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June 2020

This pilot-scale mixer has been redesigned


The newly redesigned RS-02 high-shear pilot-scale mixer (photo) is well suited for pilot plants and small-scale production, including product development, formula optimization and trial mixtures. The RS-02 redesign includes a mobile lift stand with a wider base for added stability and a hand crank for adjusting mixer height. The portable unit fits through standard-width doorways, making it easier to transport it within a plant. The RS-02 has a batch capacity of 5 to 20 gal and incorporates the patented Rotosolver high-shear mixing impeller to provide balance between shear and flow so that mixtures are completely homogenous, emulsified and agglomerate-free. — Admix, Inc., Londonderry, N.H.

A new, 80-GHz, wireless radar-level sensor

Endress + Hauser

The FWR30 is this company’s first cloud-connected radar level sensor, and is said to be the world’s first 80-GHz wireless IIoT (industrial internet of things) sensor, providing full transparency in the storage and transport of liquids. The instrument’s continuously recorded measurement data can be accessed at any time, from any location, due to the device’s cloud connection, with communication made possible by an integrated SIM card. The compact device is suitable for stackable tanks and offers flexible and easy installation. In addition to the measured level, the instrument provides information on tank location, helping users optimize logistic and storage processes and save time by providing continuous access to inventory information. The free-radiating measuring device covers measuring ranges up to 50 ft and temperatures between –4 and 140°F. Because it uses non-contact measurement, the Micropilot FWR30 can be used in all liquid media. It is resistant to corrosion, abrasion, viscosity and toxicity. — Endress+Hauser, Greenwood, Ind.

Full-scale testing services to optimize screening productivity

Midwestern Industries

Ensuring optimal screening processes and productivity is vital for a vast range of processing needs. This company recently expanded its 10,000-ft2 Materials Testing Laboratory (photo), which conducts advanced screening testing. The lab’s experts recently worked on a full-scale material-recovery test related to the recovery of carbon black and other chemicals from end-of-life tires, with the goal of achieving a specific size of ground-rubber particles. The Material Testing Lab was able to determine the required feed quality for the desired particle size, and also qualified the type of equipment that was necessary to improve consistency. The company offers these full-scale tests free of charge. The testing process may involve a screening questionnaire, material-sample submission, feasibility tests and more. Tests are run on full-sized machinery to simulate real-world conditions with test materials. — Midwestern Industries, Inc., Massillon, Ohio


Universal input display has transmitter and alarm features


The new VPM3000 Series of universal input displays (photo) with transmitter and alarm capabilities combines the digital indicator function of a panel meter with optional signal conditioning for 4–20-mA transmitter output and alarm trip solid-state relays. The devices are able to operate as a transmitter or alarm to satisfy a wide variety of process and temperature applications. Field-selectable inputs accept process current/voltage and temperature sensor signals, including 4–20 mA,±20 mA, 0–10 V,±10 V, Pt resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), and most common thermocouple varieties. For additional versatility, units can provide power to drive a 4–20-mA transmitter and other instruments. Modbus RTU serial communication is also supported. — Acromag, Inc., Wixom, Mich.


High-speed gas analysis enables emissions reductions


The TDLS8100 probe-type tunable diode-laser-spectrometer (TLDS) realtime gas analyzer (photo) makes quick and accurate in situ gas-concentration measurements, eliminating the requirement for sampling and conditioning components in industrial process-heating applications. These capabilities support safety improvements, emissions reductions, optimization of fuel efficiency and yields, as well as prolonging the life of assets. The instrument is field-serviceable with no consumables or calibration required. This results in reduced installation and maintenance costs. According to the manufacturer, the single-flange design allows installation where cross-duct TDLS technology was previously not feasible due to accessibility, obstructions or budget constraints. For use in safety instrumented systems, the TDLS8100 analyzer is compliant with safety integrity level 2 (SIL 2). It is also explosion-proof for Division 1 and Zone 1 installations. — Yokogawa Corp. of America, Sugar Land, Tex.

A next-generation condition-monitoring field device

Brüel & Kjær Vibro

The next-generation VCM-3 condition-monitoring platform (photo) is designed to increase the uptime and reduce overall lifecycle costs of pumps, fans, motors, gearboxes and many other types of machines, while increasing reliability. The field-proven VCM-3 is a 12-channel data-acquisition hub for monitoring auxiliary machines, balance-of-plant (BOP) non-critical machines and other assets in industries where cost-effective condition monitoring is required without machine protection. It features enhanced condition-monitoring measurement techniques, easy system integration, built-in cybersecurity and simple installation. The platform has been designed for scalability, so users can get started quickly with the basic model. — Brüel & Kjær Vibro GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany


Two new vacuum pumps for mass spectrometer systems

Pfeiffer Vacuum

Hena 50 (photo) and 70 are single-stage, oil-sealed rotary vane pumps that were developed for the demanding requirements of mass spectrometer systems. They achieve pumping speeds of between 32 and 59 m3/h, depending on their size and speed of rotation. Their integrated oil-mist separator ensures clean exhaust air. They are equipped with a frequency converter that enables them to be used worldwide with single-phase input and identical pump capacity for 50 and 60 Hz. A constantly high flowrate in the target pressure range, adjustable pumping speeds and low final vacuum contribute to the instrument’s reliable high performance. Long maintenance intervals and operating hours are ensured by the high oil volume in the pumps and their low oil temperature during operation. — Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, Asslar, Germany


This DP transmitter operates over a wide temperature range

Labom Mess- und Regeltechnik

The new Pascal CI4350 differential-pressure (DP) transmitter (photo) is equipped with filling-level software and can display differential and static pressure at the same time. The device has a high-definition graphic display, which makes comprehensive configuration possible, as well as simulations and diagnostics. The CI4350 is particularly suitable for very high process temperatures with a maximum operating pressure of up to 160 bars as standard (up to 400 bars as an option). The Pascal CI4350 is not only suitable for high process temperatures (the measuring range is –90 to 400°C), but is also designed for aggressive media — the wetted parts can optionally be made of stainless steel, tantalum, hastelloy or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). — Labom Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH, Hude, Germany

Locating software includes digital twin of performance

Siemens Digital Industries

The new Location Intelligence software (photo) expands the Simatic RTLS (realtime locating system) platform to include a digital twin of performance. The web-based software analyzes and visualizes dynamic data, processes events, and can be addressed directly from enterprise resource planning (ERP) or manufacturing execution system (MES) systems. The position data provides the user with a comprehensive overview of material flow, order information or possible problem areas. Depending on the process step and order status, order information can then be displayed on the Simatic RTLS ePaper transponders, providing a paperless solution. — Siemens Digital Industries, Nuremberg, Germany


Temperature control for the semiconductor industry

Lauda Dr. R. Wobser

The new Semistat series of thermoelectric process thermostats (photo) are used to control temperature in etching processes in the semiconductor industry. Semistat S 1200 is an entry-level device that offers a small footprint with a cooling output of 1.2 kW at 20°C. The Semistat S 2400 incorporates the latest innovations from the thermoelectrics sector, including high-performance Peltier elements, which guarantee a higher power density and greater reliability. The Semistat 4400, with 4.4-kW cooling output, is designed for applications using 300-mm wafers with a high cooling-output requirement at low temperatures. — Lauda Dr. R. Wobser GmbH & Co. KG, Lauda-Königshofen, Germany


Durable analytical balances provide improved safety features

Mettler Toledo

The MS-TS analytical balance (photo) features a robust full-metal housing, as well as built-in quality-assurance and safety features designed for shared laboratory equipment. In addition to being easy-to-clean, the MS-TS offers Glove Mode, which makes the touchscreen even more sensitive and easy to navigate through gloves, reducing the risk of exposure to aggressive materials. Multiple interface options make it easy to manage data, and with the addition of EasyDirect data-management software, users can collect data from up to 10 balances simultaneously for fast, error-free reporting and enhanced regulatory compliance. — Mettler Toledo GmbH, Greifensee, Switzerland