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Automatic Disconnect Switch Added to Car-Bottom Vacuum Furnace

Solar Manufacturing Inc.

Solar Manufacturing Inc. designed and installed an automatic disconnect switch into a production car-bottom vacuum furnace at Solar Atmospheres in Souderton, Pa. The automatic disconnect switch saves time by eliminating the labor-intensive manual maneuver of disconnecting and then re-connecting the power terminal bars at each end of the car bottom on each production run. The switch is rated for 1,000 amps, 50V AC per pole, and the switches are installed at each end of the hot zone. Not only have the disconnect switches performed as well as expected since installation, they also have improved production.

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Non-evaporable Getter Vacuum Pumps

Gamma Vacuum

Non-evaporable getter (NEG) pumps have a range of functional and ergonomic advantages for applications that require cost-effective and reliable ultrahigh-vacuum conditions. NEG pumps are gas-capturing pumps that bind gases by means of sorption, which results in low energy consumption, little noise and no vibration. NEG pumps, which have no moving components and are therefore maintenance-free, are suited for applications in industry, research, medicine and analytics. In these areas, they reach pressures of less than 1 x 10-10 mbar due to their operating principle. The manufacturer developed its NEG pumps based on sintered material because sintered NEG material is believed to strongly reduce emission of dust particles into the application.

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Industrial Oven Lubricant

Renewable Lubricants Inc.

Bio-Extreme high-temperature oven lubricants perform at extreme high temperatures up to and over 1832°F (1000°C), with protection up to 3632°F (2000°C).  These bio-based lubricants are enhanced with white graphite, a highly effective solid particle lubricant.  Systems lubricated with white graphite require less product application, which saves money and makes for cleaner equipment. Bio-Extreme lubricants are formulated from renewable carbon-negative resources, allowing facilities to meet sustainability initiatives. Available in 1-gallon jugs, 5-gallon pails, drums, totes and in bulk, they are ideal for industrial applications like kiln car wheel bearings in refractory plants and drying ovens.

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AR Smart Glasses


The Moverio BT-45C and BT-45CS augmented reality (AR) smart glasses are designed to support seamless remote collaboration with a high-quality AR viewing experience. Purpose-built for mission-critical tasks – such as troubleshooting, maintenance, inspection, and training – they support immersive, hands-free collaboration between on-site technicians and remote experts to help enhance efficiency, improve safety and reduce downtime. Compatible with a range of collaboration and remote assistance software, the Moverio BT-45C and BT-45CS feature Si-OLED technology, a proprietary optical engine and a binocular see-through full HD display with a 34-degree field-of-view to seamlessly integrate digital content with the outside world. With the USB-C interface, the BT-45C headset can tether to a range of compatible Android or Windows host devices to support an array of applications. The smart glasses are built with a tough, robust design to withstand the most demanding work environments.

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Solutions for Cyberattacks


Companies within the metalworking industry are increasingly becoming targets of hacker attacks. Schuler and OTORIO have developed various solutions for effective protection against such attacks against Schuler and third-party systems under the name Cyber Security Check. Viruses could derive from the private cellphone of an employee, who charges it via the freely accessible USB ports on the control panel or control cabinet. In addition, most systems still run outdated operating software with major security gaps. If the industrial PCs are not sufficiently separated from the computers in the administration, then the virus can also spread to production via malicious e-mails.

Employees unaware of these e-mails, along with incorrectly configured firewalls, can accelerate the damage. As numerous examples from the past show, the encryption software activated as a direct result of this example can completely paralyze a company. Schuler and OTORIO initially conduct an inventory of the equipment and the entire production network to prevent these occurrences. Gaps in the security situation are identified and then the risks are prioritized according to their impact on business processes as well as other components. Schuler and OTORIO provide clear, practical recommendations for the step-by-step elimination of each identified vulnerability, security gap, hazard and compliance deviation. This approach enables compliance with digital security policies, best practices and regulations.

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