The 1006 model from this company is an electrically heated tunnel oven with a conveyer-ized, gravity-roller design. It features a 15-hp, 17,500 ft3/min recirculating blower that provides vertical downward airflow, as well as Incoloy-sheathed tubular heating elements. The oven’s workspace dimensions measure 66-in. wide, 19-ft deep and 15-in. high. The 1006 model also features 4-in. insulated walls, aluminized steel interior and exterior, and its gravity-roller conveyor has 1.9-in. dia. rollers. The oven’s has 4-ft loading and unloading zones on either side of the insulated heat zone. — Grieve Corp., Round Lake, Ill.
The Combi Fluidization Technology (CFT) combines contact and fluidized-bed (FB) drying, and is especially suitable for the treatment of sludges and pastes. The FB in this horizontal dryer is produced mechanically by a rotating paddle system. For processes under atmospheric pressure, steam can be applied as an additional heat-transfer medium and also serve as inertization. In the CFT dryer, the wet product is immediately encapsulated by the dry product, is evenly distributed throughout the dry product and is dried efficiently. By encapsulating the wet feed, sticky phases or forming crusts on the wall are largely avoided. Hall 4.0, Stand B24 — Buss-SMS-Canzler GmbH, Butzbach, Germanywww.sms-vt.com
Funke Wärmeaustauscher Apparatebau
The Nicolet iS50 FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) spectrometer is said to be the first research-grade FTIR with one-touch operation. The device features integrated Raman for an accessible and cost-effective complement to IR characterization, dedicated NIR (near infrared) designed to assist development of quality control methods for bulk samples and touch points for collecting, analyzing and reporting results with one-touch simplicity. Users can initiate attenuated total reflectance (ATR), Raman and NIR modules at the touch of a button, enabling access to these techniques without manually changing system components. Hall 4.2, Stand B7 — Thermo Fisher Scientific, Dreieich, Germanywww.thermoscientific.com
This company recently released STAR- CCM+ v7.02, a major new version of its multidisciplinary engineering simulation solution. The release features a new Overset Mesh capability that allows users to generate an individual mesh around each moving object, which can then be moved at will over a background mesh. The Overset Mesh capability is fully compatible with the full range of unstructured mesh options in STAR-CCM+. With no need to worry about interconnecting meshes or cell distortion, Overset Mesh brings genuine moving object simulation within the grasp of all engineers, says the company. Hall 9.2, Stand C10 — CD-adapco, London, U.K.www.cd-adapco.com
One of the highlights at this company’s stand is the new TC(R)-KUB reverse-acting bursting disc with Gylon gasket, which utilizes the synergies from both the inspected and proven KUB Technology (reverse-acting bursting disc) and the high-tech development found in a Gylon Gasket. This new bursting disc can be installed in any industrial or chemical area requiring absolute sterility and permeability, for example in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and food-processing industries. Hall 9.1, Stand C26 — Rembe GmnH, Brilon, Germanywww.rembe.de
The new Signet 9900 SmartPro Transmitter features multi-parameter capabilities, flexible modularity and an auto-sensing, backlit display with “at-a-glance” visibility, even in dark conditions. The transmitter provides a single-channel interface for many different parameters, including flow, pH/ORP, conductivity/resistivity, pressure, temperature, level, salinity and other sensor types that output a 4–20-mA signal. This single-channel, multi-parameter capability and field-upgradable modularity allow users to increase their service level while maintaining reduced inventory levels, says the company. The 9900 is available in both panel or field-mount versions. Hall 8.0, Stand E64 — Georg Fischer Piping Systems Ltd., Schaffhausen, Switzerlandwww.piping.georgfischer.com
The new Type MU electric agitator combines efficient agitator technology with the advantages of modern electronics. The controllable agitator has been adapted for the dosing of tanks with volumes of 100 to 1,000 L. Four different modes of operation are provided by the electronics, and the speed can be adapted for different viscosities. The agitators are suitable for both batch and intermittent operation. Hall 8.0, Stand K63 — sera ProDos GmbH, Immenhausen, Germanywww.sera-web.com
An expanded range of this company’s Durco Mark 3 ISO chemical-process pumps will be launched at Achema. The Durco Marc 3 ISO pump range is fully compliant with ISO 2858 (dimensional) and ISO 5199 (design) criteria, and is designed using state-of-the-art hydraulic and modeling software with knowledge gained from more than 30 years of experience with the company’s ANSI/ASME B73.1 Durco Mark 3 ANSI pump. Both ANSI and ISO pump versions feature the IPS Beacon condition monitoring device — a data acquisition, logging and visual alert device that is designed to monitor vibration in addition to temperature. Constructed of stainless steel and mounted on top of the bearing housing, the IPS Beacon delivers early warning notification to users, allowing them to take proactive measures to extend bearing life and mechanical seal of the pump. Hall 8.0, Stand A64 — Flowserve Corp., Irving, Tex.www.flowserve.com
The Drum Washing Machine DCM cleans the inside and outside of 30–200-L drums, with a washing cycle of 5–10 min. Cleaning nozzles within the system can be connected directly to a facility’s water loop (2 bars pressue, 35 L/min flowrate), and separate connections for inside and outside washing enables a reduction of water consumption. The units are constructed of stainless steel with EPDM seals. Hall 3.1, Stand A75 — Müller GmbH, Rheinfelden, Germanywww.mueller-gmbh.com
|Haver & Boecker,|
Type 9160 transmitter supply units from this company’s ISpace product line are now available as completely revised versions. In addition to a new model with an intrinsically safe interface for standard voltage signals, a SIL-3 (safety integrity level) version has been added for functional safety applications according to IEC EN 61508. Users can design the sensor part of a safety function as a single-channel version according to SIL 3, or, in two-channel setups, extend the required test cycles. These transmitter supply units enable space-saving installation in the cabinet on both DIN rails and via the pac-Bus system. Hall 11.1, Stand E41 — R. Stahl, Waldenburg, Germanywww.stahl.de
The new mechanical seal ESD64HD has been further developed for working under pressures up to 100 bars. Even a bottom entry application is said to be reliable and manageable. The triple-acting ESD64HD with two seal chambers can be used in processes up to 200 bars and temperatures up to 400°C. The seal supply systems are adjusted to meet the operating conditions. Individual risk analyses guarantee safe operation, even with the most demanding processes, says the manufacturer. Hall 5.0, Stand D42 — Ekato Group, Schopfheim, Germanywww.ekato.com
The Myr series VP 1000 and VP 1000 M viscometers are used to measure viscosity in samples from different sectors of the CPI, including chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, coating, food and printing. The portable devices enable quick and accurate viscosity measurements in both quality control laboratories and in production plants. The units are totally intuitive in their operation, and are available in four different versions, each having a fixed speed of 20, 30, 50 and 60 rpm. Hall 4.1, Stand K19 — Viscotech Hispania, SL, El Vendrell, Spainwww.viscotech.es
Well performing control valves play a key role ensuring process availability, safety and end-product quality. With the help of the new Metso Valve Manager, the most essential valve diagnostic information is presented to operators in the most effective and reliable way. The result of this enhanced clarity is that more correct maintenance decisions are routinely made. When correct maintenance decisions are made, it will improve control valve performance and through that, third-generation valve diagnostics helps to improve plant availability, safety and end-product quality. Hall 9.0, Stand B21 — Metso Corp., Helsinki, Finlandwww.metso.com
The Filterbox is said to be the optimum contained filtration and drying solution for handling highly potent APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) and other highly active or cytotoxic compounds, as all operations can be performed in a completely contained environment. The Filterbox provides a more compact design compared to a traditional separate Nutsche-filter dryer and contained products. The system enables the following operations: filtration and drying with the company’s Filter Dryer; contained sampling; discharging, dispensing and packaging; safe and contained base opening and washing; and filter mesh inspection and swapping. The FilterBox is easily scalable for laboratory and industrial production. Hall 5.1, Stand C31 — Powder Systems Ltd (PSL), Liverpool, U.K.www.powdersystems.com
|Wilden Pump and Engineering|
|GEA Westfalia Separator Group|
This company is presenting its Sliding Vane Pumps and System One centrifugal pumps at Achema. The NP Series pumps feature the company’s sliding-vane operating principle, which is said to guarantee consistent volumetric performance, even after significant in-service time. This eliminates the efficiency-robbing “slip” that shortens lobe and gear pump life, says the company, and improves production yields by stripping lines of residual product. The NP Series pumps are available in five sizes, with port sizes from 1.5 to 4 in, and covering flowrates from 5 to 500 gal/min (19–1,893 L/min). They handle viscosities from 30 to 20,000 ssu (4,250 cP) at differential pressures of up to 150 psi (10.3 bars). Hall 8.0, Stand F43 — Blackmer, Grand Rapids, Mich.www.blackmer.com
To meet the strict parameters required for creating biologics, it is critical to use a pump that features a high level of purity and sterility, no mechanical spalling of contact materials, low shear, low pulsation and is self-priming with negative suction lift. The Quattroflow Biotech pumps meet these requirements, featuring no rotating parts that could be subjected to friction in their pump chambers. These pumps can run dry, are self priming and can deliver constant flows from 16 mL/min to 300 L/min. Single-use configurations are available, with replaceable wetted parts, which enables reduced downtime between batches, saving time and money. Hall 8.0, Stand L79 — Quattroflow, Kamp-Lintfort, Germanywww.quattroflow.com
The WTA Bellows Sealed Globe Valve is said to provide the highest fugitive-emission protection for use in the CPI, including chlor-alkali, phosgene and fertilizer applications. WTA products meet the new Euro Chlor Standard, which defines demanding specifications for bellows-sealed globe valves used in chlor-alkali plants. The valve design features a full safety sealing system enabled by multiple-walled bellows, a sealed two-part rising stem, and its satellite coated, conical-shaped piston and seat. Hall 8.0, Stand C94 — Crane ChemPharma Flow Solutions, Lindau, Germanywww.cranechempharma.com
This company’s integrated portfolio of products, systems, solutions and services offers high productivity, flexibility and efficiency throughout the entire plant and production life cycle. It will be showcasing its comprehensive range of process and analytical instruments, drive technology, process control, manufacturing execution systems and plant engineering for the entire life cycle — from R&D through process analysis and design, plant engineering and production, to maintenance, optimization and modernization. Hall 11.0, Stand C3 — Siemens, Industry Sector, Industry Automation Div., Nuremberg, Germanywww.siemens.com
To date, more than 70 of this company’s gas-liquid reaction systems have been built or are under construction worldwide. The scope of supply ranges from key equipment and basic engineering up to the delivery of complete, skid-mounted modular plants requiring only connection to services and utilities. While most of the gas-liquid reactors are for hydrogenations, others in operation include those for amination, carbonylation, hydroformulation and phosphination. More than 40% of the plants have been built for the pharmaceutical industry, in full compliance with the GMP requirements. The design relies on the Biazzi High Performance Reactor, a proprietary reactor designed to overcome the limitations of mass and heat transfer in conventional autoclaves. This reactor can be operated batchwise or continuously, and can be built up to 50 m3 of useful volume, handling temperatures and pressures up to 300°C and 200 bars. Hall 9.2, Stand B4 — Biazzi SA, Chailly/Montreux, Switzerlandwww.biazzi.ch
Under the theme “Recipes for Success”, this company will showcase its solutions for increasing reliability, efficiency and profitability in applications ranging from base chemicals to drug manufacturing using cell cultures. Energy efficiency, especially waste-heat recovery, is one of the focus areas, and visitors can learn about how this company has applied its range of heat exchangers — and the new Aalborg fluegas heat boilers — to help plants increase profits from waste heat. Among the products on display are the Compabloc 120 welded heat exchanger, the M15 gasketed plate heat exchanger, a membrane filter unit, the MBPX 810H high-speed separator, the P2 decanter centrifuge and the ART plate reactor series. Hall 4.0, Stand D4 — Alfa Laval AB, Lund, Swedenwww.alfalaval.com
This company has experience and know-how in the design and fabrication of the process areas of pharmaceutical facilities, using its modular concept. By offsite construction and simultaneous activities at site, the delivery of these highly complex process facilities are time and cost effective. The modular design divides the process into functional and repeatable modules. This allows for standardization and repeatability, which further simplifies prefabrication and improves the predictability of the project. Typically, 75–80% of the total work for the modular buildings is performed in the company’s factory, with the remainder performed at the users site. Modules can vary in length from 8.6 to 15 m, width from 3.5–4.45 m, and height 4.1 to 4.5 m. Hall 3.1, Stand C49 — KeyPlants AB, Stockholm, Swedenwww.keyplants.com
|British Valve and Actuator Assn.|
This company’s SolidWeave business unit is introducing its NeverLeak technology leaf-filter elements that can be re-screened several times. Complete sealing is guaranteed throughout thanks to automated welding of the filter mesh to the solid frame construction. The welding seam that is located along the perimeter of the frame provides a reliable monitoring option to immediately make leaks visible, whether during manufacturing or actual use. Exact seating, simple maintenance, high mechanical strength and an even buildup of the filter cake makes this concept especially suited for the filtration of edible oils and for use in the chemicals and pharmaceutical industries. The total cost of this filter leaf technology is said to be reduced by 40%, since each filter leaf is re-screened to its original quality condition multiple times over its life. Hall 5.0, Stand C37 — GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG, Düren, Germanywww.gkd.de
The new LC coater series was developed for coating tablets. All three sub-processes relevant for film-coating of tablets were optimized: spraying on the coating, mixing and drying. The LC coater features a new nozzle-arm concept for spraying on the coating, which enables easy adjustment of the spraying distance and angle. The optimum arrangement and number of nozzles accelerates the process compared to alternative coaters. A fully perforated drum with more than 50% free surface permits extremely high air flow, which provides excess energy for the coating process. Efficient mixing elements perform uniform and gentle mixing of tablets, even with filling levels of 30–100%. Effective use of the drying energy is ensured by directing the drying air flow beneath the spray zone. In total, the LC coater series operates up to 40% faster than conventional units, says the company. Hall 6.0, Stand D1 — Gebr. Lödige Machinenbau GmbH, Paderborn, Germanywww.loedige.de
|Windmöller & Hölscher|
The successor to the well-known DX4030 gas analyzer, DX4040 is this company’s newest portable FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) gas analyzer. This is a complete redesign tailored to meet users’ requirements. The DX4040 comes with a 200 gas library for identification and accurate analysis of gases in part-per-million concentrations. Up to 25 gases can be measured simultaneously, and the selection of these gases from the 200 gas list is easy with an intuitive touch screen display. — Hall 11.1, Stand C49 — Gasmet Technologies Oy, Helsinki, Finlandwww.gasmet.fi
The new, 61-tube crossflow filtration module provides 61 1/2-in.-dia. tubes for more than 4 m2 (45 ft2) of high-solids concentrating surface area for higher-volume projects, such as lime softening, desalination, prefiltering for reverse osmosis, and other applications. The company’s Tubular Membrane Module features unique, structural membrane tubes with the membrane substantially “anchored in”, or chemically fused to the sintered porous-plastic substrate tube — a patented composite that resists damage from scratching and abrasion, amd tolerates high pressure in forward and reverse osmosis. The modules are designed for crossflow filtration in the micro- and ultra-filtration range. Hall 6.0, Stand B49 — Porex Filtration, Fairburn, Ga.www.porexfiltration.com
This company’s PEF (pulsed electric field) pasteurization system does not use heat or chemicals. Suitable for juices, yogurt and other foods that can be pumped, the PEF system does not alter the flavor or consistency of the foods or liquids, the company says. The custom-engineered PEF system employs brief pulses of very high voltage, and can process between 50 and 10,000 L/h. The company says that its PEF system achieves a greater than 5-log bacteria kill and uses less energy than conventional pasteurization technologies because operators have full control over pulse and frequency. — Diversified Technologies Inc., Bedford, Mass.
The FM-801 formaldehyde meter can be used for continuous monitoring or for conducting 30-min. spot checks. With a measuring range from less than 20 ppb to 1 ppm, the sensor is ideal for indoor air quality (IAQ) applications. The FM-801 sensor can be interfaced with this company’s AdvancedSense meter, or with a tablet computer running this company’s software. It has a reusable sensor cartridge that carries out reactions between formaldehyde and ß-diketone on a porous glass surface. The yellowing that results from this reaction is measured via photoelectric photometry, the company says. At low formaldehyde levels, each sensor cartridge can be reused up to 1,000 times. The formaldehyde meter comes with software, five sensor cartridges, batteries, and a.c. adapter and a mini tripod. — Gray Wolf Sensing Solutions, Shelton, Ct.
Laser Modeller is a three-dimensional laser-scanning software product that can reduce brownfield facility intelligent 3-D modeling time by up to 50%, the company says. The software obviates the need for traditional techniques for converting laser scan data into an intelligent 3-D plant model. According to the company, Laser Modeller software adds automation for most aspects of creating 3-D models, so that a fully intelligent 3-D plant model can be generated in a fraction of the time and cost traditionally required. The company worked with key customers in developing and testing the software. — Aveva Solutions Ltd., Manchester, U.K.
The PharmaLok Series of ergonomic, single-use sanitary clamps for securing fittings to bag ports and filters in the biopharmaceutical arena can be easily operated with one hand. The patent-pending design allows effortless attachment of fittings to bag ports and filters by resting the fitting in PharmaLok’s regulation-sized slot, gripping the surrounding handles and listening for the three clicks that indicate a secure connection. The PharmaLok hygienic clamps are made of a glass-filled nylon material that is both U.S. Pharmacopeia Class-VI and ISO 11137 certified, and is compliant with ASME BPE 2009 DT-5-3. — Value Plastics, a Nordson Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
The EPL-TX-500-4-1MLED is a cart-mounted, explosion-proof, 500 kVA power transformer with light-emitting diode (LED) lights. The portable transformer converts 200-V a.c. 50/60 Hz current to 120-V a.c. 50/60 Hz current, and can provide 10,000 lumens of light output via 150-W explosion-proof LED light. The transformer and lighting combination means operators in hazardous locations can easily deploy both power distribution and illumination from a single source at the same time, allowing them to safely speed work operations, the company says. The LED light is vertically adjustable, produces little heat, and has a 60,0000-h life. — Larson Electronics, Kemp, Tex.
The BBUone is a bulk-bag unloading station that is designed for dust-free material flow from the bag to the vacuum conveyor. The BBUone has modular components and a host of optional features for different production requirements. It has a 2-ton capacity, a low-profile pickup, and patent-pending dust-tight connector that keeps product flow contained and prevents dirt and other waste material that has collected on the underside of the bulk bag from entering the product flow. The BBUone comes in two versions – the fork-lift and the hoist. It can be customized with frame-extension sets and electric chain hoists with passive or active crab mechanisms, the company says. Other options include massaging paddles, material agitators, material de-lumpers and others. — Volkmann Inc., Hainesport, N.J.
MX Series multiplexers are designed to transmit up to 16 channels of bi-directional electrical information over a pair of fiber optic cables with no programming required. The new multiplexers feature input and output module selection that include 4-20 mA, 0-10 V d.c. contact closure. The MX Base Unit connects directly to the fiber optic cable and provides a visual indication of the fiber link status. Installation of the MX Series does not require an engineer, and the multiplexers carry the relevant certifications for use in hazardous environments, making it ideal for applications that include remote data acquisition and signal transmission in lightning-prone locations and hazardous areas. — Ultra Electronics, NSPI, Round Rock, Tex.