The Sitrans FS220 clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter (photo) is the newest addition to this company’s portfolio of next-generation digital flow-measurement systems. Combining the Sitrans FST020 transmitter with Sitrans FSS200 externally mounted sensors, the Sitrans FS220 offers the most commonly required measurement functions with high accuracy, cost efficiency and ease of use, says the company. The new flow system is suitable for industries that require budget-conscious liquid flow instrumentation, including water and wastewater, power, HVAC and chemical. It measures with a consistently high accuracy of 1% of flowrate, improved zero-stability, resulting in minimal need to set a zero point and repeatability of 0.25% according to ISO 11631. — Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
This company has added three rotary jet heads — GJ A2, GJ A6 and GJ PF FT (photo) — to its product line of tank-cleaning solutions. This gives users the ability to install rotary-jet head technology in small-size tank openings, such as 3 or 4 in., where static spray ball and rotary spray heads are normally mounted. By retrofitting with one of the three small GJ jet heads, users can avoid reworking the tank to accommodate upgrading tank cleaning equipment, meaning low installation cost. Rotary jet heads clean tanks 70% faster than the static spray ball technology, says the company. Because of faster cleaning, rotary-jet heads use less water and chemicals, reportedly reducing operating costs by up to 80%. — Alfa Laval AB, Lund, Sweden
Caesar II 2018 (V. 10.0) is the newest version of this company’s software suite for pipe stress analysis and evaluating the structural responses and stresses of piping systems according to international codes and standards. In addition to the latest piping codes, Caesar II now supports a more robust analysis (compliant with KHK Level 2 standards) of the stability of a piping system during a serious seismic event, helping to ensure the safety of facility piping in earthquake-prone areas. The new version also offers the ability to identify and track supports throughout the software using new support and hanger-tag fields. When a user deletes a load case, the software automatically renumbers the remaining cases and indicates any impacts from the deletion to combination cases. In Caesar II, quick model changes are also possible with the Find & Replace option in the list inputs. — Hexagon PPM, Huntsville, Ala.
The Y-Flow product family consists of the Y-Flow YFFC (field flow computer; photo) and Y-Flow YRTU (remote terminal unit). The Y-Flow YFFC is a low-power, orifice-flow computer designed to measure AGA 3 orifice gas flow and the Y-Flow YRTU is a low-power remote terminal unit designed to measure various complex AGA gas flow calculations, as well as remote control applications. The Y-Flow YFFC utilizes the company’s EJX910A multivariable transmitter capsule and communication board. The multivariable capsule and communication board are integrated into the flow computer as a single unit, thus reducing the cost of ownership and providing an accurate and precise measurement. The Y-Flow YRTU is a remote terminal unit that allows an external turbine meter, ultrasonic meter, multivariable transmitters and Coriolis meter to be connected to measure complex AGA gas flow calculations. — Yokogawa Corp. of America, Newnan, Ga.
Arium mini (photo) is a compact, ultrapure-water system for laboratory and pharmaceutical applications. This new system delivers a flowrate of 1 L/min and is specially designed for ultrapure water requirements of less than 10 L/d. This space-saving unit, with a width of only 28 cm (11 in.), easily integrates into laboratory environments. The standard version of Arium mini is independent of a permanently installed water tap. Water is supplied to this system via the integrated bag, which is filled by a built-in pump. In the process, pretreated water is pumped into the bag automatically and is thus used as feedwater for the production of ultrapure water. The expanded version, Arium mini Plus, can be directly connected to a feedwater tap. In this system, feedwater is treated first by a pretreatment cartridge, which consists of a combination of activated carbon and a reverse-osmosis module, and is safely stored intermediately in the integrated bag. Final production of ultrapure water then takes place using a specially developed purification cartridge. — Sartorius Stedim Biotech, Göttingen, Germany
This company has added four new detectors to its CLUE (cathodo-luminescence universal extension) series for use with scanning electron microscopes (SEM) in materials science, mineralogy and biotechnology applications. According to the manufacturer, they interface with any SEM, are fully automated and modular, and offer the widest spectral range available. The new models include the R-Clue, which combines cathodoluminescence, Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence within one compact fiber-coupled solution. The H-Clue model includes direct optical coupling and high-resolution spectrometry. — Horiba Scientific, Edison, N.J.
The new, selective Lewatit TP 107 ion-exchange resin was developed specifically for municipal drinking water treatment facilities and is certified to NSF/ANSI standard 61. Lewatit TP 107 also offers key advantages in the industrial sector, such as for wastewater treatment in the electroplating industries. The regenerable adsorber resin (multiple-use) demonstrates desirable chromate-adsorption kinetics at high specific flowrates, thus significantly reducing the resin requirements, says the manufacturer. Compared to traditional strong-base anion-exchange resins, the capacity for chromium (VI) is increased by a factor of up to 2.5. Hazardous chromate is removed from wastewater with up to 100 ppm Cr (VI) content, as well as at very low concentrations in the ppb range, thus meeting all current regulatory requirements. The resins require fairly infrequent regeneration, thereby significantly reducing the consumption of regeneration chemicals. Following reduction, the regenerating solutions can be treated easily and safely. — Lanxess AG,Cologne, Germany
The dual-function FS10i flow switch/monitor (photo) delivers two functions in a single instrument. It is particularly useful in gas-flow safety-related applications (including those with hazardous gases) because it is designed to provide a dependable high- or low-trip point alarm, says the manufacturer. It also includes an analog 4–20-mA output signal and operates over a wide flow range in air or gas from 0.25 to 400 ft/s and in water from 0.01 to 0.5 ft/s with a repeatability of±0.5% of reading. Configured in the field, the FS10i eliminates additional calibration costs. The FS10i flow switch/monitor’s analog output enables flow trending that can provide an early warning of clogged filters, pipe fitting leaks, wearing seals, pump problems and other causes of flow disruptions before system shutdown. The FS10i is designed for insertion into 0.5-in. (13 mm) or larger pipes and square ducts. — Fluid Components International LLC (FCI), San Marcos, Calif.
This company has introduced a lightweight, handheld and flexible device to open truck-trailer hopper gates and traps safely and efficiently. The patent-pending Door Demon HTO (hopper trailer opener; photo) features a combination of torque, speed and weight specifically designed for hopper trailers, says the company. The Door Demon HTO has enough non-impacting torque to open tough hopper gates, but it is also lightweight and controllable for continued safe use. With the speed level set low enough for complete control, the handheld unit allows operators to know they are approaching the end of the gate, thereby preventing any damage. The shaft and socket design prevents detachment while allowing the three interchangeable trailer sockets to be switched out within seconds. The HTO comes standard with three socket assemblies able to open the majority of trailers, with special sockets also available. The unit also has a lever mechanism to manually lock the shaft when needed. — Arnold Co., Trenton, Ill.
The P-SRF line of sterile air filters (photo) includes two variations: P-SRF V, a borosilicate depth media suitable for final filtration of processes and venting applications; and P-SRF X, a pleated PTFE final membrane filter in a strong stainless-steel housing designed for extreme conditions and temperatures. Both filters deliver a log reduction value of 7 or greater for bacteria, viruses and particles (down to 3 nm) to improve product and process integrity. The filters are built with mechanical stability and temperature resistance up to 392°F. They perform reliably under extreme conditions, including contact with vapor-phase hydrogen peroxide (VPHP) and ozone sterilization — up to 150 cycles for the P-SRF V and 200 cycles for the P-SRF X. — Donaldson Co., Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
This company’s new holistic approach to explosion protection provides plant operators with a complete range of solutions to protect against dust explosions. The portfolio includes a full range of passive and active explosion-protection systems (photo), allowing security packages to be tailored to each application’s needs. Effective explosion protection is required for the precision of individual components and sub-processes. For example, with the help of sensors inside an industrial plant, a rapid rise in pressure can be rapidly detected in the event of unwanted ignition. The explosion-protection system would then automatically emit a sodium bicarbonate extinguishing agent, which removes the heat from the combustion zone and suppresses the resulting explosion as early as the startup phase. — IEP Technologies GmbH, Ratingen, Germany
The ultracompact module TBEN-S-2COM connects devices with an RS232 or RS485 interface directly in the field to controllers with the Profinet, Ethernet/IP or Modbus TCP protocols. This eliminates the need to run long wiring routes to the control cabinet. The user can choose between RS232 and RS485, as required for the characteristics of the two serial ports. The module also offers four I/Os that can be used as inputs or outputs without any configuration. Use in very demanding environments is possible thanks to the high degree of protection per IP65, IP67 to IP69K standards, as well as the extended temperature range from –40 to 70°C. — Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
The new model 700-THX-50-ARI rotary batch mixer (photo) blends abrasive materials, such as concrete, premix, mortar mix, glass, fiberglass, refractories, tungsten powder and ceramics, in 1–3 min with minimized abrasive wear or product degradation. The mixer features abrasion-resistant steel contact surfaces, internal mixing flights with easy-to-replace wear plates and radial seals for dust-tight operation. It has a usable batch capacity of 50 ft3 or 4,000 lbs, and achieves uniformity, regardless of disparities in the bulk densities, particle sizes or flow characteristics of batch ingredients, according to the manufacturer. Its horizontal rotating vessel contains proprietary mixing flights that tumble, turn, cut and fold material gently, preventing degradation and imparting minimal energy to the batch. A stationary inlet and outlet at opposite ends of the vessel allow hard piping to upstream and downstream conveyors, process or packaging equipment or storage vessels. — Munson Machinery Co., Utica, N.Y.
This company and exida (Sellersville, Pa.; www.exida.com) have jointly released the DeltaV safety instrumented system (SIS) configurator, an exida exSILentia tool that automatically generates DeltaV SIS configurations. By pairing built-in DeltaV functionality with comprehensive software tools for functional safety, users can develop safety logic configurations much faster and in fewer steps. Project teams can not only decrease the time and effort of safety-system configuration, but also deliver more consistent configurations with fewer errors, requiring less rework, says the company. — Emerson Automation Solutions, St. Louis, Mo.
The Lemcom vacuum pump (photo) is said to be the world’s first vacuum pump with functionality for communicating mechatronics, making it possible for operators to receive realtime information, and enabling corrective and preventive maintenance of the pump. As with the company’s other intelligent vacuum pumps, the Lemcom integrates two energy-saving technologies: ASR (Air Saving Regulator); and ASC (Air Saving Control), making it possible to attain up to 90% energy savings, says the manufacturer. The units are suitable for applications in gripping airtight materials in the automobile, aeronautical and plastics sectors. — Coval SAS, Montélier, France
This company has launched a new generation of high-pressure gages (photo), which are said to be the first instruments of their kind that have been constructed and qualified in accordance with the new DIN 16001 high-pressure standard. The marking in accordance with DIN 16001 certifies to the operator that no hazard will arise from these measuring instruments, even in critical situations. They fulfill standard-defined criteria of the category “S3” (safety pressure gages with solid baffle wall). With the new pressure gages, the operator has a solution matched to each high-pressure application. The model PG23HP-P features scale ranges of up to 6,000 bars and a high indication accuracy of up to 0.6%. Its load cycle stability lies over the requirements of the standard and is even maintained with dynamic pressure profiles. The PG23HP-S version has been designed for lower measuring and accuracy requirements. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
The TW Series turbine flowmeter (photo) provides flow measurement of oils, water and chemicals with±1% of reading or better and 0.1% repeatability. TW Series turbine meters are available in flow ranges from 0.6 to 5,000 gal/min and feature 316 stainless-steel construction, tungsten-carbide rotor shaft and tight machining tolerance. With working pressures up to 5,000 psi and fluid temperatures from –150 to 350°F, the TW Series is suitable for a variety of liquid flow applications, including chemical injection. The flowmeters can be easily integrated with flow totalizers as part of a wireless flow-control system for remote monitoring and control. — AW-Lake Co., Oak Creek, Wis.
The 1201 high-pressure (HP) regulator (photo) is designed to provide control of the downstream pressure of a gas-flow system. In many gas-flow applications, reducing pressure in multiple stages is important to prevent freezing and cavitation issues. The 1201 HP regulator is suitable for use as a first-stage regulator for reducing the pressure that is input to other pressure-reducing regulators or filters, and also for removing pressure fluctuations. With three outlets, the 1201 HP regulator gives the user the ability to control pneumatic pressure of three other devices. The device provides the option of five different outlet-pressure ranges, and it is simple to change control springs if the need to change outlet-pressure ranges arises. The maximum supply pressure is 5,000 psi, and the 1201 HP can operate between –40 and 225°F. Also, it can function with air, inert gases and natural gas. — SOR Inc., Lenexa, Kan.