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Corrosion resistant alloy

Exposed to a demanding tropical marine atmosphere at the NASA Research Center, Florida, USA, super-duplex SANDVIK SAF 2507 hydraulic & instrumentation tubing has reportedly remained corrosion free after an extensive one year trial.

Pumps with Tri-Clamp fittings

WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has added Hydra-Cell G25 and G35 pumps to its list of models available in 316L stainless steel, with Tri-Clamp ferrules and polished internals, for sanitary applications.

Steam boiler efficiency

With the launch of the its B850 Flow Computer, SPIRAX SARCO says steam system operators can now accurately measure true boiler efficiency without the need for Building Management or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems that can be costly and time consuming to implement.

Safe passage from bean to coffee

Mondelez International, the American global food & beverage giant, says it has sourced a NILFISK vacuum solution for its UK coffee production plant in Banbury. The original green coffee beans come into the plant via bulk containers and are then tipped into floor grills before being cleaned.

System integrator partner

Advanced automation specialist HEPCOAUTOMATION reports it has been appointed as a key Omron system integrator partner offering superior application expertise for customers wanting reliable automation to drive down costs.

Process flowmeter selection

A new information pack is now available from ABB said to help simplify the selection of flowmeters for process applications. Featuring a White Paper, application guide, webinar presentation and video, the pack explains the key differences between volumetric and mass flow methods and how to choose the right method for industrial process applications.

Pumping Corrosive and Abrasive Liquids at Achema

WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it will display its full range of Hydra-Cell diaphragm pumps at Achema 2015 on Stand L53 Hall 8 with the theme: “Hydra-Cell seal-less pump technology… It’s different”. The company says the unique and advantageous differences will be highlighted in product displays, working demonstrations and cutaway pump models.

UK office

LSIS previously LG Automation, a leading supplier of programmable automation controllers, PLC’s, AC variable drives, and motion controllers reports it has opened an office in the UK. The company says the new office situated at G17 Bedford i-Lab, Standard Way, Priory Business Park, Bedford MK44 3RZ will be able to give customers increased technical and logistic support.

Royal visit

As a part of its 60 year celebrations BSRIA was visited by HRH The Duke of York, KG on April 13th. The Duke visited BSRIA’s Bracknell Headquarters where he met with senior staff before touring the BSRIA test laboratories and meeting the test engineers. The Duke follows in his father’s footsteps as His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited BSRIA in 1962.

Composite tubes

SANDVIK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY reports it has supplied its Sandvik Sanicro 28 composite tubes to a eucalyptus pulp mill in Uruguay, helping to avoid loss of production time and also reduce costs for the customer.

Automation in enclosure assembly

RITTAL reports there are many and varied benefits to automation which a large number of industry sectors have clearly embraced.

New FlexCard modules

RED LION CONTROLS, a global expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the integration of FlexBus technology to its PAX 2C proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller portfolio.

The ‘right type’ of sensor

A manufacturer of safety equipment for railways is relying on MICHELL’S Humidity and Temperature sensor, PF72-Series, to monitor and control its range of railway switch-point heating systems.

Fluid level probes

SICK says customer demand to use its LFP fluid probes in difficult applications has led to an expanded range of products, all offering the same highly accurate level detection and measurement in oil-and water-based fluids even in the presence of foam.

Radar level sensors

VEGA reports its new high frequency bulk solids radar level sensor reaches yet further into the most challenging process application areas. The company says radar level sensors are a proven a success story for bulk solids level, in some industries they have superseded measuring devices like electromechanical and ultrasonic in many sectors.

Measuring with sensors

The new KISTLER LabAmp Type 5165A is said to be an outstanding amplifier designed specifically to combine impressive flexibility with convenient usability for the measurement of dynamic signals. Reported to be compatible with piezoelectric, Piezotron (IEPE) and voltage output sensors, the input signals can be routed to a choice of either 24-bit digitised data via Ethernet or analogue outputs.

Unmanaged gigabit ethernet switch

RED LION CONTROLS, an expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the addition of the N-Tron series 1008TX unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switch to its industrial networking solutions portfolio.

Pumps in oxygen scavenging

Following site trials pumping aggressive oxygen scavenging chemicals, Occidental Petroleum in Oman reports it has approved Hydra-Cell pumps, from WANNER INTERNATIONAL, for use in one of its most demanding applications.

Flow measurement expertise

ABB MEASUREMENT & ANALYTICS will be holding an open day at its Stonehouse factory on the 25th March to share its expertise on flow measurement and calibration. Free to attend, the event is open to anyone involved in the specification, operation and maintenance of flowmetering equipment and will cover a variety of areas relating to flow measurement and calibration.

Low resistance measurement guide

CROPICO says its popular illustrative guide providing an overview of low resistance measurement techniques, common causes of errors and advice on how to avoid them is now available in a handy A5 format.

When three pumps are better than one

Engineers at WANNER report they have designed a high flow rate skid that incorporates three of the company’s Hydra-Cell G35 pumps operating in parallel.

New managed switches

RED LION CONTROLS, expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the expansion of its N-Tron series NT24k managed Gigabit Ethernet industrial switch platform with the addition of compact DIN-rail mountable switches.

Storing food for demanding consumers

A major manufacturer of climate-controlled food storage systems has incorporated MICHELL’S I7000 humidity and temperature modules within its products to ensure reliable temperature and humidity control.

Versatile USB temperature data loggers

LABFACILITY says the EL Series of USB temperature data loggers cover a measurement range of -200 to 1350°C for type K; type J & T ranges are also available . The data loggers can store up to 16,382 readings and are supplied with a long-life replaceable lithium battery, allowing the units to log data continually for up to one year (depending on logging rate and temperature).

Compact portable hygrometer

The new MDM50 portable hygrometer from MICHELL INSTRUMENTS is said to give rapid dew-point measurements in compressed air – T95 to -35°C from ambient typically in less than 5 minutes. It has been designed to make spot checks of dew point in air and gases as simple and fast as possible.

Fast responding, moisture analyser

MICHELL says its new OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture analyser’s fast response and non-contact spectroscopic measurement principle ensures that gas storage companies are able to not only meet demand quickly but also satisfy the contractual standards for moisture content when stored natural gas is withdrawn and injected to the pipeline network.

Major Russian order completed

WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has completed a major order to supply its Hydra-Cell metering and dosing pumps to a leading Russian oil refinery. The order comprised some 44 ATEX approved pump and motor sets along with mechanical speed variators, pressure relief valves and pulsation dampeners.

Oil cooler range extended

WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has extended its range of oil coolers with the introduction of two new models, designed for use in potentially harsh and corrosive environments, including marine applications.

Greater design advantages

OVAKO reports it has launched WR-Steel, with high wear resistance, offering manufacturers greater design advantages. Ovako reports WR-Steel by is a classification of steels with proven superior wear resistance, which combined with its broad product programme, offers customers a range of design advantages and heat treatment possibilities.

Special electric furnaces

Two specially designed CARBOLITE electric furnaces integrated with a pair of hydraulic presses are reported to be providing sophisticated thermal processing facilities for Infrared Integrated Systems Ltd (Irisys), a specialist in people counting and queue management systems based in Northampton.

Do PLe applications need two interlocks?

Rob Lewis, MD of FORTRESS INTERLOCKS has taken a look at interlock redundancy. There is a lot of interest in whether redundancy is required when it comes to interlock actuators. For PLe applications careful consideration must be given to the actuator.

Better control of lamination

A fast response, medium wave infra-red system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT of Neston, Wirral, has reportedly allowed Weatherfast Ltd of Great Barr to achieve better control over the PVC membrane laminating of steel sheets/coil used in the gutter industry, while requiring much less space than the convection oven which was used previously.

Mechanical condensate pump – new for 2015

ARI-ARMATUREN has launched CONLIFT - the brand new mechanical condensate pump offering a versatile, economical and extremely effective way to collect and return condensate.

New trace chemical analyser

QUANTITECH (Milton Keynes) has announced the launch of the FROG-4000, a rugged, portable instrument capable of analysing trace levels of individual volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air, soil and water.

Software reaches milestone

RED LION CONTROLS, a global expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced that its flagship Crimson 3.0 software now offers communication support for more than 300 industrial protocols.

Valve ranges complement pumps

WANNER INTERNATIONAL offers a wide selection of Back Pressure Valves and Pressure Relief Valves which it claims are ideal for use in chemical dosing systems and complement its Hydra-Cell diaphragm pumps.

New sensor detects oil vapour

Avoiding process contamination and maintaining compliance with air quality standards in the food and beverage, medical, pharmaceutical and semiconductor sectors has reportedly now been made easier.

Zero liquid discharge

HYDRA CELL says the addition of super duplex stainless steel to the range of liquid head materials available now enables its Hydra-Cell G15 pumps to manage the tough-to-handle waste waters processed in ‘zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems.

Fundamental design considerations for CHP specification

SHENTON GROUP says the relationship between thermal and electrical demand is key to the correct design and specification of a CHP system. A commercially sound operating strategy should be based around the spark gap or rate.

Simple, bench mount oxygen analyser

MICHELL INSTRUMENTS says companies can save money on costs and maintenance with its new zirconium-oxide based transportable oxygen analyser. Michell says the XZR400BM oxygen analyser is a small and light transportable instrument, capable of taking readings of both trace and percentage oxygen levels.

Temporary chilled store

The combination of an Andrew’s chiller and a number of air handling units has reportedly proved to be the most viable options for creating a temporary chilled storage environment in a new warehouse for a specialist UK chocolate manufacturer.

Pumping up the pressure

Following extensive on-site testing, it is reported that HYDRA-CELL G04 pumps have now been uprated to 200 Bar when operated at a reduced speed and with a commensurate reduction on flow rate.

Certification boosts demand

QUANTITECH reports it has experienced a surge in demand for the Gasmet portable FTIR emissions analyser, the DX4000. “We believe that this instrument is now the only portable FTIR with MCERTS certification, and this is driving demand for both instrument rental and sales,” says Dominic Duggan.

New dosing pump

VERDER UK has announced the new Verderflex Dura 55 peristaltic dosing pump is now available, reported to deliver over 20% more flow - the highest continuous and intermittent flow of any pump in its size category.

High pressure humidity calibration

MICHELL INSTRUMENTS Research has reported significant progress in its project with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to improve the current high-pressure dew-point generator technology.

Oil condition measurements

With an in-service weight of only 4lbs (1.8 Kg) the Spectro Q1000 FluidScan Lubricant Condition Monitor is said to be so portable and easy to use that it can be used for measurements in locations where other instruments would be too bulky or inconvenient – such as at the top of a wind turbine or on an oil rig.

Channel blowers available on-line

AIR CONTROL INDUSTRIES reports its single and double stage side-channel blowers/exhausters added recently to its range of industrial fans and blowers now feature in its new on-line shop.

Efficient calibration process

An efficient calibration process saves time, automates procedures, is cost-efficient and assures that the results are reliable. The best-in-class calibration processes are integrated, automated and paperless. This is the key message in Beamex’s global “Calibrations under Control” marketing campaign.

25 years of UK customer service

MP FILTRI  says it has always been very proud of its very high standard of customer service. Headed up by Helen Harrison, customer services supervisor, it says its highly motivated, technically trained team are always available to help customers.

HMI operator panels

RED LION CONTROLS reports it has expanded its Graphite series of Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panels with two plug-in communication modules. The company says that when added to Graphite HMI operator panels, the CAN and J1939 modules remove the need for external communication gateways, saving time and money by simplifying the programming and installation costs.