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May 2014

Fused-silica, PEEK and polyimide nickel-clad tubing options

This company’s new nickel-clad tubing is available in fused-silica (FS), polyetheretherketone (PEEK) or polyimide-coated FS versions. The FS tubing’s thick nickel coating gives it a very high pressure rating. Nickel-clad FS tubing also allows the use of metal ferrules for improved leak-tight connections and permits resistive heating of columns and transfer lines. PEEK tubing allows direct connections using metal ferrules to produce enhanced pressure performance. Permitting use in pressures up to 40,000 psi, nickel-clad PEEK tubing is available with an outer diameter of 1/32 or 1/16 in. The nickel-clad polyimide-coated FS tubing is available in a thin-wall, low-mass version optimized for resistive heat applications. The nickel can be plated either directly over the fused silica polyimide layer or over the bare silica for temperature applications above 400°C. — Valco Instruments Co. Inc., Houston

Increase operational security with this key manager system

The new SmartKey+ key-management system provides additional security for managing safety interlock keys. The SmartKey+ protects against unauthorized or inadvertent operation of interlocked valves or process equipment, with the added ability to record movements of the keys required to operate mechanical interlocks in real time. The system encloses all keys in a cabinet. To access this key cabinet, users must identify themselves with a code for authorization. The user then selects the appropriate key from the panel and removes the key as the selected key position is unlocked. To return a key to the cabinet, the user scans the key with the integrated scanner and the corresponding key position is highlighted on the front display for re-insertion. Full transaction history is available, revealing details of key insertion and removal. Capable of managing more than 275 keys, the unit is designed to support a remote web interface. — Smith Flow Control Ltd., Witham, U.K.

Use this static mixer with extreme viscosity ratios

The Kenics KMX-V static mixer utilizes cross-stream mixing and flow splitting to achieve very rapid blending. Suitable for both laminar flow and applications with high or low viscosity or volume ratios, this mixer features very high mixing per unit length. Each element is approximately one pipe diameter in length and consists of multiple intersecting blades, generating fluid layers as the mixture flows downstream. The KMX-V’s proprietary “V”-shaped blades contribute to its liquid dispersion and gas-liquid contacting capabilities. The mixer is formatted for standard diameters up to 24 in. — Chemineer Inc., Dayton, Ohio

These dryers use compression heat for dessicant regeneration

The XD+ range of desiccant dryers utilize the heat of compression from oil-free compressors to dry compressed air. They apply zero-purge cooling with two design variants to eliminate compressed-air consumption in the dessicant-regeneration process. The first variation produces a guaranteed dewpoint of –40°C. The second variation minimizes energy consumption and delivers dewpoint suppression due to extra heat elimination. Designed for capacities ranging from 550 to 3,600 L/s, these dryers feature valves and internal heaters constructed of stainless steel. — Atlas Copco AB, Stockholm, Sweden

A single-filter vacuum receiver for dilute-phase conveying

This new vacuum receiver separates solids from air streams using filter media and gravity, and is suitable for applications in which materials contain small particles that are prone to dusting or when dust containment is a primary requirement. The unit features a flap-type dump valve for dilute-phase pneumatic conveying, which is actuated by a pneumatic cylinder via either manual contact closure or by programmable controls based on weight gain, elapsed time or other user-defined parameters. Constructed of stainless steel, the vacuum receiver features a clamp-together design that facilitates rapid, tool-free disassembly for filter cleaning and maintenance. The modular design permits the addition of cylinder segments for increased holding volume. Unlike conventional filter receivers that employ multiple small filter elements, this unit employs a single, large-diameter filter cartridge, facilitating rapid filter changes and automatic reverse pulse-jet cleaning of the filter element. — Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, Pa.

This modular bagging system is enclosed for dust containment

The Encompass valve-bagging filling system consists of one or two valve bag fillers, an ultrasonic sealer and a robotic bag applicator, all of which are completely enclosed to contain dust within the assembly. This machine is suited for filling any powdery bulk material into valve bags for applications in the food and chemicals industries. The modular system is available with either air or impeller packers. Shipped as a single unit in an intermodal container, the Encompass system is designed for quick installation. Also, since no equipment is in contact with the floor, the interior layout of the machine lends itself to simple cleaning in the event of a spill. — Stonepak, Salt Lake City, Utah

These pumps are outfitted with a brushless battery motor

The Combiflux line of pumps is now available with the new FBM-B 3100 brushless battery motor. Especially suitable for transferring small volumes out of narrow openings and difficult-to-access containers, these sealless drum pumps feature stepless speed adjustment at capacities ranging from 12 to 60 L/min. The FMB-B motor provides mobility and independence from a main electrical power supply with its rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which can be fully recharged within 30 min, allowing for operations in areas where cables are problematic or the main power supply is unstable or unavailable. The brushless motor has no carbon brushes, resulting in a low-maintenance drive. — Flux-Geräte GmbH, Maulbronn, Germany

Also detect filter leaks with this loop-powered flow monitor

This loop-powered particulate-matter flow and emissions monitor also detects filter leaks in baghouses, cartridge dust collectors and cyclones. Simple two-wire installation and single-piece mounting, along with heavy-duty construction and charge-induction sensing with no optics enable low-maintenance operations, even in applications with challenging particulate types, such as flyash from coal and carbon black, and emissions from smelters, foundries, cement kilns and powder dryers. — FilterSense Inc., Beverly, Mass.

A supercritical fluid extractor for laboratory and pilot operations

The SFT-250 supercritical fluid extractor is designed for extractions in supercritical fluids in both laboratory and small-scale pilot applications. The unit is forged from 17-4-PH stainless steel, making it both durable and lightweight.The SFT-250 can extract very low levels of key components from raw materials and can also process larger amounts of bulk materials. Vessels can range in size from 100 to 5,000 mL, with operating pressures up to 10,000 psi. Operating temperatures from ambient to 200°C give flexibility in numerous supercritical applications. Pumping rates, pressures, temperature zones and safety interlocks are all controlled via a PID controller. — Supercritical Fluid Technologies, Newark, Del.

Pumps that operate quietly with minimal vibrations

HiPace Turbopumps feature a unique rotor design and hybrid bearing system, allowing for fast pumping speeds, large critical backing pressure and gas throughput, as well as high-performance compression, particularly with light gases. The pumps’ quiet operation and minimal vibrations make them a desirable choice in a wide range of industrial and research applications. Other features include integrated drive electronics and continuous monitoring of operating data. — Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, Asslar, Germany

Smart hazardous-area lights eliminate false ambient indication

The EZ-Light hazardous-area indicator lights are safe to use in every classified zone or area in both North America and Europe. Available in encapsulated and non-sparking models, these lights offer display flexibility with five different light colors: green, red, yellow, blue or white. To eliminate false indication from ambient light, the indicator appears grey when turned off. The EZ-Light product line can operate at temperatures ranging from –40 to 50°C. — Banner Engineering, Minneapolis, Minn.

This mixer precisely delivers water and steam for cleaning

The CSF Steam Water Mixer is capable of delivering water up to a maximum temperature of 95°C at volumes up to 10,000 L/h for cleaning and wash-down applications in the chemical and food-and-beverage industries. Constructed of stainless steel, these mixers allow for simple installation because of their compatibility with a site’s existing steam and water utilities. Running costs are decreased because the mixer is designed so that the heat energy in the steam is transferred to the water. — Pump Engineering Ltd., West Sussex, U.K.

Longterm corrosion protection with these inhibitor emitters

EcoSonic VpCI-105 emitters are designed to provide corrosion protection for metal components and parts enclosed in non-ventilated control boxes, cabinets or tool boxes up to 5 ft3 in size. These non-toxic modules emit vapor-phase corrosion inhibitors (VpCIs), which form a monomolecular protective coating on all metal surfaces. The VpCI-105 has a breathable membrane through which the corrosion inhibitor is released, providing longterm (up to 24 months), continuous protection against corrosion, even in the presence of adverse conditions, including salt, moisture, airborne contaminants, H2S, SO2, NH3 and other corrosive substances. These emitters do not interfere with electrical, optical or mechanical surface properties. Products are free of nitrites, halogens and phosphates and have very low volatile organic compound (VOC) content. No spraying, wiping or dipping is required. — Cortec Corp., St. Paul, Minn.