Use this valve in high-pressure calibrations
High Pressure Equipment
This company’s new Trunnion-style block-and-bleed ball valve is intended for calibration applications up to 15,000 psi. This full-port, quarter-turn double ball valve is designed to provide double positive isolation, and is appropriate for high-pressure hydraulic and pneumatic systems used for pressure monitoring and testing, chemical injection and drain-line isolation. Featuring 316 stainless-steel construction, Viton O-rings and polyetheretherketone (PEEK) ball seats, the valve is suitable for severe-service applications. The valve is available with orifice sizes of 0.203, 0.250, 0.313 and 0.375 in. — High Pressure Equipment Co., Erie, Pa.
These new, miniature AODPs are ATEX certified
Both the Model MID and CU15 miniature air-operated diaphragm pumps (AODPs) are ATEX certified for potentially explosive atmospheres, making them suitable for environmental and process-emissions monitoring. The standard version of both pumps is ATEX classified II for Zone 2, and the optional Conduct versions are ATEX classified II for Zone 1. The pumps facilitate transfer of liquids with very high viscosity, and are available with polypropylene (PP) or ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) pump bodies. The MID provides flowrates up to 5 L/min at pressures of up to 99.7 psi, and has a maximum operating temperature of 60°C. The CU15 provides flowrates to 17 L/min, with maximum operating temperatures of 60°C for PP models and 95°C for ECTFE models. — Clark Solutions, Hudson, Mass.
Expanded filtration-system range enables easier scaling
Two new sizes of this company’s Beco Integra Plate filtration system are now available: a small 7.9-in. and larger 39.3-in size, meaning that users in the fine-chemical and pharmaceutical i
ndustries can scale their systems from laboratory applications to higher batch volumes in commercial manufacturing processes. The system is a hermetically enclosed plate-and-frame filter that enables users to increase process efficiencies in demanding filtration applications. The range has been expanded and is now available in five sizes, and delivers a filter area from 0.6 up to 1,227 ft2
. — Eaton, Tinton Falls, N.J.
This AODD is equipped with an efficient air-distribution system
Wilden Pump and Engineering
Stallion Original Metal air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump models are powered by the energy-efficient Pro-Flo Shift Air Distribution System (ADS). The Pro-Flo Shift incorporates an air-control spool that automatically restricts the amount of air going into the pump during the latter part of each stroke, which eliminates over-filling of the air chamber and results in reduced air consumption. By optimizing air consumption, the Pro-Flo Shift lowers energy and operating costs, achieving up to 60% savings over competitive AODD pump technologies, says the company. The new Stallion Series pumps are available in three sizes. Flowrates range from 307 to 764 L/min. — Wilden Pump and Engineering, Grand Terrace, Calif.
A corrosion-resistant, lightweight scale
The Model 3001-3006TM Ton Cylinder Scale has been redesigned for easier installation and improved corrosion resistance. Fabricated from high-grade plate steel, the new scale is lighter and has a smaller footprint than previous models, says the company. The new design also features improved protection of the hermetically sealed load cell and scale electronics. The steel crossbar running along the front of the scale base now includes a cover plate to protect the load cell from dust, dirt and dripping liquids, such as condensate. The new Model 3001-3006 Ton Cylinder Scale has a gross capacity of up to 4,000 lb, with weighing accuracy to±0.5% of capacity. — Scaletron Industries, Ltd., Plumsteadville, Pa.
Powder transfer systems for a wide density range
ARO Fluid Management
This company’s powder transfer system incorporates stall-free air valving and a new air-induction system that boosts efficiency and eliminates powder pack-out at startup, allowing for the transfer of powders ranging in density from 5 to 50 lb/ft3
. The air-induction system also increases air velocity for optimum powder aeration and diffusion, says the manufacturer. The four-way air-efficiency valve can control the amount of air (or other inert gases) required for operation. The system is designed for portability so that it can be moved from site to site. The built-in delay timer ensures proper fluidization of the powder before startup. Directly controlled by the delay timer, the main startup valve supplies air pressure directly to the pump’s major air valve. — ARO Fluid Management, Bryan, Ohio
A versatile family of power-supply devices
This company’s Epistron Classic power-supply devices are available in one-, two- and three-phase versions. All models in the Epistron Classic family have identical housing profiles, and wide input and voltage ranges, making them suitable for many types of applications. The ambient temperature range for the Epistron Class family is –25 to 70C, with a high transient-protection level of up to 4 kV. Enhanced output protection for standard circuit breakers is integrated into the devices. — WAGO Corp., Germantown, Wis.
This boiler-treatment technology is now FDA approved
GE Power & Water
This company’s Solus AP boiler-treatment solution has recently received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Admin. (FDA) for use across regulated industries where steam comes into contact with food products. Solus AP is an all-polymer technology in a stable, liquid formulation designed to meet the deposit-control needs of low- to intermediate-pressure steam boilers (up to 900 psig). By improving the control of iron and hardness deposits, steam boilers that have been treated with Solus AP (photo) help plant operators achieve design fuel efficiency, as well as higher levels of safety and reliability by preventing deposit-related failures, according to the manufacturer. With the recent FDA approval, the use of Solus AP can be expanded into food and beverage, pharmaceutical and healthcare applications. — GE Power & Water, Schenectady, N.Y.
A predictive control solution designed for grinding mills
SmartMill is a new predictive-control solution for continuous control of individual grinding mills. Embedded within a variable-speed drive, SmartMill utilizes realtime data to control feedrate, r
otation speed, mill load and more. The speed is varied according to an advanced control concept that keeps the mill’s solids feed as high as possible, while monitoring signals, including power consumption, motor torque, bearing pressure and mill speed, allowing for automatic selection of optimal setpoints, says the manufacturer. For inputs, SmartMill uses power, torque and load, which are used to predict future mill behavior. The outputs can take into account several mill variables, such as feedrate, mill rotation speed, ore hardness and purity, total load and water addition rate. SmartMill provides stability to individual mills without the need for additional controllers or sensors. — ABB, Zurich, Switzerland
A single-unit separation system for recovering liquids and solids
The MRS-30 model material recovery station is designed to automatically separate liquids from solids within a single, self-contained unit that features a proprietary screening panel set inside a leak-proof, bulk plastic container to screen out and capture solid particles and allow liquids to safely pass through and accumulate in the container bottom. When filled to its 30-gal capacity, the MRS-30 may be drained to allow the liquids to be reprocessed and reused onsite, while the solids may be sold as scrap. Suitable as a standalone system or integrated within existing fluid-recycling systems, the MRS-30 effectively separates and collects metal waste chips, ceramics, plastics, rubber and other materials from spent cutting fluids and other liquids. — MODRoto, Inc., Madison, Ind.
Stainless-steel pumps for the beverage and distilling industries
The stainless-steel hybrid pump LES is said to be an alternative to side-channel pumps. The pump features a specially designed pump cover with an integrated recirculation system, as well as an inducer, which allows the pump to be used in self-priming applications. The pump has a hygienic design, based on European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) guidelines, making it suitable for use in the food-and-beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and chemical industries. Optional versions are available with ATEX approval (Zones 1, 2 and 21, 22); pharmaceutical-specific design; magnetic coupling; and more. The pumps have a maximum flowrate of 150 m3
/h, and delivery heads of up to 60 m, and they handle liquids with viscosity up to 500 mPa-s. — SAWA Pumpentechnik AG, Degersheim, Switzerland
This auto-start sterilizer requires no pre-heating
The SteriMax Smart sterilizer uses specifically focused infrared light (IR) to sterilize inoculating loops at temperatures of 750 to 1,000°C in 5–10 s without any preheating. IR sensor technology enables an auto-start functionality. The device’s annealing tube is constructed of specialty quartz glass, and is designed for simple cleaning. The housing is constructed of stainless steel and safety glass, and is designed to be cool to the touch. — WLD-TEC GmbH, Göttingen, Germany
This dust collector requires just one filter cartridge
Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC)
The Quad Pulse Package PX dust collector is a compact unit designed for pharmaceutical, chemical and other processes that produce hazardous dusts in high concentrations. The collector has a cleanable filter system that facilitates continuous manufacturing processes and eliminates frequent filter replacements. The unit can be positioned on the production floor and constructed to provide explosion protection in accordance with NFPA standards. If located indoors, there is no need for additional explosion-safety devices. Thanks to a segmented cleaning process performed during operation, the Quad Pulse Package requires a single primary filter cartridge. The high-efficiency primary pleated filter comes in a conductive (anti-static) nanofiber or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) media. — Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), Jonesboro, Ark.
These pressure transmitters address issues with drift
American Sensor Technologies
The 4400 and 4600 hammer-union pressure transmitters are designed for use in hazardous areas, where pressures can reach 20,000 psi. Available with intrinsically safe or explosion-proof approvals, these transmitters have been laboratory- tested for shock and vibration resistance, and are field-tested for the most extreme ambient conditions. Employing a thick Inconel 718 diaphragm and silicon strain gages, these transmitters experience less drift, even in longterm service, says the company. A cage around the pressure transmitter is designed to protect the sensor and mating connector, allowing for proper drainage in flooding situations. — American Sensor Technologies, Inc., Mt. Olive, N.J.
New industrial Ethernet switches and media converter
The LNX Series of unmanaged rugged industrial Ethernet switches and IMC media converters are now available from this company. Select from a variety of models with up to eight ports for copper or fiber cabling on fast Ethernet or Gigabit networks. Most units support extended –40 to 75°C operation and include a rugged IP30 aluminum enclosure that resists shock, vibration and free-fall impacts. These industrial Ethernet switches and media converters carry UL/cUL Class 1 Div. 2 certifications. — Acromag, Wixom, Mich.
A robust flowmeter designed for superheated steam
The Optisonic 8300 is a two-beam ultrasonic flowmeter for superheated steam that is capable of handling high flowrates with 1% measuring accuracy. Built for longterm use, the flowmeter has no exposed cables or sensitive elements, and features a full-bore flow sensor with no moving parts or obstructions. According to the manufacturer, the meter can maintain its measuring accuracy without maintenance or subsequent calibration for up to 20 years. The Optisonic 8300 is rated for pressures up to 200 bars and temperatures up to 540°C, with higher- rated units available on request. Temperature and pressure sensors connected to the device provide the integrated flow computer with data to calculate steam mass flow, eliminating the need for an additional computer. — Krohne, Inc., Peabody, Mass.
This membrane bioreactor requires less air
The Pulsion MBR membrane bioreactor pulses a large bubble through a chambered fiber bundle, creating anefficient pumping action that results in lower air and aeration energy requirement
s than traditional air-scour methods, says the manufacturer. Improved recirculation within the membrane module boosts achievable fluxes. An increase in packing density allows the overall system footprint to be significantly reduced. A reduced air flowrate applied to the membranes on a continuous basis reduces the size of the air-delivery equipment by an estimated 50%. — Koch Membrane Systems, Wilmington, Mass.
This modular steam-trapping station reduces leakage
The STS17.2 steam-trapping station is a complete assembly comprised of an isolation valve, a steam-trap connector with a strainer and a check valve. The station’s modular body eliminates nearly
all potential leak paths caused by multiple screwed connections that conventional steam-trapping stations and on-site fabricated installations typically include, says the manufacturer. The ability to integrate steam-trap monitors allows for quick recognition of trap failures, and stainless-steel components enable a longterm, low-maintenance service life. — Spirax Sarco, Inc., Blythewood, S.C.
Use this high-precision amplifier in tough production areas
The DMP41 digital precision measuring instrument features an accuracy class of 0.0005 (5 ppm), and is said to be the world’s most precise amplifier for strain-gauge-based sensor measurements. Unlike other high-precision instruments that are limited for use only in controlled laboratory conditions, the DMP41 is available in a 19-in. rack-mount enclosure that is constructed to enable use in environments with demanding conditions. Manufacturers of strain-gauge-based sensors, such as force, torque and pressure transducers, load cells and flowrate sensors, can use the DMP41 to precisely calibrate and adjust their sensors during production. A background calibration feature allows the instrument to make measurements even while internal calibration of internal measurement channels is in progress. This increases test-system throughput. — HBM, Inc., Marlborough, Mass.
A handheld anemometer with environmental readings
The Omega HHF-312 anemometer measures ambient temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction all in one multi-functional, lightweight, handheld meter. The HHF-312 calculates windchill index, as well as dewpoint and wet-bulb temperatures, and features a backlit LCD with dual readouts and compass. The tripod fitting makes this anemometer ideal for outdoor environmental studies, and operations in cold, windy environments. Application examples include environmental studies and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) troubleshooting. — Omega Engineering, Inc., Stamford, Conn.