Makes Machine Alignment a Snap   New "Snap-In" Mounting Simplifies Integration of SQUIGGLE Piezoelectric Micro Motors into OEM Products
Peabody, MA - Pinpoint Laser Systems is introducing an enhanced version of a unique software application called Pinpoint Capture for use with its popular Microgage line of measuring and alignment products. Capture is a powerful Windows based application for recording and monitoring your measuring and alignment results. Readings from one Microgage display and up to four remote receivers can be viewed on your computer and recorded at anytime and then uploaded to other spreadsheet and statistical packages for analysis. Pinpoint Capture features a large screen format with easy to read measuring values and a choice of plots and graphs to follow your measuring results.   Victor, NY - A new stainless steel housing for the SQL-1.8 SQUIGGLE micro motor simplifies mounting of this patented piezoelectric motor into miniature OEM products, New Scale Technologies announced today. The model SQL-1.8-6-12-SS SQUIGGLE motor measures only 2.7 x 2.8 x 6 mm including housing. This is still 25% to 50% thinner and up to ten times smaller in length x width than competing micro motors. With new mounting tabs and a solid bottom surface, the SQL-1.8-6-12-SS SQUIGGLE motor is easily integrated into high-volume miniature products such as tiny optical systems, medical devices, micro-robotic instruments and more.
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Makino Releases New Titanium Booster Technology for Sinker EDMS   Phoenix Contact's Configurable Industrial PCs Provide Flexibility
AUBURN HILLS, MI - Makino's new sinker EDM Titanium Booster technology enhances productivity and capability in roughing processes of titanium and titanium alloys. This technology addresses previous issues associated with rough machining, or "hogging," large pockets or cavities in titanium, including high wear rates of expensive specialty cutting tools, previous slow EDM machining speeds, and high electrode wear. Titanium Booster technology utilizes a 60 Amp power booster and new machining conditions to increase roughing speeds up to 80% while reducing electrode wear to nearly a third that of previous and existing EDM technologies.   MIDDLETOWN, PA - Phoenix Contact has introduced a new line of competitively priced, configurable industrial PCs. ValueLine industrial PCs are available in a wide range of models, screen sizes and CPU choices to match the ValueLine PC to a wide variety of automation, process visualization and control applications. Select features include fanless design, large 15- or 17-inch TFT touch screens, fast Core2Duo 1.5 GHz or Celeron M1.0 GHz CPUs, up to 4 GB DDR-RAM and rugged 64 GB solid-state hard drive (SSHD) option. Dual, independent 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports make networking easy.
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Cognex Introduces Third Generation Checker Vision Sensor   National Instruments Introduces Industry's Fastest Wireless LAN Test Suite
Cognex Corporation, the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems and vision sensors, has added the Checker® 3G series to its award-winning Checker vision sensor product line. With simple setup, integrated part detection, lighting, I/O and job change all in a rugged IP67 housing, Checker 3G is the easy, reliable and affordable way to verify all products or parts on the line. With Checker 3G, the user chooses whether to configure the sensor as a presence sensor or measurement sensor. Presence sensors verify that features are present. Measurement sensors verify that features are the correct height, width and/or diameter.   National Instruments today announced a new wireless local area network (WLAN) test solution that can generate and analyze RF signal measurements four times faster than other modular instrumentation solutions and up to 10 times faster than traditional box instruments. The test solution combines new NI WLAN Measurement Suite software for the National Instruments LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI development environments with NI 6.6 GHz PXI Express RF hardware to deliver increased speed and flexibility for testing IEEE 802.11 a/b/g standards.
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Device Integration Tools From Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation Help Reduce Project Life-Cycle Costs   Emerson's Smart Wireless Technology Enables Online Filter Monitoring to Avoid Downtime at INEOS Köln GmbH
MILWAUKEE, WI - Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser are introducing new tools that allow faster system engineering, reduced risks and protection of plant assets. The integration between Endress+Hauser field devices and the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx process automation system uses open, standard technology at every level. For the controller-level network, Common Industrial Protocol (CIP)-based networks, such as EtherNet/IP, are used to provide superior enterprise connectivity, while process device communication protocols such as HART, Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus PA deliver device intelligence.   AUSTIN, TX - Emerson Process Management's Smart Wireless technology is enabling INEOS to monitor filters within polyethylene pellet transportation tubes. Blockages to the filters can lead to production downtime at its plant in Cologne, Germany. The polyethylene pellets are "blown" through the transportation tubes using compressed air. The incoming air is filtered to prevent any pollution of final product. The filters become blocked over time and lose their efficiency, which in turn affects the quality of the end product. A liquid column (U-tube) was installed across the filter, indicating the differential pressure. An increase in the pressure suggests that the filters are blocking. Identifying a blocked filter did, however depend on the operator making his rounds at the moment the blockage was becoming noticeable.
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VALENTINE - Providing Engineered Solutions for OEMs for More Than 50 years  
Founded in 1943, Valenite has been serving the metal cutting industry for more than 60 years. Remaining a trusted supplier to OEMs worldwide, Valenite products and services are recognized as first-rate. Many companies claim their cutting tool is the best, but it doesn't matter how exceptional a tool is if the company can't support it. Whether your operation involves milling, turning, drilling, boring or requires a special tooling system, Valenite provides you with the best cutting tools and systems available, along with the technical support to help keep your operations running.
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