The CMQ container mixer (photo) supplies a product that meets the requirements for mixing quality, dispersion, efficiency and safety. This is proven by the recently issued E.U.-type examination certificate according to ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, meaning that the CMQ container mixer is approved for mixing bulk materials that require a design in equipment category 1/3 D (zone 20 inside, zone 22 outside). The patented CMQ container mixer can also meet the requirements of dust-explosive substances, thus making inerting obsolete. In addition to meeting high safety standards, the CMQ container mixer guarantees very high dispersion thanks to its innovative design. The airfoil mixing tool in combination with the winglets ensures good formation of the mixing stream, fast material movement and keeps mixing resistance low. This protects the products and can reduce the temperature rise to a minimum, for example by a maximum of 2°C/min for a powder-coatings premix. — Zeppelin GmbH, Garching near Munich, Germany
Smart Connected Product (photo) is a new, IIoT (industrial internet of things) solution that connects production machines at any facility and visualizes relevant information on a single platform. These data can be viewed over the web on any device with a secure connection and is accessible only to authorized users. The integrated solution addresses the evolving needs of the healthcare industry, enabling pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies to remotely monitor production machine settings, performance parameters, machine downtimes and alarms over the Smart Connected dashboard — all in real time. — ACG, Mumbai, India
The Turbex extractor (photo) helps to produce high-quality extracts from botanicals and natural products and to turn waste, such as orange peel or brewer’s spent grain (BSG), into revenue-generating nutrients. This patented extraction technology uses a series of rotors and stators to cause thousands of cavitation events per second, resulting in higher yields in shorter processing times. Assisted by a counter-current process, Turbex delivers yields up to 50% higher than conventional systems, says the company. The low extraction temperature combined with the short processing time improves the product quality since oxidization of valuable polyphenols and antioxidants is avoided. Requiring up to 30% less energy than conventional extraction methods, Turbex is said to have a faster return on investment and less environmental impact. — Andritz AG, Graz, Austria
The maintenance-free RSK swing check valves (photo) offer a high functional reliability because a tight shut-off is ensured by a rubber-lined valve disc without rotating parts and without extensions through the body wall. Because all wetted parts are rubber-lined, they are highly resistant to corrosion and abrasion, such as in fluegas-cleaning systems. The swing check valves are fluid-controlled, which means their functionality cannot be manipulated from the outside. In low flowrates — that may occur when operating variable speed pumps — the valve disc remains stable in its position and does not tend to chatter. With their streamlined design, the flow resistance of these valves is up to 45% below that of alternative check-valve types. The valve can be mounted in either a horizontal or a vertical position. The bodies made of nodular cast iron are available in nominal sizes 25 to 300 and designed for a nominal pressure of 16 bars. — Sisto Armaturen S.A., Echternach, Luxemburg
The Fisher WhisperTube Modal Attenuator (photo) was introduced recently for noisy gas or vapor applications. The modal attenuator is a full-bore device offering 15-dB sound suppression to reduce noise inside pipes produced by sources upstream, such as control valves, pressure-relief valves, pumps, compressors and other devices that generate noise. It is installed downstream of these types of devices in place of a pipe spool piece, generates no additional pressure drop and has no impact on process flow. WhisperTube devices are offered in sizes from 2 to 12 in., with AMSE flange ratings of Class 150, 300 and 600. Pressure ratings match the flange rating sizes, and the maximum temperature is 700°F. — Emerson Automation Solutions, Marshalltown, Iowa
The custom designed three-stage heat exchanger (photo) will be used to increase temperature of a 25,000 std. ft3/min airflow from 50°F to 330°F using 145 psig steam. Each stage is nearly 7 ft tall and 8 ft wide. Heated air will be used to dry crumb rubber during processing. The design uses seven identical internal cores, each with two stacked steam circuits. — Xchanger Inc., Hopkins, Minn.
This company has introduced a range of ultra-low profile bolt-load washers that is ideal for bolt-load and tensioner tool calibration. Called TensionDisc (photo), the washers are specially designed load sensors that monitor bolt loads in bolted joint assemblies. A simple handheld reader with a wired or infrared connection allows for simple reading of the bolt load. These data can be exported via USB to a PC. Optional connectivity options allow for multiple uses of the data. Accurate and reliable for long-term use, as well as very easy to set up, TensionDisc is available for bolt sizes M20 to M72 (and inch equivalents). Special designs are also available on request. — TensionPro, Norton Canes, U.K.
Condition monitoring for predictive maintenance (photo) is a drive solution that focuses on status-oriented maintenance rather than traditional time-based maintenance. Status and drive data are recorded periodically or continuously via the programmable logic controller (PLC) output parameters and can be viewed or saved to a local dashboard via an Industrial Ethernet protocol such as EtherNet/IP. The collected data are analyzed and used to detect any suboptimal operating conditions so that machines and systems can be proactively maintained, and unplanned downtimes can be avoided. In addition to digital and analog sensors that monitor internal values, the drives can also evaluate external conditions with temperature and vibration sensors. — Nord Gear Corp., Waunakee, Wis.
The TurboVap 96 Dual (photo) is a second-generation well plate evaporator system with two separate, and independently controlled evaporation compartments. The TurboVap 96 Dual has been designed to support enhanced well-plate evaporation within the sample-preparation workflow. With its unique two-in-one functionality, users can run the same method on two plates simultaneously, or two independent evaporations, essentially doubling throughput. The capability to act as two single units and a dual enables laboratories an opportunity to balance their evolving sample throughput needs. TurboVap 96 Dual is dedicated to the evaporation of solvents in 24, 48, or 96 well-plate-array formats. The system can evaporate solvent levels from microliters up to 10 mL per well. The system applies user controlled heated nitrogen from the top, while simultaneously heating the bottom of the well plate by convection. Evaporated solvent vapors are contained and evacuated under negative pressure. — Biotage GB Ltd., Ystrad Mynach, U.K.
The Compact Controller 100 (photo) is a small controller with integrated input/outputs (I/Os) that is suited for smaller automation solutions. Thanks to its design as a DIN-rail built-in installation device according to DIN 43880, the new controller can also be mounted in small distribution boards. The I/O unit is housed with the controller in a compact enclosure, so it requires no additional space for other control components. The wiring interface is removable, which is advantageous for installation and facilitating device replacement. The Compact Controller 100 can be freely programmed according to IEC 61131 with CODESYS V3. Extensive IEC libraries and macros simplify the process of creating applications. The compact controller uses a real-time Linux operating system and supports standard fieldbus protocols. — WAGO GmbH & Co. KG, Minden, Germany
The MDM900 mill-discharge slurry pump (photo) is the latest addition to this company’s flagship Mill Discharge (MD) Pump Series. The MDM900 is designed for heavy-duty use in concentrator plants, where capacity and wear-resistance are essential. The MDM900 is an all-metal, thick-walled, extra heavy-duty pump designed for extremely arduous mill-duty applications. The advanced design of the MDM900 enables minimized slurry velocities in the pumps, thus reducing the rate of wear significantly. This translates to increased uptime and productivity, says the company. The pump delivers flowrates up to 13,500 m³/h (60,000 gal/min) with heads up to 40 m (132 ft). Its impeller has a diameter of 2,100 mm (83 in.) and an inlet size of 900 mm (36 in.) — Metso Outotec Corp., Helsinki, Finland
This company has launched a new generation of plug connectors with the Ex e and Ex d types of protection for quick connection of explosion-protected electrical equipment. As a solution that is particularly easy to mount and maintain, the modularly designed miniCON series (photo) offers a wide range of options, which can be designed for in-line connection of portable control systems, electrical systems, moving machines and drives, as well as camera and human-machine interface (HMI) systems. The eight-pole plugs and couplings are designed for cable cross-sections from 0.25 to 2.5 mm². — R. Stahl AG, Waldenburg, Germany
The Model HSM-409XSHD-125 (photo) is a clean-in-place (CIP)-capable sanitary mixer featuring a type 316 stainless-steel mixing chamber, a 150-psig jacket for cooling and heating up to 250°F, and an X-5 Series 9-in. dia. AL6XN stainless-steel rotor/stator that operates up to 5,700 rpm). The X-Series mix head is a patented design made up of concentric rows of intermeshing teeth. Product enters at the middle of the stator and travels outward through the radial channels. Every pass through the rotor/stator exposes the product to tremendous shear due to the combination of very tight tolerances and extremely high tip speeds. Compared to traditional colloid mills, the X-Series routinely achieves a higher reduction in droplet or agglomerate size, says the company. — Charles Ross & Son Company, Hauppauge, N.Y.
The new Rack Fire Protect (RFP) buildings (photo) are fire-rated for 2 h at 2,192°F (1,000°C), minimizing the risk of fire spreading within the workplace. Designed in Germany and proven in hundreds of installations worldwide, they are now manufactured in the U.S. for North American installations. The buildings provide safe and legally compliant storage of flammable and corrosive chemicals. Adjustable racking provides the flexibility to store up to forty-eight drums or twelve intermediate-bulk containers (IBCs). Single or double-tiered designs keep dangerous chemicals organized and correctly separated. RFP buildings are built in accordance with FM Approval 6049, NFPA, OSHA, EPA-CFR 40, NBCC, NFCC and ETA/21/0642. — Denios, Inc. Louisville, Ky.