Absorb-&-Lock Liquid Solidification Absorbent (photo) is designed to stabilize and solidify excess liquids that separate out from industrial liquids in drums, bulk storage tanks, roll-offs and other containers before shipping and disposal. The loose absorbent contains large, highly compressed particles that work in a time-release action to reduce mix-off material separation during transportation. This absorbent is all-natural, biodegradable and more absorbent than traditional cob, sawdust or clay, according to the manufacturer. One 35-lb bag absorbs up to 21 gal of excess liquid. Furthermore, it is highly suitable for fuels blending, providing 7,500 Btu/lb with only 2.0% ash content. — New Pig Corp., Tipton, Pa.
This company’s Ecobulk intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) have been widely used in the industry. The modular design enables them to be configured to suit numerous requirements, including: providing special protection for highly permeable filling products; meeting the high hygiene standards for foods; or customizing for deployment in high-bay racking systems. The modular design of the Ecobulk is also a decisive factor in complete recyclability, providing economical and ecological efficiency. In order to make the close link between originality and quality instantly visible on its reconditioned IBCs, the company has launched a new brand name: Recobulk. Both packaging versions now have Ecobulk/Recobulk embossed on the label plate in order to document the recyclability of both products. — Schütz GmbH & Co. KGaA, Selters, Germany
The SmartShell BKCR4599 heavy-duty protective glove (photo) provides ANSI Level 4 cut resistance, light-oil and moisture resistance, non-tacky slip resistance and shock-absorbing impact protection, all in a breathable and flexible package. On the palm and fingers, the BKCR4599 offers three layers of protection. The liner is an ultra-high-performance polyethylene (HPPE) and Spandex composite that delivers strong cut resistance without bulk. Bonded to the first layer is a gray polyurethane (PU) fabric topped with a gripping nitrile-rubber surface — a barrier to light oil or other light liquid penetration. In critical areas of the palm, padding provides impact resistance. Finally, the back of the hand is loaded with sonically welded thermoplastic-rubber (TPR) padding that counters workplace pounding and abrasion. — Brass Knuckle Safety Products, Alpharetta, Ga.
The Rosemount CT5400 continuous gas analyzer (photo) combines tunable diode laser (TDL) and quantum cascade laser (QCL) technologies within the same analyzer, and uses a patented “laser chirp” to provide near-instant high-resolution spectroscopy to detect and identify a range of molecules in both the near- and mid-infrared range with an enhanced dynamic range from sub parts per million (ppm) to percent levels. Unlike traditional process-gas analyzers requiring continuous calibration and verification, and other single laser-based systems that are limited to measurement of one or two components, the modular and scalable design of the CT5400 can incorporate up to six high-resolution laser modules and can detect, measure, and monitor up to 12 critical components simultaneously. The CT5400 rack-mounted analyzer is designed for process applications, DeNOx/SCR, ammonium nitrate precursors, continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS), and continuous ambient monitoring systems (CAMS). — Emerson Process Management, Shakopee, Minn.
More than 70% of operating costs of a wastewater treatment plant are related to energy costs, arising when the aeration tanks are provided with air. The combination of this company’s blower, turbo and hybrid technology has previously offered efficient solutions in the industry. However, with the introduction of a new control combination, AERsmart (photo), performance can now be sustainably increased even further — additional savings of up to 15% can be achieved, says the company. AERsmart arranges volume flows amongst the machinery in a mode so that low, medium and high loads can be processed efficiently per an existing configuration, whereby the characteristic diagrams and the efficiency levels are integrated in the algorithm of the control system. As a consequence, the installed machinery is operated very close to the theoretical highest efficiency level. Even third-party products can be controlled via the overriding control system. AERsmart can arrange for optimized efficiency by interconnecting up to 12 machines. — Aerzener Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Aerzen, Germany
This company has extended the range of its model 55 bimetal thermometer (photo), which is now available in a version that can withstand ambient temperatures down to –70°C. Following the release of the PG23LT pressure gage, the company now also has a mechanical temperature-measuring instrument available for operation in extreme cold conditions. All components of the elastomer-free case are made of stainless steel, and its filling to prevent condensation is specified accordingly. Other environmental influences are prevented through IP65 and IP66 ingress protection (in accordance with EN 60529/lEC 60529). The device has a total measurement range of –70 to 250°C. — Wika Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
Requiring no integrated plant air to function, the MCF PowerSaver dust collector (photo) generates energy cost-savings of up to 50% over conventional high-pressure pulse-jet or reverse air-cleaning systems, says the company. The MCF is built to handle heavy dust loads, including abrasive materials, and comes in configurations to fit most industrial air-quality applications. With a patented, controlled cleaning system, the MCF PowerSaver aligns the cleaning arm and bag segments, which positions the air nozzles to fire directly into the bags. No air is wasted, resulting in reduced energy consumption and extended filter-bag life. The MCF PowerSaver operates with medium-pressure cleaning air (7–9 psig) and provides cleaning capacities up to 250,000 ft3/min. Additionally, the MCF PowerSaver handles extreme environments where temperatures can reach over 500˚F. — Schenck Process LLC, Kansas City, Mo.
The UniMax series of floor-mount fume hoods (photo) includes a wide selection of models that feature fire-suppression systems. Standard models are available as follows: 6 to 24 ft wide; 4 to 8 ft deep; and 7 to 16 ft high. Tall-apparatus systems, distillation processes, roll-in reactors or long integrated instrumentation systems can be easily accommodated in these hoods. The hoods are constructed of chemical-resistant, non-conductive modular panels featuring composite-resin surface material. This modular design allows for onsite assembly and the ability to disassemble at a later date, move and reassemble. Custom sizes and designs can also be built to exact specifications. — Hemco Corp., Independence, Mo.
The new T-CUT tubular modules (photo) with membranes made from polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) or polyethersulfone (PES) complement this company’s CUT product range with a robust and efficient tubular module. The outstanding stability of the membranes and the possibility to apply chemical cleaning means that the T-CUT tubular modules can be used in challenging applications, such as for the treatment of chemical stripping baths used in the metal processing industry for separating oil and water, or for the separation of biomass from water. — CUT Membrane Technology GmbH, Erkrath, Germany
The Sentinel Float Stick System (photo) serves as a wireless-communication link in the remote monitoring and control of tank levels and temperatures for offsite data processing. Consisting of a magnetostrictive level probe with integrated temperature sensors mated with a Sentinel wireless node, the Sentinel Float Stick System creates a wireless connection between a sensor and a gateway where sensor data, along with node-diagnostic information, is available via a Modbus RTU or TCP interface. Reported values include product level, interface level, temperature and status. Powered by internal lithium batteries or an optional solar package, the system has a½-mile range and operating temperatures of –40 to 60ºC. The Sentinel Float Stick System is designed for Class 1 Division 1 intrinsically safe operation. In addition to monitoring tank levels, the Float Stick System integrates a temperature sensor to measure fluid temperature. — SignalFire Wireless Telemetry, Hudson, Mass.
The VHSC range (photo) of standalone or integrated dust collectors and vacuum cleanup conveyors are designed for high-volume air movement, providing dust control that meets ATEX-certified and explosion-proof standards for any powder having a minimum ignition energy (MIE) greater than 1 mJ. The units are available in three sizes with 10-, 14- and 18-in. diameters, and all contact parts are manufactured from 316L stainless steel. VHSC units provide multiple options for specific applications, including dust suppression, spillage cleanup or reclaiming excess product. With vacuum levels as deep as 26 in. Hg, the units cater to a wide range of materials, including slurries and dense metal powders, such as those used in 3-D metal printing. — Volkmann, Inc., Bristol, Pa.
The new LiquiSonic V10 (photo) is an inline analytical solution for determining the concentration of process liquids. The sensors and controllers of the new V10 generation have advanced technological components, functional design and valuable features that increase user benefits, says the manufacturer. The sensor design includes a new electronics enclosure, which is characterized by increased compactness and maximum robustness. The use of the latest technology allows even more precise and faster measurement and improved repeatability. The V10 sensors use less energy and meet the increased requirements on energy efficiency and environmental protection. For use in hazardous areas, the V10 sensors are ATEX-, IECEx- and FM-certified, while other V10 sensor types are 3-A certified for use in the food and pharmaceutical industry. — SensoTech GmbH, Magdeburg–Barleben, Germany
The Inflatable Seal Mechanical Interlock system for the Roto-Flate spherical valve (photo) enhances reliability and causes the valve to fail closed and inflated in the case of electric or pneumatic loss. The mechanical interlock prevents the inflatable seal from inflating before the valve dome is in the closed position. When utilized with a spring-return pneumatic actuator and normally open seal solenoid, the Roto-Flate valve now closes and inflates upon electrical power loss, regardless of the position of the valve at the time power is lost. The interlock also prevents unintended or premature inflation of the inflatable seal, thereby decreasing risk of damage during startup. For applications where the valve is required to also close on pneumatic loss, the Roto-Flate can be provided with a valve arrangement that will inflate the seal from a reserve air-source, and keep it inflated for extended periods. Applications that require a fail-open or fail-last disposition can also be easily accommodated. — Roto-Disc, Inc., Erlanger, Ky.
This company’s line of EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) spool-type expansion joints has received NSF/ANSI 61 certification for equipment that comes in contact with either potable water or products that support the production of potable water. The certification applies to the following EPDM expansion joint products: Series 230; Series 233L/234L; Series 271; and Series RC/RE-23. These certified expansion joints are available in sizes ranging from 1 to 120 in. in diameter. For sizes less than 8 in. in diameter, the company recommends no more than one joint per 175 ft of pipe. All of the certified products are supplied with labels to identify them as NSF/ANSI 61. — Proco Products, Inc., Stockton Calif.
The Lightnin SSi (stainless-steel inline; photo) and SSO (stainless-steel offset) mixers use high-efficiency gearing to match individual application needs and are specifically designed to meet the high standards required by the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food-and-beverage industries. The mixers are suitable for a wide range of mixing applications in areas including buffer and media preparation, fermenters, bioreactors, product recovery and bulk pharmaceutical processing. Their hygienic design offers either USP Class VI or FDA GRAS elastomers and seal faces. The mixers have open-tank, lip-seal and mechanical-seal mounting options with a choice of ANSI, DIN or sanitary flanges. The units are further designed to accommodate longer shaft lengths to fit mix-tanks without the need for any in-tank bottom support. This makes the units easier to maintain and operate without the possibility of damage to the mixer or tank. Various motor options, plus a full spectrum of impeller types, are available to meet a wide range of tank sizes. — SPX Flow, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
This company has developed a kit that can be used to seal leaks in high-pressure pipes (photo). The system uses specially formulated rubber patches that are slid over a leak and held in place by ratchet straps. The kits can be used to seal leaks in pipes ranging from 2 to 20 in. in diameter, and can cover holes up to 1-in. across. Users who employ the correct application technique can successfully seal a leak through which liquid is escaping at pressures up to 10 bars. The kits can be used in storage-tank farms, as well as many areas of the offshore oil-and-gas, marine, chemical and construction industries. — Miko Marine AS, Oslo, Norway
This company’s new proportional poppet valve (photo) for descaling applications is said to last three to five times longer than traditional poppet valves. By eliminating the effects of waterhammer and system shock, this poppet-valve technology promotes safety in the plant and cuts operating costs in half, says the manufacturer. The valve can be programmed to eliminate damaging waterhammer, which can lead to burst pipes and cracked welds. Typically, the speed is only reduced for the last 10 to 20% of the stroke, just before completely shutting off flow to the descale header. This slow rate of closure can be fine-turned via the integrated local control interface or programmable logic controller (PLC). To combat the high-velocity fluid flow created by the valve’s slow rate of closure, the valve incorporates ceramic seating surfaces that prevent wear from the fluid flow. The full ceramic seat is more durable than conventional seat materials, such as heat-treated stainless steel. — Hunt Valve, Salem, Ohio
Key technologies for connecting semi-finished products in both pure thermoplastics and dual laminates are rod welding and extrusion welding. The post-chlorinated polyvinylchloride (CPVC) welding rod is therefore an important component for the entire system. Until now, many different CPVC rod qualities have been used, requiring precise specification and control of correct implementation. Together with fabricators GF DEKA and Simona, this company has developed a new welding-rod generation, which was commercialized last month. The new CPVC welding rod is available in diameters of 3 and 4 mm, and offers the following advantages: genuine system behavior with regard to corrosion resistance; compatibility with sheets and pipes; matching and exceeding the performance of state-of-the-art CPVC welding-rod products (for instance, in contact with wet chlorine or anolyte); and more. — Lubrizol Advanced Materials Europe BVBA, Brussels, Belgium