August 2012, Vol. 24, No.8


Conductivity sensors 

The CS675 and CS676 stainless steel conductivity sensors are designed to provide highly accurate, reliable monitoring of impurities in boiler water, thereby reducing blowdown maintenance cycles and lowering boiler operating, repair, and energy costs. The sensors feature bodies and pins constructed of Type 316 stainless steel and are built to withstand rugged operating conditions up to 200°C and 250 lb/in.2. The sensors also feature a special thermally resistant PEEK™ (polyether ether–ketone) insert and high-temperature ethylene propylene O-rings. The CS675 sensor family can be used in 0.75-in. FNPT tees or crosses, while the longer CS676 sensors are designed for use in 1-in. FNPT tees and crosses with use of a 0.75-in. reducer to complete the installation. Sensorex (Garden Grove, Calif.).


Field inspection software 

The Trimble® Field Inspector version 2.1 is compatible with various Trimble hand-held computers and is designed for automating utility infrastructure and smart-grid asset maintenance and inspection. It is scalable and designed to be easy to deploy. In the field, the software provides a GNSS-enabled mobile solution for optimizing smart-grid and utility field operations, including asset installation, maintenance, and inspection. In the office, the software leverages existing geographical information system, asset, and work management databases and workflows to deliver a complete end-to-end hand-held maintenance inspection solution for field workers. Trimble (Sunnyvale, Calif.). 


Permeation tubes 

KIN-TEK Trace Source™ permeation tubes use a mixture of reagent-grade nitric and sulfuric acids as the analyte source. The sulfuric acid binds the water, reducing water emission to negligible levels. Emission of the sulfuric acid is extremely low compared to that of nitric acid, so the emission is primarily nitric acid. Formation of nitrogen oxides in the vapor is minimized by dynamically blending the emission to form trace concentration mixtures that are then used immediately. Tubes are available for concentrations from low parts per billion to about 10 ppm in
1-L/min dilution flow. KIN-TEK Laboratories Inc. (La Marque, Texas).


Ball valve 

The Ener•G® rubber seated ball valve features surge control, low head loss, and energy savings. When fully open, the valve provides a clear flow area equal to the pipe size. The valve also features a standard fusion-bonded epoxy interior and exterior coating, and a bidirectional resilient Tri-Loc™ seating system. The Tri-Loc™ seat-retention system provides a low-friction, wear-resistant seat that enables adjustment or replacement of the seat without removing the valve from the line. Val-Matic Valve & Manufacturing Corp. (Elmhurst, Ill.). 


Grit-removal system 

TheMectan V®is engineered to remove grit with a wide range of particle sizes while providing reliable performance in municipal wastewater pretreatment applications. The new configuration is designed to provide increased grit removal in a wide range of hydraulic conditions, providing multiple outlet channel positioning options, low head loss, a lower power requirement, and a decreased carbon footprint. John Meunier Inc. (Montreal).


Chemical metering pumps  

The ROYTRONIC EXCEL™ Series AD digital pumps feature microprocessor control options and improved electromagnetics to meet all flow and pressure ratings. The pumps provide versatile chemical injection with greater turndown capability. They are available for applications up to 250 lb/in.2, with capacities between 0.002 and 2.0 gal/h. Pushbutton controls for stroke speed and mode, an LCD user interface, stroke adjustment, and a low-level float switch connection also are available. Select models include a graphical display, alarm modes, external control options, pulse divide/multiply modes, pulse and 4–20-mA input and output connections, a dual low-level switch connection, universal voltage, and advanced electronic features for pump configuration. United Technologies Corp. (Ivyland, Pa.).


Flush valve  

Theseflush-valve assemblies are built to ensure exact flow rates while resisting water degradation and component swell. Molded of a custom thermoplastic elastomer and acetal formulation, the valve assemblies have the physical properties intended to meet demanding pressure flex requirements. The assembly diaphragm incorporates the Aqua Advantage™ design with tight tolerance and flash-free bleed holes. The design enables the diaphragm seal to unseat properly for the flush operation and return to its seated position, sealing off water flow once the preset flow has occurred. Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (Minneapolis).


Check valve 

The CheckMate® in-line check valve is designed for odor mitigation. In outfalls, stormwater, combined sewer overflow, and sanitary sewer overflow applications, the valve’s custom-engineered, all-rubber unibody design prevents sewer system odors from backing up while still allowing water to discharge as needed. The valve is designed to eliminate the backflow of unwanted gases. Its elastomer, fabric-reinforced design is intended to provide maintenance-free performance and cost savings. The valves are available in 4-in. to 72-in. sizes and are built to suit site-specific and flow needs. Tideflex® Technologies (Carnegie, Pa.).



The Traceable® digital hygrometer/thermometer/dew-point meter provides a response time of less than 10 seconds with a resolution of 0.01% RH, 0.01°F/°C, and 0.01° dew point °F/°C. It samples 1.5 times per second. Direct reading has an accuracy of ±1.5% RH and ±0.4°C., with results reported from –40°F to 220°F (–40°C to 104°C), and from –40°F to 140°F (–40°C to 60°C) dew point. Temperature resolution is 0.01°C with an accuracy of ±0.4°C. Memory recalls both minimum and maximum readings in dew point/frost point, temperature, and humidity at any time. An alarm sounds and the display flashes when an out-of-range condition is sensed. The computer output permits data to be captured, transferred, stored, and printed. Probe length is 7 in., and cable length is 72 in. Control Co. (Friendwood, Texas).


Monitoring system 

The Triton DO8 self-cleaning, dissolved-oxygen monitoring system features the Triton DO8 sensor, the AC10 air-blast spray cleaner, and the C-22 controller. With a fluorescence quenching sensing element, it has a wide range of municipal and industrial water treatment applications. The system stores calibration data within the sensor and features a maximum error rate of less than 2%, with repeatability of ±0.5% and resolution of 0.01 ppm or 0.01% saturation. It operates over three different output ranges: zero to 20 mg/L (zero to 20 ppm), zero to 200% saturation, or zero to 500 hPa (zero to 6 lb/in.2 ). The system is designed to withstand ambient temperatures from –20°C to 60°C (–4°F to 140°F). The system records temperatures from –5°C to 50°C (23°F to 122°F) and withstands pressures up to a maximum of 10 bar (145 lb/in.2). Electro-Chemical Devices (Irvine, Calif.).


Spray nozzle 

The Spray Nozzle trihalomethane (THM) removal system for medium and small tanks is effective at removing all four types of regulated THMs. The system provides tank mixing and THM removal in one. A submersible pump pushes water through the spray nozzles, where THMs are volatilized and removed from the water. Simultaneously, some of the pump flow also is directed through an efficient mixer located near the bottom of the tank. In cold climates, the THM removal function can be switched off while the mixing function continues to prevent ice damage in the tank. It is portable and prepackaged for user or contractor installation, with minimal permanent infrastructure changes. It includes the assembly, tank-mixing system, submersible pump, piping, and tank adapter. SolarBee Inc. (Dickinson, N.D.).



The ETS 6 has been added to the ETS series of electrically operated expansion valves. Designed to control liquid injection into evaporators, the valve regulates refrigerant flow by offering 480 steps from fully closed to fully open and ensures precise resolution for better control of superheat, even at low flow rates. The ETS 6 is designed to help improve energy efficiency in refrigeration, heat pumps, and air-conditioning systems. The valve is compatible with all common refrigerants, including R410A, R407C, R404A, and R134a. Compact and lightweight, it also can be used in heat-pump systems with biflow operations. Danfoss (Baltimore).


Ultraviolet curable epoxy 

Master Bond UV16 is formulated for bonding, sealing, and coating applications. It is a one-component, no-mix system and cures in 1 minute or less at room temperature with commercial ultraviolet-light sources. This 100% reactive epoxy is uninhibited by oxygen and releases no solvents or volatiles during the curing process. The epoxy will cure in thicknesses up to 0.125 in. and has a 2% to 3% shrinkage rate. Once cured, it delivers a tensile strength exceeding 4100 lb/in.2 and a Shore D hardness more than 75. The epoxy offers chemical resistance, especially against acids and solvents. It also features electrical insulation properties up to 300°F. Master Bond Inc. (Hackensack, N.J.).



FactoryTalk VantagePoint 4.0 software includes enhanced connectors, configuration, and reporting tools to reduce the time, complexity, and cost of developing meaningful reports, visualization, and analytics for manufacturing operations and to enhance performance for manufacturing intelligence applications. The software is designed to simplify the user experience, include connectivity to additional Rockwell Automation products, and provide native integration to Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The software connects to disparate data sources — real time, historical, relational, and transactional — to create a single resource that can access, aggregate, and correlate information into a common, unified model that enables trends, reports, and dashboards to help customers make fact-based decisions. The software also includes direct connectivity to third-party historians and control systems. Users can create reports using Microsoft Excel and view data through software portal or Microsoft SharePoint. Rockwell Automation Inc. (Milwaukee).



The lightweight 12-oz FlowCal 5000 HPLC liquid flowmeter supports U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance for installation, operational, and performance qualification validations on any high-performance liquid-chromatography pump. It is shipped with a U.K. Accreditation Service traceable calibration certificate at 1.0 mL/min or standard 3-point calibrations of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 mL/min. The package includes a mounting kit for freestanding table, wall, or stack mounting positions or for mounting on standard wide-necked reagent bottles. Included is a carrying case and cleaning kit. An optional thermal printer is available. All wetted parts are made of PTFE, PEEK, DAI-EL, PERFLOUR, or Pyrex to handle common high-performance liquid-chromatography solvents. Tovatech LLC (South Orange, N.J.).


Stormwater chamber 

The Recharger® 150XLHD stormwater detention/retention chamber replaces the 150HD unit and features a bare chamber storage capacity of 27.16 ft3/unit and a minimum installed storage of 50.17 ft3/unit, an increase of more than 37% over the previous design. The added storage capacity is due to the increase in installed length by 2.75 ft, which enables customers to use fewer units to reach the required storage volume. The chamber is 18.5-in.-tall, 33-in.-wide, and 11-ft-long and is ideal for installations with depth restrictions or when a larger infiltrative area is required. The chamber works together with HVLV FC-24 feed connectors to enable manifolding at any point within the system for maximum design flexibility. Each unit has the ability to accept up to a 12-in.-diameter pipe into its endwall to manage greater flow rates. CULTEC (Brookfield, Conn.).


Equipment wash 

The ecofriendly industrial-strength Oil Eater wash is formulated to quickly remove grease, diesel, dirt, bird droppings, and much more from trucks and heavy equipment. Ultraconcentrated, it is a low volatile-organic-compound cleaner/degreaser that is nonacidic, noncorrosive, nonhazardous, and completely biodegradable. The high-foaming wash can be diluted up to a ratio of 100:1. It works in hard and soft water, cleans carbon deposits, lubricates brushes, is safe on proportioners, and is ideal for automatic and high-pressure self-service systems. The wash also is designed to be safe on polished aluminum, paint, glass, rubber, and vinyl. It is available in a 5-gal pail and 30- and 55-gal drums. Kafko International (Skokie, Ill.).


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