HDPE thread protectors that can be easily installed and removed
The thread-protecting SSR Series standard sucker-rod cap (photo) is designed to withstand impact and prevent cracking. Constructed of a strong, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) material to protect the threaded ends of steel sucker rods, the wide internal ribs of the cap allow for easy installation and a secure fit. The cap is easily removed with socket tools or wrenches. The extended shoulder length provides full coverage, reducing the chance for damage. — Caplugs, Buffalo, N.Y.
Inhibit corrosion with this new vinyl-ester-resin system
Flowchem is a new range of seamless, elastomer-modified vinyl-ester-resin systems that act as a barrier to inhibit the contact between chemical compounds or corrosive materials. Flowchem systems provide temperature resistance of up to 350°F, and exhibit high bond strength, abrasion resistance and durability, as well as reduced shrinkage, says the company. Vinyl ester resin — a hybrid of polyester resin strengthened by the addition of epoxy resin — offers protection against highly concentrated and aggressive acids, alkalis and solvents, including sulfuric, nitric and hydrochloric acid, as well as ethanol, butane and methanol. All systems within the Flowchem range offer fast cure properties to minimize downtime and any loss to production. — Flowcrete Americas, Spring, Tex.
Screen microbial strains with this micro-scale bioreactor system
Sartorius Stedim Biotech
The new ambr 15 fermentation system (photo) is an automated micro-bioreactor system designed to enhance microbial-strain screening with advanced capabilities supporting fed-batch microbial cultures. The new system has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of microbial fermentation. It comprises 24 single-use stirred micro-bioreactors (each with an 8–12-mL working volume) integrated into an automated workstation. The system offers parallel processing and walk-away control of all 24 micro-bioreactors, providing users with consistent results from the early-stage screening platform. — Sartorius Stedim Biotech, Göttingen, Germany
Continuously monitor remote water facilities
The SAT4D system (photo) provides instant notification of changes in tank levels and pump malfunctions in remote or unattended water or wastewater facilities. This satellite-based monitoring system delivers immediate alerts of changes in conditions at pumps, wells and storage facilities located in areas without a phone line, Ethernet connection or cellular service. When an alarm occurs, the system sends notifications via telephone call, email or text message. The SAT4D system is self-powered and can operate for over three years on its replaceable battery. GPS technology pinpoints the location and status of equipment being monitored. Each unit is sealed in an enclosure to protect it from harsh conditions. — Sensaphone, Aston, Pa.
Computation rheology is added to this simulation software
With its late-October release, STAR-CCM+ v10.06 engineering simulation software features the introduction of Computational Rheology, a new engineering discipline in STAR-CCM+, helping engineers to quickly realize improved designs. Computational Rheology further expands the multidisciplinary scope of STAR-CCM+ and targets problems where viscous and viscoelastic effects are dominant. The types of applications that are now possible to solve are flow in static mixers, flow into containers, pumping slurries with significant heat generation, as well as extrusions and material processing. — CD-adapco, London, U.K.
A new line of vacuum gages is introduced
The new CenterLine series of analog vacuum gages (photo) are equipped with either an 8-pin FCC connector or a 15-pin D-sub connector. These connectors are widely used, which makes their integration into existing systems simple. Users can choose between a variety of measuring sensors from ultra-high vacuum up to atmospheric pressure. The compact CenterLine series permits space-saving installation in vacuum process systems, analytical instruments, leak detectors and numerous other applications. CenterLine uses advanced controllers, which allow communication via USB and Ethernet interfaces. — Pfeiffer Vacuum, Nashua, N.H.
Realtime alarm verification for speed-monitoring systems
The SpeedMaster with Pulse Pilot (photo) is a device that provides independent, realtime verification of an entire speed-monitoring system to ensure that alarms and shutdowns are working as expected. The SpeedMaster operates in two modes: input mode provides the device with the machine’s actual running speed; and output mode allows the device to test the speed switch at set underspeed trip points for realtime verification of the monitoring system’s alarm and shutdown functions. There is no need to remove the sensor from the machine shaft or change any system connections in order to use the device, allowing personnel to test speed switches during periodic inspection schedules, and help the facility fully comply with insurance audits. The latest version incorporates a new ergonomic housing and a display that uses less battery power, and is bright enough for viewing in sunny conditions. — 4B Components Ltd., Morton, Ill.
This aerator eliminates carryover contaminants
The Kinetic Turbo Aerator provides aeration for industries that require high-quality air processing, such as wastewater treatment, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical processing. The Kinetic Turbo Aerator uses a single shaft coupling the impeller and direct-drive high-speed permanent magnet motor, eliminating oil-carryover contaminants in the air-compression process to comply with ISO 8573 and ISO 12500 quality standards. With only one moving part, these aerators are equipped with magnetic bearings and controls, battery backup power, as well as touchdown bearings, providing shutdown control in the case of a utility power interruption. The aerator offers 60% flow turndown. — Kinetic Traction Systems, Inc., Chatworth, Calif.
This tool provides realtime data on refractory wall loss
InDepth (photo) is a non-intrusive inspection tool that provides realtime critical measurement information concerning the condition of the refractory lining on the internal walls of process units, such as fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) reactors, regenerators and boilers, while the system is operational. The portable tool can be used to accurately define the size of a known area of thin refractory and determine the full extent of the refractory wall loss. According to the company, the tool will help users to better prepare for upcoming plant turnarounds, as it can prevent unnecessary vessel entry and cost overruns. — Tracerco Ltd., London, U.K.
New waterproofing solutions for demanding applications
MasterSeal M 689 waterproofing membranes provide high chemical resistance to a wide range of substances, as well as an outstanding elasticity and toughness, ensuring longterm durability of the membrane, even when exposed to the most demanding situations, says the manufacturer. In addition, MasterSeal M 689 features high mechanical resistance, so it can be used in storage areas with regular traffic, protecting secondary-containment facilities, basins, pipeline bridges or trafficked impounding basins, and stopping any leakage before it reaches soil or groundwater. MasterSeal M 689 shows high crack-bridging capacities, both static (Class A5 according EN 1504 part 2) and dynamic (Class B4.2 according EN 1504 part 2), even at temperatures below 0ºC. — BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Prevent cavitation in control valves with this new trim design
Valtek DiamondBack is a new anti-cavitation trim design for control valves in severe-service applications. This technology
eliminates high-pressure-drop cavitation damage and the associated noise. In addition, the DiamondBack design can be produced in a range of materials, including tungsten carbide, effectively mitigating the effects of erosion. According to the manufacturer, DiamondBack also delivers up to 30% higher flow than comparable multi-stage valve trim with the same pressure drop, which in some applications, results in a smaller and lighter package than other designs. DiamondBack cavitation-elimination technology is available for installation in new or existing Valtek Mark Series control-valve body sizes. DiamondBack is able to pass slurries and entrained solids up to 15 mm without plugging. — Flowserve Corp., Irving, Tex.
Comprehensive corrosion data available on CD-ROM
At the end of October, the Dechema- Werkstofftabelle
(DWT) 2015 was published as a CD-ROM, providing detailed information on the corrosion and chemical resistance of all industrially important metallic, non-metallic and organic materials in contact with
about 1,000 types of corrosive media. With comprehensive information from all areas of corrosion protection, the DWT is an important decision-making tool for design engineers. Based on the well-established printed form, the DWT on CD-ROM features comprehensive text, images and tables. Fast navigation through the entire corrosion data collection is supported by a variety of search options. — Dechema e.V., Frankfurt am Main, Germany
This filter-cart system can now handle smaller particles
This company’s Model 634 portable filter-cart system (photo) is now capable of filtering particles down to 0.004 mm (4 μm). This system is suitable for many varieties of industrial fluids, including lubricants, quenching fluids, coolants, synthetic oils and petroleum-based fluids, says the manufacturer. The filter cart’s 16-in. rubber wheels and ruggedized steel-frame construction allow it to be easily transported. It can be pushed, pulled or lifted by crane or forklift. The Model 634 features an industrial-grade 5-gal/min internal gear pump, making it capable of handling a broad range of fluids. True three-tooth engagement between the rotor and pinion extends the service life of the pump and allows for pumping of higher-viscosity lubricants and gear oils. — Kaman Distribution, Bloomfield, Conn.
Corrosion-resistant warning signals with two horn options
E2S Warning Signals
The new STEx range of stainless-steel explosion-proof warning signals (photo) feature a corrosion-proof 316L steel enclosure suitable for extremely aggressive environments. The signals feature seven lens colors with a UV-stable polycarbonate, field-replaceable filter. The alarm sounds with either traditional flared horns or an omnidirectional compact radial horn. Threaded flame paths enable quick installation and simplify maintenance inspection while the internal arrangement maximizes wiring space. — E2S Warning Signals LLC, Houston
These membrane modules are now available in a rack solution
R-Aquadyn is a compact rack solution (photo) based on the type UA1060 double asymmetric, hydrophilic low-fouling PAN hollow-fiber membrane modules. Its simple construction allows for the easy integration and installation of a set of pre-assembled Aquadyn UA1060 modules into water-treatment plants, especially for large-scale projects, says the company. One rack unit comprises a set of 24 Aquadyn UA1060 modules, with a total membrane area of 1,440 m2
. These rack units can be manifolded to a larger rack of either 48 or 96 pieces. — Microdyn-Nadir GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany
A new decanter for smaller- scale sludge dewatering
The C2E decanter centrifuge (photo) was developed specifically for the dewatering and thickening of smaller sludge burdens. The machine consists of a bowl of duplex steel, with all product-wetted components made of rust- and acid-resistant 1.4404 (316) stainless steel, providing high-quality wear protection with wear components that can be replaced on-site. The C2E also has the company’s patented Simp Drive, which regulates the differential speed between the decanter bowl and the decanter scroll, depending on the scroll torque. The C2E features a throughput of about 10 m³/h during sludge dewatering or 15 m³/h during sludge thickening. — Flottweg SE, Vilsbiburg, Germany
This compact I/O system now has M12 connections
This company has expanded its product line of extremely compact Simatic ET 200AL IO (input-output) systems to include modules with the M12 connection system (photo), higher output currents and longer maximum distances between modules. Analog and digital actuators and sensors, such as IO-link devices, can be connected to the new M12 modules, which have up to 16 digital inputs. The high channel density reduces both the wiring effort and the space requirement for higher-quantity structures. As the output current is now twice as high, actuators with a current consumption of up to 2 A can be connected. Groups of actuators can be shut down safely according to SIL2 via the ET 200AL outputs. — Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
Introducing the first hybrid safety-standard I/O module
The TBPN safety block I/O module (photo) is said to be the first module to combine both standard and safety inputs and outputs in a single device. The IP67 hybrid modules can be adapted flexibly to the specific signal requirement in the machine, helping to implement space-saving, less expensive machine wiring. On the safety side of the Profinet/Profisafe module, the user has two safety inputs for connecting different safety sensors, such as light curtains or emergency-stop buttons. Two additional safety channels can be used either as inputs or outputs. The four universal I/Os for connecting non-safety-related signals can switch up to 2 A. Two of the I/Os can also be connected as IO-Link masters. In combination with the company’s I/O hubs, users can connect up to 32 additional I/Os to the module in this way. — Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
A handheld VOC meter for indoor air-quality maintenance
The HHAQ-107 meter (photo) makes general measurements of mixed-gas volatile-organic-compound (VOC) levels as part of an indoor air quality (IAQ) maintenance program. The HHAQ-107’s metal-oxide semi-conductor sensor can detect ammonia, toluene, ethanol, hydrogen sulfide (H2
S) and cigarette smoke. Features of this handheld device include 32,000 data-logging points, included data-logging software and an adjustable audible alarm to notify of high VOC concentration. — Omega Engineering Inc., Stamford, Conn.
Avoid pelletization with this twin screw extruder
Leistritz Advanced Technologies
The ZSE-27 MAXX “direct-to-sheet” system (photo) facilitates rapid inline compounding and production of prototype sheet samples. Benefits of direct-sheet extrusion include the product having one less heat and shear history, and the economic savings inherent with bypassing the pelletization step. The system includes a co-rotating, intermeshing, twin-screw extruder; a process logic controller (PLC) with a 15-in. touchscreen; and a gear-pump front-end attachment with 20 cm3
/rev capacity and a 5-hp a.c. motor. The ZSE-27 MAXX twin-screw extruder system and downstream lamination system each have their own PLC and human-machine interface. These two systems can operate independently, or together via Ethernet to allow fully integrated system sharing of recipe, data acquisition and logic or alarming data. — Leistritz Advanced Technologies Corp., Somerville, N.J.