New Products & Services
May 1, 2020
This decontamination chamber uses UV radiation
The UV-Box (photo) is a high-efficiency chamber designed to safely decontaminate contents while providing a safe work environment for the operator. High-intensity ultraviolet (UV) lamps are positioned within the cabinet, producing short-wave (254 nm) UV light to destroy exposed surface DNA and bacteria, leaving samples free of contamination prior to tests, analysis or procedures. UV lamps are optimally placed to eliminate blind spots. Corners and walls are smooth to ensure easy cleaning. Stainless-steel surfaces naturally reflect UV radiation to ensure contents are fully irradiated from all directions. — Air Science, Fort Myers, Fla.
New intrinsically safe weighing instruments
The HI 8100IS and the HI 8200IS are high-performance weighing instruments (photo) designed to operate in all Classes, Divisions and Groups in accordance with U.S. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and CAN Standards. Both instruments feature two available power options: a.c. line power for permanent installation in the hazardous area; or high-performance external rechargeable battery packs that are easy to switch out for recharging in the safe area. For continuous battery power, maintaining multiple batteries allows for fast swapping in and out. The HI 8200IS is an advanced indicator with checkweighing features for manufacturing processes where equipment operates near flammable gases; flammable or combustible liquid-produced vapors; or combustible dusts or ignitable fibers. The HI 8100IS is a basic five-button indicator designed for use in hazardous locations. The HI 8100IS is suitable for a range of weighing demands, from tank-based inventory control to batching operations. — Hardy Process Solutions, San Diego, Calif.
Ethernet communication for Ex areas
The first Zone 2 Ethernet gateway for this company’s excom I/O system, the new GEN-3G excom gateway (photo), brings signals from Zone 0 at high data rates to the control system. For the first time, all process data can reach IT systems for analysis and evaluation at sufficient speed via a parallel data channel, which is a fast and easy way of implementing condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. The new GEN-3G multiprotocol device operates at high data rates in Profinet, Ethernet/IP or Modbus TCP networks without the need for manual intervention. The integrated gateway switch enables the implementation of linear topologies that can be connected easily in the network to form a ring. Besides the hardware redundancies for power-supply units and gateways, excom also supports redundancy concepts, such as S2 system redundancy to ensure maximum availability. — Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
New 80-GHz radar level transmitters are also compact
The new Sitrans LR100 series 80 GHz radar transmitters (photo) are compact instruments with a narrow beam for flexible installations in existing vessel openings or even non-intrusively through plastic vessels. The transmitters’ 80-GHz frequency delivers robust, reliable measurements even in challenging environments, such as those with vapors, condensation, turbulence or solids, says the company. The custom microchip technology delivers fast response and extremely high sensitivity to detect even the weakest of signals, the company adds. The series consists of three products: Sitrans LR100 for basic measurement to 8 m; Sitrans LR110 with communication and hazardous approvals options and range to 15 m; and Sitrans LR120 with communication (longest range to 30 m) and optional submergence shield for flooding protection. — Siemens Digital Industries, Nuremberg, Germany
The launch of a next-generation ozone technology
After four years of development, this company is now launching a new ozone-generation technology that solves many of the drawbacks associated with conventional O3 technologies. The new O3 generator (photo) features a flat-plate reactor that does not use glass, and has no corrosion problems. The system has a small footprint, low energy demand, high reliability and produces O3 with high efficiency and concentration, says the manufacturer. The system is suitable for use in the wastewater treatment, drinkable water, pharmaceutical and food-and-beverage industries for applications such as sterilization and disinfection in bottling processes, reverse osmosis, marine systems, cooling towers, laboratories and more. — Ozopure Italia S.R.L., Fano, Italy
Improved sealing makes this heat exchanger more efficient
Thanks to a patent-pending sealing concept, the new Compabloc+ heat exchanger (photo) ensures safe operation with no risk of media leaks at pressures up to 60 bars — representing a 20-bar increase over previous Compabloc models. The sealing concept is a first-of-its-kind for bloc-type heat exchangers, featuring a fully-confined graphite gasket, rather than a traditional flat gasket. This change makes it possible for Compabloc+ to safely handle higher operating pressures than possible in the past, while simultaneously simplifying maintenance by protecting against overtightening and creeping. Compabloc+ is a more energy-efficient alternative to traditional shell-and-tube heat exchangers and can replace up to four shell-and-tube units for the same duty, according to the manufacturer. — Alfa Laval AB, Lund, Sweden
A conveyor designed to handle hazardous materials
This company’s Tubular Chain Conveyor (photo) reliably contains dusty and hazardous materials, safeguarding workers at the same time as protecting the conveyed material from external influences. It is also resistant against internal pressure buildup and helps to contain propagating flame, making it suitable for handling potentially explosive chemicals. By using a low-horsepower motor, energy consumption is considerably less than traditional pneumatic conveyors. Constructed from chemical-grade stainless steel and other FDA-approved components, the conveyor comprises a fixed drive and tension assembly, which automatically tensions the chain continuously during the process and regulates it according to friction, product flow and variation in atmospheric or product temperature. — Luxme International Ltd., Brossard, Canada
UL-certified control stations for extreme temperatures
This company has obtained updated UL approval for its explosion-protected Ex e (increased safety) control stations from the 8146 and 8150 Series (photo), as well as its ConSig 8040 range of control and signaling stations for use in an extended ambient temperature range. This means that 8146/55 Series control stations are now suitable for use across North America in hazardous (classified) locations at ambient temperatures between –50°C (–58°F) and 40°C (104°F). The 8150/5 Series of control stations, which is made out of stainless steel, has been approved for temperatures as low as –60°C (–76°F) and up to 85°C (185°F). The robust enclosures, which are available in different dimensions, can be individually configured and equipped with control devices, indicator lamps, illuminated pushbuttons, control switches, ammeters and voltmeters. — R. Stahl, Waldenburg, Germany
These metering pumps feature a very large turndown ratio
The Flexflow A1F peristaltic metering pump (photo) is designed for metering off-gassing chemicals, such as sodium hypochlorite and peracetic acid. The pump offers a smooth chemical feed without risk that it will overheat or lose its prime. Furthermore, the pumps do not require continuous maintenance and do not include any check valves that could potentially clog. A large turndown ratio (1,000:1) allows users to standardize on one pump for all chemical-feed applications. Feedrates up to 5.6 gal/h (21.19 L/h) and pressures up to 100 psi (6.89 bars) are achievable. Other features include a sealed weatherproof enclosure, a patented tube-failure-detection functionality, mounting brackets and a self-adjusting power supply. — Blue-White Industries, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Introducing a new range of valve actuators
Launched in March, the E2HR Series Electro-Hydraulic Rotary valve actuators (photo) feature a very small installation envelope for¼-turn valve-actuating applications. All hydraulic components and sensors are integrated into a single compact manifold block that also houses the actuator and integral oil reservoir. The control panel can be mounted directly to the manifold block or installed remotely to run multiple units from a single control panel. This self-contained actuator can be installed either vertically or horizontally and has no external piping. It is available for on/off or modulating applications and for a wide range of markets and valve applications. The valves’ operating-temperature range is –50 to 40°C, and they offer very low power consumption and tight shutoff. — Cowan Dynamics, Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
New IIoT platform for instrumentation management
Netilion (photo) is a new industrial internet of things (IIoT) ecosystem that improves lifecycle and asset management, maintenance and support of instruments and analyzers. Users can manage their installed base by accessing documentation and data related to instruments’ performance and health status. Netilion currently offers several digital services: Scanner, which is a smartphone application (app) that guides the user in capturing field-instrument asset data; Analytics, which can create a digital twin of a system; Health, which visualizes the diagnostic data provided by an instrument and tracks an instrument’s condition so that maintenance can be optimized; Library, which is a file-sharing and data-management service for the complete lifecycle of an instrument; and Value, which is a monitoring service that collects process data from the field. These digital services can be used separately or in concert to improve the management, maintenance and support of instrumentation systems — regardless of type or vendor. — Endress + Hauser, Greenwood, Ind.
Process monitoring where space is at a premium
The LiquiSonic Lab 3-in-1-sensor (photo) is designed for reactors and small plants in laboratories and technology centers. Directly flanged into the reactor lid, the device monitors sonic velocity, attenuation and temperature with high precision. LiquiSonic sensors can be used for monitoring complex polymerization or crystallization reactions. Harsh conditions, such as high temperature (160°C) or pressure (16 bars), can also be handled. Process kinetics can be monitored inline and even under extreme process conditions in pressurized miniplants or pilot reactors. Space-saving design, separated sensor electronics and a user-friendly, multilingual controller with powerful data memory characterize the LiquiSonic system. Sensor materials include Hastelloy HC2000, tantalum or titanium to protect against corrosion and promote long process life. — SensoTech GmbH, Magdeburg–Barleben, Germany
Maximize energy recovery from sludge-handling processes
The DTR Series of double-tube heat exchangers (photo) is designed specifically for use with low-viscosity sludge products as the heating or cooling medium. This configuration makes DTR exchangers suitable for direct sludge-to-sludge heat recovery in wastewater-treatment operations. The DTR Series performs well with fluids that contain particles, without creating blockages that impede flow. Special stainless-steel corrugated tubes are used to increase heat transfer and reduce fouling. This allows the product or waste stream to run in both the inner and outer tubes. It also allows for easier and faster cleaning, so overall there is less operational downtime, even with high-fouling products. The inner tube of the exchanger is removable for inspection, cleaning and maintenance, meaning that both the tube- and shell-sides can be inspected and cleaned. For large installations, multiple units can be interconnected and mounted in a frame. — HRS Heat Exchangers Ltd., Hertfordshire, U.K.