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February 2021

A redundant control system for emergency shutdown valves

The ASCO 141 Series advanced redundant control system (ARCS; photo) provides a redundant solution for a variety of emergency-shutdown valve applications. The system includes various redundant solenoid configurations to enhance the reliability of the process and meet specific safety or reliability requirements in automation processes. The single-inlet/single-outlet design provides a streamlined installation process compared to traditional bypass systems, while almost eliminating potential failure points, according to the manufacturer. The ASCO 141 Series ARCS is designed for use as a component in safety instrumented systems, and it functions as a redundant pneumatics-tripping device to control the pilot-air signal to a process-valve actuator. The ARCS features either two or four electrically actuated solenoid valves, visual indicators and a manually controlled bypass or isolation valve. The unique control functionality allows for maintenance of the solenoid valves without having to shut down the process valve. Furthermore, the use of the maintenance bypass or isolation valve is not required for functional testing of the ARCS unit — a downtime-reducing feature not possible with common bypass functions. — Emerson Industrial Automation, St. Louis, Mo.


A tool for device commissioning and advanced certification

The new Opticheck DTM (photo) was recently introduced for device commissioning and in-situ verification. This expands the company’s myDevice smart tools product line. Opticheck DTM is a device-commissioning product that services a diverse array of operating systems. It offers advanced verification capabilities without any process interruption, making it an efficient choice for regulated products. With powerful diagnostic functions and an extensive self-test option that provides information about the device status, the Opticheck DTM is suitable for operators seeking information on device health. The system is available in both control-room and onsite settings, proving its adaptability to different environments. — Krohne, Inc., Beverly, Mass.


An intrinsically safe Bluetooth remote speaker microphone

Reliable communication is particularly important for lone workers in hazardous areas. To secure workers’ safety and working conditions, this company offers a wireless Bluetooth (BT) remote-speaker microphone (photo) with an operating time up to 78 h. The RSM-Ex 01 BT Z0 comes with an IP65/67 rating and a built-in noise-reduction function. It produces clear, high-volume audio up to 103 dB. The remote-speaker microphone is tough, compact and ergonomic to wear on the body. It is intuitive and easy to use, even when wearing gloves. The built-in BT Interface allows a connection to industrial BT devices, such as radios, tablets and smartphones. The speaker microphone provides additional buttons, such as a red SOS emergency button so workers can call for help quickly and easily, connecting to the company’s headquarters or directly to an emergency-operations center nearby. — ECOM Instruments GmbH, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, Assamstadt, Gerrmany

Use these electromagnetic flowmeters for batching

New MIM electromagnetic flowmeters (photo) provide accurate readings in a space-saving design. With extensive options for onsite programming, they are suitable for a wide variety of applications, particularly in batching operations, such as matching media during coating of tablets or during coolant supply. Their electromagnetic nature means there are no moving parts, making these devices effective in measuring the flow of conductive media, such as water, pulps, pastes or emulsions. Configurable optical buttons can be used to display parameters, including flowrates or temperatures. A changing color system in the display also provides warnings for limit violations. Since the MIM is produced in a remote version, the flowmeter can also be used with media temperatures from –40 up to 284°F. In addition to the temperature measurement function, the MIM can be used for very small nominal pipe sizes and covers an even larger measuring range, depending on the nominal pipe size. — Kobold Instruments, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.


New protective clothing handles high-pressure water

The company is augmenting its Livmoa range of single-use protective clothing to include to new Livmoa 4000 products (photo) for high-pressure water applications, such as those in waste-disposal sites or any type of heavy-duty cleaning task. Furthermore, in subsequent months, new Livmoa CL sterilized clothing for cleanrooms will also be available to the market. Livmoa 4000 is breathable, and employs a proprietary SMS (spunbond-meltblown-spunbond) nonwoven fabric. The clothing thus protects wearers from dust and can also withstand a water pressure of 1,000 mm H2O column. The meltblown layer keeps dust and water out while also delivering air permeability. Livmoa 4000 complies with the JIS Type 5 and 6 standards for chemical protective clothing. — Toray Industries, Inc., Tokyo, Japan

This platform for shift handover now includes health data

This company’s Shiftconnector digital manufacturing software (photo) for the processing industries can now be integrated with the Cleared4 employee-health monitoring platform. This partnership aims to promote healthy, safe and reliable production at manufacturing plants. This combined software platform is said to be the first shift-to-shift handover software in the industry to directly address the multitude of health and safety issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The solution simultaneously solves digital communications and collaboration challenges during shift-to-shift handovers, including reporting and contract tracing, management of process upsets and compliance-related routine activities. The integration of Cleared4 with Shiftconnector provides a health-management dashboard, including text messaging, health-centric technologies and on-site kiosks to obtain valuable health clearance and optimize safety as employees enter a facility to start their shift. Additionally, the platform gives access to COVID-19 test results for staff and integrates Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination status. — Eschbach North America Inc., Boston, Mass.


This corrosion inhibitor tackles high-moisture conditions

VpCI-396 is a very hard but flexible corrosion-inhibiting coating that cures in high-humidity conditions. VpCI-396 is a solvent-based moisture-cure urethane that can be used as a direct-to-metal (DTM) primer, and in some cases a topcoat. It provides protection in harsh, outdoor, unsheltered applications and cures best when applied under relative humidity of 20–80% with temperatures ranging from 32–120°F (0–50°C). This makes it a good option for structural steel and tanks in a chemical- or water-vapor-rich industrial environment. VpCI-396 can be used over this company’s CorrVerter Rust Converter Primer on previously rusted surfaces. — Cortec Corp., St. Paul, Minn.

A new explosion-isolation device with patented features

The Interceptor-QV explosion-isolation device (photo) uses a patented system where a differential pressure switch continuously monitors the pressure drop across the mesh cartridge, alerting operators if buildup of dust occurs on the mesh. The core feature of the Interceptor-QV is the stainless-steel mesh cartridge, which is based on this company’s flameless quench tubes. If a deflagration propagates through the clean return line, it will make contact with the mesh cartridge, which will immediately and passively remove energy from the flame front of the deflagration as it passes through the torturous path of the mesh. This forces the flame to transfer its energy to the high surface area of the mesh, thereby quenching the deflagration and not allowing any flame to pass beyond the Interceptor-QV. Another patented feature of the Interceptor-QV is an integrated thermocouple (TC), which, when exposed to the intense heat of a deflagration, will indicate, via relay, that the system has been involved in an event. — CV Technology, Jupiter, Fla.


An upgraded range of mobile dust-control products

The DC Tromb line of dust extractors (photo) features several recently updated models. The recently remodelled versions of the Tromb range meet modern safety requirements while offering ergonomic and modular functions. One of the major updates is that the new DC TrombTwin model is separable, meaning the dust extractor and pre-separator are easily detached and re-assembled from each other to make transport simple. Other updates to the range include a simpler filter-change system and a motor package that is easier to remove. In addition, improved motors and a sturdier chassis have significantly expanded the capabilities of the Tromb product range, says the manufacturer. — Dustcontrol UK Ltd., Milton Keynes, U.K.


New clamp provides secure, easy-access sealing

The new C-30 C-clamp (photo) permanently mounts on machinery while retracting easily without tools for quick access to the interior of a variety of machinery, such as dryers, mixers, conveyors, tanks and reactors. The new clamp delivers up to 1,700 lb of clamping force to establish a tight seal on machine panels, doors, housings, screen decks and other equipment, even when joining different materials and multiple thicknesses. For quick release and machine access, the C-30 clamp features a proprietary, stainless-steel yoke and roll-pin assembly that allows opening with one hand and no tools without detaching the clamp from the machinery. When cleaning, inspection or maintenance is complete, the clamp may be returned to the closed position at the desired tension in seconds to resume safe machine operation. The C-30 clamp eliminates the need for steel bolts, rivets, welds and other fastening methods that inhibit access. Complete cleaning and product changeovers move smoothly, without concern for confined space entry. The clamp comes in cast aluminum and stainless-steel construction, or in FDA-approved 303 stainless steel to meet USDA regulations and 3-A standards for the food and dairy industries. — The Witte Co., Washington, N.J.


Chemical-resistant membranes for electrolysis

Forblue S-Series ion-exchange membranes (photo) are designed for electrolysis and electrodialysis applications that require robust chemical-resistance performance. Because they are made from fluorinated resins, all S-Series wet and dry grades ensure chemical resistance and mechanical strength, while providing outstanding current-carrying capability. Forblue S-Series grades are cation-exchange membranes with a sulfonic acid group. They provide high cation-selective permeability for electrolysis or electrodialysis and offer ion-exchange capacities from 1.0 to 1.25 meq/g. The high ion-exchange capacity enables very low resistance with high ion selectivity. S-Series wet and dry membranes are available in a wide array of thicknesses. If processing requirements demand reinforcement, S-Series membranes are available with special polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) fabric. — AGC Chemicals Americas Inc., Exton, Pa.


These centrifugal pumps handle very high temperatures

The System One Series of high-temperature centrifugal pumps (photo) utilizes flanges, elastomers and a unique centerline mount to support high operating temperatures. These design features allow System One high-temperature pumps to safely and reliably transfer critical and valuable fluids in a wide variety of high-temperature applications, including thermal oils, petrochemicals, heat-transfer fluids, plastics and more. The System One Series is pre-configured to meet temperature requirements of up to 450°F (232°C) with the 450°F Line, 650°F (343°C) with the 650°F Line, and even 750°F (398°C) with additional configurations and factory consultation. These pumps have been specifically designed to increase the temperature limits for this company’s Frame A and Frame M centrifugal pumps while offering the same mechanical performance. System One Series high-temperature pumps offer capacities up to 1,400 gal/mim (5,299 L/min), and incorporate high-temperature bushings, fasteners and paint. — Blackmer, part of PSG, a Dover Company, Grand Rapids, Mich.


Flexible, cut-resistant gloves for manufacturing and construction

SmartCut BKCR2403 cut-resistant gloves (photo) are designed for jobs that not only need cut and abrasion resistance, but still require a focus on long-wearing grip, dexterity and flexibility. This light-duty, cut-resistant glove offers ANSI Cut Resistance Level 2 protection balanced with extreme dexterity for tasks calling for very fine motor skills and tactile sensitivity. Its composite yarn includes a blend of high-strength filament fibers for cut resistance, upwound with nylon and spandex to enable high levels of dexterity. The 18-gauge high-performance polyethylene and glass-fiber shell is lightweight and provides the ANSI cut level 2 protection. A black polyurethane palm coating delivers reliable abrasion protection and enhanced grip. SmartCut BKCR2403 gloves are versatile enough to be used for light-duty job functions in diverse industries, such as construction, glass handling, HVAC, manufacturing and metal fabrication — Brass Knuckle Safety Products, Alpharetta, Ga.

This immersion sensor is now certified for hazardous areas

The LiquiSonic ultrasonic sensor is suitable for determining concentration and density of process liquids, as well as for monitoring crystallization, polymerization and phase separation. The Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL) has now confirmed and certified the suitability of the LiquiSonic 40-40 immersion sensor (photo) for use in explosion-proof environments. During certification, all components of the sensor are tested with regard to the ignition protection type of flameproof enclosure and assessed accordingly. The certificate attests to the high quality standards this company sets for its products. The robust sensor design is also maintenance-free and resistant to external influences, such as vibrations. Now, users in Korea can efficiently increase the process capability, safety and overall efficiency of their processes in explosion-proof areas. — SensoTech, Inc., Jersey City, N.J.


Compact temperature sensors with plug-and-play options

This company is expanding its range of fluid sensors with IO-Link-capable sensors for flexible and reliable process temperature measurement. Both compact devices are equipped with an integrated temperature probe (TS700), as well as processing and display units (TS720) for connecting resistance thermometers or thermocouples (photo). The TS+ sensors meet the growing demand for straightforward commissioning and high plant availability. This is supported by the robust stainless-steel housing with touch operation instead of mechanical operating elements, which are ideally suited for use in harsh industrial environments thanks to IP67 and IP69K protection. Besides process values, the IO-Link interface provides the user with a large volume of condition-monitoring data for smart IIoT applications. To simplify commissioning, the TS+ devices also feature automatic detection of the output type (PNP/NPN or current/voltage), as is already offered by the PS+ and FS+ pressure and flow sensors. Compact TS700 devices operate in a measuring range from –50 to 150°C. Depending on the temperature probe connected, type TS720 processing and display units can even cover temperature ranges between –200 and 1,800°C. — Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany