All of this company's S4 gas analyzers are now available with a detachable tablet (photo) instead of the traditional built-in screen. The new tablets are rugged with an IP65 rating, which means that they can be used outdoors. The applications where the detachable tablet will be of greatest value include: analyzers in an ATEX enclosure; vehicle exhaust-gas test cells; on a raised stack gantry; in a combustion test rig, or on any site where the location of analysis is not an ideal or safe working space. The new S4 tablet connects wirelessly to the analyzer via built-in 802.11 Wi-Fi connectivity, which can connect up to 50 m away. The tablet’s enhanced graphical user interface (GUI) uses intuitive graphical icons for all the main functions. This provides users with the ability to view live data remotely, and even manage data logging, alarms and calibration. — Signal Group Ltd., Camberley, Surrey, U.K.
This company is now offering two types of software for system monitoring and process control under the series name Genesis64, replacing the existing MC Works64 SCADA software. The new lineup will meet the diversifying internet of things (IoT) needs, covering a wide variety of purposes from small production-line monitoring and control to multi-site monitoring and business intelligence (BI) of plant-wide systems, process automation, as well as utility and building automation. The Genesis64 Basic SCADA is an entry-level software with essential functions for small production lines, and the Genesis64 Advanced Application Server (photo) is a full SCADA suite for large-scale monitoring of factories, buildings and utilities. — Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., Vernon Hills, Ill.
The Ex-Cover Pro D2a (photo) is a new mobile device for the frontline workers in Division 2 areas. The phone builds on the strengths of the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro, and has been certified for use in potentially volatile settings. It is designed to help those in the oil-and-gas, chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries work faster and more efficiently, while also staying safe. The device’s IP68 rating means it can handle dust, dirt, sand and water. It can withstand drops of up to 1.5 m without a case, and its MIL-STD 810G certification makes it reliable in extreme altitudes, humidity and other severe environmental conditions. The phone has a 6.3-in. edge-to-edge display with Gorilla Glass 5. Glove Mode also offers enhanced touch capabilities with gloves and in wet conditions. — ECOM Instruments GmbH, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, Assamstadt, Germany
The Foodec Hygiene Plus (photo) decanter comes with a range of features that have been engineered to ensure optimal hygiene levels alongside more efficient cleaning processes. There are drainage holes that lead to less residue left in the decanter centrifuge, improving overall cleanliness while reducing the potential for unscheduled downtime. In addition, the integrated cleaning-in-place (CIP) bar makes it easier to clean every part of the inside of the frame and the outside of the bowl, while the CIP feed tube makes the critical dead-end areas of the feed tube, particularly the area around the decanter feed zone and tapered cone section, easier to access. All product wetted surfaces are also designed to be a smooth as possible, reducing biofilm build-up and improving overall hygiene. — Alfa Laval AB, Lund, Sweden
The Rotavapor R-250 Pro (photo) is an update of the industrial evaporation unit, with the capacity of a 50-L evaporation flask. The new system offers a unique operating concept, many safety features and a robust design to improve demanding workflows in large-scale rotary evaporation. Conveniently, the interface from the benchtop Rotavapor R-300 to the industrial 20-L R-220 Pro and the new R-250 Pro remains the same, so scaling up is easy. The newly developed Open Interface and BUCHI Cloud Services enable remote control and monitoring of the Rotavapor via a desktop computer, laptop or mobile device. Convenient push notifications with key process parameters, predictive maintenance, effortless firmware updates and data-logging options improve the user experience and minimize the risk of errors and downtime. Sensor technology, consisting of a foam sensor, a level sensor and a cooling temperature sensor, enable unattended distillations. — Büchi Labortechnik AG, Flawil, Switzerland
This robust furnace camera (photo) was recently introduced to reduce or even eliminate the need to power off or cut the feed to inspect smelting furnaces. Operators can safely monitor conditions inside the furnace in real time and react immediately to situations that would otherwise not necessarily be detected. The furnace camera is a fully integrated solution that is fast and easy to install into new or existing furnaces. Real-time monitoring of the furnace enables operators to identify potential issues, like water leaks, and to take action to prevent damage. The video feed provides visibility of the condition of internal furnace components, such as electrodes and material feeding. The camera can measure accurate temperature values from user-specified locations and help the user to find hot spots. Additionally, the operator can identify refractory wear from camera images. Image clarity is not affected by fumes or dust. The automatic retraction function protects the camera in case of a break in utilities supply. — Metso Outotec Corp., Helsinki, Finland
The IS-TH1 (photo) is said to be the first hand-held barcode scanner for use in hazardous areas and other industrial environments. The new device incorporates scanning technology from Zebra, and has been developed for two ranges. A mid-range variant for scans up to 6 m and an extended range variant for scans over 15 m. Data capture uses Zebra's reliable OEM imager scan engines, which offer unmatched decoding times and advanced barcode processing capabilities. The IS-TH1 handheld barcode scanner becomes a multi-function mobile device when combined with the IS530.x. To use the handheld barcode scanner, it must be connected to the smartphone and, through this connection, requires neither Bluetooth nor a separate battery. Power and data are generated by the IS530.x with 13-pin ISM interface (connection option for RSM, PTT headset, among others) as if via a mobile computer and processed at top speed. Thanks to the HID factory setting, the captured 1D/2D barcode is immediately recognized and processed as a keyboard input. — i.safe Mobile GmbH, Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany
The Polytron 8900 ultrasonic gas-leak detector (UGLD) transmitter is an early-warning area monitor for detecting high-pressure gas leaks in outdoor industrial process environments. Thanks to an ultrasonic acoustic sensor, it responds earlier than conventional gas detectors because it registers the sound of leaking gas instead of measuring the concentration of accumulated gas clouds. As gas escapes, leaks are immediately detected in the surrounding area, regardless of the wind direction. Gases that are discharged from compressed gas lines or containers at above 29 lb/in.2 generate both audible and inaudible noises. Industrial noises primarily occur in the audible spectrum. The Polytron 8900 measures in the inaudible ultrasonic range and can therefore detect methane gas leaks of 3.5 oz/s within a radius of approximately 49 ft, even in loud industrial environments. The detector is not affected by environmental influences, such as wind or by background noise, says the company. The Polytron 8900 sensor is designed for use in Class I Div I hazardous areas and certified as SIL2 by TÜV. — Dräger, Inc., Houston
The Simotics SD motor series (photo) was introduced as part of this company's Digital Enterprise Virtual Experience at the Hannover Messe 2021 event. The standard version of Simotics SD is offered in the Super Premium Efficiency (IE4) class across the entire power spectrum from 2.2 to 1,000 kW and for 2 or 4 poles, as well as from 75 kW for 6 poles and from 55 kW for 8 poles. Simotics SD in IE4 thus exceeds the so-called ErP Directive 2019/1781 (energy-related products) — both the first stage, which will be valid by July 2021, as well as the next, which will apply from July 2023. — Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
This company's first combined air humidity/temperature sensor (photo) is easy to integrate into a process due to its IO-Link interface. The combined measurement of air humidity and temperature in a single device makes the CMTH-M12 ideal for use in condition-monitoring systems or for monitoring the climatic conditions in production areas and warehouses in a wide range of industrial sectors. The sensor monitors two limit values ranges, each with a minimum and maximum value, for outputting a warning signal in the event of an out-of-range value. The bidirectional IO-Link interface can also be used for the transfer of cyclical user data as well as warning and status messages, such as operating hours. Conventional switching outputs are also provided as an alternative. When used in combination with this company's multiprotocol I/O devices, user data and analysis data can be transferred over separate Ethernet protocols. — Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
The InlineSENS (photo) density measuring system combines both a radiation source and scintillation detector in one device. Its use of low-energy gamma radiation from an Am-241 or Cm-244 source provides for strong responses to even the slightest change in product composition, with extremely low dose rates. Both isotopes used as the radiation source have very low radiation energies, which correspond approximately to the energy of X-rays. The InlineSENS offers high statistical accuracy and long-term stability by using a highly sensitive scintillation detector with patented drift compensation. The measuring system, which is made entirely of stainless steel, is permanently flanged to the pipeline and continuously measures the product density of liquids, suspensions, slurries and bulk solids. Depending on the existing pipeline, various flange and product pipe options are available, including DIN flanges, ASA flanges and threaded connections between DN 40 and 65. — Berthold Technologies GmbH & Co.KG, Bad Wildbad, Germany
This company has expanded its full-bore, magnetic FlowtraMag flowmeter product line to include two new pipe sizes: 1.5 in. and 3 in. This complements the existing sizes (1, 2 and 4 in.) to bring the total offering to five sizes under the new 2581 model number. A simplified design has been incorporated, along with ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) seals for greater chemical compatibility and application versatility. The flowmeter’s PVC body feautres standard Titanium and optional Hastelloy C electrodes, and is designed specifically for flow measurement in short pipe runs. High accuracy is achieved for these typically problematic runs with a modified sensor design that has shorter inlet and outlet pipe length requirements and certified factory calibration. The Hastelloy C electrode is ideal for expanding the meter’s chemical compatibility for other media not suited for titanium. All thermoplastic body construction provides corrosion resistance for long, maintenance-free service life. — GF Piping Systems, Tustin, Calif.
GS 54 is a new sealing support system following API Plan 54 standard for leakage prevention. Designed to fit a wide range of challenging, dual-pressurized seal applications, the new GS 54 system uses best-practice design to provide clean, cooled and filtered barrier fluid, optimal seal performance and pump up-time. In technically challenging processes where reliability is a prerequisite, the GS 54 support system provides a standard solution, removing avoidable complexity from the design and selection process. The new system is designed to minimize footprint and process obstruction. It features a system reservoir that provides a nominal volume of 30 gal (114 L) of barrier fluid and a filter housing with 10-m filter elements, as well as a shell-and-tube, water-cooled heat exchanger. — John Crane, Chicago, Ill.
The Material Master bulk-bag discharging system (photo) features an integrated dust-collection system, which provides fugitive particle evacuation within the bag spout untie chamber and the 50-lb bag-break station, promoting operator safety and improved housekeeping. A remote-located dust-collection system includes an explosion vent for hazardous material handling. An integrated discharge hopper, butterfly valve and flexible connection work to discharge material into a collection drum. Automatically sequenced Flo-Master bag massagers promote material flow, while the Sure-Seal actuated spout-clamping system seals the bag discharge spout to the process inlet, creating a dust-tight discharging process. The powerful Flo-Lock discharge spout closure system halts material flow, allowing for partial bag discharging. — Material Transfer & Storage, Inc., Allegan, Mich.
The newest version of EcoStruxure Triconex Safety View, a dual safety- and cybersecurity-certified bypass and alarm-management software application, provides operators digitalization and data analytics capabilities to help reduce plant operating risks, unscheduled downtime and production loss. In high-risk operations, it is essential to know what has been bypassed and then manage the elevated risks, paying attention to critical process conditions and critical alarms affecting production and profitability. EcoStruxure Triconex Safety View allows operators to see both the bypass status that impacts the level of risk reduction in place, as well as the critical alarms required to operate the plant safely when risks are high. And because the software has been certified by TÜV Rheinland as Security Level 1 (SL1) compliant per IEC 62443-4-2 and Systematic Capability 3 (SC3) compliant per IEC 61508 for use in safety-related applications up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3), it meets stringent requirements for safety, cybersecurity, risk reduction and continuous operation in the oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals, power and other high-hazard, risk-intensive industries. — Schneider Electric, Andover, Mass.
This company has launched a new generation of its steam-trap monitoring (STM) system, which is designed to deliver predictive maintenance for large-scale steam system applications. STM is a unique batteryless IoT system for steam traps that involves this company’s batteryless Ever-sensors connecting to a wireless IoT gateway using the Evernet 2.0 wireless network. With core advances in ultra-low-power electronics, system-level design, and wireless networking, it is possible to indefinitely power Eversensors from harvested energy, thereby removing the need for batteries. Doing so enables users to cost-effectively monitor industrial assets at scale. The newest-generation technology delivers wireless non-line-of-sight communication up to 250 m (820 ft), providing complete coverage of a larger percentage of steam traps with far fewer gateways required throughout a facility. With real-time insights across an entire steam system, operations and maintenance personnel can address failures as they occur. — Everactive, Santa Clara, Calif.