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Lincoln Electric
Ideal for shipbuilding, offshore, construction or pipe welding operations, the Activ8™ portable wire feeder from Lincoln Electric is said to be the smallest, lightest wire feeder on the market and is now available in a One-Pak® configuration that includes a Magnum® PRO Curve™ 300 gun. With the One-Pak®, welders can enjoy the convenience of receiving a wire feeder and gun matched for most applications in the shipbuilding, construction or pipeline industries. Activ8™ Wire Feeder comes with internal contactor, gas solenoid, arc-sensing lead and clip [15 ft (4.5 m)] and a K1500-2 Gun Bushing. Magnum® PRO Curve™ 300 Gun with 15 ft (4.5 m) gun cable, 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) liner, and K466-10 Gun Connector Kit. At the heart of the Activ8™ wire feeder is the MAXTRAC® Drive System, which features: Dual gear-driven drive system; Patented wire drive with tool-less drive roller and wire guide changes for quick spool replacement; and Tachometer-controlled motor to power drive rolls for smooth, steady feeding without wire slippage.

Denso North America has introduced the new Protal Air Cartridge Gun (1000 ml), that offers big improvements from its predecessor. As the name implies, you can now spray 1000 ml cartridges instead of the previous 400 ml cartridges. This allows the user to spray longer and complete the job faster without having to replace the cartridge as often as before. It was designed for use with fast and easy setup, minimal material waste and minimal equipment maintenance. It also features functionality of controlling airflow and fluid pressure right at your fingertips to give precise control. Additionally, the spray gun includes a swivel handle and optional shoulder strap to provide added comfort.

An air-powered saw and pipe trolley system that cuts all materials and pipe schedules up to 60 inches in diameter  to produce perfectly square cuts with no HAZ (heat affected zone) is available from ESCO Tool.  The Esco APS-438 Air Powered Saw and WrapTrack® pipe trolley lets operators rapidly cold cut pipe with ±1/16-inch  accuracy and no HAZ to permit better end prep bevels for welding.  Suitable for cutting all pipe schedules of P-91, Super Duplex stainless steel, and other hard materials, the saw comes with fiberglass reinforced abrasive or diamond tipped carbide blades and the stainless steel band assembly clamps around pipe from 6- to 60-inch diameter.  Capable of cutting a 10-inch Sch. 160 pipe in less than 10 minutes, the Esco APS-438 Air Powered Saw has a 3 HP pneumatic motor and cuts pipe walls up to 4-3/4-inch thick.  Featuring four “V” grooved stainless steel roll guides, the saw mounts rigidly on the WrapTrack® pipe trolley, is fully supported to reduce strain on the operator and glides smoothly around the pipe.

Newpark Mats And Integrated Services
Newpark Mats and Integrated Services, a unit of Newpark Resources  recently commemorated the production of its 250,000th DURA-BASE® Advanced-Composite Mat. Designed to last 5 times longer than wooden mats, and weighing less than half as much, the mats are produced from a tough non-slip advanced-composite formulation that withstands bearing loads in excess of 600 lbs per sq-inch. They are said to weigh over 50% percent less than wooden mats, which saves considerable time and transportation cost. They are designed as a single piece, with no individual parts requiring bolts or fasteners to hold them in place. Their versatility also makes them suited for use as temporary roadways, in addition to worksite padding. This has led to widespread adoption of the advanced-composite mat systems in not only the pipeline industry, but also in the oil and gas, pipeline, mining, construction, heavy haul, military, and entertainment sectors.

Vermeer introduces the Hole Hammer pneumatic piercing tool that can operate in a full range of soil conditions and applications that offers innovative features to provide exceptional control and easy start-up.  A moving-head design provides full striking force of the piston to the head of the tool pulverizing stones into the surrounding soil. The residual energy generated is used to help the tool body travel through the compacted bore path. Because Hole Hammer tools feature a mechanical spring reset design, the head fits tightly to the body of the tool, resulting in an easy and smooth-starting tool. Two head assembly designs are offered, helping increase versatility within a single tool purchase. Contractors can purchase one tool and change the head — standard replaceable or moving-head assembly — as they move among varying ground conditions. The Hole Hammer tool incorporates an air-on quarter-turn reverse function, allowing the operator to reverse the tool quickly — even with the air on. The Vermeer Hole Hammer piercing tool is available in 2-, 2½- and 3-inch sizes.

Osborn offers a complete line for finishing products designed for welding applications. Designed for the professional welder, products in Osborn’s Welders Choice™ catalog include : Stringer bead brushes, including the refined TY™ encapsulated stringer bead brushes that were developed by Osborn, in conjunction with leading offshore pipeline companies, to quickly and effectively clean J-weld joints. The narrow-face, aggressive knots used to make the TY encapsulated wheel brushes have been refined over the years with improved elastomers and are suited for cleaning stringer bead welds. Scratch brushes are made with kiln-dried hardwood for maximum tuft retention. Osborn says it uses high quality wire fill in these brushes that provides superior cutting ability and extreme fatigue resistance; Cup brushes, including the TY™ encapsulated cup brushes which are constructed for better balance for longer product life. The brushes easily mount on portable and electric tools and finishing machines and are ideal for surface prep and removing burrs as well as other surface work.

Bernard has a new catalog to help guide customers in their selection of the company’s semi-automatic MIG guns and consumables. The catalog features details on the Bernard™ Q-Gun™ series, along with its Bernard Dura-Flux™ Self-Shielded Guns and the new Bernard FILTAIR® Fume Extraction Gun. It also features information on the new Bernard T-Gun™ and TGX™ Semi-Automatic Guns (formerly Tregaskiss™ TOUGH GUN™ and TGX Semi-Automatic MIG Guns). Each page offers photos, diagrams and charts that are easy to read. Customers can also find information on Bernard consumables in the catalog, including Centerfire™ Series nozzles, contact tips and diffusers, as well as various types of liners.  Copies are also available for download at

Weiler’s new Tiger PawTM abrasive flap discs are designed for aggressive performance on tough EDGE grinding applications. The company says the 100% zirconium flap discs are designed to last 30-40% longer.  The Tiger Paw’s multiple layers of coated abrasive material expose sharp, fresh grains as they slowly wear away, and the 100% premium zirconium grain prevents premature grain shedding on aggressive applications, resulting in increased productivity and reduced operating costs. Weiler’s phenolic back Tiger Paw is available in 4 ½-  and 7-inch sizes with or without a 5/8-11-inch nut in both Type 29 and 27 standard and Type 27 super high density configurations.  The Type 29 configuration is made for tough, aggressive applications.  The super high density Type 27 configuration contains 35-40% more flaps for increased flexibility, extended life and lower operator fatigue.  Popular uses for the Tiger Paw include pipe beveling, EDGE chamfering, weld blending, grinding, deburring, stock removal, surface finishing and blending.

Emco Wheaton
Emco Wheaton has developed the Posi/Lock Blue™ that is designed to make it easier to refuel Urea into off highway equipment and bus fleets. The company says the new product works because it is smaller in scale than Emco Wheaton’s traditional Posi/Lock system which prevents it from accidentally being connected to existing Posi/Lock 105® adapters or any other refueling systems on the market. Thus it eliminates the risk of cross contamination and ensures the purity of the “aqueous urea solution.” A no spill connection provides for a clean working environment and unmanned filling, allowing the operator to do other duties. Posi/Lock Blue™ is also lightweight and incorporates automatic shut off using vacuum technology, which ensures the tank is always filled to 85% of its capacity, eliminating the risk of overfilling as well as under filling.

Bredero Shaw
Bredero Shaw has introduced Complete Coating Assurance – an unprecedented approach to pipeline coating that lowers the risks involved with today’s complex offshore projects. The new model is a packaged combination of products, expertise, global infrastructure and services that address every stage of the project lifecycle from concept and Pre Feed all the way through to commissioning. It is the first model that ensures fail-proof line pipe and field joint coating integration and encompasses all project activities from solution design to installation. The primary elements of Complete Coating Assurance are:  Engineering Services; Pipe and Joint Coating Design; Coating System Validation; Logistics Management; Pipe Coating Application; and Field Joint Coating.

Hypertherm has introduced the new 3 kW fiber laser system—the HyIntensity® Fiber Laser HFL030 with a recommended cut capacity of ¾-inch for mild steel, a ½-inch for stainless steel, and 3/8-inch for aluminum. It comes complete with pre-developed cutting processes, and all the needed components for significantly simplified table integration and operation. As a result, the company says the system can cut thicker materials in some cases much faster than many higher powered competitive systems.

Zetor North America, Inc.
Zetor North America, Inc. is re-launching its Major series of utility tractors in the U.S. and Canada.  Initially, the new Major will be available in an 80-horsepower, four-wheel-drive cab version, with 60 horsepower, 70-horsepower, two-wheel drive. Along with its heavy-duty frame, the Major features a 4-cylinder Zetor engine that offers a torque rise of more than 35%, reducing the need for frequent downshifting. It also features a 12-speed forward/12-speed reverse synchro-shuttle gearbox and user-friendly hydraulic system.  With a lift capacity of more than 5,500 pounds, the company says it is among the most powerful tractors in its class.The Major 80 is the first of several new product introductions slated by Zetor over the next 18 months.