Platform Accelerates Process Development for Therapeutics
The VirusExpress lentiviral production platform offers a simplified upstream workflow that makes processes easy to manage, adjust, and scale. It can reduce process development time for cell and gene therapies by approximately 40%. Cells are grown in suspension, rather than adhered to substrates, which increases potential batch sizes and the number of patient doses that can be produced. The platform employs a chemically defined cell-culture media, which eliminates the safety, regulatory, and supply chain concerns related to animal- and human-derived materials.
Heat Exchanger Software Simplifies Collaboration
The Advanced Heat Exchanger Design (AHED) software is a tool for designing shell-and-tube heat exchangers. It is easily accessible and offers flexibility for teams to collaborate on projects, which can improve project flow and speed the design, approval, and manufacturing of shell-and-tube heat exchangers. The software uses local cloud-based design platforms to allow users to share their designs with their team members from any location. It simplifies collaboration within a company and also with external parties, such as sales agents and manufacturers. This intuitive tool is suitable for anyone with a moderate understanding of the engineering or thermal basis of heat-exchange technologies.
Linear Displacement Transducer Withstands Mechanical Wear
The Gemco 959CT is a rugged and accurate noncontact linear displacement transducer (LDT). The non-contact design allows the device to be used in highly repetitive applications without mechanical wear. The device utilizes magnetostrictive technology to provide absolute analog position feedback, making it accurate to 0.04% of the programmable sensing distance. It features autotuning capability that can sense a magnet other than the standard ring magnet and adjust its internal signal strength accordingly. The device housing is smaller than 2 in. deep, so it can be installed in applications where traditional rod-style transducers will not fit or in applications where customers want to simplify installation and serviceability of the sensor. In addition, the LDT has an all-stainless-steel construction that makes it suitable for caustic applications and machines with high cycle rates.
AMETEK Factory Automation
Mobile Handheld Analyzer Measures Multiple Process Parameters
The Liquiline Mobile CML18 handheld device enables easy and reliable monitoring of a variety of critical parameters, such as pH, conductivity, oxygen content, and temperature, using Memosens sensors. The same Memosens sensors that are used in the process can also be used in the lab. This ensures consistency of data between lab and process measurements. The device is easy to operate with the intuitive SmartBlue app. All measured values and sensor data are transferred via a secure Bluetooth connection from the device to the app on a smartphone or tablet. In addition, the device has an integrated, wireless charging function that enables inductive charging using a Qi-certified charger.
Controllers Improve Radar Transmitters’ Operation
The Siltrans LT500 level, flow, and pump controllers are designed for radar transmitters, ultrasonic transmitters, and any other two-wire devices that use 4–20-mA signals. These controllers are suitable for a wide range of control applications, from basic level control to complex pumping routines. They deliver accurate and reliable control to improve pump operations and level and flow measurement. The controllers have up to two measuring points, six control or alarm relays, two discrete inputs, three analog outputs, and communications options. Users can configure the device for an application with simple push-button operations or by using backup control on a programmable logic controller.
Ultrasonic Flowmeters Measure Low-Viscosity Liquids
The QCT_PA12 inline liquid ultrasonic flowmeters are designed for use in low-viscosity liquid applications that require excellent accuracy and reliability. They have a protective nylon-12 body that makes them suitable for measuring high-purity and corrosive liquids in a wide variety of industries, such as the chemical, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and plastics industries. The flowmeters use nonwetted sensors and have no moving parts or obstructions to the flow path. The flowmeters are available in sizes from 0.25 in. to 2 in. with a flow range of 0.035 gpm to 250 gpm. They can operate at temperatures of 14°F to 176°F (–10°C to 80°C). The flowmeters support analog, scaled frequency, and Modbus remote terminal unit (RTU) outputs.
Flow Technology, Inc.
Portable, Clamp-on Ultrasonic Flowmeter Accurately Measures Liquid Flow
The SonoPro Portable clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter does not wear and has zero pressure loss. It incorporates matched precision transducers and signal processing circuitry to accurately measure the flow of most liquids over a wide range of velocities. The device supports external temperature inputs to provide a reliable energy or mass flow measurement. It can be installed easily and does not require process interruptions since it is attached to the outside of the pipe. The flowmeter uses the SonoConfig instrument interface software to provide valuable setup, diagnostic, and data-logging tools. SonoConfig is available free and works on most Android phones and tablets.
RFID Readers Provide Advanced Authentication
The KW2D Series of smart radio frequency identification (RFID) readers enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users to easily apply advanced authentication and authorization measures. Companies can use the KW2D RFID reader and tags to supersede traditional locking methods, providing advanced user-level access and safety-related authorization. Authenticating users and authorizing them to perform actions and equipment control is fundamental to maintaining safety and security for any operation. In addition, the RFID readers provide timestamped logs that detail operator activities and operations. These devices can be installed easily into the typical 22-mm panel-mount holes used with machinery and are readily integrated with automation systems.
Fluids and Solids Handling
Dry Vacuum Pump Is Available in a Heavy-Duty Version
The HD VARODRY dry screw pump is now available in a heavy-duty version that features a stainless steel exhaust and a built-in purge module. It is designed for rough coating, drying, and regeneration applications where extra durability is required and exhaust gases are typically discharged via piping. The pump delivers reliable performance and low operating costs over its entire service life. It has a compact design that can be easily integrated into systems. The pump is available in versions with pumping speeds of 65 m3/hr, 100 m3/hr, 160 m3/hr, and 200 m3/hr.
Rotary Batch Mini-Mixer Blends Efficiently
The Model MX-5-S316L is a sanitary rotary batch mini-mixer on a mobile frame. It can deagglomerate and blend up to 5 ft3 (142 L) of dry bulk ingredients with or without liquid additions. The mixer can achieve total uniformity in 2–3 min, regardless of disparities in the bulk density, particle size, flow characteristics, or ratio of batch ingredients. For dry materials, it is equally efficient down to 15% of its rated capacity. The mixer is available with maximum batch capacities from 0.25 ft3 to 15 ft3 (7 L to 425 L).
Munson Machinery Co.
Sanitary Ribbon Blender Prioritizes Operator Safety
This sanitary ribbon blender is now available with an ergonomic bag unloading station. It allows operators to safely empty bags of powder through bar grating while a contiguous vibrating tray assembly catches foreign debris and off-specification ingredients. The blender features a sanitary 4-in. spherical disc discharge valve with a pneumatic actuator. The mixer has stainless steel interior and exterior surfaces that are polished to a 150-grit sanitary finish.
Charles Ross & Sons Co.
Mass Spectrometer Analyzes Isotope Ratio
The Neoma Multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) instrument conducts high-precision isotope analysis across a wide variety of applications. It provides a high level of automation with the integration of peripherals to allow quick access to reliable, high-precision isotope ratio data. The ICP-MS instrument uses a detector array that accurately covers the broadest range of isotopic applications. It offers the flexibility of quickly changing between a broad range of isotopic systems to improve productivity. In addition, the instrument supports the easy-to-use Qtegra Intelligent Scientific Data Solution (ISDS) software.
Operations and Maintenance
Preform Molding System Streamlines Polyethylene Terephthalate Processing
NexPET is a mid-volume polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preform molding system that streamlines PET processing. The system can run up to a 48-cavity mold and allows fast mold changeovers to support a multiple preform design environment. It has a rotating end-of-arm tool with up to three cooling positions to ensure preforms are ejected at ideal temperatures. The system has an adaptive pressure feature that automatically adjusts oil pressure to suit specific applications. The system is available with different screw diameters to support various production outputs. In addition, it can process recycled PET pellets and a varying quantity of flakes to support sustainability initiatives.
Husky Injection Molding Systems
Environmental, Health, and Safety
Clear Film Prevents Safety Shields from Fogging
The LEXAN HP92AF antifog film prevents fogging of clear safety visors, lenses, and goggles in high-humidity work environments. It features a one-sided coating that extends the time-to-fog at very high ambient humidity to ensure optical clarity. The antifog coating technology is thermoformable and withstands repeated cleaning. It has no compromising effect on the abrasion resistance and impact strength of the polycarbonate film. The coating is available in a range of gauges from 7 mil to 30 mil (175 µm to 750 µm).
Wearable Exoskeleton Reduces Biomechanical Risk to Workers
The MATE-XT is a wearable exoskeleton that reduces biomechanical loads during strenuous tasks. It uses a slim, lightweight carbon fiber structure and an intuitive regulation system. The wearable device can fit nearly any body and accommodate workers in industrial, nonindustrial, and open-air environments. The device replicates the user’s physiological shoulder movements to provide optimal upper body support without batteries, motors, or other failure-prone devices. It offers eight different levels of assistance that can be quickly adjusted.
Materials and Chemicals
Sulfuric Acid Catalysts Reduce Emissions
The MECS Super GEAR and MECS XLP-310 sulfuric acid catalysts increase conversion and improve environmental performance in acid plants with minimal investment. The MECS Super GEAR catalysts combine the GEAR hexa-lobe shape with an advanced formulation to offer high surface area and activity while minimizing the total installed cost of new converters. The MECS XLP-310 catalyst has an XLP rigged-ring shape to improve its versatility. The MECS XLP-310 catalysts provide the greatest value when installed in converter passes that are not limited by equilibrium. Both of these MECS catalysts can achieve considerable increases in conversion rate, even when only installed in part of a converter.
Long-Chain Polyamides Are Available in Additional Grades
The HiDura polyamide 610 and 612 are now available in additional grades. These long-chain polyamides are designed for use in engineered plastics, monofilaments, and cable ties. They are designed to provide exceptional dimensional stability and offer high resistance to chemicals, impact, and abrasion. The additional grades are suitable for use in automotive fuel systems and brake line applications, cable ties for solar panels, battery seals, and monofilaments for brush bristles.
Ascend Performance Materials
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