New Products & Services
March 1, 2018
Ergonomic tools for leak detection in exchangers, condenser and boilers
New G-160 tube testing tools (photo) are used for leak detection in heat exchangers, condensers and boilers. The new ergonomic design features simple one-handed push-button actuation, patent-pending grippers and durable lightweight cast-aluminum housing. Up to 10 tubes per minute can be tested using less force, which increases operator safety. G-160 Tube Testing Tools are capable of testing tubes ranging in size from 0.28–1.81 in. (7.1–46 mm). The tools also feature a durable corrosion-resistant powder-coated finish — Curtiss-Wright EST Group, Hatfield, Pa.
Wireless instruments that never need new batteries
This company has developed WirelessHART instrumentation devices (photo) with batteries that are expected to last the entire life of the device. The batteries are engineered to minimize energy usage based on an in-depth microsecond-by-microsecond analysis of a unit’s power consumption. This avoids the requirement that maintenance personnel conduct battery-replacement tasks, which can be especially burdensome in remote or hazardous areas. Battery-replacement tasks also prove to be time-consuming over the lifetime of an asset, especially in plants that have hundreds or thousands of WirelessHART instruments. Longer-lasting batteries also eliminate the risk of shutdown if dead batteries are not proactively replaced. The instruments equipped with these new batteries include devices that provide critical information on temperature, pressure, flow and humidity. — Adaptive Wireless Solutions, Hudson, Mass.
Enhance plant safety with new SIL-certified flowmeters
Facilities with safety instrumented systems can now take advantage of the new SIL (safety integrity level) 2/3 functional safety certification of the Rosemount 8800 Vortex flowmeters (photo), per IEC 61508, which can help mitigate risk, enhance plant safety and protect personnel. The non-clog Rosemount 8800 Vortex portfolio offers safety and reliability features, such as online removable sensors to reduce process downtime and a critical process valve for aggressive applications, which increases personnel safety by preventing exposure to hazardous fluids. A variety of configurations are available to suit a many different requirements, including flanged, wafer, reducer, dual and quad meter body styles, supporting installations in lines up to 12-in. in diameter. Per an accredited third-party assessment, a single Rosemount 8800 Vortex meter may be used in processes requiring up to SIL 2 protection. The Dual Vortex meter is capable of up to SIL 3 and offers a simple drop-in solution to reduce installation costs. — Emerson, St. Louis, Mo.
New check valves are compliant with NACE specifications
This company’s Zero Leak Check line of check valves (photo) now includes new valve configurations that are manufactured entirely from materials that are compliant with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) specification MR0175/ISO 15156. They also feature custom polymeric valve seats that ensure no leakage of fluids at pressures up to 15,000 psi (differential) and at temperatures up to 400ºF. The valves are also self-retained without the need for O-rings, facilitated by the use of a locking end that securely locks the valves in place and prevents any bypass leakage. Available with diameters from 0.187 to 0.500 in. (4.75 to 12.7 mm), configurations may also include integrated safety screens or restrictors for added protection and performance. These NACE-compliant valves are useful in applications that require zero leakage at high differential pressures in high-temperature, corrosive environments. — Lee Products Ltd., Gerrards Cross, U.K.
A new release of this pipeline-management application
This company has released Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution (EPMS) R1.03, the latest version of its enterprise-level pipeline applications suite (photo). Developed for deployment in the pipeline operations management environment, EPMS supplements a core SCADA platform with specific gas and liquid applications that enable a pipeline operator to manage delivery contracts and associated logistics in a safe, cost effective and efficient manner. Among the new functionality is enhanced interface management. When transitioning from one product to another in a pipeline, a trans-mix that is of a certain volume and that varies in quality will be formed at the interface between the adjacent fluids. With EPMS R1.03, multiple product cuts from the same interface can be performed, for the easy management of quality gradations. Furthermore, the use of product density meters to detect variations in interface quality based on color and sulfur content is now supported. The new release also offers enhanced batch management. For greater flexibility, continuity and energy efficiency, EPMS R1.03 supports side-stream injection and stripping as a product batch passes an intermediate delivery or receiving site. — Yokogawa Corp., Tokyo, Japan
Analyze emissions for regulatory and maintenance purposes
The new E8500 PLUS emissions analyzer (photo) is a portable tool for emissions monitoring and testing designed for regulatory and maintenance use in boilers, burners, engines, turbines, furnaces and other combustion applications. Features new to this model include NO and NO 2 sensors for True NOx measurements, a new display screen and keypad design, easier filter replacement and inspection and an expanded internal memory with capacity for up to 2,000 tests. The E8500 PLUS is also equipped with a new sample-conditioning system for low NOx and SO 2 scenarios. The analyzer has electrochemical sensors for O 2, CO, NO, NO 2, SO 2 and H 2 S and now also has an option for sensing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). — E Instruments International, Langhorne, Pa.
Intelligent blower controller delivers energy efficiency
The Sigma Air Manager (SAM) 4.0 (photo) is a core control component of a blower station and enables users to take advantage of Industry 4.0 services. It acts as the central controller and controls individual machines with maximum efficiency while precisely adjusting the flow capacity to match flowrate demand. The only required input from the process control system is the desired differential pressure value — the SAM 4.0 then ensures optimal control of all blowers. Partial-load bridging and individual solutions are therefore obsolete, along with complicated setups. Now, all applications are supplied by one central blower station with a master controller that analyses operating data in seconds and simulates various scenarios in order to select the most efficient solution. — Kaeser Kompressoren SE, Coburg, Germany
These blenders now feature added operator safety
This company now offers protective light curtains for its tumble blenders (photo) to provide automatic safety shutoff whenever an operator crosses a defined security boundary. Due to the nature of the rotating mix chamber, a safety railing is supplied as standard on these blenders, and the addition of optional light curtains further improves operator safety. The blenders are also equipped with an explosion-proof brake motor, a 50-psig heating and cooling jacket and a NEMA-rated control panel with a purge system suited for Class 1, Div. 1 hazardous locations. Standard blender models are rated for bulk densities up to 125 lb/ft 3, and specialty designs are available for higher densities. These blenders are designed for batch operations that require the dispersion of extremely small components and low-shear intensity. — Charles Ross & Son Co., Hauppauge, N.Y.
This new bimetal temperature switch has UL approval
The new model TFS135 bimetal temperature switch (photo) has been designed for a wide range of applications. It is suitable for switching voltages of up to 250 V a.c. (2.5 A) and has a UL approval (cURus) for the North American market. The TFS135 conforms to the E.U. low-voltage directive. It has been designed for switching temperatures of 50–130°C, selectable in stages of 5K and set permanently on delivery. With a vibration resistance of up to 10 g, the TFS135 operates reliably even under harsh conditions. The new switch model is primarily used for the protection of plants and end devices against overheating. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
Throttling valves provide dependable shutoff
Clampseal throttling valves (photo) are well suited for severe-service applications that require repeatable flow control and shutoff. The valves are available in 0.5- through 4-in. sizes with a variety of standard forging materials. The valves’ venturi is an integral part of the removable seat. Both the seat and the stem assembly are easily changed inline in the event of a flow characteristic change or excessive corrosion or erosion. The orifice is sized to keep fluid velocity across the seat below damaging levels. The exit orifice angle is designed to minimize downstream piping erosion and noise. The pressure-seal bonnet provides service access with no need to cut welds or replace seal rings or gaskets. — Conval, Somers, Conn.
Durable LED light fittings with universal mounting options
These LED pendant light fittings (photo) have various installation options for worldwide use in Zones 2, 21 and 22. The new 6470 pendant light fittings are suitable for general lighting in chemical, oil-and-gas and other industries, due to the efficient lighting and mounting options. Different cover variants enable installation as ceiling, wall, pole or pendant light fitting for uniform illumination of production halls, storage facilities or pathways. The lights have a high optical efficiency and provide a luminous flux of 8,000 lumens, with a power consumption of 65 W. The luminous intensity distribution of the low-glare light fittings can be varied by means of different reflectors. These are powder-coated enclosures made of saltwater-resistant aluminum and the lens consists of toughened glass. — R. Stahl, Waldenburg, Germany
A ‘one-size-fits-all’ frame makes this pump simple to maintain
The model 1400 horizontal-end suction pump (photo) features a heavy-duty cast-iron frame design that incorporates integrally cast support and ribbed mounting feet, and fits all pump sizes. The frame has a back pull-out design feature that allows for easy inspection, service and maintenance without disturbing the piping to the pump. The pump has external impeller adjustment, and the semi-open impeller design accommodates passage of solids or fines. All impellers have balance holes near the hub, which reduce thrust load and pressure in the packing or seal area. Wiping vanes reduce axial loading and prevent dirt from entering the sealing area. Packing or various mechanical seal arrangements are available as standard options. Requirements for pumping clear and corrosive liquids can be satisfied with capacities up to 3,600 gal/min, heads up to 275 ft and temperatures as high as 250°F. — Vertiflo Pump Co., Cincinnati, Ohio
Silicone hose assemblies for hygienic applications
The new ElaSil range of silicone hoses (photo) is suitable for high-media-purity requirements and is easy to clean. Typical applications include ultrafiltration, fermentation, ultrapure water production, WFI (water for injection) and use as a transfer hose. ElaSil conforms to FDA and USP Class VI and meets the 3-A Sanitary Standard. The homogeneous hose construction consists of a smooth lining and cover of platinum-cured, translucent, phthalate-free silicone and exhibits a combination of high flexibility and kink resistance throughout the temperature range from –60 to 200°C. Hose sizes of DN 13 to 102 mm are available, along with a large range of commonly used hose fittings. — Elaflex-Gummi Ehlers GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
High-alloyed valves are designed for use with aggressive liquids
The UltraPure model (photo) from the Unique Mixproof valve product line is designed to meet the standards of biotechnology and pharmaceutical applications. Valves are packaged to ensure full traceability and are available in high-alloy materials, such as Hastelloy C22 and AL6XN. These alloys help to meet demands for corrosion resistance against aggressive media, including buffer solutions, cleaning liquids, high-salt solutions and more. Unique Mixproof valves are also suitable for use with hygienic products that contain high chloride concentrations or low pH levels. — Alfa Laval AB, Lund, Sweden
Pressure gages with enhanced protection against vibration
This company’s 1008S small-footprint pressure gages are available in diameters of 40 or 50 mm. A NEMA 4/IP66 water-ingress rating and a stainless-steel case allow the 1008S to be used outdoors or in harsh environments where corrosion resistance is required. Liquid fill, or the company’s patented Flutter Guard movement-enhancement option, protect the gage and make it easier to read in high-vibration installations. Reading errors are reduced due to the presence of a “zero box” instead of conventional dial pins, which ensures integrity and system control. The 1008S model is available in ranges up to 20,000 psi. — Ashcroft Inc., Stratford, Conn.
Monitor pressure and temperature in refrigerant lines
The new TDWLB-LC series wireless transducer (photo) is designed for use with sensors installed on refrigerant lines to monitor both pressure and temperature, and ensure that the proper amount of refrigerant is in the system and it is running efficiently. Users can configure sensor nomenclature and set high or low alarms in a free mobile app, as well as view sub-cooling and superheating calculations. Data can be viewed remotely with a wireless gateway companion product. The device is very lightweight, due to its composite material of construction. The TDWLB-LC transducer offers resolution and noise immunity, while using very little power, says the company. — Transducers Direct, Cincinnati, Ohio
A cybersecurity platform for multi-vendor automation systems
This company’s Cyber Integrity 6.0 platform now includes continuous vulnerability management, providing immediate, comprehensive visibility into vulnerability risk within industrial process control networks. Cyber Integrity works across the multi-vendor automation environment, providing foundational cybersecurity, enterprise scalability and platform independence. It also automates internal and regulatory compliance reporting. The system enables users to gather and maintain an inventory of traditional and proprietary operational technology assets, determine baselines and monitor for unauthorized changes to cyber configurations and implement programs for system backup and recovery. Users can also automate an enterprise-wide continuous vulnerability- and patch-management process — PAS Global, LLC, Houston
Use this peristaltic pump in disinfection applications
The new Qdos 20 peristaltic pump (photo) was developed for metering sodium hypochlorite in disinfection applications with flowrates up to 20 L/h at a maximum pressure of 7 bars. The Qdos 20 peristaltic pump technology uses two tube channels where the channels are operated out of phase. The Qdos 20 reduces pulsations via alternate tube compressions, ensuring pulsation is balanced out. This results in almost continual positive fluid displacement and consistent metering of chemicals into the process. The contained pumphead design features integral leak detection, reducing waste and eliminating operator exposure to chemicals. The pump’s user interface provides control via manual, 4–20-mA, contact or Profibus control. — Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG), Cornwall, U.K.
A volumetric screw feeder for confined workspaces
The new Model VMF-90A volumetric screw feeder (photo) is designed for automated additive dosing in water treatment and chemical processes. This new model is simplified compared to previous models and offers more flexibility for installation in confined workspaces. Integrating the VMF-90A into existing feeder systems typically requires little or no redesigning, even where there is limited installation space, says the company. For feeding dry powdered or pelletized materials, the VMF-90A feeder achieves feedrates of up to 10.19 ft 3 /h. The unit uses gravimetric feeding enhanced with a built-in mechanical cam-actuated hopper agitator. The agitator continually conditions the material being added to promote uniform flow, a feature that is particularly useful when working with materials that tend to clump. Also available is an optional “loss-in-weight” weighing system for applications where enhanced precision is required. This option comprises an integrated precision scale with four load cells and a digital scale controller. — Scaletron Industries Ltd., Plumsteadville, Pa.
These tube fittings drastically increase working pressures
The Gyrolok XP system of tube fittings (photo) is specifically designed to address the challenges of assembling fittings onto a wide range of corrosion-resistant, heavy-wall small-bore tubes. These fittings can grip heavier wall tubes, which is said to increase working pressures by up to 80% over conventional tube fittings, allowing XP fittings to be used on tubing with higher pressure ranges, including exotic alloy tubing used in severe-service applications. Simplified installation helps to ensure that fittings cannot be overtightened. The fittings have been validated in systems using a variety of austenitic and high-performance alloys, over a wide range of tubing sizes and thicknesses. Key applications for these fittings include process instrumentation, sour-gas and other high-corrosion processes, chemical injection, sampling systems and hydrogen processing. — HOKE, a division of Circor Instrumentation, Spartanburg, S.C.