New Products & Services
August 1, 2018
Combining high-shear granulation with a fluid-bed dryer
The patent-pending TwinPro system (photo) unites two previously separate processes — high-shear granulation and fluid-bed drying — in a continuous batch process. Removing wet sieving and product transfer eliminates a critical step, which results in significantly less process time and simplified cleaning, says the manufacturer. Because it fuses these two processes for the first time, the TwinPro is optimized for total-containment applications, thanks to a significant minimization of material loss. Processes are about 20% faster compared to a classic batch-granulation line, according to the manufacturer. The closed system is shock- and pressure-resistant up to 12 bars and offers reliable protection against dust explosions and in applications with hybrid mixtures. — Glatt GmbH, Binzen, Germany
Gas-insulated switchgear for applications up to 38 kV
The CBGS-0 is a gas-insulated switchgear with a solid dielectric busbar for applications up to 38 kV, 2,000 A and 31.5 kA. The CBGS-0 has been designed to meet the needs of indoor substations in many industrial sectors, including water and wastewater, mining, chemicals, petrochemicals, utilities, wind farms, data centers and more. The CBGS-0 is designed for improved operator safety, and includes a grounded and shielded solid-insulated bus system installed in the top rear part of the switchgear. This means that no gas handling is required during installation, expansions or section replacement. A shielded solid insulation and sealed-for-life gas tank protect the medium-voltage components from dirt, dust and more. CBGS-0 switchgears are also designed to reduce maintenance and downtime and reduce floor-space requirements by up to 60%. — Schneider Electric, Andover, Mass.
Separate dry particles by size using less water
This company has introduced a line of classifier systems (photo) that collect and separate dry particles by size range using only ambient air and gravity. Allowing the material to be kept dry upstream and downstream, these air-classifier systems eliminate the use of water, replacing wet processing with a dry-processing approach that conserves water. Settling ponds to manage wastewater and costly drying equipment for moisture removal upon delivery are also eliminated. Suitable for processing salt, potash, fertilizer, fly ash, alumina, manufactured sand, diatomaceous earth and a diverse variety of minerals, aggregates and other materials in continuous operation, the classifier line comprises three different models, based on classification method: a gravitational classifier; a gravitational-inertial classifier; and a centrifugal classifier. The classifiers may be used in series to split-feed multiple products at different cut points, and often include a cyclone or baghouse dust collector to meet pollution-control requirements. — Van Tongeren America LLC, Lebanon, Pa.
Graphite rupture discs provide long temperature resistance
The GRX graphite rupture disc (photo) has been developed for processes with corrosive media, low pressure and temperatures between –180 and 1,500°C. The GRX is available with a synthetic resin coating (for process temperatures up to 200°C), as well as the PyC coating, developed specifically for the GRX (for temperatures above 200°C). With the PyC coating, the rupture disc holds significantly longer at very high temperatures, while remaining permanently leak-tight, says the company. Rupture discs with a coating made of synthetic resin would no longer be able to offer this leak tightness at temperatures far above 200°C. With an operating pressure ratio of up to 90% and burst tolerances of±5%, the GRX is usable for rupture pressures from 0.02 bars. Optionally, a vacuum support can be integrated, which is installed without adhesive (which may melt at very high temperatures). The GRX is also available with a burst indicator, upon request. The installation occurs directly between the flanges. The GRX is suitable for installation in reactors, tanks, glass containers and more. — Rembe GmbH, Brilon, Germany
Radar level measurement for smaller process connections
The Pulsar Model R86 non-contact radar transmitter (photo) provides level-measurement performance with a smaller-wavelength 26-GHz radar signal, which results in smaller antennas and improved resolution. This is an important distinction for some process vessels because the smaller beam angle allows for installation into process connections as small as 1.5 in. (38 mm). Automated echo capture conveys realtime waveform and trend data. In addition, the event history displays up to 20 events, including diagnostic and configuration data, to pinpoint issues. The Pulsar Model R86 uses circular polarization, which eliminates the need to rotate the antenna orientation during commissioning. This simplifies installation and delivers proper alignment. High-temperature antennas are designed for use in operating conditions up to 750°F. Nozzle extensions ranging from 12 to 72 in. accommodate nonstandard nozzle lengths and buried vessel standpipes. — Magnetrol International, Aurora, Ill.
IP65- and IP66-protected HMI devices for monitoring and control
This company has extended its family of all-around protected HMI (human-machine interface) devices for machine-related, cabinet-free visualization and automation. Simatic Thin Client PRO operator terminals (photo) with 15-, 19- and 22-in. screen sizes and IP65 degree of protection are new to the range. Like all devices in the PRO series, the new Thin Client products can be extended with mountable components. New expansion options are operator controls with USB interfaces and an extension box with adjustable handles for easy operation of the panels on the machine. The IP66-protected Simatic HMI Thin Client Ex OG is the new addition to the series of Ex HMI devices. It can be used in 1/21 and 2/22 zones without any special measures, such as elaborate enclosures or additional certifications. — Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
A large rotary lobe pump for sensitive products
This company is expanding its Novalobe pump range with the large-volume Novalobe 60 (photo), which has a chamber volume of 2.1 L per revolution. The rotary-lobe pump is specifically designed for pumping and dosing highly viscous media with large particles (up to 41 mm in diameter). This new development meets the hygiene standards for aseptic and sterile applications in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries. The new pump handles larger quantities at low speeds, which is crucial for sensitive media. The internal mechanical seals can be replaced from the front of the pipeline without removing the pump. These seals are optimally lubricated and cooled to significantly extend service life. Hygienic cleanability and sterilization are ensured with the choice of seals, extremely fine-pored surface quality and complete drainability in the vertical position. — GEA Group AG, Düsseldorf, Germany
SIL3 certification for this diagnostic controller
The partial-stroke function of the EHPC210 diagnostic controller (photo) is now certified to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 according to IEC 61508: 2010 Parts 1–7. The EHPC210 is a smart controller solution operating a single solenoid for partial-stroke testing in pneumatic and hydraulic valve actuation. It is designed to meet the basic requirements to perform a partial-stroke test and to record the results. The controller can interface with a valve switchbox, or has the added benefit of integral position feedback. The EHPC210 can be retrofitted onto existing systems to allow partial-stroke testing to be performed. The controller incorporates graphically displayed rotary feedback measurement, low power modes and emergency shutdown (ESD) monitoring and control. The enclosure assembly allows installation in Zone 1 or Zone 2 hazardous areas. The controller features HART and Modbus communication, as well as fully configurable control logic, allowing hard-wired interface to a local control panel or a user’s control system. — Bifold Fluidpower Ltd., Greater Manchester, U.K.
New and flexible solutions for coarse grinding
The multi-purpose crusher MPC 150 (photo) offers three common grinding processes in module form that can be fitted onto a basic unit: a conical mill for soft to medium-hard materials; a flake crusher for brittle materials that crush easily; and a hammer mill for solid materials that are difficult to crush. These modules for all three processes can be quickly exchanged with only one tool. In addition, the modules are very easy to dismantle and clean — there are no threads or screw heads installed in the sections that come into contact with the product. Dependent on the grinding process, the size of available screens ranges between 0.3 and 20 mm. Especially in the extremely fine particle range, these screens offer application possibilities that were rarely possible before, says the manufacturer. As a function of the mill type, the peripheral speeds range between 1 and 60 m/s. Most applications are operated in the range between 1 and 20 m/s. — Hosokawa Alpine AG, Augsburg, Germany
Improved packaging efficiency through smart monitoring
The Quattro monitoring system (photo) delivers performance data, reports deviating values and makes processes and service easier to plan. To use Quattro system monitoring, the machine is equipped with a router. The data collected from the system are sent to the Cloud via an encrypted connection. The visualized production and maintenance information can be accessed remotely via a computer, tablet or mobile device. Thus, personnel can access the realtime system performance data and the curves for the past hours and days, allowing rapid detection of possible performance decreases. This also makes upcoming service easier to plan. With the help of Quattro system monitoring, companies can take precautions against unforeseen downtime. — Haver & Boecker, Oelde, Germany
A new membrane for natural gas processing
Sepuran NG (photo) is a hollow-fiber membrane based on a high-performance plastic that can withstand extreme pressures and temperatures. This enables selective separation of sour gases from natural gas, with a high tolerance of higher hydrocarbons contained in the natural gas and consistently high performance of the membrane throughout its lifetime. It features significantly increased recovery of methane, which has a corresponding effect on the profitability of natural-gas processing plants. The modular structure of Sepuran NG has been designed for conventional, membrane-based natural-gas-processing plants so that during the membrane exchange, no further adaptations are required to the existing equipment. It can be used particularly effectively in natural gas sources with a high concentration of CO 2 because, under these conditions, the separating properties of the membrane remain intact. — Evonik Industries AG, Essen, Germany
A new series of Atex-certified gas compressors
New K Series gas compressors (photo) provide a rotary-vane solution for gas treatment and processing applications. With 2.5 to 10 bars(g) pressure and up to 2,690 m 3 /h capacity, the K Series’ sturdy design meets stringent safety criteria. Moreover, these gas compressors are certified for extreme and explosive environments according to the Atex directive for Zone 1 (Atex II 2/2G). Their low rotation speed guarantees longevity and low vibrations, with significant benefits in terms of safety and a low-noise working environment. Their simple design, with few moving parts, ensures reliability and reduced operational cost. K Series gas compressors handle a wide range of gases, including methane, ethane, CO 2, N 2, biogas and natural gas. Each K Series compressor is designed according to the specific gas composition and application. — Pneumofore S.p.A., Rivoli, Italy
Digitalized pneumatics replace components with apps
The new pneumatic Motion Terminal VTEM (photo) features applications (apps) that can replace over 50 individual components. The new method of function integration — combined with software apps — will simplify the value chain, since only one piece of hardware will be required. Piezo technology, integrated stroke and pressure sensors come together with motion-control apps. Changes in pneumatic functions and adaptations to new formats are controlled via apps by changing parameters. The integrated intelligent sensors for control, diagnostics and self-learning tasks will eliminate the need for additional components, according to the manufacturer. — Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen, Germany
These belt feeders have a new hygienic redesign
This company has completely re-designed its weigh-belt feeder to be more hygienic. The belts now feature PETG (copolymer of polyethylene terephthalate, PET and ethylene glycol) windows so that operators can perform unobstructed visual checks of bulk-material flow at any time. The blue seals and bearings are made of plastic material that complies with E.U. Regulation 1935/2004 and the U.S. FDA standard for plastic components. The top and front faces are housing sections that can be removed for direct operator access. For cleaning, maintenance access and dismantling of the belt, no special tools are required. The belt tensioner can be locked in a raised position to enable the untensioned belt to be easily removed. All components are now wet-cleaning-compatible. All metal components are made of stainless steel, including the load cell, which has an IP67 rating. The stainless-steel terminal box is separated from the housing by a spacer. The aseptic motor does not have cooling fins or a fan, thereby meeting hygienic standards. — Brabender Technologie GmbH & Co. KG, Duisburg, Germany
Inline measurement of liquid concentration and density
This company’s Platform 4 digital process refractometer system (photo) consists of a probe or compact refractometer and a graphical user interface. The refractometer is a standalone device that is capable of operating independently to provide inline measurement of liquid concentrations, liquid density and more. It has a measurement range of 0 to 100% and it provides an Ethernet or 4–20-mA output signal proportional to the temperature-compensated concentration value for realtime process control. Different user interface options range from a rugged, multichannel, industrial computer to a compact lightweight and web-based version. The measurement is based on this company’s technology, which uses solid-state optics and a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera to provide a digital measurement of refractive index. The measurement accuracy is±0.0002 refractive index (RI), which corresponds to±0.1% by weight, and is not affected by bubbles, particles or the color of the process liquid, says the manufacturer. Special wetted-parts materials and intrinsically safe and hazardous area certification are available. — K-Patents Oy, Vantaa, Finland
Identify chemicals anywhere with this handheld Raman analyzer
TacticID-1064 is a new handheld Raman analyzer for realtime identification of unknown substances in the field. The TacticID-1064 is said to possess the ability to identify more samples with better accuracy and faster speed than similar Raman devices. It is based on an advanced third-generation 1,064-nm technology, providing improvements in fluorescence elimination, lower detection levels and faster response time. It also allows for safe and direct measurement of dark substances. The TacticID-1064 has a large and comprehensive onboard library included, but also allows users to create and import customized libraries. The system comes equipped with a built-in camera to capture photos at the scene to be included in the test report, which can be exported directly onto a USB drive for convenience. The TacticID-1064 displays both GHS and NFPA 704 chemical safety information, providing additional actionable data. — B&W Tek, Newark, Del.