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April 2020

High-performance control valves approved for use with abrasive media

Circor RTK

The REflex quick-change seat (QCS) control valve (photo) equipped with the REact 30 DC-PoP smart actuator is a flexible all-in-one solution for noise reduction and high pressure-drop applications. The Reflex QCS control valve assembles and disassembles in four steps without the need for special tools, accelerating maintenance by up to 85% for efficiency and cost savings. Plus, tool-free seat exchange allows for quick adaptation to changing conditions. Featuring optimized high-capacity flow paths and interchangeable trim, the two-way REflex QCS control valve supports a variety of media and meets NACE standards for use with abrasive liquids and gasses. Valves are highly customizable for lower flow and higher pressure drop, and are available in one- or two-stages, as well as a range of sizes, pressure classes and end connections types. — Circor RTK, Stuttgart, Germany

Protect vacuum pumps and improve production efficiency


To guarantee that its vacuum pumps are effectively protected from the aggressive cleaning media used in hygienic applications, this company has developed a series of hygienic enclosures. These stainless-steel housings are available in seven different sizes, tailor made for each vacuum pump. Encased by these enclosures, the vacuum pumps can be positioned near machines and systems without any problems with exposure to harsh cleaning media during equipment washdown. This positioning enables improved vacuum performance because losses in pumping speed over long pipelines are avoided, leading to shorter process times. — Leybold GmbH, Cologne, Germany

Handle heavy slurries with this portable pump unit

Gorman Rupp Pumps

The SludgeKat is a self-priming, positive-displacement, hydraulic-piston pump (photo) that is designed to handle applications involving heavy sludges and slurries. The SludgeKat has 4-in. (100-mm) suction and discharge ports and is capable of flows up to 226 gal/min and heads up to 118.9 m. Depending on the product being pumped, SludgeKat can pass up to 2.4-in. diameter solids without damaging or clogging the pump. Units are equipped with the latest in Kohler Tier IV diesel-engine-driven technology. The pump end frame is mounted to a 52-gal fuel-tank base and offers a full-load run time of 25.5 h. The pump end frame can be detached from the unit, and when connected to optional 150-ft hoses, provides increased portability around the job site. The SludgeKat is appropriate for use in clarifying pits, wastewater treatment, loading and unloading railcars, oil-and-gas drilling, mud-pump applications, environmental cleanup and a variety of other heavy-duty industrial and construction applications. — Gorman-Rupp Pumps, Mansfield, Ohio

Heat pumps and air conditioners for hazardous locations

Bebco Environmental

Model TAC and THP Smart Cool and Smart Pump Units are self-contained hazardous-location air conditioners and heat pumps. Designed specifically for highly-corrosive industrial environments, TAC and THP products operate on 208/230 VAC, single-phase 50 and 60 Hz power sources, depending on size. They are offered in a wide array of sizes, ranging from 9,000 to 28,000 BTUs. TAC and THP Units with Smart Cool and Smart Pump control interfaces feature refrigerant service ports, allowing them to be easily charged and serviced. Housing options include economical steel housing with a baked enamel finish or optional 304 or 316 stainless-steel materials. Coil and refrigerant tubing coating systems include Heresite ES-600, which is suitable for the highly corrosive conditions found in applications handling H2S, SO2,  and wastewater. — Bebco Environmental Controls Corp., LaMarque, Tex.

A bio-based temporary coating for high-humidity areas


EcoLine 3690 (photo) is a ready-to-use canola-oil-based temporary coating designed for corrosion protection in severe marine and high-humidity conditions. It contains 72% USDA-certified bi-based content and leaves behind an oily protective film that does not dry. It is an excellent solution for contractors who manufacture parts or equipment and need to prevent rust in interim periods of storage or shipment, or for any manufacturer around the world who wants reduce worker exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOC) or mineral-oil or solvent-based rust preventatives. EcoLine 3690 can be easily removed with an alkaline cleaner and can help users avoid hazardous waste disposal costs associated with traditional rust preventatives. EcoLine 3690 should be applied to clean metal surfaces via spray, roll, brush or dip at a recommended wet film thickness of 1.0-3.0 mils (25-75 μm). It can also be applied over painted surfaces. EcoLine 3690 has no VOCs and is temperature stable up to 180°F (82°C). — Cortec Corp., St. Paul, Minn.

An extremely small pressure-scanning device


The new nanoDAQ-LTC-16 (photo) is said to be the smallest intelligent pressure scanner currently on the market. Designed for applications where small size and light weight are a priority, the LTC retains all the features and performance of its contemporaries. Fully configurable, the nanoDAQ-LTC-16 will output pressure data in engineering units and makes use of 16 absolute transducers, which are thermally compensated and conditioned. Its size and rugged construction mean that the pressure scanner is suitable for use in harsh environments. Reconfiguration of the port outlets allows measurements to be made more conveniently in tight spaces. — Chell Instruments Ltd., Norfolk, U.K.

Compact, high-definition thermal cameras for scientific applications

Flir Systems

The A8580 series of thermal-science cameras (photo) records blur-free images of high-speed targets, offers a wide range of precision, manual and motorized lenses, and integrates seamlessly with this company’s new Research Studio thermal-analysis software. This included software allows users to view the live camera image, record the image stream, and evaluate thermal data from multiple cameras and recorded sources simultaneously. Designed for a wide range of scientific and research and development applications, the A8580 series includes four midwave infrared models, as well as a longwave model that provides better uniformity and stability through cooldowns than similar longwave infrared (LWIR) cameras. This unique LWIR camera also offers wide temperature-calibration ranges, reducing the need for repeated testing to fully measure a high dynamic scene, and fast integration times.— FLIR Systems, Inc., Wilsonville, Ore.

Custom-fabricated storage tanks for a wide range of applications

Charles Ross & Son

This company offers fabrication services for ancillary storage tanks, pressure vessels and reactors up to 100,000 gal. A recent fabrication job involved a vessel with a full holding capacity of 20,000 gal, measuring 10.5 ft in diameter and 30 ft in length (photo).  This horizontal vessel is designed for product storage under atmospheric pressure at 200°F and is rated to the UL 142 standard covering atmospheric storage tanks.  A 32-in. manway with a davit allows easy access for an internally supported insertion heater. The vessel includes various nozzles, saddles and lugs as specified by the end user. Material of construction is 304L stainless steel, blasted and painted with black primer for outdoor exposure. — Charles Ross & Son Co., Hauppauge, N.Y.

Accelerate catalyst development with a suite of gas-adsorption and screening units


The ASAP 2020 Plus is a research-grade gas-adsorption system (photo) used to quantify core characteristics of active catalysts and supports. The system can be combined with this company’s Microactivity Effi catalyst-screening unit, which is fully automated to enable catalyst evaluation under process-relevant conditions. Currently,  the ASAP 2020 Plus is being employed in laboratories for physisorption to study surface area and porosity, which are performance-defining characteristics for any heterogeneous catalyst. A chemisorption-focused version of the ASAP 2020 Plus is also available, which will allow teams to measure the surface area of catalysts and quantify porosity via metrics such as total pore volume and pore-size distribution. — Micromeritics Instrument Corp., Norcorss, Ga.

This feeder is designed to handle recycled materials

Brabender Technologie

The FiberXpert FX50 fiber feeder (photo) is specially developed for feeding recycled materials, including carbon and natural fibers, recycled polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and bottle flakes, shredded plastic or carpet residues and other fiber products like cellulose, acrylic, aramid, polyamide, polymer or polyester fibers. Long, unevenly cut and non-flow-capable fibers can be fed reliably with the aid of a special fiber screw, hopper design with large inflow cross-section, large, steep-walled hopper and special agitator geometry and positioning. Potential applications for the FiberXpert include mixing in strengtheners or fillers during the compounding process, as well as biopolymers, recycling plastics, fibers in building materials or in the production of films or foils, where offcuts or waste from the startup process are recovered. — Brabender Technologie GmbH & Co. KG, Duisberg, Germany

Use these magnetic pumps in applications with very high system pressure

Michael Smith Engineers

The GLH Series of compact, magnetically driven external gear pumps (photo) are designed for fluid-handling applications with system pressures up to 103 bars (1,500 psi) and maximum differential pressures to 8.5 bars. They can deliver flowrates ranging from 2 to 22.0 L/min (at 2,850 rpm) on liquids with a maximum viscosity range up to 2,500 cP, at temperatures up to 121ºC. GLH Series pumps are designed to deliver a rugged, reliable and leak-free performance for any high-precision pumping application and, thanks to their compact, miniature size, can be easily incorporated into the design of high-precision fluid-handling systems. Typical applications include sampling from crude oil pipelines, refrigerant-recovery duties involving transferring pressurized liquids from cooling systems and mechanical seal flushing to cool or clean seal faces. — Michael Smith Engineers Ltd., Woking, U.K.

Use this tubing with hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders

Polygon Composites

PolySlide composite tubing (photo) is designed to replace metallic material in a variety of pneumatic and hydraulic cylinder applications.  Supplied as a cylinder tube ready for user assembly, or as fully engineered cylinder assemblies for equipment-manufacturer applications, the tubing is made of continuous filament-wound glass fiber and polymer resins. The fiberglass filament and resin materials combine together to form a high-strength component that exhibits dimensional stability, is non-corroding, impingement-resistant and is non-conductive. The cylinder tubing is suitable for high and low temperatures, as well as locations where grease, grit, salt or chemicals are present. The features of the tubing allow the seal to slide over the bore surface contour, minimizing interlocking friction. The inside diameter of the tubing has a smooth finish. Contact with the non-metallic rod guide bearing prevents galling and provides for a low coefficient of friction. A wear-resistant material incorporated into the bore surface further increases the lifespan of the composite cylinder tubing. — Polygon Composites Technology, Walkerton, Ind.

Improved bag filler reduces operator fatigue

Material Transfer & Storage

The Material Master Powerfill Select bulk bag filler (photo) features an exclusive rotating bag-support carriage for maximum filling efficiency and reduced operator fatigue. The bag-support carriage and fill head lower to a programmed operator height, then rotate for “reach-free” bag-strap connection. From the load position, an operator can safely connect an empty bag while standing on the floor in front of the filler unit in approximately 20-30 s. Once the bag spout is sealed, the bag is automatically inflated, filled and weighed with the push of a button. Once the fill cycle is complete, the bag inlet spout and straps automatically release, the fill head raises and the filled bag is removed. — Material Transfer & Storage, Inc., Allegan, Mich.