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August 2023

These agitator pumps are designed for wear resistance

This company’s agitator pumps (photo) are manufactured with wear-resistant components like high-chrome impellers and hard cast-iron volutes that demonstrate durability and efficiency when handling abrasive materials in applications that involve sand, grit or other debris. Agitator pumps utilize an agitator propeller that shares the same shaft as the pump’s impeller. While the two spin in the same direction, the agitator blades are in the opposing orientation to those of the impeller. The agitator provides a propelling force to stir up solids near the floor, while the impeller pumps the now-suspended solids along with the fluid. They keep the mud circulating to avoid solids from settling while allowing pumping to continue without obstructions. A potted cable provides an extra layer of protection in case of accidental nicking of the exterior cable. This protection prevents moisture infiltration and, ultimately, motor failure. Using the rotation of the shaft, the oil lifter spins and flings oil throughout the seal chamber. This provides lubrication and cooling of the seal faces down to one-third of normal oil level without the need for additional power or external equipment. A built-in thermal-protection component prevents motor failure due to overloading and accidental dry-running. — Tsurumi America Inc., Glendale Heights, Ill.


These new check valves can be flexibly installed

The ES Series of spring check valves (photo) feature a PTFE-covered, stainless-steel spring for positive closing, as well as a new disc design for smooth, trouble-free operation. Compared to ball check valves, the ES Series requires very low liquid-head pressure to close. That means more flexibility as to where valves may be placed in a piping system. Features include high corrosion resistance, smooth trouble-free operation and easy installation and maintenance. ES Series valves are available in sizes ranging from 0.5 to 3 in. End-connection options include socket, threaded, flanged or this company’s ChemFlare fitting technology. — Chemline Plastics Ltd., Thornhill, Ont., Canada


Hygienic counting machines for food products

The WD Series (photo) is a new counting system designed for precise counting and dispensing of individual food products in a variety of applications where cleanliness is paramount, including poultry, meat, seafood, cheese, confectionary and bread products. WD Series machines are scalable for varying production levels. Compatible with all industrial packaging machines, highlights include a compact footprint, FDA-compliant product parts for processing both food and non-food products and streamlined tool-free disassembly. Other features include a product-detection unit with 100% reported accuracy, hinged side panels for optimal cleanability and vibratory plates for product transport and separation. — Cremer Speciaalmachines B.V., Lisse, the Netherlands

This filter handles contaminated polymer melts

The ECO 500 (photo) is a high-performance melt filter for the filtration of heavily contaminated polymer feedstock. For chemical recycling, this technology is suitable for filtering low-viscosity polymers. The filter is self-cleaning, with a rotating, perforated drum, through which there is a continuous flow of melt from the outside to the inside. A scraper removes the contaminants that are held back on the surface and feeds them to the discharge system. This enables the filter to be used fully automatically with no disruptions over long periods without having to replace the screen. The advantages include reliable melt filtration, ultra-low melt losses, constant pressure curve, fast spreading of the contamination and short residence time of the melt in the filter. — Maag Pump Solutions AG, Oberglatt, Switzerland

Adjust the pH with this CO2 feed system

The new CO2 Feed System (photo) is a safe and effective way to adjust pH and minimize risk associated with dangerous mineral acids. The 0–100% scaled flowmeter has an integral adjustment needle valve for increased accuracy. Additional benefits of the CO2 Feed System include a NEMA 4X enclosure, illuminated on/off switch, a flow setpoint indicator, stainless-steel solenoid valve and simple push-tight tubing connectors. The CO2 Feeder is said to be an affordable and reliable system that is simple to use and adjust. — Blue-White Industries, Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif.


This face shield has safety goggles built in

Typically, when workers wear a face shield, they still have safety glasses on underneath. That is because most face shields have gaps on the bottom and sides that can let dangerous materials in. Conversely, Vader Combo (photo) is a face shield with the safety goggles built-in. It is one wearable piece of personal protection equipment (PPE) that does the job of two. It covers the whole face and protects the neck from foul or painful debris, sparks or liquid sprayback. Vader Combo has BK-Anti-Fog protection that lasts 15 times longer than EN 166/168 requirements for the best visibility available, says the company. Its integrated face shield offers 180-deg. peripheral vision and face coverage. — Brass Knuckle Safety Products, Alpharetta, Ga.


A digital pressure gage for use in mobile service applications

The model CPG1200 digital pressure gage (photo) enables flexible setting of operating pressures, readjusting pressure switches and carrying out pressure monitoring, for example, leak testing during transport. The battery-operated CPG1200 has been designed for use in mobile applications. Thanks to the durable plastic case and optional protective case cap, the instrument is robust and easily withstands vibrations and shocks during use. The device covers all common ranges from –1 to 1,000 barg (–14.5 to 15,000 psig) with an accuracy of down to 0.25% of full scale. The measuring rate can be set to 1, 3, 4 or 10 measurements per second. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany


A new electrolyzer module for this simulation software

This company recently released an electrolyzer module in the new version of its ProSimPlus software (photo). By combining this module with other equipment from the ProSimPlus library, users can simulate the entire process of H2 production via electrolysis of water and optimize the process as a whole. The new electrolyzer module has the ability to rigorously simulate an electrolysis process by offering a flexible modeling approach, depending on the data available to the user. A first approach quickly establishes the material and energy balances, taking into account possible recycling of the electrolyte solution, purges and equilibration lines, as well as determining the necessary makeup streams. A more detailed approach uses a selection of rigorous models to calculate, based on operating conditions and technological characteristics, all operating parameters: efficiency, electrical characteristics, voltage-current characteristic curves and so on. The electrolysis module allows for the representation of alkaline, proton exchange membrane and solid-oxide electrolysis cells. — ProSim, Labège (Toulouse), France


These towers emit clearly visible light signals

The new TL 305 series light towers (photo) provide bright and homogeneous illumination, indicating states, faults and ongoing processes clearly and visibly from a distance. The compact towers are available preconfigured with three, four or five segments. The new range of tower lights includes the TL 305 models with predefined color assignment, as well as the TL 305-IOL models with IO-Link interface. The IO-Link variants allow different operating modes and provide an extensive selection of colors. On request, the tower lights are also available with an additional acoustic signaler. The M30 thread and M12 connector make installation easy. — Leuze Electronic, Inc., New Hudson, Mich.


Easy-to-operate level-measuring devices

The new generation of Micropilot 80 GHz radar sensors (photo) — FMR60B, FMR62B, FMR63B, FMR66B and FMR67B — are suited for challenges when measuring points that are not easily accessible, located in dusty areas and harsh environments with extreme process temperatures and process conditions. The new generation of sensors come equipped with digital assistance operating via multiple human-machine interface (HMI) formats, including the SmartBlue application (app), making the sensors easier to use. Besides established digital-communication protocols like HART, other digital protocols, such as Profibus and Ethernet/APL, will be included in the near future. The measurement performance of the new radar chip combined with the smart Heartbeat Technology monitoring function helps to increase productivity. — Endress+Hauser, Inc., Greenwood, Ind.


Multi-agitator mixing systems for specialty applications

This company has engineered a purpose-built VM-450-gallon VersaMix (photo) that features three independently driven agitators, including a two-wing center-mounted agitator with contoured bottom and Teflon scrapers to efficiently motivate viscous product throughout the mixing zone, a long helical flight agitator to produce better top-to-bottom mixing and a dual-propeller agitator for low shear, high-flow mixing. The tank of the VersaMix is fabricated from durable 304 stainless steel, designed for vacuum operation and internal pressures of up to 50 psi. For efficient discharge, a two-way, flush tank ball valve has been integrated, while a 14-in. manway provides access for ingredient additions and cleaning operations. — Charles Ross & Son Company, Hauppauge, N.Y.

Two pressure transmitters at the same measuring point

For a pharmaceutical manufacturer, this company developed a customized product to measure significantly varying pressures from a single measuring point. The solution was to use two pressure transmitters from the Pascal CV3 series, each covering different measuring ranges and both mounted on the same diaphragm seal (photo). Depending on the stage of the production process and the filling level of the tank, the system can switch from a wider measuring range of up to 4 bars to a finer measuring range of up to 400 mbars. The smaller measuring range is overload-protected and the sensor disregards the higher pressures. In order to achieve such high levels of measuring accuracy under widely fluctuating temperatures, the diaphragm seal is further equipped with a patented low-temperature-coefficient diaphragm, which compensates for any temperature-related expansion of the seal’s transmission fluid. This increases measurement accuracy by up to 70%, compared to conventional sinusoidal diaphragms. — Labom Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH, Hude, Germany


New monitoring software for intelligent pumps

This company recently released new condition-monitoring software with built-in analytics. Using artificial intelligence, the new Analytics (photo) for online condition monitoring helps hygienic industries prevent unplanned downtime, extends the lifetime of valuable assets and helps reach sustainability targets. Analytics is a value-adding feature that can be added to all new and existing pump installations from this company. The solution includes a one-year subscription, including online installation, training on using the dashboard and ongoing support. Analytics collects and analyzes pump vibration data continuously and provides a clear and intuitive overview of the health condition of the equipment through a simple dashboard. — Alfa Laval AB, Lund, Sweden


Cleaning-in-place features for a bulk-material feeder

This company introduced a bulk-material feeder suitable for installation in processing lines that require cleaning-in-place (CIP) for process equipment. Developed for food, dairy, nutrition, pharmaceutical and other sanitary operations, the Feedos S-H/P CIP (photo) integrates a series of spray nozzles within the hopper and downspout in a 360-deg spray pattern to automatically remove material from inside the feeder and achieve a predetermined level of sanitization. The stainless-steel construction accommodates virtually any type of detergent, disinfectant or chemical cleaning agent, as well as hot water and steam. The CIP feeder also features a novel sealing design that replaces stuffing boxes on the drive shafts with proprietary lip seals at the feeding tool and intromitter. Connections remain tight during both operation and cleaning to prevent leakage, even in critical interfaces with moving parts. — Gericke USA, Inc., Somerset, N.J.

Decanter centrifuges tailored to industrial oil recovery

This company has enhanced its range of three-phase decanter centrifuges (photo) for oil recovery in the most challenging industrial applications. These three-phase decanter centrifuges are not only capable of separating liquids from solids, but also liquids with different densities, like oil and water. These proven machines have now been further developed and tailored for the recovery of high-purity oil from tainted sources, such as slop and crude oil, lake, lagoon or tank cleaning runoff and API separator sludge. Crucially for oil-and-gas applications, the decanter centrifuge range includes both ATEX Zone 1 and Zone 2 machines. This makes them suitable for use in plants where an explosive atmosphere may occur during normal operations. Machine housing seals can be supplied as gas-tight, flame- and explosion-proof versions up to P < 1.5 bars(abs) featuring a labyrinth seal system with three or more rings. Zone 1 versions have a design capacity of up to 12 m3/h, while Zone 2 designs can achieve flowrates of up to 40 m3/h. — Andritz, AG, Graz, Austria