Lightweight cutting consistency

July 1, 2011

New in 2011, the HSG-0 Electronic heat cutter from HSGM USA, Duncan, S.C., has a circuit board in the housing instead of a transformer, which has decreased its weight to just 14 ounces, and with 120 watts, it offers consistent heat in the blade. Well suited for cutting and sealing the edges and ends of …

Single-action grommet setting

George N. Jackson Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba., Canada, offers a line of self-piercing grommets and setting equipment to eliminate the time-consuming and costly process of pre-cutting holes for grommets. The brass, self-piercing grommets work with specially designed dies to cut the hole and set the grommet in a single action. Sizes can be easily changed. SOURCE …

Shear comfort

Consew, Carlstadt, N.J., now offers German-made Kretzer Scissors Model 75525, a lightweight ergonomic scissor with soft, comfortable handles that will cut effortlessly through heavy leather. Made of high-grade surgical steel that keeps the cutting edge sharp—and sharper, longer—it has a powerful knife-edge blade with one blade serrated for a more accurate cut without material slippage. …

Fabric inflatable for re-entry

[ILC Dover] Frederica, Del., U.S.A. Research continues in the Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE) project, using the technology to bring spacecraft safely back to earth. The inflatable structure is made of lightweight, high-temperature ceramic fabric—a material that is generally very fragile. Cliff Willey, program manager of space inflatables for ILC Dover, says the fabric must …