The new Profinet Gateways for the LB and FB Remote I/O systems (photo) enable the integration of Ethernet-based process control while providing access to complete diagnostic data. They support communication via HART on the instrument lines, connecting any data from the instrument with seamless integration of process data into any engineering or asset-management system. The new gateways feature S2 system redundancy for plants requiring high availability, connecting the remote I/O station to redundant controllers. This means that process control remains in operation even in the rare event of a controller failure or stoppage. In addition, users can deploy gateways in ring redundancy. This provides protection from unwanted disconnects or faults in the installation. — Pepperl+Fuchs SE, Mannheim, Germany
The new generation of high-efficiency IE5+ synchronous motors (photo) combine the benefits of this company’s modular system of gear units, motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs) with the possibility of reducing system variants through constant torque over a wide speed range. Their ventilated variant (F-Design) features high overload capacity while effectively dissipating heat for logistics, packaging and post and parcel applications. NORDAC ON/ON+ VFDs were designed for the special requirements of horizontal conveyor technology and use with IE5+ motors. They are characterized by an integrated Ethernet interface, full pluggability, and a compact design. These VFDs ensure smooth operation with precise control of speed, positioning, and synchronization. The new DuoDrive integrated gear unit/motor concept combines a high-efficiency IE5+ motor with a single- stage helical gear unit in one, compact housing. — NORD Gear Corp., Waunakee, Wis.
With the vipro-PUMP series (photo), this company is launching a totally new generation of dispensers. A new design, optimized dosing components and modular construction provide numerous opportunities for adapting the dosing equipment even more effectively to the relevant application. The core of the new generation is the modular design of the dispenser. On the one hand, the separable rotor assembly allows fast installation and removal of its components. On the other hand, variable rotor and stator materials ensure optimum dispenser performance — for example, a ceramic rotor with matching stator is ideally suited for abrasive media, while an HVC rotor is used for standard applications (for example, adhesives). An enlarged pump inlet minimizes pressure loss, improves the material flow and allows easy attachment and detachment of the hose supply. Two larger modular-bleed openings ensure a user-friendly and clean bleeding process and ultimately help to guarantee dosing with no air bubbles. The new stator design has an anti-rotation device and a defined non-positive connection to allow easy and intuitive assembly. Various drives can be attached to the dispenser using a locking ring and the newly designed coupling. The flowplus-SPT M6 measures pressures up to 40 bars and temperatures up to 50°C. — ViscoTec Pumpen- u. Dosiertechnik GmbH, Töging am Inn, Germany
This company has extended its single-use product line of quaternary (four-piston) diaphragm pumps with the introduction of the next-generation QF5kSU (photo). Incorporating a patented valve-plate design that improves drainability and venting, the QF5kSU reduces the required minimum flowrate needed to remove entrapped air during priming, while providing enhanced product-recovery capabilities and a maximum flowrate of 6,000 L/h. These critical design enhancements help make the QF5kSU suitable for demanding biopharmaceutical applications, such as chromatography, TFF, virus filtration, sterile filtration and depth filtration. Additional features and benefits of the QF5kSU pump include a proportional and linear flow performance for optimal precision during flow control; 120:1 turndown ratio; high flow stability even at low flowrates; low-pulsation characteristics; and risk-free dry running. The QF5kSU model can also be integrated with the Q-Control Integrated Pump Controller to provide users with automated control over their pump operations. Available in four different drive versions, QF5kSU pumps were developed to meet a wide range of process requirements – from integration into fully automated systems to stand-alone applications that require a pump controller. — Quattroflow, Duisburg, Germany, a brand of PSG, a Dover company
SmartVane (photo) is rotary vane pump with a hermetically sealed pump housing. The pump serves as a backing pump for mass spectrometers (ICP-MS, LC/MS), for applications in environmental and food analytics, as well as in pharmaceutical and clinical analytics. This vacuum pump is designed to ensure that no oil leaks occur, therefore preventing any contamination. Thanks to the integrated motor, no conventional seal is needed, which means that the SmartVane has longer maintenance intervals. The low noise level of the SmartVane ensures ideal conditions in the laboratory. With its typical operating pressure of less than 10 hPA, it is quieter than other pumps used for this type of application. The pump offers intelligent communication options and can be used as a plug-and-play solution in combination with existing devices. The SmartVane has an integrated energy-efficient IPM motor with a stand-by function. Its low power consumption automatically reduces the operating costs and CO2 footprint. — Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, Aßlar, Germany
Promass Q (photo) is a high-tech Coriolis flowmeter line that alleviates concerns of inaccuracies with its four-tube technology, while measuring with minimal pressure loss over a wide range of flowrates. A new addition to the Promass Q line is available for larger pipes than ever before—up to 10 in. (DN 250) — for measuring flowrates up to 18,900 bbl/h (2,400 ton/h). And the new four-tube technology opens the door to additional applications in the oil-and-gas industry. These include high-precision metering for custody transfer, fiscal metering, master metering as a reference device for on-site verification, and more. In addition to mass and volumetric flow, Promass Q also records process density and temperature. This enables the incorporation of fluctuating process and ambient conditions into flow measurement, with appropriate compensation, helping to achieve tight error bands of±0.05% for mass flow and±0.2 kg/m³ for density. — Endress+Hauser, Greenwood, Ind.
This company has launched a digital optimizer for the Editube wet electrostatic precipitator (WESP). The new WESP Optimizer improves the operation of the WESP unit by better adjusting it to changes in the overall process, and has important built-in functions to protect units with plastic tube bundles (photo) during low acid-load operation, as well as during startup and commissioning. In addition, the Optimizer increases removal efficiency during high acid-load operation, and provides energy savings whenever there is spare capacity. The Optimizer also monitors the behavior of each WESP, enabling faster damage detection, and provides operators with otherwise unavailable information, such as calculated removal efficiency, says the company. The WESP optimizer continuously monitors the process conditions and provides a combination of automatic optimization of transformer rectifier (T/R) unit parameters, information and suggested actions for operators. — Metso Outotec Oy, Helsinki, Finland
The SpillGuard leak-recognition system (photo) instantly alerts users when a leak is detected. This FM-approved technology is placed within the sump of a spill-containment device, or near the equipment to be monitored, and alerts users with an audible and visual alarm for a minimum of 24 h when contact is made with a liquid. Designed for use with all essential and common liquid hazardous substances, the explosion-proof SpillGuard features intelligent sensor technology in a highly resistant, electrically conductive housing. It is suitable for use at temperatures from 32 to 104°F, and has a red LED light to indicate that the unit is operating safely. It is ideal for use with containers and sumps of all sizes and types, as well as along pipelines, next to heating or cooling systems, beside hydraulic equipment, near industrial washing machines, adjacent to pump stations or anywhere that liquids are used or stored. — Denios Inc., Louisville, Ky.
The LiftTrack 2.0 (photo) is a new indicator device for pressure safety valves (PSVs) that enables users to capture data on the various lift events that occur within a safety valve. The LiftTrack 2.0 device is connected to the valve system and detects all lift events within each connected valve wirelessly, and also has the option to record acoustic outlet data or temperature coupled with the lift events. The mechanism records data on lift events and stores the information, which can be viewed in the manufacturer’s app, so that users can better understand the PSV and overall system reliability. Capable of tracking multiple safety valves at a time, the LiftTrack 2.0 allows users to see what time the lift event occurred and track how long the safety valve was open, helping to mitigate the environmental release from each valve. This system is designed to work with relief valves, pressure-vacuum relief valves and other specialty relief-valve systems. — Total Valve Systems, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Designed with efficiency and mobility in mind, the Model HSM-405SC-25 inline high-shear mixer (photo) features the Solids/Liquid Injection Manifold (SLIM) technology. The SLIM technology is a unique rotor-stator device capable of injecting powders directly into a fast-moving liquid stream without the use of an eductor or pump. Engineered for high-speed and high-volume mixing requirements, this device offers a straightforward method of wetting out powders and creating a fine dispersion, greatly reducing the occurrence of floating powders, lumps and agglomerates. The stainless-steel portable skid with built-in workbench allows the mixer to be used anywhere in a plant. This eliminates the need for multiple mixers that are separately dedicated to each vessel or product. As an external mixer, the inline SLIM system can be piped to the recirculation loop of virtually any size vessel. Featuring sanitary tri-clamp connections, this 3A-compliant machine can be cleaned in place, but is also quick to disassemble for deep cleaning and sanitation. — Charles Ross & Son Company, Hauppauge,N.Y.
The MT100 Series multipoint mass flowmeter (photo) provides air-gas flow measurements to help optimize boiler performance and reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions. These devices feature compact thermal-dispersion flow-sensor technology. They accurately monitor and report the flowrate or the totalized flow of air and fuel gases in order to achieve the precise combustion ratio necessary for optimum boiler performance that produces the steam for cracking and other high-heat petroleum refining and petrochemical production processes. The flowmeters come with one to eight flowrate-sensing points. The sensors are inserted at multiple locations along the boiler burner-piping assembly and their outputs are multiplexed and averaged to measure the air and gas flowrates and totalized flows. — Fluid Components International LLC (FCI), San Marcos, Calif.
This company has received TEX, IECEx, and UKEx certifications for its IRmadillo process analyzer (photo) for use in high-temperature liquid processes up to 220°C (428°F). These Ex certifications rate an analytical instrument as safe for use in hazardous environments, including potentially explosive atmospheres. This is a requirement for industries such as chemicals and petrochemicals, where the manufacturing processes frequently involve highly volatile and flammable components. The inline IRmadillo instrument has been designed to provide continuous, real-time analysis of liquid processes over a wider range of analyte temperatures in potentially explosive and hazardous atmospheres. — Keit Ltd., Didcot, Oxfordshire, U.K.
The Shiftconnector digital manufacturing platform (photo) now includes artificial intelligence (AI) search-engine capabilities. Shiftconnector’s software platform is designed to enhance communications among shift teams for effective shift handovers, transparent team communications and increased asset performance. With the addition of AI-powered Smart Search capabilities to the Shiftconnector platform, teams will now be able to improve plant performance by quickly finding solutions based on the history of documented tribal knowledge from plant operations teams. By retrieving the most relevant information, it will accelerate operations and bring capabilities to help teams recover from disruptions by immediately identifying appropriate fixes. Also, captured knowledge can be managed to support workforce changes. — Eschbach GmbH, Bad Säckingen, Germany
The NT3100sc and the NT3200sc ultraviolet (UV) nitrate and nitrite sensors (photo) are designed with enhanced accuracy and a lower limit of detection at 0.02 mg/L. Leveraging reagent-free UV absorbance technology, NT3 Series sensors are equipped to meet a wide range of application needs, including measuring nitrate and nitrite in municipal sewage-treatment plants, surface water, untreated water or treated drinking water. The series includes three path-length options to fit users’ individual measurement ranges and turbidity-compensation needs. The sensors operate over a temperature range of 2 to 40°C and up to 95% relative humidity. They also are IP68 rated. — Hach Co., Loveland, Colo.
This company has launched a new specialized thermistor variant aimed at mid-range temperature-sensing tasks for tight-tolerance instrumentation in non-condensing moisture environments. The ENTC-EI-10k9777-02 thermistor (photo) is based on a Stycast epoxy-encapsulated core with Kynar insulation for maximum durability across a –40 to 125°C temperature range. Its high-sensitivity specification of 10 kΩ at 25°C and±0.2°C resistance tolerance up to 70°C delivers precision sensing for many industry sectors and instrumentation devices. The ENTC-EI-10k9777-02 thermistor has a fast time-constant value of 1.5 s in liquids and a dissipation factor in still air of around 2 mW/°C. Measuring just 2.4 mm at its widest point and with 250-mm-long insulated, silver-plated copper leads, straightforward installation is guaranteed. — Variohm EuroSensor Ltd., Towcester, U.K.
The E-finity (photo) is a continuous dense-phase conveying system for fragile materials. Precise pressure monitoring and airflow corrections allow the system to operate efficiently under all conditions, while gently inducing materials through the conveying line in slug form. E-finity is suitable for granular and other pelleted materials, and has proven itself on many projects for pet foods, cereals, nuts, grains, prills and pelleted material. Unique E-finity air controls can employ a single air source to operate two to three different systems simultaneously. — Schenck Process LLC, Kansas City, Mo.
The new Ethernet-APL HART Converter (HM-APL-PCB; photo) enables transmitter manufacturers to easily convert existing HART transmitters to the new Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer (APL) interface. The printed circuit board (PCB) can be customized to incorporate special features or size requirements. It is also possible to quickly design “direct to APL” transmitters without using HART. The HM-APL-PCB consists of a ready-to-use PCB with a HART connector and an APL connector. Simply connect the HART transmitter to the HART connector to make the HART transmitter into an APL transmitter. The APL connection supplies all power needed for the PCB and the connected HART transmitter. — ProComSol, Ltd., Lakewood, Ohio