As Chem Show celebrated its 100-year anniversary in November 2015, attendees and exhibitors of this year’s show in New York (Nov. 17-19) became part of a historical milestone. Following in the footsteps of the first Chem Show’s attendees in 1915 — such as Bakelite, DuPont, Merck & Co. and even Thomas Edison — participants attended the show because it highlights the chemical process industry’s (CPI) latest and most compelling developments. Currently, CPI activities are forecast to grow, with experts projecting a 3.5-percent average yearly increase in Northeast U.S. chemical-related production through 2023, according to a Chem Show press release.
The Process Flow Network team joined these attendees in learning, networking and celebrating the CPI, an industry that affects and partners with many other global industries. We visited with readers and other industry partners, who help make our publications possible. Some of the innovative new products and other featured products are detailed in this blog.
Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG)
APG featured its Tank Cloud during Chem Show. The new technology puts tank data in the cloud. Up to ten remote sensors can be accessed on a single connection. The secure data can be viewed 24/7 from any device. End users can program custom alarms and receive email and text message alerts. For more information, visit the website.
Badger Meter introduced RCT1000 Coriolis Mass Flow Meters, the latest addition to its line of flow instrumentation products. The RCT1000 allows the simultaneously measure of mass, volume, density and temperature, providing control options to synchronize precision processes.
Complementing the transmitter and sensor, every RCT1000 Coriolis mass flow meter comes with the RCT Console software package. RCT Console is designed to provide operational flexibility and ease of use. For more information, visit the website.
CV Technology, Inc.
At its booth, CV Technology featured its Interceptor®-HRD™ isolation system and Interceptor®-FV™ Explosion Isolation Flap Valve. The isolation system includes a detector, controller and one or more isolation canisters. It is ideal for larger line sizes and a floating detection point minimizes false alarms. The flap valve is mechanically retained in the open positon, which results from a low-pressure drop across the valve. During upset, the regular flow is interrupted and a flux of pressure in the opposite direction causes the valve to slam and lock shut. For more information visit the website.
Dickow Pumps showcased its GML/GMB gear pump that combines the Dickow Pumpen magnetic coupling design with Tuthill GlobalGear®. This new pumps performs well when handling toxic, explosive or other dangerous liquids that react on contact with the atmosphere. It can handle many liquids, including bulk transfer, chocolate, asphalt, high-temperature fluids and chemical processing. For more information, visit the website.
Dynamix introduced its Integrated Tote Mixer (ITM) Series for stainless steel totes, featuring the Dynamix Coupling. This mixer allows tote tanks to become an important part of product quality control. With the mixer, new products can be mixed and shipped in stainless steel totes. This product addresses tote mixing challenges such as corner settling and tote draw down. It includes closed loop supply, reduced cleaning and contamination, and fully enclosed mixing. For more information, visit the website.
During the show, Edwards introduced its CXS Chemical Dry Vacuum Pumps, intelligent pumps in a plug-and-play system. This system features an integral controller and safety system, reliable screw technology for corrosion-free operation and solids handling capability, low cost of ownership and dry and quiet operation. The tapered screw technology provides energy efficiency in chemical and many other applications. For more information, visit the website.
Festo featured its latest automation solutions for OEMs and end users involved in chemical processing, including its new pre-engineered automated valve assemblies. These assemblies feature a ball valve integrated with sensor box, Namur valve, actuator, and positioner. These packaged solutions meet the internationally recognized SIL 4 standard for emergency shutdown operation. These assemblies have NEC500, ATEX, and IECEx certifications for hazardous environments. Festo also introduced a new Chemical Valve Technology range of solenoid valves to the North American chemical industry, which are available following Festo’s acquisition of Seitz in 2014. The solenoid valves are designed to meet international safety standards for emergency shutdown (ESD) applications. These proven units, designed and manufactured in Germany, are used as control valves in chemical, petrochemical, consumer products and pharmaceutical applications worldwide. The new CVT line includes direct-acting and pilot-operated solenoid valves. For more information, visit the website.
At the show, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) partnered with some member companies. The HI team was excited to share information about its new Industry Partner and Academic Partner Memberships. An Industry Partner is an individual employed by engineering firms, provide engineering services, are pump end users or are retirees. An Academic Partner is an individual who is employed by or attends a college or university and wishes to contribute to the development of HI’s resources for the pump industry. For more information about HI or these new membership options, visit the website.
Hydro-Chem, a division of Linde Engineering, developed a new line of hydrogen generators based on steam methane reforming technology. These on-site HYDROPRIME® units provide a compact, efficient, and flexible alternative to other hydrogen supply schemes. HYDROPRIME plants offer many advantages when compared to traditional supply modes such as electrolytic plants, conventional steam methane plants and truck-delivered bulk hydrogen. Some advantages are:
- Hydrogen capacities from 0.15 – 0.9 MM SCFD (165 – 1,000 Nm³/h )
- High thermal efficiency and low utility consumption for low operating cost
- High reliability and availability provides greater supply security with backup bulk systems
- Superior environmental and improved safety performance
- Fully automatic with fail-safe controls, allowing unattended operation
- Modular, open skid design
For more information, visit the website.
Macnaught featured its fluid measurement, fluid transfer and lubrication equipment. This equipment is used in agricultural, automotive, mining, transport and other process industries. In addition to flow meters for measurement, the Macnaught team was excited to discuss its precision additive injector, which facilitates the blending of fluids within many industrial processes. The modular design – which consists of an Oval Gear flow meter, solenoid valve and inline filter – acts as a primary element to the blending process. For more information, visit the website.
REMBE’s Non-Invasive Monitoring Unit (NIMU) is a reusable, non-invasive detection system that signals instantaneously when a disc bursts. Installed in conjunction with the REMBE rupture discs by means of a blind tapping in the disc holder, NIMU is isolated from the process. This also avoids any potential leakage from the fitting of a signaling device. Once opened, only the disc needs to be replaced which reduces downtime and eliminates the costs associated with rewiring. Using simple, intrinsically safe, closed circuitry, NIMU allows for easy integration with PLC. For more information, visit the global site or the U.S. website.
Rosedale Filtration Products
Rosedale Filtration Products featured its high-capacity disposable bag-sized pleated cartridges.
These new elements are easily installed in the company’s standard housings. The PLRICU cellulose filter provides 10 times the surface area of standard filter bags, and the PLRIPF polyester felt provides 6 times the area. Also available are a pleated element insert and a self-contained cartridge/basket combination. These low-cost cartridges provide superb capacity with filtration performance as high as 99 percent efficiency. For more information, visit the website.
Wanner Engineering (Hydra Cell)
Wanner Engineering, Inc., presented its new Model P200 Hydra-Cell Metering Solutions pumps featuring new gearbox reducers with ratios from 60:1 to 5:1 during the exhibition. Combined with variable frequency drive electronic flow adjustment, Model P200 metering pumps with new gearboxes provide precise, accurate flow throughout the turndown range at up to 81.0 gallons per hour (255.4 liters per hour) at pressure ratings to 350 psi (24 bar) for non-metallic pump heads and 1,000 psi (69 bar) for metallic pump heads. The separate gearboxes also allow for versatility in changing applications and to prevent cross-contamination of actuating hydraulic oil. For more information, visit the website.