The Allen-Bradley Armor GuardLogix programmable automation controller (PAC) can be installed directly on-machine, simplifying wiring layouts and decreasing maintenance requirements. This controller has four megabytes of internal storage space for application code and features two Ethernet/IP device-level-ring (DLR) capable connections. The Armor GuardLogix PAC provides access to the controller-mode switch, USB port, secure digital (SD) card and power-supply switch, along with 24 V d.c. power pass-through to supply power to other on-machine products. This feature allows power to be routed from one machine device or module to another, eliminating the need for a power supply for each device. Mounting tabs can be rotated vertically or horizontally. — Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Corrosion 2014, the 69th annual meeting of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) is taking place March 9–13 in San Antonio, Tex. More than 6,000 attendees are expected to gather in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center for lectures, forums, presentations and an expo hall featuring over 380 exhibitors. The following is a preview of some of the products and services that will be showcased at the event.
The new Ultra-Lean Duplex Centralloy G 2102 is said to have excellent corrosion resistance — especially against intercrystalline corrosion — yet is much less expensive than conventional duplex materials, according to the manufacturer. The alloy’s considerably lower nickel content makes it less susceptible to highly fluctuating raw material prices, the company adds. The material can be welded using conventional consumables. The alloy is suitable for use in various areas with the most demanding requirements for wear and corrosion, such as for components in separators (decanters and centrifuges) used in the wastewater-treatment industry, as well as for pumps and process equipment in the food industry. Booth 2630 — Schmidt + Clemens GmbH + Co. KG, Lindlar, Germany
Sandvik Materials Technology
The corrosion-resistant material grades for piping from this company are intended for use in harsh conditions, such as those experienced by tubing used in hydraulic, instrumentation and heat-exchanger applications. SAF 2507 material is an alternative to 316L stainless steel. This super-duplex stainless steel has a high resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion, as well as to stress corrosion cracking in chloride-bearing environments. 3R60 Urea Grade is a high-purity variant of 316L stainless steel, with a low ferrite content for greater resistance to intergranular, pitting and crevice corrosion. Sanicro 41 is a nickel alloy, intended for use in acidic media. Booth 1339 — Sandvik Materials Technology, Scranton, Pa.
New positive materials-identification tools from this company use X-ray fluorescence inspection technology for the identification and analysis of various metal alloys by their chemical composition through non-destructive methods. The analyzer tools are environmentally sealed for use in dusty, dirty or wet conditions commonly found in field applications. Advanced batteries support up to 10 hours of continuous use on a single charge. A library storing data for over 400 alloys allows for use in a wide range of industrial applications. Booth 1920 — GE Measurement & Control, Boston, Mass.
This company’s non-intrusive corrosion-monitoring systems use unique sensor technology and wireless communication to continuously monitor for metal loss from corrosion or erosion. The permanently installed systems can operate in extreme temperature environments and inaccessible locations, making them ideal for large-scale deployment in many upstream and downstream applications. Corrosion-monitoring solutions enable risk-based decision-making to increase throughputs, extend run lengths and allow for safe processing of low-quality feeds. Booth 1504 — Permasense Ltd., Horsham, U.K.
SewerGard Industrial No. 210GN coating is used to protect concrete or steel from chemical attack in industrial wastewater applications. Featuring high resistance to strong acids — even sulfuric acid concentrations as high as 98% — this coating is specifically formulated as a sealer in strongly oxidizing environments. SewerGard Industrial No. 210GN can be applied by either spray or roller. Booth 2528 — Sauereisen, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The GridStation 8200 is a corrosion-imaging system, which in customer trials, has successfully detected corrosion in piping and vessels through jacketed insulation and fireproofing materials. The system applies a low-frequency magnetic-field methodology for realtime imaging of both internal and external corrosion, with defect sizing and automated reporting capabilities. In addition to corrosion imaging, the GridStation 8200 enables stress-corrosion crack mapping and crack-depth measurement. Booth 1302 — Jentek Sensors Inc., Waltham, Mass.
Mary Page Bailey
This company has added Baynox Extra, a highly concentrated liquid stabilizer for biodiesel fuel, to its product range. The easy-to-meter additive effectively prolongs the shelf life of biodiesel fuel, even when it contains polyunsaturated fatty acids. This combination of the two established antioxidants, Baynox and Baynox Plus, has an active ingredient content of 50%. Baynox Extra is added in a concentration of 200 to 500 ppm to biodiesel fuel. As the stabilizer does not crystallize, it can be reliably used at temperatures as low as minus 10°C, meaning the antioxidant tank does not need to be heated. — Lanxess AG, Cologne, Germanywww.lanxess.com
The pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries will congregate March 18–20 in New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center for Interphex 2014. The conference and exhibtion will showcase products and services from over 650 exhibitors. The following is a small selection of these exhibitors’ offerings at the show.
Flexicon aseptic filling systems provide automatic aseptic filling, plugging and capping. These highly flexible systems have integrated full- or partial-stoppering and crimp-capping of vials. The equipment features a ready-to-use and easy-to-validate filling system for small batch production for various vial sizes. Designed for use under laminar air flow, Flexicon systems can be supplied with optional restricted access barrier systems or as a customized solution for integration into an isolator. Booth 2823 — Watson-Marlow Pumps Group, Wilmington, Mass.
This company’s new automatic multi-lane tray loader for pharmaceutical vials can load up to 800 vials per minute into cardboard or plastic trays with very low vial-to-vial impact. Loading six rows at a time, this unit reduces the number of strokes required to load a tray, preserving vial integrity. All movements are controlled by servo-driven linear motors. The unit can be mounted to compatible accumulators, depending on line speed and vial size. Booth 3166 — Garvey Corp., Blue Anchor, N.J.
The new Aseptic 8 tank-cleaning machine is constructed of U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) compliant materials, providing a hygienic alternative to manual cleaning-in-place. The Aseptic 8 utilizes patented rotary-impingement cleaning technology, which ensures that tanks are effectively and quickly cleaned. The amount of water, chemicals and energy required for cleaning are drastically reduced with the use of this apparatus, says the company. Created with no grease in the gear train, this fluid-driven machine operates at a wide range of pressures and flowrates and is resistant to clogging. Booth 1845 — Gamajet, Exton, Pa.
The SLS4 and SLS8 pumps are hygienic eccentric-disc pumps that are engineered for use in a wide array of applications that require full containment. The SLS4 can handle differential pressures up to 10 bars and the SLS8 can handle differential pressures up to 6 bars. High-quality machined parts give an optimum surface finish and the streamlined sealless design does not require packing or a magnetic drive. The double stainless-steel bellows ensure product containment and safety. The SLS series of pumps provides very high suction and discharge pressures, allowing them to self-prime and fully strip lines, for maximal product recovery. Booth 2633 — Mouvex, Auxerre, France
The QF1200 Series of single-use four-piston diaphragm pumps are intended for biological-handling applications in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Featuring single-use, injection-molded pump chambers, these pumps create less waste materials. These replaceable chambers reduce downtime between batches and are simple to change out. QF1200 pumps are also convertible from single-use plastic elements to fully cleanable or sterilizable stainless-steel heads, as required by the application. The absence of mechanical seals results in linear flow characteristics and high turndown capability, allowing for safe transfer of fragile media. Booth 2633 — Quattroflow, Kamp-Lintfort, Germany
These new modular milling systems bring together three different milling processes into one machine. The modular system is capable of conical reduction of powders and granulates, control screening and fine grinding, and users can easily interchange mill heads to switch between processes. The system consists of a conical sieve mill with a rotor at medium revolutions per minute (rpm), a cylindrical sieve mill with a turning stator with lower rpm and a hammer mill with high rpm. A drive arm connects the entire drive and control network to the milling system both electronically and mechanically. With an updated control and operator-interface design, the mills’ programmable logic controller (PLC) can be integrated into higher-level control schemes. Booth 2140 — Frewitt SA, Granges-Paccot, Switzerland
Modular machines from this company can process nested syringes, vials and carpules, all on a single unit. Disposable systems for the various kinds of dosing pumps can be incorporated as needed, to further customize the module’s flexibility. Integrated in-process monitoring results in high filling precision and batch yields. Also, batch-to-batch turnaround and idle times in machines employing isolator barriers can be minimized. Booth 2227 — Optima Packaging Group GmbH, Schwäebisch Hall, Germany
The MT-16 micro-ingredient feeder has interchangeable feeding modules allowing for versatility between twin-screw or single-screw operation. This flexibility allows the equipment to handle a broad range of materials, including powders and granules. The overall feed capacity of the feeder is 0.02 to 27 dm³/h. The design allows for extended screw profiles, with a small footprint, resulting in closer discharge dimensions. The unit features a totally enclosed weight sensor and drive motor with high torque for handling difficult materials. The MT-16 provides accurate feeding in food, pharmaceutical and chemical processes in applications such as jet-mill feeding and continuous extrusion. Booth 2757 — Coperion K-Tron Pitman Inc., Sewell, N.J.
Saniflo air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps have been specifically designed to satisfy the regulatory guidelines established by the FDA for sanitary process applications and are available with a full validation package. Saniflo pumps incorporate a straight flow-through design, and have self-priming, dry-run and deadhead capabilities. These pumps can also handle shear-sensitive products, such as cell structures and delicate polymers. The absence of mechanical seals gives full product containment and all contact surfaces are made of pharmaceutical-grade elastomers and polished 316L stainless steel. These pumps are available in five sizes from 13 to 76 mm, and feature flowrates from 58.7 to 920 L/min. Booth 2633 — Wilden Pump & Engineering LLC, Grand Terrace, Calif.
The 719Pro electric pressure calibrator is a test tool designed for calibrating high-accuracy transmitters, pressure switches and pressure gages. It features an onboard electric pressure pump that can generate up to 20 bars, eliminating the need for an external handpump. This calibrator also measures, simulates and sources 4–20-mA loop-current signals and can also measure up to 30 V d.c. Its internal 24-loop power supply can power a transmitter under test conditions. Booth 3731 — Fluke Corp., Everett, Wash.
Abratec cleanroom abrasive cloths are designed with various levels of abrasive grit for debris removal. The cloths feature this company’s Quiltec fabric, which is abrasion-resistant. Featuring sealed-border technology, the cloths can effectively remove corrosion-causing debris without contributing additional particles to the remediation process. Abratec cloths are intended to work with solvent blends typically found in sterile processing environments. Booth 1338 — Contec Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.
The X5 X-ray inspection system identifies and rejects contaminants and delivers accurate product controls at line speeds of up to 394 ft/min. The rounded, sloping surfaces of the system ensure that particles and droplets cannot accumulate, unlike equipment with flat surfaces. The addition of impermeable seals to the X-ray cabinet prevent water ingress. A new tubular framework made from 304-grade stainless steel allows for operation in harsh working conditions. Contaminants such as metals, glass, vinyl, bone, rubber, stones and ingredient clumps are automatically detected, and the packs in question are diverted from the line for investigation. Under- and over-weight packs can also be eliminated from the packing line, along with irregular and improperly packaged items and packs with incorrect content levels. Inspection data can be automatically monitored and extracted to provide an audit trail for each production run. The unit’s conveyor belt features a quick-release mechanism for reduced downtime. Conveyor belts for the unit are available in widths of 300, 500 and 600 mm to suit individual requirements. Other features include a sideways-opening door to the cabinet interior, a 12-in. touchscreen and a number of cooling-system options. Booth 2776— Loma Systems, Farnborough, U.K.
Atlas freeze-dryers are capable of freeze-drying materials in situations where maintaining the original structure and properties of the original product is important, such as for the handling of cultured or fermented products. Both batch and continuous processes can use these freeze-dryers, which are also appropriate for sterile operations. The dryers feature automatic control of drying cycles for each batch. Some models are built with continuous de-icing functionality to enhance drying capabilities. Booth 2421 — GEA Process Engineering, Inc., Søborg, Denmark
Mary Page Bailey
The Samurai UV Laser Marking System is intended for cold-laser marking needs in applications such as product coding, medical packaging, semiconductors and micromachining. The lasers’ 355-nm wavelength provides a small spot size and a large depth of focus for marking and engraving many materials, including plastics, ceramics and metals. The “cold” marking process does not require high power levels and allows for damage-free marking. Booth 1833 — DPSS Lasers, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.
The AdaptaFil is a versatile, patented semi-automatic touchscreen benchtop filler. The AdaptaFil can accommodate four pump types (piston, peristaltic, gear and lobe) on one base, allowing the user to change the pump depending upon the application. This benchtop filler provides capabilities typically seen on automatic equipment, such as saving and copying recipes, data transfers and servo-driven technology. Appropriate where clean or sterile fills are required, the multiple pump options make this machine ideal for filling a wide range of product volumes and viscosities, with an accuracy rate of ±1%. Booth 2264 — Filamatic, Baltimore, Md.