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Exair: Stainless Steel Threaded Line Vac Turns Pipe Into a Conveyor

EXAIRs new 303 stainless steel 3/8 NPT and 1/2 NPT Threaded Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system for parts, scrap, trim and other bulk materials. Their small size makes them perfect for fitting in the cramped spaces and tight confines of many production lines. The Threaded Line Vac is designed to attach to plumbing pipe couplers, sanitary flanges and other pipe fittings, making it easy to build a complete system using ordinary pipe and fittings. These new sizes of stainless steel Threaded Line Vac air operated conveyors make it easy to sample gas streams, sample grains or other ingredients, move small parts, or transport scrap or product out of small spaces.

Threaded Line Vac Conveyors eject a small amount of compressed air to produce a vacuum on one end with high output flows on the other. Response is instantaneous. Regulating the compressed air pressure provides infinite control of the conveying rate. Applications include scrap trim removal, material conveying, part transfer, fiber tensioning, filling operations and sampling.

303 Stainless Steel Threaded Line Vacs are CE compliant and are suited to a wide variety of conveying applications. Larger threaded sizes in up to 3 NPT and smooth end models for hose up to 5 inches are also available in aluminum, 303SS and 316SS.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH  45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363

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Pioneer of Collaborative Robots Launches Universal Robots+ at IMTS 2016

Universal Robots, the Danish pioneer of human-robot collaboration, launches Universal Robots+, a showroom of plug & play application solutions offering a new level of simplicity for companies that want to hit the ground running when installing their next UR robot application.

Odense, Denmark, June 24, 2016: The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016 in Chicago will be the North American launch pad for the market leader of collaborative robots’ two unique new initiatives. At the show, the company presents:

  • Universal Robots+: By choosing accessories, end-effectors, and software solutions from Universal Robots+, both distributors and end-users get high security and predictability that applications will run well from the start, saving weeks and months in the integration process from concept to operation of the UR cobots.
  • +YOU: a unique, free-of-charge developer program, offering a powerful marketing and support platform for the flourishing eco-system of UR-robot application developers.

Both will be showcased at IMTS in Chicago, September 12-17, at booth N-6865.

With Universal Robots+, the company creates its own eco-system enabling applications revolving around the collaborative robot arms UR3, UR5 and UR10 to be developed and showcased. The so-called URCaps, accessory components that extend the UR robots’ capabilities, can be customized hardware components, software plug-ins, or a combination of both. The aim of Universal Robots+ is to reduce implementation periods, increase user comfort and reduce costs for all parties involved.

“With Universal Robots+, we create an unmatched Win-Win-Win situation benefitting the developer community, our distribution partners and our end customers,” explains Esben H. Østergaard, CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots. “The participants in the developer program +YOU will receive free support from Universal Robots when developing URCaps. By integrating the URCaps showcased at the Universal Robots+ Showroom, our distribution partners and end users reduce spending on application development and testing when they deploy the URCaps as simple Plug & Play solutions. In short, Universal Robots+ is easy access to efficient, well-proven, and safe automation solutions that we elevate to the next level by collaborating with a crucial component: the developers of today and tomorrow.”

How developers and distributors will benefit

“When a URCap has received our approval for development within Universal Robots+, we will support the developers via our local subsidiaries by providing robots for testing and optimizing URCaps. On request, robots can also be purchased at a reduced price, given that they will be used exclusively for the development and testing of new URCaps,” says Stefan Tøndering Stubgaard, Manager of Universal Robots’ Corporate Technical Support.

After completion of a URCaps prototype, the developer will send it to Universal Robots for examination. Tøndering Stubgaard explains: “Before a new product can be presented in our showroom, we verify its quality. In comprehensive functionality tests, we test whether the application can be implemented and operated easily and if the product conforms to Universal Robots’ quality requirements.”

In addition, developers can also get their URCaps certified by Universal Robots. In order to receive this additional quality certificate, developers must document that their solution is already operating in a real application and used successfully by a customer.

Having URCaps featured in the Universal Robots+ showroom is free of charge for developers. In providing this, Universal Robots offers all developers a professional marketing platform granting them access to an ever expanding, global customer network. Sales of URCaps will continue to be provided through Universal Robots’ established network of distribution partners. In this way, distributors also benefit from this central platform, where they can both offer and access applications developed specifically for the use with UR-robots. Universal Robots+ is the toolbox that tailors the optimal solutions for their individual customer needs.

First URCaps developed

The first approved URCaps developed by the developer community will accompany the Universal Robots+ launch; one new URCap is the Pick & Place image processing solution of Robotiq, the Canadian manufacturer of flexible robot grippers and sensors. Samuel Bouchard, CEO of Robotiq, explains: “The UR robot arms can be equipped with our new camera and vision system and deployed right into assembly within five minutes. There is no need for an external computer to set up, program, or operate the camera. Everything can be done within the robot’s user interface. In developing this solution, we managed to meet the need of Universal Robots and our customers demanding an easier and faster implementation of a camera and vision system that can be deployed by anyone.”

Entering the Universal Robots+ Community

Developers need only complete a few steps to get their application solutions featured in the Universal Robots+ Showroom. Registration for developers is free in the +YOU community forum where developers can submit their application ideas. In order to become a member of the +YOU community, the following conditions must be met:

  • Submission of a first draft detailing which type of URCaps is being developed. The following categories of URCaps can be chosen:
    • End-effectors: All types of end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT) such as grippers, force-torque-sensors, screwdrivers, and many more.
    • Accessory components: hardware products, which do not belong into the category of end-effectors – for instance, cable guidance, protective covers, communication modules, vision systems, HMI-panels, etc.
    • Software: These are either software plug-ins, which have been developed with the URCaps Software Development Kit (SDK), PC programs, for example, for the simulation of robot systems or programming, or UR-Library Plug-ins for the software of third parties such as the PLC programming suite.
  • Moreover, the developer needs to offer an established support-service with a response time of maximum 24 hours on week days.
  • The developers must present a website with valid contact data.

After verification of the URCaps by Universal Robots, the developers will receive access to the +YOU online forum, where they can exchange questions and ideas. All members of the community will receive access to the company-internal developer support, which will assist (if necessary) in developing a market mature URCaps application. Additionally, the URCaps Software Development Kit can be downloaded free-of-charge.

Software release reduces implementation time

Alongside the launch of Universal Robots+, a new update for the robot arm’s operating software has been published. The new release (Software Version 3.3) includes updates such as the Profinet IO device functionality. The new compatibility with Profinet protocols opens up numerous additional areas of deployment and activities for robots. “A key feature of the update supporting the Universal Robots+ platform is the ability for providers to now offer solutions that interface seamlessly with the UR software,” says Østergaard.

Until now, the software enabling communication between developer applications and the UR robot arms had to be implemented by using relatively complex script code, which is time consuming and a difficult task for the majority of end users to handle. As the Software Version 3.3 now consists in parts of open source software, the developers can implement their software as an add-on, reducing the time needed for implementation at the end customer’s premises significantly, thus reducing both price and potential risks.

Availability

Universal Robots+ and the +YOU forum are accessible now at universal-robots.com/plus and universal-robots.com/developer. The first URCaps are already on display in the Universal Robots+ Showroom.

About Universal Robots

Universal Robots is the result of many years of intensive research at Denmark’s successful robot cluster, which is located in Odense, Denmark. The company was co-founded in 2005 by the company’s CTO, Esben Østergaard, who wanted to make robot technology accessible to all by developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible industrial robots that are safe to work with and on their own can be used to streamline processes in the industry. The product portfolio includes the collaborative UR3, UR5 and UR10 robotic arms named after their payload in kilos. Since the first UR robot launched in December 2008, the company has experienced considerable growth with the user-friendly robots now sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. At just 195 days, the average payback period for UR robots is the fastest in the industry. The company, a part of Boston-based Teradyne Inc., is headquartered in Odense and has subsidiaries and regional offices in the U.S., Spain, Germany, Singapore, Czech Republic, India, and China. Universal Robots has more than 270 employees worldwide. Learn more at: www.universal-robots.com and on the company-owned blog.

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NEW AT EXAIR: Plumbing Kits Maximize Performance, Simplify Installation

EXAIR’s new Stainless Steel Plumbing Kits simplify installation of the Stainless Steel Super Air Knife by including all of the proper fittings and tube for hooking up to a compressed air supply. They also eliminate poor performance attributed to undersized fittings and compressed air supply lines. Stainless Steel Plumbing Kits can also be fully assembled and installed on a Super Air Knife at the factory to further reduce unproductive time and effort. Super Air Knives that are 24″ or longer must be supplied with compressed air at multiple inlets on the knife. Air Knife Plumbing Kits prevent you from wasting time searching for the right fittings or using undersized air supply lines. You can achieve peak performance and convenience with the confidence of proper installation with these plumbing kits.

Plumbing Kits for the Stainless Steel Super Air Knives include cut to length type 316 stainless steel pipe and fittings. They are available in lengths ranging from 24″ (610mm) to 108″ (2743mm). PVDF Super Air Knives are also able to use the 316SS Plumbing Kits. EXAIR’s Super Air Knife product line is the industry’s largest selection of sizes and materials for an efficient way to clean, dry or cool parts, webs or conveyors by delivering a uniform sheet of laminar airflow across the entire length with hard-hitting force. Stainless Steel construction of the Plumbing Kit and the Super Air Knife offers corrosion resistance and durability. It can withstand temperatures up to 800°F (427°C). Prices for Plumbing Kits start at $400.

For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/ssplkit.htm

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EXAIR’s New Catalog 30 Features new Cabinet Coolers, Conveyors, HEPA Vacs and Air Jets

EXAIR’s new Catalog 30 is our best catalog yet; a full color technical guide offering solutions to common industrial conveying, cooling, cleaning, blowoff, drying, coating and static electricity problems. Catalog 30 introduces new Cabinet Coolers, Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors, Heavy Duty HEPA Vacs and Stainless Steel Air Jets. 316SS Cabinet Cooler systems in 275 and 550 Btu/Hr solve overheating problems for small electrical panels in corrosive and harsh environments. EXAIR has expanded our already large selection of Line Vacs – an excellent way to convey parts, material and waste. Brand new Stainless Steel models in 2-1/2″ (64mm) and 3″ (76mm) sizes provide even more options and are available in Type 303 and Type 316 Stainless Steel, as well as in Heavy Duty, Threaded and Heavy Duty Threaded styles. Stainless Steel plumbing kits for all Super Air Knives ease installation, eliminate pressure drops through poor fittings and prevent the hunt for hardware.

EXAIR products help companies conserve compressed air, reduce dangerous noise levels and eliminate harmful dead end pressures. Detailed technical explanations, performance data, application photos and dimensional drawings are provided for each product. A price list is also included.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/cat30.htm

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EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab Tests and Compares Blowoff Products

EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab has been designed to help companies evaluate the efficiency of their current blowoff products such as air nozzles, air knives and air guns. Companies can ship these items to EXAIR where one of our qualified engineers will perform tests using calibrated, NIST traceable testing equipment. The performance of the supplied product (air consumption, effectiveness, noise levels and efficiency) will be compared to that of the appropriate EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® product. The results will be published in a comprehensive report that includes a cost savings analysis. There is no charge for this service (available to customers in U.S. and Canada only). EXAIR will pay the return shipping via UPS ground upon returning your product(s).

EXAIR Corporation manufactures compressed air products that can help improve blowoff efficiency, save money and solve process problems. Installation of an EXAIR product will typically pay for itself in a matter of weeks. All of EXAIR’s blowoff products are CE compliant and meet OSHA standards for pressure and noise exposure.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/efflab.htm

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Universal Robots – Manufacturer of world’s first collaborative robot illustrates the history of the “cobot”

Eight years ago, Universal Robots sold the world’s first collaborative robot – long before the term for this emerging robot class was coined. Fast forward to 2016 and the cobot market with an annual 50% growth is now the fastest growing segment of industrial robotics, forecast to hit $3B in global revenue in 2020.


Odense, Denmark, May 17, 2016:
Universal Robots has published a new infographic illustrating the rapid rise of collaborative robots – or cobots. In 2008 the Danish robot manufacturer sold the first industrial robot able to operate safely alongside employees. The company remains the market leader with more cobots sold than all competitors combined.
When Linatex, a Danish supplier of technical plastics and rubber for industrial applications, bought a new UR5 robot to automate CNC machine tending in December 2008, they did something unthinkable; instead of installing the robot behind safety caging, fenced off from people as was the norm for all industrial robots, they deployed it right alongside their employees. Instead of bringing in external programmers mastering complex scripting, Linatex was able to program the robot on their own through a touch screen with no prior programming experience.

The UR5 robot launched Universal Robots as a new significant player in industrial automation, blazing the trail through new territory by specifically targeting the small-to medium sized manufacturers that viewed robotics as too costly and complex.  With more than 8,400 cobots now installed in over 55 countries worldwide, the company has successfully addressed a market in need of a user-friendly, flexible robot that can work side-by-side with employees while delivering a fast ROI.

Along the way, the revolutionary UR robots have overcome significant skepticism. Travis Hessman, Editor-in-Chief with Industrial Equipment News recounts in his article, Robots, Cobots & The American Dream how he first experienced the UR robots as they became the first cobots to enter the U.S. market in 2012:

“The Danish startup’s bots were a bit of an oddity at the time. They ran without the cages and barriers of traditional robots, in fact waving their arms through pre-programmed dances right over the heads of visitors. The UR staff drew crowds and shocked gasps by letting the robots run right into them on purpose.

No one quite knew what to think of them. There wasn’t even a name for this kind of robot yet…No one thought it would last… And absolutely everyone was sure that OSHA would shut them down before they ever got adopted. They were wrong.”

In opening up the market, Universal Robots spurred both larger, established robot manufacturers as well as other robotics startups to start developing and launching cobots. Having a built-in safety system that enables a robot to stop operating if it comes into contact with an employee is now the defining feature of collaborative robots, but CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots, Esben Østergaard, is raising the bar on using the term, expanding it to include user-friendliness, re-deployability, simple set-up and affordability:

“We’ve been the frontrunners of collaborative robotics since the term was invented. While safety is imperative, that’s simply the cost of entry into the cobot market now. We believe that being collaborative is just as much being accessible, lowering the automation barrier by placing robots within reach of manufacturers that never thought they would be able to deploy robots.”

As editor and publisher of The Robot Report, Frank Tobe, concludes when forecasting the cobot market:

“There’s no doubt that the collaborative robot marketplace will be growing exponentially over the next few years – with UR leading the pack – and price, safety, flexibility and ease of programming being the key determinants as to which vendor(s) are chosen.”

About Universal Robots
Universal Robots is the result of many years of intensive research at Denmark’s successful robot cluster, which is located in Odense, Denmark. The company was co-founded in 2005 by the company’s CTO, Esben Østergaard, who wanted to make robot technology accessible to all by developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible industrial robots that are safe to work  with and  on their own can be used to  streamline processes in the industry. The product portfolio includes the collaborative UR3, UR5 and UR10 robotic arms named after their payload in kilos. Since the first UR robot launched in December 2008, the company has experienced considerable growth with the user-friendly robots now sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. At just 195 days, the average payback period for UR robots is the fastest in the industry. The company, a part of Boston-based Teradyne Inc, is headquartered in Odense and has subsidiaries and regional offices in the U.S., Spain, Germany, Singapore, Czech Republic, India, and China. Universal Robots has more than 270 employees worldwide. www.universal-robots.com.

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EXAIR’s New Large External Mix Spray Nozzles Coat, Cool, Treat and Paint

EXAIRs new 1/2 NPT large external mix spray nozzles atomize fluids up to 303 gallons per hour. External mix nozzles are great where a high volume of liquid is needed. They can be used on liquids with a viscosity up to 800 cP. Large external mix nozzles are available in a narrow angle flat fan pattern. They combine liquid and compressed air to create a coating of liquid that can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of your application.

With EXAIRs 1/2 NPT large external mix atomizing nozzles, you can coat, cool, treat and paint a variety of products. Used with water, atomizing nozzles are an efficient way to evenly cool hot items in your automated process. Since they are external mix, airflow and liquid flow can be controlled independently which provides the most precise liquid flow.

The stainless steel construction of these atomizing nozzles adds to their durability and corrosion resistance. EXAIR atomizing nozzles are available in 1/4 and 1/2 NPT. A variety of flow patterns and liquid rates are available to meet your needs. Internal mix and siphon fed atomizing nozzles are also available, as well as patented no-drip versions of all atomizing nozzles. All models are adjustable, CE compliant and come with our 5 year Built to Last Warranty. 1/2 NPT External Mix price is $642. Prices for all atomizing nozzles start at $186.

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH  45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/lgextmix.htm

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Okuma Donates CNC Machines to Central Piedmont Community College

Machine tools enable students to gain valuable machining experience and the skill set needed to enter the workforce.  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 13, 2016) – Okuma America Corporation announces the donation of a MC-V4020 CNC vertical machining center and an ES-L8II CNC Lathe to the engineering technology programs at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina. Okuma and CPCC dignitaries attended the formal announcement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, at the Advanced Technology Center on the CPCC campus.

“The lack of skilled labor is one of the biggest threats to the manufacturing industry. We’re excited to partner with CPCC in educating and training the next generation of operators, machinists, and programmers,” said Jim King, Okuma America president and COO.

The generous gift of this equipment supports Okuma’s and CPCC’s efforts to give students hands-on machining experience, manufacturing knowledge, skills and practical experiences necessary to pursue careers in today’s high technology industries.

Several key manufacturers have recently opened facilities in North & South Carolina that require skilled labor. This trend supports the important work of CPCC to prepare individuals for rewarding careers in the manufacturing field. “Teaching students with the Okuma machines creates a machining graduate with a more diversified set of machining skills. This set of skills appeals to a larger portion of employers, making our graduates highly valued. Okuma’s generosity is a great benefit to our students,” said Mike Hogan, CPCC associate dean of STEM programs.

Okuma and CPCC share a long standing relationship dating back to the early 1980s. For more information on Okuma machine tools visit http://www.okuma.com/cnc-machine-tool-lineup.

About Okuma America Corporation
Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

About Central Piedmont Community College
Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs; customized corporate training; market-focused continuing education; and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. CPCC responds to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC has provided more than 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry. For more information, see www.cpcc.edu. Connect with the college on social media at www.cpcc.edu/social.

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EXAIR: Large Back Blow Air Nozzle For Cleaning Inside Diameters

EXAIR’s new 1 NPT Back Blow Air Nozzle has been designed to effectively blow debris and liquids from pipe or hose inside diameters, axle housings, bores, holes, internal threads and other internal part features found in hydraulic cylinders, gear boxes, differential housings and more. An array of holes provide a forceful 360 degree airflow to clear out coolant, chips and light oils from machining processes. This nozzle prevents blowing chips further into a part, tube or pipe and eliminates any safety hazard created by blowing debris out the far end of a pipe or tube.

The Model 1008SS Back Blow Air Nozzle is our largest back blow nozzle yet. It will fit inside openings as small as 2″ and is effective on diameters up to 16″, so it can handle small and large diameters. It is constructed of type 316 stainless steel to provide durability and superior resistance to corrosion. Installation is simplified and a secure fit is assured with 4.7mm flats milled on the body. Since airflow is directed back toward the operator, personal protective equipment is recommended. Extension pipes of 12″, 36″ and 72″ are stocked to provide necessary reach for longer tube and pipe clean out. A 1/4 NPT model for 7/8″ to 4″ diameters is also available.

The Back Blow Air Nozzle meets OSHA standards 29 CFR 1910.95(a) and 29 CFR 1910.242(b) for noise and outlet pressure. It is also CE compliant. Price is $284.

For more information, contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/1nptback.htm

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NEW PRODUCT: Small 316SS Cabinet Coolers Resist Heat and Corrosion

EXAIR’s new Small 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Cooler Systems keep electrical enclosures cool with 20 degrees F (negative 7 degrees C) air while resisting heat and corrosion that could adversely affect the internal components. The wear, corrosion and oxidation resistance of Type 316 stainless steel assures long life and maintenance free operation. Cooling capacities up to 550 Btu/hr. are ideal for small electrical enclosures and heat loads. Models with higher cooling capacities up to 5600 Btu/hr. for NEMA 12, 4 and 4X enclosures are also available.

EXAIR Cabinet Coolers circulate 20 degrees F (negative 7 degrees C) air throughout the enclosure to prevent high temperature malfunctions. They mount through a standard electrical knockout while maintaining the NEMA 12, 4 or 4X rating of the enclosure. Cabinet Cooler Systems include an automatic drain filter separator to ensure no moisture passes to the inside of the electrical enclosure. An optional thermostat control minimizes compressed air use and keeps the enclosure at plus or minus 2 degrees F of the temperature setting. A side mount kit is available when space restrictions prevent mounting on the cabinet top.

Small 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Coolers are available with cooling capacities of 275 and 550 Btu/hr. and are UL Listed and CE compliant. There are no moving parts to wear out. Applications include cooling control panels used in food processing, pharmaceutical, foundries, chemical processing and other corrosive locations. Prices start at $1250.00

For more information contact:
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/316smcc.htm

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