New Products & Services
December 1, 2018
New scales connect easily to enterprise networks
This company has designed a new version of its E-Scale series of IIoT-connected bench scales (photo). With a direct industrial network connection via EtherNet/IP, Profibus-DP or Modbus protocols, the IIoT-ready scale base includes an integrated weight processor. E-Scales are suitable for pharmaceutical manufacturing, laboratory dry-goods processing and industrial installations. All E-Scales come standard in 12- and 24-in. sizes, and range in capacity from 33 to 1,300 lb (15 kg to 600 kg). Bench-scale covers are stainless steel for superior durability. Bases have no bearings, spirit levels or moving parts that could be easily damaged or worn out. — Hardy Process Solutions, San Diego, Calif.
An all-in-one water meter for remote locations
Waterflux 3070 (photo) is said to be the first water meter with integrated pressure and temperature sensors. The meter features simplified installation, integrated diagnostics, a long battery lifetime, remote communication options and low overall maintenance requirements. The updated Waterflux 3070 now offers a mains power option with battery backup and a Modbus RTU communication option for transmission of readings, meter status and alarms. The polycarbonate converter housing with protection class IP68 rating is now standard for both compact and remote versions. The meter features IP68 waterproof plug-and-play connectors that do not require wiring on site, and a small installation footprint to fit into electrical cabinets. The meter can be used for pressure monitoring and maintaining water balance, as well as leak detection when comparison of pressure and flow values is used as the leak-detection method. — Krohne, Inc., Peabody, Mass.
Non-contacting RVDT sensors are shock and vibration resistant
The RV Series of rotary variable differential transformer (RVDT) position sensors (photo) offer highly accurate angular displacement measurement of rotating elements, such as quarter-turn ball and butterfly valves, actuators, throttlers and tensioners. With a shaft that rotates a full 360 deg with no stops and virtually no friction, these rotary position sensors measure shaft-angle position over a nominal range of±30 deg. The sensors’ non-contacting design enables a long operational life by eliminating components that wear or degrade over time. The devices are shock and vibration tolerant, even when operating in hostile conditions. Units operate over a temperature range of –65 to 220°F and exhibit a linearity error of less than 0.5% of full range. — NewTek Sensor Solutions, Pennsauken, N.J.
Miniature solenoid valves for critical fluid control
The LFV Series 8000 two-way inert solenoid valve (photo) is a miniature device whose small size ensures a more compact instrument footprint and means less fluid is needed, enabling closer valve spacing. These two-way, chemically inert, isolation-style valves provide an on/off function in a critical fluidic circuit, ensuring zero dead volume and extremely low internal volume. They incorporate a diaphragm seal that isolates the fluid from the inner components to provide a consistently reliable switching performance. They are also rated for bi-directional flow and feature a contoured path design, which allows for complete flushing capability. The valves are available with push-on ports for soft tubing or two-manifold mount styles, which now utilize O-rings instead of gaskets made from the same material as the diaphragm. — Lee Products Ltd., Gerrards Cross, U.K.
Safely lift steel, fiber and plastic drums
The HCB hoist attachment (photo) is designed to handle all 55-gal drums, enabling safe lifting of steel, fiber and plastic drums weighing up to 2,000 lb. A padded belt cradle protects the drum sidewall during transport. The HCB is available in one- or two-drum configurations, including stainless-steel units for food-grade and pharmaceutical applications. Using this company’s exclusive Parrot-Beak drum-handling attachment, the model HBC-BC attaches to any overhead hoist, crane or boom and engages drums automatically. An exclusive mechanical clamping system engages the top lip of the container, ensuring a safe and reliable container pickup, says the manufacturer. — Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc., Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Effective field calibration for force-measuring equipment
This company has introduced two new portable calibration machines (photo) — the PCM, with a 2,000-lb f capacity, and the BCM, with a 10,000-lb f capacity. The PCM is capable of calibrating various types of load cells, hand-held force gages, and other force-measuring devices with capacities from 25 through 2,000 lb f while providing stable control to within 0.01 lb f. The PCM eliminates the need for the technician to carry or stack weights, which protects employees, as weights are often heavy and can lead to injuries. The benchtop BCM model allows for calibration of force-measuring equipment with capacities of 100 through 10,000 lb f. Both the PCM and BCM are designed with field calibration requirements in mind, and with the goal of providing all necessary force calibration tools in a portable package. — Morehouse Instrument Co., York, Pa.
Smart lockout-tagout adds another layer of security
This company now offers Virtual Lockout-Tagout (vLOTO) capabilities with its Connect Power User Plans. vLOTO allows companies to control remote access to equipment, ensuring the safety and security of workers and equipment during critical operations. If a worker needs to connect remotely to conduct maintenance, vLOTO can help protect the module from inadvertent harm by someone else on the same user team. This capability also offers more control over equipment to end users, who can grant access for a specific duration to machine builders or system integrators. Up to three authorized personnel can grant access, but if one person declines, the approval will be overridden. An audit trail lets an IT department know who granted permission. This technology is a first for remote connectivity applications, according to the company. — ProSoft Technology, Inc., Bakersfield, Calif.
Readily integrate ERP systems with this asset performance manager
AllAssets is a new software-as-a-service (SAAS) platform for asset performance management that enables optimization of inspection and maintenance activities. Chief among the features offered by AllAssets is robust integration with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems from a variety of providers, such as SAP and IBM Maximo. According to the company, AllAssets expedites model building, allowing users to construct a custom model in days rather than months, using code-free techniques. Once built, the custom models can rapidly provide new performance and risk insights to inform teams across an entire enterprise. The efficient data link with ERP systems further drives operational efficiencies, through greater clarity and certainty in maintenance and planning schedules. — Lloyd’s Register, London, U.K.
Safely store acids with these dedicated cabinets
This company’s acid storage cabinets (photo) are specifically designed for the storage of corrosive chemicals and are available in 12-, 18-, 24-, 30-, 36-, 42-, and 48-in. widths, with a standard height of 35 in. and a standard depth of 22 in. The molded one-piece fiberglass liner inserts directly into the cabinet and is sealed on all edges for ease of cleaning. The interior features a containment lip on the front bottom edge to hold spills. The front access doors have air inlet vents and the edges are sealed. No metal is exposed to corrosive vapors. For smaller container storage, a removable shelf is included. — Hemco Corp., Independence, Mo.
Patented technology for precise position detection
The new PMI F90 inductive positioning system (photo) works with a patented multi-coil system. The absolute position of the actuator is precisely detected from the measuring signals of a single coil. In addition to sending the analog position signal, switch points can also be defined. The sensor can detect two actuators, as well as the distance between them, meaning that dynamic positioning tasks can be completed with the smallest amount of measuring technology, says the manufacturer. Certified versions of the PMI product family allow the system to be used in ATEX Zone 2/22 (3G nA, 3D tc) hazardous locations. The compact design allows these sensors to be installed in even the tightest of spaces, while the rugged metal housing protects them from external influences. IP67 protection and a temperature rating of –25 to 85°C ensure reliable positioning in outdoor environments. — Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, Mannheim, Germany
Smart actuation for control valves in extreme environments
SEVA electric valve actuators (photo) feature a microprocessor-controlled linear stepper motor to provide accuracy and repeatability. Built to withstand extreme conditions, two SEVA models are available, the SEVA-100 and SEVA-200, which provide torque for this company’s control valves in sizes from¼ to 2 in. The actuators have options for EtherNet/IP and ModBus TCP IP/RTU protocols and are certified by the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association. They also feature four positions when there is a loss of signal: fully closed, fully open, hold position or set value. Both the full-closed and full-open positions are defined during setup, and in the event of loss of power, there are five available positions: continue operation, fully closed, fully open, hold position or set value, plus a manual override capability. — Badger Meter, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.
This data manager has extensive communications capabilities
The Memograph M RSG45 advanced data manager DIN rail version (photo) is an intelligent remote device with extensive communication capabilities for use as an edge device for getting data to cloud-based servers, as well as general industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications. It is able to acquire data from up to 20 HART or universal analog input channels and 14 digital inputs, has two analog outputs and up to 12 relay outputs, and makes its data available to IIoT systems and all major automation system architectures via multiple communication interfaces and protocols. The Memograph M mounts on a standard DIN rail and has IP20 protection. All connections on the front of the device are designed as pluggable screw or spring terminal blocks, with reverse polarity protection in either case, making connections easier. The spring terminals are unlocked with a slotted screwdriver. — Endress+Hauser, Reinach, Switzerland
Quickly contain leaking flanges and valves
The Xtreme Shell (photo) provides fast containment of a leaking flange, valve or any other connection point, virtually eliminating the costs of emergency shutdowns and the need for emergency repairs related to pipe flange and valve leaks, says the manufacturer. The Xtreme Shell can be installed with optional remote monitoring for a potential leak point or to divert an existing leak within minutes while on site or in remote locations.The Xtreme Shell is manufactured to ANSI pipe and flange standards to fit precisely over the leaking flange or valve. The diversion line, once secured, allows the containment vessel to be placed nearby. It can be used in a variety of leak-detection situations, including in utilities and energy distribution, electrical equipment, bottling and canning facilities and pharmaceuticals. — Andax Industries LLC, Saint Marys, Kan.
Achieve faster temperature calibration
The Jofra CTC-1205 compact temperature calibrator (photo) covers a temperature range of 100 to 1,205°C (212 to 2,201°F), with accuracy of±0.2°C (±0.36°F), and stability to±0.1°C (±0.18°F) for the total temperature range, along with improved calibration times when compared to its predecessor, the CTC-1200, says the manufacturer. The CTC-1205 features an intuitive interface, and popular functions, such as automatic switch test and auto stepping, are available with special one-key buttons. CTC Series calibrators are available in different models: with reference sensor; without reference sensor but ready for external input; and without external input. All CTC models come with the proprietary JofraCal calibration software as a standard. — Ametek Sensor, Test & Calibration (STC), Berwyn, Pa.
These drives now feature an extended power range
This company has expanded the power ranges and capabilities of the TotalForce technology for its Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755T AC drives (photo). The drives now offer an expanded power range, from 10 to 6,000 h.p. (7.5 to 4,500 kW). The expansion brings harmonic mitigation, regeneration and common bus-system configurations to a wider range of high-demand applications. Enhancements to the patented TotalForce technology include more powerful adaptive-control capabilities, which allow the drives to monitor machine characteristics that can change over time, and automatically compensate for the changes that occur. An adaptive tuning feature uses up to four automatic tracking notch filters to block resonance and vibration that can impact quality, waste energy and prematurely wear out a machine. In addition, predictive maintenance features provide realtime information about the health of the drive. By monitoring operational characteristics, such as temperature, voltage and current, the drive is able to calculate the remaining life of critical components and notify users. — Rockwell Automation Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.