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New Products: July 2019
Stirring Hot Plates Handle Corrosive Materials
These corrosion-resistant, multiposition, stirring analog hot plates are suitable for acid digestions and can be used with most corrosive solutions. The 12-in. (305-mm) square ceramic heater tops can heat up to 450°C. A purge port on the rear of the unit allows purging with an inert gas. The hot-plate chassis is sealed to prevent corrosive vapors from entering the units, which protects the electronics and stirrer motors. They are available with five or nine stirring positions. The five-position units can stir 800-mL beakers, while the nine-position units can stir 500-mL beakers. Each stirring position is individually controlled and can achieve speeds of 100–1,500 rpm. The units measure 19 in. (432 mm) deep, 12.5 in. (318 mm) wide, and 5.25 in. (134 mm) high. The plate surface can support more than 50 lb (22.6 kg). All controls are mounted in front of the heater surface to protect against accidental burns. The stirrer hot plates are available in 115 VAC/60 Hz, 220 VAC/60 Hz, and 230 VAC/50 Hz. They have a main AC on/off switch and are fused for safety. All units are UL-, CSA-, and CE- (or equivalent) rated.
Torrey Pines Scientific, Inc.
Insulation Tape Is Easy to Install
Series 945 Aerolon Tape is a self-adhesive insulating tape that controls condensation and improves thermal efficiency in industrial, water, wastewater, and architectural applications. It contains a blend of insulative particles with exceptionally low thermal conductivity. The tape is suitable for controlling condensation on processing equipment and piping with surface temperatures below 150°F (66°C). Available as 30-ft-long by 1.5-mm-thick strips in multiple widths, the tape can be layered to achieve the desired thickness, or applied in combination with Series 971 Aerolon Acrylic, a thermal insulating coating. The tape can be applied quickly and in cold weather, so it is particularly useful for projects where temperatures are too cold for Aerolon Acrylic to be sprayed. When temperatures drop below 50°F, an electric heat gun can be used to ensure proper adhesion. In addition to improving thermal efficiencies, the insulation tape helps resist corrosion under insulation (CUI) that can damage metal piping. The tape is suitable for use in the food processing industry, where spray-applied coatings are restricted.
Microbioreactor Drains Rapidly for Cell Line Screening
The ambr 15 Generation 2 cell culture system replicates laboratory-scale bioreactor performance on a small scale (10–15 mL) and controls up to 48 single-use bioreactor cultures in parallel. New clone selection software provides simplified, multivariate data analysis for faster, more-consistent cell-line screening and ranking. The bioreactor has a flexible workstation layout and an expanded tip bin capacity. A rapid vessel drain is useful for automated cell passaging and media exchanges so that large volumes of culture can be bled and the spent media can quickly be removed from the microbioreactors. The culture station design provides stirrer speed control that is suitable for sensitive cell lines. A robust screening platform for cell and gene therapy development can process HEK293 for viral vector production, T-cells, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and other immune-system-derived cell lines. The culture passage steps and rapid vessel drain functionality adapt to different media for screening cell lines in the microbioreactors. New media mixing steps automatically create media blends, eliminating the need to premix, saving time, and reducing the chance of error. Automated serial passages ensure the stability of cloned cell lines.
Sartorius Stedim Biotech
Easy-to-Load Cell Analyzer Has a Wide Particle Range
The Vi-CELL BLU cell viability analyzer automates the trypan blue dye exclusion method for cell viability analysis. The instrument can be loaded with samples in one of two configurations: a 24-position sample carousel or a 96-well plate. It has a particle size analysis range of 2–60 μm and can test samples with concentrations from 50,000 cells/mL to 15 million cells/mL. The reagent pack contains trypan blue dye, buffer, disinfectant, and cleaning solutions. In addition, radio-frequency identification (RFID) can be used to track reagent part numbers, lot numbers, activities, and expiration dates. The instrument has customizable analysis parameters and electronic signature capability, and it can store error log files. Administrators can configure the setup and grant user-level permissions, all with a secure sign-on process. The instrument meets 21 CFR Part 11 industry standards and is available with a cleanroom kit.
Lab-Scale Incubators Are Available in Various Sizes
This series of microbiological incubators consists of ten models all made from Type 304 stainless steel. Five rely on natural convection (the BIT models) and five use mechanical convection (the BIF models). The BIT models have a chamber size of 0.6–7.8 ft3, and the BIF models have a chamber size of 0.8–8.9 ft3. The incubators operate from 5°C above ambient temperature to 80°C, with a temperature stability of ±0.2°C. They have a colorful LCD screen and a Pt100 temperature sensor that ensures temperature sensitivity and accuracy. The BEING Controller provides programmability for seven periods and nine steps per period, for a total of 63 programmable steps that aim to guarantee temperature accuracy, control, and safety.
BEING Instrument, Inc.
Position Detector Meets Military-Grade Specifications
The KD-5100 differential measurement system can detect a change in position down to 1 nm resolution. With its small size of 2 in. × 2.12 in. × 0.75 in., this sensor is suitable for applications with limited space. It is manufactured to MIL-H-38534 criteria, with MIL-SPEC components used throughout the electronics module wherever possible. A commercial version with less-rugged construction — the DIT-5200 — is available for applications where military specifications, requirements, size, weight, and power consumption are not critical. It is manufactured in a facility that is certified to AS9100 and ISO 9001 and features a Class 100 cleanroom for quality control.
Durable Flowmeters Are Suitable for Low and High Flowrates
The ST80 Series thermal mass flowmeters feature adaptive sensor technology (AST) — which enables them to measure in constant-temperature (CT) thermal dispersion mode during startup and through lower flow ranges, and then seamlessly shift into constant-power (CP) thermal dispersion mode at mid-range and higher flowrates. This allows fast response and a wide measuring range at low power consumption, which maximizes sensor reliability and reduces energy expenses. The meters have a rugged design with no moving parts. They provide direct mass flow measurement through a single process penetration, which reduces installation and labor expenses. The meters include dual 4–20-mA, NAMUR NE43-compliant analog outputs and HART and Modbus 485 communications. They are offered without a display, with a display, or with a display and programming buttons. A backlit LCD provides readouts of the flowrate and temperature, totalized flow, alarm conditions, diagnostics feedback, and a user-defined label field. The insertion-style configuration has a flow range of 0.25–1,000 std. ft/sec (SFPS) and the inline-style configuration has a range of 0.0062–1,850 std. ft3/min (SCFM). The flowmeters fit pipe diameters ranging from 1 in. to 99 in. (25–2,500 mm), and they can handle media temperatures up to 850°F (454°C). They are suitable for measurement of compressed air, hydrocarbon gases, single process or specialty gases, biogas mixtures, and more. The ST80 Series meters are housed in enclosures that are National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 4X- and Ingress Protection (IP) 67-rated. Enclosure approvals include FM, FMc, ATEX, and IECEx, and the meters are CE marked and comply as SIL-1 devices. Each flowmeter is available in aluminum and stainless steel and can be supplied with national pipe thread (NPT) or metric conduit port threading.
Fluid Components International
Chromatograph Autosampler Reduces Run Times
The Nexera ultra-high-performance liquid chromatograph (UHPLC) incorporates artificial intelligence to automatically detect and resolve impending problems. Users can review instrument status, optimize resource allocation, and achieve higher throughput. This UHPLC maximizes reliability and uptime with fully unattended workflows that span from startup to shutdown. Operators can select a startup time, and the UHPLC will complete the autopurge, equilibration, baseline, and system suitability checks and be ready for analysis before the operator arrives at the lab. In addition, FlowPilot technology increases the flowrate gradually, reducing the possibility of damage to columns. Auto-diagnostic and auto-recovery capabilities allow the column to monitor pressure fluctuations to check for anomalies. The SIL-40 autosampler can process the entire injection cycle in 7 sec, and continuous analysis can be carried out on up to 44 microtiter plates (MTPs) using three plate changers. In addition, the instrument tracks consumables usage and sends alerts when parts need to be replaced. Analysts can monitor chromatograms directly from a web browser on a mobile device.
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc.
Metal Detector Scans in Multiple Orientations
The Interceptor-divergent field (DF) metal detector inspects vertically and horizontally concurrently and looks for thin, nonspherical metal contaminants. Rather than scanning a certain number of frequencies, the conveyor-style metal detector inspects products using multiple field directions. It utilizes two channels and two frequencies to choose the direction of the inspection field. The multiorientation, multiscan metal detector is especially sensitive to very thin metal contaminant flakes and foils that are difficult to detect on low-profile foods, including chocolate, confections, nutrition bars, cookies, and biscuits. The detector can also be used to inspect small, thin packages of conductive products. Multiple coil sets instantaneously drive the electromagnetic fields in different directions. Rather than missing a metal contaminant because it is not aligned with a specific field, the instrument looks for signals over a broad spectrum from multiple angles. The Contact Reporter software produces a full log of events to increase supply chain transparency and product traceability. These electronic records can be viewed, filtered, and exported, and can be used to supplement or replace manual documentation. Halo automatic testing can be added to reduce the risk of human error when manually testing the performance of the detection system.
Flowmeter Controllers Feature a Backlit Display
The PCU Series controllers connect with any thermal mass flowmeter to provide a local display of flow. Serving as single- or multi-channel mass flow controllers with up to four channels, the instruments support multiple-unit networked operations. A large, high-contrast backlit display provides remote, easy-to-read views of process variables and programmed setpoints for each connected device on a single screen. The controllers can handle batching, setpoint, resettable dual totalizer, and valve override control. Gas factor scaling allows their use with any fluid. Units can be programmed to provide visual and audible alarms for high and low flowrates. The devices can be configured from a keypad or via an RS-232 connection to a computer or programable logic controller (PLC). Built-in diagnostics ensure troublefree operation by testing system operating status, memory condition, communication adapter status, display functionality, and keypad operation at every power-up. The controllers are available in multiple configurations, including panel-mount, tabletop, and DIN Rail. Panel-mounted units are NEMA 4X-rated for protection against environmental conditions such as rain, snow, and ice. All units operate from 15 to 24 VDC and have a temperature range of 32°F–104°F (0°C–40°C).
Wireless Gas Detector Includes Upgraded Software
The Vanguard WirelessHART Version 1.2 gas detector features FLEXmount installation, which augments Vanguard standard mounting with magnetic and universal options. The magnetic option enables installation on I-beams without drilling. The universal option uses adjustable clamps that enable installation on pipes with diameters of 3–12 in. without a hot work permit. This detector incorporates enhanced calibration, configuration, diagnostics, and communications. It includes WiHART communication accessories, which enable users to extend system range, get more out of their installed HART instruments by receiving WirelessHART data via 4–20-mA inputs, and further extend range with powered repeaters. A touchscreen interface streamlines onboarding of the gas monitor to a WirelessHART network. Upgraded diagnostic software detects and warns of system faults. The software also provides more visibility into sensor messages, offers more ways to code the status of the signals, and ensures fewer false alarms. The detection heads are interchangeable for hydrogen sulfide (H2S), methane (CH4), and carbon monoxide (CO) detection, and beta testing is underway for ammonia (NH3) detection heads.
United Electric Controls
Warning Signals Can Be Used in Hazardous Conditions
The explosionproof and flameproof STEx family of warning signals encompasses audible, visual, and combined warning devices and manual call points in Type 316 L stainless steel enclosures. They can be installed in harsh onshore and offshore environments where corrosion is a major concern, and are IECEx and ATEX approved for Zones 1 and 21 for use in hazardous areas containing both gas and dust. The STExS alarm horn sounders are available with 64 alarm tone frequency patterns and can output up to 123 dB(A). They are available in two horn designs: traditional flared and omnidirectional. The STExB beacon light source is available in either a 10-J, 15-J, or 21-J xenon strobe light, halogen rotating lamp, or an array of high-output LEDs. STExC combination signals contain both xenon strobe light and audible signals in one compact enclosure — reducing installation time and cost. The field-replaceable color lens filters feature a prismatic design for enhanced light output. The STExCP8 call points, approved for deployment in SIL-2-complaint systems, are available with a termination unit that enables integration into the process without disturbing the wiring setup. Call points are available with four operating mechanisms: traditional breakglass with plastic-coated safety glass, push button, push button with tool reset, and momentary action push button. All external hardware, such as beacon dome guards and mounting brackets, are made of Type 316 stainless steel.
E2S Warning Signals
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