Fluoropolymer sensors extend this temperature logger’s range
The TR-71nw two-channel temperature-data logger (photo) supports automated data collection, remote monitoring and alerting with a simple Ethernet LAN connection. Data can be automatically uploaded to a Web-based storage service, and alerts can be sent via email. Alternatively, all data can be accessed through dedicated mobile applications, available for both Apple iOS and Android platforms. The TR-71nw measurement range is –40 to 110°C (with the standard supplied sensor), and an expanded range of –60 to 155°C is available with an optional fluoropolymer-coated sensor. — TandD Corp., Santa Fe, N. Mex.
Save energy and space with these compact refrigerant dryers
Efficient and reliable compressed air treatment, such as refrigeration drying that removes unwanted moisture, is essential in many industrial applications, and the new Secotec TF Refrigerant Dryer Series enables users to maximize energy savings while using less space. A feature of these second-generation dryers is a latent-heat, thermal-mass heat-exchanger system, which leads to a significantly higher thermal storage capacity, as 98% less thermal material is required compared to conventional refrigeration-drying systems. The dryers deliver air flows from 17 to 34 m³/min, and are designed to use less than 87 W/m3
of air to be dried per minute, compared to conventional systems that use 200–250 W/m3
on average, says the company. — HPC Compressed Air Systems, Burgess Hill, U.K.
This laser-distance sensor includes updated firmware
This company’s Q4X laser-distance sensor (photo) has been updated to include a new dual-teach-mode model. Featuring new firmware, the Q4X dual-teach-mode sensor combines window thresholds on both target distance and target reflected intensity, and can now detect clear objects without requiring a retro-reflector. The Q4X detects distance changes as small as 1 mm, and covers a range from 25 to 300 mm. The sensor is suitable for difficult distance-based sensing applications, as it can detect objects regardless of target surface reflectivity, including black foam on black plastic, black rubber in front of metal and multicolor packaging. With the dual-teach mode, the sensor can now detect small changes in reflected intensity for targets inside the distance threshold. — Banner Engineering, Minneapolis, Minn.
This triple diaphragm pump’s gears are arranged in 3D
The Novaplex Vector is a triple-diaphragm process pump that reduces the required footprint for installation by arranging the pump heads in three dimensions. Its new patented design simplifies assembly and reduces the number of crankshaft bearings from six to two, incre
asing reliability and making maintenance easy. The model uses the robust Bran+Luebbe diaphragm-pump head design, which can be used in potentially hazardous atmospheres, and is certified for use in hazardous areas up to Zone 1 IIC T4. The pump can be equipped with the Novalink-CSM 2 continuous pump-monitoring system. This software can be used as a stand-alone solution or incorporated into an asset-management system to enable advance detection of possible pump failure. Its use can help to optimize maintenance schedules. — SPX Corp., Charlotte, N.C.
Two new gas regulators to control and relieve pressure
AURA Gas Controls
This new series of highly durable specialized gas regulators (photo) is designed to provide accurate control of systems operating under vacuum. The EXS Sub-Atmospheric series regulator provides precise control under sub-atmospheric conditions, along with low setpoint and low-flow, positive-pressure applications. Its proprietary hybrid-spring design works in tandem with an oversized dual-surface diaphragm to enable sensitive control, in contrast to a standard regulator design that loses the ability to control pressure when subject to downstream vacuum, says the manufacturer. The EXZ Sub-Atmospheric series backpressure regulator provides repeatable relief of excess positive pressure caused by accumulation or upstream sample injection in systems operating under vacuum. Its high-load adjusting spring maintains seat closure under vacuum, while a negative bias-spring allows for precise relief as positive pressure is introduced. This enables the user to accurately throttle excess positive pressure from the system. — AURA Gas Controls, Virginia Beach, Va.
Energy-efficient induction motors for use with VFDs
The Large AC-GPM line of energy-efficient foot-mounted induction motors (photo) includes custom models ranging from 250 to 1,500 hp. The GPM product line fits various industrial applications where high torque is required, including pumps, fans, conveyors and compressors. Stock GPM motor features include all cast-iron construction, drive-end slinger, insulated opposite drive-end bearings, space heaters, and a ground lug in the conduit box. The entire product line is suitable for use with VFDs. — Baldor Electric Co., Fort Smith, Ark.
This low-consumption steam trap can be installed in any position
The Gestra BK37-5 thermostatic bimetallic steam trap (photo) does not consume live steam during operation and can save up to 0.9 kg/h of steam consumption when compared to thermodynamic and inverted-bucket steam-trap technologies, says the company. The BK37-5 is designed for pressures from 10 to 650 psi, and is suitable for both saturated and superheated steam. Its normally open function allows for automatic air venting and high-ratio startup, and the trap’s operation is unaffected by pipeline orientation, allowing it to be installed in any position. The BK37-5 also features the field-proven BK46 regulator, which is not affected by waterhammer or ambient conditions. — Flowserve Corp., Irving, Tex.
A TDL gas analyzer designed specifically for ammonia
The Servotough MiniLaser Ammonia (photo) is said to be the world’s smallest cross-stack tunable-diode laser (TDL) gas analyzer, and the only TDL analyzer specifically optimized for ammonia gas measurement. Optimized for the fast, accurate and responsive measurement of ammonia in hot or hazardous conditions, the Servotough MiniLaser Ammonia is particularly suitable for ammonia slippage applications in coal-fired power plants. The MiniLaser’s compact size and dramatically reduced footprint offer installation flexibility. A built-in display eliminates the need to use a laptop for configuration and diagnostics. The MiniLaser Ammonia also includes a new purge design, which significantly reduces nitrogen and air purge costs. — Servomex Group Ltd., Crowborough, U.K.
A new range of coaxial-valve gearboxes
The new GP range of coaxial gearboxes allows manual valve operation or automation via an actuator, that is mounted by means of an adapter flange. The illustrated versions (photo) are equipped with handwheel and square for power-tool operation. GP gearboxes can be used to operate gate and globe valves, but also partial-turn valves like butterfly valves and ball valves. Coaxial design allows centered gearbox mounting onto valve flange and avoids radial force impact to the valve. The gearboxes are available in four sizes with three reduction ratios each, and cover the torque range between 100 and 2,500 N-m. Reduction ratios are implemented by planetary gearings. — AUMA Riester GmbH & Co. KG, Muellheim, Germany
Locally or remotely monitor the water content of recycled metals
This company’s Smart Moisture Monitor (photo) is a non-contact electronic-scanning device that helps to prevent excessive water content in recycling processes to increase metals recovery. The Moisture Monitor measures the water content of material passing through its inspection field. When installed on a conveyor, it reports the moisture content of the material on the belt as a percentage that can be read locally or remotely via a Web portal. The device enables users to optimize the amount of water injected into the mill to prevent fires and control airborne dust generation. — Eriez Manufacturing Co., Erie, Pa.
Ironless motors provide smooth motion and a high velocity range
The compact V-551 motorized linear-translation stage comes equipped with an integrated absolute-measuring encoder with a resolution of 2 nm. High velocity (up to 500 mm/s) and quick acceleration are provided by a newly developed ironless magnetic linear motor, resulting in high accuracy and smooth motion. Precision-crossed roller bearings with anti-creep cage assist provide accurate guiding. The ironless non-cogging linea
r motors provide very smooth motion, and a high dynamic velocity range, along with rapid acceleration. They are suitable for applications where high or extremely constant velocity is required, such as in optics inspection, metrology, photonics and interferometry. — PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P.,
Expanded compatibility for this boiler-control system
Webster Combustion Technology
This company has expanded its patented Temp-a-Trim control system (photo) so that it is compatible for installation on any brand of commercial or industrial boiler. The Temp-a-Trim system is designed to deliver fuel savings of up to 3% and electrical savings of up to 30% in boilers, says the company. Temp-A-Trim works by precisely correcting for air density, as the combustion air temperature changes to automatically optimize combustion efficiency. A built-in VFD adjusts the fan speed based on incoming air temperature to create a constant airflow for combustion, assuring that the burner is always operating at its maximum efficiency. — Webster Combustion Technology LLC, Winfield, Kan.
A control system with a pin-less electromagnetic backplane
This company has released a new industrial control system (photo) that features a patented architecture with a pin-less, electromagnetic backplane and embedded cybersecurity. According to the company, this system addresses virtually all control applications with fewer than a dozen part numbers, reducing cyberattack vectors, cutting lifecycle costs, and simplifying engineering, commissioning and maintenance. Furthermore, the system delivers input/output (I/O), power and communications across the pin-less electromagnetic backplane with a parallel architecture that supports fast scan times, regardless of I/O count. The removal of I/O pins improves reliability and increases cybersecurity, while forming a galvanic isolation barrier for every I/O channel. This backplane also allows for the installation of I/O modules in any orientation and location for flexibility in I/O and cable management. — Bedrock Automation, San Jose, Calif.
Explosion-proof HVAC system for process analyzer shelters
This ATEX-compliant HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system (photo) provides a complete all-in-one climate-control and personnel-safety solution for walk-in style process-analytical instrumentation shelters. It is customizable and scaleable to suit a broad range of applications, and can be supplied fully integrated within the shelter or as an external standalone unit. Designed specifically for hazardous-area applications up to Zone 1, the system delivers a steady flow of conditioned and filtered clean air to the shelter, maintaining it slightly above atmospheric pressure to prevent the ingress of dust or gas. It is especially suitable in plants that operate in extremely hot or cold climates, or where atmospheric contaminants pose safety, health or corrosion issues with conventional through-flow air-conditioning systems. — Intertec Instrumentation Ltd., Sarnia, Ont., Canada.
PFA-lined gear pump for aggressive or high-purity liquids
Michael Smith Engineers
Liquiflo Polygard Series pumps (photo) are perfluoroalkoxy-lined (PFA) magnet-drive gear pumps for moving challenging liquids, such as acids (including hydrochloric, sulfuric, hydrofluoric, nitric and chromic), ferric chloride and sodium hydroxide. These pumps feature non-metallic wetted parts and zero leakage. They are available in seven sizes in both DIN- and ANSI-flanged connections, and provide flows up to 47 L/min at differential pressures up to 7 bars, and they can operate at temperatures up to 90°C. PFA-lined stainless-steel housings for these pumps do not suffer from the wicking problems associated with fiber-reinforced housings, and the effects of heat entrapment and corresponding thermal expansion are minimized, says the company. — Michael Smith Engineers Ltd., Woking, U.K.
A new series of screw pumps for multiphase-fluid applications
Maag Industrial Pumps
This company has introduced the new S Series of screw pumps (photo) for conveying challenging fluids. These rotary positive-displacement pumps are ATEX-certified for use in explosive or dangerous environments. They are self-priming, and deliver a constant flow with low pulsations, even at considerably different pressures and volumes, says the manufacturer. Twin-screw pumps can be a good option for conveying challenging multiple-phase fluids containing oil, gas and water. In a variant of the S Series, the twin-screw pumps employ timing gears to transmit the power from the power screw shaft to the idler screw shaft to reduce the possibility of wear when pumping abrasive materials, or where special materials of construction dictate non-contacting operation. — Maag Industrial Pumps, Oberglatt, Switzerland
These wastewater pumps handle solids up to 4 in. in diameter
SL submersible wastewater pumps (photo) are designed to handle raw sewage, effluent and large volumes of surface and process water in municipal, utility and industrial applications. The solids-handing pump series, with motor ranges from 1.5 to 15 hp, is available with two types of impellers: the SLV SuperVortex Impeller and the SL1/S Tube Impeller. Both impeller types allow for the free passage of solids up to 4 in. in diameter, making them suitable for liquids with a content of solids, fibers or gassy sludge. The SL1/S pump type is designed particularly for large flows of raw sewage. — Grundfos Pumps Corp., Downers Grove, Ill.
Backpressure regulators designed for CO2 extraction
Equilibar Precision Pressure Control
The BR series of backpressure regulators (photo) features a blockage-resistant design geared toward supercritical CO2
extraction, as well as other processes in which clogging, blocking or freezing are potential problems. The BR series relies on internal passages to eliminate convergence points for the build-up of ice and high-viscosity oils. This design allows for precise backpressure regulation during processes involving gas expansion. BR devices are available for pressures up to 5,000 psi in standard trim, as well as pressure ranges up to 10,000 psi with high-pressure trim. — Equilibar Precision Pressure Control, Fletcher N.C.
Variable-speed converters deliver benefits for moving natural gas
The Vorecon with Dual Torque Converter (photo) is a variable-speed planetary gear with two matched torque converters. It delivers high efficiency, even into the lower speed range, providing an efficient way to control the speed of large pumps and compressors in a variety of fields. It is up to 2% more efficient than variable frequency drives (VFDs), says the company. The patented Vorecon with Dual Torque Converter is expanding its footprint in the U.S. market, with five Vorecons equipped in compressor stations transporting natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation into markets in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast states. These Vorecons are increasing transport capacity by over 25%, and improving reliability and efficiency in the process, says the manufacturer. — Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG, Heidenheim, Germany