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May 2007

May New Products (domestic edition)    



Thermoplastic pressure regulators are introduced

The Series PRA (photo) is a pneumatically controlled pressure regulator, also called a pressure-reducing valve, that maintains a constant downstream pressure from 5 to 125 psi with high accuracy over varying flowrates. The new design uses compressed air and two rolling diaphragms to control liquid pressure with greater accuracy than spring-loaded regulators. Suitable for highly corrosive and ultra-pure chemicals, the PRA will routinely handle inlet pressures of up to 150 psi. The regulator’s design features two opposing large-area frictionless rolling diaphragms. Process pressure is applied to one of the diaphragms and air pressure is applied to the other. Because the air pressure can be maintained with more accuracy than the force provided by a spring, the PRA offers greater sensitivity and less variance from set pressure than previously available thermoplastic regulators. — Plast-O-Matic Valves, Inc., Cedar Grove, N.J.


Collect vibration data with this high-speed instrument

The CSI 2130 Machinery Health Collector (photo) is a fast, powerful device for periodic route-based data collection. It is an ideal instrument for those just beginning to do vibration monitoring and can also be used as a second data collector to augment existing periodic vibration-monitoring programs. The CSI 2130 Collector features high-speed, single-channel collection, a full-color backlit VGA display and a lightweight design. In addition, the patented PeakVue processing utilizes digital technology to detect stress waves on the spot for an early indicator of bearing or gear wear. PeakVue processing also indicates the severity of a fault, enabling technicians to call for immediate maintenance, if necessary. — Emerson Process Management, Knoxville, Tenn.


A new coating is added to safety eyewear

This company has announced plans to incorporate the new Fosta Fog-Free coating into its laser safety eyewear (photo) line. The addition of the coating is expected to reduce the potential for eye injury by increasing the user’s ability to wear laser safety eyewear for longer periods of time. The coating will also increase product life by reducing the tendency of polycarbonate lenses to scratch. The Fosta Fog-Free coating was developed in response to new military and European eyewear standards for improved anti-fog and abrasion-resistance performance. Unlike traditional anti-fog coatings, the new coating uses a flexible poly-hardcoat with permanent anti-fog and anti-static properties built in. Moisture dissipates prior to condensing as fog on the lens’ surface due to the coating’s unique chemistry and low surface energy. — Kentek Corp., Pittsfield, N.H.


A module to integrate bioreactor instrumentation

The WavePOD (photo) instrument module integrates all instrumentation associated with the Wave Bioreactor: dissolved oxygen, pH, and CO2/O2 gas-mixing controls. The WavePOD connects via a digital link to the bioreactor, and its large color touchscreen allows access to all parameters. By integrating all the controls associated with the bioreactor, it is possible to develop complex control schemes, such as dissolved oxygen control by automatically varying rocker speed or oxygen concentration. The WavePOD and Wave Bioreator form a control cluster that can be accessed remotely over the built-in Ethernet interface for remote data acquisition and supervisory control. Multiple POD configurations are available to meet individual cell-culture needs. — Wave Biotech LLC, Somerset, N.J.


This clear PVC hose is highly compressible to save space

The Flexadux PVR-4 (photo) is a medium-weight, clear PVC hose that is reinforced with a spring steel-wire helix. Designed for dust and light woodchip collection, this hose features high compressibility to reduce storage space and shipping costs. This hose is offered with inner diameters of 2 to 12 in. in standard 10-, 25- and 50-ft lengths with a wall thickness of 0.025 to 0.028 in., depending on the hose diameter. Flexadux hoses offer good chemical resistance with a temperature operating range of 20–160°F. — Flexaust, Warsaw, Ind.


Reduce maintenance costs with this pressure transmitter

The innovative design of the 364 pressure and differential pressure transmitters (photo) eliminates the need for bolts, gaskets and flanges. Several standard features include a lightweight all-stainless-steel housing and process connection, along with a Hastelloy C-276 diaphragm for corrosive process media. Stability of ±0.15% of the maximum span for a ten-year period reduces the calibration frequency and maintenance costs. — ABB Instrumentation, Norwalk, Conn.


Mill directly in a drum with this equipment

The PSDM-55 (photo) submersible drum mill is an economical version of this company’s PSM submersible basket-media mill. This free-standing mounted basket-type mill has an independently powered milling shaft/basket assembly and a separate, single mixing shaft. The mill is suited for low-viscosity batches up to 20,000 cps and is capable of processing from 20 to 55 gal in a single drum. The unit has no floor anchors, making it movable with a forklift or pallet jack. — Premier Mill Operation of SPX Process Equipment, Reading, Pa.


Spill kits for heavy industry are introduced

These all-in-one, professional-grade emergency spill kits (photo) are designed to contain and clean up hazardous spills in factories. Each kit contains a generous supply of absorbent pads, pillows, universal snakes, booms, protective gloves, oil-resistant high-temperature disposal bags, an emergency response instruction guide and a 5-gal. pail of Oil Eater cleaner/degreaser to clean surfaces after absorption of a spill. Kits are available in 95-gal. and 65-gal overpacks, which can handle the corresponding volume of liquid. — Kafko International Ltd, Skokie, Ill.


These butterfly valves feature a new lug design

The corrosion-resistant Type 568 Lug Style butterfly valve (photo) is designed for dead-end service and is fully pressure rated at 150 psi to allow for easy system expansion to the pipeline without system shutdowns. Typical applications include industrial water treatment, potable water treatment, and wastewater systems. The butterfly valve offers a modular design with epoxy-coated iron lug body. Depending on the materials, operating temperatures can be as high as 120°C (for PVDF). Another feature is a double eccentric-disc design that reduces seal friction and improves seal-wear characteristics, resulting in longer service life and better protection against pressure surges. This design also lowers the torque required to operate the valve, allowing easy manual operation and use of smaller actuators at significantly reduced cost. — George Fischer, Inc., Tustin, Calif.


Screening is made simple with this combined system

This 3-in-1 system combines a Vibroscreen vibratory screener (photo), a batch hopper and an integral feed-control device that regulates the flow of material into the screener. The feed-control device consists of a circular disc positioned below the flexible connector at the screener’s inlet, perpendicular to the flow of material. The diameter of the disc is smaller than the inside diameter of the inlet, forming an annular gap through which material can pass. Because the disc vibrates with the screener lid to which it is affixed, the flow of material through the gap remains uniform. Interchangeable discs in a range of diameters are provided to achieve various feedrates. Feed-control devices for the Vibroscreen units range in diameter from 18 to 40 in. and are offered with single- or multiple-screening decks that separate particles in one to five sizes from 2 in. to 500 mesh (25 µm). — Kason Corp., Millburn, N.J.


These light-duty gloves offer dexterity and cut resistance

The Tuff-Coat line of palm-dipped gloves (photo) includes a new hybrid style. A lightweight stretch-nylon liner provides flexibility and dexterity combined with a durable latex coating for resistance to cuts, punctures and abrasion. In addition to two cut-resistant styles made with Kevlar brand fiber shells and two general purpose styles made with cotton/polyester blend shells, a high-visibility, acrylic-dipped glove with thermal protection for use in high activity and low-light settings is also available. — Perfect Fit Glove Co., a Bacou-Dalloz company, Buffalo, N.Y.


This system offers heating and chilling in one package

The Iceman Full Range temperature-control system (photo) provides heating and chilling from a single, compact unit. The system is designed to be durable and accurate, with continuous process control. Features include non-corrosive construction, microprocessor-based controls with adaptive tuning capabilities and UL-labeled electrical subpanels. It is available in multiple sizes and configurations, as well as a variety of cooling, heating and pumping capacities. — Mokon, Buffalo, N.Y.


Move high volumes of material with this conveyor

The Heavy Duty Line Vac (photo) is a powerful inline conveyor that transports high volumes of material through ordinary hose or tube. Commonly used to transfer complex shapes, bulk solids and waste, the units feature large-throat diameters that make it possible to convey more material over long vertical and horizontal lengths. Heavy Duty Line Vac ejects a small amount of compressed air through directed nozzles into the throat to produce a vacuum on one end and high output flows on the other. The response is instantaneous and the material conveying rate is easily controlled with a pressure regulator. No moving parts or electricity assures maintenance-free operation. — EXAIR Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio


‘Hear’ problems before they become breakdowns

The Spectroline Marksman ultrasonic diagnostic tool (photo) is an instrument that converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible “natural” sound. With this device, service technicians can hear sounds that signify problems, such as: compressed-air leaks; electrical discharge; vacuum, natural gas, propane, refrigerant, and seal and gasket leaks. The Marksman uses a two-tiered process to ensure accurate diagnosis. First the receiver unit converts inaudible sound into audible sound using a process called heterodyning. The receiver’s Sound Signal Technology then fine tunes the audible sound into the natural sound emitted by the defect itself. An LED display indicates the intensity of incoming signals from the problem source to ensure error-free diagnosis. — Spectronics Corp., Westbury, N.Y.


Laser-markable tubing allows for easy field identification

Fluoroplastic heat-shrinkable tubing (photo) is often used to splice together cabling or encapsulate wiring. Now, laser marking allows for easy identification in the field. Laser marking is a non-contaminating, indelible mark used for parts identification or enhancing traceability. The marks are virtually unremovable, and may include part numbers, text, bar codes or logos. In the past, marking was unheard of on fluoroplastic tubing, as traditional inks would not adhere to the fluoroplastic. Lasers can achieve a pigment deviation in the material, creating a visible mark on the product without adding ink or other contaminants to the product. — Parker/Texmed div. of Parflex, Ft. Worth, Tex.


Achieve efficient water removal with this coalescing system

The pleated design of the K2100 coalescer (photo) for the KA-XP series turbine oil-conditioning systems delivers the most efficient, single-pass water removal and the fastest water-removal rate of any technology in the market, says this manufacturer. The coalescer redesign, coupled with the K3100 separator’s improved fine-filtration layer, offer protection for turbine oil in refineries and petrochemical plants, especially in the event of a sudden water ingression. The combination can strip out all free and emulsified water, which can be damaging to critical components for rotating equipment. — Kaydon Custom Filtration Corp., LaGrange, Ga.


An air-control valve for extreme environments

This heavy-duty industrial inline valve series, the Viking Xtreme (photo), incorporates spool technology for effective use in applications where pneumatic systems have to operate at extreme temperatures. The operating temperature range for these valves is –40 to 70 °C, with a maximum pressure of 16 bar. Whereas traditional solenoid valves typically use either O-rings or lip seals between the valve spool and body, the Viking Xtreme’s aluminum spool, with over-molded rubber, eliminates the problems of seal deformation or extrusion under high pressure and flow conditions. The valves are available in three versions: solenoid operated, remote air pilot, and manually actuated. — Parker Hannifin Corp., Pneumatic Div., Richland, Mich.


This scale allows access for cleaning in hygienic areas

Complete cleaning can be limited if one cannot gain access to critical contamination-prone areas. The MoveLine platform (photo) provides increased ease-of-use for cleaning through a patented design that meets current NIOSH occupational safety regulations. Thorough cleaning is accomplished utilizing wheels located directly below the MoveLine platform and is controlled through a specialized lifting system. As the wheels are lowered, the scale is raised from the floor so that the entire scale can be moved using a towing bar, providing easy and complete access to the floor underneath. With an ultra-low profile of only 25 mm, these flat-bed scales are optimally designed for hopper or vessel weighing. The stainless-steel weighing platforms are compliant with FDA requirements on materials, surface finish and cleanability. Weights from 150 to 3,000 kg can be measured. — Sartorius Corp., Edgewood, N.Y.


Make blends in less than three minutes with this mixer

The Model 700-TH-40-SS sanitary rotary batch mixer (photo, p. 44D-8) gently blends batches of ingredients in parts as small as one-per-million with 100% uniformity in less than three minutes, evacuates all of the batch and can be sanitized rapidly with no tools. The unit is designed with a retractable inlet for rapid, thorough washdown, a stationary discharge and a rotating drum with mixing flights that gently tumble, turn and fold material. The mixer has a useable batch capacity of 40 ft3,a total capacity of 80 ft3 and a weight capacity of 4,000 lb. Intended for sanitary applications, the mixer’s internal mixing flights feature: spacing for easy access; all-stainless contact surfaces; continuous, polished welds; external, removable seals; and a nozzle for clean-in-place (CIP) cleaning. The mixer is also equipped with a spray line for liquid additions. — Munson Machinery Co., Utica, N.Y.


These centrifuges are suited for high-purity applications

This company now supplies horizontal-peeler and Inverting Bag centrifuges (photo) for the pharmaceutical industry. The Inverting Bag centrifuge is capable of drying with the aid of 80+ psig of inert gas or hot air. Featuring CIP designs, these centrifuges offer low vibration, efficient discharge and product removal, and simple maintenance. Models are available in 316L stainless steel, Hastelloy, Monel and Inconel with varying degrees of polishing, including an electropolished finish. — The Western States Machine Co., Hamilton, Ohio

A dual-shaft mixer is offered for laboratory applications

This dual-shaft design (photo) incorporates a special helical agitator and a high-speed dispersion blade. The combination of agitators provides improved axial and radial turnover of the materials being mixed, as well as high shear of the product. This feature is especially useful for: viscous materials that have poor-flow qualities; the addition of powders that have a tendency to float on the surface; and cases where heat transfer of the batch constituents is important. The helical agitator is designed for bi-directional operation. The mixer also includes a conical-bottom vessel, an electrically actuated discharge valve, double mechanical seals, a 100-psig jacket for heating and cooling, a temperature probe and all-stainless-steel wetted parts. — Charles Ross and Son Co., Hauppauge, N.Y.


Dry-disconnect couplings are for sanitary applications

These patented, dry-disconnect couplings (photo, p.44D-11) are internally polished to a mirror finish to provide a drip-tight connection with zero leaks. Dry Link couplings have a smooth bore with no voids, dead spaces, crevices or fillers that could trap bacteria. They can be easily sanitized using steam or other methods. Available sizes range from 1 to 4 in. The body can be made from 316 stainless steel, Hastelloy C and Alloy 20 with a range of seal materials. — Dry Link, Inc., Fenton, Mo.


Monitor TOC in laboratory applications with this device

The Total-check 900 inline monitor can be connected to any high-purity water laboratory system to measure total-organic-carbon (TOC) levels from 1 to 999 parts per billion (ppb). Repeatability for this instrument is ±5% and the accuracy is ±1 ppb. Three operating modes are easily accessed with the push of a button: the automatic analysis mode gives a continuous sample analysis and displays each stage of the cycle; the manual analysis mode prevents repeated analysis of a stagnant sample; the standby mode prevents sample water from flowing through the monitor. Additional benefits of the Total-check 900 monitor include fast, easy installation, an easy-to-read single-line LCD display and the ability to be wall mounted. — Siemens Water Technologies, Warrendale, Pa.


This is the largest of its type screen available

The Vibroscreen is a circular gyratory screen that features three-component multi-plane mechanical vibration. The motion is through a motor with a double-extended shaft, fitted at both ends with eccentric weights. The whole drive assembly is mounted on a circular base by rugged springs, which allow the unit to vibrate freely. At the same time, the springs prevent transmitted vibration from reaching the floor area on which the machine stands. Screens can be mounted one on top of the other within the screening assembly. — Pennwalt, MPE Group USA, Swedesboro, N.J.


These foam formulations offer an alternative to HCFC-22

With regulations phasing out the use of HCFC-22 in certain applications across North America by March 2008, alternatives are being sought. Tests conducted by this manufacturer’s technologists show that Transcend PUR blends are a suitable replacement for HCFC-22 for pour-in-place blowing agent formulations for polyurethane rigid foams. This is a viable and cost-effective replacement option, says the company. Evaluation quantities of Transcend PUR blends are available and production quantities will be commercially available as the replacement deadline approaches. — Arkema, Philadelphia, Pa.


New options are available for this portable multi-gas detector

The Lumidor Impact Pro IR portable gas detector (photo, p. 44D-12) now has new infrared (IR) cartridge options. One of three IR sensors can be chosen as one of the four sensors that come standard in a four-sensor, multi-gas cartridge. Two IR sensors monitor for methane and other hydrocarbons (measuring 0–100% of the lower explosive limit or 0–100% volume of gas volume) while a third sensor option measures for percentage volume of carbon dioxide. The cartridge also includes a sensor that measures for oxygen levels and two sensors for a range of user-selected toxic gases including carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, chlorine, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. The IR sensors were developed specifically for advance detection of flammable and toxic gases in demanding industrial settings. The IR unit is unaffected by exposure to poisoning compounds such as silicones, extreme hydrocarbon levels, nitrogen-storage blankets or inert-atmospheric conditions. — Honeywell Analytics, Lincolnshire, Ill.


Battery power is added to this lift

The Powered Dandy Lift (photo) features a battery-powered lift mechanism. Lifting and lowering can be accomplished at the touch of a button thanks to a 24-V battery. The Powered Dandy Lift is available in five models with capacities from 220 to 500 lb, table sizes of 20 by 31.5 in. and 24 by 36 in., and raised heights up to 51 in. Other features include a battery status indicator, onboard charger, full shielding of all electrical components, smooth-rolling casters, parking locks, and a comfort-shaped handle. A high-speed linear actuator provides precise positioning. — Southworth Products Corp., Portland, Maine




May New Products  (international edition)



Plastic parts make this diaphragm pump good for pharma

In the newly developed special series of diaphragm pump — the encodos hygienic PP (photo) — all wetted parts are made of polypropylene. The design is FDA compliant and suitable for clean-in-place (CIP). This new series is said to offer an attractive price alternative, especially for low-pressure applications in the pharmaceutical industry. — LEWA GmbH, Leonberg, Germany


Level measurement using acoustical waves instead of ultrasound

The Nivowave Series (photo) has been developed for level-measurement applications where ultrasonic techniques have failed. The Nivowave transmits high-powered acoustic wave pulses, which are less prone to signal loss compared to ultrasonic devices. The receiver circuitry is designed to identify and monitor low-level return signals, even when noise levels are quite high, says the firm. The measured signal is temperature compensated to provide maximum accuracy. — UTW GmbH, Betziau, Germany


This high-temperature hose is extra rugged

This firm claims to be the first manufacturer to develop an extra-rugged high-temperature HT hose (photo) made from polyurethane (PUR) that is more resistant to heat and aging than any material used in the past. For example, the hose can be used for conveying glass fiber-reinforced granulates. After last year’s launch of HT-PUR 351 and 355 for transporting hot gases and powders, the new Aircuc HT-PUR 356 extends the product line to even more extremes. At 125°C (150°C short term), the HT-PUR 356 transports sharp-edged granulates as efficiently as ceramic powders. A spring-steel wire embedded into the wall enables the hose to discharge electrostatic buildup. — Norres Schlauchtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Gelsenkirchen


Patented air-injector keeps this blower from overheating

The new Vacuum Blower RB-DV 45 (photo) can achieve levels of up to 93% on a dead head (28 in. Hg) and has a nominal capacity from 236 to 740 m3/h. The RB-DV Series can operate at high vacuum levels thanks to the manufacturer’s patented device that injects atmospheric air, which allows the blower to operate at maximum vacuum without overheating. The blower has no sliding parts, which reduces wear, and does not generate oil mist. An ATEX-compliant version of RB-DV is also available on request. — Robuschi & C. S.p.A., Parma, Italy


Leak-free pumping with mag-drive pumps

Now available from this firm are the 3M magnetic-drive centrifugal pumps (photo), which cover flowrates from 0.5 to 1,000 m3/h at heads up to 1,300 m. The pumps can be operated at temperatures ranging from 150 to 450°C, and are available in stainless steel, Hastelloy C, Incoloy, titanium, PP, and PVDF. API versions are also available, and many of the pumps and spare parts are directly interchangeable with Caster pumps at competitive prices, says the firm. — Pump Engineering Ltd., Littlehampton, U.K.


A multimeter for safe and Ex zones

The new version of the MX 57Ex multimeter (photo) can now be used both inside and outside of potentially explosive areas. The unit’s leak-proof casing with IP 67 protection contains a high-performance 50,000-count TRMS digital multimeter. Its patented Securix connection system prevents leads from being accidentally torn out. The ATEX-certified instrument is designed for use in dangerous or explosive environments (due to gas or dust) in compliance with the EN 50014, 50020 and 50281-1-1 standards. — Chauvin-Arnoux Group, Paris, France


Select the scale with the resolution required

The new Signum compact industrial scale series (photo) has a choice of three powerful technologies, each with a different level of performance: the standard weighing system, Signum Regular models, enable standard resolutions of up to 35,000d; Signum Advanced models feature a mechatronic weighing system with resolutions of up to 65,000d; and Signum Supreme models are equipped with a monolithic weigh cell for resolutions of up to 350,000d. All three versions can be verified at the factory on request. In addition to the three resolutions offered, a wide range of options is available, including a large selection of interfaces. — Sartorius AG, Göttingen, Germany


Adjust the shear rate you need with this homogenizer

By separating the pumping and shearing processes from each other, the V-jet (versatile jet) rotor-stator homogenizer (photo) offers “substantial” benefits in the production of emulsions and suspensions, says the manufacturer. During homogenization, a centrifugal pump mounted under the vessel generates the required upstream pressure and flowrate to feed the homogenizer. The energy density in the shearing zone can be adjusted at will because the homogenizer has its own variable-speed drive; circumferential speeds of 50 m/s are achieved. — EKATO Systems GmbH, Schopfheim, Germany


This transmitter can use gas when air isn’t available

The EPX2E/P transmitter (photo) is designed for use with normal instrument air, but it can also be used with natural gas. This feature makes it possible to use the transmitter in remote locations where no electrical power is available to drive air compressors. The unit’s extremely low-power requirement of 3 mA ar 12 V d.c. allows it to be powered by a battery or solar panel at remote sites. Applications include offshore oil platforms, natural-gas wellheads, oil wells, pipelines and similar locations. The three-wire EPX2 voltage-to-pressure transmitter accepts a voltage input signal from a DCS PLC or PC-based control system and converts it to a pneumatic signal for the control of valves, actuators and other pneumnatically controlled devices. — Moore Industries-International, Inc., North Hills, Calif.


Inline particle measurement for liquids, too

The recent addition of the Insitec LPS to this firm’s product portfolio emphasizes the growing importance of online particle-size measurement in liquid process streams; up to now, continuous, realtime particle-size measurement has been used primarily for dry processes, says the firm. The Insitec LPS is a reliable and robust laser diffraction-based system that can be used off-, at- in-, or on-line. The system can be used for a wide range of processes, from high concentration slurries through lipid emulsions. — Malvern Instruments Ltd., Malvern, U.K.


A small flowmeter for analytical applications

The SFC3200 mass flow controller (photo) is the latest member of the compact, low-cost SFC3000 family, and can be used to measure and control flowrates of up to 2,000 sccm. The CMOSens sensor technology provides extremely accurate, repeatable measurements, says the firm. The device features a digital control core, which allows several different gases and control ranges to be calibrated and stored for easy selection under software control. A bus-capable RS 485 interface makes it possible for multiple devices to be powered and controlled by a single cable. — Sensirion AG, Staefa, Switzerland


This dispersion system has two stages

The heart of the Master Plant is a double-stage dispersing machine (Type DBI 2000; photo, p. 44I-7)), which is directly mounted to the vessel. The first stage consists of a special pumping rotor, which cares for the turbulence in the vessel, provides a high circulation capacity, and high-pressure CIP cleaning. The second stage is a generator that achieves the finest droplet sizes and long term stability of the product emulsions. The contents of the vessel can be circulated via a loop, which can be adjusted to be either a short or a long circuit, depending on the filling level. The system’ s controller is operated via a touch-screen monitor. — IKA-Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Staufen, Germany


This manual motor starter takes up less space

Manual motor starters for use in potentially explosive atmospheres have to withstand a great deal during rough industrial applications, while guaranteeing explosion protection at all times. As a result, manual motor starters are often very large, heavy and unwieldy, says this firm. The compact manual motor starter, GHG 635-1 (photo), offers an alternative; the device weighs in at just 1 kg and occupies half the volume (85 X 178 X 129 mm) of its competitors. Motors up to 16 A with full a.c. 3-switching capacity can be switched under full load, while the motor’s rated current can be set from outside. — Cooper Crouse-Hinds GmbH, Eberbach, Germany


Corrosion resistance made in China

CarbeX is a new graphite brand, developed and produced by Nantong Sunshine Graphite Technology Co. Ltd. (China), which is now available in the U.S. and Europe through this representative. Independent tests have shown that CarbeX satisfies or surpasses all relevant specifications and standards for corrosion-resistant graphite. According to Bayer Technology Services (Leverkusen, Germany), the graphite has a microstructure comparable to that of products from European manufacturers. CarbeX is said to be a “milestone for reasonably priced, quality graphite for corrosion-resistant equipment, says the firm. — Wilk-Graphite GmbH, Lörrach, Germany


Two new security products unveiled

To be launched at the May IFSEC security event in Birmingham, U.K., is the CEM DIU 220 (power over Ethernet Door Interface Unit) and the latest software version of the advanced CEM AC2000 SE (Standard Edition) access-control system. The AC2000 SE system offers a high-end security management solution with sophisticated software applications and hardware devices, including the advanced cProx 200 range of card readers that supports both traditional 125 kHz Proximity and MiFare smart cards. — CEM Systems, part of Tyco Fire & Security, Belfast, U.K.


Three options for semiconductor gas abatement

The new family of Atlas gas-abatement solutions for semiconductor manufacturers was launched in March at Semicon China 2007 (Shanghai). The systems meet the industry needs for three process-related abatement problems: the Atlas TCS addresses the common chemical-vapor deposition (CVD) gases; Atlas TPU addresses PFC gases in CVD and etch processes; and Atlas Kronis addresses the low-k CVD gases in the next-generation processes. The Atlas systems consume half the fuel of previous-generation gas abatement systems, says the manufacturer. They feature one to six inlets with a number of options, including a temperature management system, and a flow capacity of up to 600 L/min. — BOC Edwards, Crawley. U.K.


Strong magnets are used to remove metals from products

The high-gradient magnetic-filtration (HGF) and magnetic separators (HGS) are designed to separate fines. Equipped with permanent magnets, the units handle dry materials in the range of 1 mm to 200 µm (HGS) and wet materials down to 1 µm and below (HGF). The HGS is being used for treating minerals such as salt, granite and perlite, and the HGF is being used to clean process liquids. — Steinert Elektromagnetbau GmbH, Cologne, Germany


This thermal-imaging system can continuously self calibrate

Machine vision and thermal surveillance are just two of the capabilities of the FTI Mv thermal imager (photo). The latest infrared detector and signal-processing technologies have been combined inside the unit’s housing. Dedicated LIPS Mini software makes available remote control, a choice of alarm outputs and a powerful range of image processing routines, including five-color pallets, zoom, and noise filtering. In cases where continuous calibration of the image is necessary, the imager can be coupled with the company’s new P100i high-stability black-body temperature reference source, which provides continuous on-line calibration and a temperature accuracy of ±0.5°C. — Land Instruments International, Dronfield, England


Keep solids flowing with this silo fluidizer

This company’s unique aerators can be specified when ordering new equipment or retrofitted to existing applications with kits. A family of silo fluidizers enables uniform flow of most dry bulk materials through aeration and hopper-wall vibration. The fluidizer disk distributes air along the bin wall, freeing up product evenly and efficiently while minimum back pressure ensures that energy is directed within the walls of the silo or storage container. — Solimar Pneumatics, Minneapolis, MN


Measure particle-size distributions, even in Ex zones

Launched at Powtech 2007, the Inline Particle Probe IPP 70-Se is designed for use in potentially explosive environments. The optical-rod probe has no moving parts and is classified (within ATEX) as intrinsically safe for use in Zones 0, 1 and 2; 20, 21 and 22. The device measures particle-size distributions in the range of 50 to 6,000 µm at temperatures up to 100°C. — Parsum GmbH, Chemnitz, Germany


FDT/DTM technology now used in this fieldbus/interface tool

With the I/O-Assistant 3.0 (photo), this company offers a completely new generation of its established programming, commissioning and maintenance tool for fieldbus and interface systems. The I/O-Assistant 3.0 is based on the standard FDT technology, and thus supports other products of the sensor, fieldbus, connectivity and interface expert. The modular software provides the possibility to use the device type manager (DTM) of the I/O-Assistant 3.0 for other frame applications. This reduces the complexity of systems and makes the overall solution manageable; all relevant device functions become transparent and visualized in a user-friendly manner. — Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany


Remove metal from product, even in Ex zones

After successfully applying metal separators for dust-explosion hazardous areas, this company now offers metal separators for gas-explosive-hazardous zones. The Quicktron 05 A ex is used for removing metals from bulk materials, powders and flower. The system reliably detects the presence of metal contaminants in free-falling product and automatically rejects the contaminants. The unit complies with the specific ATEX guidelines, and is delivered with a declaration of conformity. — Mesutronic, Kirchberg, Wald, Germany


Create the fragmentizer you need with modular construction

This manufacturer’s product range of fragmentizing machines includes stainless-steel designs as well as customer-specific special solutions. The modular construction enables customized systems to be built into existing units. Cutting chambers have sizes from 115 X 230 to 1,100 X 750 mm2. Depending on the machine type and application, the machines have a speed between 8 and 70 rpm. Shafts are driven by an electric motor via a gear unit, with a drive power of between 2.2 and 45 kW. A hydraulic drive is available as an option. — Mercodor GmbH Sondermaschinenbau KG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Only one person can operate this screener

The ergonomic design of the APEX Screener (photo) enables the screener to be maintained by just a single person; all operator-lifted components weigh less than 40 lb. This latest addition to the firm’s self-contained production screening machines comes standard with features found on the Rotex Screener, including gyratory-reciprocal motion, positive screen cleaning and bouncing balls to reduce blinding. The APEX is also enhanced with side access doors to enable efficient screen cleaning and changes. — Rotex, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio


Difficult materials are easy to meter with this system

The MXL Weigh belts (photo) are designed to meter a wide variety of hard-to-handle materials, such as potato chips and cotton fiber. Weighing is done by the company’s patented force-measurement suspension-system (FMSS) flexure scale, which measures vertical loading and can handle high load-directed overloads. — Thayer Scale-Hyer Industries, Inc., Pembroke, Mass.


A reliable way to measure levels

The Sultan Series non-intrusive acoustical wave transmitter (photo) combines low frequency, high power and Adaptive-Gain Technology, making it one of the world’s most reliable level devices available, says the firm. The Sultan Series is available in two-, three- and four-wire models, is easy to calibrate and commission, and is suitable for measuring difficult-to-measure vapors, dust, solids and liquids. — Hawk Measurement America, Middleton, Mass.


An inline sifter now has a smaller version

The QA24 inline sifter (photo, p. 44I-13) was developed for small to moderate production volumes and to provide an economical quality assurance and HACCP solution for food, pharmaceutical and chemical operations. The unit features the same Tru-Balance and pneumatic sieve-compression systems as the manufacturer’s larger In-Line machines. The QA24 is designed to be directly inserted into a vacuum, or dilute-phase pressure pneumatic conveying system, thus eliminating the need for additional equipment. — Great Western Manufacturing, Leavenworth, Kan.


This solids flowmeter uses microwaves

The microwave solids flow detector Model SFD-2 (photo) is a non-invasive detector that has recently proven itself in the monitoring of coal at a coal-fired plant in India. The device uses Doppler radar technology to monitor the flow of bulk solids and powders in chutes and pipelines. For the Indian application, the device provides relay contact outputs in response to the presence or absence of coal flow in the feeder lines; this is used to detect coal flow backup or equipment malfunction to provide feedback to a control system. — Monitor Technologies LLC, Elburn, Ill.


These static mixers combine turbulent and laminar flow

“Mikromakro” describes the combination of static-mixing elements of different geometries and diameters. Uniform pre-distribution is achieved in the makro mixer, while the best possible homogenization is achieved at the molecular scale in the micro mixer. With the patented combination of turbulent and laminar flow, it is possible to cope with high (>1,000) aspect ratios in viscosities, and to solve difficult mixing tasks with an additive flowrate of less than 1% in the main stream. CSE-X mixing elements in mikromakro combination are mainly used for processing of plastics. — Fluitec Georg AG, Neftenbach, Switzerland


Pick the blower to meet your needs

Used for transporting gases and air, the PD (positive-displacement) blower provides a capacity of 9.5 to 1,088 m3/min, and a pressure rise of either 98 kPa (for one stage) or 196 kPa (for two stages). The blower is available in cast iron, stainless steel and other materials of construction. The firm also manufactures a cast-iron centrifugal blower, with throughput of 40 to 400 m3/min, and a side-channel blower, with capacity of 2 to 20 m3/min and pressures of 4 to 40 kPa. — Shandong Zhangqiu Blower Co., Ltd. Zhangqiu City, China


Configure the grinder to match your application

This firm offers two different grinding systems: a single-shaft version for coarse grinding (lump breaker), and a two-shaft version for fine grinding. Modular construction enables units to be configured for match specific tasks; about 100 different configurations are possible. The grinders have a maximum output of up to 100 m3/h, and handle grain sizes of up to 300 mm, producing particle sizes (without a screen insert) of less than 20 mm (single shaft) or below 12 mm (two shaft). Product temperatures of up to 400°C can be processed. — Telschig Verfahrenstechnik GmbH, Murrhardt, Germany


When pressed for contamination-free compaction

Rolls of the Kompaktor (photo) press have been machined with a hard coating, enabling them to process fine-dispersed bulk materials into flakes or briquettes with an increased density. Even abrasive and corrosive materials can be handled, without contamination caused by metals. Roller compaction is a dry, dust-free process with low energy consumption and low product heating. — Hosokawa Bepex GmbH, Leingarten, Germany


Fill a lot of drums with this unit

Equipped with a 12 x 36-in., twin-motor, vibratory screener feeder, this firm’s latest drum-filling system (photo) is designed to deliver 2,500 lb/h of bulk chemical material. The system’s 20-mesh scalping screen removes foreign products and oversize agglomerates, and a permanent plate magnet in the product outlet chute prevents ferrous material from entering the drum. — B.E.S.T., Inc., Brunswick, Ohio


Enhanced versatility with two mills, one head

The inlet diameter of the new ConiWitt conical sieving mill is available as DN 150, 200 (photo) and 250. The milling head is interchangeable between the smallest and the medium-sized mill; this means the same motor/arm setup can be used in all situations. The ConiWitt mills are also easy to clean and, after removing the rotor and sieve, the entire milling head is easily sterilized in an autoclave. — Frewitt S.A., Fribourg, Switzerland


Prevent wet solids from clogging with this feeder

When wet coal is prevalent, ordinary feeders often become clogged, causing pluggage and inadequate flow to the pulverizer; this causes fluctuations in boiler heat rate, sometimes requiring the boiler to come off line until the problem is corrected. The Posimetric Feeder (photo) can eliminate these costly no-coal-flow events, says the manufacturer. The feeder handles materials with a wide range of characteristics, including wet, dry, lumpy, sticky, abrasive or granular. — Pennsylvania Crusher Corp., Broomall, Pa.


Accurate scaleup ensured with this lab centrifuge

This skid-mounted Horizontal Peeler centrifuge (photo. p. 44I-16) has a 250-mm bowl for applications in test laboratories, pilot plants and small-scale production in the chemical, pharmaceutical and foodstuff industries. The unit has been designed to operate the centrifuge with the same filter-cake thickness as on a production unit; this results in exact scale up results for all process steps of filling, spinning washing and discharging. Maximum flexibility is achieved for frequent product changeover, fast startup, automated cleaning and quick inspection. — Heinkel Filtering Systems, Inc., Swedesboro, N.J.


Forced feeding increases capacity of compact mills

The SB Series granulators are suitable for recycling PET bottles as well as for use as secondary granulators where shredders cannot achieve the required granular size. For example, an SML 60/100 SB, with 600 X 1,000-mm rotor and 75-kW drive, can reach a throughput of 3,400 kg/h with a screen size of 8 mm. New in the product range is the SML 45/60 granulator, which can achieve a throughput of 1,000 to 1,200 kg/h when grinding PET bottles (12 mm screen). Such capacities are possible in these compact machines because of the forced-feeding device. — Herbold Meckesheim GmbH, Meckesheim, Germany


This system discharges solidified material from bulk bags

A new Hydraulic Bulk Bag Conditioner loosens bulk solid material that has solidified during storage and shipment, enabling bag unloaders to discharge it through bag spouts. These conditioners feature two hydraulic rams with specially-contoured end plates to press opposite sides of bulk bags. An optional hydraulically actuated variable-height turntable allows in-frame bag rotation and conditioning of bulk bags at varying heights. The new conditioner is intended for bulk bags containing hygroscopic chemicals, certain types of spice blends, heat-sensitive products and other material that is prone to solidifying. — Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, Pa.


Bridging the gap between low- and high-shear mixing

The Intensomix cylindrical mixer has a ribbon-paddle agitation rotor composed of a central shaft with three blades attached. The blades’ shape is designed to ensure the upward transport of the material being mixed. Linear speeds of the rotor range from 1 to 10 m/s. Two lump breakers of 7.5 kW each are positioned in the sidewall for efficient admixing of fluids. The mixer handles volumes up to 25,000 L. — Hosokawa Micron B.V., Doetinchem, Netherlands