Published on: 

Kafko Oil Eater

Kafko Oil Eater is a 275-gallon tote addition to its Oil Eater Original cleaner-degreaser line for high-volume users. This water-based cleaner features a formula that eliminates the need for multiple cleaning solutions using anti-corrosion chemistry. This safely dissolves grease, oil and grime from machinery, motors, tools and concrete floors. It can also be used in parts cleaning and pressure washing machines. The product is concentrated, biodegradable, non-toxic, non-flammable and contains no acids, abrasives or petroleum solvents. It is available in sizes ranging from a 32oz spray to a 55-gallon drum.

3D printing

German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology. The new TruPrint 1000 LMF 3D printer works like a selective laser-melting 3D printer, using a powder bed process to build threedimensional parts by laying down a thin layer of metal powder materials onto the build surface while a 200-watt laser fuses the layer of powder along the contour of the part being printed.

The technology is capable of fabricating objects with complex geometries not possible with traditional metal manufacturing processes, including objects with internal channels and hollow spaces. The TruPrint 1000 is suitable for materials research.

It has a build volume of only 100 mm in diameter and 100 mm tall. This technology is rapidly growing in popularity with businesses and industries that need robust metal 3D printing for rapid prototyping or the manufacturing of low-volume metal parts. Small and medium-sized parts incorporating complex structures, such as nozzles and turbine blades can be designed and prototyped using this equipment.


In addition to the available standard model for temperatures of up to 125°C, the Kral OMP series Volumeter can deal with temperatures up to 250°C. They deliver precision of ±0.1% of the measuring value. These flowmeters are used for lubricating liquids in industrial applications.


Rockwell DCS

The PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS) from Rockwell Automation is said to enhance automation productivity, adopt new enabling technologies to improve user experience, and enhance control capabilities to help meet operational goals. It includes expanded estimation, design and development guides to decrease the time required to deploy the system and reduce life-cycle costs. Smaller control systems can be integrated into larger enterprise networks with a common infrastructure. It comes with a mobile component that enables users to create displays and interact with process data.

Rockwell Automation has also expanded its Allen-Bradley ControlLogix family of controllers to enable faster system performance and support the growing use of smart devices in manufacturing and industrial operations. The new ControlLogix 5580 controller provides up to 45% more application capacity and includes a new port to support high-performance communications and applications with up to 256 axes of motion. The controller supports enhanced security.

The company has also released a new diagnostic reliability service to help drive a streamlined maintenance strategy on integrated equipment lines. It deploys a layer of technology across plant devices, and equipment to monitor and perform analysis and create a continuous improvement approach to reliability maintenance.

It automatically collects data from all devices on the production control network. The data is modeled with asset management information to trigger events and send alerts to personnel for proactive maintenance. It is said to reduce manual datacollection by 70%.

Power modeling

GE’s Energy Consulting group has announced upgrades to its Multi-Area Production Simulation (MAPS) software program to enable users to model the economic operation of a power system more accurately. It can handle computations up to 70% faster than before.

A new Compass interface makes interactions with MAPS files easier and allows for simple scenario management, live error checking, project management and visualization. The software also allows for longitude and latitude to be input and viewed via a map in the solution’s new geospatial view.

Another addition to GE’s MAPS is the inclusion of daily fuel prices in the system. By updating fuel prices daily, users can be sure that they are viewing and using the most accurate figures available when modeling their system.

Shaft couplings

A line of rigid shaft couplings and shaft adapters is available from Stafford Manufacturing. They are designed to join shafts of different sizes and configurations, extend shafts and provide mating options. Allowing drive system modifications without the need for major redesigns or replacement shafts, they are available in a variety of configurations made from steel, stainless steel, aluminum and brass.

Suitable for use with pumps, mixers, packaging machinery, conveyors, and related equipment, Stafford couplings are available in one-, two-, and three-piece designs with or without keyways. The shaft adapters are offered in step-up and step-down configurations with or without keyways and shaft extensions can be round, square, hex, D, threaded, keyed, and tapered.

Proximity system

The Metrix Digital Proximity System (DPS) combines the performance of an API 670- compliant proximity measurement system with the flexibility of digital configurability. It allows a user to configure a 200 mV/mil (8mV/μm) linear output for almost any combination of probe target material, system length, and manufacturer for a proximity probe thrust, radial vibration or speed system. The system can be field configured. The MX8030 Proximity Probe and MX8031 Extension Cable System comes standard with VibeLock and Triaxial Cables.

Schneider Electric updates

Schneider Electric announced a series of product updates and industry certifications to strengthen operational integrity and cybersecurity in the power industry. Enhancements to the Foxboro Evo process automation system elevate the safety, security and reliability of operations.

The Control Network Interface (CNI) offers a method to interconnect multiple systems or segment large systems. This allows for more efficient ways to expand operations, meet compliance mandates and perform maintenance tasks, as well as provides stronger protection against cybersecurity risk and unplanned downtime.

In addition, the Compact Intelligent Marshalling FBM247 is the latest addition to Schneider Electric’s Compact 200 Series FBM offering of standard 200-series I/O modules in a compact form factor. Its spacesaving design significantly reduces the cost and risk of control system installation, upgrades or expansions.

Schneider has also released its Triconex Safety Validator that automatically tests and documents Triconex safety application logic. It automatically documents the results.