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QuickConnect: November 2013

News from NAHAD Members

U.S. Rubber Tech Inc.U.S. Rubber Tech Inc., located in South San Francisco, CA, is celebrating 25 years as an industrial hose distributor in northern California, as announced by Jim Janakes, president. Originally founded by Janakes, with ex-Goodall partners Paul Yalsovac and Ram Ortiz, both now deceased, the company distributes hose and conveyor belting throughout the Golden State from their location just across the freeway from   San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Janakes notes, “We want to acknowledge our contemporaries within NAHAD -- our suppliers, our fellow distributors, and the NAHAD staff -- for providing the foothold for a fledgling startup in early 1989, in the midst of a recession, and for helping to nurture our growth over all these years.”

SPIR STAR Ltd. LogoSPIR STAR, Ltd., the exclusive distributor for SAMI Instruments, is pleased to announce the expansion of their available SAMI Instruments product offering. In addition to the NPT, Medium and High Pressure needle, ball and check valves, the company is now able to offer the complete SAMI Instruments product line. 

The new product line expansion includes tube compression fittings; 6,000 psi and 10,000 psi needle and ball valves; instrumentation valves; DPT manifolds; monoflanges; double block and bleed (DBB) valves; as well as many other fluid and pressure control valves and accessories. For further information, please contact a SPIR STAR representative at (800) 890-7827.

Blair Hetlinger Reliance Industrial Products is proud to welcome Blair Hetlinger to their organization. He joins their team as Vice President, involved in corporate finance and operations. Georg Eger has been moved to Senior Vice President, overseeing sales and marketing and the branch network.

Reliance Industrial is in the process of opening up two new facilities. One in Midland, Texas, opened at the end of September. The other is opening in Brooks, Alberta, November 1, 2013. They look forward to serving these markets with the same high level of service as their other 12 locations in Canada and the USA.

Please visit their new web site at www.relianceindustrial.com

The contact for Blair is BHetlinger@relianceindustrial.com and the contact for Georg is GEger@relianceindustrial.com

ITW StrapbinderITW Strapbinder’s new battery powered GripClamp™ tool tensions, locks and cuts the clamp tail to provide versatility and productivity for J-series hose clamp applications. GripClamp operates on most brands of 5/8” and 3/4” stainless or galvanized pre-formed J-series clamps, with no adjustments necessary to accommodate different clamp diameters. It can tension a larger diameter clamp to a smaller diameter requirement, helping to minimize overall clamp inventory. And with unlimited take up and adjustable tension settings, GripClamp™ eliminates refeeding regardless of the hose diameter. 

Both portable and bench mountable, GripClamp provides maximum versatility for in-house or out-in-the-field applications. It can be used on a bench and removed quickly for point-of-use applications. GripClamp delivers 125 clamps per charge and features an 18V Bosch lithium-ion battery that is fully charged in only 30 minutes and 80% charged in 15 minutes. Weighing only 9 lbs., GripClamp™ features an ergonomic grip design and evenly distributed weight to help reduce operator fatigue. Designed with the industrial user in mind, GripClamp has single one-button control with an easy cutting mechanism to further simplify operation. For more information, please contact ITW Strapbinder at 1-800-800-5104. 

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