Operations and Maintenance
Remote Data Logger Connects to the Cloud
The Digi-Sense multiparameter data logger allows operations maintenance personnel to remotely monitor temperature, humidity, CO2, or barometric pressure levels of a laboratory, warehouse, greenhouse, or incubator from personal devices. The device has National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-traceable precalibration. It can securely and continuously monitor parameters and remotely control alarms. Users can view data logging history and run reports in real time. The TraceableLive platform can upload data to the cloud, which is ideal for tracking data from multiple loggers or to comply with regulatory requirements. Continuous data transmission using WiFi provides a simple and reliable way to monitor a process environment from virtually anywhere. No local software is required to use the cloud-based data interface. Mobile push notifications, emails, or texts can alert operators of temperature alarms, connectivity interruptions, or low-battery conditions. A large LCD screen shows ambient, minimum, and maximum readings.
Portable Scanner Digitally Reconstructs Surfaces and Objects
The LEO 3D scanner can scan both expansive areas and fine details. It can detect a variety of objects, from small mechanical parts to large process equipment, quickly and accurately. This handheld scanner is equipped with a 4-in. LCD touchscreen to help the user capture images of the data. The scanner has a 3D reconstruction rate of 80 frames per second and can collect up to 4 million data points per second. It has a working range of 0.35–1.2 m, a 3D resolution up to 0.5 mm, and 3D point accuracy up to 0.1 mm. The scanner’s internal computer, the NVIDIA Jetson platform, features a built-in inertial measurement system with nine degrees of freedom. An internal accelerometer, gyro, and compass allow the scanner to understand its position so that the optical system can determine the most exact texture-to-geometry mapping. The 3D light source uses vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology and has the ability to scan in sunlight, as well as capture dark and shiny objects. With no need to connect to a computer or to plug into a main power source, operators can hold the scanner and walk around freely. The battery pack allows users to scan for 3.5–4 hr. Supplementary batteries enable scanning on expeditions or in remote areas where power is unavailable.
Exact Metrology, Inc.
Smartphone App Speeds Emergency Communications
The Emergency Alert app allows employees in crisis situations to simply press a button to send — with high priority — both their location and an audio recording to a designated emergency channel. This immediately distributes the nature and details of the emergency to all relevant parties so they can respond accordingly. The app helps keep employees safe, informed, and connected, and is useful for lone workers, remote workers, and/or field workers. Through mass communication and geolocation sharing, employees can quickly respond to and resolve crises and emergencies. Once the initiator of the emergency is no longer in distress, they can dismiss the emergency alert. Everything that occurs on the app during an emergency is recorded, providing a valuable record of the event. This emergency communication tool works in critical conditions, such as when the power lines fail and only low-bandwidth (2G) data networks or WiFi are available. The app is available on Android, iOS, and Windows platforms.
Fume Hood Models Are Available For Various Locations
Purair Basic ductless fume hoods and chemical processing workstations are available in 12 standard models — three standard widths, two depth options, and in metal or polypropylene construction. The fume hoods have LED lighting and high-efficiency electronically commutated (EC) blowers, and include a low-airflow alarm that warns of insufficient face velocity. Each fume hood protects the operator and the environment from hazardous vapors and fumes. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) or ultralow particulate air (ULPA) filter can be added to protect workers from particulate hazards. A unique filter clamping design eliminates bypass leakage outside the cabinet. The fume hoods are suitable for use in research laboratories and educational facilities throughout the world. They meet or exceed standards based on U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, among others.
Glove Box Controls Relative Humidity and Oxygen Levels
The Nitrogenema enclosures are capable of nearly eliminating moisture or oxygen within the glove box through the flow of inert gas. The enclosures have a depth of 28 in., come in widths of 3 ft, 4 ft, or 5 ft, and are available with two exhaust options. Operator and process safety are enhanced by a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration unit, a one-way check valve, and the ability to connect to a facility’s exhaust system. Each glove box is designed with 10-in. oval glove ports, which minimize technician arm, wrist, and shoulder fatigue while maintaining a controlled environment. Each enclosure includes the FS1501 metering system, which has a screen that displays relative humidity, oxygen levels, and temperature. The metering system is designed to conserve nitrogen; the nitrogen-saving automatic shutoff activates when the relative humidity or oxygen level setpoint is reached. Using the metering system, users can adjust the flowrate of nitrogen for either high-flow purge or low-flow purge. The enclosure has audio and visual alarms that activate when the oxygen or humidity level goes above the setpoint.
Flow Sciences, Inc.
Electromechanical Switches Boast Long Lifespan
These electromechanical relay switches improve system capabilities and have solderless, reliable connections that are able to withstand shock and vibration. The relay switches are offered in 44 different designs, including 12 V and 28 V models and SPDT, SP3T, SP4T, and SP6T configurations that support either latching, failsafe, or normally open actuators. They operate in frequency ranges from DC to 26.5 GHz and feature a D-SUB multi-pin connector interface. These switches are compact and rugged and support N-type or SMA connectors. During standard operations, they meet 90 dB isolation levels and 0.15 dB insertion loss. They have power handling rated up to 600 W and can operate from –20°C to 70°C for up to 5 million lifecycles when used in cold switching condition. All models in this line are Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) compliant, and are guaranteed to meet MIL-STD-202 standards for vibration and shock.
Software Update Expands Control Programming Options
The latest groov EPIC software upgrade meets the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61131-3 standard for programmable logic controllers. groov EPIC is a programmable industrial controller used to collect, process, view, and exchange data. The controller has a variety of programming options. It can be programmed using PAC Control (with optional scripting for over 400 plain English commands) for analog process and digital sequential control, complex math, conditional branching, string handling, etc. All IEC 61131-3 standard languages are supported, including function block diagram (FBD), structured text (ST), sequential function charts (SFC), and ladder diagram (LD). Users can create their own C, C++, Java, Python, or other custom-developed application on the controller’s open, Linux-based automation system. Data from other systems and equipment on premises, at remote locations, and in the cloud can be inputted into the controller’s secure human-machine interface (HMI). Authorized personnel can use the HMI to view data and control processes on an industrial-grade color touchscreen display or on an external HDMI monitor, as well as from any web browser or mobile device. The platform is ideal for automation and industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications.
Bucket Elevator Alignment Control Device Can Withstand Harsh Environments
The Model VA and Model VAX control devices indicate when the head or boot section of a bucket elevator drifts too far out of alignment. They can be used to signal a problem or simply shut down the bucket elevator. These devices have a sequential two-pole double-break microswitch rated for 20 A at 120 VAC, 240 VAC, or 480 VAC. The switch actuator for each control device is adjustable in the field with a simple 3/32 hex wrench. The metal roller on each model is sturdy, bidirectional, and withstands harsh environments. The housing is made of a rugged cast aluminum with a specially designed nonaccumulating pocket. The devices are available with an epoxy powder coating or polyester powder coating. The Model VA control device has a National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 4 weatherproof rating, and the Model VAX has a rating of NEMA 7/9.
Conveyor Components Co.
Liquid-Filled Gauges Reduce Noise
The Model 1550 and Model 1553 pressure gauges have a liquid filling that protects the internals from vibrations and pulsations that occur when the gauge is mounted on pumps, compressors, or machine tools. The liquid filling also makes the gauge easier to read because it dampens the pointer action and provides lubrication, which extends the life of the gauges. The wetted parts are made of Type 316 stainless steel, allowing the instruments to be used with many harsh chemicals without the risk of damage. The gauge case is made of Type 304 stainless steel and features a crimped-on window, as well as a plug at the top for easy filling. Model 1550 has a 2.5-in. face diameter and a ±3% full-scale accuracy, while Model 1553 has a 4-in. face diameter and ±1% full-scale accuracy. Several fill fluids are available, including glycerin, mineral oil, and silicon oil.
AMETEK Sensors, Test & Calibration
High-Accuracy Metals Analyzer Has High Throughput
The SPECTROCUBE ED-XRF analyzer provides reliable, accurate, high-throughput analyses for precious metals testing. The analyzer is easy to use and enables quick analyses, even for users with minimal training. The intuitive software presents the relevant information on a single screen and the compact footprint allows the device to fit on a benchtop. The required accuracy for most analyses is attainable with only one general-purpose calibration. The instrument can analyze an area down to a spot size of 0.2 mm and can test samples in just 15 sec, which enables a throughput of hundreds of samples per day. All of its components can withstand continuous use in demanding, high-throughput quality-control operations. It features high-resolution silicon drift detector (SDD) technology and an ultrahigh count rate to register minor and trace amounts of some nonprecious components. The instrument can deliver intensities up to three times higher than older models in the same measurement time. The analyzer is available with AMECARE services and machine-to-machine (M2M) support that triggers proactive alerts.
Fluids and Solids Handling
Air-Cooled Vacuum Pump Simplifies Installations
The NOVADRY oil-free screw vacuum pump is ideal for applications such as filling, vacuum packaging, and thermoforming. It is air-cooled instead of water-cooled, which reduces operating costs by simplifying the installation and commissioning. The bearing structure, belt drive, and rotors are designed to require less maintenance and spare part changes than typical vacuum pumps. The NOVADRY pump is available in four models: ND 65, ND 100, ND 150, and ND 200, with maximum pumping speeds of 65 m3/hr, 105 m3/hr, 150 m3/hr, and 200 m3/hr, respectively. The ND 65 measures 644 mm × 488 mm × 315 mm, weighs 85 kg, and has a maximum noise level of 64 dBA and a motor power of 1.5 kW. The ND 100 has a motor power of 2.2 kW, measures 736 mm × 488 mm × 315 mm, and weighs 95 kg. The ND 150 has a motor power of 3 kW. It measures 889 mm × 488 mm × 315 mm and weighs 105 kg. Although the ND 200 has the same dimensions as the ND 150, it has the largest motor (4 kW), weighs 115 kg, and has the highest maximum noise level of all the models (71 dBA). All models operate between 0°C and 40°C and have an Ingress Protection (IP)-55 rating.
Conveying System Handles Sensitive Materials in Continuous and Batch Operations
The Pulse-Flow PTA dense-phase pneumatic conveyor includes a feeding hopper, pressure vessel, pipeline, conveying and secondary air supply, and a computer-driven touchscreen control. The conveyor directs air or nitrogen into the pressure vessel and pipeline in timed, regular pulses to create a gentle conveying action that transports the dry material as separate, wavelike, pulsed slugs. It operates at high pressures with low gas velocities to safely raise sensitive products up to 500 ft to a hopper, reactor vessel, silo, railcar, or other receiving destination with minimal particle degradation or separation. It is designed for reliable, unattended, continuous operation with easy access for cleaning, minimal wear on bends and piping for low maintenance, and low gas consumption. It can meet target throughput rates, required conveying distances, footprints, and particle size distributions, in either batch or continuous operation. The system is suitable for conveying fragile, free-flowing and cohesive powders, granulates, coarse-grained products, and a variety of bulk food, chemical, pharmaceutical, mineral, plastic, and other products.
Gericke USA, Inc.
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