The DJ level switch (photo) provides high or low point-level detection of bulk solids in dust collectors, baghouses, cyclone separators and more, in processes handling chemical powders, minerals and many other granulated materials. This level switch is approved for Class III services, as well as for Class I, Groups C & D; Class II, Groups E, F & G; and Class III. Designed for simplified installation, the level switch is mounted through a¾-in. half-coupling at the point of desired level detection. The switches require no adjustments and have no moving parts, which greatly reduces wear and extends service life. — Dynatrol, Houston
This company recently incorporated a new process for full epoxy mounting of round screens for vibratory separators (photo), which leads to faster fabrication times. The use of advanced epoxy materials allows users to switch mount types, resulting in a longer service life. The screens also come with a fully disposable carbon- or stainless-steel metal ring, and thin-flanged hollow rings are also available. Screen types offered include perforated screens, bulls-eye screens, sandwich screens, wagon wheel screens, ultrasonic screens and custom-woven screens. — Midwestern Industries, Inc., Massillon, Ohio
The new High Vacuum Water Deaeration (V2WD) de-aerates water down to a residual oxygen concentration below 10 parts per billion (ppb) without the use of a stripping gas. Optionally, the water can be cooled down, filtered or sterilized with ultraviolet (UV) light. The function of the unit can be monitored and documented by an in-line oxygen analyzer at the outlet of the unit. The process can be used in the brewing, beverage, food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in the power-generation industry — wherever water with the lowest oxygen content is required to assure high product quality and stability, and to avoid corrosion. The system is characterized by high operational reliability and low energy consumption. — corosys Prozeßsysteme und Sensoren GmbH, Hoffheim am Taunus, Germany
The recently upgraded HG2G-V5 5.7-in., HG3G-V8 8.4-in., HG3G-VA 10.4-in. and HG4G-VC 12.1-in. human-machine interface (HMI) touchscreen models (photo) are direct replacements for previous models, offering a seamless upgrade path and fitting into the exact same panel cutouts. All HMI programming can be converted from existing to these new models, so no new programming is required. All updated models use TFT-LCD screens, with the three larger-sized HMIs improving the resolution to 1,024 x 768 pixels, while the 5.7-in. model remains at 640 x 480 pixels. The entire range of HMIs in the series offers top-performing brightness, in this case ranging from 600 to 800 cd/m2, to deliver greater visibility, even in high-glare locations, such as direct sunlight. — IDEC Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif.
At Pack Expo Las Vegas (September 23–25), this company is presenting a monobloc unit (photo) that fills and caps bottles for pills, tablets or capsules. The Compact 12 counter is equipped with special applications to guarantee total product control. One of these is the HarleNIR vision system, which exploits a near infrared (NIR) hyperspectral camera to chemically distinguish the pharmaceutical products by analyzing their active ingredient. The company is said to be the first in the world to implement this technology for packaging blisters. Compact 12 is a monobloc unit that integrates a variety of operations on just one machine. Depending on the type of production and specific user requirements, the machine can accommodate operator protection or product-protection (laminar flow) systems. The machine is set up to handle all the main types of capping systems (screw-on, press-on or crimped) and offers the widest possible array of applications to guarantee total product control. — Marchesini Group, West Caldwell, N.J.
This company has introduced a new high-speed deluge module (HSDM) for the Eagle Quantum Premier (EQP) fire- and gas-safety controller (photo). The HSDM expands the capability of the EQP so it can activate ultra-high-speed suppression systems for high-hazard applications. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection (NFPA 15), ultra-high-speed detection and releasing systems must be capable of response in 100 ms or less from the presentation of the energy source to the flow of water from the deluge nozzle. The EQP safety system is FM Approved with the HSDM, making it the industry’s only listed flame-detection and releasing system capable of ultra-high-speed response, says the manufacturer. — Det-Tronics Corp., Minneapolis, Minn.
The VHC-MSEV family of modular silicon expansion valves (photo) provides cooling capacities ranging from 25 to 50 tons. The electronically controlled, normally closed and one-directional flow valves can be used for refrigerant mass-flow control in industry-standard HVAC and refrigeration systems. The VHC-MSEV provides precise superheat control and quick mass-flow adjustments through a closed-loop control methodology achieved with this company’s Universal SuperHeat Controller (USHC). — DunAn Microstaq, Inc., Austin, Tex.
This company has enhanced its Rosemount 5300 Guided Wave Radar Level Transmitter (photo) to optimize separation process performance and prevent costly product ingress by accurately measuring a thinner top liquid layer in interface applications. The Rosemount 5300 can now also perform measurements to the top of a tank, enabling increased throughput and profitability. In interface-measurement applications, such as separators, the top product layer must be of a certain minimum thickness for a guided-wave radar transmitter to distinguish between the echoes from the two liquids. Previously, this minimum detectable thickness would be between 50 and 200 mm. The company’s patented “Peak in Peak” interface algorithm now enables the Rosemount 5300 to detect a top liquid layer of just 25 mm. — Emerson, St. Louis, Mo.
The CPH7000 portable process calibrator (photo) has received ATEX approval for use in hazardous areas. The CPH7000 provides highly flexible onsite calibration for process transmitters and pressure gages. A high-pressure version tests measuring ranges up to 10,000 bars. The portable, multi-function instrument integrates an electronics module, a hand pump for generating test pressures of up to 25 bars and a high-performance data logger. The CPH7000 also fulfills test tasks for the measurement parameters of temperature, voltage and current. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
This company has added three single-stage gear units to its Nordbloc 1 product line (photo). The new SK 871.1, SK 971.1 and SK 1071.1 are said to provide industry-leading thrust-load capacity per case size. The new products have a power range of 30 to 60 hp and a torque range of 3,540 to 8,850 lb-in. With durable cast-iron housing and optimized bearings, they can reliably handle large axial and radial forces and are well suited for use with pumps, mixers, conveyors and industrial fans. With single-stage gear units, users can benefit from improved thermal performance, increased bearing ratings and more compact designs. — NORD Gear Corp., Waunakee, Wis.
The V200 Hygienic Design Vibratory Feeder (photo) is suitable for gentle handling of bulk solid materials, including fragile and problematic materials, such as finished friable food products and ingredients and glass fibers. The vibratory feeder is also suitable for abrasive materials, such as course powders and granules, as well as sensitive products like uncoated tablets. The unit has new design features, including an improved high-accuracy and patent-pending drive technology. The new K3 line of vibratory feeders features a modular design, including several quick-change tray options for faster product changeover. The new K3 vibratory feeders will be available in a standard design and a hygienic, easy-to-clean design, as well as a design suitable for pharmaceutical applications. — Coperion K-Tron, Inc., Salina, Kan.
This company has launched its first DMN Magnetic Separator demonstration unit (photo). The new range is designed to remove sub-micron metal contamination (including particles of 304 and 316 stainless steel) from dry, free-flowing products, such as sugar, grain, flour and other granulates and powders during processing. Theseparators will help to increase the life of rotary-valve vanes and blades by preventing metal contamination from entering the unit and causing damage. The ideal location for a DMN Magnetic Separator is as close to the rotary valve as is practical. The magnetic material incorporated into these units reaches a product contact strength of 10,000 Gauss. The easy-clean design allows the separators to be safely and quickly cleaned by removing the magnetic cores from their fully welded 316 stainless-steel tube housings. All units can be ATEX certified for use in Zones 20, 21 and 22 or in gas Zones 0, 1 and 2. — DMN UK Ltd., Calne, Wiltshire, U.K.
The fully redeveloped Integral product line of process thermostats is used for many applications, such as the temperature control of reactors in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, temperature tests at test stations in the automotive industry, or space simulations in mechanical and electrical engineering. As a result of further development of the models in the T and XT series, the new generation of Integral process thermostats have a variety of new features, including a brand-new, intuitive control concept using mobile devices (photo), increased pump output and a modular, expandable interface concept. — Lauda GmbH & Co. KG, Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
The Digital Turnaround software suite helps plant personnel to visualize and manage activities and risks associated with major plant shutdowns, turnarounds and outages, with the goal of limiting lost production due to asset downtime. The software uses risk as a key driver in planning major turnarounds, in addition to resources, materials, contractors, availability and costs. Digital Turnaround also includes tools to improve risk-based lean scope, holistic management and optimization of the dynamic turnaround execution and the ability to streamline safe work processes. — Sphera, Chicago, Ill.
The new range of EDS dry screw vacuum pumps (photo) feature tapered variable-pitch dry screw housed in a modern outer enclosure. Available in water-cooled and air-blasted variants, the EDS range has high-performance contaminant-handling capabilities in the harshest industrial conditions and dirtiest industrial installations. The pumps’ high tolerance for particulate matter makes them particularly safe and flexible for challenging applications in the fine-chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries. EDS pumps can be easily configured for hazardous-area installations and are certified for global explosion standards. The high pumping speeds give more throughput when required, and quick pumpdown times with higher roughing speeds lead to improved uptime. — Edwards Vacuum, Burgess Hill, U.K.
The Dual Lance semi-automatic drum and tote filling machine (photo) provides high-accuracy net-weight filling while allowing for two different products to be filled by the same filling machine. Two precision-made proportional fill lances mounted on separate ball screw drives deliver independent top, inside or bottom filling of drums or totes. This filling machine controls two separate product pumps as needed, as each fill lance operates under its own PLC-based filling recipe. Benefits of the Dual Lance design include fast product changeovers, no product cross-contamination and the ability to fill different-sized drums with two products on the same pallet, eliminating the need to re-palletize drums later. — The PASE Group, Eagan, Minn.
This company offers a new Wash Down range of suction cups and vacuum pumps (photo) that can be exposed to water and humidity and quickly dismounted, while still maintaining a high performance level. The various components of the Wash Down range, the Easy Clean vacuum pump and the associated suction cups, inserts and accessories tolerate splashing water spray and humid environments and can be used near food or pharmaceutical products. They are designed to favor smooth surfaces and retention-free areas in order to prevent any risk of contamination. As they are made of plastic and stainless-steel materials, the pump components contribute to preserving product hygiene. The nozzle profile of the mixer of the Easy Clean pump operates at a pressure of 4 bars, thus optimizing performance and increasing the efficiency of the suction flowrate. Its compact and lightweight design allows the pump to be installed as close as possible to the suction cups in order to improve production rates. — Coval Vacuum Technology, Inc., Raleigh, N.C.
This company now offers its first comprehensive solution for wired or wireless IP video surveillance in industrial applications (photo). This includes an extensive product portfolio of connection and automation technology for use between the camera and video server. Industrial Ethernet components, power supplies, surge protection, connectors, cables, lines, terminal blocks, and 19-in. components ensure a secure connection between the camera and video server. The required components are available individually, as modules, or as ready-to-connect boxes. The products are suitable for industrial use and therefore enable high network availability even in critical applications. The IP video surveillance solution is suitable for small installations through to large systems with high security requirements. In addition to providing security for property in buildings and on company premises, the solution can also be used for technical system monitoring. — Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germany