Detectaseal (photo) is a new, FDA-compliant, metal-detectable elastomer designed to help food companies reduce the risk of rubber contamination during processing. Detectaseal fragments as small as 2 mm can be identified by conventional inline metal detection equipment, ensuring early warning of rubber contamination. The seals are available as FDA-compliant grades of EPDM, nitrile and fluorocarbon elastomers, in blue and black, and in standard and non-standard sizes for use in a broad range of process equipment. — Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE) Ltd., Blackburn, U.K.http://www.prepol.com
This firm’s new range of membrane plants for the surface-treatment industries feature CeraMem industrial strength membranes (photo). Compared to conventional polymeric membranes, CeraMem ceramic microfiltration (MF) and ultrafiltration (UF) membranes are less prone to fouling and have a greater resistance to high temperatures, as well as aggressive cleaning chemicals and abrasion. Membrane life is typically doubled, says the firm. The membranes are suitable for applications such as alkaline degreasing, cutting oil treatment and electro-coat paint treatment. — Elga Process Water, Marlow, U.K.http://www.elgaprocesswater.co.uk
For the first time, this firm has developed products for WirelessHart communication. The new product family comprises two transmitters, a gateway to Industrial Ethernet and software, as well as an adapter for process instruments in preparation. Both the new Sitrans P280 pressure transmitter and the Sitrans TF280 temperature transmitter (photo) feature a WirelessHart interface and a graphical display with backlight function. All other process instruments from this firm that do not have WirelessHart interfaces can be integrated into WirelessHart communication with the Sitrans AW200 adapter. Finally, the new IE/WSN-PA Link gateway manages the WirelessHart network with all the nodes and establishes the connection to the Simatic-based automation and control system via Industrial Ethernet. — Siemens Industry Automation Division, Nuremberg, Germanyhttp://www.siemens.com/industry
Developed in collaboration with the Center for Process Innovation (Wilton, U.K.), the Insertion Probe variant of this firm’s SpectroSens system enables realtime monitoring of bioproduction fermentation processes. The multi-output SpectroSens Insertion Probe (photo) tracks compositional changes and monitors temperature in the liquid. Multiple discrete readings can be taken simultaneously at numerous locations, providing more reliable measurements and a reduced chance of false positives. Using only light at the point of measurement, the sensors are intrinsically safe and spark-free. — Stratophase, Romsey, U.K.http://www.stratophase.com
The new HSC Chemistry 7.0 is a straightforward simulation tool (photo) designed to guide process-development and research scientists. Compatible with Windows Vista, Vista 64 and Windows 7, HSC Chemistry 7.0 is a software program for process flowsheet simulation, which also contains 22 other calculation modules displayed as options in the main menu, and 12 databases together with extensive thermochemical, heat transfer and mineralogical data. The Flowsheet Module has four different modes: particles, reaction, distribution and experimental. The new Unit Icon Library comprises 515 high-resolution icons that have been created to visualize process flowsheets. — Outotec Research Oy, Pori, Finlandhttp://www.outotec.com/HSC
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Affinity FLS (photo) is a new generation of foldable disposable respirators. Its high-performance thin and light filtering media provide a comfortable fit even when used for longer periods. Affinity FLS offers protection against penetrating solid and liquid aerosol particles. Meeting requirements of EN 149:2001, the different types of masks conform respectively to protection levels FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3. A color-coding system ensures easy identification and helps the user to select the correct kind of mask for a given application. — MSA in Europe, Berlin, Germanyhttp://www.msa-europe.com
The GEMÜ 520 actuated globe and control valve (photo) is particularly suitable for handling steam, air, water and process lines on account of its membrane actuator. The existing sizes DN 65–150 are now extended to smaller nominal sizes DN 32–50. New actuator-valve body versions have also been developed to expand the range of applications. In DN 32–65, the valve can be used with operating pressures up to 40 bar with valve bodies in cast steel GP 240 H and stainless steel 1.4408. Other new options include valves that can be actuated with a considerably reduced control pressure of 1.5–4 bar. — GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG, Ingelfingen-Criesbach, Germanyhttp://www.gemue.de
The established range of Viking External Gear Pumps (photo) has been extended to include models that provide flows from as little as 0.2 L/min up to 760 L/min. Available from this firm, the SG range now includes 29 models, and includes models rated for maximum continuous pressures of up to 34 bar and maximum intermittent pressures up to 172 bar. As a result of the wide range of models, configurations and material options, Viking SG Series Gear Pumps are suitable for applications such as centralized lubrication systems; polyurethane metering and mixing; compressor lubrication; burner feed; pipeline sampling; heat transfer; and adhesive and sealant dispersion. — Michael Smith Engineers Ltd., Woking, U.K.http://www.michael-smith-engineers.co.uk
Available in March, the SCP-6500 Pumps (photo) feature a lug with a grounding wire on the front of the pumps, and made with conductive plastic, these pumps allow users of flammable liquids to ground the pumps, making them safe for use with Class 1 and Class 2 flammables. All components of this pump that come in contact with the fluid are created with conductive plastic, so there is grounding of the liquid, the pump and, with correct bonding, the container. — GoatThroat Pumps, Milford, Conn.http://www.goatthroat.com
ViaCC is a video-based software that quickly and effectively detects leaks in an industrial environment. This software-based sensor is an extension to conventional sensors, and enables recognition of smoke, fumes, leaking liquids and colors. ViaCC software contains detection methods that can be freely combined and that are suitable for detecting edges, colors, movements and so on. Up to twelve cameras record and transmit about 200 images per second to each server (photo). The automation state and the live situation are directly coupled, which enables process data to be inserted directly into a video image and saved. Live images of a fault enable service to be better planned with appropriate spare parts and tools. — Siemens Industry Sector, Industry Solutions Div., Erlangen, Germanyhttp://www.siemens.com/industry
The patented Variacor coupling (photo) provides free orientation for hydraulic and pneumatic hoses and tools across a wide range of applications. The design of the coupling ensures optimum flexibility, which results in less wear on hoses. Also, increased maneuverability of the hose means easier handling for the user, with lower pressure and flow losses compared to conventional couplings, says the firm. The Variacor coupling is ideal for connecting two runs of rigid pipe or flexible hoses, or an end fitting, such as a nozzle or gun. It can be used for changing the angle of flow direction, axially between 180 and 90 deg, with full 360-deg swivel at either or both ends. — Bete Ltd., Lewes, U.K.http://www.beteuk.com
The tecLine LF-4P (photo) is a new cell with four-pin technology for measuring conductivity. The device fills the gap between two-electrode cells and inductive measurement technology, and makes it possible to cover a very wide measurement range from about 1 µS/cm to 600 mS/cm. The cell consists of a sturdy PEEK plastic body with stainless-steel electrodes inserted into the front. An integrated Pt1000 temperature sensor provides the signal needed for temperature compensation. The cell is available in different fitting lengths. — JUMO GmbH & Co. KG, Fulda, Germanyhttp://www.jumo.net
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The Model 999.30 diaphragm seal is available in combination with an intelliGauge Series mechatronic pressure gauge (photo). The diaphragm seal is tailor-made for the extremely dynamic homogenization process. The damped instrument is designed for a static pressure of up to 2,500 bar. The combination with the intelliGauge provides a local display via a bourdon-tube pressure gage and an electrical output signal without the need for an external power supply. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germanyhttp://www.wika.de
A new 0.5-in. bore instrumentation needle valve (photo) gives plant engineers the means to improve reliability, and save both money and space in process and instrumentation applications involving viscous and contaminated media. The new H-Series needle valve is available as either a discrete hand valve for controlling media flow, or integrated into a monoflange-style manifold for the safe “double-block-and-bleed” connection of instruments to process lines. The large flow path of the 0.5-in. H-Series needle valve makes it less prone to blockage, and its metal-to-metal seal provides a bubble-tight seal over a temperature range from –55 to 538°C. — Parker Hannifin, Instrumentation Products Div. Europe, Barnstaple, U.K.http://www.parker.com
This firm’s ATEX-certified flow sensors for gaseous media are now available with probe lengths of 100, 140 and 220 mm. The new extended probes (photo) significantly enhance the sensors’ functionality by allowing users to install the sensors in pipes with diameters of up to 440 mm. The IP67 stainless-steel sensors are certified for gas zone 1, and can be installed in the tube via a T connector. The sensors detect flow status of gaseous media, such as air, by evaluating the flow-induced temperature difference between the heated probe and the medium. — Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germanyhttp://www.turck.com
The microwave barrier Vegamip 61 (photo) is designed for the requirements of the bulk solids industry. The microwave barrier measures without making direct contact with the medium, which is particularly advantageous when dealing with abrasive materials or very high temperatures. The device measures from the outside through a microwave-permeable window made of ceramic or plastic. The barrier consists of a Vegamip T61 transmitter and one or several Vegamip R61 receivers. The receiver measures the attenuation of the microwave signal, and generates a switching signal from it. The device can be used as a maximum- or minimum-level sensor. — VEGA Grieshaber KG, Schiltach, Germanyhttp://www.vega.com
The Rosemount Analytical online wet-chemistry analyzers for sodium (photo), silica, phosphate, hydrazine and ammonia are used for process monitoring in the power and ultrapure water industries. The analyzers are easy to use. Pressing one button starts, calibrates and puts the instrument online. Routine reagent replacement and maintenance takes only 5 min every three months, and replacing the valve pump — the heart of the analyzer — takes about 15 min every two years. The addition of wet chemistry analyzers (acquired from Scientific Instruments Inc. in May 2009) complements this firm’s line of conductivity, pH and dissolved oxygen sensors and analyzers. — Emerson Process Management, Baar, Switzerlandhttp://www.emersonprocess.eu
The Atlas Syringe Pump XL is a volumetric dosing or sampling system consisting of two syringes, with up to six port valves. Each syringe can aspirate or dispense independently from any valve port, allowing dosing of one reagent to many reactors, or many reagents to one reactor. With a flowrange of 5 µL/min up to 100 mL/min, it can be configured either into two refilling flows or one continuous flow, providing reaction sampling, advanced pH control and temperature-dependent dosing. — Syrris Ltd., Royston, U.K.http://www.syrris.com
The VS450 non-contact spectrophotometer (photo) is designed for color and gloss measurement on wet and dry samples, including cosmetics, paints, soil, plastics and powders. The device features an integrated gloss sensor for relative gloss measurements, and when used with iMatch formulation software, provides wet-to-dry correlation for improved quality control and formulation throughput. — X-Rite Europe GmbH, Regensdorf, Switzerlandhttp://www.xrite.com
The air output capacity required to achieve fast positioning in large actuators (diaphragm areas of 1,400–2,800 cm2) is too much for normal positioners, and so positioning accuracy can be compromised. A solution to this problem is a control-valve positioner package (photo), which facilitates exact positioning with fast response times over the entire operating range. The package consists of a positioner and a hook-up of several volume boosters with different output capacities. Closing and opening times of less than 2 s can be achieved over the entire positioning range. The package has proven itself for compressor bypass valves (anti-surge valves) and in petrochemical applications involving moving-bed adsorption processes. — Samson Controls (London) Ltd., Redhill, U.K.http://www.samsoncontrols.co.uk
The new Bluetooth Ethernet Port Adapter FL BT EPA AIR SET is a rugged and reliable “wireless Ethernet cable” to transfer control data to machine units that are either moved frequently or are mobile in industrial environments. The newly developed Bluetooth Lean Stack and the priority assignment functions permit fast, Profinet and Profisafe wireless data transfer with uptimes of 8 ms. — Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germanyhttp://www.phoenixcontact.com
Said to be the first implementation of visual inspection and high-voltage crack detection combined in a single machine, this module inspects vials and pre-filled syringes for cracks and leaks. A precise handling system orients the containers at an angle of 90–110 deg to at least four high-voltage electrodes (photo), which allows the detection of cracks that have fully penetrated the glass while ignoring surface scratches. The High-Voltage module is fully integrated in the company’s VI and MS families of inspection machines, allowing camera inspection before high voltage inspection. Only products that passed all camera inspections undergo the check for cracks. — Seidenader Maschinenbau GmbH, Markt Schwaben, Germanyhttp://www.seidenader.de
The Model 26C Vibratory Feeder is a rugged, a.c.-operated unit that enables linear, exact feeding of large quantities of bulk materials. These electromagnetic feeders offer a cost-effective, sanitary alternative to screw feeders, says the manufacturer. The Model 26C is designed for feeding up to 4 ton/h, and features a totally enclosed, dust- and moisture-resistant, patented electromagnetic drive, which extends the core life and makes cleaning easier. — Eriez, Erie, Pa.http://www.eriez.com
This company offers heat-shrink coverings (photo, top) to protect process hoses both from contamination and overall wear and tear. Their colors can be used as a code to help identify hoses. Also from this firm are fire sleeves (photo, bottom), which are sized to fit and maintain the outer hose temperature for safer handling. Hose coverings are offered in sizes from 0.25 to 1.25 in. — Parker-Hannifin Corp., Fort Worth, Tex.
The TD8600 and TA8800 Series (photo) precision pneumatic-to-current pressure transmitters are designed for harsh applications such as tire manufacturing, pulp and paper, test equipment and factory automation. They can be used with either pneumatic or hydraulic systems. The TD8600 Series offers 0.5% accuracy and has a hermetically sealed housing that is constructed from laser-welded stainless steel. For applications requiring greater accuracy, the TA8800 offers 0.2% or better accuracy in a similar stainless-steel housing. A wide variety of options are available, including special electrical connectors, optional pressure ports, temperature compensation and exotic wetted materials. — Fairchild Industrial Products Co., Winston-Salem, N.C.
Available in March, the SCP-6500 Pumps feature a lug with a grounding wire on the front of the pumps, and made with conductive plastic, these pumps allow users of flammable liquids to ground the pumps, making them safe for use with Class 1 and Class 2 flammables. All components of this pump that come in contact with the fluid are created with conductive plastic, so there is grounding of the liquid, the pump and, with correct bonding, the container. — GoatThroat Pumps, Milford, Conn.http://www.goatthroat.com
FlowTex is a high-performance tertiary filter that removes suspended solids as small as 10 microns, and is suitable for both small- and large-flow applications. The patented design incorporates a fixed disc with a rotating suction head that never touches the cloth media, thus extending the life of the media. Flow enters the filter from a pipe and completely surrounds the discs. Turbulence from the incoming wastewater keeps solids suspended and prevents premature settling. As solids accumulate on the cloth filter media, the flow becomes restricted, causing the liquid level to rise. Backwashing is automatically triggered when the level reaches a predetermined point. A vacuum head then rotates across the surface of the disc, removing captured solids from the media. — Entex Technologies Inc., Chapel Hill, N.C.
NanoCeram-LR high-performance pleated filter cartridges (photo) have been specifically designed and engineered as drop-in replacements for lenticular filters. They will fit most commercial lenticular housings, and are said to show greater dirt-holding capacity, higher efficiency and wider operating pH range versus other charged lenticular filters. Each NCLR incorporates the patented non-woven filter media matrix infused with nano-alumina fibers, creating an electropositively charged depth filter. NanoCeram is capable of removing small particles (including colloidal iron), bacteria and viruses from water at high flowrates. Silt density index (SDI) values averaging less than 0.5 and turbidity levels less than 0.01 NTU are achieved . — Argonide Corp., Sanford, Fla.
ITW ActiveMetal switches (photo) have been introduced to this firm’s ActiveTouch line of switch products. The patented pushbutton switch employs a low-voltage subminiature transducer, which generates megahertz frequency vibration to the pushbutton a thousand times per second and detects the decay (or ringdown) of that vibration. When the button surface is touched by a bare finger or gloved hand, the ultrasonic vibration is dampened and the transducer detects the change within milliseconds. Firmware built into the printed circuit board of the transducer includes the capability to identify and predict problems, such as foreign material interference within the switch area, and adapts to the change. One of the first applications is a standard QWERTY keyboard for use in sterile environments . — ITW ActiveTouch, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
The compact, light-weight BVP70/BVP80 Series of actuated ball valves (photo) feature a stainless-steel external trim and FKM O-rings as standard. The series is designed to operate using an air supply in the range 50–125 psi. The direct valve-stem coupling to actuator shaft minimizes backlash, says the manufacturer. Electric actuators feature two 1/2 NPT conduit ports and integral thermal overload protection. — Omega Engineering Inc., Stamford, Conn.
HXL sliding vane pumps (photo) are designed specifically to rapidly and efficiently evacuate product from large liquid storage terminals, enabling fast product changes that react to market opportunities. The pumps can handle large volumes of a wide range of non-corrosive liquids, from thin solvents to heavy oils. Strong suction-lift capability efficiently transfers products from barge or ship into storage tanks while efficiently stripping both suction and discharge lines to minimize product loss. The HXL pumps feature self-adjusting vanes, which eliminate slippage caused by normal wear, and the capability to self-prime. so they are always ready to operate without time-wasting priming routines, while an internal relief valve protects against excess line pressure. HXL models are available in 6-, 8- and 10-in. sizes with operating speeds up to 350 rpm and maximum rated capacities of 755, 1,228 and 2,300 gal/min, respectively. — Blackmer Pump, Grand Rapids, Mich.
The LF Series back pressure regulators can perform over a wide 10,000:1 flowrate window and can handle pressures between 0.02 and 2,000 psig. The instruments are ideal for instrument and gas analysis applications and can operate with valve flow coefficients as low as 1x10-7. These regulators solve chatter and low-flow stability problems in many gas research applications, including gas chromatography. They can exhibit low-flow precision well below 1 mL/min. The body is constructed of stainless-steel 316, and the regulators are available with three different types of diaphragms, SS316, PTFE, and Viton. — Equilibar LLC, Fletcher, N.C.
Long Super Air Knives (photo) produce a laminar sheet of airflow to dry, cool or blowoff surfaces up to 96-in. wide. The blowers feature a compact design with no moving parts and that minimizes the use of compressed air. It is ideal for use on wide industrial parts, webs and conveyors. The Long Super Air Knives produce a uniform, high-velocity and high-volume curtain of air that is fully adjustable from a gentle continuous flow to a hard-hitting blast. Long Super Air Knives are available in four sizes — 60, 72, 84 and 96 in. — and can be constructed from aluminum or stainless steel. — Exair Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio
Launched last month, the H-Series hard-wired continuous level sensors complement this firm’s existing wireless liquid-level transmitters. The H-Series is a digital level sensor based on magnetostrictive technology, which makes it ideal for oil and gas, food and beverage and other applications that require process control, leak detection or inventory control. With a low-power design, the H-Series sensors can be multi-dropped on a RS 485 network, providing Modbus connectivity to a RTU or PLC controller. The sensor delivers high resolution (0.01 in. across full span) and is capable of providing product level, interface level and temperature measurement in virtually all tank sizes (up to 60 ft. tall) on a variety of liquids, such as crude oil, solvents, water, diesel, kerosene and gasoline . — OleumTech Corp., Irvine, Calif.
This firm’s P/N 122055-00 (114587) and 122056-00 (114589) hazardous-duty vacuum motors have recently passed the final audit for TÜV/ATEX certification. The motors are 7.5-in.-dia., two-stage, peripheral bypass vacuum motors. The single-phase, two-pole universal motor series is totally enclosed, externally fan-cooled. That motor is combined with a centrifugal blower to produce vacuum airflow characteristics suited for vacuum-blower applications. The motors are available in both 120- and 230-V a.c. models and incorporate class B insulation in the armature and field windings. — Ametek Floorcare & Specialty Motors, Kent, Ohio
ViaCC is a video-based software that quickly and effectively detects leaks in an industrial environment. This software-based sensor is an extension to conventional sensors, and enables recognition of smoke, fumes, leaking liquids and colors. ViaCC software contains detection methods that can be freely combined and that are suitable for detecting edges, colors, movements and so on. Up to twelve cameras record and transmit about 200 images per second to each server. The automation state and the live situation are directly coupled, which enables process data to be inserted directly into a video image and saved. Live images of a fault enable service to be better planned with appropriate spare parts and tools. — Siemens AG, New York, N.Y.http://www.siemens.com/industry
The new CVT-P-22 Mini Turbine Vibrator (photo) delivers twice the force outputs of other miniature models above 50 psi. Constructed with an acetal plastic and stainless-steel exterior parts, the vibrator is suitable for cleanroom environments and is U.S. Food and Drug Administration- and U.S. Department of Agriculture-compliant for food applications. The vibrator has permanently lubricated bearings and operates from 10 to 100 psi. At 80 psi, the product generates 18,000 vibrations per minute with a 55.2-lbf force output, while consuming 2.0 ft3/min of air. The device is designed for food and pharmaceutical applications, such as powder filling, hopper-flow assistance and tablet packaging. — Cleveland Vibrator Co., Cleveland, Ohio
The CB-400 Cobra-4 borescope (photo) features a dual head blue- and white-light LED (light-emitting diode) to allow technicians to inspect and check for leaks in hard-to-see components without disassembly. The blue LED is designed for fluorescent leak detection while the white light is ideal for component inspection. The Cobra-4’s shaft is 4-mm wide and 36-in. long, and it comes with an angled inspection mirror and three AAA alkaline batteries. — Spectronics Corp., Westbury, N.Y.
Affinity FLS is a new generation of foldable, disposable respirators. Its high-performance thin and light filtering media provides a comfortable fit even when used for longer periods. Affinity FLS offer protection against penetrating solid and liquid aerosol particles. Meeting requirements of EN 149:2001, the different types of masks conform respectively to protection levels FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3. A color-coding system ensures easy identification and helps the user to select the correct kind of mask for a given application. — Mine Safety Appliances Co., Pittsburgh, Pa.http://www.msanorthamerica.com
The FlexSift S10 (photo) is said to enable higher capacities and better product flow than conventional sifters because of its ability to screen, delump and discharge solids without the need for feeder equipment.Constructed with minimum number of parts, the FlexSift S10 is designed for easy clean-up and faster screen maintenance. The S10 can be readily coupled with most bulk bag unloaders and mixer dischargers, and can be customized to suit many applications. The vibration-free design of the S10 lowers noise, and reduces power and maintenance. — Quadro Engineering Corp., Waterloo, Ont.
The WIPAT Remote Patrol and Monitoring System is a long-range, drop-in-place wireless video monitoring system that has the option of operating on solar power. The monitoring system is designed for use in electric power installations, oil and natural gas pipelines, water and wastewater treatment plants and public infrastructure areas. It can provide video clips, still images, event logging and access control, and its configuration allows large-scale networking and integration with common industrial control hardware and software. With solar power and satellite connections, WIPAT can operate without reliance on phone lines or fiber optic cable. — Satel-West, Cupertino, Calif.
The Optidew Transportable is a dew-point hygrometer that operates on the optical dew-point measurement principle and is easily portable. It is designed for drift-free measurement of the performance of desiccant dehumidifiers in a number of applications. Housed in a specially designed case, the small and lightweight instrument is fully self-contained. The instrument offers a wide measurement range, from the equivalent of less than 0.5% up to 100% relative humidity, and features a high-definition alphanumeric display that shows the measured humidity, dew point, water activity and other hygrometric variables. — Michell Instruments Inc., Rowley, Mass.
The G Series water quality system, based on reverse osmosis (RO) membranes, operates with this company’s Smart Controller technology, which monitors the performance of the equipment, stores historical operating data and alerts users of water quality or system issues. Smart Controllers are easy to install and can operate independently or linked to control room equipment. The G Series RO products are said to eliminate 98% of dissolved minerals, particles and organics from water for applications such as improving the taste of drinking water, decreasing scaling in boilers, humidifying, washing and water reclaiming. — Culligan International Co, Rosemont, Ill.
Silicone Lube is designed to provide lubrication and protection on a wide range of surfaces in heavy-duty applications. The product is highly concentrated and is said to extend the life of metal, plastic, wood, rubber, vinyl and more by eliminating the sticking, binding and squeaking caused by constant friction. Silicone Lube is non-staining and is suitable in areas where chlorinated, solvent-based alternatives may be too harsh. It protects from moisture, and dries tack-free. — B’laster Chemical Co., Valley View, Ohio
The PPC4 pressure controller (photo) and calibrator has an expanded pressure range, 0.15 psi to 2,000 psi, including gage-pressure equivalents and low-pressure differentials. It is designed for testing pneumatic pressure instruments in calibration laboratories and manufacturing environments. The PPC4’s graphical interface supports 11 languages. It is said to be durable enough for mobile applications and standard shipping. — Fluke Corp., Everett, Wash.
The wireless THUM adapter helps users see diagnostics and process information that had been inaccessible with wired legacy HART (highway addressable remote transducer) protocol instruments. Upgrading devices with the THUM adapter can avoid the expense and complexity of accessing HART data through traditional wired means. The THUM adapter is a wireless device that can retrofit on almost any two- or four-wire HART device, without special power requirements, to enable wireless transmission of measurement and diagnostic information. THUM adapters extend predictive intelligence into new areas of the plant, and are said to offer new opportunities for process improvements. With the THUM adapter, users can transform any HART instrument into a wireless device to enable expanded visibility in applications such as tank gaging, radar level, ultrasonic level, flow, valves, liquid and gas analytical, pressure and temperature. — Emerson Process Management, Marshalltown, Iowa.