Wet-well analysis for CH4, O2 and H2S gases
This company’s Wet Well Monitoring System (photo) is designed for monitoring methane, oxygen and hydrogen sulfide in a hazardous wastewater-treatment-plant environment. The system incorporates the CP-60 controller with three remote 4–20-mA (24 V d.c.) sensor/transmitters in Explosion-proof Class I Div. 1, Group B, C and D enclosures. The CP-60 controller provides 24 V d.c. power, audio and visual alarms, alarm relays and other features. — ENMET, Fairfield, Conn.
These process-control systems conform to safety standards
Charles Ross & Son
SysCon control systems (photo) can be custom-designed for virtually any industrial process, including mixing, pumping, chemical dosing, dilution, heat exchange, separation, drying and waste treatment. Based on process-logic control schemes, these systems are routinely supplied with a recipe-sequencing program, calibration menus, trending screens, data-acquisition (SCADA) packages, operator-friendly alarms and advanced safety features. Process variables are controlled and displayed from a responsive color touchscreen, and can be automatically stored for seamless monitoring and reporting. All SysCon control systems are built to conform to NFPA 79 standards. Enclosures and cabinets are compliant with NEMA 12 for non-hazardous environments, NEMA 7 and 9 for explosion-proof requirements or NEMA 4X (stainless steel) for washdown applications. — Charles Ross & Son Co., Hauppauge, N.Y.
A precise piston pump with minimal energy expenditure
The new piston diaphragm pumps of the model series R 509.1 (photo) add to the sera dosing-pump product repertoire with eccentric screw adjusters. The operating range of the new 509.1 piston diaphragm pumps varies from 6.5 to 81 L/h at counterpressures of up to 300 bars. The pump’s design minimizes the energy expended adjusting the stroke length, while at the same time increasing precision during operation, as well as during idle time. The stroke can be continuously adjusted from 0–100% using a handwheel or a servomotor. For use in petroleum refining, pumps are available in both an explosion-proof version and a version that is compliant with API standards 674 and 675. — Sera ProDose GmbH, Immenhausen, Germany
Improved fire safety for pneumatic control systems
Now FM-approved, FireChek thermal shutoffs with resettable memory-shape alloy (photo) can be used to automatically shut down a pneumatic control system when a nearby fire occurs, or when the ambient temperature reaches 135, 150 or 165°F. The testing and resetting abilities of the FireChek make it a preferred choice over emergency isolation valves that rely on fusible links or plastic burn-through tubing, says the manufacturer. The FireChek is available in three different configurations: a single FireChek, which is directly mounted between the pneumatic supply and spring return actuator via two NPT threaded connections; FireChek with Quick Exhaust, which provides a larger exhaust port; and FireChek Plus Pilot Valves, which include the FireChek thermal shutoff with a SIL Class III pilot valve. — Assured Automation, Clark, N.J.
This HT-resistant silicone resin cures at room temperature
Silkophen AC 950 is a new high-temperature (HT) resistant, high-solids silicone resin intended to provide protective properties in industrial applications. No toxic substances are released during curing, making application of the resin possible in enclosed spaces. Smoke formation and volatile-organic-compound (VOC) content are significantly lower than tra
ditional bake-cure silicone resins, allowing Silkophen AC 950 to meet requirements for eco-friendly coatings systems. It cures at ambient temperatures, utilizing a catalyst, which provides additional advantages, says the company. The resin displays high and early resistance to aromatic and aliphatic solvents, in addition to impact resistance. — Evonik Resource Efficiency, Essen, Germany
New gas-mix software eliminates flowmeter recalibration
This company’s QuadraTherm 640i/780i thermal mass flowmeters (photo) now come equipped with new gas-mixing software, called qMix. The qMix software is a user-customizable gas-mix feature that allows engineers and operators to create custom gas mixtures to compensate for gas compositional changes in the field without accuracy loss. Since engineers can create and upload unlimited gas mixtures onto a single meter, recalibration costs are avoided, as there is no need to send units back to the factory if the gas composition changes. QuadraTherm meters have an accuracy of±0.5% of reading above 50% of full scale for flowmeter air measurement and other gases, and built-in flow conditioning in the inline version. These meters also have high turndown capabilities to handle low and high flows during upset conditions. — Sierra Instruments, Monterey, Calif.
Next-generation software for condition monitoring
Prüftechnik Dieter Busch
Omnitrend Center is a modern, powerful and user-friendly software platform (photo) for this company’s Condition Monitoring system. It communicates with all of the company’s latest offline and online systems. Omnitrend Center is available in single-user or client-server versions, is ready for cloud solutions, and provides powerful aids, such as knowledge-based machine templates, and online and offline device managers. Statistical post-processing methods help to monitor the health of even the most complex machines. The operator can quickly receive an overview about the status of a machine using interactive asset reports. — Prüftechnik Dieter Busch AG, Ismaning, Germany
Reactor control for automated laboratory processes
The new RX-10 Reactor Control system (photo) connects and automates jacketed laboratory reactors and controls thermostats, stirrers and pumps with a single touchscreen interface that provides a consistent platform across all laboratory reactors. RX-10 controls jacketed laboratory reactors with third-party heating and cooling systems, liquid addition, stirrers and process analytical technology (PAT) tools. Operating with a touchscreen walk-up interface allows scientists to consistently control reactors on any scale from milliliters to multiple liters — reducing human error and training cost, says the company. RX-10 Reactor Control reduces the time needed to merge and process analytical data, visualize and identify key reaction events and create smart reports. — Mettler Toledo, Greifensee, Switzerland
No special cleaners needed to remove this compact ink marker
Dura-Ink WashAway is a high-visibility, no-smear jobsite marker that can also be washed away from work surfaces. These
industrial markers are engineered with a special ink formula that is bright and highly visible, and dries quickly, but can be removed from all non-porous surfaces with water or detergent. Dura-Ink WashAway removes completely without traces of ghosting or residue and will not interfere with top-coat primers, paints or powder coating. Dura-Ink WashAway is suitable for quality control, metal fabrication, power coating, glass production and in steel mills and warehouses, and is effective for marking on steel, iron, glass, aluminum and other materials. — Markal, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Twin- and triple-screw pumps for a variety of fluids
The S Series line of self-priming double-ended positive-displacement pumps (photo) includes twin- and triple-screw designs that provide complete axial balancing of the rotating screws. The pumps’ timing technologies eliminate metal-to-metal contact. S Series pumps are ATEX-certified for use in explosive or dangerous environments. The triple-screw models are specifically designed for handling clear, lubricating liquids without solid content. The twin-screw models are available with or without a non-timing gear transmission. The models with the non-timing gear transmission are suitable for handling higher-viscosity fluids, such as bitumen and residual oil, at medium or high temperatures. — Blackmer, Grand Rapids, Mich.
A new controller for a pressure range up to 210 bars
WIKA Alexander Wiegand
The CPC4000 pneumatic pressure controller (photo) was designed for a wide range of calibration applications. Within the company’s product portfolio, the CPC4000 replaces the CPC3000 high-speed pressure controller, offering additional functions, including a relatively fast control speed of up to 10 s. The new controller has an extended pressure range of up to 210 bars (3,045 psi), and can be fitted with two reference pressure sensors, which are controlled automatically in accordance with the calibration task. The sensors also work with an improved accuracy of 0.02% full scale or, optionally, 0.02% IS-50. The device has a 7-in. LCD color touchscreen. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
Rotary-screw compressors for indoor or outdoor use
The new UP6S Series fixed-speed rotary screw compressor features O-ring face seals to reduce leak points and a totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) motor. The unit’s TEFC design reduces the risk of particulate matter entering
the motor, while also keeping it cool, making the compressor suitable for use in harsh environments, either indoors or outdoors. The new Tri-Voltage motor enables the UP6S to adapt to a variety of applications, including powering pneumatic tools and many other equipment types. The UP6S Series also features spin-on filtration and separator cartridges to allow for easy maintenance. The compressor comes standard with a new controller that allows for simple diagnostics and remote start and stop access capabilities. — Ingersoll Rand, Davidson, N.C.
This process-safety system has a very small footprint
The new AADvance Eurocard process-safety system (photo) is ideally suited for industry applications with restrictive physical-space requirements. The AADvance Eurocard system can be custom configured to meet different levels of safety and each user’s specific system requirements. The system is specifically designed for functional safety and critical control applications, providing a flexible, scalable, distributed solution for a wide range of process industries. The system is certified by Exida for functional safety and adheres to the latest safety standards. The system meets the functional safety requirements for safety integrity level 3 (SIL 3) and is compliant with IEC 61508. — Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis.
This density meter is an alternative to nuclear devices
The Ultimo Density Meter (photo) is an alternative to nuclear-based densitometers for applications where the material is abrasive, caustic or has high solids content, and where the regulatory requirements for nuclear operations may be burdensome. Trial units have been evaluated and purchased by some large mining companies with the expressed intent of qualifying a replacement for legacy nuclear densitometers. Prior to the emergence of this device, nuclear densitometers were the only non-invasive option in these applications, says the company. — Ultimo Measurement LLC, Scituate, R.I.
This rotary jet mixes, cleans and more
The Rotary Jet Mixer (photo) effectively handles liquid and powder mixing, gas dispersion and cleaning-in-place (CIP) while reducing time, energy and costs. In many applications, the mixer provides faster and more efficient mixing than conventional methods, says the company. It combines high blending precision with minimized mixing times and up to a 50% reduction in energy requirements. Based on rotary-jet head technology, it can be used in tanks between 100 and 800,000 L in size. Equipped with two or four nozzles, the Rotary Jet Mixer is positioned below the liquid level in the tank. Liquid is withdrawn from the tank outlet by a pump and circulated via an external loop to the mixer. A single Rotary Jet Mixer can handle liquid-mixing, gas-dispersion and powder-dispersion applications — plus tank cleaning — without requiring separate equipment for each process, thereby delivering significant savings, says the company. — Alfa Laval AB, Lund, Sweden
Form agglomerates on a controlled basis with this system
The Vibro-Bed fluidized-bed agglomerator (photo) employs a spraying system that introduces moisture to powdered material as it is fluidized and dried, forming agglomerates on a controlled basis. Equipped with imbalanced-weight gyratory motors and mounted on a spring suspension, the fluidized-bed chamber vibrates as a column of heated air flows upward through a fine-mesh screen, causing particles to separate and become airborne as they are sprayed with liquid. The vibratory motion of the processor also serves to convey the material along a defined pathway. Units are offered in diameters from 18 to 84 in. (460 to 2,135 mm), encompassing batch and continuous applications from low-capacity laboratory and pilot-plant testing to medium-high volume production. — Kason Corp., Millburn, N.J.
An industrial tablet PC for use in hazardous areas
The Agile X industrial tablet PC (photo) is said to be the world’s thinnest, purpose-built UL Division 2 and ATEX Zone 2 device for enterprise use in rugged environments. Wireless LAN and optional LTE modules on the Agile X provide realtime data transfer and uninterrupted connectivity, enabling field workers, including technicians, engineers and managers, to bring their office to the Ex area. In addition to the integrated barcode scanner, the tablet PC also features a rear-side expansion slot, allowing the tablet to be extended with further data capture options, such as a radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader. — Bartec GmbH, Bad Mergentheim, Germany
Solid stainless-steel connections for the pharma industry
Inoxline (photo) is a complete assortment of stainless-steel connections for compressed air, vacuum, gases, liquids and cooling water. The products include threaded connections with no dead zones or joints that are designed according to stringent hygiene requirements and for easy cleaning. They are ideal for circuits with sensitive substances or frequent changing of media. All connections are manufactured from stainless steel 1.4301/1.4307, which offers excellent protection against corrosion and high chemical resistance (for example, against many acids). On request, they can also be equipped with FDA-compliant seals to fulfill special hygiene requirements. On the side with the screw-in threads, the push-in connectors are sealed with an enclosed O-ring. — Eisele Pneumatics GmbH + Co. KG, Waiblingen, Germany