A new mobile TIP-TITE Drum Dumper with safety cage (photo) allows hands-free, automated dumping of bulk solid materials from 30- to 55-gal (115- to 200-L) drums throughout the plant, with no dusting or danger associated with sudden shifting of contents. The three-sided carbon-steel cage, with safety interlocked doors, is mounted on a mobile frame with quick-acting jack screws for stability. A platform raises the drum hydraulically, creating a dust-tight seal between the rim of the drum and the underside of a discharge cone. A second hydraulic cylinder then tips the platform-hood assembly, stopping it at dump angles of 45, 60 or 90 deg with a motion-dampening feature, causing the spout of the discharge cone to mate with a gasketed receiving ring on the lid of an enclosed hopper that charges a flexible screw conveyor. A pneumatically-actuated slide gate at the spout can be opened once the discharge cone has sealed to the receiving ring to discharge material, and then closed before returning the drum to its original position, with no dust emitted throughout the cycle. — Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, Pa.
This company’s mill-discharge (MD) pumps (photo) are robust and have been designed to operate reliably in highly abrasive environments, providing optimal solutions for each part of the concentrator plants of a minerals-processing facility. The MD pumps have been designed for efficient operation and longest wear life to match the mill’s uptime. An oversized robust steel shaft and extra thick casings and liners are just some of the heavy-duty components that are equipped with the MD Series pumps. The pumps are available in two tailored solutions, MDM and MDR. They cover flows of up to 12,000 m3/h, with inlet sizes ranging from 250 to 700 mm, with either metal (MDM) or rubber (MDR) lining. Both pump types offer excellent resistance to abrasion and erosion and are suited for heavy-duty use. — Metso Outotec Corp, Helsinki, Finland
The BL2 BPC 1500 (photo) is a compact industrial PC (IPC) for rugged environments with limited space. This box IPC is designed for entry-level automation, small machine control and industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications, such as edge or fog computing or decentralized data collection and processing. With its fanless design, solid-state mass storage and heavy-duty metal housing, the BL2 BPC 1500 can operate in demanding industrial applications. Additional standard features include 32-GB eMMC internal mass storage, 12 to 30 V d.c. wide-voltage operation and DIN rail mounting. — Phoenix Contact Inc., Middletown, Pa.
The new Proline t-mass F/I 300/500 thermal mass flowmeters (photo) are reliable and versatile for measuring pure gases and gas mixtures, and each has numerous alarm functions, as well as bidirectional measurement capability and reverse flow detection. The flowmeters are suitable for compressed air, natural gas, protective gas or oxygen. The meter has an all-metal sensor design and unique monitoring functionality. Even when process and ambient conditions significantly fluctuate, t-mass ensures high measurement accuracy (±1.0%) with excellent repeatability (±0.25%). Gas flows with low pressure and a low flow velocity can also be measured easily thanks to a high turndown ratio. t-mass F and I can operate at process temperatures up to 356°F and pressures up to 580 psi. — Endress+Hauser, Greenwood, Ind.
The focus of the X-act 7000, in combination with the MicroTubes for different gases and vapors, is to measure carcinogenic and toxic substances in the lower parts-per-billion (ppb) range. The range of gases to be measured is being constantly expanded. The measurement-sensitive system of the X-act 7000 is based on colorimetric chemical-sensor technology and measures even the lowest ppb concentrations. It can replace conventional laboratory analysis and delivers exact, reliable results directly on site. False-positive measurement results and false alarms can be largely reduced. This saves time and costs. The RFID tags applied to the MicroTubes contain all the calibration data that are valid for the typical period of use of one year. Complex functional tests and manual calibration procedures are no longer necessary. All possible temperature and humidity influences are already taken into account during factory calibration. The analyzer is explosion-proof and certified in accordance with ATEX/IECEx for zone 0 and CSA Class I, Zone 0. — Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA, Hamburg, Germany
The Rosemount 700XA gas chromatograph (GC; photo) is said to be the industry’s first single-analyzer solution for measuring both sulfur compounds and the energy content of natural gas. The 700XA is a cost-effective approach to meet gas-quality and heating-value requirements for pipeline distribution, processing of liquified natural gas (LNG), mixed and high-purity natural gas liquids (NGLs), as well as international LNG commerce. The 700XA is equipped with a micro flame-photometric detector (FPD), which enables users to reduce initial equipment cost by as much as 50% and footprint requirements by up to 40%, says the company. — Emerson Automation Solutions, Shakopee, Minn.
The newest version of the Spectrogreen inductively coupled plasma, optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) analyzer (photo) features this company’s proven twin interface (TI). The TI automatically combines both axial and radial plasma views — looking both across the plasma and from end-to-end — optimizing sensitivity, linearity and dynamic range while avoiding matrix effects, like easily ionizable elements (EIE). The Spectrogreen TI is the third and newest version of this family of ICP-OES analyzers. It delivers numerous advantages for a wide array of routine laboratory analyses. — Spectro Analytical Instruments GmbH, Kleve, Germany
Targo-Vent (photo) is an opening angle limiter, developed for use with this company’s Explosion Panels, which guides the pressure relief specifically into areas in which there is no danger to the adjoining infrastructure. Targo-Vent absorbs the enormous repulsive forces of explosion energy and guides the flames and shockwave in the desired direction. Depending on the particular application and associated equipment, the flames and shockwave are diverted at a defined angle of approximately 30–45 deg upwards or to the side so facility operators can minimize the safety areas around the vent opening. The usable area is increased. The system is made of maintenance-free stainless-steel materials and, in combination with Explosion Panels, is type-tested in accordance with the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC (ATEX 114), authorized in accordance with (FSA 13 ATEX 1637) and fully conforms to NFPA Standards. — Rembe Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
The Double Planetary Mixer (photo) is suitable for high-precision mixing, granulation and vacuum drying all in a single vessel. Powders and granules are gently blended by two rectangular planetary blades that rotate on their own axes while orbiting the mixing zone on a common axis. Atomizing spray nozzles enable controlled and spill-free addition of liquid raw materials as the mixing blades continuously ensure uniform composition and temperature throughout the batch. As a result, granulation and drying procedures can be completed in significantly shorter times compared to conventional, non-vacuum granulators and dryers. Optional features for sanitary and sensitive mixing applications include flush discharge plugs or valves, covers for use with the portable mix vessels during transport, and controls integrating the mixer with auxiliary equipment such as vacuum pumps, heating/cooling units, load cells and more. — Charles Ross & Son Co., Hauppauge, N.Y.
The Model TSF twin-screw feeder (photo) is designed for precise batching and weighing applications. The feeder’s dual-helix design combines fast, high-volume filling with accurate dribble flow at the end of the cycle. Its compact design is ideal when limited space prohibits multiple individual screw units. Two helices (1½ and 4-in. dia.) are mounted on an 18-in. × 22-in. hopper. They are rated at 17 and 283 ft3/h, respectively, at maximum speed with 100%-efficient conveyable product and no slippage. TSF is ideal for batching to weigh-hoppers; low loss-in-weight scale-monitored flow; low loss-of-weight batch applications with scales; drum and pail packout lines; and recipe-type batching by multiple computer-controlled units. — Best Process Solutions, Inc., Brunswick, Ohio
This company has expanded its product line to include a range of bellows seal valves, including the BSA (photo) and A3S isolation valves. These valves are engineered to maintain plant safety and save energy by totally eliminating stem seal leaks, which will help oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage manufacturers save energy and ensure operator and plant safety, says the company. The BSA valve range is a flexible, user-friendly isolation solution that includes a throttling plug that allows manual regulation to adjust line pressure and flow. It can also be used as a basic control valve or a substitute for “bypass” lines. The high-integrity A3S bellows sealed valve is suitable for use under higher-pressure steam, gas and liquid applications, since it is designed to ASME Class 800. — Spirax Sarco, Inc., Blythewood, S.C.
The new Sitrans LT500 level, flow and pump controllers (photo) are suitable for radar and ultrasonic transmitters or any other two-wire 4–20-mA devices. From basic level control to complex pumping routines, these instruments deliver the accuracy and reliability demanded by a variety of applications. Complete with up to two measuring points, six control or alarm relays, two discrete inputs, three analog outputs and communications options, Sitrans LT500 is an attractive option for controller applications. Users can easily retrofit older equipment with Sitrans LT500, as improved system control delivers savings directly to a company’s bottom line. By scheduling pumps before high-demand periods begin, users can avoid peak energy hours and the increased prices that accompany them. — Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
IT specialists rarely perform the implementation, commissioning and maintenance of Ethernet installations, so this company is introducing its Lean-Managed Switches (photo) for secure and robust network installations, as well as for ensuring high availability and security. The new switches are available with 8 or 16 copper ports capable of baud rates up to 1,000 Mbit/s. Devices with two extra SFP slots (100/1,000 Mbit/s) are available as an option for connecting fiber optic cables. A Power over Ethernet (PoE) version supplies connected PoE devices with 24 V d.c., which is common in control cabinets. The power output per PoE port can be up to 30W. The Web-Based Management allows installation, commissioning and diagnostics to be performed without extensive IT knowledge. — WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Minden, Germany