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The following technologies represent the final nominees for the 2011 Flow Control Innovation Awards program. Nominees include novel technology solutions for fluid handling applications in the categories of fluid measurement, control and containment. Please review the technology summaries provided below, and visit our Facebook polling page to vote for the technology you believe is the most innovative among this year”s nominees. All voters will be entered into a random drawing to win an Apple iPhone 4G. Innovation Awards winners will be announced in the September issue of Flow Control, with extended case studies/application stories on each of the winning technologies featured in the October issue. If you have questions and/or require additional information on any of the technologies highlighted below, please contact Matt Migliore at 610.828.1711 or Matt@GrandViewMedia.com. Thanks for supporting the Flow Control Innovation Awards program.
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NOMINEES: |Measurement| Cameron | COX Flow Measurement | Emerson Process Management – Micro Motion | Endress+Hauser | Fluid Components International | Flow Line Options Corp | Greyline Instruments | INKnet Systems | Innovative Sensor Technologies | LJ Star | McCrometer | Sage Metering | Siargo | Spirax Sarco | Veris |Control| Almatec | Brooks Instrument | Burkert | Emerson Process Management – Fisher | Hawk Measurement | seepex | Sierra Instruments | Top Line Process Equipment Company | Warren Rupp |Containment| Colder Products | Kuriyama of America | Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
Differential Pressure-Based Multi-Fluid Meter
Cameron’s differential pressure-based NuFlo Cone Meter is a process control and multi-fluid meter that is designed to provide accurate, repeatable, and cost-optimized measurements. The meter is able to fit into small spaces while offering large and stable turndowns with high levels of accuracy and repeatability. It is designed to work in both unprocessed and processed applications and is a good fit for upstream, midstream and downstream scenarios that present a wide range of measurement challenges. The device also offers an economic, compact design, low cost of ownership, and, since there are no moving parts, a long, virtually maintenance-free lifespan.
The NuFlo Cone meter features a hydrodynamic design for easy installation and no moving parts. The design enables a cleaning (or sweeping) effect from the velocity increase in the throat and around the differential producer. The cone meter’s easy installation and compact size is an advantage when used in an offshore platform process, reducing costs and installation time. In addition, the meter is manufactured in a facility that is ISP 9001, API 22.2-certified, and GOST-approved for natural gas custody transfer in the Russian Federation.
Aluminum-Bodied, Dual-Rotor Turbine Flowmeter
COX Flow Measurement’s ALDR is an aluminum-bodied, dual-rotor turbine flowmeter intended for automotive and aerospace applications. Its unique design incorporates an integral ExactComp EC80 flow computer and embedded pickoffs, enabling smaller packaging, lighter weight, and greater reliability in high-vibration installations.
Aluminum construction creates rotor-blade sensing issues, which are overcome by the use of a high-sensitivity amplifier with coupling and processing characteristics. Plus, the meter’s smaller packaging, lighter weight, and embedded pickoff coils work well in small areas subject to high vibrations. Combine this with extended-life ceramic bearings and precision primary standard calibrations, and the meter provides top performance for competitive and critical measurement applications.
The ALDR design utilizes a 100-ohm RTD to measure fluid temperatures and correct for fluid viscosity variances. The flow computer takes full advantage of the capability and provides a corrected flow output, which is enhanced by the dual rotors’ ability to extend the UVC usable flow measurement range. Embedded pickoff coils withstand vibration typically found in the automotive and aerospace industries by reducing mass and size. This design does not employ flow straighteners since the dual-rotor cancels out fluid swirl effects, delivering a flowmeter package that will fit in limited-space scenarios.
Mass Transmitter for High-Speed, High-Accuracy Dosing
Emerson Process Management’s Micro Motion Filling Mass Transmitter is specifically designed for high-speed, high-accuracy filling or dosing. Utilizing Micro Motion MVD (multivariable digital) technology, the transmitter, combined with a Micro Motion Coriolis sensor, is ideally suited for a variety of linear and rotary filling machines across the life sciences, food and beverage, and chemical industries. The transmitter can handle extremely fast fills (less than one second), very small fills (<1ml), and challenging fluids, such as those with entrained air, suspended solids, or high viscosity.
With increasing pressure on production quality efficiency and throughput, traditional volumetric- and meter-based technologies are no longer sufficient. Micro Motion filling meters deliver mass, density and temperature process data in one device, supporting continuous monitoring of product quality with a complete real-time view of fluid characteristics. Digital communications provide continuous monitoring of density and temperature for real-time quality control, and enable “on the fly” changes to fill target or recipe.
The transmitter’s Automatic Overshoot Compensation (AOC) feature automatically adjusts valve management to compensate for changes in process conditions to deliver accuracy and reliability with minimal setup and maintenance. With direct mass measurement and superior stability (turndown), the Filling Mass Transmitter is suitable for filling a variety of container sizes and products with a single sensor.
Two-Wire, Loop-Powered Coriolis Flowmeter
Endress+Hauser’s Promass E 200 is a true two-wire, 4-20 mA HART, loop-powered Coriolis meter for mass flow and density measurement. Through the use of patented Adaptive Power Techniques, the Coriolis flowmeter is able to provide continuous, accurate and reliable measurements without the need for converters, custom power supplies, or barriers. The Promass E 200 is the ideal flowmeter for continuous process control, offering a high level of safety and reliability, compliant to SIL-2 and SIL-3, with an intrinsically safe and explosion-proof design approved for Class 1 Division 1 applications. By combining Coriolis technology with the reliability of two-wire integration, a favored cost-effective measuring solution now exists that fulfills the high safety standards in addition to the industry-specific requirements.
Coriolis mass flow technology has historically been contained to traditional four-wire power/signal methodologies due to the need to power the sensor, amplifier, transmitter, and outputs. The Promass E 200 is innovative in that it maintains the highest levels of Coriolis accuracy and reliability while operating under a two-wire, loop-powered concept, which significantly limits the available power to the Coriolis meter.
In addition to the Adaptive Power Techniques used by the Promass E 200, this product line has set a standard for commonality across the Endress+Hauser flow and level product lines. The two-wire product lines from E+H will now share common Human Machine Interface, spare parts, and electronics modules. The new HistoROM capability provides an onboard nonvolatile device memory that enables data management and automatic data backup for device configuration. The HistoROM offers extended functions for an embedded event logbook, including the data logging for over 1,000 points.
Thermal Mass Air/Gas Flowmeter
Fluid Components International’s ST100 Series is a thermal mass air/gas flowmeter that provides a graphical user readout, an on-board optically activated keypad, a comprehensive selection of analog outputs and bus communications, a pressure measurement option, dual-element configurations, multiple calibrations, 10 user-selectable gas calibrations, a built-in data logger, and a robust transmitter. It also features a selection of flow elements matched to a user’s application, temperature service up to 850 F [454 C], can be configured with FCI’s VeriCal in-situ calibration verification system, and is available in both integral and remote configurations up to 1000 feet (300m).
The typical readout/display in this segment is a small character, two-line LCD. With the ST100, the user gets graphical/digital, backlighted LCD readout, which continuously displays all measured parameters, flowrate, total flow, temperature and pressure, plus flowrate in a 0-100 percent bar graph and the active calibration group. For alarms, icons illuminate and flash upon a trip condition and will change to steady-state when acknowledged. The display also has an innovative writeable field in which the user can note gas composition, application name, pipe or process name, or even a tag number for quickly associating the readings with the correct process. Another unique feature of the display is that it is rotatable electronically by the user to ensure the optimum viewing angle.
The meter offers outputs of analog and bus communication, including triple 4-20mA, frequency/pulse, relays, HART (version 7), Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus-PA, and Modbus. The meter provides accuracy to 0.75 percent of reading (compared to the 1-2 percent typical in this product segment).
Radar Level Transmitter for Continuous & Point-Level Measurement
Flow Line Options Corp’s Tracer 1000/2000 Guided-Wave Radar Level Transmitter is designed to provide continuous radar level measurement and point level detection in liquids and solids, with analog and switching output. The Tracer 1000/2000 is well-suited for a range of measurement applications and has almost no installation restrictions. The device can be mounted in small tanks, tall and narrow nozzles, and it measures precisely even with difficult tank geometries or close to interfering structures.
Outstanding operating characteristics include:
Unstable Process Conditions: Changes in viscosity, density, or acidity do not affect accuracy.
Agitated Surfaces: Boiling surfaces, dust, foam, and vapor do not affect device performance. Suitable for recirculating fluids, propeller mixers, aeration tanks.
Extreme Operating Limits: Performs well under extreme temperatures up to 600 F (315 C). Capable of withstanding pressures up to 580 PSIG (40 Bar)
Works with Fine Powders & Sticky Fluids: Vacuum tanks with used cooking oil. Paint, latex, animal fat, and soy bean oil. Saw dust, carbon black, titanium tetrachloride, salt, grain.
Testimonial: “The new radar system works really good; I would like to use it in a few lift stations. The [Tracer 1000/2000] is better than other products used in the past, plus there is no concern with mist.” – Kevin Smith, Chief Operator at New Philadelphia WWTP.
Differential Level Transmitter for Barscreen Level Measurement
Greyline Instruments’ DLT 2.0 Differential Level Transmitter is a simple solution for barscreen level control at wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and combined sewer systems. With non-contacting ultrasonic sensors positioned up and downstream from a barscreen, the DLT 2.0 can display and transmit differential level. The downstream sensor can also be installed above a flume or weir to measure and totalize open-channel flow.
Greyline’s DLT 2.0 reduces costs and simplifies instrumentation at treatment plant headworks. Two sensor differential instruments have been in service for some time, but the DLT 2.0 feature of combining one of the sensors for the dual function of both downstream level and differential flow is a unique, cost-saving design that eliminates the need for a dedicated open-channel flow monitor. Until the DLT 2.0 was developed, treatment plants would have to buy two separate instruments to accomplish the same functions.
The DLT 2.0 Differential Level Transmitter measures level and open-channel flow with +/-0.25 percent accuracy using two non-contacting ultrasonic sensors. It is calibrated with a user-friendly keypad/menu system and includes fully programmable control relays plus three 4-20mA outputs for upstream level, differential level, and downstream level or open-channel flow. Plug-and-play data storage options are available.
Filter/Meter Package for Ink Filtration/Metering
INKnet Systems’ INKsmart is a filter meter package system. The first in digital “plug-n-work” technology for the printing industry delivers filtered ink to the printer with accurate microprocessor-based documentation of ink consumption. A lightweight package with filter and meter easily connects to the gear-side of the press without affecting pre-existing plumbing. One of the most impressive features of this 0.1 percent meter is that it requires no calibration out of the box.
The INKsmart unit combines filtration & metering weighing approx. 22 lbs. with package dimensions of 6.5” deep x 8” high x 9.75” long. All data is captured in real-time with dual outputs both in (network and digital). The instrument is a production tool for monitoring flow and consumption rates, time, and temperature.
Aggressive media filtration and accurate media consumption documentation is accomplished from the instrument, which is sealless in design, providing quadrature output without breaching the mechanism’s integrity. Its flow range is from 1cc of ink per minute to a maximum of 15 gallons of ink per minute. It can operate within temperature ranges is from 50 F to 200 F without compromising its 0.1 percent accuracy, and it operates effectively from 5 PSI to 4,000 PSI, producing 40 CC of measured material at 24 pulses per revolution.
The innovative precision meter package with attached filter filters media with a high-pressure built-in filter system and no filtration bypass mechanisms. Filter elements are crush-proof to 4,500 PSI with the filter canister pressure-proof up to 12,000 PSI.
Testimonial: “I’ve worked for three different printing companies in my 30 years in this industry. I know that old technology was helter-skelter for everybody. Each of the three companies tried to use the old technology, and each one tossed it out. There was a need for improvement, but the tools weren’t there. INKnet has bridged that gap, and it’s been a very solid, encouraging improvement in the industry. Since the original INKnet purchase, I’ve never even looked at any other solutions. They’ve given me exactly what I want.” – Jim Burke, Production Manager, Buffalo Newspress.
Thin-Film Thermal Mass Flow Sensor for Low-Flow Gas & DP Applications
Innovative Sensor Technologies’ MFS02 micro flow sensor is a thin-film thermal mass flow sensor that is a good fit for (low) gas flow and differential-pressure applications. Measuring at just 3.5 x 5.1 mm, the sensor features platinum micro heaters and temperature sensors on an ultra-sensitive polymer membrane. There are four resistance elements on the chip; two high and two low. As flow passes over the sensor, the distribution of heat across the resistors indicates both the magnitude and direction of the flow. An additional pt1000 RTD temperature sensor can be specified on the chip for alternate use as a constant temperature anemometer in high flow applications. The MFS02 is capable of measuring gas flow and direction in a range from 0.001 to 2m/s (up to 50m/s), and has a response time of less than 10 milliseconds. The operating temperature range for the sensor element is -40 C to 150 C.
The innovation associated with the MFS02 flow sensor is derived from the polymer membrane technology that it employs. Moving from the traditional ceramic substrates of other flow sensors to the polymer membrane of the MFS02 has allowed the sensor to make extreme improvements in sensitivity and response time. The sensor has a reduced power consumption compared to older sensor models due to its low thermal mass. The MFS02 also impresses when compared to other competitive technologies on the market in regards to increased measuring range and operating temperature range, and improved handling, versatility and robustness.
Through thin-film deposition and polymer technology, Innovative Sensor Technology was able to develop the MFS02 with outstanding operating characteristics. The first noticeable quality of the sensor is its miniature size. In combination with the size of the MFS02, the use of a thin polymer layer exposed to air on both sides of the substrate at the active area has led to an extremely low thermal mass. This low thermal mass has resulted in additional outstanding operating characteristics, including sensitivity, low power consumption, low weight, and fast response time. The versatility and robustness of the sensor construction also lends itself to both high and low flow ranges, a wide operating temperature range, and a stable zero point at no flow that is resistant to contamination over time.
Digital Video Camera for Hazardous Sight-Flow Applications
LJ Star’s K25-Ex explosion-proof-rated digital video camera is designed for use with a sightglass on a process vessel and for visual inspection of pipes. It is ideal for any hazardous location where operator access to a sightglass is difficult or dangerous, as well as for remote locations that require a great deal of time for operators to reach.
The K25-Ex Camera System is smaller than comparable video camera systems that must be mounted inside separate, bulky, explosion-proof housings. It is the most compact camera system in its class that offers high resolution for precise observation and the ability to control and contrast captured images.
Testimonials: A safety-equipment company needed video cameras that were small enough to fit inside small oil pipelines. Its equipment is used to verify that the pipes are free of residue before workers begin to repair the pipes using welders. The cameras that it had been using were installed inside separate housings to assure an explosion-proof rating. The bulky cameras made it more difficult for operators to work around the reactor, which has a lot of other equipment surrounding it. The company solved this problem by switching to the L.J. Star K25-Ex Camera System, which is the only explosion proof-rated camera system small enough to fit its size requirements that it could find.
Full-Profile Insertion Magnetic Flowmeter
McCrometer’s FPI Mag is a full-profile insertion electromagnetic flowmeter with a fully submersible sensor, featuring multiple electrodes measuring flow across the entire diameter of the pipe. The meter can be installed in line sizes from four inches to 138 inches and in pressures up to 250 PSI. Each meter comes standard with an L-Series Converter.
Ease of hot-tap installation: The FPI Mag flowmeter installs without interrupting service, de-watering lines, cutting pipe, or welding flanges. The easy hot-tap installation makes the FPI Mag particularly cost-effective for retrofit applications, replacing flowmeters, or in sites never metered before.
Multi-electrodes deliver accurate full profile: The FPI Mag’s unique operating principle delivers accuracy unmatched by other insertion magmeters and rivals the performance of a full-bore mag meter. Continuous measurement across the entire flow profile compensates for variable flow profiles, including swirls and turbulent conditions.
Robust construction for operational longevity: The sensor body is made from heavy-duty 316 stainless steel for maximum structural integrity. An NSF-certified 3M fusion-bonded epoxy coating ensures superior long-term operation.
Virtually no recalibration or maintenance: The FPI Mag’s highly stable flow sensor comes pre-calibrated from McCrometer’s NIST-traceable calibration lab and requires no recalibration in the field. With no moving parts, the FPI Mag’s simply designed sensor contains nothing to wear or break.
Portable Battery-Operated Thermal Mass Flowmeter
Sage Metering’s Sage Prism is a portable battery-operated thermal mass flowmeter with extensive data-logging capability. Designed to operate for up to 10 hours on a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, the insertion-style portable flowmeter has 16 independent calibration channels, and can measure and log up to 3,800 data points of gas flow in pipes one inch and larger. The Prism is ergonomically designed, has an easy-to-read display with navigation buttons, and can log data in Auto Mode or Manual Mode. The data (Log#, Flowrate, Temperature, Calibration Channel, Date, and Time Stamps) is stored within the portable for subsequent uploading to a PC and saved as an Excel spreadsheet. Software, charger, and carrying case are all included.
The Prism is designed to accurately log the mass flowrate of gases, such as Natural Gas, Landfill Gas, Digester Gas, Compressed Air, and Nitrogen. When commanded, the unit will also output the stored data to a PC. In addition to having 16 Calibration Channels, the Prism also can be switched to TAG ID Mode, allowing the user to identify 99 different pipes, which require logging of the flowrate. The unique Tags that the user identifies for the pipes can be associated with any of the 16 calibrations (or configurations).
Thermal Mass Flowmeters for Gas Flow Control
Siargo’s MF5700 Series mass flowmeters are designed to provide a digital gas flow control and/or monitor in product process lines where rotameters are currently used do to cost considerations.
The meters are manufactured using low-power MEMS thermal mass flow technology that can provide digital (Modbus) interface with a large turndown ratio of 50-to-1 with an accuracy of 2 percent of readings. The meters can also be used as a stand-alone unit powered with four AA batteries. The meter head can be rotated 180 degrees for easy data access at any installation conditions. The meters are sold at below $50 with a volume.
Unlike the volumetric technology, the MF5700 meter provides mass flow (temperature and pressure automatically compensated as per the thermal mass flow principle), and therefore much more precision for the volumetric approaches. In addition to the improved accuracy – particularly during pressure or temperature changes – these meters allow users to remotely monitor the process and can also control with an optional on-off valve. Further, the user can program the meter so that the data can be stored in the memory inside the meter head for data download and analysis. The meters also provide a user-defined password for data safety.
TVA (Target-Variable Area) Steam Flowmeter
Spirax Sarco’s TVA (Target-Variable Area) flowmeter is a multivariable saturated steam meter with minimal straight-run requirements and has a 50-to-1 turndown. The meter features built-in density compensation for accurate mass flow measurement. It needs only six upstream and three downstream pipe diameters of straight piping, making it suitable for installation in confined spaces. The wafer is designed to provide lightweight, easy installation. Critical measuring surfaces are resistant to erosion by water droplets present in saturated steam, ensuring that accurate measurement is maintained over a long period. No accessories or flow computers are required. Integral keypad/display for easy setup and indication of flowrate, total flow, pressure, temperature, and power.
The TVA incorporates an innovative moving cone design, which not only provides exceptional flow range capability; but it reshapes the flow profile to allow installation with short pipe runs. The cone’s large surface area disperses the high impact energy of wet steam, making it very resistant to erosion and reliable in the long term.
One application where the TVA is a particularly good fit is for universities that have widely variable flowrates between high winter and low summer steam loads. The TVA is capable of measuring these wide ranges in flow accurately with no modifications or required maintenance.
Hot-Tap Dual-Technology Flowmeter
Veris’s Hot Tap Accelabar flowmeter is designed to allow easy retraction of the flow-sensing element located in the throat of the Accelabar nozzle without shutting down or depressurizing the pipeline. Its retractable drive rod assembly allows for quick inspection of the sensor in dirty fluids or where periodic inspection is required.
The Hot Tap Accelabar Sensor allows the nozzle and flanges to stay in place while the sensor portion is inspected. Prior to its invention, in order for the sensor portion of the Accelabar to be removed for inspection or maintenance, the process would have to be shut down and the pipe depressurized. Bringing a line out of service to inspect a sensor is very costly and time consuming.
The Hot Tap Accelabar allows for sensor inspection over any range of flows and operating conditions at 600# ANSI (1,440 PSI @ 100 F or 850 F max) or below.
Testimonial: “The Hot Tap Accelebar has provided more reliable measurement due to its high turndown capability with the added benefit of retracting and inspecting the sensor for periodic buildup common in our process environment. Prior to installation of the Hot Tap Accelebar, we used orifice plates that did not give us the necessary turndown and they cost us two days of shutdown time for inspection and maintenance.” – Ops supervisor for oil & natural gas producer.
Air-Operated, Double-Diaphragm Pumps for Semicon Applications
Almatec’s FUTUR OMEGA-Series is a line of air-operated double-diaphragm pumps designed for high-end semiconductor applications. The line features a patented cascade sealing system and a patented air-control system for lubrication-free and maintenance-free operation.
Using PTFE or stainless steel for all outside housing parts and nonwetted parts, safety is improved because the pumps are resistant to acid mists and acid leaking. The optimized PTFE material of the diaphragm has a doubled-strength against flexural stress compared to standard PTFE, helping to reduce maintenance and production costs.
Solid housing parts are machined on modern CNC-machines, which enable the smallest possible tolerances. The solid housings absorb mechanical vibrations and noise level much better than thin-walled housings.
Mass Flow Controller Resistant to Pressure & Temperature Fluctuations
Brooks Instrument’s GF Series mass flow controller is a highly modular, user-programmable, metal-sealed device based on Brooks’ expertise in pressure transient insensitive (PTI) technology that is designed to minimize process gas flow variation due to pressure and temperature fluctuations.
At the heart of the GF Series is Brooks’ MultiFlo, a patented technology that allows users to select new gas calibrations and full-scale ranges without the trouble and cost of removing the mass flow controller from the gas line. A major advancement over traditional single-point gas conversion factors, MultiFlo mass flow controllers typically deliver a three times improvement in accuracy through advanced gas modeling and compensation for non-ideal/non-linear gases. Selecting a new gas automatically establishes optimized PID settings for dynamic gas control, compensating for the effects of gas density and ensuring smooth overshoot-free transition between flowrates with steady-state stability. The GF Series fourth-generation MultiFlo technology continues to lead the market with the most accurate and most rangeable performance through extensive refinement and physical validation on critical process gases.
In 2010, Brooks increased the range of flowrates available on the GF Series from 3 SCCM to 30 SLPM to a new full-scale flowrate of 55 SLPM. The GF Series is offered with a 300 ms flow setting time (GF125) and one-second response (GF100/120). For applications requiring a slower flow response, a user-programmable ramp function linearly transitions the flow between set points over a period of up to one hour with a resolution of 2 ms.
The GF125 enables users to simplify and reduce the size and cost of gas panels by eliminating the need for point-of-use pressure regulators, pressure transducers, and associated hardware. Additionally, the all-metal flow path ensures compatibility with all gas media.
Advanced Control Head for Linear Process Valves
Burkert’s Type 8691 control head is optimized for integrated mounting on linear process valves. The device features bright light LED visual feedback, universal 1/4” & 6mm tube connection, built-in cleanable air filter, positive air pressure electronics housing, washdown environment optimization, and automatic switch position adjustment. An optional integrated pilot valve controls single or double-acting actuators. As an option, a fieldbus interface (AS-Interface or DeviceNet) can be chosen. The calibration of the valve end position is accomplished through a contact-free analog position sensor, which automatically recognizes and saves the valve end position through the “Teach” function when starting up. The device is designed to provide enhanced startup and validation time with automatic switch setting both for initial system startup and after maintenance on the underlying valves. Not subject to variation in target positions due to plant inferences.
Testimonial: “The Type 8691 is ideal to retrofit any kind of piston operated pneumatic actuator. It is sturdy built and absolutely water and air tight. The Type 8691 can be setup to prevent environmental air intake with efficient installation, especially via ASI Fieldbus at an affordable price.” – A leading systems integrator, who has worked with the Type 8691.
Wireless Position Monitor & Limit Switch
Emerson Process Management’s Fisher 4320 wireless position monitor is a noncontacting and linkage-less wireless position transmitter and limit switch. It is a rugged measurement device that provides a precise wireless feedback signal to indicate equipment position with a percent of span plus on/off indication. The 4320 can be used to monitor equipment, such as valves or anything else that has a rotary or linear movement. The wireless position monitor periodically reads the position of a measured device and transmits that data over the wireless network.
The 4320 wireless position monitor is battery-powered, eliminating the need to install wires. A recently added option enables the use of external DC power. These power options make it easier to design new applications or implement into retrofit locations. Instrument calibration and commissioning is performed with a push-button and liquid crystal display (LCD) interface. The interface is protected from the environment within a sealed enclosure and supports multiple languages for ease of use.
Acoustic Switch for Indication & Control
Hawk Measurement’s Gladiator Acoustic Switch uses acoustic wave technology in a new sender/receiver form for blocked chute protection, point-level detection, and anti-collision for heavy machinery. The Gladiator Amplifier powers two AW Transducers, which use special Hawk-developed software in which both units pulse and receive each other’s acoustic echoes. When the path between the transducers is blocked, the units immediately detect the presence/absence change of the return signal and trigger a communications relay for indication or control purposes.
The transducers work either together or independently to detect pulse interference, allowing twice the application security. Hawk’s transducers do not require contact with the product. The switch requires a simple one-minute setup and allows for remote test function.
The acoustic switch supports continuous operation in dusty, wet environments where other technologies fail. The transducers are used for blocked-chute detection in wet or dry environments.
Smart Conveying Technology for Pump Maintenance
seepex’s Smart Conveying Technology (SCT) is designed to enable more efficient pump maintenance by making it easier to assemble and dismantle the pumps.
SCT is the next logical development after seepex’s Smart Stator Technology. By separating the stator into two halves, seepex has optimized pumping technology. Since it was launched, the globally patent-pending innovation has been successfully installed in thousands of pump installations. Now, with the SCT technology, it is also possible to replace the rotor in just a few easy steps.
Progressive-cavity pumps with SCT no longer have to be removed from the installation for maintenance. Dismantling and reassembly of piping and the removal of other equipment components are eliminated. Due to the integrated retensioning device, a simple readjustment of the stator increases the service life of stator and rotor.
Testimonial: “Upgrading to SST has shown real benefit to the process here at Wargrave. A complete rebuild has been replaced with a simple adjustment to restore flow and we have also been able to de-rag and de-ice frozen pumps in a matter of minutes.” – Simon Mattin, Regional Maintenance Manager, Thames Valley East, United Kingdom
Mass Flow Controller for High-Pressure Gas Applications
Sierra Instruments” Smart Trak 2 high-pressure controller features a patented, inherently linear Laminar Flow Element (LFE) design, advanced platinum sensor technology, and a patent-pending notched valve specifically designed for high-pressure applications. The device can control flow over ranges from 5,000 PSIG in to 0 PSIG out to 5,000 PSIG in and 4,990 PSIG out.
The unit is available with a Pilot Module, which is a front-mounted or hand-held control device that allows users to employ Sierra’s Dial-A-Gas technology to change flowrate, modify engineering units, or reconfigure the instrument. With the Pilot Module, the user can set zero, span, and full scale for each of 10 different gases.
With the addition of Sierra’s Compod technology, the Smart Trak 2 transforms into a network-enabled MODBUS RTU with programmable relays and analog inputs.
Diaphragm Valve Actuator With Easy-to-Change Power Unit
Top Line Process Equipment Company’s E-360 Diaphragm Valve Actuator is designed so that the actuator power unit can be easily maintained and the functions of the unit can be changed without exposing the product process to atmosphere. Thus, the device eliminates product contamination and reduces product loss, delays and costs incurred restarting the system and/or system revalidation. Key features of the device include:
• Air inlets are on a 360-degree swivel ring
• Bright yellow 360-degree visual indicator
• Black Polyamide power unit (stainless steel optional)
• Stainless bases for all valve configurations
• Power unit can be either normally closed, normally open, or double-acting
• Each power unit is head-rated for use with either Teflon-faced or elastomer-type diaphragms
• Stainless bases will accommodate either bayonet or threaded-style diaphragms
• Standard North American connections – NPT
• Specifically designed to meet cGMP manufacturing practices
Energy Saving Technology for Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm Pumps
AODD pumps with Warren Rupp’s AirVantage Energy Saving Technology are equipped with a microprocessor that is adaptive and continuously manages the amount of air volume required to operate the pump at desired flowrates.
This adaptive technology determines the optimal diaphragm rod velocity and relays the information to an air-distribution valve at the air inlet location of the pump. The valve acts as a gated air management system, allowing only enough air to enter each inner-pump chamber. Diaphragms perform at their optimal operating point, with less air consumption. As the pump experiences air inlet fluctuations or other changes that affect air flow, the system adapts to optimize the pump’s performance.
Testimonial: “[Over a 30-day] period of time, AirVantage reduced our air consumption by 23 percent while maintaining our desired flow rates.” – Rick Klok, Plant Manager, Grains and Powders Manufacturing Facility, Saint Gobain
Hybrid Connector for Fluid, Air & Electrical Lines
Colder Products’ Hybrid Connector combines fluid, air and electrical lines in one easy-to-use connection. Integrating these connections allows clinicians and users to make a single, simple and secure connection between hand pieces and equipment, eliminating multiple connection points and potential misconnections.
The Hybrid Connector includes a panel-mounted female socket for use in the device or equipment and an integral hose coupling that comes complete with an eight-inch umbilical hose, containing all wiring and fluid tubing. The fluid couplers are made from glass-filled polypropylene with stainless steel valve springs and EPDM o-rings. The external parts, such as housings and rotating collar, are also polypropylene. The hose coupling has an acetal collar that secures the tubing to the coupler. Finally, the external umbilical tubing is flexible and re-enforced PVC with PVC fluid tubes routed through the umbilical. Operating temperatures range from 40 F (4 C) to 100 F (38 C). Pressure ranges from vacuum to 45 PSI (3.1 bar).
The vast majority of the medical equipment available today has fluid, air and electrical connections carefully separated. However, so many different connections on a machine or device can be confusing for clinicians and end-users, leading to potentially fatal consequences. The innovative dry break valved fluid connectors in the Hybrid Connector have no spillage or inclusion upon disconnection, allowing fluid lines in the connector to be in close proximity to the multiple electrical contacts. Multiple connections can be made with one simple motion that is easy and intuitive for clinicians and end-users alike.
In addition, design engineers can now directly integrate hand pieces and equipment, streamlining and simplifying their product.
Low-Friction Hose to Eliminate Hose-Routing Problems
Kuriyama of America’s Piranhaflex Plus 100R7 Hydraulic Hose provides a special low-friction cover to eliminate hose-routing problems between hose sheaves and pulleys when used in Fork Truck hydraulic applications.
Although the Piranhaflex Plus hose provides similar PSI characteristics to other hydraulic hoses in the marketplace; its unique, specially engineered low-friction polyurethane cover compound makes it easier to rout the hoses when bundled in fork truck applications. This important characteristic, along with increased flexibility, helps to extend hose service life with less frequent replacement of hoses required.
Use of Piranhaflex Plus hoses in a fork truck application eliminates hose-sticking problems and premature cover wear due to chafing, which requires replacement hoses to be used more frequently.
Even though Piranhaflex Plus hydraulic hose is still a relatively new product in the field, similar uses of this special Piranha-made cover, used in the sewer and jetting hose industries, have already shown to provide increased wear characteristics in very tough application environments.
PTFE-Based Sealing Material for Extreme Applications
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions’ Turcon M12 is a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-based sealing material provides key hydraulic sealing characteristics, such as friction, wear, and high-pressure operation.
Testing has shown that Turcon M12 is resistant to virtually all media, including a broad range of lubricants, and has outstanding wear-resistance and friction characteristics. The cost-effective material also provides customers with extended seal life, as well as a wide operating window in terms of temperature, pressure and velocity.
Key to achieving maximum seal life is to make sure that sealing compounds match up to application parameters. If a material can stand up to a greater variety of conditions, this makes the compound more versatile.
Considerable R&D time was devoted to develop a PTFE-based material that is compatible with a broad range of lubricants. It also had to demonstrate minimal wear with excellent friction characteristics at extreme temperatures, high pressures, and rapid velocities.
A specification was put together for a “dream” PTFE material, one that could fit virtually all hydraulic applications. This, according to Trelleborg, was achieved this with Turcon M12, enabling the customers’ products to meet a more universal range of sealing applications.
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