Handheld Inspection Light suits paper mill applications.

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With ergonomic pistol grip handle made of ABS/PC material, Beacon produces even illumination pattern for focusing in on 19.5 in. target area at 800 LUX from distances up to 16.25 ft away. Stroboscopic inspection spotlight can be synched to still camera or video recorder and incorporates lamp cooling system, Extended Run battery kit, and quick-change battery design. With product, personnel can identify turbulence and stock jump, product uniformity, and air entrapment in headbox.



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Unilux Upgrades Beacon Inspection Light for Paper Mills; Drops Price



SADDLE BROOK, NJ November 14, 2005 - The Beacon, the brightest handheld stroboscopic inspection spotlight for paper mill applications, has a new glow. Unilux has upgraded the light with a new, superior lamp cooling system and a more ergonomic handle with an Extended Run battery kit while reducing the price by $500.

"Unilux may not be the cheapest strobe light to buy, but we've always been the cheapest to own," said Mike Simonis, president, Unilux. "That's the customer's real cost, and we want every light they buy to last forever and be easy and economical to repair. By re-designing the Beacon, Unilux has doubled the lamp life while producing a superior illumination pattern. This cuts its relamping cost by two-thirds while making the light easier to handle in the mills. We believe it adds up to an outstanding value."

The new handle's pistol grip has a power-tool feeling that enables the user to hold the light more comfortably and aim it more accurately, especially when making adjustments during the papermaking process. The new handle is made of ABS/PC material, which is tougher and more resistant to damage when dropped. The new quick-change battery design lets operators change batteries in seconds, so it never slows them down. The Beacon's new lamp produces a very even illumination pattern for inspection 5 meters away.

"The Beacon's upgrades make it easier for mills to take better advantage of the light's power," Simonis says. "Before the Beacon, it was virtually impossible to check formation activity across the entire web. Now, you can focus on a 0.5m (19.5-inch) target area at 800 LUX from a distance of 5m (16.25 ft) to evaluate formation across the wire on any paper machine. That's a much greater distance than the human eye is capable of viewing in the required detail for formation inspection, which is why we are offering a pair of binoculars with the first 50 units to see detail that far."

The Beacon's power and focus will enable mill personnel to clearly see turbulence and stock jump, product uniformity, slippage between the wire/fabric and drive rolls and air entrapment in the headbox. It also provides instant feedback on formation activity and stock flow, results from changes in vacuum or foil blade angle, excessive early or late drainage, changes in flow of stock jet from the slide and Dandy Roll performance.

Synching the Beacon to a still camera or video recorder provides a motion analysis tool that reduces diagnostic maintenance by 90 percent. Operators, engineers and maintenance personnel can study formation problems in slow motion and examine tiny details of table activity, as well as seeing cracks and missing gear teeth in dryer sections.

Unilux allows all of this to be done in real time - at full operating speeds - by using the stroboscopic effect to "freeze" images, giving personnel a stop-action view of the process or mechanical operation. Flaws and defects stand out, and personnel can use their knowledge of the product, process and equipment to determine the cause of the problem and its solution.

Unilux Inc., headquartered in Saddle Brook, NJ, is in its 43rd year of designing and manufacturing industrial surface inspection lighting systems for the printing/converting, metals and papermaking industries and heavy-duty strobe lighting systems for the film and video industry. Unilux currently has sales representatives in 29 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, along with four service centers. For additional information, contact Unilux, Inc., 59 North Fifth St., Saddle Brook, NJ 07663 USA. Phone: 800-522-0801 (US only) 201-712-1266 (Worldwide) Fax: 201-712-1366 Internet: www.unilux.com.

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