The new Batt-TDS series of powder-dispersing systems (photo) is designed for the development and industrial production of electrode slurries for lithium-ion batteries. The platform offers crucial benefits, compared to existing technologies. The Batt-TDS handles diverse materials by combining multiple functions of several machines into a single core system. At R&D scale, compared to planetary mixers, which require hours of mixing to accomplish dispersion, the Batt-TDS can complete the entire process in a few minutes, enabling faster R&D cycles. Dispersion itself requires only milliseconds as components pass through its inline process chamber. At production scale, this translates to greater than ten-times higher productivity than conventional technologies and twice that of available extruders, says the company. The product range includes a 12-L unit for rapid formulation and process screening, and production systems for throughputs greater than 5,000 L/h. — ystral GmbH, Ballrechten-Dottingen, Germany
This company launched the Hydro Insight, a dynamic imaging accessory for its Mastersizer 3000 particle sizing instrument (photo). The Hydro Insight provides an “extra pair of eyes” for researchers, scientists, and quality control managers. Through real-time particle imaging, this tool helps them to see beyond particle size — powering more in-depth materials research and exciting scientific advances. Sitting alongside the Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction system, the Hydro Insight provides live particle images by combining Vision Analytical’s dynamic imaging expertise with this company’s flow cell technology. Based on these images, it also generates quantitative data on particle shape, alongside particle size data from the Mastersizer 3000. The combination of high-resolution imaging with high-range laser diffraction data provides a more comprehensive overview of materials than laser diffraction alone, says the company. — Malvern Panalytical B.V., Almelo, the Netherlands
This company has introduced what is said to be industry’s first explosion-proof electric-actuated stainless-steel two-piece V-ball packages. They are available in sizes½ to 2 in. NPT. The new M8E700076V36-V6-V9 series electric actuated V-ball valve (photo) is said to offer precise proportional control in the smallest total dimensional envelope in the industry. This is due to the low-torque design of the 700076V stainless-steel V-port ball valve with 23% carbon-filled and 2% graphite-filled seats. The valve also incorporates dual Viton O-ring stem seals for long-lasting leak-free performance over an operating temperature range of –4 to 366˚F. Pressure ratings are 1,000 psi (water, oil or gas) and 150 psi (steam). The valves are factory-assembled with the company’s EXM Series electric actuator. — Bonomi North America, Charlotte, N.C.
This company has developed a granulator (photo) designed for compacting bulk goods, such as tea, cocoa or coffee. It is based on the mixing granulator type MGT, a vertical system for mixing and granulation of powders and granules. A specially developed compaction tool rotates in the cylindrical mixing vessel at a close distance from the vessel wall and base to achieve the necessary bulk density and a homogeneous mixing quality. In addition, the mixing vessel is equipped with a cooling double jacket to ensure that the full aroma of the material is retained. The product can be flavored in accordance with the recipe parameters directly in the processing vessel of the Mixing Granulator. This process can be carried out manually or automatically. The machine requires only three minutes to mix and compress, for instance, one batch of ground coffee. — Gebr. Lödige Maschinenbau GmbH, Paderborn, Germany
The new GD 800HDD pump (photo) has an extremely high flowrate of more than 1,000 gal/min, making it suitable for the most demanding horizontal directional drilling (HDD) projects. Its light weight eases transportation between work sites and its extremely high rod-load rating of 53,000 lb ensures the pump is tough and long lasting, says the manufacturer. The pump is also designed to operate at a slow run speed, delivering the same output, flow, and pressure as faster pumps with less violent actions, wear and friction. By delivering fewer strokes, consumable life is extended. The pump is qualified as maxi-rig pump, and can provide a suite of options to the HDD industry when tunneling under rivers and roads and laying sewerage systems, water pipes, fiber-optic lines and pipelines. — Gardner Denver (GD) High Pressure Solutions, Houston
Alongside its proven remote input/output (I/O) functionality, IS1+ (photo) is now also available for use as an edge gateway with a connection via OPC UA and optional integrated signal pre-processing. In this process, all diagnostics and device data are transmitted parallel to the supported communication protocols Profibus DP, ProfiNet, EtherNet/IP or Modbus TCP via OPC UA to superordinate systems, such as aggregation servers or cloud applications. This means that IS1+ can be used in modern system concepts such as NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA) for monitoring and optimization functions using the second channel, and enables the use of these concepts in hazardous areas in Zone 1. For brownfield systems in particular, which often operate using Profibus DP, IS1+ offers a simple migration path: While process control is still performed via Profibus, all additionally available data from the system and connected field devices is transmitted via a second channel with Ethernet and OPC UA. — R. Stahl, Waldenburg, Germany
The new WireXpert 500 cable tester (photo) targets copper cabling up to Cat 6A standards. With its modular concept and unique licensing system, the WireXpert 500 is a versatile, cost-effective tool for cable system certification in office environments, industrial settings, laboratories and data centers. By enabling cable certification up to Cat 6A only, the WireXpert 500 fits over 95% of contractor requirements. Contractors can also easily upgrade WireXpert 500 units to certify copper cabling through Cat 8 or fiber optic cabling. The device features the Dual Control System, which equips both local and remote devices with a main processor and color LCD screen. These features reduce the amount of walking a single user must do during troubleshooting, improving the testing efficiency for smaller, one-person testing projects. — Softing Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.
The new 703-U and 703-UJ Series of UL-rated, explosion-proof pressure switches (photo) are suitable for gaseous or liquid fluid systems in hazardous applications, including offshore exploration, petrochemical processing and oil-and-gas pipelines. The 703-U and 703-UJ Series have a corrosion-resistant stainless-steel construction and UL ratings for hazardous locations, including Class 1: Division 1, Groups A, B, C, D, as well as Class 2: Groups E, F, G. Units also feature high overpressure capabilities, a NEMA Type 7 explosion-proof rating and rugged piston design, enabling these switches to withstand high pressure spikes, shock and vibration. The 703-U/UJ Series cover a pressure range: from 6 to 5,000 psi and a temperature range of –40 to 180°F. — Sigma-Netics, Inc., Morristown, N.J.