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February 15, 2008

February: New Products International

Gerald Ondrey

Measure material strain with this laser-based system

This firm’s latest strain-measurement system, laserXtens (photo), has been successfully used for applications in chambers where materials are typically exposed to temperatures from – 70 to 250°C whilst being subjected to tensile or compression loads. The system measures biaxial strain without any specimen contact and without the need to attach any marks to the specimen. The sample surface is illuminated via laser-speckle interferometry, then as the load is applied, the speckle pattern is tracked by two digital cameras. Realtime software algorithms convert the data directly into strain. This measurement technology has been shown to be immune to the effects of frost formation on the sample. — Zwick GmbH & Co. KG, Ulm, Germany

Efficient heating for just about any size flask

Atlas Dry Bath is the latest addition to the Atlas family of modular synthesis products. Designed as a new method for heating round-bottomed flasks and vials, the Dry Baths avoid issues commonly associated with oil baths and stay safe-to-the-touch during operation. They are also compatible with leading brands of hotplates. Stacking Dry Bath (photo) has a series of concentric cups that accommodates flasks of varying volumes (from 50 mL to 1 L), and provide "excellent" thermal transfer for fast heating times. — Syrris Ltd., Royston, U.K.

Extreme operating conditions are no problem for these tiny pumps

This new range of miniature, ultra-low flow, positive-displacement, micro-annular gear pumps are capable of dispensing a wide range of liquids with precise, smooth, pulse-free flows. The ultra-compact HNP Series (photo) deliver liquids with a precision of Cv less than 1% across a flowrate range from 0.25 µL/min up to 1,152 mL/min, making them suitable for OEM, analytical, biotechnological and related applications. The pumps handle differential pressures up to 150 bar, and offer long service life, thanks to the use of wear-resistant tungsten carbide and ceramics. — Michael Smith Engineers, Woking, Surry, U.K.

Consider this valve when control is critical

As the U.K. distributor for Badger Valves, this firm can supply control valves to meet the demands of challenging applications. For a reverse osmosis application, for example, consider the RC250 barstock valve (photo) in Duplex stainless steel and an MC60 electrical actuator with three speed settings, which closes the valve over a 20-s time span to allow the pressure to drop at a steady rate. The RC250 barstock control valve is available in sizes of 1/4-, 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-in. sizes with a globe barstock body and handle pressures up to 340 bar. — Pump Engineering Ltd., Littlehampton, U.K.

Heat exchangers can benefit from this fluoropolymer tubing

This Fluoropolymer FEP and PFA tubing (photo) can be formed and welded into heat-exchanger transport lines that offer a nonstick, bacteria-free transport of deionized water and other corrosive media. Unlike steel, which is susceptible to corrosion and bacteria buildup, fluoropolymer tubing, with its more than 0.01% moisture absorption, withstands almost any harsh chemicals except those with fluorine and alkali metals, says the manufacturer. The tubing operates in temperatures up to 260°C and is said to have the lowest coefficient of friction of any tubing available. — Parker/TexLoc, Parker Hannifin Corp., Ft. Worth, Tex.

A big valve for big applications

The demand for valves with large dimensions is increasing, and this firm has extended its unit-construction system to manufacture valves with DN 600 (photo), which are now also available in cast design. The valves can be used as anti-surge control valves for large turbo compressors and for starting and stopping the compressor in a controlled manner to protect it in the case of breakdown. This valve size is available in pressure classes DIN/EN DN600 PN16, 25 and 40, as well as DN 24 in. ANSI 150 and 300, in standard casings GP240GH/A216-WCB-216 or 1.4581/A351-CF8M, or in special materials. DN 600 valves are suitable for water recycling plants, steelworks, petroleum refineries and huge chemical plants. — ARCA-Regler GmbH, Tönisvorst, Germany

Don’t waste costly ingredients with this granulator

The Pharma Twin-screw Granulator (TSG; photo) is this firm’s first TSG specifically designed for pharmaceutical applications. The Pharma TSG eliminates batch variations and decreases ingredient and equipment costs through a continuous mixing process, enabling operators to use smaller, more-precise amounts of expensive ingredients. Key features include: removable components (barrel liners and screws); high free volume; reduced scale up risks, and reduced in-process inventory. — Thermo Scientific Inc., Karlsruhe, Germany

Level control takes a completely new look

This new range of level-control devices offers a new approach to level measurement. The Canty range of light, sight and camera devices (photo, p. 24I-4) has been developed to provide users with a realtime view of conditions inside process vessels, and therefore has advantages and benefits over traditional liquid-level-measurement technologies, says the firm. A patented-design of fiber optic cable is used to transmit a beam of light up to a 90 deg. angle, which illuminates the inside of the vessel. A hermetically fused metal-to-glass window provides a 3-in. dia. viewing width, while being able to withstand temperatures up to 1,000°C and pressures over 600 bar. An Ethernet or analog camera mounted to the viewing window provides a realtime look inside the vessel. — Allison Engineering, Basildon, Essex, U.K.

Take a close, accurate look at particle size and shape

Making its Pittcon debut next month (New Orleans, La.; March 2 – 7) is the Morphologi G3 automated particle-characterization system (photo, p. 24I-4). The system provides microscopic quality images and delivers statistically significant particle size and shape information through the rapid analysis of hundreds of thousands of particles, with little or no user intervention. A major development in the Morphologi G3 is its novel, fully-integrated dry-powder dispersion system. Precise software control of all dispersion parameters ensures highly reproducible dispersions with consistent and controlled particle orientation. The sample is completely enclosed, and the system allows easy dispensing from bulk materials and the preparation of multiple aliquots. — Malvern Instruments, Malvern, U.K.

Software to improve the efficiency of plant design

The latest release of the engineering tool for plant design — Cadison R8 (photo, p. 24I-6) — is now available for making the work of users more efficient and faster. For example, a new material designer Isomat (for piping class) can be generated in about 4 h, compared to 3 – 4 d needed by conventional methods, says the firm. About 40 new functions have been added and 190 functions have been revised. With the help of Internet browsers and the new module, Engineer2Web, each entitled user can access the current planning conditions, regardless of the location or time. Special access procedures were developed to ensure that only authorized personnel can change object information, or for entering new objects. — ITandFactory GmbH, Bad Soden, Germany

A collaboration to improve the flow of laboratory information

Together with Mettler Toledo (MT; Greifensee, Switzerland), this firm has introduced an integrated solution that is expected to improve the workflow and the transfer of information in laboratories for many disciplines, including life science, chemistry, food and petrochemical industries. The two firms have collaborated to provide researchers the means to exchange data between precision instruments, including balances and titration instruments, and laboratory information-management systems (LIMS). The unique solution seamlessly integrates the firm’s SQL*LIMS with MT’s LabX Data Management Software. The combination creates the ability to manage data more efficiently, while saving researchers time and costs in day-to-day laboratory processes, when compared to using instruments that are controlled by their own software and that operate independently of any information system. — Applied Biosystems, an Applera Corp. business, Warrington, U.K.

Experts keep your GC/MS running with this remote service

This firm’s Intillegent Services remote instrument monitoring and diagnostics capability is now available for the 6890/7890 Series gas chromatograph (GC) systems and 5973/5975 Series GC-Mass Spectrometer systems. The Intelligent Services feature uses proven, secure IT technology to link instruments to the firm’s customer-support centers, where experts provide proactive technical support designed to address problems before they affect laboratory productivity. The Push-for-Help feature enables single-button requests for assistance, and the firm’s service engineers can remotely determine the status of the system before responding. Realtime Collaboration allows engineers to open an ultra-secure remote desktop sharing session to provide advanced diagnostics to facilitate immediate, remote problem resolution. — Agilent Technololgies Europe, Waldbronn, Germany

Now there’s help for specifying a drive system

To help smooth the process of specifying and ordering a.c. drives and related ancillaries, this firm has introduced a configured-drives service that has been designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of industrial applications. The "starter" package includes a basic configured drive, input fusing, RFI filter and enclosure. The options are then designed to add functionality or features in line with the demands of the end application. These options can include power features, such as circuit breakers, isolators, I/O and bypass contactors and line reactors. Control and communications options include: control interfaces (analog and digital) and serial communications, such as DeviceNet, ControlNet and so on. Operator interfaces include HMIs, door-mounted devices and meters. Motor-interface options include encoders, resolvers, thermistors, RTDs, cooling blowers and space heaters. All configured drives are assembled and tested in accordance with ISO9001 and comply with EEC directives 73/23, 89/336 and EN 61800-3. — Rockwell Automation Ltd., Milton Keynes, U.K.

The latest software release can improve SIS development

Release 2.0 of exSILentia offers users several expanded and new functionality providing more efficient development of their safety-instrumented-system (SIS) life-cycle activities. Among the new functions are new plug-in capabilities; plug-in modules add functionality to exSILentia and can be licensed in combination with the exSILentia license. R2.0 now offers the following plug-in modules: PAH Import, which allows users to import data from third-party software; Custom Proprietary Equipment Database, which allows the use of a proprietary equipment reliability database; and System SRS Creation with Cause & Effect Matrix, which allows users to add a cause and effect matrix for each safety integrated function (SIF) when creating a Safety Requirements Specification. — exida, LLC, Sellersville, Pa.

Condensation does not bother this dewpoint transmitter

The DryCap Dewpoint and Temperature Transmitter Series DMT340 is designed for industrial low-humidity applications, such as compressed-air drying and metal treatment. The DryCap sensor is immune to particulate-matter contamination, water condensation, oil vapor and most chemicals. Since the sensor withstands condensation, its performance is "unmatched" for low-dewpoint applications that experience water spikes in the process, says the manufacturer. The device’s stability is due to the patented auto-calibration function, which calibrates and adjusts the transmitter while the measured process is running. Dewpoints from – 60 to 80°C are measured with an accuracy of ±2°C. — Vaisala Oyj, Helsinki, Finland

An idle exhaust-abatement system does not waste fuel

The Atlas and TPU families of combustion exhaust-management systems are now available with an "idle-mode" feature. Idle mode allows the abatement system to go into a standby mode with reduced fuel and water consumption when exhaust is not flowing from attached process equipment. When idle, the system only consumes fuel to maintain the pilot flame, and water to refresh the recirculation system once an hour. On Atlas, these levels represent a reduction of 89% for fuel and nearly 100% for water. Idle mode can also be provides as an upgrade to existing TPU systems where even higher percentages of fuel reduction can be made, says the firm. The system monitors signals from process equipment to determine active and idle status. It enters idle mode automatically and can return to full operation status within 10 s. — Edwards, Wilmington, Mass.

An RFID system alerts against pallet tampering

Together with Pliant Corp. (Schaumburg, Ill.), this firm has successfully demonstrated a solution for tamper-proofing pallets with RFID-enabled stretch film (shrink wrap). Pliant’s electrically conductive stretch film, combined with this firm’s PowerG labels for tracking freight and high-value pallets, provides a viable solution by overcoming the limitations of barcode technologies, the limited performance of standard passive RFID, and the high cost of active RFID readers, claims the manufacturer. Electrically connected to the film wrapped around the pallet, the PowerG label is readable by RFID readers when the film is intact and the electrical circuit is closed. However, when the stretch film is tampered with, the circuit is broken, rendering the label unreadable and thereby alerting a supply-chain manager to possible tampering. — PowerID Ltd., Petah Tikva, Israel

Perform PID loops from outside the PLC

The Mini8 controller makes it possible to perform PID loops outside the PLC without compromising the benefits of an integrated solution, says the manufacturer. The Mini8 has four plugin I/O slots, and can cater for a variety of signals, such as thermocouple and RTD inputs and relay, logic and analog output. Up to eight discrete control loops can be connected to major fieldbuses, such as Profibus, DeviceNet and CANopen, thus taking the responsibility of the loops outside the PLC. Thus, in the event of of the PLC going down, equipment pressure and temperature can still be maintained and expensive failures avoided. Mini8 also offers the Modbus protocol both on RS 485 or Ethernet. — Eurotherm, London, U.K

This database is not picky about the operating system used

CLC Bioinformatics Database enables research organizations to maximize their potential through increased productivity. The database was developed to eliminate classic obstacles, such as different operating systems, limited support for database formats, or limited access to a central storage facility, says the firm. The security and maintenance of the new database can potentially help organizations stop misuse or loss of data, as well as help protect their intellectual property. The database is cross-platform, running on OS X, Windows and Linux. — CLC bio, Aarhus, Denmark

Track equipment health without wires

In collaboration with SKF, this firm has introduced OneWireless Equipment Health Monitoring (EHM), the latest addition to its portfolio of industrial wireless solutions. OneWireless EHM will wirelessly transmit complete spectral information — including vibration amplitude and operating-parameter information — from the field to the plant control room, helping reduce equipment failures and improve business performance through lower maintenance costs, says the firm. OneWireless is a compact, eight-channel (4 X vibration, 4 X 4 – 20 mA) monitoring device that communicates over the firm’s OneWireless industrial mesh network. It collects acceleration, velocity, temperature and bearing-condition data and delivers it to process operators and maintenance personnel to alert them of any equipment problems. — Honeywell Process Solutions, Phoenix, Ariz.

A tiny GC with huge performance

The C2V-200 micro gas chromatograph (GC) is claimed to be the world’s fastest and smallest GC, providing the highest quality separation. The device performs an analysis in 10 to 30 s, has an easily exchangeable GC channel cartridge, operates at temperatures up to 180°C and provides a sensitivity of parts per million (with TCD detector). The tiny unit requires a minimal carrier/reference gas (1 mL/min operational) and achieves separations of N = 10,000 – 25,000. — C2V, Enschede, Netherlands

Check air for microbes with this sampler

SAS ISO is a new generation of SAS samplers for the microbiological testing of air. The system is based on the impact of micro-organisms onto an agar surface of a contact plate or standard Petri dish. SAS ISO uses a single, certified aspirating head made of stainless steel or aluminum, or Dispo-Head, a certified, sterile disposable plastic head. The system offers traceability functions, such as date, operator name, sampling location and volume of aspirated air, which can be transferred to a printer or PC. — International Pbi S.p.A., Milan, Italy

A new tool for process simulators

This firm has introduced a PI system, historian-database comparison tool for use with process simulators. PI-Compare is an easy-to-use tool that identifies the simulator initial condition that closely matches a PI system recorded plant state just before a disturbance. Instructors and engineers can then quickly identify and use the simulation that matches that plant state and use the simulator to investigate or train operators on the characteristics of the disturbance and on mitigating its effects. — Hyperion Systems Engineering, Athens, Greece

A transmitter for when the water pressure is on

VegaWell 51 is a new generation of suspension pressure transmitters suitable for water and wastewater applications, including hydrostatic-level measurement in vessels, and gauge measurement in deep wells. Mounting is accomplished by means of a stress clamp or a threaded fitting (G1 A). The sensor itself is a small, Certec measuring cell, with a ceramic diaphragm and shielded measuring-cell seal. The selectable measuring range is between 0.1 and 10 bar, and the standard output is 4 – 20 mA. A HART signal can also be supplied on request. — VEGA Grieshaber KG, Schiltach, Germany

Now produce more pharmaceutical grade water

The new generation of the Orion pharmaceutical water package has an enhanced reverse osmosis module, which gives improved recovery of up to 90% for single-pass systems and 75% for twin-pass. This means lower operating costs and a reduced carbon footprint, says the firm. Like its predecessors, the new Orion is fully hot-water sanitizable. The Orion range has been extended to up to 10,000 L/h, and can meet water-quality standards of USP 30 and Ph Eur Purified Water and Ph Eur Highly Purified Water, and is fully compliant with FDA, cGMP and GAMP requirements. The control PLC interfaces with most SCADA systems, and a 21 CFR part II compliant option is also available. — Veolia Water Solutions & Technology, Marlow, U.K.

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