These actuators’ plastic housing provides resilience and versatility
Hayward Flow Control
The ECP Series of thermoplastic quarter-turn electric actuators (photo) features glass-filled polypropylene (GFPP) housing, which provides corrosion resistance. This housing allows the actuator to operate in applications in harsh conditions, where metal actuators are not suitable, including water and waterwater treatment, chemical transfer and processing, aquatic systems, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, mining and marine. The Series’ actuators are available in several sizes (up to 6 in.) for use with this company’s ball and butterfly valves. Features of the ECP Series include manual override, LED status light, anti-condensation heater, stainless-steel fasteners and external position indicator. Optional digital positioners and battery fail-safe kits are also available. — Hayward Flow Control, Clemmons, N.C.
Monitor heat-tracing with this thermostat
Pentair Thermal Management
The Raychem ETS-05 electronic, surface-sensing thermostat (photo) accurately controls and monitors temperature for heat-tracing installations. Compared to previous electronic thermostats, it provides an increased maximum current load, larger connection terminals, a broader temperature-control range, local LED indications and an additional fail-safe option. The Raychem ETS-05 is available in two versions: the ETS-05-L2-E, which monitors temperatures up to 199°C and is fitted with a flexible sensor; and the ETS-05-H2-E, which can be used for temperatures up to 499°C and has a stainless-steel sensor. — Pentair Thermal Management, Leuven, Belgium
This scanner can accept up to 16 process variables
The Vantageview PD6730X Modbus scanner is designed for accurate display of and quick access to information, locally or remotely, in wet or dirty environments. The scanner can accept up to 16 individually programmed process variables (PVs) from multiple devices, and four math channels allow for calculations on multiple PVs. The pulse input accepts a wide range of flow-transmitter signals, such as millivolt input from a magnetic flowmeter and high-frequency signals. The PD6730X includes backlighting, two open-collector outputs, and an analog output as standard. The scanner is housed in a durable, injection-molded thermal plastic enclosure. — Precision Digital Corp., Holliston, Mass.
An intelligent valve actuator with integrated safety function
Hoerbiger Automation Technology
The TriVAX (photo) and TriVAX flex intelligent electrohydraulic valve actuators are as easy to install and handle as an all-electric drive unit, yet are as powerful, robust and durable as an actuator that is entirely hydraulic. The intelligent electronics ensure simple and intuitive operation. TriVAX replaces conventional valve-control units that may not yet feature certain safety functions, such as quick action or explosion protection, and do not comply with the latest standards. In addition to direct operation using the integrated electronics of the TriVAX unit featuring an intuitive human-machine interface (HMI), the valve can also be actuated via a remote-control console. Thanks to integrated interfaces to standard fieldbuses (in preparation: Profibus PA, HART, Foundation Fieldbus), TriVAX can also be incorporated into existing automation concepts. — Hoerbiger Automation Technology, Vienna, Austria
Molecular structure database now has 750,000 entries
Over 750,000 entries are now available to the scientific community through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). This fully validated database, established in 1965, contains all small-molecule chemical structures ever publish
ed, and is an essential resource to scientists around the world. Information derived from crystal structures is vital to structural chemistry research, in particular to pharmaceutical drug discovery, materials design and drug development and formulation. — Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center Inc., Cambridge, U.K.
Slash mine-ventilation electricity costs with this smart system
The SmartVentilation system is a complete solution to the challenge of providing fresh air and venting toxic gases from subterranean mines. It also minimizes energy use by ventilating only those areas of a mine that require it. The company estimates that this ability to work “on-demand” could reduce an operator’s electricity bill by up to half. The SmartVentilation system is divided into three “implementation levels” — SmartBasic, SmartMid and SmartPerfect. These give different degrees of control over the operation of the mine’s intake and exhaust fans. The fans and their drives come in modular form and are controlled with the company’s System 800xA automation platform. — ABB, Baden, Switzerland
A new actuator for hygienic applications
The new Type 3379 Pneumatic Actuator is tailored to the requirements of hygienic applications. All moving parts are contained in a housing with a smooth stainless-steel finish, making it easy to clean. The internal air-routing prevents dirt or water from entering the actuator. Together with the new Type 3724 Positioner and the company’s diaphragm or angle valves, the actuator forms a compact automated unit with components that are perfectly tailored to one another. The travel is reliably measured by a non-contact magnetoresistive sensor in the positioner. The two software limit contacts indicate when the valve travel exceeds or falls below an adjustable switching value. After automatic initialization, operation is intuitive using three keys. Navigation within the menu on the display has been adopted from the company’s Series 3730 Positioners. — Samson AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
This data-acquisition system has three new amplifier modules
This company has introduced three new amplifier modules for its SomatXR Data Acquisition System. The new amplifier modules are especially suitable for taking measurements under very harsh operating conditions, making SomatXR systems suitable for drive and durability testing of machinery used in construction, manufacturing, agriculture or mining applications. All three modules are rated to be dust-tight and water-tight, and have an extended operating temperature range of –40 to 176°F, while also meeting stringent tolerance requirements for shock and vibration. The SomatXR data-acquisition mainframe can perform a broad range of onboard data processing, including custom computed channels, triggers, gates and Boolean expressions. — HBM, Inc., Marlborough, Mass.
AODD air-distribution system is now available in stainless steel
Wilden Pump and Engineering
The energy-efficient Pro-Flo Shift Air-Distribution System (ADS) is now available in 316 stainless steel and polypropylene plastic (photo) materials of construction, joining the original aluminum and nickel-plated aluminum offerings. The introduction of the stainless-steel and plastic options allows the company’s air-operated, double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps to be offered for a greater number of new and existing applications, including sanitary (food and beverage, personal-care products and pharmaceuticals), hazardous chemicals and corrosive environments. The ADS is ATEX-compliant for use in potentially explosive areas. — Wilden Pump and Engineering, part of Pump Solutions Group, Grand Terrace, Calif.
This instrument measures adhesion strength
Paul N. Gardner Co.
The P.A.T.T.I. Micro is an adhesive-testing instrument that quantitatively measures the adhesion strength of numerous coating materials, including: paints, polymers, ceramics, inks, films, adhesives and thermal or arc-sprayed metals. Designed for both laboratory and field use, the device can collect measurements on rough, smooth, porous, flat or curved test surfaces, in an operating temperature range of 50–120°F. Custom-machined pull-stubs are available at any size, either flat or with a radius to match curved surfaces. Even with its lightweight and portable design, the P.A.T.T.I. Micro features internal memory slots to hold test data for up to 100 pull tests. Software for computer interface is included. — Paul N. Gardner Co., Pompano Beach, Fla.
A new solenoid valve variant for high-pressure applications
Bürkert Fluid Control Systems
This company’s Type 6027 solenoid valve is now available in a new, high-pressure version for pressures up to 250 bars. The new variant of the type 6027 seals the valve seat with a ceramic ball seal. This seal is self-centering and provides reliable and longterm protection against leaks. The ball material (aluminum oxide; Al2
) is highly resilient against both abrasion and wear, and also features excellent resistance to chemicals. In addition to the ceramic ball seal, the material used for the seat of the solenoid valve is polyether ether ketone (PEEK), which is extremely temperature-resistant. — Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, Ingelfingen, Germany
Two new self-loading regulator valves
With the introduction of the new SLR-1 and SLR-2 self-loading regulator valves, this company now offers more choices for pressure regulation. The SLR-1 consists of a DA4 high-performance, pressure-loaded, flow-to-open, pressure-reducing regulator with either this company’s P1 or Fairchild Model 10 pressure-reducing regulator mounted onto it. The inlet of the main valve will divert into the P1/Fairchild, which in turn reduces the pressure to the level that is required inside the cover dome in order to maintain the setpoint of the main valve. Similar to the SLR-1, the SLR-2 employs a P1/Fairchild valve mounted onto a DA4 pressure-reducing regulator. However, unlike the SLR-1, the P1/Fairchild used on the SLR-2 is not self-relieving. Instead, the cover dome pressure will constantly bleed through a filter and check valve, and dump back into the outlet of the main valve. — Cashco, Inc., Ellsworth, Kan.
Compatibility updates for this overpressure protection software
The newest version of the Process Safety Pressure Protection Manager (PS PPM) software, 1.4 PS PPM, includes a number of comprehensive overpressure-protection solutions that support critical equipment. This version’s enhancements allow the software to be installed on more operating systems worldwide. Also included among the vers
ion’s updates are capabilities for converting default units of measure and improved reporting capabilities. The software suite’s Inlet Control of Valve Failure Calculation Method allows for users to easily ensure that design standards are met. — Siemens Industry Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.
Head-mount transmitter for hazardous area applications
The M100 is a two-wire transmitter for liquid analytics in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The M100 is said to be the world’s first transmitter for analytical measurement based on a compact head-mount design, and without a local interface. This new member of the company’s transmitter portfolio offers global approvals for hazardous-area use, and combines multiparameter measurement with remote access to predictive sensor-diagnostic tools over the HART communication protocol. The transmitter covers pH/ORP (oxidation-reduction potential), dissolved oxygen and conductivity measurements. — Mettler Toledo, Process Analytics Div., Urdorf, Switzerland
Universal display module for point-level sensors
With the new plicsLED display module, the switching status of a sensor can be read from afar, even in strong sunlight. The module is compatible with all of the sensors in this company’s “plics” family with relay output: VegaSwing series 60, VegaVib series 60, VegaWave series 60, VegaCap series w60 and VegaMIP series 60. Since external wiring is unnecessary, the time needed for installation is reduced to a minimum. Power is supplied via the relay electronics. The second relay output is used to control the switching status display. Depending on the module version, the switching status is displayed in the color combination red-green or yellow-green. PlicsLED is installed directly inside the plics sensor housing which gives it a high degree of protection from dust and water ingress. Operating temperatures range from –40 to 80ºC. — Vega Grieshaber KG, Schiltach, Germany
For oil-fired heaters, consider this optimized de-aerator
The new automatic FloCo-TOP-2 fuel-oil de-aerator was designed for continuous de-aeration and filtration of fuel oil, diesel, biofuel and biodiesel with 0–20% FAME in oil-fired heating systems (single-line systems with return supply). The de-aerator features a number of technical innovations. The height of the de-aerator hood has been reduced, and the connection for the vent hose is now located at the side so that the unit can be used even if space is very limited. The pressure gauge (service indicator) is now rotatable to facilitate readings. The de-aerator is equipped with a plastic de-aerator hood, a zinc die-cast housing and a compact plastic filter cup. FloCo-TOP-2 is suitable for a return flow of up to 120 L/h. The fuel oil de-aerator is TÜV tested and complies with EN 12514-2. — Afriso-Euro-Index GmbH, Güglingen, Germany
A new panel simplifies control-valve-related functionalities
Automated process valves using pneumatic actuators always require a range of various instrumentation components to build specific functions for each application. In conventional single-engineered solutions, compo
nents are typically assembled all around the actuator. To date, valve assembly-related instrumentation has been a selection of individual components and functionalities, resulting in a complex mix of components and systems within a plant. This company’s instrumentation panel makes valve instrumentation simpler by providing a compact solution to enable users to achieve their objectives of efficiency and reliability when building up instrumentation functionalities, lowering the overall cost of ownership. With its highly compact, modular design, the Panel centralizes all instrumentation components on one panel plate. This allows simple installation and easy maintenance access to all components from a single side. — Metso Corp., Helsinki, Finland