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November 15, 2007

New Products & Services (North American edition)

Moderate sample temperatures with this unit
The EcoTherm Model IC35 Series chilling/heating heavy-duty dry baths (photo) are fully programmable and can store five programs in memory with ten steps per program for instant recall and use. Each program can be made to repeat automatically from 1 to 99 times. The IC35 series, with a temperature range of –10 to 100°C, and the IC35XT, with a temperature range of –20 to 100°C, can freeze, chill or heat samples. A variety of sample blocks are available, which can hold 0.5 to 50-ml centrifuge tubes, test tubes, vials, assay plates and round-bottom flasks. These units measure 21.6-cm wide, 24.5-cm deep and 10.2-cm tall. — Torrey Pines Scientific, San Marcos, Calif.

Clean filters without downtime with this duplex basket strainer
Removing particulate matter from pipeline system flow, the Model 50 Duplex Basket Strainer (photo) protects valves, instrumentation and meters in large-scale, high-flowrate systems. This unit has two strainer basket chambers linked by a pair of synchronized butterfly valves.  This design allows flow to be diverted from one chamber to the other for basket cleaning without shutting off flow, allowing a straight flow path that keeps startup pressure drops low, even in high-flowrate applications. The basket design incorporates a larger screening area by the use of pleating in the perforated sheet of the strainer, increasing the screening area while maintaining a small unit size. Flow enters the basket from the side, maintaining a straight flow pattern that further reduces the initial pressure drop and extends time between filter cleaning. — Eaton Filtration, LLC, Elizabeth, N.J.

Detect leaks from up to 30 feet away
With a micro discharge light (MDL) ultraviolet lamp, the Maxima ML-3500 Series (photo) allows plant technicians to quickly identify small refrigerant and industrial-fluid leaks. According to this company, the use of MDL technology makes the ML-3500 Series up to 10 times more powerful than the UV-A output of conventional high-intensity discharge lamps. The Maxima ML-3500S can be used with fluorescent dyes to detect leaks in lubrication, fuel, ATF, power steering, coolant, hydraulic and air conditioning/refrigeration systems. With an inspection range of up to 30 ft and functionability in sunlight, this unit can be used in almost any application. The models are available in 120-, 230-, 240- and 100-V versions. A battery-operated unit is available as well, which includes a 12-V, 7-A/h rechargeable battery that will power the lamp for two full hours. — Spectronics Corp., Westbury, N.Y.

Stop spillsat the first drop
With as little as three drops of liquid, the OS-250 (photo, p. 32D-1) will react to a spill. This unit consists of a moisture-sensing mat made from a material that senses spills, which is connected by a cable to a control unit. When liquid is detected on the sensing mat, the OS-250 controller sounds an audible alarm, flashes an LED light and turns off the power of any device that is connected to the single-outlet, solid-state power controller. This unit is supplied with the controller and four reusable 30 by 30-cm mats that can be cut down to any shape or size. — KD Scientific, Holliston, Mass.

Dry a variety of materials with this unit
Producing a 360-deg airstream, the Super Air Wipe (photo) is used to blow off, dry, clean or cool the material passing through its center. It features a split design, allowing it to be clamped around continuous equipment, such as pipe, hose, cable, wire and any extruded shapes. This unit functions by pulling in high volumes of surrounding room air, then ejecting compressed air through a thin slotted nozzle. Super Air Wipes are available in diameters of ½, 1, 2, 3 and 4 in. Suggested applications for this equipment include: wiping wire; drying inks; paint and screen printing; cooling hot extruded shapes; and blowoff of water, plating, coatings and dust. — Exair Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio

For pumping solvents, this unit gives precise measurements
The IDS2000 Industrial Dispenser is constructed of a valveless-ceramic-piston pump direct-coupled to a precision stepper motor. This unit is designed to dispense solvents in precise amounts for applications in production and process environments. Capable of dispensing amounts from 2 μL to 7 mL, the IDS2000 is ideal for pumping solvents, lubricants, cleaning agents, flux and adhesives. The unit now comes with the new Quick Run Module, an integrally mounted software that provides users with a ready-to-use interface. The Quick Run Module accepts either a foot switch or an external relay to activate dispensing. Booth 1809 — Fluid Metering, Inc., Syosset, N.Y.

Convert plain hubs into integral clamps
For the conversion of plain hubs on drive components into integral non-marring clamps (photo), this firm offers services that promise a more secure fit, prevention of shaft damage, easier repositioning and greater vibration resistance. This service converts a plain hub into an integral non-marring clamp that can be bored to size and finished with or without a keyway. The Accu-Clamp feature, which is the integral clamp, retains the integrity of the hub and has a self-centering clamping collar that is secured with two socket-cap screws. — Stafford Manufacturing Corp., North Reading, Mass.

Trap pressure and dust from high-temperature explosions
To protect powder and bulk-solid process plants and personnel from explosions and flames, the IQR system (photo) traps dust within its mesh lining and absorbs heat from flames and hot gases. The mesh interrupts the explosion in mid-stream while absorbing the pressure waves and dust that would normally be ejected by extremely hot and powerful vented explosions. Once the explosion has been contained and quenched, the IQR system reduces it to harmless water vapor and traces of smoke. The system lowers temperatures down to 100°C followed by a rapid cool down made possible by its large surface area. Designed for indoor use, the system is ideal for applications where the impact of a vented explosion should be avoided for safety or space issues. — BS&B Pressure Safety Management, LLC, Tulsa, Okla.

This interlock control system promises a tight seal
This company now offers an interlock control system (photo) for its inflatable seal Roto-Flate valve. It creates a hard link between inflation of the seal and rotation of the valve. With just one signal, the system allows users to open or close the valve. This makes control of the Roto-Flate as easy as a using a simple quarter-turn valve while maintaining the high performance provided by the two-stage sealing system. The Roto-Flate and interlock control system are ideal for pressure- or vacuum-processing environments that require bubble-tight sealing, as the inflatable bladder provides long service life in conditions where sliding contact seals would normally fail. The manufacturer recommends applications  including filling reactors, vacuum dryer discharge, or as a shut-off or isolation valve in dense-phase pneumatic conveying systems. Inlet-port sizes are available from 3 to 24 in.  — Roto-Disc Co., Milford, Ohio

This media converter extends the distance of existing networks
The IMC-101G, a new industrial-grade gigabit media converter, offers media conversion between a 10/100/1000BaseT(X) connection and 1000BaseSX/LHX/ZX, allowing users to extend the distance between copper-based connections with fiber optic cables. With the ability to extend transmission distance up to 80 km and broaden bandwidth up to 1000 Mbps, the IMC-101G provides an economical way to extend the distance of existing networks for remote management. Each converter comes with the Link Fault Pass-Through feature, which allows users to efficiently troubleshoot broken links. The IMC-101G has a relay output-warning alarm to prevent damage and loss, support for redundant power inputs, and IP30-rated casing. — Moxa Technologies, Inc., Brea, Calif.

Measure moisture, solids and ash at once with this analyzer
The MAX 5000 analyzer, created for dry-ash testing, boasts shorter throughput time than traditional testing methods, according to the maufacturer. Its results are more accurate as well, since the analyzer is self-contained and eliminate the risk of mishandling. With the ability to test samples at temperatures of up to 600°C in a small footprint, the analyzer eliminates the need for bulky furnaces. The option to perform a linked test allows users to measure moisture, solids, and ash in samples ranging in weight from 0.2 to 100-g in one procedure. The accompanying software simplifies testing and calculations with the capability to perform statistical and graphical analyses and save data in high-capacity test result storage. — Arizona Instrument LLC, Tempe Ariz.

This safety device limits pressure and temperature
This specialist in gas technology now offers the only safety device for a maximum pressure of 17 bar, satisfying the regulations of EN730 for hydrogen and methane. According to the manufacturer, many other products only operate up to a pressure of 10 bar,  making them unusable for certain applications, such as flame spraying. The unit, which measures 48 mm in dia. by 101 mm in length, can be installed directly in the gas line at the tapping point. The unit provides a flame arrestor that prevents flames from flashing over the gas tapping point to the gas supply. Additionally, it has a temperature-controlled cut-off valve which automatically stops the flow of gas when the temperature exceeds 105°C. — Witt-Gasetechnik GmbH & Co KG, Witten, Germany

Check for leaks without equipment disassembly
The CB-1000 Cobra and CB-1036 Cobra-Plus Series of multi-purpose borescopes (photo) feature a UV and a white-light LED in each unit that allow users to inspect and check for leaks in components without disassembly.  The UV LED is designed to detect refrigerant leaks, fluid leaks and surface flaws, while the white light LED is best suited for component inspection. For most standard inspections, the Cobra features a  24-in. shaft length. Designed for inspections that require extra reach, the Cobra-Plus has a 10-mm, 36-in. shaft. Both scopes include a clip-on inspection mirror for checking flaws that are hidden from view.   — Spectroline, Westbury, N.Y.

This gas analyzer provides accurate moisture measurement
Capable of measuring in levels of parts-per-trillion, the HALO+ mini-cavity ring-down spectroscopic analyzer provides accuracy, speed, and repeatability at a lower cost than other analyzers. Industries that require high purity, including semiconductor fabrication, laboratory calibration and industrial process control, will benefit from the ability of the HALO+ to analyze gases at ultra-low levels. Particular processes that are well-suited for the analyzer’s high accuracy, speed and repeatability are continuous quality control of fixed-bulk gas, portable mobile-analytical carts, process-tool monitoring and cylinder quality control of air separation and gas. As this unit is based on the Beer-Lambert law, it does not require frequent calibration.  — Tiger Optics, LLC, Warrington, Pa.

These controllers are suitable for food-and-beverage applications
This firm has expanded its ArmorStart product line to include IP69K/NEMA 4X rated variants of its Bulletin 280/281.283 and 284 distributed motor controllers. The new additions will allow users in food-and-beverage applications to benefit from the lower installation costs, reduced engineering times and ease of maintenance, says the firm. ArmorStart is an integrated, pre-engineered enclosed-motor controller designed for quick and easy installation. Its pre-tested, quick-connect wiring assembly minimizes cabling, cuts labor costs and helps reduce wiring problems. Installation times can be reduced by up to 30%, says the manufacturer. Together with a washdown rating of 1,000 psi, the new NEMA 4X rated versions are resistant to caustic cleaning agents. The enclosures and the use of stainless steel on all exposed metalwork makes them extremely suitable for hygienic-controlled environments. — Rockwell Automation, Ltd., Milton Keynes, U.K.

Generate computational fluid drawing easily and with flexibility
With a flat, intuitive graphical interface, this next-generation meshing software (photo) reduces the time needed to generate high-quality CFD (computational-fluid dynamics) and allows users to generate grids quickly and easily. This firm has developed Pointwise to streamline users’ grid-generation experience based on a new code foundation on which they can easily implement new features in response to the changing needs of clients. The program was designed to automate as much work as possible to reduce the time of grid design while still giving users the flexibility to control the job as much as possible. In addition to simplifying the meshing process, Pointwise introduces unified geometric-curve and grid-curve drawing,  as well as simultaneous transformation of CAD geometry and grid. — Pointwise, Fort Worth, Tex.

A new version of this conditionmanager is now available
InFusion Condition Manager version 2.2 collects and analyzes realtime diagnostics from plant production assets, drives the appropriate actions and now, also shares that information with plant databases and HMIs. Whereas alternative condition monitoring solutions tend to focus on basic monitoring of field devices and/or rotating equipment, InFusion Condition Monitor collects, aggregates and analyzes realtime data from the full array of plant-production assets, including sensors and actuators, pumps, motors, compressors, turbines, dryers and heat exchangers — and even entire process units, says the firm. Thanks to Version 2.2 enhancements, the information can now be easily displayed on plant-process-control and engineering HMI workstations. — Invensys Plc., London, U.K.

For flux membrane bioreactors, this filter is the largest
This company has added a 1500-m2 filtration system (photo) to its line of Puron membrane bioreactor (MBR) models. This new design features greater packing density and lower energy costs for aeration and simplified installation, says the manufacturer. The Puron MBR modules are available with membrane areas of 30, 235, 500, or 1500 m2. The newest and largest design is specifically intended for large-scale MBR projects, and features an optimized permeate-extraction manifold and air-supply lines that reduce the number of piping connections needed during installation. Additionally, the central aeration system and bottom header have been redesigned to reduce the flowrate during air scouring, reducing air usage by up to 20% over the previous design. To prevent the buildup of fibrous materials, this system uses a single header with hollow fibers that are fixed only at the bottom, allowing the upper ends to float freely. — Koch Membrane Systems, Wilmington, Mass.

Detect low levels of gas with this analyzer
This company now offers the SenseLine ELDS OPGD, an open path gas detection system, which features enhanced laser-diode-spectroscopy technology. OPGD requires fewer units to establish a detection zone, compared to existing point-type gas detectors, and transmitters and receivers can be spaced from 5 to 200 m apart. When low levels of a hazardous gas pass through any part of the laser line, the system reports the gas leak early enough to allow the user to take remedial action. This new system offers many new benefits, including: high sensitivity, absolute selectivity, multi-gas detection capabilities for hazardous gases, remote-electronic-functional testing, and reduced costs of installation, maintenance, and field deployment.  — Sensient, Inc., Houston, Tex.

This wireless transmitter communicates corrosion data
In a joint project with Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS; Santa Fe Spring, Calif.), this company has introduced the Microcor wireless transmitter for high-speed communication of corrosion-rate data. Coupled with this firm’s smart wireless offerings, corrosion information from the Microcor device can be used in the automation system where it can be logged, trended and analyzed. This unit is compatible with AMS Suite, intelligent-device-manager software used for device configuration, calibration, documentation and predictive diagnostics. The device provides nearly realtime corrosion rates, which allows operators to detect a spike in corrosion, control inhibitor injection and correlate with other process data for root-cause analysis. — Emerson Process Management, Austin, Tex.

Take accurate position measurements from 240 feet away
Designed for precise level, distance and position measurement of dry bulk solids, opaque liquids and slurries, the SureShot140XP smart laser level transmitter takes measures from up to 240 ft away. The device features a measurement laser as well as an alignment laser, which allows accurate data to be taken while eliminating false echoes due to beam convergence. The narrow measurement laser can be directed through tight spaces as small as 3 in. in diameter. Constructed in small and compact housing, this transmitter requires no calibration or configuration for easy setup and configuration. Even in the presence of outside noise, such as chemical vapors, dust, smoke or agitator blades, this transmitter will produce accurate results. Standard housing is powder-coated aluminum with optional stainless steel. The explosion-proof assembly with a screw-on glass cover make this unit easy to use and appropriate  for hazardous locations. — K-TEK Corp., Prairieville, La.

Create nanodispersions of poorly soluble organic materials
Iota Nanosolutions (Liverpool, U.K), which specializes in the formation of nanodispersions of poorly soluble organic materials, has been using the Zetasizer Nano particle characterization system (photo) for the processes of sample optimization and quality control processes. This technology enables the conversion of hydrophobic organic materials into dry solids, allowing solids can then be added to water to form colloidally stable nanodispersions of the actives. The Zetasizer Nano is used to measure the particle size and stability of these dispersions, and has been used to convert over 150 different organic compounds used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, agrochemicals, inks, and coatings. The Zetasizer Nano performs nanodispersion analysis by testing nanoparticles in solution, rather than after preparation onto a surface. Booth — Malvern Instruments., Worchestershire, UK

For high-temperature corrosion resistance, use these quenchants
The UCON Ultraquench Plus Series quenchants, this company’s next generation of products for the heat-treating industry, are polymer-based products that provide superior corrosion protection and bacteria resistance. These non-flammable aqueous polymer solutions contain a nitrite-free corrosion inhibitor packages for the protection of metals during high-temperature manufacturing. This makes these quenchants ideal for processing medium-high carbon steel and alloyed steel of most grades, including 300 and 400 Series stainless steel. The Ultraquench Plus Series cuts down on emissions during the manufacturing process and does not produce smoke, soot, or any other waste products related to oxidation. — The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Mich.

This data logger allows users to view data graphically
The Fluke 289 True-rms industrial logging multimeter with TrendCapture logs data and presents it graphically on screen in order to solve complex problems in electronics, plant automation, power distribution and electromechanical equipment.  The unit has a logging function with expanded memory to store up to 10,000 readings for unattended monitoring of signals over time. Multiple logging sessions can be saved to the unit and reviewed graphically with the TrendCapture capability before downloading to a computer is necessary. The optional FlukeView software allows users to document, store and analyze individual readings or a series of measurements, and then convert them into professional-looking reports. — Fluke Corp., Everett, Wash.

Drops and vibrations will not affect these sturdy laptops
Two rugged, mobile computers manufactured by this company have recently become available. The Toughbook computers (photo), UL 1604 certified for use in Class 1, Division 2 hazardous locations, are designed for spark-free use in potentially explosive environments, particularly in the oil-and-gas, petrochemical, and aviation industries. The Toughbook 19 is a convertible tablet PC, while the Toughbook 30 is a clamshell notebook.  MIL-STD-810F tested to determine the most severe conditions that these computers can face, the Toughbook notebooks are built to withstand drops, shocks, vibration and extreme temperature. These durable notebooks have magnesium alloy cases, sealed keyboard and ports for dust and water resistance, flexible internal connectors and shock-mounted hard drives and LCDs. With a battery life of six hours and a brightness of 550 candelas/m2 LCD screen, the UL 1604 series is an excellent and practical alternative to stationary computers. — Panasonic, Secaucus, N.J.

A plastic shutoff valve that closes automatically
This firm has introduced a 1/2-in. size palm- or foot-operated shutoff valve with no metals or external fasteners for high-purity or corrosive environments. These compact valves are designed for liquid service to 150 psi. The normally closed design has a spring return, and will automatically close fail-safe when hand or foot force is removed. The MFR is offered in Grade 1 Type 1 PVC or natural polypropylene. — Plast-O-Matic Valves. Inc., Cedar Grove, N.J.

This extension software integrates full instrument control
The Accela High Speed LC system now has add-on instrument control software, the Atlas Chromatography Data System (CDS; photo), providing integrated instrument control, digital data acquisition, chromatography data processing and reporting.  This extension kit integrates full instrument control and chromatography data handling for the Accela high-speed pump, autosampler and PDA detector. Designed as a multi-user, multi-instrument data system, the Atlas CDS enables remote-network access to any Accela to fully collect, secure and protect data. The highly scaleable client-server environment for laboratory LAN and WAN networks is ideal in pharmaceutical drug development, discovery, QA and QC laboratories, academics, and food and beverage industries. — Thermo Fisher Scientific, San Jose, Calif.

Recycle cleaning fluids with this sealless pump
Hydra-Cell sealless pumps are effective for cleaning applications and are especially suited for handling recycled fluids containing particulates. These high-pressure, positive-displacement pumps incorporate hydraulically balanced diaphragms and have no rotating seals, which can be destroyed by particles as small as 25 µm. The pump drive shaft is rigidly held in the pump housing by a large, tapered roller bearing that is immersed in a lubrication-oil bath. A fixed cam translates rotary motion into linear motion to the hydraulic cells, which displace diaphragms, so stress is eliminated. The pumps cover flowrates from 0.4 to 128 L/min and pressures up to 172 bar. — Wanner Engineering, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

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