The Sure Dose portable dosing system (photo) allows for safer dosing of materials from smaller feed tanks to larger batch or mix tanks. Since the system requires no lifting or suspension of the drum, operator exposure to the materials being transferred is reduced. Utilizing differential-pressure technology, the closed system allows dosing of most liquids, such as biocides, acids and caustics. Since the Sure Dose unit does not utilize delicate load cells, it does not require the supply drum to be elevated, and it can be placed on the floor while dispensing the material. Operators can dispense liquids using various units of measure, such as level, volume or mass, via the user-friendly interface. To ensure compatibility, the dosing system is available with different materials of construction. Available options include an automated control system, along with LED indicator lights for unit status, sensor extension cables and data-logging capabilities. — Shackelford Services LLC, Olive Branch, Miss.
The Blancett B1500 Series turbine flowmeter (photo) is designed to perform in harsh environments, providing flow measurements for standard clean, filtered liquid-flow applications in precision industrial processes, such as batching, blending and filling. According to the manufacturer, B1500 Series flowmeters feature exceptional mechanical linearity, which increases the usable flow range and helps mitigate output variance caused by viscosity fluctuations due to changes in fluid temperature. Using a helical rotor design with high-performance ceramic ball bearings, B1500 meters are able to achieve high speed-of-response and minimal pressure drop. Ceramic bearings are also lighter, more tolerant to extreme temperatures and produce less friction than stainless-steel ball bearings, which are commonly found in other turbine meters. B1500 Series meters are available in nominal line sizes from¼ to 2 in., with an accuracy rating of±0.25% of reading. Ideal flow ranges vary between 0.25 and 250 gal/min, depending on line size. — Badger Meter, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.
This company has developed extremely compact I/O (input/output) modules for AS-Interface (actuator-sensor interface; AS-i) with widths of just 17.5 and 22.5 mm. The new AS-i SlimLine compact modules (photo) are just half the width of the predecessor devices, and they save space in the control cabinet and in distributed control boxes. They possess new, practice-oriented functions, such as device connectors and switchable sensor supply, which surpass the previous functional scope. The 17.5-mm variants are said to be the slimmest AS-i modules currently on the market. The new series of AS-i SlimLine compact modules in degree of protection IP20 encompasses digital I/O modules as well as ASIsafe modules with safe inputs. It replaces the previous S22.5 and S45 SlimLine modules. The new AS-i SlimLine compact modules supplement the product range of AS-i field modules and they are suitable for initial installation, servicing, or whenever a change or expansion is made in a plant. — Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
The centerpiece of this company’s line of closely tailored nitrogen-generating solutions is the N2 generator selected from the N 7 P to N 56 P range (photo). Closely tailored to the N2 demand, it delivers purity grades of up to 5.0 (99.999%). The generators can simply be connected to the existing compressed-air network. To produce N2, the generators need a supply of Class 141 purified compressed air according to ISO 8573-1 (including activated-carbon adsorber). Thanks to its modular design, it is easy to expand or retrofit the generator on site. Up to two expansion banks can be connected to each master bank. Each bank, in turn, takes up to eight discrete easy-to-fit modules. The up to 24 modules that result provide flexible nitrogen generation of between 1.3 and 265.8 Nm3/h. By combining even more of the complete systems, output can be increased to meet even higher demand. — Boge Kompressoren Otto Boge GmbH & Co. KG, Bielefeld, Germany
This company’s Ionizing Air Knives (photo) neutralize static that can attract dust and contaminants, and stop static discharges that can damage electronic equipment and shock personnel. With this technology, a static neutralizing bar generates positively and negatively charged ions, which are carried to the target by a uniform sheet of amplified air. The air amplifiers use a small amount of filtered, compressed air to deliver a powerful, high-velocity sheet of laminar air over wide areas. This design produces increased thrust and velocity, reduced noise and uniformity, making Ionizing Air Knives suitable for moving webs, films, sheets, strips and other assemblies and objects. Airflow can be adjusted per specific application requirements. Ionizing Air Knives are available in 6-, 12-, 18- and 24-in. lengths. A single¼-in. NPT compressed-air inlet will feed up to a 12-in. length, and two inlets will accommodate longer models. — Vortec, Cincinnati, Ohio
In addition to the Agile X Windows-based 10.1-in. tablet PC system, this company now offers two smaller Android devices that are certified for hazardous areas. The Lumen X4 is a 4.3-in. industrial mobile computer, and the Lumen X7 is a 7-in. industrial tablet for use in harsh environments. The devices survive being dropped or immersed in water, and are resistant to extreme temperatures. The devices also have near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth 3.0 and two powerful cameras. The Lumen X4 can be optionally equipped with a scanner for recording barcodes. — Bartec GmbH, Bad Mergentheim, Germany
This company’s Dry-Tec product line contains modular systems for use with extremely dry process air, enabling processes to achieve dewpoint temperatures as low as –65ºC, at volumetric flowrates from 500 to 7,500 m3/h. The Dry-Tec product line contains a basic sorption module that is used for adsorption and desorption within the system, as well as the precooler module Cool-Tec V and the aftercooler module Cool-Tec N. The precooler and aftercooler modules can optionally be equipped with various filtration elements. In addition to achieving low relative humidity, a nearly particle-free process airflow at the entry and exit of the module system can be provided. Due to their compact design and the modular assembly of the overall system, the units can be easily transported and introduced into existing production facilities. All modular Dry-Tec systems are available with stainless-steel housing. — ULT AG, Löbau, Germany
This company’s Air Saver Unit (photo), previously released in Europe and Asia, is now available in North America. The Air Saver Unit is suitable for use in both new and existing factory-floor air-nozzle and air-gun applications that allow uncontrolled blow-offs. The device generates a rapid pulse of air rather than a continuous flow, which, according to the manufacturer, reduces compressed-air costs by as much as 40–50% over typical constant-flow applications. Unlike a continuous stream of air, the pulsed-air blow strikes the work repeatedly, improving the efficiency of the air blow for drying and removing debris. The Air Saver can be easily installed into existing pneumatic systems with no additional programming required for the process logic controller (PLC). — Parker Hannifin Corp., Cleveland, Ohio
In demanding hazardous-location process environments, having realtime control of process applications is crucial. Set for release early this year, the Bebco 6500 Purge and Pressurization Series (photo) has been designed specifically for global Zone1/21 applications, and offers a control unit with HART and Bluetooth connection and communication. In addition, the 6500 vent provides continuous readouts of both pressure and flow for added monitoring functionality. A free mobile application is also available for smartphones or tablets that allows end users to easily link to the 6500 control unit. The control units are engineered in 316L stainless steel, and are available with either internal or external mounting options. — Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, Mannheim, Germany
This logistics specialist has expanded its fleet of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) by adding two new container types. The product range now also includes a steam-heatable IBC and a cube-shaped IBC (photo) that is particularly space-saving in storage and during transport. The steam-heatable 1,000-L container provides the ability to use steam, water or oil as the heating medium, thus ensuring heating that is quick but gentle on the material. It is also suitable for use in explosionhazard areas and is designed for temperatures up to 150°C and pressures up to 6 bars. The cube-shaped Meter Cube has a volumetric capacity of 1,000 L and represents a practical alternative to a plastic IBC; the container is extremely space-saving due to its special dimensions, and it is made of high-quality stainless steel. As a result of its flat construction, it can also be stacked two-high for transportation, increasing the quantity of units that are possible per transport. — Hoyer GmbH Internationale Fachspedition, Hamburg, Germany
Project Data Link is a project engineering environment that helps reduce complexity and accommodate changes in capital projects. Project Data Link translates project information, including tag databases and instrument indices, from multiple sources into project deliverables. It mitigates project risk by normalizing specifications into a single data source with traceability and an integrated change-management system. Project Data Link gives suppliers, engineering firms and other stakeholders access to project information, including specifications related to field devices and the distributed control system (DCS). In addition, data provided in various formats are normalized so that all information is available in a single, consolidated standard view. When a change is initiated, Project Data Link automatically reconciles it against what is in the system, identifies what needs to be changed, automatically sends updates to the DCS and provides an audit of what has changed. — Emerson Process Management, Austin, Tex.
The Phase Monitor II (photo) determines the solubility of various compounds and mixtures in supercritical and high-pressure fluids. It provides direct, visual observation of materials under conditions precisely controlled by the researcher. Experiments may be performed in liquids, supercritical CO2 or other liquefied gases. The effect of co-solvents on the solubility of compounds of interest may be investigated as well. The Phase Monitor II allows the user direct observation of the dissolution, precipitation and crystallization of compounds over a wide range of pressures and temperatures. Advanced studies may be done to determine melting-point depressions and the degree of polymer swelling in CO2 or traditional solvents. Experiments can be performed at pressures up to 10,000 psi and from ambient temperature to 150ºC. — Supercritical Fluid Technologies, Inc., Newark, Del.
The intrinsically safe versions of the new miniature resistance thermometers — TR21, TR31 (OEM) and TR34 (photo) — now also have the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) test mark for ignition protection type Ex i. The seal of the CSA Group facilitates the use of thermometers in North America. In addition, all three instrument types have ATEX and IECEx approval. The new miniature thermometers are designed for use in industrial applications. Their design is extremely durable, and an autoclavable version is available for sanitary applications. All models are designed for a temperature range of –50 to 250°C. — Wika Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
This company’s stainless-steel fractional distillation systems (photo) are available for batch or continuous processes, and are designed for critical applications, including high-purity processing, fragrances, foods, specialty chemicals, pharmaceutical intermediates, bio-based materials, solvents and so on. Column diameters from 1 to 24 in., and flowrates ranging from less than 1 to greater than 1,000 kg/h cover laboratory, pilot and commercial-production scales. Various types of designs, packings, column internals, control systems and alternate materials, such as Hastelloy and glass, are available. Individual key components or partial systems are also available for users that choose to build their own systems. — Pope Scientific, Inc., Saukville, Wis.
DEA Weighbelt stainless-steel feeders (photo) provide weight-controlled feeding, weight indication and totalization for fragile materials. DEA Weighbelt feeders are offered in 12- and 24-in. belt widths with easy belt detensioning and removal, belt-weight influence compensation (BIC) and feedrate capabilities up to 1,680 ft3/h. For sanitary environments, open-frame models of the DEA Weighbelt with washdown capabilities are also available. — Schenck Process LLC, Whitewater, Wis.
The Enhanced HG2G-5T Series 5.7-in. human-machine interface (HMI; photo) is available in a color version and a monochrome version, both with high resolution and increased brightness, allowing the screens to be easily read, even in direct sunlight. The Enhanced HG2G-5T HMI can communicate with a variety of different controllers, and supports up to three different communication protocols simultaneously. With operating temperatures ranging from –20 to 60ºC, the HMI is rated for installation outdoors or indoors in washdown areas. A built-in Web server allows full remote monitoring and control via any Web browser running on a PC, smartphone or tablet. Remote users can monitor current values or processes, control operation, change program values and perform troubleshooting and maintenance. — IDEC Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif.
The CVM42H CANopen multi-turn absolute encoder (photo) features stainless-steel housing, flange and shaft, and utilizes magnetic sampling to deliver 24-bit resolution position values. These compact rotary encoders excel in harsh environments with high mechanical stresses, and can withstand constant shocks and vibrations, high bearing loads, dirt and temperature fluctuations. They are typically found in mobile equipment, steel production, wind turbine and packaging applications. CVM42H absolute encoders are available with various environmental ratings and are rated for use in operating temperatures from –40 to 85ºC. They are vibration resistant to 30 g, and shock resistant to 300 g, and their resolution of up to 1 deg offers very precise positioning of movable tools. — Pepperl+Fuchs North America, Twinsburg, Ohio