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Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduced two utility knives “designed to increase productivity” called the Fastback Utility Knife and Sliding Utility Knife. They have a one handed blade opening “designed to activate 3X faster than a 2-handed opening,” says Milwaukee. The knives have thin body designs and blade can be changed without additional tools. They also include a gut hook, a wire stripper and a side sliding mechanism. Finally, the tools include on board blade storage, rubber over mold exterior and are designed to fit in a tool pouch.MILWAUKEE
As part of its new line of hand tool products, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduced the 11-in-1 Screwdriver. It has a patented ECX bit and hardened tips to “prevent bit wear from hardened screws and extends bit life when fastening specialty screws found in electrical boxes, conduit couplers, outlets, and other common job site fixtures,” says Milwaukee. It is complete with 9 fastening functions: #1 Phillips, #2 Phillips, ¼” slotted, 3/16” slotted, #1 ECX, #2 ECX, and ¼”, 5/16” and 3/8” nut drivers. The driver also includes a wire stripper and wire bending hole that fits up to 12 gauge wires. MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. expanded its Lithium-Ion system with the M12 Cordless No-Hub Driver. According to Milwaukee, it is “specifically designed to quickly install no-hub couplings with accuracy and repeatability” with torque settings for 60 and 80 in/lbs. the 2455-22 can fasten up to 300 clamps on a single charge and can do up to 25,000 clamps before re-calibration. The user is alerted when the torque limited has been reached through an auto shut-off LED indicator while another indicator lights up when calibration is needed. The tool is 2.75 lbs, 7.5” in length and has a 0-750 RPM drill mode. It also includes three Shockwave Nut Drivers (1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”), two M12 Lithium-Ion battery packs, a 30-minute charger, and a carrying case.MILWAUKEE
Metrel – a European electrical test equipment company – has introduced their new MI-3201 (TeraOhm 5kV Plus) and MI-3202 (GigaOhm 5kV) Insulation Resistance Testers for the North American market. They are 310 x 130 x 250mm in size and weigh 3 kgs or 7 lbs. Some of their features include an integral carry case, rechargeable batteries and battery charger, safety rating of CAT-IV – 600V, guard terminal, and HV test leads rated for 10kV. The MI-3201 also includes a large graphical LCD display for real-time insulation resistance measurement, USB/RS232 communications ports, and a programmable timer from 1s to 30 mins. Other functions for direct measurements include:- Test voltage from 250V to 5000V DC- Insulation resistance to 10 Tera-Ohms or 1,000 Giga-Ohms- AC/DC Voltage to 600V- Capacitance to 50.00 F- Leakage current to 5.5mA- Frequency from 45 to 60HzOther functions for calculated measurements include:- Dielectric Discharge to 100.0- Dielectric Absorption Ratio to 100.0- Polarization Index to 100.0METREL
Fluke Corporation introduced an entry level Fluke TiS Thermal Imaging Scanner for building diagnostics. The release explains the tool can be used to identify hidden issues, find moisture intrusion, detect energy losses or missing insulation, and spot overheating in electrical components. It has a resolution of 120x120 on a 3.6-inch full colour LCD display and was tested to withstand a drop of 6.5 feet (2 m). The thermal sensitivity ranges from “</= 0.1 °C at 30 °C target temp (100 mK) -10 to 100 °C (-4 °F to 212 °F)” says the release. Other building diagnostics applications it is optimized for include:- Weatherization and energy audits- Roofing surveys- Moisture/restoration- Mold remediation- Electrical inspection- HVAC inspectionFLUKE
GammaTech developed the D14RM rugged notebook tested “using military 810G specification to insure protection against drop, shock, spill and dust,” says the release. The notebook has a magnesium alloy case and a spill-resistant keyboard, touchpad and switches. It also includes an input/output port rubber cap and security features such as TPM 1.2 technology, finger print technology, and a smart card reader. It is powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processor, compatible with Windows 7 and comes with a 14.1” WXGA display and LED lighted keyboard. It has four USB ports, a HDMI port, and other optional features such as a touch screen, built-in webcam or internal GPS.GAMMATECH
WattStopper developed PlugCalc as a component of its Energy Calculator Tool Kit. The tool is available online or as a free downloadable iPad application. The PlugCalc “enables users to calculate energy savings opportunities as well as Return on Investment by automatically controlling plugged in office equipment and other plug loads,” says the release. Built on the same model as their existing Lighting Energy Calculator, PlugCalc features fill-in fields and drop-down menus for the calculation process. Users can set eight different plug loads and create customized device lists. The iPad version allows for the same functionality, emailing and printing of results just via touch pad instead.WATTSTOPPER
Bosch launched its upgraded lithium-ion-powered 12V Max lineup with the PS31 2-Speed Ultra-Compact Drill/Driver. As a re-engineered version of the PS21 Pocket Driver, the PS31 has a height of 7”, a length of 7.04”, and weighs 2.1 pounds. The drill/driver has 265 inch pounds of torque making it “20 percent more powerful than the competition,” says the release. It includes a 3/8” single sleeve, three jawed chuck as well as a two-speed drive train where you can choose between high-torque (0-350 rpm) or high-speed (0-1,300 rpm) operation. Users can dial their preferences through “the 20+1 clutch and sensitive variable speed trigger” and the drill/driver includes a built-in motor brake and LED light. The PS31 comes with two batteries, a 30-minute charger, and a case.BOSCH 
Gamber-Johnson released the next version of universal computer cradles, NotePad V. Building upon the original release of NotePad in 1995, the company focused on improving “five crucial areas of importance: Security, Function, Safety, Aesthetics and Installation,” says Tom O’Brien, product manager at Gamber-Johnson. In each area features have been added including: - Special “flanged” side clips and heavy-duty keyed lock security- Reversible front and back supports, sliding mounting plates, and adjustable restraints to accommodate different sized computers- Gusseted rear support brackets and other features were tested and passed the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS)- Smooth surface of anodized aluminum finish and rounded edges- One-handed operation for inserting and removing the computer from the cradleGAMBER-JOHNSON
Hilti introduced its PMC 46 combilaser for leveling, aligning, plumbing, and squaring applications. It features Hilti Pulse Power technology and Impact Protection System with a 20-hour battery life to help maintain “productivity, accuracy, and production in the toughest worksite conditions”. Included in the PMC 46 combilaser kit are the PMA 7 universal adapter and the PMC 20 compact tripod. Finally, the PMC 46 is backed up by Hilti’s Calibration and Lifetime Services to protect the instrument’s features and precision. HILTI
Coleman Cable, Inc. – a manufacturer of electrical and electronic wire and cable products – expanded its Smart Strip surge protector line with seven new models. Some of the new features include phone, coax and data connectivity, and a higher joule rating. The line ranges from a six- to a 10-outlet strip with satellite/cable, network and phone protection. According to Coleman, “the new Smart Strip line was designed to give end users a range of features and price-points that work in virtually every home, home theatre, small office or enterprise environment". COLEMAN CABLE
Belden has introduced a line of F, BNC and RCA compression connectors and tools, along with the availability of standard and custom-configured cable assemblies. The compression connectors are tuned to Belden coaxial cable tolerances for “maximum signal reliability and performance for audio/video, safety and security applications,” according to Belden. Also when used with Belden cables, the Limited Lifetime Warranty on the connectors is extended past the regular 10-year warranty. All three types of connectors meet SCTE standards for signal ingress, engress and water migration, and use three 360-degree compression rings for an “exceptional” connection. The BNC and RCA connectors include a pop-up pin that confirms a proper termination and contact point.There are three new tools as part of Belden’s field-installation solution, which are their new compression tool and two stripping tools. The compression tool features aircraft-grade material and requires less force than most other tools, according to Belden. It requires no calibration when changing connector or cable types and there are no additional dies to purchase. The stripping tools are the standard RG/59U and the RG/6U cable, which have a spring for stripping quad cables and a built-on Flaring tool. Also a lighter model is available called the Mini Coax RGB cable.Finally the cable assemblies “provide the maximum signal quality and performance,” according to Belden. They are factory-terminated and have a limited lifetime warranty. They include: breakouts, CCTV camera cables, CATV, patch cords, BNC, composite A/V, RCA and RGB.BELDEN
ComCables has released its first-ever Rapid Punch Tool, which aims to help “low-voltage contractors reduce installation time, create consistent terminations and improve testing results”. The tool is being offered for free when you purchase 50 ComCables high-density Cat 5e or Cat 6 jacks by August 31. The company goes on to say this tool will allow non-traditional cabling contractors (such as those installing IP-based cameras, access control systems and audio-video equipment) to have a reduced learning curve and a stronger sense of comfort using structured cable.COMCABLES
As part of its new line of hand tools, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduced the 8 Piece Screwdriver Set. Similar to the 11-in-1 Screwdriver, this set features patented ECX bits to “perfectly fit the hybrid specialty screws users often encounter in electrical boxes, conduit couplers, outlets, and other common job site fixtures,” says Milwaukee. For additional durability, a steel top was added and the shaft is made of shock resistant steel. Also included is a wire stripper and wire bending hole that fits up to 12 gauge wires. MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduced the Twist-Release Small Quick Change Arbor for hole saws up to 1-3/16”. It features a tool-free design that allows the arbor to work with all brands and has a quick twist at the base of the arbor to remove hole saws by hand. It also features a Thunderbolt pilot bit and solid shank for “complete durability” to deliver “fast drill time and resist breaking,” says Milwaukee. They will also be launching two large quick change arbors with large grip zones available in 3/8” hex shank and 7/16” hex shank for hole saws 1-1/4” and larger.MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduced the Carbide Grit Hole Saws for “cutting a wide variety of abrasive materials such as brick, block, cement board, fiberglass and tile,” says Milwaukee. It features a new segmented edge, wide offset slots, and is available in 3/4" to 2-1/2”. Sr. product manager, accessories, Todd Taylor states that “by utilizing tungsten carbide grit, the new models can cut abrasive materials with less wear and the grit edge still leaves a clean finish cut.”MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduced the Speed Feed Self-Feeding Wood Bits to deliver “clean holes up to 10 times faster than flat boring bits,” says Milwaukee. It features a feed screw, double wing spur, and tapered design for improved performance. That associate product manager, accessories, Brian Spranger explains: “As the feed screw solidly anchors into the wood, the double wing spurs begin to score the wood as it drills to provide a clean cut hole. The tapered design of the shank then allows the bit to back out of the hole with ease.” MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduced the 4-1/2” Small Angle Grinder that “delivers the durability, performance and productivity industrial users demand,” says Milwaukee. With a compact and lightweight design, it features a 7.5 amp, 750 MWO Motor and an advanced airflow system with debris baffles to protect the motor. The grinder also has a multi-port exhaust to allow hot air to escape on all four sides of the case to keep the motor cool. The tool includes 4-1/2” Type 27 grinding wheel, flange nuts, spanner wrench and Type 27 guard.MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. expanded the M18 Lithium-Ion system with the Hackzall M18 Cordless One-Handed Recip Saw “developed for superior control and versatility,” says Milwaukee. It features a dual gear anti-vibration system, a motor that delivers 0-3,000 strokes per minute, and a ¾” stroke length. Product manager Tim Simeone states, “Whether the professional electrician is cutting EMT conduit or the commercial plumber is cutting PVC pipe, the Hackzall gets the job done faster and easier.” The 2625-20 is compatible with both the M18 XC High Capacity and M18 Compact Lithium-Ion Batteries. Finally the saw includes the Quik-Lok blade and a tool free change for Sawzall blades and Hackzall blades.MILWAUKEE
Siemens Energy and Samsung C&T Corp. signed an agreement to supply wind turbines with a total capacity of up to 600 megawatts. They are to be delivered under this supply agreement and will be deployed at selected wind projects in southern Ontario. This will provide “clean power to approximately 240,000 Canadian homes… and create up to 300 jobs in the province,” according to Siemens.
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