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July 2011

Electromagnetic interference won’t affect this position sensor

Billed as the world’s first commercially available fiber-optic position sensor (FOPS), the MR330 Series position sensor has an all-optical design that is not affected by electromagnetic interference such as lightning, radiation, magnetic fields and other harsh environmental conditions. The company says the product’s fiber optics make it well suited to long-distance position sensing (up to hundreds of meters) without being affected by ground loop problems. The new FOPS employs a novel optical technique inside a passive sensor, and has an active controller connected to a duplex fiber-optic link. The MR330 works well in areas that require precise motion control and position measurement in challenging environments, such as oil rigs, satellite antennas, solar panel arrays, actuator systems, steel mills, transportation systems and medical instrumentation. — Micronor Inc., Newbury Park, Calif.

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This smart workstation simplifies synthesis

OptiMax (photo) is a powerful synthesis workstation optimized for pharmaceutical, fine-chemical and specialty-chemical product development. The design and intuitive interface improve the process of synthesizing organic compounds and maximize the time-to-result in product development, says the company. The compact workstation requires little or no training to operate and allows experiments to run at temperatures from –40 to 180°C without oil, ice baths or cryostats. Reactor vessels from 250 to 1,000 mL can be used with a variety of stirrers and other accessories. — Mettler Toledo, Schwerzenbach, Switzerland
Use this vacuum for 110-gal drums

The Reversible Drum Vac liquid vacuum can empty 110-gal drums containing coolant, hydraulic oils, wastewater and other materials. It can also be used for filling drums after a floor spill or transferring contaminated liquids to a filtration tank. Powered by compressed air, the Drum Vac does not require electricity and has no moving parts. The two-way pump assembly comes with a number of accessories, such as a shutoff valve, a 10-ft flexible vacuum hose and a 110-gal drum with a bolt ring and lid. — Exair Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio

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This epoxy resin meets outgassing requirements

A new expoxy resin formulation from this company, identified as 20-3652 Epoxy Potting and Encapsulating Compound, meets NASA outgassing requirements. The 20-3652 product is a filled epoxy casting, potting and encapsulating resin system. This is a dielectric-grade epoxy that exhibits excellent physical, thermal and electrical insulation properties. The 20-3652 resin shows excellent adhesion to most substrates. — Epoxies, Etc., Cranston, R.I.

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A pump that is effective at low flowrates

The STX1220A Sliding Vane line performs effectively and efficiently at lower flowrates (from 42–92 gal/min), and is ideal for use in handling low-viscosity chemicals, even those up to 22 centistokes. Constructed of stainless steel with PTFE mechanical seals, the pump is compatible with corrosive chemicals. The STX1220A’s pushrod-free design allows higher pump speeds, from 700 to 1,200 rpm. — Blackmer, Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Protect concrete structures with this compound

MCI POWR is a water-based alkylalkoxy silane that contains this company’s migrating corrosion-inhibitor technology. Specifically designed to protect new and existing concrete structures from moisture, salt intrusion and freeze/thaw scaling, MCI POWR can extend the life of reinforced concrete bridges, highways, parking decks and concrete floors. According to the company, the small molecular size of MCI POWR allows deep penetration into concrete and provides repellency by chemically reacting with the cement. Treated structures are hydrophobic, but retain their original appearance. MCI POWR can be applied by spray, brush, roller or squeegee. — Cortec Corp., St. Paul, Minn.

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Bulk bag equipment that can empty partially

With a slide-gate system, the Material Master Bulk Bag Discharging equipment can halt material flow to allow partial bag discharge. The modularly constructed discharging apparatus is constructed from 304 stainless steel with continuous TIG (tungsten inert gas) welds, and features bag massaging to promote consistent material flow. The system’s design ensures dust-tight operation, and easy operator access to the bag spout. — Material Transfer & Storage, Allegan, Mich.

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These floor decals withstand forklifts and pallets

Designed specifically for industrial facilities, DuraMarker decals can be used as floor signs and markers that stand up to turning forklift tires and sliding pallets. Made of a tough polycarbonate material, the DuraMarker signs have a smooth surface to resist torquing by forklift tires. Aside from durability, DuraMarker signs and floor striping are also designed for easy installation — just clean the surface, remove the backing and press down. Also, the floor decals can be easily removed if the facility layout changes — they will not leave adhesive residue when peeled off. — FloorSignage LLC, Columbus, Ohio

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An industrial gas-standards generator for sulfur impurities

The Span Pac 261-I is an industrial gas-standards generator that is specifically configured to make standards for trace concentration sulfur impurities in an olefin matrix. The company’s Trace Source permeation tubes add known concentrations of key sulfur species to a flow of high-purity ethylene or propylene gas. Dual temperature zones allow simultaneous addition of common sulfur contaminants at typical ppm and ppb concentrations. Rugged and easy to use, the Span Pac 261-I is designed for field mounting with process analyzers, and can be operated remotely. — Kin-Tek Laboratories Inc., La Marque, Tex.

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New CFD software allows increased functionality

A new post-processing tool for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis allows engineers to more easily manipulate and manage data from multiple simulations. Known as Chorus, the software package can quickly analyze up to thousands of computer simulation cases simultaneously, enabling new insights. The Chorus software package features an integrated data management system, and is designed to allow engineers to collaborate and share results. The company says that the software’s core benefit is bringing together an underlying understanding of the physics of fluid dynamics with statistical analysis abilities. Among the key features provided by the Chorus software are a unified environment for enhanced metadata and field-flow analysis, rapid visualization and exploration of 3D surfaces, and automated plot and data extraction. — Tecplot Inc., Bellevue, Wash.

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