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February 2014

Monitor challenging materials in silos with this scanning device

The new 3D Level Scanner HC is designed for level and volume measurement in bins, tanks and silos for harsh, corrosive or otherwise challenging materials. The scanner features self-cleaning technology and the ability to infiltrate large amounts of dust and take measurements from various points within a vessel, which allows it to perform reliably in harsh environments. Operators can manage silos in realtime through software or machine interfaces. The device’s three-dimensional mapping capability and acoustics-based monitoring technology enhance measurement accuracy and allow the device to detect uneven powder or material surfaces. Useful for the storage of difficult-to-handle materials, such as quick lime, ammonia, acids, oils, fertilizers, resins, industrial fibers and salts, this scanner provides a monitoring solution without requiring personnel to climb into vessels. — BinMaster, Lincoln, Neb.

Illuminate vessel interiors with this portable tank lamp

The new EPLC2-16C-150LED explosion-proof LED tank light (photo) is mounted on a wheelbarrow with 250 ft of cord included for portability and easy access to equipment. The LED lamp provides light coverage to work areas as large as 10,000 ft2, and its floodlight pattern is intended especially for illuminating enclosed areas. Its 16-in. removable light head allows the unit to fit through standard-sized vessel manholes or entry passages. The lamp also offers 360 deg of rotation and 90 deg of tilt. Included with the lamp are 25 mylar overspray lamp-protectors that protect against dirt and debris. The unit is multi-voltage capable and can be configured to operate on 120–277 V. — Larson Electronics, LLC, Kemp, Tex.

This tool removes oxidation from plastic pipes prior to welding

The new PREP (peel, remove, edge and plane) tool prepares thermoplastic pipes for socket welding by removing oxidation. Being able to remove naturally occurring oxidation from pipe made from thermoplastic materials, such as polypropylene and polyethylene, decreases installation and maintenance time. Using this tool, the outside layer of the pipe is removed, the edge of the pipe is beveled to ensure easy insertion into the socket fitting, and the face of the pipe is planed to straighten uneven cuts. Available in six sizes ranging from ½- to 2-in., the PREP tools are available individually or in kit format, with manual handles and spare blades also available. — Asahi/America, Inc., Malden, Mass.

Metering pumps that are safe for water-treatment processes

These metering pumps have been certified to meet the NSF 61 standard for use in treating water and wastewater, as well as drinking water processes. The pumps are certified as safe for use in applications involving sodium hypochlorite, ferric chloride, sodium bisulfate, potassium permanganate, sodium silicofluoride, calcium fluoride, and most other chemicals commonly used in water and wastewater flocculation, clarification, sterilization and buffering. This certification requires leaching and toxicity texts for pump components, as well as traceability for all pump components back to the mill, foundry or chemical plant that produced the materials of construction. — Seepex Inc., Enon, Ohio

This pilot-scale reaction system saves space and setup time

The new Reactor-Ready pilot is a universal, pilot-scale jacketed reaction system designed for use with a range of vessels (from 5–20 L) in process development, scaleup and pilot-plant laboratory applications. This reactor workstation can replace multiple frameworks, saving fume-hood space and eliminating the need for multiple setups. The pilot assembly features quick-release couplings for clamps and hoses, which allow rapid vessel changeover, without the need for extra tools. Wide-bore hose and vessel connections offer maximum flowrates, effective heating and cooling performance and easy thermofluid draining during vessel exchange. Powerful overhead stirring is possible through the unique self-aligning stirrer coupling. — Radleys Discovery Technologies, Essex, U.K.

A handheld meter for measuring water properties in the field

The YSI Pro1030 is a rugged handheld meter that measures many water properties in the field, including pH, oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), temperature, conductivity, salinity, specific conductance and total dissolved solids (TDS). The meter features a smart calibration routine, memory storage for up to 50 datasets, a graphic backlit display with multiple language options, user-replaceable pH and ORP sensors and cables as well as a built-in conductivity cell. The meter’s over-molded rubber case makes it waterproof and rugged, and it comes with heavy-duty, military-grade connectors. — Xylem Inc., White Plains, N.Y.

Flexible convoluted hoses that do not kink or collapse

This flexible convoluted tubing is made of fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP). Available with diameters ranging from 0.153 to 4 in., some sizes can be continuously extruded in lengths up to 1,000 ft. The tube’s convolutions give flexibility, allowing tubes to turn sharp corners and be routed through tight areas without kinking or collapsing, while still retaining the ability to self-drain. Spring wire can be added if additional crush resistance is needed. FEP convoluted tubes can operate at temperatures up to 400°F (205°C) and can be customized to fit specific application requirements, including pitch configurations and product tolerances. — Parker Hannifin Corp., Cleveland, Ohio

Manage this controller via a convenient Web-based portal

The 780-852 Eco Ethernet Controller (photo) simplifies network wiring with its built-in two-port Ethernet switch. This versatile, programmable controller allows users to quickly complete configuration and diagnostics through an integrated Web-based management system, accessible through a Web browser. Power is supplied via a connector that is integrated into the compact controller’s outer housing, saving space and increasing I/O placement flexibility. The 780-852 also features an enhanced high-speed processor. — WAGO Corp., Germantown, Wisc.

Protect equipment with this fast-responding flash relay

The PGR-8800 Arc-Flash Relay detects arc flash events and sends a trip signal to the circuit breaker to interrupt power in less than one microsecond. Installation of arc-detection sensors onto electrical equipment lowers the Hazard Risk Category (HRC) of the equipment. The relay’s two internal trip paths add redundancy and reliability, as the backup analog trip path will take over upon failure of one microprocessor. The PG-8800 detector and its sensors can be retrofitted into existing switchgears or pre-installed into new equipment. The equipment can then be quickly configured using the relay’s built-in interface software. The PG-8800 can detect light in a 360-deg radius along the entire length of the sensor, which comes pre-wired with 10 m of electrical cable. Optional current transformers are available to help eliminate nuisance trips. — Littlefuse Inc., Chicago, Ill.

Why pay for more when you only need one function?

This company now offers compact monitoring relays for single-function monitoring. The new EMD-BL (basic line) monitoring relays (photo) are available with optional push-in technology for easier installation. The EMD-BL is available for single-phase current monitoring, single-phase voltage monitoring, three-phase voltage monitoring and phase monitoring. Unlike the existing EMD-FL and EMD-SL relays, each BL relay provides only a single function. The BL relays have a 17.55-mm-wide housing, compared with 22.5-mm in the multi-function devices, thus saving cabinet space. — Phoenix Contact, Middletown, Pa.
Profibus protocol added to this automation platform

With its strategic partner for Industrial Ethernet Mynah Technologies (St. Louis, Mo.), this company will add Profinet to its DeltaV digital automation system. Profinet will join Profibus DP and other protocols as an option for motor-control centers, variable-speed drive and other applications in process automation. Other Ethernet-based protocols already supported include Modbus/TCP and Ethernet/IP via a Virtual I/O Module (VIM) interface with the DeltaV system. Release of the new drop-in replacement interface called VIM2 will enable inclusion of the Profibus protocol. — Emerson Process Management, Baar, Switzerland