The recently enhanced LMV 803Lr (photo) is a direct-drive, vertical inline centrifugal pump designed to handle high flowrates. Featuring a novel inducer technology and backswept impeller, the pump can achieve ultra-low NPSHr (net positive suction head required) without the risk of cavitation. Recent enhancements to the pump include: new throat bushing to improve seal performance for light-hydrocarbon applications; a new oil-mist bearing box, which reduces the need for periodic greasing; and an updated cryogenic design option. — Sundyne, Arvada, Colo.
This company recently designed a new skid system (photo) capable of mixing and pumping low to moderately viscous products. The Model VSL-400 system features a conical vessel on a movable skid with a progressive-cavity pump rated for flowrates ranging from 10 to 30 gal/min. A 5-hp inverter-duty motor drives a flange-mounted turbine mixer equipped with two axial flow impellers. The 34-in. dia. upper blade and 18-in. dia. lower blade maintain batch uniformity from start to finish of the pumping sequence. Both mixer and pump are controlled from a weatherproof control panel, which includes a thermal-protection system that disengages the pump motor if a set temperature is exceeded. — Charles Ross & Son Co., Hauppauge, N.Y.
The Chem-Pro CD1 multi-diaphragm metering pump (photo) offers continuous pumping for gas-forming chemicals, such as peracetic acid or sodium hypochlorite. The CD1’s drive technology is self-priming and will not vapor lock. The CD1 features a patented ultra-durable diaphragm, called DiaFlex, which has been designed to last the life of the pump. A brushless variable-speed motor helps achieve a large turndown ratio, promoting high accuracy. The CD1 has a feedrate of up to 7.20 gal/h (27.26 L/h), and features built-in leak detection and fittings for multiple configuration types. — Blue-White Industries, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Last month, this company released Visio P&ID Process Designer 2020 (VPID 2020), a software platform envisioned to create smart piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and process-flow diagrams (PFDs). VPID 2020 is equipped with enhanced functionalities on a Visio-based platform and object-oriented technology fused with intelligent and automatic features for improving the productivity of process designers. VPID 2020 is an upgraded version of Visio P&ID Process Designer and is compatible with all Microsoft Visio platforms. — ITandFactory GmbH, Bad Soden, Germany
Due to Dual Channel functionality —which enables sensor operation to be analog, digital or both simultaneously — this company’s process sensors, including the CombiLyz AFI conductivity sensor and the PP20H pressure sensor (photo), work both in conventional control topologies and digital IO-Link control environments. In process automation, an analog interface is helpful for sensor integration into existing control concepts. For sensor commissioning, IO-Link provides advantages, such as easy and fast parameterization or access to secondary data. For process control, a parallel readout of conductivity or pressure is enabled via 4–20-mA analog output. IO-Link provides access to valuable secondary data, such as process and sensor temperature. Such information can detect, for instance, unusual temperature rise in containers or pipes for predictive maintenance purposes. — Baumer MDS GmbH, Bodman-Ludwigshafen, Germany
The new Model CV check valve (photo) features a sealing system with a self-centering piston, which reliably prevents backflow of liquid and gaseous media. The reliability of the new instrumentation valve is mainly due to its redundant sealing, consisting of an O-ring and a metal cone. Its leak-tightness has been tested in accordance with BS6755/ISO 5208 leakage rate A. The solid-machined, robust design of the Model CV ensures high repeatability and a long service life, even in heavy-duty applications. An application-specific assembly with a measuring instrument is offered. Such an instrument hook-up is delivered ready-to-install and leak tested. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
The VPT vertical process blender (photo) is said to provide 25% less torque demand and a discharge of up to 98% when compared with horizontal drum blenders, making it suitable for mixing pasty products with high solids content. The VPT features a heavy-duty, top-entry agitator, combined with a baffle system designed for liquid and solids blending to reduce both operation costs and batch times. The high impeller efficiency reduces energy input into the blend and avoids an excessive temperature rise during the batch cycle. Furthermore, the blender includes no wetted seals, which means an overall longer equipment lifecycle. — Ekato Systems GmbH, Schopfheim, Germany
The new generation of building automation controllers, Desigo PXC4 and PXC5 (photo), offers a wide range of benefits for automating small- and medium-sized buildings. Thanks to the new, license-free Desigo Engineering Framework, devices can now be seamlessly integrated in the same framework. Both controllers were designed to expand and strengthen the Desigo portfolio and focus on one specific automation element — the Desigo PXC4 for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC) plants; and the Desigo PXC5 for system functions and integration. The new controllers were simultaneously released with the Desigo Engineering Framework, which consists of the HIT Portal, a web-based planning and selection tool; the engineering and commissioning tool ABT Site for PC users; and the commissioning tool ABT Go application (app) for mobile use. — Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Zug, Switzerland
Couplings are a common failure point within drive systems. Keeping shafts aligned not only eliminates vibrations, but also prevents additional load and wear-and-tear on drive units. Unfortunately, this presents several challenges, and even the most seasoned technicians are required to adjust and shim, sometimes for hours, to get as close to perfect alignment as possible, knowing that even the slightest misalignment will ultimately shorten the lifecycle of the gear unit. The new hollow-socket shaft design for Nordbloc.1 single-reduction gear units (photo) features a shaft design that mounts directly to a pump without the need for couplings. This significantly reduces installation time and maintenance, greatly extends the operating life of the unit, and drastically reduces revenue loss as a result of unexpected downtime, says the manufacturer. — NORD Gear Corp., Waunakee, Wis.
The TBEN-L programmable logic controller (photo) is said to be the world’s first IP67 controller for industrial applications. The TBEN-L PLC not only offers an onboard Codesys PLC, but also enables a cloud connection and communication with different Ethernet protocols at the same time, thanks to its multiprotocol technology. The new Dual MAC mode enables the module to establish a connection to the automation network via one port and a securely separated internet connection to the cloud via the second port. Alternatively, if an internet connection to the cloud is not required, communication in two Ethernet networks is possible, for example as a Profinet device and as Profinet, Ethernet/IP or Modbus TCP master. — Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Centrifugal sifters from the GS product line (photo) are suitable for installation in ATEX Zone 20 internal and Zone 21 external, providing a high level of protection in areas where an explosive atmosphere with a cloud of combustible dust is likely to occur or remain present continuously or for long periods of time during normal operation. The durable powder sifters include a heavy-duty motor and safety switches, an air-set solenoid valve and air-purge lip seals as standard. GS sifters pass fine particulate matter through a mesh screen and divert oversized particles to the discharge, while securing the material within a dust-tight housing. The sifters can separate granular and powdered products into two streams by particle size, removing foreign matter and can also condition materials prior to entering production. For cleaning, the screen and basket may be safely accessed and quickly removed. The GS product line comprises four models, each available with screen mesh sizes from 100–4,000 μm, throughput rates of up to 120 ton/h and a choice of surface finishes to suit the material. — Gericke USA, Somerset, N.J.
The Ex-Handy 10 intrinsically safe 4G/LTE smartphone (photo) is now globally approved for Zone 1/21 and Div. 1. The phone has also completed testing and certification for the Sprint Open Market program. Designed for harsh environments, the Ex-Handy 10 is simple and rugged, and it promotes Industry 4.0 applications in hazardous areas. Being certified for the Sprint Open Market program means the Ex-Handy 10 can be activated on the Sprint network and ensures that Sprint-specific features, like the Sprint Direct Connect Push-To-Talk service, operate reliably. The phone features IP68 protection and permissible ambient temperatures from –20 to 60°C. — Pepperl+Fuchs North America, Twinsburg, Ohio
This company recently updated the Accuchiller NQ series of portable and packaged chillers (photo) to include a new control system and cabinetry design. The chillers now come standard with an advanced control system with ModBus RTU and a 7-in. color touchscreen. This robust control system provides extensive diagnostic capabilities with a wide range of communication options, including Modbus, BACnet and LonWorks. Screen layouts are improved to simplify data searching. Pressure sensors are now also included as part of the control-system package. The NQ Series control-panel cabinetry is also redesigned to include an ergonomic sloped top for easy viewing and access. NQ Series chillers are available in capacities ranging from 4 to 40 tons in air-cooled, water-cooled and remote-condenser models for indoor and outdoor applications. — Thermal Care, Inc., Niles, Ill.
Designed for water filtration, the Beco Protect CL coreless depth-filter cartridges enable pre-filtration with absolute retention rates of 5, 10, 20 or 40 μm. This company also offers a matching cartridge housing, the Beco Integra Cart KCL (photo). The coreless depth-filter cartridges are wrapped and graded from coarse to fine, to ensure a high particle-retention capacity. The filter cartridges are 40 in. long, without end caps and outer support cage. They come with a large diameter that allows them to achieve high flowrates at low differential pressure. — Eaton Corp., Beachwood, Ohio