Slipformed tower attracts magnetic levitation-run elevators

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Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Elevator broke ground in October 2014 on a unique 246-m (807-ft.) tall tower in Rottweil that will house 12 shafts within a 21-m (69-ft.) diameter concrete shell, allowing engineers to test elevator speeds up to 18 m/second (59 feet). The shell was completed in July, topping out at 232 meters (761 feet)—the level of a future platform offering a panoramic view of Rottweil, the Black Forest and Alps peaks.

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Mobile plant operator terminal

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The Allen Bradley MobileView tethered operator interface gives plant personnel the freedom to take a machine’s human-machine interface (HMI) with them to make real-time adjustments to out-of-view applications. The MobileView suits maintenance tasks, machine setup or calibration activities, and other HMI applications that require the operator to see the machine. The inclusion of a hardwired e-stop button and three-position enabling switch also supports applications that require local safety functionality.

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Material handling equipment switch

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A worldwide manufacturer of material handling and electronic components for bucket elevators and conveyors has developed two new models within its P800 line of proximity sensors. The P800 Proxswitch is available in two versions (P8003V10C & P8004V10C) with solid state relays specifically designed for speed monitoring applications requiring a pulse output up to 120 VAC/VDC for PLC integrations. Both sensors can also be used to detect shaft, gate or slide position as well as object presence.

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Remanufactured transmissions

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Company has extended its FLEX Reman transmissions program with the recent launch of the RTO 16908LL 10-speed model, suiting a variety of on/off-highway vocational applications; 12 new part numbers, each with forward shift bar housings that complement the existing standard shift bar housing transmission offerings; and, a new delivery policy affording same day shipments.

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Communications, connectivity platform

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Hirschmann Solutions, a leading antenna and transceiver system source, has partnered with telematics service provider inthinc to launch the M2M Gateway. The module provides advanced communications and connectivity for fleet vehicles, heavy-duty trucks and construction equipment—offering telematics service providers and their customers reduced time to market and reduced complexity in system design.

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Pearson adds gray water handling in heater series upgrade

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Pearson Systems has announced new features and improvements for its line of concrete plant water heaters—all aimed at increasing performance and efficiency while minimizing operating costs. Exclusive to the tank series are a water make up system that incorporates both a digital flow meter and a manual flow valve, combining for precise control of make up volume; new, simplified, more rugged unit design that reduces failures and routine maintenance schedules, and can be delivered fully assembled to lower installation costs; and, standard burners sized up to 3.5 million Btu, allowing for high heat recovery in all sized tanks while minimizing unit footprint.

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