New Products & Services
August 1, 2007
August New Products (domestic edition)
This filter system is designed for viscous fluids
The Gear and Lube Oil Filtration System (photo) features a substantial 4-gal/min flow capacity and handles a maximum viscosity of 10,000 SUS at 100°F, making it one of the most versatile portable systems in the industry, boasts the firm. Because of the higher pressures involved with higher viscosities, conventional hydraulic filtration systems would operate in a bypass mode, thus filtering very little of the fluid, whereas this system uses a multistage-filtration process, which enables it to deliver higher flowrates. The system also features differential pressure gauges that indicate when each of the filter elements needs to be changed. Two sampling ports are included for safely sampling and monitoring the condition of the oil. Two models are available, a hand-held unit and a portable cart system. — Trico Corp., Pewaukee, Wisc.
Analyze biofuels using innovative near-infrared spectroscopy
This innovator of encoded photometric near-infrared (EP-NIR) spectroscopy technology has extended the capabilities of its recently launched MultiComponent 2750 EP-NIR analyzer (photo) to perform realtime quality-assurance measurements of biofuels, including: monitoring the content of methanol, water and total glycerin in biodiesel; measuring water content in ethanol; determining biodiesel blend composition; and analyzing ethanol-gasoline mixtures. The 2750 EP-NIR processes multiple biodiesel and ethanol samples at 100 scans/s. It is able to provide pass/fail information on multiple biofuel contaminants before samples are sent out for ASTM certification. This analyzer has received military certification for resistance to vibration. Its components have a mean-time-between-failures (MTBF) rating of ten years. — Aspectrics, Inc., Pleasanton, Calif.
These disposable filters are suited for high-purity applications
Earlier this year, this company launched the UltraCap HD (heavy duty) high-capacity disposable filter assembly (photo) for liquid, gas and vent applications. Designed to process medium to large liquid batches, the UltraCap HD is optimized for continuous and batch processing in biomanufacturing operations and for prefiltration in pharmaceutical applications. It is offered with T-style sanitary-flange inlet and outlet connections with filter cutoffs from 0.04 to 100 µm media removal ratings. — Meissner Filtration Products, Inc., Camarillo, Calif.
Introduce any chemical into feed lines with this injection mixer
The Model 2800 Static Mixer (photo) is designed to fit into the mating-flange bolt circle of any piping system. This equipment is composed of a 316SS fixed plate with two 1/8-in. Blue Guard 3000 gaskets and comes in diameters of up to 10 feet. Just 10 dia. downstream, the mixer achieves 98% dispersion of injected fluids. It combines one or more fluids by an alternation of vortex shedding and intense shear-zone turbulence, and operators can choose the opening of the mixer to achieve the desired head loss at a particular flowrate. This compact design is a practical alternative to conventional 25-ft-long mixers. — Westfall Manufacturing Co., Bristol, R.I.
Simplify air monitoring in controlled environments
The SAS Isolater, stainless-steel air sampler (photo, p. 32D-1), is used for bio-aerosol monitoring in controlled environments. The unit consists of two parts: an aspiration chamber that is positioned inside the isolator or close to production lines; and an external command unit. The two components are connected by an electrical cable. Validated according to ISO 14698, the SAS Isolator is suitable for sterilization by vapor-phase hydrogen peroxide (VHP) and peracetic acid. Sampling data are transferred to a printer or computer. — International Pbi S.p.A., Milan, Italy
X-ray vision improves quality of packaged products
The second-generation Raycon range of X-ray product-inspection systems uses a lower power X-ray source but provides enhanced image processing at higher throughput speeds than the previous model. Housed in stainless steel and sealed to IP65, the Raycon X-ray system is designed specifically for final inspection of packaged products, including aluminum-coated or metallized film packaging, and is capable of detecting metallic and non-metallic contaminants and identifying missing, broken or underweight product with a weighing accuracy of ±1%. It uses a lower power X-ray source (50 or 80 KV) than its predecessor, yet provides enhanced image processing at higher throughput speeds of up to 600 units/min. An industrial PC with the QNX realtime operating system provides the platform for the image processing software and its built-in touch-screen liquid-crystal display (LCD) monitor (sealed to IP66) ensures reliable imaging. Four models are currently available to accommodate products up to 400 mm wide and 200 mm high. — S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH, Schoenberg, Germany
Discharge the entire contents of a bulk bag safely and efficiently
Designed for semi- to non-free-flowing powders, this Bulk Bag Unloader (photo) completely removes the contents of a bulk bag by massaging the bag on four sides with aggressive massage paddles. Once the material exits the bag, the powder flows by gravity to a small floor-standing live bin hopper. The live bin hopper moves the material continuously into the convey line to allow complete cleanout once the bulk bag is empty, providing a clean and dust-free method for powder removal. — Vac-U-Max, Belleville, N.J.
Eliminate de-energized relays resulting from ground faults
The Z789 Zener diode barrier provides 300 Ohm, 28 V, diode-return, positive-polarity operation, making it an ideal intrinsic safety choice for hazardous-area applications. In the traditional method of switch-status detection, the metal contacts on the switch are intended for use with low voltages and currents. The problem with this configuration is that a ground fault in any wire leaves the relay in a de-energized state, despite the switch being closed. The Z789 offers a solution through the use of quasi-ground-floating wiring. Quasi-floating outputs use a circuit with a mixture of positive and negative feedback of current and voltage to keep the signal levels steady. Series barriers are available in one-, two- and three-channel versions and in more than 75 models, for a.c. and d.c. A replaceable-fuse version facilitates circuit-loop checks and reduces installation cost and space requirements, while its multi-level terminal blocks allow easy wiring. — Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc., Twinsburg, Ohio
Butterfly valves are now available from this company
The Series 89-GEN Grooved End butterfly valves (photo) have a ductile iron body and a choice of either a BUNA-N or EPDM encapsulated, ductile iron disc. These valves feature a two-piece stem of 431 stainless steel and Teflon shaft bushings with NRB O-ring shaft seals. The valves are pressure rated to 17 psi, have a maximum operating temperature of 275°F, and are available in a size range of 2 to 12 in. They meet the requirements of MSS-SP67 and ANSI/AWWA C-606 rigid-groove specifications. — Mueller Steam Specialty, St. Pauls, N.C.
This constant-pressure unit is ideal for aseptic processing
The newly standardized M7250CP (constant pressure) fluid processor has been introduced for applications in the biopharmaceutical industry. Standard features include SIP (steam-in-place) for aseptic processing of drugs in a cGMP environment, a data-acquisition (DAQ) station and ultra CIP (clean-in-place) that eliminates the need to disassemble for cleaning between batches or before storage. The DAQ station enables continuous temperature, pressure and flow monitoring while users can record and print digital testing data. An optional PLC manages onboard sensor signals and coordinates alarms, alarm acknowledgement and silencing and motor-starter interlocks. If an operating parameter happens to fall out of tolerance, the PLC will manage the signal processing. The fluid processor achieves a uniform (within ±5%) pressure profile and, coupled with its proprietary, fixed-interaction chambers, the constant-pressure system ensures that every unit volume of product is exposed to the same level of shear force. This feature results in the least number of passes, thereby maximizing production-cost savings, says the firm. — Microfluidics, Newton, Mass.
Replace petroleum ingredients without hurting functionality
Cerenol is a new polymer that contains 80–100% renewable material, and is engineered to meet or exceed the performance of its petroleum-based counterparts. It is easily tailored to meet specific end-use needs for a diverse range of products, from running shoes and ski boots, to functional fluids and high-performance elastomers, to cosmetics. Cerenol has a significantly lower environmental footprint compared to existing alternatives, such as polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG), because it offers a 40% savings in non-renewable energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 42%, says the company. — DuPont Corp., Wilmington, Del.
Quickly access circular vibratory screeners for maintenance
This new “Air-Lift” system (photo) reduces manual effort while speeding the process of cleaning, inspecting, and changing the screens of circular vibratory screeners. An entire cycle of raising and lowering the frames can be completed in five minutes, which reduces downtime for any process. Additionally, only one operator is needed to do this. The screener includes safety features, including a lock-out to secure the frames in position, as well as safety bars that prevent the screener housing from descending when it is in the raised position. While this device is available on the manufacturer’s new screeners, it can also be retrofit to any make or model of circular vibratory screeners from 40 to 84 in. in diameter. — Kason Corp., Millburn, N.J.
Cement analyzer breaks the 600°F barrier
The Model 4265 High-Temperature Ultrasonic Cement Analyzer (UCA, photo) is designed to measure the compressive strength of oilfield cement during curing at temperatures up to 600°F and pressures up to 20,000 psig. The device incorporates a patent-pending transducer and other features that allow for improvements in the operation and safety of cement testing under extreme high-temperature conditions. Cement strength is determined by measuring the change in velocity of an ultrasonic signal transmitted through the cement as it hardens. The relative strength is calculated using proprietary algorithms. — Chandler Engineering, a unit of Ametek, Broken Arrow, Okla.
This valve offers high quality at an economical price
The Sterivalve range of diaphragm valves provides high-performance flow control for critical liquid processes in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sectors. The valve combines the best features of a traditional piston valve with the inherent cleanliness of a diaphragm valve, says the firm. The Sterivalve enables process engineers to design an efficient pipework system with optimized product flow, while ensuring safe and reproducible CIP and SIP performance, says the firm. — Steridose, Roplan AB, Tumba, Sweden
A liquid silicone rubber for high-speed food-grade applications
Silastic LC-50-2004 is a 50-shore hardness, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) designed to provide high clarity, superior mechanical properties and short cycle times for high-speed manufacturers. The LSR is especially suited for food-grade applications, such as valves and seals used in food containers and dispensers. Applied through an automated injection process, Silastic LC-50-2004 LSR offers smooth release from molds to help customers produce complex parts while meeting FDA 21 CFR 177.2600 and other food-contact standards. The new LSR also features high transparency, low compression set and high tear strength. — Dow Corning Corp., Midland, Mich.
Wireless instrumentation for pharmaceutical applications
This firm has launched what is claimed to be the first wireless instrumentation monitor and controller for the pharmaceutical industry. Employing the 802.11g standard for wireless communications, up to 16 different pieces of equipment can be monitored with a single laptop or mobile data-acquisition station. Instrumented equipment, such as table presses, mixers or granulators, become a point of access, transmitting sensor signals in realtime on 2.4 GHz radio band at speeds of up to 54 Mbps. DAQ systems can typically be positioned up to 100 ft away from the equipment, depending on the construction, building material and room layout. The system is especially suitable in locations where space is limited or containment and cleaning issues are of concern. Data can optionally be transmitted worldwide over the Internet. — Metropolitan Computing Corp., East Hanover, N.J.
A clear housing lets you see the filter cartridge in these units
This company launched a new line of inline filters that provide fast, easy serviceability. The filter cartridge is visible through a clear, polycarbonate housing, and a quick turn of bayonet-style fastener separates the housing component for cleaning or replacement of the cartridge. Cartridges are available in both porous and plastic cone design with a wide range of filtration cutoff sizes. — Industrial Specialties Mfg., Englewood, Colo.
A less expensive shaft lowers cost of this pump
Portable drum and barrel-emptying pumps are essential devices for transferring a wide range of fluids from tanks, drums, barrels and IBCs. This firm has recently added a new, low-cost option to its range of drum pumps, the Finish Thompson PFM (photo). Based upon the same proven design and the majority of the same corrosion-resistant materials used in polypropylene (PP) drum pumps, the PFM features a 316 stainless-steel shaft as opposed to the standard PP (with alloy 625 shaft) version. Because research indicates that around half of all PF drum pumps are used for transferring neutral or mildly corrosive fluids, the stainless-steel shaft model is a lower cost alternative. The pumps handle capacities up to 150 L/min and liquids with viscosities up to 2,000 cP. — Michael Smith Engineers Ltd., Woking, U.K.
This equipment is ideal for corrosive and washdown applications
A comprehensive line of pneumatic stainless-steel filters, regulators and lubricators are available from this firm. The Prep-Air Stainless Steel Series of air preparation units is ideal for protecting pneumatic system components in corrosive and washdown applications. All units meet NACE specifications. Featuring 316 stainless steel, the Prep-Air II filters, regulators and lubricators are corrosion resistant and suitable for washdown duty in demanding environments, such as food processing. The FRL air-preparation units feature high flowrates, standard fluorocarbon seals and are suitable for systems with pressures up to 300 psig. The Prep-Air II, air-line filters are available with miniature (1/4-in. port size) and standard (1/2-in. port size) models. They also feature a two-stage filtration system, with a filtration rating of 5 to 40 microns. — Parker Hannifin Corp., Richland, Mich.
New module adds a clear view on flow
The Bright Series, multifunctional Readout and Control (R/C) unit (photo, p.32D-8) is this firm’s latest R/C module that offers users of mass flow meters/controllers the possibility of local indication and operation, flowrate in actual values or percentage, fluid selection, setpoint, counter and alarms. The compact design distinguishes the device from other products on the market, and is suitable for both laboratory-style instruments and those with IP 65 housing. Communication between such an instrument and the Bright module is established over the RS-232 digital communication port. — Bronkhorst High-Tech B.V., Ruurlo, Netherlands
Multi-gas area monitor combines ruggedness and portability
Capable of monitoring up to five gases through diffusion or sample draw, this portable product has all the benefits of a stationary system. Seventeen smart-sensor options are available, with STEL and TWA readings standard. When the monitor detects a hazardous level of gas, it will send a bright flashing signal in all directions and emit a 103-dB siren alarm. It can be used as a single monitor, or can be configured so that alarm signals transfer from one unit to another. The monitor is designed for area surveillance, and is most suitable for perimeter monitoring, rig overhauls, mobile or short-term work, and other situations where fixed detection systems are not acceptable. — Industrial Scientific Corp., Oakdale, Pa.
This conditioning system effectively cleans lubrication oil
The VURSA Series of high-performance filtration systems utilize a pleated filter-media technology to effectively remove particulate matter and water from lubrication-oil and hydraulic-fluid reservoirs. This equipment is specifically designed for applications in the power generation and heavy industrial marketplaces, and can significantly extend the lifespan of bearings and other metal equipment. VURSA Series systems can accommodate a variety of flows, voltages, filtration requirements and installations. They are equipped with 2 or 5 gal/min variable-speed pumps and vessels that have a 150-psi pressure rating and a 22-psi element bypass.— Kaydon Custom Filtration, LaGrange, Ga.
Quality pump support is available though this network
This company has established a network of authorized stocking distributors who specialize in specifying, installing, and maintaining fluids-handling equipment. The distributors exceed the required standards in the areas of repair, service, inventory, and physical facility layout. This program offers many services, including: support in maintenance-cost reduction, preventative-maintenance programs, local inventory of replacement parts, maintenance seminars, troubleshooting, warranty repairs and service contracts. This support is available 24 h a day. — Moyno Industrial Pumps, Springfield, Ohio
An alignment system for maintenance on rotating equipment
This laser shaft/coupling alignment system allows you to control its design by adding features and capabilities as they are needed. This user-friendly design allows for quick, accurate, and reliable maintenance work on rotating equipment. An alphanumeric keyboard with navigation and menu keys is included, as well as a screen picture that clearly depicts measurement results. The unit evaluates hundreds of readings during shaft rotation in the automatic Continuous Sweep measurement mode. Shaft/coupling alignment systems preserve the quality of rotating equipment, which over time, reduces maintenance and energy costs. — Ludeca, Inc., Doral, Fla.
Wafer check valves now available in a larger size
The first check valve to be offered in sizes as large as 12 in., Type 360 Wafer Check Valve is simple to install and provides “excellent” flow characteristics, says the firm. Used to allow flow in one direction, check valves typically require glue or tools for installation. Type 369 eliminates these requirements; the valve is simply inserted between two standard (ANSI or ISO/DIN) flanges and centered using special eyelets. For horizontal mounting, a spring option is available in either 316 stainless steel or Hastelloy C, for correct positioning of the valve. — GF Piping Systems, Tustin, Calif.
Both positive and negative pressures are handled by this valve
The vacuum-rated LFV Series MIV is a two-way, normally closed, chemically inert solenoid valve suitable for fluid lines that see both positive and negative pressures, such as pump inlet/outlet valves. The fluidic side of the valve is isolated by a chemically inert membrane, which prevents metal contact with the fluid and reduces heat transfer from the coil to the fluid. Three mounting styles are available. — The Lee Company, Westbrook, Conn.
These little valve manifolds are self contained
The Series VV061-CUBE manifold (photo) features 6-mm wide three-port valves, which can be used to operate small-bore cylinders, or as a pilot valve to run air-operated valves. The CUBE manifold combines valve, printed circuit board, base and fittings into a single, compact cube-structured unit for space saving and easy maintenance. The CUBE is available in 4- and 8-station configurations and comes with two types of pipe connections: barb fitting, to accept 4-mm O.D. tubing; and a 2-mm, one-touch fitting. The standard valve has a Cv of 0.004 (0–100 psi), and 0.008 in a low-pressure version (vacuum to 44 psi). — SMC Corp., Indianapolis, Ind.
The seals of this diverter valve are easy to replace
Two seal options are available for the Tunnel Diverter Valve: O-rings for applications conveying pellets and granules; and air-assist seals, for conveying powders or abrasive materials. Seals are easy to replace, and can be accessed without disturbing the valve’s installed, supported position, and without removing the housing, rotor or bearings. The valve is designed for use in pressure or vacuum systems to divert or converge bulk solids. — Premier Pneumatics Inc., Salina, Kan.
For high-current applications, consider this transducer
The new current transducer DCT-700A (photo, p. 32D-11) is designed to measure both alternating and direct currents that have a high bandwidth and currents up to 700 A. The patented device can be used for energy-measurement systems, medical equipment, high-stability inverters and high-power supplies. — Grupo Premo S.A., Barcelona, Spain
This valve is designed to resist corrosion and harsh temperatures
The 4000 Series (150 or 300 ANSI) flanged ball valve is available in full- or standard-port designs. The valve features a body of stainless or carbon steel and trim (ball and stem) of 316 stainless steel, and is fire tested to API607 (4th ed.) and ISO 10497, with TFM seats providing “superior” high-temperature performance and chemical resistance. ISO 5211 direct mounting with adjustable packing is another feature unique to the 4000 Series product line. The valves can be equipped with a manual handle or with direct-mount pneumatic or electric actuators. — Assured Automation, Clark, N.J.
The authorities approve of this ball valve
This firm’s line of full-port, forged-brass ball valves come in sweat (copper), threaded and treaded CP models. The ball valves are available in sizes from 1/2 to 3 in. with sweat or ISP connections. The threaded-end valves have rough-brass or chrome plating, are ANSI and FM approved and CSA and UL listed. — Leonard Valve Co., Palatine, Ill.
Maintenance is not a worry with these float-operated valves
This company recently launched two products for draining liquids or venting gases. The Drainer NLD Series free-floating liquid drainer will remove liquids from pressurized air or gas systems, and the Venter NAV Series free-floating air venter will remove air and other gases from pressurized liquid systems. These valves are used on pressurized systems, such as hydronic heating systems, cooling systems and liquid-chilling operations. Available with NPT connections, the valves are designed for pressures to 400 psig and temperatures up to 500°F. Both the Drainer and Venter are maintenance-free, float-operated valves with corrosion-resistant, stainless-steel components and tamper-proof sealed welded bodies that resist freezing. — Spence Engineering Company, Inc., Walden, N.Y.
This isolated valve actuator is rated for SIL 2
The D1021S intrinsically safe, isolated-valve actuator provides safe voltage for unmanned, second-level natural gas pump stations. With a safety integrity level rating of SIL 2, the unit features an adjustable remote alarm that triggers at specific impedance levels and sounds an alarm inside the control room. — GM International Safety, Cleveland, Ohio
A valve that provides engines with the optimal fuel-to-air mix
Designed for use with large (up to 10 MW) turbines and reciprocating engines (up to 13,000 h.p.), the eXVG is a “next-generation” gas-fuel-metering valve that combines a patented fuel-flow measurement technique with fast, accurate and repeatable operation. This leads to better control of the fuel-to-air ratio for lowering emissions and improving engine performance. An optional 4–20 mA interface allows complete closed-loop fuel control, and the unit’s onboard 24 V d.c. electronics provide improved health and data monitoring via an isolated RS 232 serial interface for downloading realtime data to the user’s laptop computer. — Precision Engine Controls Corp., San Diego, Calif.
This little check valve is leak free
To meet the demands for smaller and lighter devices for high-tech flow control applications, this firm has developed a range of flow restrictors and check valves that are said to be the smallest insert-check valves available. The latest addition to this range is a 250 zero-leak check valve (photo), which provides zero-leakage flow control from 5 to 300 psid. Despite a diameter of only 0.250 in., length of 0.80 in. and weight of 3.8 g, these valves provide flow of over 62 SLPM (air) at 25 psid. Maximum working pressure is 3,000 psid. The valves are available in forward- and reverse-flow configurations and use an elastomeric seat to ensure zero leakage. — Lee Products Ltd., Gerrards Cross, U.K.