New Releases and Updates
Drives and useful tools hit the market.
High-Performance Door Drives
Langer & Laumann’s door drives developed the “smart” L&L QKS 6 door drive. The company said it used its 20 years of experience and cooperation with installers to make the drive conversion packages fit lift doors with an especially low threshold distance, such as those found in hospitals, hotels, shopping centers and other buildings with high volumes of visitors. There is a special coupler for the durable pre-fitted, machine-made, 3-mm-thick steel door machine, the use of which can speed installation. Also, original door leaves can be reused to save elaborate adjustment work on the car cladding or landing doors.
The company’s TSG drive, which it calls “maintenance free,” is designed to ensure the doors are opened safely, quickly and quietly. The programmable TSG electronics permit a multitude of user-defined adjustment options and simplify installation directly on the device for the first startup.
Laser Distance Meters
Extech Instruments has launched the DT-M series of professional-grade laser distance meters. The three new meters are designed to make it easy to measure distances, compute area and volume, measure angles, and stake out distances between objects. Measurements can be taken with one-button, point-and-shoot convenience. Each model has different distance capabilities: 131 ft. (40 m) for the DT40M, 196 ft. (60 m) for the DT60M and 330 ft. (100 m) for the DT100M.
Features include accuracy to 2 mm, a bright laser and a large, backlit four-line display. Measurements can be taken from the front or rear edge by the pocket-sized meters with one hand. A built-in bubble level enables accuracy of horizontal measurements. Other useful functions include “Min/Max” readings; indirect height measurements using Pythagorean calculations (standard height, height in two segments and partial height) from two or three other measurements; memory of 20 successive readings; easy addition and subtraction of multiple readings; automatic power off to conserve battery life; and a one-year warranty.
Wearable Flashlights With Multiangle Mounting
Nightstick has released new flashlights it calls “intrinsically safe.” The XPP-5418GX and XPP-5418RX (red or green, respectively) take three AA batteries to power a 200-lm sharp LED beam for 10 hr. An optional multiangle-mount kit can connect it to a helmet accessory slot or directly onto the brims of most hardhats for hands-free use. The CREE LED boasts more than 50,000 hr. of operation. The products’ certification includes the National Fire Protection Association, cETLus, ATEX and IECEx for global use in Class I, Division 1 hazardous locations. Their polymer housing is IP-67 rated dustproof, waterproof, and impact and chemical resistant.
The company has also introduced the DICATA™ XPP-5462 Series Headlamp. It was designed for hard hats and fire helmets without interfering with face shields. The CREE LED spotlight and LED floodlight utilize a series of total internal reflection lenses designed to optimize output. Two enlarged front-mounted buttons toggle through the high-/low-beam options and enable both the spot and floodlight on, even when wearing gloves. With a beam distance of 120 m, the spotlight emits 275 lm, while the floodlight emits 205 lm. In simultaneous mode, the headlamp produces 310 lm. There is also an independently controlled amber rear-facing light to make it easy to identify other team members in dark, hazardous places. Its certifications include cULus, ATEX and IECEx, along with meeting the requirements of NFPA 1907-8.6 (2013) for Class I, Division 1 hazardous locations.
New Functionalities in FIELDBOSS Lift 2.8
Rimrock Corp. has released a new version of its FIELDBOSS Lift elevator-contractor management solution built for the Microsoft Cloud and within Microsoft Dynamics 365. With version 2.8, FIELDBOSS Lift customers are now able to manage progress billing for construction projects and inventory stock levels within the system more efficiently. Progress billing allows FIELDBOSS Lift 2.8 users to create milestones and bill for multiple milestones per invoice. It is now possible to create a draft schedule of values for contractors and architects to approve prior to developing an invoice, permitting multiple adjustments before posting. The update also includes the ability to track and manage inventory. Customers can track quantities, prices and purchasing history of inventory items. The items are applied to jobs, used in the field and costed into current work.
Version 2.8 also extends the functionality released in previous versions by enabling technicians in the field to attribute materials (inventory and non-inventory) directly to their service tickets.