Materials and Chemicals
New Materials Enhance Properties of Plastics
The XPB 633 BEADS universally conductive carbon black is intended for use with thermoplastics that must be conductive and have antistatic properties. This carbon is easy to disperse and exhibits high compound melt flowrates and mechanical strength. The material is appropriate for injection-molded parts such as fuel cannisters, boxes, and electronics housings and trays, as well as for extruded conductive pipes and packaging films. It can be incorporated into copolymers, nylon, polyolefin, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, and other common polymer types. Another plastics additive, the PRINTEX zeta A BEADS, is designed especially for use in polyethylene (PE) 100 and PE 4710 piping for gas and water distribution. Its high chemical purity, very low sulfur level, and physical cleanliness minimize taste and odor effects. Low compound moisture absorption and excellent microscopic dispersion ensure a smooth, defect-free pipe. PRINTEX zeta A BEADS provide UV protection for long-term stability.
Orion Engineered Carbons
Additives that Promote Scrubbing Are Suitable for Natural Cosmetics
The SIPERNAT 250 PC and SIPERNAT 9000 PC additives are easy to process and offer virtually unlimited formulation options in the cosmetic industry. Both additives can serve as alternatives to microplastics and are approved for use in natural cosmetics. The new SIPERNAT 250 PC is designed for body scrub applications, as the hardness of its particles makes it well-suited for use on skin. SIPERNAT 9000 PC has harder and more durable particles to create a better scrubbing effect to handle larger amounts of dirt or less-sensitive body areas such as feet. All SIPERNAT PC products adhere to technical definitions and criteria for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and products. They are listed as nature-identical by the International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association (NATRUE), and they are certified with the COSMOS label for global natural and organic cosmetics standards. They are classified as hydrated silica by International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI), and defined as a derived mineral ingredient according to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16128-1.
Fluids and Solids Handling
Lightweight Plastic Piping Is Corrosion-Resistant and Durable
The ChlorFIT Schedule 80 CORZAN chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) piping can handle highly aggressive chemicals that typically cause corrosion in copper and stainless steel piping. Because the piping is made from a lightweight material, handling is easy and installation requires little mechanical equipment at the jobsite, which reduces costs. The system requires minimal maintenance and is easy and inexpensive to service and replace. The pipes and fittings are extruded or molded from a high-quality CPVC compound, which is resistant to nitric acid, sodium chloride, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, hydrochloric acid, and many other corrosive materials. CORZAN CPVC piping is durable, has higher pressure ratings that other plastic materials, and can operate at temperatures from 32°F to 200°F (0–93°C). Available in diameters of 1/4 in. to 24 in., the piping is joined by solvent welding, threaded joints, and/or full pressure flanges. This piping is suitable for production facilities, blending operations, reagent processes, air scrubbing, and wastewater treatment/demineralization operations. CORZAN CPVC piping holds an ICC-ES PMG E84 25/50 plenum fire rating.
GF Piping Systems
Nitrogen Recycling System Dries Fine Powders
This fluidized-bed drying system removes moisture with a chilled water coil and separates fine powders entrained in the inlet air stream from the process gas. An integral baghouse dust collector located directly above the fluidized bed collects and contains the dried particles. To eliminate the risk of explosion, nitrogen purge is added to the inlet air stream. The dryer recycles nitrogen, which limits the amount of fresh nitrogen needed for blanketing. The system complies with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 654 standard for the prevention of fire and dust explosions from the manufacturing, processing, and handling of combustible particulate solids. The fluidized-bed dryer is suitable for drying bentonite clay, pesticides and herbicides, powdered plastic resin, and other chemical, food, and pharmaceutical products that generate combustible particulates less than 200 μm in diameter.
The Witte Co.
Permanent Leakproof Connector Is Easy to Install
The Phastite push-fit permanent instrumentation connection eliminates the need for a welding tube. The connection can be installed in less than one minute with a simple hand tool, and requires minimal skill to operate. Connectors are sealed using four raised compression rings that grip the tubing and ensure leaktight performance. The fitting is available for tube outside diameters up to 1 in. (25 mm). It is available in Type 316 stainless steel, as well as Alloy 825 and Alloy 625 for applications that demand greater corrosion resistance. It can be used in applications up to 20,000 psi (1,380 bar).
Large-Scale Dust Collection Has a Small Footprint
The new Gold Series X-Flo (GSX) dust collector is suitable for industrial applications that produce or process fine, fibrous, and/or heavy dusts and fumes. It has a modular design that makes it easy to assemble. Each module handles airflows up to 6,000 ft3/min and contains four Gold Cone X-Flo filter cartridges. These filter cartridges have more pleated media and surface area than similar filters, so they can move air and process dust on a larger scale without increasing the equipment’s overall footprint. The dust collector features a new inlet and baffle configuration that creates more uniform airflow, which extends the life of the filters. And, when the filters are pulse-cleaned, dust is channeled directly into the hopper instead of into adjacent filters. These dust collectors exceed the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates for indoor air quality and meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ATEX standards. They are available with several explosion-protection features, including explosion vents, isolation valves, and fire-retardant filter cartridges. The system is suitable for use in the pharmaceutical, food, and chemical processing industries.
Forward Osmosis Improves Concentrated Product Quality
Components of foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals are often concentrated to heighten aromas or flavors or strengthen active ingredients, and to reduce the costs of shipment and storage. Heating or pressurization during the concentrating process may degrade the quality of many components. This forward-osmosis (FO) system is capable of concentrating delicate components that are sensitive to heat and high pressure. It has a concentration rate three times higher than that of reverse-osmosis membranes. The FO system comes in two sizes with a dehydration speed of either 200 g/hr or 15 kg/hr.
Asahi Kasei Corp.
IIoT Enables Control of Peristaltic Pumps Via the Cloud
MasterflexLive is a secure, cloud-based platform for controlling and monitoring Masterflex L/S and I/P pumps. Access is easy from a PC, tablet, or smartphone (both iOS and Android are supported). Pump operators can monitor and adjust critical processes at all times from any location that has a data connection. This new smart technology provides real-time control of all pump parameters, including speed, flowrate, and dispense volume. Push notifications provide error messages and alerts about operating conditions. A hands-free operation feature allows control of pumps operating inside cleanrooms, glove boxes, or isolation chambers. Linking the pump to the cloud-based platform takes only a few minutes. MasterflexLive complies with 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11.
Engineering Graphics Platform Now Supports AR/VR
Users of HOOPS Visualize Design are now able to easily incorporate augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to create compelling presentations and 3D interactions. Teams can see products at full scale so their actual size is better understood. This modeling and design platform easily communicates intent and constraints and improves the collaboration process. When coupled with SOLIDWORKS and 3D CAD data through HOOPS Exchange, product developers can now deploy the designs within immersive VR and AR headsets, as well as mobile AR applications, and on the HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus Rift, and Meta 2 headsets.
Tech Soft 3D
Biological Safety Cabinet Ensures Operator Safety
The Purair BIO biological safety cabinet is certified in accordance with NSF/ANSI Standard 49 and EN12469 as a Class II, Type A2, laminar flow cabinet for work at any biosafety level, from BSL-1 to BSL-4. The biosafety cabinet contains a single blower motor, which keeps capital and maintenance costs low. Dual-motor designs can introduce problems such as unbalanced airflow, higher maintenance costs, longer certification processes, and uneven filter loading, and they are more difficult to adjust. This compact cabinet has a slim profile and a narrow width so it easily passes through standard doorways during installation and relocation. The cabinet has multiple service connections for maximum flexibility. It includes duplex electrical outlets with splashproof, UL-listed covers. It has CSA-certified service valves for gas, air, and vacuum and a maximum working pressure of 75 psi. Anti-ultraviolet, 6-mm tempered glass ensures maximum protection for the operator. The user interface combines ergonomics, safety, and aesthetics with a 10-deg. angled window design that reduces operator head and elbow discomfort, as well as eye strain and fatigue.
Nonslip Boots Mitigate Workplace Accidents
The Red Wing Burnside boot features a rubber outsole for excellent slip, heat, and tear resistance. Memory foam padding along the tongue and collar minimizes pressure points around the ankle, and a four-layer removable footbed with polyurethane (PU) midsole, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) arch, and gel-pod heel strike provide comfort and protection against abrasion. The direct attachment to the boot’s welt allows for flexibility, while a nanocomposite toecap provides protection without adding much weight and bulk. This shoe can be worn in indoor and/or outdoor work environments.
Red Wing Shoe Co.
Liquid Analyzer System Is Suitable for Use in Hazardous Environments
The X80-B88-S88 liquid analyzer system — consisting of an X80 transmitter, intrinsically safe S88 sensors, and a B88 barrier within a fully sealed, explosionproof enclosure — can measure pH, oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), dissolved oxygen (DO), conductivity, resistivity, or various specific ions in hazardous and nonhazardous locations. It features a NEMA-4X, Ingress Protection (IP)-66-rated, Type 316 stainless steel design with FM approval for use in Class I, Div. 1, Groups B, C, D operations between –40°C and 80°C. The rugged S88 sensors are waterproof and fully submersible, since all internal components are epoxy-encapsulated. They have a 0.75-in.-OD Type 316 stainless steel body with a 10-ft (3-m) cable or an optional waterproof detachable cable assembly. These sensors are calibrated at the factory and ready to use right out of the box, and they can be immediately connected to the X80 transmitter. The transmitter features a 2.75-in.×1.5-in. LCD screen with three easily switchable main displays for data and graphics. The transmitter is available as either a single-channel or a dual-channel instrument for continuous measurement with MODBUS or HART digital bus communications and three optional alarm relays. The modular transmitter communicates with any Model S88 sensor. Each sensor connects to a B88 barrier — comprising energy limiting devices to comply with FM hazardous location requirements — via a MiniFast connector with a tamperproof lockout guard. The X80-B88-S88 liquid analyzer system is safe for use in the most demanding hazardous areas in oil and gas production, refining, chemical processing, electric power generation, fertilizer production and storage, and other applications. Other X80-S80 analyzer system configurations are available with ATEX and IECEx certifications.
Tablet PC Connects to Field Instruments
The Field Xpert SMT70 is a rugged tablet PC that commissioning and maintenance staff can use to manage field instruments and to document work progress. The tablet comes with DeviceCare configuration software and a device library installed. It connects to virtually every modern field instrument directly via a USB or Bluetooth wireless modem, or via a gateway, remote I/O, or multiplexer to a bus system. The tablet also supports Heartbeat Technology and FieldCare instrument diagnostic and monitoring functions along with HART, PROFIBUS DP/PA, Foundation Fieldbus, and Modbus platforms and communications. The device library contains more than 2,700 device and communication drivers. The tablet PC has Windows 10 Pro software installed and comes with an 11.6-in. Multitouch HD display, a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and up to 256 GB storage. Communication ports and supported networks include USB, Ethernet, HDMI, WiFi, and Bluetooth; optional 4G LTE and GPS are also available. The battery runtime is 14 hr and the tablet is available in a general-purpose configuration, as well as a hazardous area configuration for Class I, Div. 2, Groups A, B, C, D, T4, and Class I, Zone 2, Groups IIC, T4.
Electrical Terminals Can Be Installed in Hazardous Environments
The EtherCAT electrical terminals in the ELX series now include analog input with built-in TwinSAFE Single Channel (SC) technology. These compact I/O terminals can be used to support applications in hazardous areas that require safe signal transmission and functional safety capabilities. The ELX terminals comply with ATEX and IECEx standards. The space-saving terminals are 12 mm wide with two or four analog input channels for resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), thermo-couples, and strain gages. A single-channel terminal is available to directly connect incremental encoders, which evaluate a diagnostic-enabled NAMUR signal in accordance with IEC 60947-5-6. TwinSAFE SC technology enables the use of standard signals for safety-related tasks in any network or fieldbus system. The data from a TwinSAFE SC terminal are fed to the TwinSAFE Logic, where they undergo multichannel processing. The data are then analyzed and checked for plausibility.
Beckhoff Automation, LLC
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