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New Products & Services
April 1, 2019
A comprehensive line of vacuum metrology equipment
The VacTest line of vacuum measurement equipment comprises a comprehensive portfolio of active vacuum gages and controllers to allow a wide measurement range from 1600 to 5 × 10-10 millibars, covering all vacuum levels with accuracy. Both analog and digital transmitters are available. The digital option includes high-end gages with a smart micro-controller architecture, which allows optimal sensor control. VacTest analog transmitters feature a compact, rugged and functional design, and their measuring accuracy and stability make them suitable for for centralized monitoring and control systems. Furthermore, VacTest mobile gages provide a handheld solution for service or vacuum process-quality assurance. These battery-operated devices offer various functions, such as a USB interface for data export and visualization and a data logger. This means, for example, that these gages can be sealed in vacuum packaging to measure the pressure within the packaging. — Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems, Virginia Beach, Va.
This vacuum-tray dryer features a unique CIP system
The Model E1S fixed-shelf vacuum-tray dryer (photo) has a chamber volume of 1,150 L (40 ft3) and includes nine heated and cooled shelves with 36 removable trays. Available materials of construction include stainless steel types 304, 304L, 316 and 316L, as well as Hastelloy and other alloys. In addition to the heated shelves, the E1S is jacketed on all sides, top and bottom, as well as the door. Many optional features are available, including the patented “Multispray” clean-in-place (CIP) system and nitrogen-sparging manifold. The Model E1S can be supplied with this company’s Saurus piston-type vacuum pump, which can produce an ultimate vacuum level of 0.03 mbar, or the dryer can be used with other conventional vacuum-pump technologies. — Italvacuum S.r.l, Turin, Italy
These flow controllers support many user-created mixtures
The DPC Series of precision digital mass-flow controllers for process gases (photo) provides simultaneous display of mass flow, volumetric flow, pressure and temperature parameters in scientific and analytical applications, bioreactors and surface depositions, gas sampling, manufacturing and metrology activities. DPC differential-pressure mass-flow controllers feature totalizers with batch processing mode, 200:1 turndown ratio and less than 150 ms response time. The devices’ multi-gas functionality supports 90 different gases and gas mixes, and the user-defined mixture functionality allows for the creation of up to 20 custom gas mixes with up to five different gas components in each mixture. — Aalborg Instruments, Orange, N.Y.
Remote tank-level monitoring with cellular connectivity
TankScan TSU1000 (photo) is an IIoT-enabled ultrasonic tank-monitoring system with 4G LTE cellular connectivity to provide remote level monitoring of deployed tanks, totes and containers, effectively decreasing the need for manual inspections at remote tank sites. It also allows material managers to proactively know when tanks need to be serviced. The non-contact TSU1000 ultrasonic level sensor is fully integrated into the battery-powered device, which can be installed in locations where network power and connectivity infrastructure are not available. The monitor has a durable weather-proof enclosure and long battery life, says the manufacturer. — ATEK Access Technologies, LLC, Eden Prairie, Minn.
A new digital service to optimize maintenance
This company has expanded its Digital Enterprise portfolio to include a new digital service for optimizing plant maintenance (photo). The Lifecycle Management Suite facilitates the consistent planning, execution and documentation of all service activities. It is now possible to use the cloud-based system from mobile terminals and immediately document activities in the plant. Furthermore, those responsible for maintenance always have an up-to-date and transparent overview of all service activities and plant states. This enables maintenance to be planned even more efficiently. Users can store all planned and performed service activities in a single system, even on mobile terminals when on site, to ensure consistent data storage. Maintenance managers can use the Lifecycle Management Suite to schedule service activities, create job orders and check their performance to maximize the use of resources and efficient maintenance costs. — Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
A dense-phase conveying system for sensitive products
The Pulse-Flow PTA dense-phase pneumatic conveying system (photo) directs air or nitrogen into the pressure vessel and pipeline in timed, regular pulses that form the dry material into separate, wavelike, pulsed slugs. Creating a gentle conveying action, the Pulse-Flow PTA operates at high pressures with low gas velocities to safely convey sensitive products, using mass flow, up to 500 ft into a hopper, reactor vessel, silo, railcar or other receiving destination with minimal particle degradation or separation. Suitable for conveying fragile, free-flowing and cohesive powders, granulates and coarse-grained products, the automated Pulse-Flow PTA conveying system encompasses the feeding hopper, pressure vessel, pipeline, conveying and secondary air supply, as well as the company’s computer-driven, touchscreen control system. — Gericke USA, Inc., Somerset, N.J.
New options for this biogas flowmeter
The Optisonic 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter (photo) for the measurement of dry and wet (raw) biogas with variable composition has been updated. Besides the standard temperature sensor, it now features an optional pressure sensor, which is mounted on the flow tube. In combination with the integrated flow computer, the additional sensor provides for advanced biogas measurement. A temperature sensor in combination with the measured velocity of sound enables direct measurement of methane content via calculation of the molar mass. By using an additional pressure sensor, Optisonic 7300 Biogas devices can also provide calculation of gas flow volume in standard conditions. The meter is available in line sizes 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 in. (DN50, 80, 100, 150 and 200). — Krohne Messtechnik GmbH, Duisburg, Germany
Efficiently reduce agglomerates into particles
The Model LB550 lump breaker (photo) can reduce agglomerates as large as 10 in. (250 mm) into particles with an average size as small as 0.08 in. (2 mm) with minimal heat generation or fines at rates from 2.4 to 28 ton/h. Its large 21 in. × 16.4 in. inlet allows the direct discharge of compacted materials from 50-lb sacks or bulk bags without the need for an intermediate controlled-feed mechanism. Side and end doors, which can be either bolted or hinged and interlocked, provide easy inspection and access to interior components. The unit can de-lump dried or hygroscopic materials that have agglomerated due to dampness or compaction, and is said to operate quietly due to slow shaft rotation. Typical applications include intermediate sizing of product for improved drying and granulation prior to tableting, regrinding of out-of-specification material for reclaim and pre-grinding prior to a secondary fine-milling process or to speed up dissolution in liquid reactors. — Kason Corp., Millburn, N.J.
This boundary monitor now includes VOC emissions data
The new Guardian2 site boundary monitor (photo) is designed to help site management remain compliant with emissions levels. Using remote monitoring and reporting of noise, dust and vibration levels, the Guardian2 now includes monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at concentrations up to 6,000 parts per million (ppm). Equipped with a photoionization detector (PID), the Guardian2 generates text or email alerts when limits are exceeded and produces manual or automated reports for site dust or noise compliance. — Casella Solutions, Bedford, U.K.
Effective utilization of unused device data
At the 2019 Hannover Messe (April 1–5), this company highlighted the intelligent utilization of data and information from field devices. The foundation of this strategy is innovative diagnostic information generated by Heartbeat Technology’s wide selection of digital interfaces and connectivity modules, as well as the Netilion IIoT ecosystem (photo). With the Netilion cloud-based ecosystem, users can better take advantage of existing data. The integrated Heartbeat Technology delivers concise, standardized diagnostic notifications and monitoring data that allow users to precisely service and maintain their systems only when needed. In combination with the Netilion applications, these data enable predictive maintenance. Since the instruments automatically monitor their own condition, manual inspection cycles can be reduced. — The Endress+Hauser Group, Reinach, Switzerland
Backpressure valves and pulsation dampeners combined
New Fusion dampeners (photo) combine the technologies of this company’s backpressure valves and pulsation dampeners to simplify a chemical-feed system installation by blending two previously separate accessories into one product. The combination of these two devices into one accessory will also reduce the number of joints, creating fewer leak-path opportunities and provide for a smoother, nearly pulseless chemical-feed system, says the company. The initial offering of Fusion dampeners is available in NPT connection sizes of 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 in. and with two pulsation-dampeners in 6 and 10 in.3 volumes. Due to the large internal passages in the new fusion dampeners, there are no restrictions on flowrate or pumped fluid cleanliness, according to the company. The new devices have a maximum operating pressure of 150 psi (10 bars) at 70°F (21°C). — Griffco Valve, Inc., Amherst, N.Y.
Easily detect level in challenging powder materials
The CL-10 G Series of level detectors (photo) are designed for powder processes that have the tendency to bridge and “pack-out.” G Series detectors handle precipitated and fine lightweight chemical powders with a bulk density as low as 1 lb/ft 3. They also manage a variety of heavier bulk solids in the density range of 10–15 lb/ft3. The level detectors are suitable for use in dusty environments, and specialized units can be used in temperatures exceeding 300°F. All level detectors are calibrated at the factory, do not require any field calibration before installation and are approved for Class I, Group D; Class II, Groups E, F & G; and Class III services. These durable level detectors contain no moving parts, gaskets or seals, and rely on mechanical oscillations to determine if the probe is covered or uncovered. Signals from the detector operate a single-pole double-throw relay within the control unit, and the relay contacts can be used to actuate alarms, indicator lights or process control equipment. For installation, the level switch is mounted through a 3/4-in. half-coupling at the point of desired level detection on hoppers, silos or bins. — Dynatrol, a divison of Automation Products Inc., Houston
A tablet makes data available, even in hazardous zones
The new Tab-Ex 02 industrial tablet (photo) is ATEX/IECEx Zone 1/Div. 1 certified and makes data permanently available across the entire process chain of a plant. Based on the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab Active, the Tab-Ex 02 also includes augmented reality (AR) capabilities to support the precise completion of tasks and ensure rapid plant commissioning and effective preventive maintenance and asset management. AR visualization, along with the permanent availability of all data for a specific plant or asset, allows users to quickly and easily identify objects, space requirements or technical defects. The Tab-Ex 02 also simplifies data exchange — when an entry is made, the date of modification and the employee’s name are stored automatically. This guarantees the traceability of the data. No information is lost because it is entered directly via the mobile device. — Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, Mannheim, Germany
Anti-cavitation valve trim helps improve plant availability, safety
The Fisher Vee-Ball rotary control valves are now available with Cavitrol Hex Anti-Cavitation Trim (photo) to reduce or eliminate vibration caused by cavitation, which can lead to excessive vibration, equipment damage and deterioration of flow control. The Cavitrol Hex trim option provides improved performance in severe-service applications while maintaining valve efficiency, resulting in increased safety. Vibration can damage equipment and shorten operating life. Left unchecked, excessive vibration can create unsafe working conditions. When equipment deteriorates, flow cannot be controlled properly, negatively impacting plant availability, efficiency and output. The Cavitrol Hex Anti-Cavitation Trim substantially decreases vibration and reduces or eliminates cavitation to improve plant safety. — Emerson, St. Louis, Mo.
A new digital service to transform engineering in the CPI
This company’s Advanced Modelling and Simulation (AMS) service can help engineers to make better-informed decisions at an earlier stage, maximizing efficiency and reliability, reducing risks and optimizing operating costs (OPEX). Users can now virtually visualize heat- and fluid-flow scenarios that were merely speculated before. Building on the latest digital techniques and computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions, the AMS service is enabled by the powerful fluid-flow simulation platform TransAT, which delivers multi-dimensional, transient flow-process predictions. TransAT is a versatile fluid-flow simulation platform using smart technology for multi-dimensional meshing, and is particularly suitable for multiphase flows with complex physics. Furthermore, advanced simulations are, in some critical cases, the only way to understand key phenomena that control the processes, says the company. — Pöyry Oyj, Vantaa, Finland
This magnetic separator is automatically cleaned
Introduced at Powtech this month, the Easy Clean magnetic separator is used to remove metal particles (larger than 30 μm) from powders in the food, chemical, ceramics and plastics industries. The Easy Clean flow magnet is notable for its high magnetic-flux density of over 12,000 Gauss on the bars that come into direct contact with the product. The magnet is dustproof to an overpressure of 1.5 bars and includes a simple controller. Cleaning requires 6 bars air and a 24-V d.c. start signal. Captured ferrous materials land in a collection tray. — Goudsmit Magnetics Group, Waalre, the Netherlands
New pumps with a patented cyclone seal chamber
This company has expanded its ISO Series of process pumps with the addition of the ICO Open-Impeller i-Frame pump (photo). This new pump is ideal for handling gases and air, and is fully compliant with both ISO2858 and ISO5199 standards. Available in 34 sizes, the ICO pump includes a patented cyclone seal chamber, i-Frame power-end for improved service life and the i-Alert 2 equipment-health monitoring sensor as standard. New ICO pumps can handle flowrates as high as 450 m3/h and heads up to 160 m. The operating temperature range is –40 to 280°C. Available materials of construction include carbon steel, 316 stainless steel, Duplex stainless steel, Alloy 20, Hastelloy, nickel and titanium. — ITT Goulds Pumps, Seneca Falls, N.Y.
A new modular economizer heat exchanger
An economizer is a type of heat exchanger that recovers residual heat from oil, gas or wood-fired boilers for reuse in other thermal operations. The EcoMi (photo) is a new model that combines the economizer’s proven economic advantages with a modular design, leading to additional efficiency and versatility in the paper, food, textiles, power and HVAC industries. Multi-stage dry/wet systems using both carbon-steel and stainless-steel components are available. With its vertical, horizontal or horizontal-to-vertical installation, it can be easily integrated into existing plants. The EcoMi can handle a wide range of gas flow volumes and can be fitted with different tube variants or sheet types to suit operating conditions. — Kelvion Germany GmbH, Bochum, Germany
Universal control extends security to individual devices
The Xage Enforcement Point (XEP) platform extends network security to individual devices to deliver universal access control for industrial operations. XEP enables, for the first time, role-based access control and single sign-on for every device, ranging from legacy control systems to brand-new industrial internet of things (IIoT) machines – even those previously lacking any access-control protection. The XEP platform works with this company’s tamper-proof security fabric, which is deployed at onsite gateways to protect multiple legacy and IIoT devices at once, providing access control, password rotation and managed interactions. Edge-to-cloud monitoring gives administrators visibility into and control of all access attempts, whether successful or not. Any attempts to unplug or bypass the XEP generate management alerts in the fabric. XEP ensures that individual industrial devices, if ever compromised, are isolated individually, rather than in a group of other critical, uncompromised assets. — Xage Inc., Palo Alto, Calif.
Diaphragm valves for a large biopharmaceutical plant
Valves from the SISTO-C series (photo) have been ordered for the construction of Lonza AG’s Ibex biopark in Visp, Switzerland. All valves, including the multi-port valves, are manufactured of quality forged steel 1.4435 (316L) and 1.4539 (AISI 904L). To meet the tough requirements of biopharmaceutical production processes, the diaphragms are made of EPDM or TFM with an EPDM backing diaphragm. The nominal sizes needed range from DN 8 to DN 200. Thanks to a metal spiral supporting the rear of the diaphragm, the installed SISTO-C valves are approved for a maximum operating pressure of 16 bars. This design provides a high operating reliability over a long period of time at high temperatures. More than 95% of the valves are fitted with pneumatic piston actuators, using the new SISTO actuator generation, which is characterized by its compact dimensions and low weight. — KSB SE & Co. KGaA, Frankenthal, Germany
Measure roughness directly in the production process
Whether a surface must be very smooth or show a certain texture or degree of roughness, the new Surface Roughness Analyzer (SRA; photo) precisely pictures the topographic condition of a surface and provides information for optimizing the material or production process. Contactless, quickly, and with an extremely high resolution, the SRA delivers a 3-D image of a sample’s surface and the correlating data to exactly describe its topography. Analyses with the SRA also help to evaluate the contribution of roughness to the wettability of a sample or to the adhesion of coatings. The SRA uses the confocal microscopy technique to create the spatial representation of the surface. This happens by stacking layers of 2-D images, each one with a very small depth of focus, while lowering the optics with extremely tiny increments, leading to a height resolution down to 10 nm. — Krüss GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
New polymer powder for 3-D printing
This company has developed a new polymer powder for applications in a higher-temperature range as part of its polyamide 6 series. The product further expands the company’s portfolio of high-performance materials for powder-based 3-D printing technologies. The new polyamide powder features high mechanical strength, as well as excellent chemical and temperature resistance. Its heat deflection temperature (HDT B) is around 195°C. Moreover, the powder material stands out for its low water absorption — below 3% — which has a positive effect on processability in 3-D printing and the dimensional stability of printed 3-D components (photo). The new polymer powder has a nearly round grain shape, improving the flowability, which makes it suitable for all powder-based 3-D printing technologies. — Evonik Industries AG, Essen, Germany
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