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August 15, 2008

August: New Products (North American Edition)

Kate Torzewski

Use this Position Sensor in a Wide Range of Applications

A new series of ¾-in. dia. hermetically sealed position sensors offer an infinite cycle life to serve as long-life replacements for failing potentiometers. It is suitable for a wide range of industrial position-measurement applications, such as machine-tool positioning, hydraulic-cylinder positioning, valve-position sensing and automatic assembly equipment. Offering a favorable ratio of a short sensor body length to sensor range, these sensors are ideal for long-stroke applications where sensor length needs to be essentially the same length as the stroke of the device. Available in standard ranges of 4 – 25 in., LP750 Series Linear Position Sensors (photo) are offered with a pre-calibrated loop-powered 4-20 input/output (Model LPIR) or a nominal 24Vd.c. input 0 to 10 Vd.c. output (Model LPER). In addition to high resolution, excellent repeatability and low hysteresis, these sensors have a maximum linearity error of ±0.25% of full-scale output. — Macro Sensors, Pennsauken, N.J.

This Compact Pump Delivers 10 gal/min Flowrates

This close-coupled plunger pump features top performance in a space-saving footprint. The compact, single-extended shaft 7CP plunger pump (photo) delivers 10 gal/min, and mounts onto a motor using a bell housing and flexible coupling. Two close-coupled, motor-pump units are available for either 1,460 psi or 2,000 psi performance: the 7CP6110BH103, or the 7CP6110BH153. Typical applications including a coolant flushing system, a dual-gun prep unit, and a multi-gun truck wash system. — Cat Pumps, Minneapolis, Minn.

Cut a Wide Variety of Materials Quickly and Safely

AirBand (photo), a portable, air-powered band saw, is ATEX approved for hazardous environments and EX zones and is ideal for use in grain silos, oil-and-gas facilities, utilities and underground mining where hazardous atmospheres may be present. AirBand model 5 6003 0010 is engineered to quickly and cleanly cut a wide variety of metals up to 4 – 3/4-in. O.D., including pipe, conduit, bolts, cable, angle iron, I-beams and structural steel. The variable-speed motor, 120 – 220 ft 2 /min, enables the operator to adapt the cutting speed to the material, maximizing both cutting performance and blade life. The vertical orientation of the motor provides a clear view of the cut, and an adjustable tracking mechanism ensures proper blade alignment. It uses 20 ft 3 /min air volume at 90 psi air pressure, and weighs just 14 lb. — CS Unitec, Norwalk, Conn.

Compact Reaction for Viscous Mixtures Offers Powerful Stirring

Viscous reaction mixtures often require more powerful stirring than can be achieved with magnetic stirrers. The Vortex stirrer system (photo) converts a single overhead stirrer into a powerful three-position parallel stirrer combined with a multiple heating block. The combination of Vortex stirring and DrySyn heating provides efficient stirring while retaining the benefits of DrySyn — improved safety, rapid heat transfer and space saving. The Vortex system operates with any overhead stirrer to give simultaneous, directly driven stirring for up to three standard 100, 250 or 500 mL round-bottomed flasks. — Asynt, Cambridgeshire, U.K.

Weigh Heavy Loads with this Tloor Scale

A new line of high-capacity, low-profile floor scales are built to withstand the severe loading conditions typical of fork lifts and pallet jacks. RoughDeck floor scales (photo) feature 6-in. structural steel channel frames welded to tread-plate decks for optimum rigidity and minimum deflection under severe loading conditions. Easy to access for leveling, all load cells are recessed within a channel, cables are routed in protective conduits, and the junction box is mounted on a handy slide-out tray. Featuring simple-to-operate keypad indicators, RoughDeck floor scales are offered in sizes from 30 in 2 up to 8 by 10 in. with 1,000 to 30,000 lb. capacities. Junction boxes are protected from moisture and use quick disconnect cables. Options include access ramps, pit frames for in-floor installation, 304-stainless-steel versions, and indicator stands. — Alliance Scale, Inc., Canton, Mass.

Homogenize Small-Scale Solutions with this Powerful Unit

The Kinematica Polytron PT 10/35 GT homogenizer (photo) is the successor to the Polytron PT 10/35, and is ideal for applications between 0.1 and 3,000 mL — creating a new standard for laboratory homogenizing and mixing tasks in the medium benchtop range. Features include: a 60% more powerful motor; speeds up to 30,000 rpm; an integrated speed controller; an easily readable speed scale; a new quick coupling; a noise-reducing slim-line housing; exchangeable drive extensions for different types of stands; and a new standard stand. — Brinkmann Instruments, Inc., Westbury, N.Y.

This Air-Monitoring System Provides Near Real-Time Analysis

A versatile, open-path FTIR gas analyzer, the AM Air Monitoring System, can detect, identify and measure a wide range of compounds simultaneously, within seconds of startup. Analysis is performed onsite through a continuous sampling path of up to 1,000 m. Whether the application is battlefield chemical-warfare-agent analysis, civilian hazardous-event response, industrial stack or fence-line monitoring and analysis or environmental research, the AM System can provide continuous, unattended, near realtime detection at parts-per-billion to percent levels for hundreds of chemicals. Weighing approximately 40 lb and measuring just 8 by 14 by 8 in., the compact interferometer module is easy to transport and can be powered by a 12-V car battery. — Midac, Costa Mesa, Calif.

This Stream Selector System Facilitates Sample Analysis

The SSV Series stream selector system (photo) delivers a representative sample from multiple sample streams to a single analyzer. These modular assemblies are ANSI/ISA 76.00.02 compatible and accommodate multiple process streams in a small space. Each stream is controlled by a double-block-and-bleed (DBB) module to eliminate cross contamination and maintain sample integrity. Based upon a modular technology concept, these valves house double-block, bleed, and actuation functions within a single, compact module to reduce total space needed to perform sample-stream selection and overall installation time. The SSV Series stream-selector system features an integrated flow loop to streamline sampling and purging and provide consistent outlet flow. — Swagelok, Solon, Ohio

Link Documents to Respective Transactions with this Tool

A document linker has been added to this company’s Integrated Accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software System. The ERP software system offers a built-in electronic document management system that allows manufacturers to store any electronic files throughout the main ERP system. An extension of the electronic-document-management system, the document linker allows manufacturers to link an unlimited number of transactional documents to their corresponding transactions. It uses barcodes to link documents, such as delivery tickets and packing lists, to their respective transactions. The ERP Software System is designed to integrate the business processes of specialty chemical manufacturers into a single system. — Deacom, Inc., Wayne, Pa.

Define Alerts and Reminders for Notification of Plant Conditions

Operator Alert is the newest addition to this firm’s critical-condition-management products. Operator Alert lets plant operators easily define alerts and reminders to notify them of plant conditions, while allowing quick and effective configuration of new alerts. Operator Alert has both Web and Windows interfaces, and alerts can be configured to notify individuals or groups of operators. It works in conjunction with AMO-Rt, a comprehensive realtime alarm-and-event management suite, which includes alarm and event data collection and analysis, performance-metrics management, documentation and rationalization, state-based alarm handling, flood suppression, alarm shelving, as well as audit and enforce to keep alarm systems performing optimally. — PAS, Houston, Tex.

Analyze Samples Faster with these Spectrometers

The 600-IR series of FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared) spectrometers, microscopes and imaging solutions (photo) comprises a range of products for both routine analyses and advanced research applications. The design of these instruments focuses on performance and optical throughput. This new range of spectrometers and microscopes enables users to run samples faster, while maintaining the highest accuracy and reproducibility, saving both time and money. These spectrometers can be upgraded from a single range, single-detector configuration to an instrument that can cover the wavelength range of 200 nm to 0.1 cm. — Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, Calif.

This Lubricant Penetrates through Layers of Rust

To free seized or corroded assemblies, Loctite Freeze and Release, a low-viscosity, spray-on lubricant, is designed to shock-freeze metal parts, allowing lubricating oils to penetrate into rust layers. Loctite Freeze and Release instantly freezes seized and rusted parts to – 45˚F, allowing hairline cracks to form in the rust layer as the metal contracts. These cracks allow the product’s lubricating oil to penetrate into the rust layer efficiently by capillary action. After 1 – 2 min., the assembly is easy to dismantle. Loctite Freeze and Release eliminates the need for cutting torches and die grinders. The product is available in a 400-mL aerosol can. — Henkel, Corp., Rocky Hill, Conn.

Handle Either Liquids or Solids with an Explosion-Proof Vacuum

Explosion-proof vacuum cleaners play a key role in the prevention of accidents. This line of explosion-proof vacuums is composed of two electric models, the CFM 118 EXP and 118 EXPW, and two intrinsically-safe pneumatic models, the A15 EXP and A15 EXPW. The 118 EXP is for pick-up of dry materials, while the 118 EXPW is equipped for picking up liquids and other wet hazardous materials. They are composed entirely of 304 stainless steel, and equipped with conductive accessories to eliminate percussion arcing and static charge. In addition, the 118 EXP Series has undergone extensive testing and is CSA approved for use in Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups E, F, and G environments. All vacuums in the new explosion-proof line feature an ergonomic design, including a wheeled collection container that is easy to remove, lift, carry and empty. — Nilfisk cfm, Malvern, Pa.

This NOx Sensor Boasts a Resolution of 0.1-ppb

The portable GreenLine 8000 (photo) uses a built-in chiller, heated sample line, and Low NOx sensors with 0.1 ppm resolution to ensure diligent sample conditioning and accurate Low NOx measurements. The GreenLine 8000 can incorporate up to nine gas sensors, including: O 2, CO, Low NO, Low NO 2, SO 2, H 2 S, CO 2 NDIR, CO NDIR, CxHy NDIR. It has low NOx sensors with 500 ppm range and 0.1 ppm resolution, as well as true NOx (NO + NO 2) capabilities. It is designed with a built-in Peltier chiller with an automatic water drain, as well as a heated probe and heated hose. Complete with a remote Control and Display Unit with Bluetooth Wireless, it offers internal data memory with the ability to store 9,000 tests, and an accompanying PC software with realtime graphing, reporting and logging. — E Instruments Group, LLC, Langhorne, Pa.

Metal-Seated Valve Design for Critical Service Applications

This firm offers the Cartridge Valve (photo) with a mechanical-seal design for critical service applications. The patented valve utilizes aspects of ball valves, gate valves, and even triple-offset butterfly valves to protect the sealing surface during valve operation. A tapered hemispherical closure member rotates around a fixed core and wedges into a fixed seat to effect a mechanical seal. Cartridge Valves are designed in accordance with ANSI B16.34 and are also available with API 6D certification. They are available in sizes 2 – 10 in. and in ANSI Classes 150 to 900 and other sizes are currently in development. The valve is available in carbon steel, low-alloy steels, stainless steels, and other materials, such as duplex stainless steel, superduplex stainless steel, Inconel, Hastelloy and Monel. — Hemiwedge Valve Corp., Conroe, Tex.

These Rotary Level Indicators Provide Self-Diagnosis

The Maxima+ Series of genuine fail-safe rotary level indicators has the ability to continuously self-diagnose and, in the event of failure, give an immediate warning with an instantaneous corrective response. The Maxima+ series was designed for integration into process control systems, with reliable circuitry that allows both materials level monitoring and automatic control of the process system. In addition to automatic self-diagnosis, the supervisory circuit of the Maxima+ sends a signal to an external LED, which indicates the sensor’s status, giving a quick visual monitoring of paddle rotation, covered condition or fault condition. A pulse status relay is also provided for remote status monitoring. The Maxima+ Series is designed for controlling dry bulk-material storage and flow. Typical applications include feed, cement, grain, plastic, aggregates and wood products. — BinMaster, Lincoln, Nebr.

Create 3D Models from Heat-Management Data

The 3D-file compatible Tracer Lynx heat-management-system (HMS) software interfaces with industry standard IDF and PCF files allowing HMS designers to utilize the master model data from clients to create 3D modeled plant designs. Tracer Lynx is a fully integrated solution designed to be employed throughout the entire lifecycle of a project. Specialized functions have been developed to support many critical HMS project activities, including scope definition, estimating, pipe sorting and grouping, heat-tracing design, material procurement, construction planning, and field progress measurement. Building on Intergraph’s Isogen and SmartPlant Isometrics software as a framework, Tracer Lynx bases all of its activities on one database. — Tyco Thermal Controls, Redwood City, Calif.

This Water-Jet Lance has a Seal that Lasts Longer

The new NCG8450A-3 rotating water-jet lance has an ultra-high pressure (UHP) seal that lasts an average of 40 h — five times longer than previous seals. The field-repairable lance delivers UHP water (up to 40,000 psi) with a rotating action and widening the spray pattern, thereby making product removal more productive. The NCG8450A-3 can be used with any of this firm’s multi-orifice heads. Its rotation speed is variable up to 3,000 rpm, and is provided with a reliable, air-driven swivel. The ergonomic lance enhances operator protection in several ways, including dual-trigger operation and instant pressure dump. It comes with a 36-in. long barrel, while the the NCG8450LA-3 Model has a 48-in. longbarrel. — NLB Corp., Wixom, Mich.

Acquisition Creates a Full Cost Control and Forecasting Package

PCMS and Track, two cost-control software packages used in petroleum refining, chemical and petrochemical industries, have joined forces. Management Controls, Inc., the owner of Track, has acquired PCMS (Project Control Management System). Users will soon benefit from contractor administration and cost control provided by Track, along with the activity-based cost tracking and forecasting that PCMS provides, all in one software package. Later this year, PCMS will become Track’s Project Cost Forecasting (PCF) module. Cost control and predictability will be improved in the execution of large projects with the use of this single software program. By giving users the ability to perform paperless contractor administration and total cost functions, and to allow them to track project costs as they occur and forecast costs at completion will create new efficiencies and ensure project success. — The Turnaround Management Company, Houston, Tex.

Maximize Boiler Efficiency with this H 2 SO 4 Dewpoint Monitor

The Lancom 200 (photo) was developed specifically for oil- and coal-fired boiler systems that require periodic monitoring of the sulfuric acid dewpoint temperature to maintain boiler efficiency, prevent corrosion or to evaluate the effectiveness of fuel additives and changes in combustion conditions. The portable device assures boiler operators that the optimum operating temperature is maintained — just above the H 2 SO 4 dewpoint — where no sulfuric acid is being formed and combustion efficiency is maximized. Readings are obtained within minutes, and the unit can capture and store up to 10,000 readings. — Land Instruments, a unit of Ametek Process & Analytical Instruments, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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