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11/01/2001


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Venting device extinguishes flames


FlamQuench II eliminates the need for explosion vent ducts by extinguishing the flame from the vent and retaining the dust. Only post-combustion gases are discharged. After an explosion, the system is easily refurbished with a new stainless steel filter assembly and replacement vent. The device has been tested to global standards. Fike Corp.; www.fike.com/newstuf.htm

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Escape system safely descends

The Miller SafEscape controlled descent/self rescue system is designed for smooth, automatic, vertical and angular controlled descent. The complete system can be easily stored in a convenient carrying bag and provides all the equipment necessary for a self-evacuation or rescue. Capacity is two persons of 330 lb each for up to 330-ft descent or one person to 1315 ft. Bacou-Dalloz, Miller Fall Protection Division; www.cdalloz.com

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Membrane filter offers efficiency

BHA-TEX QP131 ePTFE bicomponent membrane filter media are rated 100% efficient for capturing particles of 0.5 microns and larger. The base polyester media is manufactured in a patented process that provides uniform lamination of the membrane and yields high airflow and low operating pressure drop. The lamination strength also increases durability and ensures long filter life at enhanced performance levels. BHA Group, Inc.; www.bhagroup.com

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Faceshield frame increases personal safety

Defender faceshield frame for slotted caps integrates with a variety of accessories to enhance total personal safety. Made from lightweight polypropylene and accommodating a wide selection of visors, the faceshield frame provides a front drip-edge design for additional splash protection. No mechanical pins are used to hold the visor in place. MSA Co.; www.msanet.com

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Harsh-weather overshoe is slip resistant

Tracktion Boot is a multiseason, black, slip-resistant rubber overshoe that features a patented carbide-tipped stud design outsole that retracts on dry, hard surfaces and stays flexible in temperatures down to -60 F. The retractable studs grip on surfaces such as ice and snow. Lacrosse Rainfair; www.lacrosserainfair.com

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Dust collector optimizes energy

PleatJet II dust collector employs a horizontal cartridge filter design for easy maintenance and filter changes. The special venturi pulse cleaning design optimizes energy from the pulse pipe, providing a more uniform dust release. An integral venturi for each cartridge provides high-energy cleaning throughout. Collectors are all-welded construction with heavy-duty cartridge support. Models are available to accommodate 500 to 50,000 cfm and industry-standard cartridges. Sly, Inc.; www.slyinc.com

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Hardhat system protects welders

Speedglas ProTop is a hardhat system featuring a double-axis attachment mechanism that nests the welding helmet onto the hard hat for a balanced, locked-down position when the helmet is raised. The combination hard hat, welding helmet, and auto-darkening lens system is designed for welders working in areas with overhead hazards, such as cranes, protruding beams, and moving machinery. Hornell, Inc.; www.hornell.com

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Software package monitors conditions

WirelessOffice 4.0 is a cost-effective, off-the-shelf software package for wireless communications. Program will instantly send a broadcast message to emergency response teams and notify plant managers and line supervisors on any mobile device when predefined "out-of-tolerance" conditions occur. Software interfaces with PLCs, SCADA, and HMIs, as well as fire alarm, HVAC, and security systems. Emergin Inc.; www.emergin.com

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Wash system is multipurpose

WashMaster Mark IV combines four functions in one convenient unit: wastewater flash evaporator, hot water pressure cleaner, waste oil burner, and building heater. Using waste oil as fuel, the system heats and pressurizes water for cleaning, thermally oxidizes wastewater to dry ash, and provides a heat source for building heating. A 30-gph unit can handle 5000 gal of wastewater and 500 gal of waste oil per week. RGF Environmental Group, Inc.; www.rgf.com

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