Westex ShieldCXP is a protective fabric (photo) that defends the wearer against hazards from both flames and inadvertent chemical splash, providing laboratory workers with a single-layer protective solution. Interactions with hazardous chemicals and flames are frequent in laboratories, so an effective protective coat must be properly worn to serve as a solution to multiple risks. Because other fabrics may only offer flame resistance without protection against toxic or corrosive chemicals, users often are required to layer separate garments. Westex ShieldCXP is capable of both flame and chemical resistance, ensuring proper protection and simplifying purchasing decisions for laboratory managers. — Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C.
This company is developing a smart gearbox designed with an extra function for leak detection. The patent-pending Fugitive Emission Detector Gearbox forms an integral part of the valve operation and is not an external measurement device. It accurately detects leakage within the cavity formed between the valve and valve operator. Live and continuous information is relayed via a wired or wireless network to the desired location. The prompt notification of fugitive emissions to the appropriate personnel facilitates significant reductions in the severity of any leaks and the timely repair or replacement of leaking equipment, says the company. In addition to the direct detection of leaking fluids, the system can be used as a diagnostic tool to minimize the need for preventive maintenance. — Rotork Plc., Bath, U.K.
At Hanover Fair 2017, this company will introduce an optical microscope image-analyzing system designed to analyze fluids that can prove problematic for automatic particle counters, such as emulsions and dark fluids. The FastPatch 2 GO microscope system (photo) analyzes the entire effective filtration area of a filter membrane according to ISO 4407. Fluid cleanliness can be monitored through optical particle counting. The FastPatch 2 GO system analyzes particles trapped on the surface of the filter membrane and measures the length and width of each individual particle. The user can capture images of any particles of interest on the filter membrane and add them to the end report with the dimensions of each particle displayed. The end report also includes an overview of the entire effective filtration area analyzed depicting the chosen particles location on the filter patch. It takes less than 5 min to analyze a filter patch with a 25-mm dia., and the system incorporates a polarizing option for the analysis of specific particle properties. — Pamas - Partikelmess- und Analysesysteme GmbH, Rutesheim, Germany
This company now offers its simple and robust hygienic ball valves with stainless-steel construction (photo), making them easy to flush and clean for compressed air, gases and liquids in the food processing industry. The ball valves were originally developed for use in painting stations, and are therefore completely free of dead zones and easy to clean. These qualities also make them suitable for hygienic applications in food processing. The ball itself is permanently enclosed and sealed by two polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) half-liners. The inside of the ball valve and the ball seats are completely free of dead zones and micro-machined to minimal roughness. The stainless-steel ball valves have 1/4-in. threads on both ends. This provides a dead-zone-free interface to the company’s FreeLine connectors or enables direct mounting in installations and lines. — Eisele Pneumatics GmbH & Co. KG, Waiblingen, Germany
The LaserGas III CO combustion analyzer (photo) is an Ex-d certified tunable-diode-laser (TDL) carbon monoxide (CO) analyzer that also measures methane, water and temperature. Suitable for combustion processes where increased explosion safety is a requirement, this analyzer is said to be the most compact CO combustion monitor on the market. Typical applications that can benefit from this device are fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units, package boilers, process heaters, electrostatic precipitators, waste-gas recovery, incineration and so on. — NEO Monitors, Skedsmokorset, Norway
Partnering with Marathon Motors, Hub City and PARTSolutions, this company has created product-configuration software that allows design engineers to create and download perfectly matched gear-motor configurations. The software is available as a free download, and it provides automatic part-number generation, reverse-part-number lookup, 3-D PDF data sheets, 2-D drawings, and it can be embedded into any existing website or online catalog. Designers can start with the gearbox and find a motor match or vice versa, and configured files are downloadable in 150 CAD formats, which reduces time from design to delivery, says the company. — Regal Power Transmission Solutions, Aberdeen, S.D.
The VisuNet GXP human machine interface (HMI) represents the new generation of intelligent “thin client” solutions — tailored to the special requirements of Industry 4.0. The VisuNet GXP with RM Shell 4.1 (photo) and innovative control center enables horizontal and vertical access to the production system. The user interface of the firmware RM Shell 4.1 replaces the Windows desktop and focuses entirely on essential aspects of the system setup. Fast and simple integration is guaranteed, and the link to the process-control system is created within a few minutes. The Remote Monitor can be configured using the auto-connect function that it is connected to a defined process-control computer after starting. VisuNet Control Center software enables the user to manage all HMI systems with RM Shell 4.1 from one centralized workspace. Therefore, devices do not have to be set up or maintained in the field, nor hazardous areas or cleanrooms accessed. Instead, the Remote Monitors may be accessed from a central point, saving long distances, time and costs. — Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, Mannheim, Germany
The Memograph M RSG45 Data Manager (photo), a data-acquisition system for small process-control applications, now features Ethernet/IP capability, providing a cost-effective way to integrate legacy 4–20-mA, RTD, thermocouple and HART-based instruments into a modern control system. The RSG45 can quickly integrate up to 20 individual instruments into an EtherNet/IP environment using a single cable. The EtherNet/IP connection also allows a plant to control batch start and stop activities from the control room. The RSG45 is able to accept up to 14 discrete and 20 universal/HART analog inputs from process sensors. It can then display this sensor data on its 7-in. multicolor screen, record the data internally, perform calculations and alarm checks and transmit the data to a PC or any control system. — Endress+ Hauser Inc., Greenwood, Ind.
Agile X IS (photo) is a 10.1-in. tablet PC system that is certified to ATEX and IECEx for Zone 1/UL Class 1 Div 1. The robust, dust- and water-repellent device is suitable for various industries ranging from oil-and-gas to chemicals and pharmaceuticals. It allows users to take their office directly into dangerous areas without having to worry about explosion-protection requirements. This results in unprecedented flexibility, since it is becoming more and more important for mobile workers to access data and systems directly in the field. The capacitive special display is not only very readable in strong sunshine and rain, but can also be operated with standard commercial gloves. The tablet PC has an 8 GB memory and a 128 GB SSD memory, a micro SD card slot that stores up to 32 GB, supports USB 2.0 (also directly in Zone 1) and GPS and NFC functionality. — Bartec GmbH, Bad Mergentheim, Germany
The E-Z Tray air stripper (photo) is a sliding-tray, stainless-steel air stripper used for removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from contaminated groundwater and waste streams. E-Z Tray’s design achieves high removal efficiencies in an easy-to-maintain process unit that is readily accessible for process monitoring and inspection, even while in operation. The stripper is not prone to fouling and can be cleaned by one person with a simple pressure wash. It also offers a wide turndown range. As contaminated groundwater enters through the top of the E-Z Tray air stripper, millions of air bubbles are forced by blower pressure up through the perforated trays. This creates a turbulent froth zone with an extremely high air-to-liquid surface area for mass transfer of VOCs from liquid to air. Using the froth instead of a conventional tower packing delivers high VOC-removal efficiencies, even under fouling conditions. — QED Environmental Systems, Ann Arbor, Mich.
With its new high-voltage motor series Simotics HV HP (photo), this company is now able to cover an extended power range of up to 70 MW. Its flexible modular concept makes this series ideal for precisely tailored solutions in all kinds of industrial applications in the high-power range. The new series benefits from short delivery periods and helps minimize the work involved in planning and engineering, speeding up project completion and bringing forward overall plant commissioning. These high-voltage motors can be used for a wide range of applications in fields as diverse as shipbuilding, power-plant technology and the oil, gas, metals and fibers industries. All the models of the Simotics HV HP series are available as synchronous or induction motors, in a high- or low-temperature version, with gas- and dust-explosion protection and with a wide variety of cooling methods. — Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
The Field Information Manager 1.1 Handheld Edition software enables users to do configuration, parametrization and diagnosis of HART instruments in many locations — in the field, at the back of the panel or junction box or in the instrumentation laboratory. The Field Information Manager can be installed on any Windows tablet, laptop or computer, meaning that multiple instrumentation programs can be installed on a single machine. It is very quick to install and saves time for instrument and service technicians. The Field Information Manager Store and Print device configuration allows easy transfer of parameters from one device to another and eliminates manual recording of parameters. — ABB, Zurich, Switzerland
The eStart mobile app (photo) is used during project commissioning and startup to digitally gather data and create loop folders to house all relevant instrument data and checksheets. Digital folder creation not only greatly reduces documentation time, but also keeps all electronic data at the technicians’ fingertips. In addition, eStart’s Near Me feature uses GPS technology to locate nearby instruments and identify in which stage of commissioning they are. Visibility within commissioning projects is crucial, and with eStart, every time a step is completed, the app automatically records the technician’s name, date and time, providing realtime updates. This allows users to proactively make adjustments to get the project back on track. — Maverick Technologies, Columbia, Ill.