The Pharma-Mek (photo) is a vacuum turboemulsifier suitable for processing liquid and creamy products, designed to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical industry. The Pharma-Mek has been designed and developed following hygiene and cleaning design guidelines, in order to ensure a high degree of cleaning and washability, incorporating inclined surfaces and sophisticated steam-sterilization systems. The machine features Smart TC, a patented intelligent system, which promotes energy savings during the heating and cooling stages, as well as precise control of processing stages, ensuring greater repeatability. In addition, the presence of high-efficiency sprayballs and a fully automatic clean-in-place (CIP) system allows optimization of washwater consumption. — Marchesini Group, West Caldwell, N.J.
The VSE balance enclosure (photo) is offered in 24-, 36- and 48-in. widths to accommodate an analytical balance and other small-scale lab processes. The balance is constructed of chemical-resistant metal framing and¼-in.-thick clear acrylic side panels and viewing sash. Efficient airflow design with airfoil and bypass directs contaminants to a baffled exhaust system, thereby providing superior airflow and containment performance for user protection. The viewing sash is angled 15 deg for ease of viewing comfort with 8-in. reach in opening height. The sash swings up to provide 20-in. of access opening. Two service ports are located in lower right and left rear wall. The ergonomic design provides added user comfort. — Hemco Corp., Independence, Mo.
The compact DM1000 polishing filter (photo) is particularly suitable for removing and recovering organic compounds and solids in small-stream feeds in battery chemicals processes. Thanks to its modular design, the filter is easy to expand also for larger process flows. The DM1000 can be used as a traditional electrolyte filter in the extraction processes, as well as for feed-flow purification before crystallization in metal crystallization processes. A lower pumping pressure means that less energy is consumed in operation, and the backwash uses filtrated process liquid, which reduces water consumption. Filters can be packed and transported in standard containers, and installation is simplified by the filter’s skid-mounted assembly. — Metso Outotec Corp., Helsinki Finland
North Primair 900 (PA900; photo) is a new line of ergonomic and lightweight headpieces that combine face and respiratory protection for challenging work environments. The headgear is an all-in-one eye, face, head and respiratory safety solution, providing ANSI-certified and NIOSH-approved protection for a range of applications. PA900 headgear is designed for use with this company’s Primair 700 Series belt-mounted powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) paired with the PA900 breathing tube, PA032. Features contributing to user comfort include: optimized airflow distribution; an adjustable center of gravity; visors with anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings; and a multi-point adjustable suspension system with retention cradle. — Honeywell International, Charlotte, N.C.
This company’s ribbon blenders, which are custom-built for multi-phase mixing, now come with an optional pressure-feed vessel. Wherein minor liquid ingredients must be thoroughly blended into powder or other solids, a pressure-feed vessel enables 100% discharge of the liquid component through a spray bar and into the blending zone, ensuring even mixing and consistent batches. In lieu of manually pouring liquids through an open blender cover or safety grating, utilizing a pressure-feed vessel and spray bar facilitates liquid addition while the blender is closed, minimizing dusting and safety issues. The spray bar typically includes four or more spray nozzles so that liquids are uniformly distributed along the entire length of the blender. The pressure-feed vessel eliminates the need for a pump to deliver liquids to the spray bar. Designed for compressed-air supply up to 20 psig or higher, a distinguishing characteristic of the pressure-feed vessel is the absence of residual product in the piping. After the blending cycle, the pressure feed vessel can also assist with clean-in-place or washdown. — Charles Ross & Son Co, Hauppage, N.Y.
The SmartBall platform (photo) is a free-swimming inspection tool used to detect leaks and gas pockets and map pipelines. The tool can be used in pressurized water and wastewater pipelines without disrupting regular service. It is a valuable addition to a proactive pipeline management program, helping pipeline owners better understand the condition and location of their buried assets. The SmartBall platform is equipped with a highly sensitive acoustic sensor that can detect pinhole-sized leaks. The sensor also identifies the sound of trapped gas, which can adversely affect pipeline flow or lead to pipe wall degradation in wastewater force mains. The tool indicates the location of leaks and gas pockets relative to known points, typically within 6 feet (1.8 m). The SmartBall platform can map the X and Y coordinates of the pipeline using the latest accelerometer and gyroscope technologies, advanced location algorithms, and field-collected global positioning system (GPS) points. — Xylem Inc., Rye Brook, N.Y.
QuickTOCuv (photo) is a measuring device for continuous online determination of total carbon (TC), total organic carbon (TOC), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) in pure water, such as condensate return and boiler feedwater. It is also used to detect product spills and leakages and is used for process control and optimization. The TOC analyzer oxidizes carbon compounds using UV light and the digestion reagent (sodium persulfate). The generated CO 2 is then measured by a NDIR (non-dispersive infrared) detector. The devices comes with certified housing for EX zones, as well as options for ATEX, IECEx and more. The device requires little routine maintenance and is equipped with an auto-calibration function. — LAR Process Analysers AG, Berlin, Germany
This company is launching two new versions of its SHT4x series of humidity sensors (photo). The ultra-high accuracy SHT41 and SHT45 versions are equipped with this company’s brand-new and optimized CMOSens chip that offers ultra-low power consumption. The CMOSens technology provides a complete sensor system on a single chip, with a fully calibrated digital I2C fast-mode interface. The sensors cover operating ranges from 0 to 100% relative humidity (RH) and temperatures from –40 to 125ºC, with typical accuracies that have been honed down to ∆RH =±1% RH and ∆T =±0.1°C. The sensors are very compact and come with a robust housing that enable installation in aggressive environments. — Sensiron AG, Stäfa, Switzerland