10 Best PRI Tech Innovations
The Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show is the gearhead’s holy grail of speed parts, techie tools and everything in between. It’s hard not to be in a good mood despite multiple cases of “shiny thing syndrome” causing people to collide in the isles. We are all after one thing: the latest parts and tools innovations.
It’s not possible to list every single thing that caught our eye in the mecca of parts. Nobody has the attention span for that (Neither do we!), so we picked out a few that we thought you might enjoy. Our holiday wish list just got longer. Hey, we can dream!
1. BuildPro Welding Tables
We’ve never been so infatuated with a work table until we saw the BuildPro welding tables on display. The fixture’s modular design will instantly take the edge off of complicated projects, improve work quality and decrease waste while saving time. Leveling feet ensure accuracy even on uneven floors, and there are clamps, brackets and accessories to accommodate any job.
2. Miller Multimatic 220 AC/DC
The compact size and low weight of this new Miller machine is what first piqued our interest, but what we learned next blew our minds. This welder does it all: TIG, MIG, flux-core and stick. The Miller demonstration booth further proved its quality and ease-of-use.
3. Ridge Gate MaxDuty Compact Trio
This three-in-one riveter is heavy duty despite its small size. It’s the ideal compact solution for fastening rivets, rivet nuts and rivet studs.
4. Ultrasonic LLC Ultra 2000M
When we walked past an unnaturally shiny pile of used parts, we knew we were looking at the work of an Ultrasonic cleaner. It is an effective and labor-saving method of cleaning a wide variety of engine, mechanical and electrical components, instruments, jewelry and other items, without damaging delicate pieces.
5. TRUMPF TruTool FCN 250
TRUMPF’s TruTool line offers compact, ergonomic 360-degree cutting tools, which allow for a clear view of the cutting line, no matter what odd positions you end up in. This particular example is designed specifically for fiber composite materials.
6. Evolution Stainless Steel Saw Blades
Having to run to the store in the middle of a project after you wear through all of the fiber discs that you purchased just hours before can be aggravating. Evolution’s industrial stainless steel saw blades cut cooler, faster, and more accurately and safely. When we picked up the fresh-cut pipe immediately after it was cut, it was cool to the touch. According to Evolution, one of these blades can last as long as 20 or more abrasive cut off wheels!
7. COOLSHIRT Systems
Don’t sweat your next race. COOLSHIRT Systems offers complete kits for motorsports competitors, and they can even customize the package for specific needs.
8. Clear View Filtration
Clear View see-through oil filter assemblies are the best way to determine the condition of oil without hassle, no matter where you are. The ability to visually inspect contaminants without the mess of standard filters means it can be checked more frequently, which could save your engine and your bank account.
9. MarkinBOX Portable Marker
MarkinBOX has several solutions for dot peen marking machine needs. The electromechanically controlled carbide stylus tip assemblies are used to strike various surfaces in a succession of dots to create permanent marks that help identify a component’s part number, date code, serial number, company logo and any other identifying mark imaginable. The machines are fully programmable and customizable for a wide variety of applications.
10. Racing Electronic Communication Systems
Racing Electronics has innovation communication solutions for both race fans and race teams. Their complete systems for crewmembers and in-car communication are hard to beat. Or for race fans, there’s FanVision, which brings you right into the action with broadcast video, in-car camera feeds, live statistics and in-car audio for events like the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing.