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April 15, 2008

April: New Products International

Gerald Ondrey

Prevent the growth of germs in water softeners, without heat

Water softeners are needed in pretreatment stages for pure-water generators, but they also harbor risks: the ionic-exchange resins offer large surface areas for the growth of microorganisms. A safe and simple solution to this problem is the germ-reducing regeneration tablets, Sanisal P (photo). The tablets are poured into the salt or brine tank of water softener, and its active substance is released, entering the water softener during regeneration. Dead germs and any residue are then flushed out of the softener during the rinse stages. Regeneration salts are no longer needed, and, in contrast to hot-water sanitation, no energy is required. — Christ Water Technology Group, Aesch, Switzerland

Move more oil with this powerful pump

The performance range of the Allub RUV vertically immersed screw pump (photo) has been expanded, with the maximum capacity boosted by 30% or more to 1,300 L/min. The pump is suitable for any industry segment where mineral-based and synthetic lube oil, hydraulic oil and similar media must be moved efficiently. The three-screw, self-priming pump is designed for vertical installation in the oil container at depths between 325 and 1,600 mm, depending on the size of the pump and motor. The Series now covers a capacity range from 30 to 1,300 L/min, with maximum pressure of 16 bar. — AllweilerAG, Radolfzell, Germany

This wireless transmitter is approved for hazardous areas

The Rosemount 702 Discrete Wireless Transmitter (photo) is the latest addition to this firm’s Smart Wireless solutions family. The 702 transmitter installs and commissions quickly, and provides users with a cost-effective way to access data from the hundreds of discrete points at process plants that are not connected to the control system. The unit supports a variety of non-powered switch types, with single or dual-channel capacity, and is approved for use in hazardous areas. Fully compatible with existing Smart Wireless networks, the 702 provides HART diagnostic data, 7 – 15 yr SmartPower battery life, and reliable and secure performance, says the firm. — Emerson Process Management, Bredbury, Stockport, U.K.

This transmitter now handles two thermocouples

Two independent Pt100/TC sensors can now be connected to the new T32.XS temperature transmitter (photo). The transmitter also offers enhanced diagnostics capabilities with its integrated drift detection combined with extended error signaling. Corrosion monitoring in accordance with Namur NE89 is also included. The head-mounting transmitter comes with the accepted size, but with additional terminals for the HART communication. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand GmbH & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany

Inline hydraulics screens make sure nothing gets through

The Industrial Microhydraulic (IMH) range of cartridge screens provide a low-cost, effective "last-chance" filtration barrier for fluid-control components. The latest additions to the range are the high-pressure cartridge screens, which are rated for a minimum burst pressure of 25 MPa (5,000 psi). The screens are made of stainless-steel woven mesh and bonded together by a proprietary process that ensures integrity and long life. They are available in diameters of 5.5, 8, 10 and 12 mm. — Lee Products Ltd., Gerrards Cross, U.K.

A hermetically sealed probe for level measurements

This new corrosion-resistant, submersible level probe (SLP; photo) has been developed to allow trouble-free operation in tasks ranging from level measurement in single tanks to multiple-point level data gathering in high-value commodity storage facilities. Available in both gauge and absolute versions, the probe requires just a 10-V d.c., 2-mA power supply. The SLP is hermetically sealed using corrosion-resistant plastic materials. It can measure levels up to 70 m H2O, to an accuracy of 0.5% in operating environments from –40 to 80°C. — GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, Billerica, Mass.

These isolators are intrinsically safe

This firm has introduced its next-generation, intrinsic-safety isolators, the backplane-mounted MTL4500 and DIN-rail mounted MTL550 (photo) Series. Both Series utilize the company’s One-Core technology, incorporating advanced circuit design, a common set of components and innovative transformer construction. The isolator modules achieve a "significant" reduction in power consumption while increasing channel-packing densities, says the manufacturer. Other features include three-port isolation, low power dissipation and a quick install-release mechanism. The 4500 is designed for project-oriented applications, such as distributed control systems, emergency shutdown systems, and fire and gas monitoring; the DIN-mounted version meets the needs of application-focused projects, ranging from single-instrument loops to fully equipped cabinets. — MTL Instruments Group Plc., Luton, U.K

Pastillation process proven again for trouble-free solids handling

The growing demand for biodiesel has also created an increased demand for fatty alcohol pastilles produced by the Rotoform process, according to this manufacturer. One such installation where both biodiesel and fatty alcohols are produced is the large complex recently completed for Thai Oleochemicals and Thai Fatty Alcohols Co. (Map Ta Phut, Thailand), which produces 100,000 ton/yr of liquid fatty alcohol — as much as 15% of which needs to be converted into solid pastilles to ease handling, storage and transportation. Based around a 25-m long, 1,500-mm wide steel belt cooler, the Rotoform system (photo) combines under-belt water-spray cooling with air cooling on the upper side to deliver a total capacity of 2.5 ton/h. — Sandvik Process Systems, Fellbach, Germany

More options now available for this particle-size analyzer

Two new options are now available for the Parsum IPP-70 inline particle-size measurement probe (photo), which is used for realtime monitoring and control of granulation, coating and spray-drying processes. The first option allows for the provision of IQ/OQ (installation and operational qualification) documentation, together with a verification kit for checking measurement accuracy. The second option is a unit with highly polished contact surfaces, and includes material traceability documentation. Option 2 is particularly suitable for fouling duties and applications requiring high levels of hygiene. — Malvern Instruments, Ltd., Malvern, U.K.

Measure accurate flame temperatures with this small thermocouple

This bare-wire thermocouple (photo) has a measuring point with diameter of only a few microns. As a result, the sensor has no effect on the flame temperature and significantly reduces measurement errors by minimizing losses due to radiation and conduction. The thermocouple is particularly suitable for measuring at the heart of flames of burners. The sensor covers a temperature range between 400 and 1,700°C, and the output is via a male LEMO plug. — Pyro-Contrôle, Chauvin Arnoux Group, Meyzieu Cedex, France

This vacuum pump works in both industry and R&D

HenaLine (photo) is a complete line of oil-sealed rotary vane pumps that are suitable for both industrial and R&D applications. With pumping speeds of 25 – 1,000 m3/h, the pumps can be used as a stand-alone or a backup pump. Their low operating temperature increases the service life of the oil and eliminates the need for additional water cooling for the pump. Oil mist separator, oil-return system and safety valves are integrated as standard equipment. A gas ballast valve assures pump down of steam and other process vapors. — Pfeiffer Vacuum, GmbH, Asslar, Germany

See dangerous leaks with this color-changing

On-Guard (photo), an acid-alert paint, provides immediate, visual detection of dangerous spray-outs in critical areas in process systems, such as pipe flanges, weld sites and sample ports. Recently introduced into the U.K., On-Guard is a modified alkyd acid indicating paint that has been formulated and patented for industrial applications. The material is applied like any other exterior paint to 4-mm thickness (dry). A primer is also required for raw metal surfaces; otherwise, it can be applied over existing paint. Should acids or acid vapors (pH <3) escape, On-Guard will instantaneously change color from yellow to red (photo), thereby alerting operators to the potential dangers. — Allison Engineering, Basildon, U.K.

Quickly assess rejected products with this inspection tool

Automatic inspection for particle and cosmetic defects of pharmaceutical products is state-of-the art in modern production plants, but often, shift supervisors and quality-assurance staff would like to quickly classify what the automatic machine has rejected. The VPE module (photo) has been introduced for this purpose. Using two different types of light and variable rotation speeds, the VPE determines the nature of the defect, providing immediate feedback to the production and filling process. — Seidenader Maschinenbau GmbH, Markt Schwaben, Germany

Dual frequencies extend the performance of ultrasonic cleaning

The Elam Transonic TI-H cleaners (photo) are heavy-duty, multi-frequency cleaning units available in several sizes up to 180 L. Expanded utility is obtained with dual frequencies (25 and 45 kHz, or 35 and 130 kHz) in a single unit. The lowest frequency is used for coarse particle removal; mid-range frequencies are used to clean grease and oils from hard surfaces; and the highest frequency is used for gentle cleaning of sensitive surfaces, such as electronic parts. The units have three different operation modes: Sweep (for common cleaning tasks), Degas and Normal. — Tovatech LLC, South Orange, N.J.

Simultaneously view visual and IR images with this analyzer

Built to withstand harsh work environments, the Ti25m and Ti10 (photo, p. 34I-6) thermal imagers are designed as a complete, effective and easy-to-use thermal-imaging solution for routine troubleshooting and maintenance of industrial and electrical equipment. Both versions incorporate IR Fusion, a patent-pending technology that integrates infrared and visual images in full-screen or picture-in-picture views. IR Fusion helps users recognize image details and better identify problem areas by quickly scrolling through the different viewing modes. The devices cover a temperature range of –20 to 350°C (Ti25) and –20 to 250°C (Ti10). — Fluke Corp., Everett, Wash.

When forced, this vertical pump doesn’t mind

The DPVCF vertical pump (photo)was developed to withstand extreme mechanical forces that may occur in some vertical-pump applications (due to thermal expansion of pipes, for example). Two new models are now available, extending the maximum capacity to 58 m3/h over pressure heads from 30 to 245 m. The DPVCF is equipped with a cast-iron pump foot and additional strengthening ribs — extra support of piping to protect the base is no longer necessary. Equipped with a peroxide-cured EPDM elastomers and sleeve O-rings, the pumps can handle temperatures up to 120°C, making them suitable for boiler feed applications. — DP-Pumps, Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands

Plastic mag-drive pumps for corrosive, hazardous service

Designed for use in corrosive environments, the Finnish Thompson DB Series of plastic, magnetic-drive centrifugal pumps (photo) comprise eight new models, which are available in either PP or PVDF. The Series provides flowrates of up to 27 m3/h and heads of up to 27 m. They are available in close-coupled configuration for optimum magnetic alignment, and provide extended dry-running capability when specified with a carbon bushing. Evenly spaced impeller trims enable duty points to be precisely met, and a two-piece impeller design allows the impeller or inner drive magnet to be individually replaced. — Michael Smith Engineers Ltd., Woking, U.K.

A rupture disc for biotech applications

Last November, this firm expanded its Axius line of rupture discs to include the Axius SC, which is specifically designed for the stringent sanitary and aseptic requirements of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Free of any indentations or crevices that may trap process contaminants, the SC is designed for most clean-in-place and steam-in-place applications. The reverse-acting rupture disc is the first of as kind to be manufactured without hard tooling. Using the firm’s G2 technology, all discs feature a line of weakness on the dome instead of a score line. There are no stress zones that can fatigue, and no tool marks or indentations on the process side. — Fike, Blue Springs, Mo.

Corrosives are not a problem for this plastic strainer

Basket strainers made of Kynar polyvinylidene (PVDF) are now available exclusively from this firm. Plastic strainers previously available were not able to handle corrosive materials, such as halogens and many acids, or temperatures exceeding 220°C. PVDF far outperforms polyvinylchlorides (PVC and cPVC), polypropylene and acetal materials, says the firm. With higher capacity than Y-strainers, these units capture substantial solids, thereby extending the life of expensive downstream equipment. Sizes from 1/2 to 3 in., with a wide variety of connections and mesh screens are available. — Micromold Products, Inc., Yonkers, N.Y.

Keep cooling water healthy with this new biocide

After recently being granted registration by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the biocides Bellacide 350 (5% active) and 355 (50% active) are now being introduced into the U.S. Used for industrial cooling water and oilfield applications, the new biocides offer a combination of biocidal effectiveness enhanced with "exceptional" biodispersancy to destroy harmful biofilms, says the producer. Studies have shown the biocide to be effective against algae, fungi, and aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, especially sulfate-reducing species. — BWA Water Additives, Atlanta, Ga.

An improved way to filter polymer melts

Thanks to a new concept for heating the system, the latest generation of SFXmagnus filtration systems (photo) makes it possible to filter polymer melt even more gently. The completely encapsulated system prevents chemical reactions with oxygen or airborne moisture, and specially designed retaining plates ensure accurate location and sealing of the filter elements, even at a filtration fineness of 10 µm. The drive unit now operates pneumatically instead of hydraulically, thus eliminating the hydraulic power pack; this has lead to a reduction in investment costs by up to 20% compared with the previous design, says the manufacturer. — Gneuß Kunststofftechnik GmbH, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

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