Portable Chiller Line Has Expanded Cooling Capacities
The Iceman SC Series portable chiller line has been expanded to include the air-cooled ASL and water-cooled WSL portable chillers. The new units have an available fluid temperature range of 5°F to 30°F (–15°C to –1°C) and cooling capacities of 1.5–7.5 ton. They are designed with scroll compressors that have 50% fewer moving parts than reciprocating compressors. The chillers are equipped with a hot gas bypass control, which stops short cycling of the compressor under low load conditions and allows the compressor to run continuously at higher efficiency levels.
Handheld Infrared Thermometer Boasts a High Distance-to-Spot Ratio
The OS758-LS handheld dual-laser thermometer has a high distance-to-spot ratio (60:1) that enables precise measurements from a safe distance. It has a wide measurement range of –35°C to 1,600°C (–31°F to 2,912°F) and offers adjustable emissivity for accurate results. The unit includes a high/low temperature alarm for monitoring minimum and maximum temperatures. It includes a serial peripheral interface (SPI) and universal serial bus (USB) connections. An 8-gigabyte micro secure data (SD) card slot provides external data storage, while an internal memory logs temperature and emissivity data. A Type K thermocouple is included for contact measurements to verify emissivity.
Enclosure Coolers Offer Small Footprint and Economical Operation
The ProtEX hazardous location enclosure coolers cool electrical enclosures in environments up to 175°F. The Models 8115, 8125, 8135, and 8170 have capacities of 900, 1,500, 2,500, and 5,000 Btu, respectively. The units are Atmosphères Explosibles (ATEX)-certified for Zones 1 and Zone 2, and they meet the EN ISO 80079-36:2016 standard of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The units have safety certification for compressed air temperatures of up to 120°F and are approved for a T3 temperature class. The coolers are quiet, operating at 62 dB. They require no wiring and can be installed in minutes. The four models have a small footprint to fit on all enclosures and in confined areas, and they can be mounted to the top or side of the enclosure.
Process Manufacturing Software Supports Visual Data Analytics
The sixth release of R17 process manufacturing software supports visual analytics of data in any time reference to provide improved correlation analysis of historical data sets, monitoring support of incoming data, and predictive analytics to anticipate future events and issues. Features include interactive tools for batch analytics with reference lines, boundaries, and cleansing data. The expanded machine learning capability includes multivariate regression and reference details for batch analytics. For monitoring and predictive analytics, the release adds continuous monitoring support of incoming data and predictive analytics for calculations of future outcomes. To enhance collaboration, a journaling feature captures collaborative notes in situ.
Industrial Software Leverages the Internet of Things
Based on Wonderware technology, System Platform 2017 is a scalable platform for the development of supervisory, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), manufacturing execution system (MES), and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. It offers a modular, incremental approach to continuous improvement that ensures backward compatibility to previous software based on Wonderware. The platform builds on EcoStruxure for Industry, an open, interoperable architecture that employs the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to accelerate the development of open IIoT applications. It also incorporates Microsoft HoloLens, which integrates mixed reality — a combination of augmented reality and virtual reality — to allow collaboration on custom application development projects and bring an immersive experience to industrial maintenance, asset performance, and training.
Simulation Software Includes New Mathematical Methods and Solvers
Version 5.3 of Comsol Multiphysics and the Comsol Server simulation software offers significant improvements in performance and responsiveness. New mathematical methods and solvers enhance efficiency. The boundary element method (BEM) is available for modeling electrostatics and corrosion effects, which allows users to create models with infinite domains and voids, as well as to quickly set up simulations that combine wires, beams, surfaces, and solids in the same model. For users handling large computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models, a new algebraic multigrid (AMG) solver requires only a single mesh level; this is the default option for many fluid flow and transport phenomena interfaces. Turbulent flow modeling has been improved with a new feature that automatically accounts for flow near walls. The Model Builder more rapidly handles geometry and mesh operations for large arrays and complicated solid operations in 3D.
Engineering Tool Enables Process Control System Development
The many entities, data formats, and interfaces in process plant engineering workflows are prone to transmission errors and system conflicts. The Simatic PCS 7 Plant Automation Accelerator is a cross-system tool for Simatic PCS 7 process control development. The software helps make planning, automation, and central data management more consistent to create more-efficient processes throughout the plant. The planning tool builds a digital bridge between plant planning and the process control system, which enables integrated engineering across the entire plant while minimizing the number of interfaces.
Network-Based Control System Adds Windows 10 Support and Enables Java Applications
This new version of the Stardom network-based control system supports Windows 10. In addition, a function that enables Java applications to run on the field control node (FCN) controller is embedded in the system’s central processing unit (CPU); this allows the controller to manage files and transmit data, and simplifies the overall system configuration by eliminating the need for a PC. In addition to an existing function to calculate the gas flowrate, an oil flowrate calculation function, based on American Petroleum Institute (API) guidelines, has been added to meet the needs of oil and gas well operations. The new function makes it possible to quantify the amount of water that is produced from an oil or gas well, which serves as a key performance indicator (KPI) for monitoring age-related degradation of performance and assists in efforts to improve recovery efficiency.
Cloud-Based Delivery Streamlines EH&S Regulatory Compliance
Environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) regulatory compliance is a complex and time-consuming — yet crucial — responsibility. Ariel Content for the cloud is a software link that seamlessly integrates up-to-date content about product safety, dangerous goods, and scientific topics with SAP EH&S software. The cloud-based content delivery system provides users of SAP secure access to regulatory and scientific content for compliance with product and facility standards. It eliminates the manual data maintenance processes typical of older content management approaches, reduces infrastructure requirements, simplifies deployment, and makes software and content updates immediately available. The flexible architecture and lighter technical footprint lowers cost, particularly for smaller companies or those maintaining multiple SAP software environments.
Cloud-Based Collaborative Platform Manages Compliance in Real Time
Comensure GRC, a real-time, cloud-based software platform, manages and measures compliance and reporting requirements and provides a snapshot of an organization’s compliance status in real time. The software streamlines workflows for essential financial, regulatory, and operational processes; automates critical and repetitive compliance and assurance tasks; and standardizes and automates reporting. All business processes and controls for external and internal requirements are housed in one application, which enables multiple compliance frameworks to be monitored and implemented simultaneously. The platform aligns five major functions in one application. Users own their data, and data are easily exported for analytics and sharing.
Software Simplifies Asset Management
Trace, a data collection software and change management system, automates paper-based records and spreadsheets. It provides a single integrated view of complex system interactions, expanding the visibility of control configurations while automating the documentation of knowledge and actions taken by plant personnel. The software helps users maintain regulatory compliance, reduce configuration errors, efficiently plan projects, and minimize troubleshooting and forensics efforts. The software captures and stores system configuration data at scheduled intervals, as frequently as every three to four hours, allowing users to track and view changes to components. Data snapshots do not interrupt operations. The software offers smart change analysis, user-configurable defect definition capabilities, real-time system performance assessments, and an intuitive user interface.
Website Offers Information on Nonhazardous Chemical Alternatives
Marketplace (https://marketplace.chemsec.org) is a website aimed at helping companies to identify hazardous chemicals in their products and identify safer alternatives. Users can search the database of alternative chemical products from companies that present their offerings on the site. All companies that post on the site are responsible for the content of their posting, and any claims are required to be factual and substantiated by evidence. An advanced search function allows users to search according to chemical type, technical function, material article category, sector of use, and legal requirements.
Materials and Chemicals
Steam-Reforming Catalysts Provide Lower Pressure Drop and Better Heat Transfer
The ReforMax 330 LDP Plus and ReforMax 210 Plus catalysts offer significantly lower pressure drop in steam reforming processes used in the production of hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol from synthesis gas. Users can reduce energy costs, inhibit carbon formation, and increase reformer gas throughput. The catalysts have an eight-hole floral configuration that provides 20% lower pressure drops across tubular reforming reactors than the manufacturer’s previous catalyst. The new catalysts retain the high surface area of the previous design, which helps to maintain high activity, while larger diameter holes improve heat transfer.
Fluids and Solids Handling
Manual Ball Valve Is Updated for Improved Performance
The Omni Type 27 manual ball valve has been redesigned with actuation capabilities that exceed those of the previous model. It features a smooth ergonomic handle with an open-and-shut indicator. The injection-molded one-piece body has a single threaded sealed end carrier and double-stem O-ring seals that improve leak protection. The valve is available with socket or threaded end connections with 3/8-in. to 2-in. diameters. The valve body is available in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) with ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber seals and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) seats. The valve is National Sanitation Foundation (NSF-61)-certified and is rated for pressures up to 150 psi at 70°F.
Automated Tensioner for Conveyor Belt Cleaners Reduces Wear and Maintenance
The Automated Blade System (ABS), a pneumatic tensioner for conveyor belt cleaners, delivers precise monitoring and tensioning throughout the life of the blade. Sensors confirm when the belt is loaded and running. The system automatically backs the blade away during stoppages or when the conveyor is running empty, minimizing unnecessary wear to both the belt and the cleaner. Two versions are available for locations with or without an existing power source. Sites with available power can use a 120/240-VAC electrical hookup to run the system’s 24-V compressor. For locations without convenient power access, a self-contained version uses the moving conveyor to generate its own electricity, which powers a small 24-VDC air compressor. The self-powered version has a proprietary storage system.
Level Transmitter Simplifies Tank Overfill Prevention
The Rosemount 5408 noncontacting level transmitter is a safety integrity level (SIL)-3 device that combines ease-of-use features with enhanced diagnostics and remote proof-testing for critical overfill applications. Pictorial instructions and an intuitive software interface guide users through installation, commissioning, proof-testing, operation, and maintenance. Enhanced onboard diagnostics support preventive maintenance and provide actionable information for troubleshooting. Proof-testing and site acceptance tests can be performed remotely. Two-wire frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) technology provides a continuous echo to maximize radar signal strength and produce a more robust and reliable measurement. In addition, radar-on-chip technology replaces a circuit board, removing sources of noise that cause signal disturbance and improving measurement accuracy and reliability. An embedded power backup eliminates vulnerability to intermittent power losses.
Reusable Gas Monitor Detects 13 Different Gases
The Protégé SG is a portable gas detector that can detect 13 different gases. Plug-and-play sensors and a replaceable lithium battery provide flexibility and a long life. The swappable sensors are equipped with a smart circuit board that automatically recognizes the sensor type, updates the gas label on the liquid crystal display (LCD), and downloads the correct calibration parameters. The monitor is rated Ingress Protection (IP)-66 and IP67.
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