The introduction of a new vibration analyzer
VibXpert Ultra is a new generation four-channel FFT (fast Fourier transform) data collector, signal analyzer and field balancer. The vibration analyzer features simultaneous data acquisition on four channels and lowers the measurement time down to the physical limit, says the company. The device’s Xpert View feature offers an innovative way to visualize measurement results. Up to four signals can be displayed in one screen, in addition to the monitoring parameters of choice. With Xpert View at the press of a button, the operator is able to get the full picture of a rotating-machine’s health at a glance. — Prüftechnik AG, Ismaning, Germany
These membrane modules now boast a larger area
This manufacturer has increased the membrane area of its Bio-Cel BC400 by 4%, and thus changes the name to BC416. The increase in membrane area allows for an optimization of the crossflow, as well as enabling an increased packing density. These changes will also be implemented with the BC100 (soon to be called Bio-Cel BC104) modules throughout the course of 2015. — Microdyn-Nadir GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany
A programmable module enables pre-configured pump parameters
The Intelligent Metering Pump incorporates an Electronic Programming Module (EPM) memory chip on which parameters can be pre-configured. This makes replacement of a drive simple, quick and accurate. Users can simply insert the EPM chip from a previous drive into the new one with no downtime. When the EPM-equipped drive is used on a line containing multiple drives with identical setup, programming the entire line takes just minutes. Various accessories can easily be connected to the drive via the control terminals on the terminal strip inside the controller. A control module is also available as an option, but it is not needed when accessories are wired directly to the terminal strip. — Seepex Inc., Enon, Ohio
This pelletizer incorporates a number of features
Automatik Pelletizing Systems
The Primo 200E is said to be particularly well-suited for the compounding of thermoplastic masterbatches with throughputs of up to 1.5 ton/h. The Primo 200E is a single-side mounted, dry-cut strand pelletizer with an extra-large cutting width of 200 mm. Its unique cutting geometry — with the shortest, unguided length between the feed rollers and cut — permits optimal straight cutting of both hard, abrasive and very soft, flexible plastic strands. The pellet dimensions can be changed very quickly thanks to an optional automatic pellet-length adjustment system. — Automatik Pelletizing Systems, a subsidiary of Maag — a Dover Corporation company, Oberglatt, Switzerland
A new level sensor in a hygienic design
WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co.
For sanitary applications, this manufacturer has developed a magnetostrictive level sensor in hygienic design. The model FLM-H sensor, is certified in accordance with 3A Sanitary Standards, and measures level in tanks and vessels with an accuracy of less than 0.5 mm. The level is detected continuously, regardless of any physicochemical changes of state in the media, such as foaming or boiling effects. Based on the float principle, the device even operates reliably with clean- and steam-in-place (CIP/SIP) processes. The 4–20-mA output of the sensor (also available with HART protocol) transmits the signal over long distances. The sensor is also suitable for SIL 2 (IEC 61508) installations. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
Datasheet-management platform with GHS-specific enhancements
Online-SDS 9.0 is the newest available version of this company’s application for managing chemical and safety datasheets (SDS). This latest edition features enhancements designed to improve the accessibility and usefulness of compliance information stored within the platform. With hazard classification information changing rapidly across the world du
e to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, this online application provides easily accessible navigation and tracking of metrics, such as volume of SDS per location and the volume of new products added or removed per month. Other improvements include new export options for product data and streamlined report pages. — 3E Co., Carlsbad, Calif.
A new silicone resin for water-repellent wood coatings
Presented at the European Coatings Show (Nuremberg, Germany; April 21–23), the new silicone-resin emulsion Silres WH is based on a new silicone resin, and can be used as a hydrophobizing wood-impregnating agent or as an additive in wood stains. Wood impregnated with Silres WH is protected against dampness, moisture and the subsequent damage ca
used by fungi and insects for an exceedingly long time. The company is also showcasing a binder from its new Primus line for high-value outdoor applications. Primis AF 1000, the line’s first product, combines organic and inorganic components, enabling the formulation of bright, highly durable exterior paints with reduced dirt pick-up. — Wacker Chemie AG, Munich, Germany
A mobile app for catalyst recommendations
This company has launched its Catalytic Reaction Guide (CRG) as a free mobile application (app), which provides users mobile access to catalyst recommendations on over 150 chemical reactions in the area of homogeneous, heterogeneous and asymmetric catalysis. Users can easily view and search a full product listing with streamlined technical support, tak
e advantage of an efficient quotation request process, and obtain contact information for a complete services offering. In addition to catalyst recommendations, the app features a convenient Chemical Abstracts Service
searchable product listing and relevant literature references. The interface is fully customizable through a user profile t hat synchronizes data with other devices for easy tracking of recommendations and details. — Johnson Matthey Catalysis and Chiral Technologies, West Deptford, N.J.
Gas analysis in natural gas and biogas plants
Inca is a modular device platform for multicomponent gas analysis with a particular focus in the biogas and natural-gas industries. Similar to a modular construction system, blocks for active-gas sampling, gas processing, as well as sensors, controller, data processing and communication are combined to form robust and reliable analysis systems. The standardized modules enable a variety of customized solutions for specific analysis tasks and combine optimal analysis results with a favorable cost position. When equipped accordingly, Inca enables sequential switchover of the measuring technology to different sample-gas streams from up to ten measuring points, for example, for sampling from multiple fermenters in biogas plants. A variety of sensors with different measuring ranges are available for the devices, including NDIR sensors (for CH4
), electrochemical sensors (for O2
S and H2
), paramagnetic sensors (for O2
) and acoustic cells (for specific density). — Union Instruments GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany
A large-capacity sunshade for shielding multiple instruments
The CubeShade is a large, cube-shaped sunshade for process instrumentation that shields equipment, such as electronic monitoring systems, explosion-proof junction boxes or analyzer installations, from solar radiation. The CubeShade’s protective cover measures 600 × 550 × 500 mm, providing a large shaded environment that can accommodate and protect large or multiple instruments, as well as simplifying maintenance access. The CubeShade is constructed entirely from glass-fiber reinforced, sheet-molding compound (SMC). The material’s advantages include a high resistance to UV light and corrosion from salt and common petrochemicals, as well as a low thermal conductivity, which helps to prevent the transfer of heat-generating solar radiation into the shaded area. — Intertec Instrumentation Ltd., Sarnia, Ont., Canada
A leak-tight barb fitting for handling liquids and gases
QED Environmental Systems
The patent-pending Easy Port Capped Barb Fitting is a sampling port designed for liquids and gases under vacuum conditions or in low-pressure applications. Unlike standard barb fittings, the Easy Port includes a leak-tight, screw-on cap to seal the barb between uses. The cap also protects the barb from contamination and damage, and is tethered, so it cannot be dropped or lost. Made with tough, fiber-reinforced nylon for high strength, these barb fittings are also ultraviolet (UV) protected. The fittings’ heavy walls help to reduce heat loss and freezing. — QED Environmental Systems, Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Integrated blowers save time and money
HPC Compressed Air Systems
These new compact rotary blowers are supplied connection-ready with integrated mains power supply equipment and monitoring, including all sensors and star-delta starter, or with a frequency converter to enable flexible speed control. The range BB69C through FB791C rotary blowers deliver from 0.5 to 74 m3
/min at up to 1,000 mbarg, or 500 mbar (partial vacuum), and are suitable for applications such as pneumatic conveying of powdered goods, water treatment, or wherever the generation of blowing air is required from a compact and efficient unit. The complete system packages are CE- and EMC- certified, which means less work for both the operator and system provider in terms of planning, installation, certification, documentation and commissioning. — HPC Compressed Air Systems, Burgess Hill, U.K.
This disperser re-suspends densely packed, layered materials
Charles Ross & Son Co.
This company’s bowtie dispersers are designed for mixing heavy pastes and viscous liquids, with handling capability of viscosities up to several hundred thousand centipoise. Driven by an explosion-proof inverter-duty motor, the bowtie agitator creates a very uniform consistency without running at high speeds. This type of mixer is also suitable for re-suspending dense materials that have packed into layers during storage or transit. An air-oil hydraulic lift raises and lowers the agitator into the vessel. Safety limit switches prevent operation of the mixer while in the raised position or without a vessel in place. All wetted parts are 304 stainless steel. — Charles Ross & Son Co., Hauppauge, N.Y.
Online boiler cleaning with this shock-pulse machine
The Shock Pulse Generator automatically generates shock pulses, providing continuous boiler cleaning in a number of applications, including waste-to-energy plants, industrial boilers, sludge-incineration plants, coal-fired power plants, black liquor boilers, filters, spray absorbers and cement kilns. The small and compact design makes it easy to install in existing and new plants. The Shock Pulse Generator’s online boiler-cleaning technology reduces standstill periods, increasing overall boiler efficiency. — Explosion Power GmbH, Lenzburg, Switzerland
This glass flowmeter now has a 4–20-mA output option
With the new option “WIM”, a 4–20-mA electrical output signal is now available for the variable-area flowmeter VA40. While the flowrate with these glass devices could previously be read only locally, the 4–20-mA output option allows for transmission of the measured value for control or evaluation purposes. With VA40 WIM version, the height of the float is converted into an electrical signal via a Hall sensor chain. This signal can be used for a PLC/DCS, or to record the measured value over a certain period with a data logger. Along with each VA40 WIM, the manufacturer supplies the calibration curve, allowing the customer to assign the exact flow value to any current value. — Krohne Messtechnik GmbH, Duisburg, Germany
Isolate dust explosions with this updated line of equipment
The Exkop combustible-dust-explosion isolation system provides safe and economic explosion, spark and flame-front isolation. The Exkop system is now available for an expanded range of applications, including those with reduced explosion pressures and larger diameters than were previously served. The pinch valves protect interconnected equipment via the high-speed closure of a fast-acting food-grade elastomer hose. — Rembe, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.