Matt Migliore

The October issue of Flow Control magazine is our annual “Case Studies In Innovation” edition, which provides real-world application stories on the technologies named as winners in our annual Flow Control Innovation Awards program. This year’s winners include novel technology solutions in the areas of fluid measurement, control & containment. Nominees were presented in the June issue of Flow Control, and we encouraged readers to vote for the technologies they felt were most innovative via e-mail and on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/FlowControlMagazine. All told, we received more than 1,100 reader votes. Ten winning technologies were named in the September issue, and we’re following up with application notes on each of the winning technologies in this issue of Flow Control.

If you’re interested in staying on top of the latest technology innovations for fluid handling applications, I urge you to check out the “Case Studies In Innovation” cover story (pages 16-24). Here is a snapshot of this year’s application stories:

Fluid Components International’s ST100 Series Thermal Mass Flowmeter is currently operating in the harsh conditions of a desert application where it has provided continuous and flawless service at a municipal wastewater treatment facility.

Endress+Hauser’s E200 Two-Wire Coriolis Flowmeter enables an end-user facing budget constraints to replace a problematic turbine flowmeter with a Coriolis meter without having to rewire for a four-wire installation.

McCrometer’s FPI Magnetic Flowmeter allows a water treatment plant to reduce installation costs by up to 45 percent and eliminate costly plant shutdowns in a large-line-size metering application.

Sage Metering’s QED Precision Landfill Gas Flowmeter is a custom design specifically tailored to provide portable and accurate landfill gas well flow measurements.

ALMATEC’s FUTUR-OMEGA Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm Pump provides a semiconductor manufacturer a “One-for-All” solution for handling the range of chemicals and temperatures it encounters in its applications.

Brooks Instrument’s GF Series Mass Flow Controllers support a complicated gas handling application where low-pressure range capability is a key requirement.

Hawk Measurement’s Self-Cleaning Gladiator Acoustic Switch offers an efficient switching operation for a chemical dust suppression system at a power plant, saving both downtime and operating costs.

Sierra Instruments’ Smart Trak 2 High-Pressure Controller provides a versatile and economical solution in a range of application environments, including chemical processing modeling systems, chemical reactions for hydrogenation, and controlling the flow of inert gas in autoclaves.

Warren Rupp’s AirVantage Energy-Saving Technology helps a grains and powders facility to reduce the air consumption of its air-operated double-diaphragm pumps by 23 percent while maintaining the desired flowrate.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions’ PTFE-Based Sealing Material enables a pump manufacturer to extend seal life and reduce maintenance frequency in its line of high-performance hydraulic pumps.

I congratulate all of this year’s Flow Control Innovation Award winners, as I believe the technologies highlighted through this program show that innovation remains a strong factor in the fluid handling segment. For more details on the Flow Control Innovation Awards program and/or to request nomination forms for the 2012 program, e-mail FlowControl@GrandViewMedia.com.

– Matt Migliore, Executive Director of Content
Matt@GrandViewMedia.com