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New Products: February 2017

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Environmental, Health, and Safety

Respirator Lets You Focus on the Job


Duraflow is a lightweight and ergonomic powered air respirator that incorporates real-time air-flow control technology. Assurance of respiratory protection means you can focus on the task at hand and not on the protective equipment. Automatic monitoring features ensure the air flowrate is maintained at precisely the correct level for user protection. Visual and audible diagnostics provide alerts if the airflow drops below the required level or if the battery needs to be recharged. High-energy-density battery options are available, as well as a range of headtops, filters, and accessories to suit a variety of environmental hazards.

Scott Safety

Smoke Detector Can Be Mounted on Ductwork


The SmokeWatch U5015 explosionproof smoke detector can now be mounted on ductwork using the Q5016 duct mount accessory. This setup makes it easy to install smoke detectors on the exterior of a cut wall for air-handling duct monitoring applications. The mounting accessory senses differential pressure between the inlet and outlet tubes to drive a continuous air sample through the smoke detector’s measurement chamber. A rugged design with hardened aluminum packaging is suitable for extreme environments and hazardous applications.


Disposable Gloves Resist Chemicals Without Impeding Dexterity


Traditional disposable gloves are designed to protect the wearer against chemicals for short periods of time, while chemical gloves typically have a thicker, sturdier design for longer lasting protection. The Microflex 93-260 is a thin, disposable glove that effectively protects against a variety of chemicals for longer periods of time than ordinary single-use gloves. The glove is composed of three layers. The outer nitrile layer delivers maximum protection against organic solvents, while the soft neoprene middle layer provides acid and base resistance. An interior layer offers a continual dry feel, making the gloves easy to don and doff. The manufacturer claims that these gloves are the thinnest chemical-resistant, single-use gloves available.


A Personal Sampling Pump You Won’t Want to Take Off


Many personal sampling pumps used to measure exposure levels to airborne hazardous substances are bulky, heavy, and can slip during physical activities, prompting some users to take them off during a workday. The Apex2 Series pump encourages user compliance by overcoming these issues. It is ergonomically designed to ensure better wearer acceptance, while providing accuracy, improved functionality with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and simplified reporting. A motion sensor provides data to confirm that the pump has been worn and that the sample is valid. Apex 2, Apex2 Plus, and Apex2 Pro are available to suit various industrial requirements. Apex2 Plus and Apex2 Pro enable remote monitoring on smartphones and tablets using an app.

Casella, Inc.

Earplugs Fit Properly to Protect Users from Hearing Loss


Research indicates that half of all industrial workers experience progressive, long-term hearing loss, in part due to improper hearing protection fit. The Howard Leight TrustFit Pod push-in foam earplugs fit users properly to protect them from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). An ergonomic stem and dimpled foam tip are easy to fully insert and remove without picking up dirt from the user’s fingers, and they are comfortable enough for all-day wear. The dimpled tip collapses and can be gently pushed into a user’s ear without the need to roll the plug, reducing hygiene concerns related to time-consuming insertion and handling of the plug. The earplugs can be cleaned and reused, and versions are available with and without cords.


Materials and Chemicals

Catalysts Remove Sulfur and Keep Octane Numbers High


As sulfur regulations tighten, it is becoming harder for refiners to meet some specifications. HyOctane is a series of replacement catalysts for fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) gasoline post-treatment units that produce ultralow levels of sulfur while maintaining high octane numbers. The catalysts last longer than other options because of their high activity and ability to remove sulfur at lower temperatures. Users can leverage the high activity of the catalysts to increase throughput or process feedstocks containing more sulfur.

Haldor Topsoe

Coating Helps Materials Glide Off Surfaces


CleanTanX is a slippery coating system that is suitable for applications where viscous liquids or extremely sticky materials, such as paints, adhesives, or toothpaste, may stick to equipment. The coating allows these materials to slide easily off the coated surfaces. It has been shown to reduce material and operating costs, improve product yields, reduce wastewater generation, improve safety by minimizing confined space entries for manual cleaning, mitigate bacterial contamination and corrosion, and increase capital utilization by reducing cleaning time between batches.


Foam Control Solution Prevents Foam from Forming


Foam develops during sugarcane ethanol fermentation as the yeast produces ethanol and carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide creates foam, which can cause tanks to overflow and product to be lost. Fermax is an enzyme protease that predictably and consistently prevents foam development. Unlike traditional antifoam products that attempt to break foam up once it has formed, this additive prevents foam from ever forming in the first place. This sustainable biological solution lowers costs, reduces the need for harsh chemicals, and increases ethanol yields.


Elastomer Extends Equipment Life in Harsh Environments


Kalrez Spectrum 7275 is a perfluoroelastomer that effectively seals in some of the most aggressive chemical processing and manufacturing environments. It contributes to reduced maintenance costs and longer equipment life in difficult applications involving ethylene oxide, acrylic monomers, silanes and chlorosilanes, and strong oxidizers such as nitric acid, chlorine, and chlorine dioxide. It has better chemical and compressions-set resistance and mechanical property retention than competitive elastomers. Kalrez Spectrum 7275 is suitable for use with pumps, valves, compressors, filtration columns, and analytical equipment.


Laboratory Equipment

Instruments Determine Melting Point and Other Properties


The MP55 and MP80 Melting Point Excellence instruments can determine melting point, melting range, boiling point, cloud point, and slip melting point. The One Click intuitive graphical interface makes operation easy and reduces operator influence. The instruments can process multiple samples simultaneously, saving time and resources. Rapid heating and cooling cycles also increase efficiency. Automatic detection technology provides precise and accurate results, and automatic pressure compensation ensures accurate boiling point data that are independent of location. The instrument combines various measurement techniques into one unit, which helps to optimize bench space.

Mettler Toledo

Operations and Maintenance

Communicator Goes Where You Go


This handheld communicator has an intuitive user interface and a modern display packaged to withstand harsh industrial environments. The AMS Trex Device Communicator makes device and loop diagnostics easy to understand and field activities easier to complete. The rugged design withstands moisture and extreme temperatures, as well as the bumps and drops that come with normal operation in a plant environment. The large color touchscreen adjusts to lighting conditions, easing troubleshooting in areas where too much or too little light might make other devices difficult to read. Intrinsic safety certifications allow the communicator to go virtually anywhere the user goes, without the need to shut down the process or get a hot-work permit. Long battery life ensures the device can last through a long workday.


Pump Cleans Up Wet Spills Quickly and Easily


The Dual Force Vac drum pump cleans up liquid spills with no moving parts and no shock hazard. It can be installed on a drum in less than a minute, and can fill or discharge a 55-gal drum in just two minutes. A quarter-turn of a knob switches the pump from fill to discharge mode. With the ability to handle viscous liquids up to 1,500 cP, as well as chips, swarf, and particulate, the pump can clean up a variety of spills. An automatic safety shutoff valve prevents overflow, while a relief valve limits internal drum pressure to 8 psig. The unit includes a vacuum hose and long-reach wand.


Coupon Monitoring System Ensures Riser Integrity

Flexible risers connect floating production systems and subsea wells or pipelines, and they are often used as a means of transporting oil and gas. The risers include polymer pressure sheaths that can degrade under the harsh process conditions of offshore drilling. This coupon system can help monitor flexible risers and ensure their integrity. Multiple polymer coupons of the same material as the sheath are inserted into the flow and then later removed and evaluated. A quantitative analysis estimates the remaining service life of the sheath and determines any changes to the molecular structure or chemical properties that may affect the sheath’s overall strength.




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