New Products & Services
July 1, 2020
Point-to-point, wireless I/O modules for remote locations
With a rugged NEMA 4X/IP68 industrial housing, the new VWB2000 signal-wire replacement system (photo) is a point-to-point wireless signal bridge that takes analog, discrete, or Modbus signals at one location and reproduces them at a second location. The system consists of two pre-paired transmitter/receiver units that have a range of one mile outside, or 500 ft indoors at industrial environments. This range can be extended using wireless repeater units or high-gain directional antennae. An LCD display provides signal strength and other diagnostic information. A VWB2000 wireless input/output (I/O) bridge is easy to set up and install. Each unit has one analog I/O channel, four discrete I/O and Modbus communications that are field-configurable in minutes using the push-button controls. Each unit has both inputs and outputs for bi-directional communication. — Acromag, Wixom, Mich.
Continuous processors quickly mix fast-reacting materials
This company’s Continuous Processors (photo) feature a proprietary design that ensures the fast-reacting materials used to process rigid polymeric foams are mixed, gelled and reacted entirely within the sealed reactor barrel before they begin to cure. Allowing foam formation and curing to occur entirely downstream, the Continuous Processors eliminate the risk of premature curing inside the barrel, along with its requisite, labor-intensive cleaning and safety concerns. Developed for producing foams, such as polyurethane, polystyrene, polyethylene and other materials that cure instantaneously, the Continuous Processors strategically introduce isocyanates, blowing agents and other reactants at key points in the process to efficiently produce a uniform, homogeneous dispersion of materials within a tight residence time. Targeted specifications for strength, cell morphology, thermal conductivity and other properties are consistently achieved. — Readco Kurimoto, LLC, York, Pa.
Cutting cost and preventing damage with two valves in one
The RTK Discharge and Pump Protection Control Valve (photo) provides a suitable solution for all industrial processes that incorporate pumps, such as condensate pumps, boiler feedwater pumps or low-pressure centrifugal pumps. The RTK control valve works as two valves in one: it brings together a pump-protection recirculation valve and a control valve. In this capacity, the valve not only cuts costs, but also increases the life span of pumps by both regulating the main flow and the recirculation flow with a single valve. The recirculation feature provides an inline-adjustable recirculation port, which allows users to control the valve inline while the pump is working. — Circor International, Inc., Burlington, Mass.
Diaphragm globe valves that integrate into multi-port blocks
This company now offers solutions for manufacturing diaphragm globe valves with plug diaphragm (PD) design as multi-port valve blocks made from stainless steel (photo). It is possible to configure multi-port valves with diaphragm globe valves on a case-by-case basis according to user requirements. For instance, multi-port valve blocks with the control valve 567 BioStar control have already been designed for aseptic dosing from an ultra-pure water loop. Other examples are filling blocks with the F40 and F60 filling valves, developed in combination with auxiliary valves as a complete solution for gas control. The integration of diaphragm globe valves in multi-port valve blocks combines the advantages of a valve block with those of PD design. — GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG, Ingelfingen-Criesbach, Germany
Low-maintenance, heavy-duty flexible conveyors
The new Flexifeeder line of flexible screw conveyors (photo) offers expanded capability with less frequent maintenance. Each Flexifeeder is matched to the individual user requirement, using both this company’s extensive installation database and complementary laboratory testing. The use of controlled vibration at the inlet hopper eliminates material packing and tunneling, and encourages more balanced loading of the conveying screw. This, along with a simple and robust drive system, results in a more uniform repeatable conveying rate and dramatically reduced maintenance. Flexifeeders are available in capacities up to 1,500 ft3/h and single-unit conveying lengths of 50 ft. — Vibra Screw, Totowa, N.J.
Level switches for dust collectors and more
The DJ level switch (photo) provides high- or low-point level detection of bulk solids. The DJ detector operates successfully on baghouses, cyclone separators and above airlocks. Consistent results have been achieved on 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 and Class II, Groups E, F & G. The level switch is mounted through a 3/4-in. half-coupling at the point of desired level detection. — Automation Products Inc. – Dynatrol Div., Houston
Two new sizes of turbomolecular pump introduced
This company has expanded its Turbovac i/iX series of turbomolecular pumps with the addition of two new sizes — the 850 i/iX (photo) and 950 i/iX. The two new pumps are characterized by extended operation, longer system life and lower operating costs, according to the manufacturer. They are designed for a wide range of applications, including R&D and analytical processes, as well as industrial processes that require a clean and stable high- and ultrahigh vacuum, such as in coating, heat treatment, thin-film research and helium recovery. The new models in the Turbovac i/iX family provide improved vacuum performance, offering higher pumping speeds and compression values. — Leybold, a part of Atlas Copco’s Vacuum Technique, Cologne, Germany
Multipurpose furnaces streamline loading and unloading
New GS2026 bench-mounted box furnaces (photo) include a spring-assist vertical-lift door that allows for effortless loading and unloading even at high temperatures. The furnaces are controlled by an industrial control system that includes a Eurotherm temperature control, overtemperature protection and a recirculation fan for uniformity. The heating elements are located on both sides and at the top and bottom, which enables equal heat distribution from all sides. This element distribution can achieve a uniformity gradient of ±10°F. Standard units include a sheathed thermocouple, a slot in the door for access into the furnace, a powder-coated machined case, ceramic hearth plate with standoffs, a door limit switch that turns the power to the elements off if the door is opened, an on/off toggle switch with control fusing and a power plug. An optional angle iron stand and vent kit are also available. The GS2026 has an operating voltage of 208, 220 or 240 V single-phase, 60 or 50 Hz. — L&L Special Furnace Co., Aston, Pa.
This turbidity sensor withstands aggressive media
The new Turbimax CUS50D sensor (photo) is an absorption sensor for turbidity and suspended-solids measurement in unfavorable environments. Its robust design is made to withstand aggressive media and is suitable for applications in industrial wastewater treatment or chemical processes. Turbimax CUS50D measures turbidity and suspended solids (attenuation of light in accordance with ISO 7027) reliably and accurately — even in very dark liquids and sludges. The special Teflon-derivative sensor-measurement surface minimizes the risk of dirt accumulating, thus guaranteeing a stable and consistent measurement. Surface contamination is removed by the sensor’s air-cleaning system — Endress+Hauser, Greenwood, Ind.
A new range of sealless pumps with new capabilities
The new CSA Range of sealless pumps (photo) are designed for handling high-temperature, toxic, flammable, corrosive, carcinogenic and aggressive fluids. The sealless magnetic-drive designs eliminate emissions and leaks, which can harm productivity, personnel and the environment. The new CSA Range brings modular components needed to assemble the pumps to select resellers in the U.S. The new kits feature updated technology that enhances the capabilities and value of the pumps. These modular kits include: a hydraulic kit, which features the pump’s casing, and impeller; common parts kit, which includes the pump shaft and bush holder; a magnetic drive kit, which includes the inner and outer magnetic rings as well as the containment shells; a new coupling housing kit, which provides a secondary control and containment option; and more. — HMD Kontro Sealless Pumps, Eastbourne, U.K.
A skid-mounted RO system for high-purity water production
Through its business unit Solys, this company launched the Sirion Pro range, a simplified version of the Sirion RO (reverse osmosis) range (photo). A compact, plug-and-play system that integrates Aquavista digital services, Sirion Pro offers more basic features — a choice of four different options — at a lower cost. Both Sirion Advanced and Sirion Pro are capable of removing up to 98% of dissolved inorganics and over 99% of large dissolved organics, colloids and particles, says the manufacturer. Applicable to most industrial sectors and reuse projects, the product range includes 11 models covering permeate flowrates from 100 to 5,000 L/h. — Veolia Water Technologies, Saint-Maurice, France
Digitalization adds value to compressor and blower units
AERprogress is a suite of customized digital services for compressors and blowers from this company’s Delta series. With AERprogress, the extensive recording and evaluation of energy-related process data enables efficient control of the assemblies in combination, which can considerably reduce energy costs, says the company. Furthermore, operators can benefit from greater process safety, transparency and reliability, since this information can be used to implement data-supported service and maintenance concepts. — Aerzener Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Aerzen, Germany
Leak detector for easy and accurate 'sniffing' operations
This company has launched the ASM 306 S (photo), which addresses any industrial leak-detection “sniffing” applications, especially in refrigeration and air-conditioning processes. This new leak detector is highly sensitive (10 –7 mbar L/s), precise and accurate. Leakage control using sniffing measurements before the final refrigerant gas charge is one of the last steps of the production process. This requires the highest testing reliability to increase productivity and quality levels. The ASM 306 S helps to meet those challenges. The product combines the advantages of a proven technology regarding sensitivity, accuracy and repeatability. The ASM 306 S has been designed to offer fast and repeatable measurements, whether He or H2 is used as the tracer gas. — Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, Asslar, Germany
Access and control flowmeters from a smartphone
Edge Flow Electronics (photo) interface with positive-displacement or turbine flowmeters to provide better access, understanding and control of processes — in some cases, from a smartphone. When installed on a flowmeter, Edge devices can force the sensor to output a frequency or analog signal output for greater flexibility when interfacing with readout equipment or control rooms. Modbus output also adds system compatibility for more advanced operations. A Bluetooth mobile application supports innovative signal processing, allowing users to monitor and program flowmeters from a smartphone. Mobile and PC-based applications streamline installation, configuration and troubleshooting. With basic scaling and advanced functions, the user-friendly application allows for remote correction of non-linear flowmeters to maintain a linear analog output. — AW-Lake Co., Oak Creek, Wis.