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Plastic Cartridge Check Valves for OEM Applications

Easily inserted into your application device, operating in any position with low pressure loss, NEOPERL check valves are pre-assembled and 100 percent tested to provide durable drip tight operation. Available in 12 OD sizes between 3/8-in. and 2-in. for applications up to 200?F and 230 psi.

Selected models require no retainer (snap-fit type, NV/OV line). Other models (CV14FR and CV15FR line) come with a built-in pressure compensating flow regulator (0.5 to 4 gpm). All units are certified to ANSI/NSF 61.

NEOPERL offers ASME A112.18.3M certified models or models functional in vacuum breaker applications. Several options are also available: spring loaded plunger or ball, O-ring or lip seal, extra low opening pressures (2-in. water column).

Applications include water treatment equipment, faucets, appliances, plumbing systems and pumps.

NEOPERL, Inc., 171 Mattatuck Heights, Waterbury, CT 06705, 203-756-8891, Fax: 203- 754-5868,

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American Zettler, Inc.

AZ942H Now Meets IEEE 6kv Lighting Surge Test

American Zettler, Inc. has improved the design of the AZ942H relay, a 12 Amp miniature PC board relay, so it can meet the difficult IEEE 6 kV lightning surge test. Most relays of this type can only meet 4 kV. The AZ942H relay can now withstand the positive and negative 1.2 X 50 us 6 kV unidirectional pulses and the 0.5 us — 100 kHz 6 kV Ring wave from contact to coil. Additionally, the AZ942H also has a 3 kV Rms dielectric strength rating from contact to coil. The AZ942H has a 12 Amp switching capacity, Class B insulation standard, Class F also available, and has UL and CUR approvals. It is available in SPST or SPDT with DC coils to 48 VDC. This high surge voltage withstand capability is desirable in any device that is connected to the AC mains, such as white goods controllers, machine controls and HVAC controllers.

Contact American Zettler, Inc., 75 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, California 92656, 949-831-5000, FAX 949-831-8642, email at, or go to our web site at

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Thermtrol Corporation

Thermtrol Corporation’s One Shot Thermal Cutoffs Featured in New Catalog

Thermtrol’s Thermal Cutoffs are single action devices that do not reset. The active component in a Thermal Cutoff is a fusible alloy surrounded by a special resin. Under normal operating temperatures, the fusible alloy joins the two lead wires within the thermostat body. But when an abnormal condition occurs, the fusible alloy melts and breaks the circuit, with the special resin ensuring permanent cutoff. Both Axial and Radial lead configurations are available in a multitude of temperatures and electrical ratings.

Thermtrol’s recently released 2003 catalog covers all of Thermtrol’s products including One-Shot Thermal Cutoffs, Self-Hold 7AM Motor Protectors, Auto Reset 7AM Thermal Protectors, Immersion Thermostats, Disc Thermostats, Regulating Thermostats, and Bulb & Capillary Thermostats. Featuring a color-coded layout to aid in thermostat option selection, the Thermtrol 2003 catalog is a must have for your library.

For engineering samples or the product catalog, contact Thermtrol Corporation at 8914 Pleasantwood Avenue NW, N. Canton, OH 44720. 330-497-4148, Fax: 330-497-4189., Enter 233

UFE Incorporated

Gear Design Online... and it’s Free!

UFE Incorporated, a worldwide leader in plastic gear design and manufacturing, has made it possible for engineers to jump start the gear design process by simply connecting to the UFE Web site ( Clicking on a button gives gear designers access to specialized Web-based gear design software that was developed by Universal Technical Systems (UTS) and Ticona in conjunction with UFE Product Engineering.

UFE is providing the online Gear Design service without cost or obligation. The online UFE Gear Design Software is used to determine initial plastic gear specifications data, load analysis, safety factors and materials specifications. The program allows the gear designer to input size parameters for spur or helical gears including: numbers of teeth, pitch, face, center distance, power, torque and tangential load. Additionally, designers can vary the parameters to suit an application and verify the relative difference as indicated by a safety factor. The online program also provides composition recommendations for gear construction.

UFE Incorporated is recognized throughout the appliance industry for its expertise in the design and manufacture of gears, gear trains and motion controls.

UFE Incorporated, 1850 South Greeley Street, P.O. Box 7, Stillwater, MN 55082, 651-351-4273, Fax: 651-351-4272



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CSA International

CSA International Tests and Certifies in the U.S. and Canada

Whether you manufacture consumer electronics, gas-fired products, HVAC equipment, plumbing components, water treatment devices, or other products for industrial or consumer applications, CSA International can help you obtain the approval marks you need for your qualified products — across North America and around the globe.

CSA marks mean products meet applicable U.S. and/or Canadian standards including UL, CSA, NSF, ANSI, and others. CSA has laboratories across the U.S. and Canada. Today, more than 15,000 companies rely on CSA for product certification.

Contact CSA International at 800-463-6727, visit our website at, or e-mail us at

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Brooks Stevens Design Associates, Inc.

Innovations for the Way We Work, Live and Play

Since 1934 Brooks Stevens Design has assisted hundreds of clients in the consumer, medical and industrial markets to achieve commercial success by developing innovative and award winning products that are easy use and exciting to own.

We offer comprehensive product development services, including design research, human factors, industrial design, graphic design, engineering, prototyping and manufacturing support. Like many other product development firms, we use state-of-the-art tools and methodologies to improve the quality of our deliverables, enhance client communications and reduce development cycles. The advantage, however, that we bring to the table is our creative staff and the experience gained from an incredibly diverse project portfolio. We encourage a culture of breakthrough thinking and embrace a collaborative approach that is based upon the strength of each design discipline. We carefully observe our clients’ markets and look for opportunities to innovate, improve and differentiate. We combine the findings of our observations with our business acumen and design savvy to explore ideas and insightful solutions, selecting the most promising for development to carry the project through to production.

We have many success stories to share. Please contact us to discuss how we can assist you in accomplishing your product development and business goals.

Brooks Stevens Design Associates, Inc., 860 Badger Circle, Grafton, WI 53024. 262.376.9180. Fax 262.376.9670.


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ACR Systems Inc.

Compact, Self-Powered Data Loggers

ACR Systems Inc. is the acknowledged leader in the development of self-powered, pocket-sized data loggers capable of running for 10 years on a single battery. ACR data loggers measure and record a broad range of parameters, including temperature, relative humidity, electrical current, pressure, process signals, pulse frequency, and power quality. Data is downloaded to a PC or laptop using ACR’s easy-to-use Windows software and can be viewed in chart or graph form, or imported into a database.

ACR’s product lines include SmartReader (8 bit) and SmartReader Plus (12 bit) multi-channel data loggers, the OWL series of single channel data loggers with optical data transfer, the PowerWatch power quality monitor, the easy-to-use, low cost JR-1000, JR 1001, TRH-1000 and TRH-1001 data loggers, the Nautilus hostile environment data loggers, and the low cost single channel SmartButton data loggers. ACR data loggers are renowned for quality, accuracy, reliability, ease-of-use, compact size and stand-alone operation.

Benefitting from ACR data loggers are companies in HVAC, transportation, medical research, electronics, instrumentation, manufacturing, and aerospace. Whatever the application, ACR data loggers are an indispensable tool for performance measurement, audit and verification, liability management, system profiling, and process optimization.

ACR Systems Inc., Unit 210-12960 84th Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada, V3W 1K7, Tel: 604-591-1128, Fax:604-591-2252, Toll Free in NA 1-888-463-6564.



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Transilwrap Company, Inc.

New “Cling-Mate” URA Designed for P.O.P. Signage

Brand marketers for a major appliance manufacturer wanted a durable, rigid point-of-purchase signage material that was easy to remove after the sale. So, the Transilwrap Company, of Franklin Park, Illinois, designed, developed and delivered “Cling-Mate”, a new multi-polymer alloy, with a high performance URA (Ultra Remov-able Adhesive). It bonds firmly with most any indoor surface including metal, polypropylene, stainless steel, painted metal or glass; and can be removed up to 12 months later with no residue left behind.

“This revolutionary product is destined to replace vinyl and paper in P.O.P applications on appliances, automotive vehicles, and other items requiring durable, clean and appealing signage that doesn’t mar the merchandise,” says Brad Braunreuther, Transilwrap Product Manager. The rigidity and high tear resistance inherent in Cling-Mate signage makes it more durable and longer lasting than flexible vinyl decals which can be peeled off and “pocketed” by store browsers. Cling-Mate is also preferred over permanent adhesive paper labels, which are often difficult to remove after the sale or promotion has ended.

Transilwrap operates manufacturing plants in Chicago, Illinois and Richmond, Indiana, as well as 12 converting/distribution sites in the United States and Canada. For more information contact:

Mr. Seth Ebarra, Marketing Coordinator, Transilwrap Company,Inc., 9201 W. Belmont Ave., Franklin Park, Illinois 60131, Phone: 847.233.4072, Fax: 847.678.0586

For Samples, Brochures and Pricing Contact: Transilwrap Customer Service 1.800. 321.8544 Enter 238

3M Industrial Adhesives & Tapes Division

New 3M™ VHB™ Tape Bonds Metal Before and After Painting

3M announces two new 3M™ VHB™ Tape families that give OEMs the flexibility to join materials before or after the powder coating process. One new tape family can replace spot-welds in metal assembly applications prior to most paint systems. The other tape family can replace rivets or screws by bonding to most powder coatings after the painting process. With these two product families it is possible to realize immediate cost savings and improved product aesthetics by eliminating spot-welding, grinding, and polishing or by eliminating hole-punching, aligning, and riveting.

3M™ VHB™ Tapes provide a complete seal, have excellent vibration damping characteristics, provide for thermal expansion, and can bond differential substrates. Applications include attaching metal stiffeners in metal cabinetry, office furniture, and electrical enclosures.

For additional information, call 1-800-567-1639, ext. 5012. You can also visit This product is offered through the 3M Industrial Adhesives & Tapes Division, 3M Center, Building 220-5E, St. Paul, MN 55144-1000.

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DuPont Engineering Polymers

Marketplace Solutions for Plastics are Found at

The market for household appliances has never been as competitive as it is today. A cost difference of one or two per cent on parts and materials can almost mean the difference between winning and losing in the marketplace.

Look to DuPont for engineering polymers and solid technical support when developing consumer products. Nine families of DuPont engineering polymers provide solutions to many application needs in one place. Make us your development partner and gain the benefit of our know-how in material selection, part and mold design, process conditions, assembly techniques and more.

Visit for more information.

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Phillips Plastics Corporation

Custom Injection Molding for a Wide Range of Applications

Phillips Plastics Corporation™ is a privately held custom injection molder supplying precision-engineered, complex plastic and metal parts to OEM’s in the appliance, durable consumer, electronics, lawn and garden, medical, recreational, telecommunications, and automotive markets. With 18 state-of-the-art focused factories including three design development centers, this technology-driven company is a true turnkey supplier providing total solutions from design through production. Supported by 120 engineers and 122 toolmakers, Phillips offers the following molding services: high/low volume, insert, medical, multi-shot, small parts, magnesium, and metal injection molding as well as complete secondary operations which include precision decorating capabilities. Phillips manufacturing facilities operate under one or more of the following: ISO 9001/9002, QS-9000, EN46002, FDA, GMP.

Sales Inquiry Information: Phillips Plastics Corporation Opportunity Development, 1201 Hanley Road, Hudson WI 54016, 715.381.3344, Fax: 715.381.3291, email: Enter 241


Customized Metal Forming To Fit Your Needs

A full-service metal forming company, we specialize in metal stamping, metal spinning and deep drawing. Since we work with numerous clients in a variety of industries, our in-house tooling department is capable of designing and building tooling to match your product to our processes and equipment. Our clients, who range from the appliance to the filter industries, feel that this customization assures them that the job is done right the first time.

Our shop features hand and CNC lathes for metal spinning, press capacities up to 250 tons in a variety of press types for blank and coil fed stamping, and state-of-the-art, four-action hydraulic presses in our deep draw operation including a five-station double acting transfer press.

For more information, contact Donald Cowan at METCOM Inc., P.O. Box 49065, Cookeville, TN 38506; Phone: (931) 526-8412; Fax: (931) 526-1092;


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MSC Engineered Materials and Solutions Group

Sound Trap® Laminated Steel Offers Quiet Alternative to Cold-Rolled Steel

By use of its proprietary roll-coating and laminating process, MSC Engineered materials Solutions Group is helping major appliance and outdoor power equipment manufacturers achieve significant reductions in noise and vibration.

Sound Trap comprises two steel skins, constrained over a layer of viscoelastic material which absorbs vibrational energy and reduces noise in end products. This material is currently used on major appliances such as washers and dryers, as well as breadmakers, central/ window air conditioners and the new line of IC engines made by Briggs & Stratton. Specifically, Sound Trap material acts as a noise and vibration-reducing component, when used as the enclosure, inner shell, compressor mounting plate or other housing structure.

Sound Trap materials can be formed, even welded, with no loss of performance integrity and no delamination. In certain applications, owing to cost or manufacturing issues, Sound Trap AD® is offered as an add-on damper material by MSC.

At Briggs & Stratton, substantial noise and vibration reductions have been achieved on the new lawnmower and other outdoor equipment engines, by the use of this laminated steel composite from MSC as the engine housing and cover.

MSC Engineered Materials and Solutions Group, 2200 East Pratt Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, Toll-Free 800/877-9078, Phone: 847/718-8110, Fax: 847/ 718-8730, Web:, Email:

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Portage Electric Products, Inc.

New PEPI Thermal Control Builds Safety

Portage Electric Products, Inc. (PEPI) has introduced its first self-hold thermostat for small motor, transformer, and appliance applications. The PEPI Model J(S) Series Thermostat adds an extra degree of safety by keeping the circuit open after a fault condition until the power source is removed and the unit is allowed to cool. The self-hold functionality is due to an internal heat source that prevents a circuit from closing, providing an enhanced level of protection for the product, and the consumer. The Model J(S) is available for both 120 VAC and 240 VAC applications.

The Model J(S) type is the latest addition to the popular PEPI Model J Series. These devices feature a fold-over, low profile case design that minimizes the amount of space required for their installation. The Model J(S) Series has been evaluated or certified for use as a recognized component by UL (CUL included), IEC, and VDE. Available with nominal calibration temperatures from 60?C to 160?C. They can also be shipped with any kind of factory applied insulating lead wires up to 18 gauge. If desired, they can also be shipped without leads.

PEPI thermostats and thermal protectors are used in a wide variety of applications, battery packs, small motors, solenoids, transformers and converters, personal care products and numerous OEM applications for both domestic and international markets.

Further information is available on, or contact: Portage Electric Products, Inc., 7700 Freedom Ave., N.W., P.O. Box 2170, North Canton, OH 44720. Telephone: 330/499-2727. Toll-Free: 888/GO-4-PEPI, Fax: 330/499-1853 Enter 244

Harrington & King Perforating Co.

H & K Sets the Standard for Custom Design Perforating

Since 1883, H&K has been providing an extensive combination of standard hole shapes and patterns. Our competitive pricing and helpful personnel are hallmarks of our commitment to service and total quality management.

From high-tech to aesthetic applications, H&K provides solutions to an array of engineering and design requirements with custom design perforating. Our extensive perforating facilities include the world’s most advanced computerized sectional presses that can handle sheets up to 84-in. by 216-in.; from 0.008-in. foil thin to 1-in. thick plate; coils up to 20,000 lbs.; with a non-accumulating accuracy factor of +/- .004-in.; for prototypes and short-run jobs, up to 1000 pieces or more. In addition, we perforate both metals and non-metallics, including rubber-coated and pre-painted materials.

Harrington & King Perforating Company

Chicago, IL

Cleveland, TN

Paramus, NJ



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Ledex® and Dormeyer® Products

Solenoids for the Appliance Industry

Ledex® and Dormeyer® solenoids are found in numerous appliance industry applications. We offer a variety of AC and DC products which are available for on/off operation on many types of consumer and commercial appliances.

Residential appliance applications include: Through the door refrigerator ice and water dispensors; Door locks on self-cleaning ovens; Gas valve control on gas ranges and ovens; Drain control valves on residential washing machines; and Brake solenoids on residential washing machines.

Commercial appliance installations include: Dispensing valves; Beverage dispensing valves; Product dispensers on vending machines; Coin changers on vending machines; Actuating devices on commercial baking and food processing or packaging equipment; Wrapping material cutters for food packaging; Gas valve control on gas fired boilers and furnaces; and Industrial overhead door brake mechanisms.

For application engineering or to receive our catalog call: 1/800/998-2298 or visit our website at, or contact us at SAIA-Burgess, Ledex® and Dormeyer® Products, 801 Scholz Drive, Vandalia, OH 45377. Enter 246

Americor Electronics, Ltd.

World Class Power Supply Cord and Custom Cables Made in Volume to Your Specifications

Americor is a high volume/ low cost supplier of OEM power supply cord and cordsets for domestic, international and hospital grade applications. AMERICOR’s cable assembly division offers a full line of molded and assembled connectors including SCSI I, II & III cables and terminators, USB cables, PCMCIA cables, IEEE 1284 printer cables, flat ribbon cable assemblies, Category 5, UTP and STP, multimedia cables, Centronics and D-sub connector cable assemblies, standard and miniature DIN connectors cables, wiring harnesses and custom cables to your specifications. AMERICOR plants are ISO 9002 registered and meet all safety approvals such as UL, CSA. VDE, BSI SEV, CEBEC DEMKO, LEMA/KEUR, NEMKO OVE, SEMKO, T?V, etc.

AMERICOR specializes in components for electronic circuit assembly. Featured are USA and worldwide sourcing of leading-edge technology components. Products include Optoelectronics products, high quality electronic sockets and connectors, polyurethane coiled cords, power supply cords and cordsets, both domestic and international, EMI power line filters, high volume printed circuit boards, AC tube axial and DC brushless cooling fans, miniature micro-switches, Piezo electric buzzer and magnetic transducers, high quantity transformers, coils and EMI filter chokes.

AMERICOR Electronics, Ltd., 675 S. Lively Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 00007, 847/956-6200 Toll-Free 800/830-5337, Fax: 847-956-0300



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Douglas Corporation

Precision Membrane Switch Technology... Customized and Complete

Douglas Corporation delivers over 65 years experience meeting the exacting demands of the world’s leaders in the appliance, electronic, automotive and other industries.

Today’s environment of “Zero Defects”, ISO, SPC, JIT delivery and other management concepts, all geared toward premium products delivered on time, demands quality. That’s why Douglas has developed company-wide practices which assure uncompromised production excellence on every switch and graphic overlay program we’re awarded. That means you can expect perfection in all facets of production…right down to the aesthetics of color, finish and surface texture match.

We live and breathe precision. Whether your switch project involves a multi-tasking circuit design, assembly and surface mounted components or precise print registration—our skilled people put their knowledge to work everyday in an environment of total quality control at each state of the process.

Whether you want to review vendors for an existing program, or you want to investigate options for something entirely new, please call us. We will be happy to answer whatever questions you may have.

If you’re at the drawing stage, send us a print so we can be more specific. Then, when you want, we will advise our local representative of your particular needs and arrange a personal meeting at your convenience.

Douglas Corporation, 9650 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3512, Phone: (952) 941-2944, Fax: (952) 942-3125, E-mail: Internet: WWW.DOUGLASCORP.COM Enter 248

Symmco, Inc.

Powder Metal Parts

Symmco Inc. economically manufactures a variety of parts, such as gears, cams, sprockets and other complex components, in a wide variety of powder metal materials including sintered bronze, iron, iron/copper, brass, stainless steel and other alloys. Industries served include appliances, farm and garden equipment, office machines, photographic equipment and food processing machinery, to name a few. Let Symmco review and evaluate your P/M parts possibilities.

Symmco Incorporated, P.O. Box F, Sykesville, PA 15865, 814/894-2461, Fax: 814/894-5272,

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The Danby Group

Providing Automatic Identification Systems

Since 1982, The Danby Group has been supplying automatic identification solutions for appliance manufacturers, large and small. The Danby Group offers a broad application range from simple manifest systems to sophisticated warehouse management and tool tracking solutions. In addition to our DG-110 label laminator/die cutter unit that produces environment-proof product labels on demand, Danby offers a variety of ready-to-use application solutions as well as customized data collection solutions for the appliance industry. Danby is your Zebra Certified (barcode) Printer Provider and Authorized Service Provider. If it moves, you need to label it — visit our website at or call us at 800/262-2629. Enter 250

Kamco Plastics Inc.

Providing Solutions for Plastic Part Challenges

Kamco Plastics provides solutions to plastics part manufacturing, decoration, and assembly issues. Although Kamco’s technical base lies in plastics engineering and manufacturing, it is driven by market needs and problem resolution.

Technical capabilities include: 30+ injection molders, gas assist molding, parts decoration, sub-assembly to final packaged assembly, innovative tool engineering, DFMA, program management, and in-house tool room.

Business capabilities include EDI interface and B2B e-commerce with a culture of “never miss” deliveries and driving for highest total value.

Gas assist molding can provide lower weights, faster machine cycles, less stress and warpage, no sink marks, better cosmetics, greater design freedom, and higher strength to weight ratios. When parts are properly designed for the gas assist process, higher value is delivered in the form of plastic parts with the above benefits.

Designing and processing gas assist plastic parts requires keen knowledge of the equipment and the process; their capabilities and limitations. Not all parts are suitable for the benefits of gas assist. Call Kamco Plastics for a free evaluation of your application. 847-882-3550

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Elec-Tron, Inc.

EB Series Power Terminal Blocks

The EB Series two-pole power blocks provide line connectors ranging from screw terminals to lugs for #1/10 conductors.

These input terminals are coupled with various combinations of multiple quick-connect tabs and/or binding screw or pressure screw load connectors. You have nearly 100 models from which to choose, so one will be just right for you.

The line connectors range from #2/0 to 14 AWG.

Elec-Tron, Inc., 2050 Northern, Wichita, KS 67216, 316/522-3401, Fax: 316/524-6767 Enter 255

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