New Products & Services
June 1, 2018
High-accuracy methane and oxygen readings for biomethane applications
The new Biomethane 3000 fixed analyzer (photo) is designed for high-accuracy methane and oxygen readings for biomethane applications, including biogas upgrading and anaerobic digestion. The Biomethane 3000provides continual measurement of methane, carbon dioxide and oxygen with a user-definable fourth gas reading of hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen or carbon monoxide. The analyzer provides quality readings above the 95% methane level and below the 1% oxygen level at first-stage production. Customizable to site requirements, the Biomethane 3000 protects operators from oxygen issues while preventing the risk of injecting poor-quality gas into the grid network. With its modular design, the analzyer enables hot swapping for serviceability and onsite maintenance, minimizing operational downtime. Built with an IP65-rated enclosure, the Biomethane 3000 is certified for use in potentially-explosive atmospheres (ATEX) and IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx) Zone 2 areas. A variety of communication options are available, including Modbus RTU and optional Process Field Bus (PROFIBUS), Process Field Net (PROFINET) and ethernet communication protocols. — Q.E.D. Environmental Systems, Inc.,Dexter, Mich.
The first H2 flowmeter certified for dispensing applications
The TCMH 0450 High Pressure TRICOR Coriolis flowmeter (photo) is said to be the world’s first MI-002 /OIML137-certified Coriolis flowmeter for hydrogen dispensing applications. By securing this certification, the TCMH 0450 can now be used in custody-transfer applications — specifically in H2 dispensing stations for the fast-growing H2 -powered vehicle market. By using the TCMH 0450 flowmeter, companies can sell H2 fuel to end users with taxation. Without a certified fuel dispenser, the taxation of H2 is not possible. Because H2 is so light, flowmeters in hydrogen dispensers must operate at high pressures (up to 1,050 bars), and tolerate extreme and rapid temperature changes. — KEM Küppers Elektromechanik GmbH, Karlsfeld, Germany
Self-cleaning inserts for wastewater tanks
The ready-to-install, self-cleaning Amaclean tank insert (photo) decreases the amount of stagnant water in the pump sump and reduces the need for maintenance and cleaning. In combination with select impeller types used in the wastewater pumps, this tank insert eliminates the need for flushing valves. Amaclean’s patented design and gel-coated inner surface prevent waste and fibers contained in the wastewater from depositing in and at the lower parts of the structure. The tank itself is made of glass-fiber-reinforced polyester, which has a good chemical resistance. Steel reinforcement enhances anchoring in the concrete and transfers the weight-induced forces of the pumps, supported by the flanged bends, into the surrounding concrete jacket of the wastewater tank. All wetted parts are made of plastic-coated cast iron or corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Amaclean is available in three sizes for wastewater sumps with an inside diameter of 1,200, 1,500 or 2,000 mm. — KSB SE & Co. KGaA, Frankenthal, Germany
Dual sensor operation with four-wire sensor connection
The Sitrans TH320/420 and TR320/420 HART temperature transmitters (photo) cover a wide range of sensor types suitable for mounting in sensor-head and rail mounting. They feature high availability of the measurement signal and ease of use. Due to the safety integrity level (SIL) 2/3 certification according to IEC 61508, these temperature transmitters are particularly suited for safety-critical applications. The devices also have a large number of country-specific explosion protection certificates for all zones. They provide reliable results, even under extreme conditions down to –50°C. Main application areas include industries such as chemical, oil and gas, marine and power generation. — Siemens AG, Nuremberg, Germany
Monitor traces of benzene with this GC unit
The eGC environmental gas-chromatograph monitor (photo) is said to be a cost-effective approach to trace-level benzene detection (below parts per billion). The manufacturer has added a new feature — a weather station — that is capable of measuring wind direction, wind speed and offers a GPS feature. It can be configured to operate using solar power, allowing convenient deployment in remote areas. All analysis data are communicated via a cellular modem to the cloud where data can be easily accessed and shared. eGC has been tested to operate outdoors under harsh real-world ambient conditions (–10 to 45°C) and is capable of the accuracy and precision of an analytical laboratory instrument. The eGC is a next-generation fenceline benzene-monitoring system that can be used by petroleum refineries for compliance reporting and root-cause emissions analysis for corrective action. — Enmet, LLC, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Free-standing separators that are modular and flexible
The new SKT separator models (photo) are square, made of plastic, glass-reinforced polymer, steel or stainless steel and can be optionally delivered with one or more flocculation tanks, agitators and rabble rakes and all necessary peripherals. Expansion by new modules is possible at any time. The modular design allows flexible responses to changes in process requirements. In comparison to conventional sedimentation tanks, the free-standing separators require a much smaller installation space — space savings of up to 90% are possible. Further savings result from lighter, smaller foundations and lower transport, installation and maintenance costs. Since sludge draining is done by hydrostatic pressure, usually no pumps are required, which helps save energy costs, says the company. Inside the tank, a TUBEdek parallel-plate pack ensures a reliable separation process. The great number of equidistant sedimentation levels of the chevron-shaped channels provides the system with a high hydraulic capacity and supports sludge removal. — Enexio Water Technologies GmbH, Herne, Germany
Removing fine iron contaminants with magnetic filters
The Dry Vibrating Magnetic Filter (DVMF; photo) is specifically designed to remove very fine iron-bearing contaminants from hard-to-flow fine powders, such as lithium, which makes it well-suited for both lithium producers and users. The standard design of a DVMF consists of a solenoid electromagnet that generates a magnetic field into the bore of the separation zone. A filter element of expanded metal placed in the separation zone concentrates the magnetic flux of the magnetic field. This produces scores of high-gradient collection zones that capture magnetic contaminants as feed material filters through the element. — Eriez Manufacturing Co., Erie, Pa.
Mixer panels with additional UL and NFPA certifications
This company recently completed the qualification to self-certify its touchscreen purged panels (photo) as meeting the standards of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL-698A Code and the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA-496 Code. UL-698A covers industrial control panels designed for hazardous locations, including the use of intrinsically safe barriers. NFPA-496 standards relate to purged and pressurized enclosures. Purge systems are an alternative to traditional NEMA 7, 9 explosion-proof enclosures and are suitable for most all hazardous locations, including: Class I, Div. I & II for gas and vapor environments; and Class II, Div. I & II for dust environments. Purge panel enclosures can be NEMA 4 carbon steel or NEMA 4x stainless steel, depending upon the requirements. The ability to self-certify enables this company to offer UL and NFPA labels on explosion-proof panels at a lower price, without the additional cost for a third-party inspection. The new certifications are in addition to UL-508A (non-hazardous control panels), which the company has maintained for more than a decade. — Ross Systems and Controls (SysCon), Savannah, Ga.
This relay ends costly restarts following undervoltage trips
The new MAR Series Motor Auto-Restart Relay (photo) provides automatic restart to a motor by bypassing the start switch to re-energize the M1 starter coil following a momentary drop or interruption of the control voltage. The MAR Series is suitable for production processes with critical components not in a hazardous area and without permissive circuits. By reducing the need for manual restarts of critical operations throughout a process facility, the devices can easily save users hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in lost productivity, says the company. The MAR Series offers different output interval restart ranges, restart delay ranges, an option for O/L relay L2 disconnect feature, and the choice of 8- or 11-pin plug-in versions. Restarts can be staggered so not all motors come back online all at once, minimizing burden on power capacity. All models are specifically designed to address an undervoltage or power interruption period no greater than 4, 6, or 10 seconds long. — ATC Diversified Electronics, Newell, W.Va.
Lights with reduced blue content for special applications
For certain fields of application in the pharmaceutical industry and in photograph development, where a high blue content in light might compromise the quality of the products, this company offers durable, maintenance-free alternatives in the product portfolio; for example, the light-emitting diode (LED) tubular light fittings Series 6036 (photo). Through targeted conversion of the emission spectrum of the LEDs, Light fitting variants with a very low color temperature of about 1,700K are available. With such a minimized blue content, they achieve twice as much efficiency as filtered fluorescent lamps. The light, which is shifted spectrally into the yellow, preserves a certain color rendering, so that color differences and contrasts remain clearly visible. These energy-efficient light fitting variants are also suitable for replacing conventional sodium-vapor lamps and remain reliably operational even in extreme temperature conditions ranging from –55 up to 60°C. The Series 6036 is available with IP66/68 protection, and lengths of 75, 110 and 140 cm, with a service life of up to 100,000 h. — R. Stahl, Waldenburg, Germany
Connect devices wirelessly with these new WLAN access points
This company introduced two new Anybus WLAN Access Points (photo) — industrial-grade infrastructure hubs for long-range, wireless local-area network (WLAN) connectivity. The units are suitable for collecting data wirelessly from any machinery or system, especially those equipped with Anybus Wireless Bolt or Bridge. The Anybus WLAN Access Points allow users to set up an industrial wireless infrastructure for multiple wireless clients. Available in two different versions, one for IP30 applications and one for IP67 (outdoor and water resistant), both products feature the same characteristics in terms of range and functionality. The Access Points enable wireless connectivity to all types of industrial equipment, but are especially suited to connect to machinery and systems that are communicating wirelessly via the company’s Anybus Wireless Bolt and Bridge. The WLAN Access Points fit seamlessly into any automation architecture, enabling high-performance wireless connections to a multitude of wireless clients. By supporting up to 1,000 Mbit/s wired Ethernet LAN connection and up to 300 Mbit/s wireless connections, high data throughput is ensured for each client. — HMS Industrial Networks, Halmstad, Sweden
The launch of an online configurator for composite hoses
Users of the Configurator (photo) are able to create and compare millions of possible hose combinations, providing purchasers with a time-saving platform without needing to look through numerous datasheets and brochures. It is a fast and safe service to visualize a required hose assembly or place an order. The composite-hose manufacturer supplies 66 different hose types available in sizes from 1 to 10 in., and the Configurator helps the user to easily pick the required hose type by filtering selected specifications. These factors include; application group, material liner, inner helix, outer helix, maximum working pressure, fire-safe technology and the maximum and minimum temperatures. Once the user has selected the hose type, they are able to virtually build the composite-hose assembly by selecting the required size, length and required end couplings and securing method in five simple steps. — Dantec Ltd., Moreton, Wirral, England
UV chromatography monitoring for large-scale purification
The new UV (ultraviolet) Monitor Kit can be easily added to this company’s Flash 150 and Flash 400 chromatography systems in pharmaceutical development or manufacturing environments. The new UV Monitor Kit utilizes the latest in fiber-optic connections and powerful software for post-run analysis to give absolute control and confidence in large-scale purification processes. The kit combines a robust UV monitor core with a special wireless tablet, optimized for use in sensitive environments, to provide the most effective PAT (process analytical testing) solution available for the Flash 150 and 400 systems. This combination supports ATEX-compliant installation in the user’s production facility or laboratory environment. The system indicates the UV activity of the chromatographic flow eluting from the column, simplifying the workflow while helping to reduce solvent consumption, batch processing time and energy costs through less evaporation. — Biotage, Uppsala, Sweden
Electrical thermometers for very cold conditions
This company now also offers electrical thermometers in a version for ambient temperatures down to –60°C (photo). This version has been tailored for applications in the crude oil, natural gas and petrochemical industries operating in polar climates. The thermometers for extreme cold are said to be as accurate as standard instruments for ambient temperatures down to –40°C, but these devices are made of application-specific and appropriately cold-resistant components. Each ready-to-use thermometer and its components are tested in line with the requirements at a test temperature of –70°C, for thermal shock resistance in accordance with IEC 60079-0 and for an IP protection in accordance with IEC 60529. — WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
Ethernet patch panels for fast connection and safe supply
Ethernet patch panels enable a quick and easy connection between the field and control cabinet cabling. The eight new DIN rail devices (photo) provide various connection options. In the covered wiring space, the connection technologies IDC, Push-in and screw connection simplify the installation of the field cable. The cable shielding is connected without tools, with strain relief assured at the same time. This saves time during installation. The optional surge protection protects the connected end devices, therefore increasing system availability. The additional shield-current-monitoring system enables valuable diagnostics. Any shield currents present, caused by different potentials or EMC, are indicated via an LED. Thus, problems in the installation are indicated immediately, without the need for extensive measurements, says the company. The range is complemented with twelve Power over Ethernet (PoE) injectors, which can supply remote Ethernet devices, such as cameras, with data and electricity via a shared cable. The installation technology and protective functions of the patch panel are being used for the first time in these twelve devices. Along with these new technologies, the devices are available with up to 60 W power and an electrically isolated power-supply unit. — Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germany
A new addition to this line of submersible sump pumps
This company has expanded its JX Series line of submersible pumps, to include the new JX150CSS and JX220CSS (photo). The newest models are designed for applications where caustic or acidic fluids are present, such as those in food, chemical or pharmaceutical processing. All metal parts exposed to pumped liquids are constructed of 316 stainless steel. Other features include: double mechanical seal design, with separate lip seal to protect the motor, and all elastomers, including mechanical seals, are fluoroelastomers (FKM). The JX150CSS has a power of 20 hp with capacity up to 730 gal/min and a 151-ft head, and the JX220CSS has a power of 30 hp handling up to 760 gal/min and 186-ft head. — BJM Pumps, Old Saybrook, Conn.
A flowmeter for sensitive production processes
To complement automated production plants, for example, in the food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, this company has developed the CMAG magnetic inductive flowmeter (photo). This easy-to-install version of the proven IZMAG flowmeter delivers highly accurate and reliable measurement data, helping users improve dosing and recipe control, minimize risks and optimize resource utilization. Its hygienic stainless-steel design and the aseptic flange make it suitable for sensitive processes in the production and processing of beverages, liquid foods and milk, but also for liquid pharmaceutical, chemical and agrochemical products, personal care products, process waste and sea water, concentrated salt solutions and aqueous urea solutions. The small footprint enables more flexible positioning within the plant. Installation and commissioning do not involve a significant expenditure of time and money, says the manufacturer. — GEA Group AG, Düsseldorf, Germany
A server for I/O expansion and data acquisition
The Relio R1 SeaI/O Server (photo) is the latest member of this company’s Relio family of industrial computers. Originally developed as a point-of-sale ticketing solution, the R1 SeaI/O Server is suitable for harsh industrial environments. With a solid-state, zero-maintenance, compact footprint, this I/O server can be used for mobile, embedded control, test and measurement and I/O-intensive applications. Users can expand the I/O capabilities by adding SeaI/O data-acquisition modules. Host connectivity options include wireless, Ethernet, USB, RS-485 and RS-232 to meet a specific application. Each host SeaI/O module can support an additional 246 expansion modules for exponential I/O possibilities. Serial ports can be easily added using SeaI/O and SeaLINK USB serial adapters. Together the Relio R1 SeaI/O Server and SeaI/O modules create an incredibly robust remote I/O control and monitoring network. — Sealevel Systems, Inc., Liberty, S.C.
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