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May 2011

This coating is optimized for paper

BriteCoat is the tradename for a line of emulsions that are optimized for coating paper and paperboard. Britecoat is a vinyl acetate ethylene binder that the company says specifically meets the needs of paper manufacturers and printers. Because of the improved fiber coverage on the coating, the sheet is smooth and there is a potential for weight reduction and a reduced need for TiO2, the company says. — Celanese Emulsion Polymers, Dallas, Tex.

A fitting designed for high pressures

The 360-µm high-pressure fitting design from this company allows direct connection of a wide range of 360-µm O.D. tubing, including those made from fused silica, PEEK, stainless steel and electroformed nickel, without the use of liners. Because of the fitting’s small size, and fine threads, a leak-free connection that seals at pressures “well in excess” of 20,000 psi can be formed with the manual tool available, says the company. A wide range of bore sizes are available. — Valco Instruments Co., Houston

This elapsed-time meter can be used in extreme conditions

The first in a series of new meters from this company is an elapsed-time meter that combines a time-meter assembly with a die-cast aluminum NEMA 4X housing. Designed for severe environmental conditions, the new meter is appropriate for applications in the petroleum and natural gas industries, as well as chemicals, electric utilities, water treatment and food processing. The meters can be mounted vertically or horizontally, and can display hours and minutes. It can be operated in reset or non-reset mode, and has voltage and frequency ratings. — Yokogawa Corp. of America, Newnan, Ga.

This labeling software helps meet GHS requirements

Combining label design, printing and tracking, this company’s automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) software for chemical materials helps companies meet Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) requirements in a single system. The software solution provides detailed, auditable tracking of labeling activity at any location, with secure sign-in and the ability to manage user privileges from a central location. The software simplifies workflows, lowers operating costs and allows central management of chemical-material labeling, the company says. — Teklynx International, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Ductless hoods that minimize stress on HVAC systems

The Purair ECO line of ductless fume hoods are designed for energy savings. The line of hoods minimizes stress on a building’s HVAC system without compromising protection for personnel and the environment, the company says. The Purair ECO is available with a choice of controllers, including the company’s new touchpad control. The hoods are available in five standard sizes from 30- to 69-in. wide. An optional network interface connects all control, monitoring and alarm systems to an open-source facility monitoring system. — Air Science USA, Fort Myers, Fla.

This coating is optimized for paper

BriteCoat is the tradename for a line of emulsions that are optimized for coating paper and paperboard. Britecoat is a vinyl acetate ethylene binder that the company says specifically meets the needs of paper manufacturers and printers. Because of the improved fiber coverage on the coating, the sheet is smooth and there is a potential for weight reduction and a reduced need for TiO2, the company says. — Celanese Emulsion Polymers, Dallas, Tex.

Automate EPA MACT requirements with this filter
This baghouse filter leak detector can incorporate automatic self-checks, allowing users to automate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) requirements for periodic instrument validation. This particulate matter monitor also features automatic signal diagnostics to improve performance and simplify setup. The leak detectors also use this company’s field-proven induction-sensing and protected-probe technologies, which are said to provide enhanced reliability over older technologies. — FilterSense, Beverley, Mass.

Handle high velocities with this vibratory classifier

Capable of separating up to 70 ton/h of bulk solids, the new version of this company’s Vibroscreen classifier is said to the be industry’s largest. The high-capacity, two-deck classifer measures 100 in. in diameter, and can be used for classifying bulk chemicals, minerals, plastics, food, pharmaceuticals, solids-laden slurries and more. The classifier contains two horizontal screens located one above the other in a vertical cylindrical housing that is supported on a circular base. Clamps between each screen frame that are designed for quick-disconnect provide rapid access to the interior of the classifier for cleaning and screen changes. — Kason Corp., Millburn, N.J.

Speed solids discharge from bulk bags with this system

The Single-Trip Unloader can cut the bottoms of single-use bulk-solids bags from seam to seam, promoting the complete discharge of the contents without the need for flow-promotion devices that might otherwise be needed to move material through narrow bag spouts. The Single-Trip Unloader relies on the user’s forklift or plant hoist to lower single-use bags onto a four-bladed, bag-piercing knife that opens the bag. After bags are lowered onto the knife, they are ready to discharge faster and with less labor than what is required to connect reusable bags to unloaders. The company says single-use bags can reduce the amount of material to be discarded or recycled. — Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, Pa.

This adhesive has a built-in cure indicator

Designed for plastic-bonding applications, 3225-T-SC is a versatile adhesive with an indicator that causes the adhesive to appear blue when in an uncured state, and clear when a full cure has been achieved. The adhesive can rapidly bond, laminate or seal most plastics and aluminum, and may be considered for glass and stainless steel. The company says the 3225-T-SC cures tack-free after exposure to radiation-based curing equipment, such as the company’s ultraviolet-A, light-emitting diode device. — Dymax Corp., Torrington, Conn.

An epoxy with exceptional chemical resistance

EP21AR is a two-component epoxy that can withstand harsh acidic environments, including prolonged immersion in 96–98% sulfuric acid and 36% hydrochloric acid (over a year). It can used for coating, lining, bonding and sealing applications, and is an excellent electrical insulator. Serviceable between –60 and 275ºF, EP21AR produces high-strength, abrasion-resistant bonds, says the company, and is easy to use, with a 2 to 1 mix ratio by weight. — MasterBond Inc., Hackensack, N.J.

This material has improved properties for furnace lining

A new monolithic material designed to serve as a furnace lining has been introduced by this company. It offers improved corundum growth resistance, salt resistance and thermal shock resistance. The company says it can provide longer lifetime under challenging conditions than other metal contact areas of furnace linings. — Morgan Thermal Ceramics Inc., Augusta, Ga.

Monitor emergency batteries with this system

The FirstLine Battery Monitoring System is designed for continuous monitoring of uninterruptible power-supply (UPS) batteries. The system is wireless, offers easy installation and is ideal for monitoring UPS batteries in areas such as data centers, computer rooms, network closets, assembly lines and healthcare environments. FirstLine measures and records battery cell voltage, battery string voltage and current, temperature, impedence and others. Results are displayed on a liquid-crystal display as graphs and plots. — Staco Energy Products Co., Dayton, Ohio

This polymer is an alternative to PFA

Xylan HB is a new high-performance non-stick coating that achieves good film integrity at film thicknesses of 75 μm with a single cure. Films of thicknesses up to 125 μm are also accessible with longer cure times. The coating is said to be a good alternative to perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) powder. Because it can be applied as a thick film, Xylan HB offers extended wear characteristics. It is ideal for applications with rough surfaces, from commercial waffle irons to molds that are recycled repeatedly. — Whitford Corp., Elverson, Pa.

This resin can withstand harsh disinfecting agents

Designed for high processability and chemical stability, this company’s Kynar RX polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin can withstand harsh disinfecting agents such as chlorine, bleach, peroxide, alcohols and ozone. Its chemical properties and ability to be molded, extruded, blow-molded or compression-molded into final components enable Kynar RX to be used as the contact layer in films, piping, packaging, tubing, pumps, mixers, molded fittings and containers. The resin meets ASME standards for fluid contact material for high-purity applications. — Arkema Inc. North America, Philadelphia, Pa.

This polycarbonate is designed for stadium roofs

The newly launched Lexan Thermoclear polycarbonate sheets are ultra stiff and are designed for architectural application such as modern stadium roofs. The new material allows improved safety, durability and design freedom for architects, the company says. The material’s low weight reduces transportation costs and enables easier handling and installation. Capable of withstanding wind and snow loading pressures of up to 2,200 N/m2 (equivalent to wind speeds of 125 mph), the sheets offer up to 250 times the impact resistance of glass. — Sabic Innovative Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass.

Install these lights in hazardous environments

An explosion-proof LED (light-emitting diode) alternative to fluorescent and incandescent trouble lights has been launched by this company. The light is rated for Class 1, Division 1 and Class 2 Division 1 hazardous areas, and features drop-proof durability, low operating temperatures and bright illumination. The hazardous-area lighting system also includes an explosion-proof cord reel to reduce danger and damage for longer cord lengths. The lights have a 50,000-h lifetime, the company says. — Larson Electronics LLC, Kemp, Tex.

This corrosion inhibitor is derived from renewable materials

EcoDevice is a vapor-phase corrosion inhibitor made almost entirely from bio-based materials, says the company. Each EcoDevice emits a protective vapor for up to 24 months. It is capable of protecting up to 42 L of enclosed space from corrosion. The vapor-phase corrosion inhibitors adsorb onto metal surfaces, forming a barrier to moisture and corrosive gases without adversely affecting the appearance, conductivity, mechanical integrity or optical functionality of the components being protected. Since the product works in the vapor phase, no cleanup of chemicals is needed. The product is suitable for inside toolboxes, electrical cabinets, control panel or other critical spaces. — Cortec Corp., St. Paul, Minn.

An Ethernet switch for harsh environments

This company now offers a five-port Ethernet switch with IP67 protection for use in harsh industrial environments. The switch’s compact design and ease of installation makes it suitable for the machine construction sector. Its housing is only 30-mm wide so that it can be installed on a standard structural element completely and without any protrusion. The device operates over the temperature range of –40 up to 70°C. — Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germany
Ethernet devices for demanding industrial environments

The 9200-ET Series of Ethernet products is designed to operate in the harsh and hazardous process-control environment, and feature multi-port managed and unmanaged switches; power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capability; multiple fiber-port options; and gigabit switches. The portfolio provides a core technology to the existing Tofino Network Security solution, Intrinsically Safe Ethernet and Wireless ranges, and provides users with a complete suite of digital connectivity products. This series of products is suitable for use in extended temperature areas and is certified for use in ATEX Zone 2 and UL Class 1 Div. 2 areas. — MTL Instruments, a div. of Cooper Industries Plc., Luton, U.K.