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EP Editorial Staff | November 15, 2013
Vertical Sealless Pump Meets API 685 Requirements
According to Sundyne, its recently introduced vertically mounted General Service Pump Vertical (GSPV) inline centrifugal design combines the company’s API 685 expertise with all of the benefits of a magnetic drive sealless pump in a compact package. The pump handles flows to 1000 gpm (230 m³/hr) and heads to 400 ft (120 m). Requiring minimum floor space due to its small footprint, the GSPV vertical pump meets all of the requirements of API 685, making it well-suited to chemical and petrochemical applications, as well as oil and gas services, especially those where space is at a premium, such as on offshore oil and gas installations.
Compact, HD High-Speed Camera
The FASTCAM Mini UX100 high-speed camera from Photron provides 1,280 x 1,024 pixel resolution to 4000 frames per second, 720 high-definition resolution (1,280 x 720 pixels) to 6400 fps, and reduced resolution operation up to 800,000 frames per second. The global electronic shutter operates down to one microsecond to provide blur-free, black and white imagery with 12-bit pixel depth (36-bit for the color version). The camera comes in a compact 120 mm x 120 mm x 90 mm package, weighing only 1.5 kg.
San Diego, CA
Effective Hand Protection For Hazardous Environments
According to Magid®, its T-REX™ Machine Knit Impact Gloves offer a notable combination of comfort, dexterity and impact protection. Heavy-duty TPR pads provide solid protection to the back of the hand and fingers while a flexible, scored design allows the gloves to bend with the hand. A proprietary NitriX™ sandy nitrile coating represents the cutting edge in grip and allows the wearer to maintain a firm hold, even in wet and oily conditions. T-REX gloves extend their protection to the palm with impact- and puncture-resistant padding, and also include a PVC-reinforced thumb crotch that strengthens this critical wear point. The standard style, TRX500 is well suited for most environments with impact hazards, including those in oil- and gas-extraction applications. The cut-resistant TRX550 style is constructed with a 10-gauge, HPPE- and steel-blended shell that delivers powerful ANSI Level 5 cut protection. Both styles feature high-visibility colors for improved compliance, and hook-and-loop wrist closures for a secure fit.
Magid Glove & Safety Mfg. Co.
Camera System For Alignment Telescopes
Brunson Instrument Company has released the AlignCam system for their current line of alignment telescopes, levels and transits. AlignCam is designed to improve operator ergonomics, especially with awkward setups in the field or the lab. The live image from the system provides continuous feedback on sight lines, enabling precision alignment adjustments. A mobile option that adds a laptop and wireless router allows users to view the image on a mobile device. To set up, the field technician connects the camera assembly to the optical instrument, then connects the camera to the computer via USB. Remote monitoring allows service professionals to view targets, share readings and collaborate with teams in multiple sites, locally or around the world.
Brunson Instrument Co.
Kansas City, MO
Larger IEC Motor Controls
AutomationDirect’s GH15 series of electric contactors now includes larger frame sizes, ranging from 79 mm to 145 mm (3.1 to 5.7 in.). In addition, models are now available up to 315 Amps. GH15 series IEC motor controls feature self-lifting pressure plate terminals for quick wiring terminations. Actuator coils in 110/220 V and 220/240 V, 60Hz models accommodate most applications. Now available in IEC sizes ranging from B to TT, GH15 series contactors accommodate up to 250 Hp (186 kW) motors at 460 VAC. Contactors are 35 mm DIN-rail mountable and panel mountable to provide fast and easy installation. The GH15 series has a one-year warranty and are CE marked, cULus listed, RoHS- and REACH-compliant.
Cloud-Based Backups Of CNC Machine Data
Mitsubishi Electric Automation will now offer its customers remote access to a backup of their CNC machine-tool information. The new service includes the creation and maintenance of a comprehensive set of backups of a manufacturer’s CNC machine tool data stored in a secure, remote location. Mitsubishi provides a link to the backup information stored on its servers. Backing up machines in advance of catastrophic, unplanned and planned downtime gives manufacturers the opportunity to readily and more efficiently support the repair of controls and the installation of new control parts and functionality. According to the company, this Cloud-based service was developed to offer peace of mind to plant managers, maintenance managers, machine operators and other manufacturing personnel responsible for a site’s CNC equipment efficiency. Depending on the data’s complexity, Mitsubishi’s service engineers estimate that these remote back-ups can save users a few hours to a day or more per occurrence of routine maintenance or machine downtime.
Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.
Vernon Hills, IL
Precise Oil Shear Tension Control Brakes
A full line of Positorq oil shear tension control brakes from Force Control Industries provides simple, precise torque control over the entire speed range, down to 0 rpm. Operational speeds are precisely controlled without chatter, stick slip or torque variation, making them suited for unwind stands on plastic film production lines. Torque is controlled by pneumatic or hydraulic actuation pressure and is independent of speed. Sizes range from 53 lb. ft. up to 300,000 lb. ft., with continuous heat absorption capability up to 3000 thermal horsepower. The line is also suited for other tension control applications such as unwind stands in steel mills, tension stands in paper mills, unwind stands in paper converting mills and other industrial applications.
Force Control Industries, Inc.
Range-Free Multi-Controller Programming Tool
Yokogawa has added Live Logic Analyzer to its FA-M3V multi-controller programming tool. In near real-time, Live Logic Analyzer shows the status of a PLC program as it runs on Yokogawa’s F3SP71-4S and F3SP76-7S sequence CPU modules. This enables programmers and engineers to monitor program execution status as they collect program execution data. Until now, equipment developers have had to check PLC programs using a sampling trace function or, if they required real-time logic analysis, by creating and running their own debugging programs. The new tool displays control data in a single window for up to 96 points at any given time, enabling even personnel who are not familiar with PLC ladder programs to pinpoint problems.
Yokogawa Corp. of America
Live Tracking For Asset Location, Status
CribMaster has integrated its AeroScout’s Mobile View application and active RFID tags with CribMaster software to form the Live Tracking™ package. The package tracks and manages the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people. Tailored for industries such as manufacturing, energy, maintenance and aerospace, Live Tracking includes visualization, event triggers and mapping for real-time visibility. It uses rugged, Wi-Fi-enabled active RFID tags affixed to assets to provide real-time location information to track and manage work orders, parts, inventory repositories and assets.
Web-Connected Operator Panels
The WebOP-3000 range of web-connectible operator panels from Advantech’s Industrial Automation Group are human-machine interface (HMI) touch panels that run on Intel® Cortex-A8 processors. Designed to work from -4 to 140 F (-20 to 60 C), they support CANopen, Modbus and Ethernet network protocols. The panels feature dual-level 4 electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection and meet IEC-61000 electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards. In addition, the WebOP-3000T series has power and terminal I/O port isolation protection against power surges.
Advantech Industrial Automation Group
Industrial Cloud-Based Historian
Invensys has released a cloud-hosted historian, the Wonderware Historian Online Edition, which offers reduced implementation time and broad access. It is a Software as a Service (SAS) offering that uses a multi-tier historian database architecture. It stores data from one or more local plant-level Wonderware Historians to a cloud-hosted, enterprise-wide repository. Reporting and analytics are delivered to the historian online edition through standard tools, along with Invensys’s Wonderware SmartGlance mobile reporting software. System users can view the data via multiple devices, including desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones. The Wonderware Historian Online Edition is the first commercial offering from the Invensys-Windows Azure relationship announced last year. Windows Azure is a flexible cloud-based platform from Microsoft.
The FirstLine PL is a parallelable three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for 10-40kVA applications. The 94%-efficient unit lowers energy costs and reduces carbon footprint while delivering maximum availability and flexibility. Internal batteries allow a small footprint, while cooler operation extends internal component life. True on-line, double-conversion technology is achieved through IGBT and Digital Signal Processor (DSP) control, enabling delivery of a high input power factor of 0.99. Each unit is covered by a two-year warranty.
Staco Energy Products Co.
LED Flood Light
The M18 LED Flood Light features eight LEDs that provide 30% brighter light output than comparable halogen lights, according to the company. It also features a lightweight roll cage for durability, and a replaceable, impact-resistant lens designed for tough work conditions. The lens’ octagonal shape allows the light to be used at multiple angles. Powered by any Milwaukee LITHIUM-ION battery, the light can operate up to eight hours, and is compatible with the company’s entire M18 System.
Milwaukee Tool Corp.
Test Tool For Pressure Applications
The Palmer PV10K Hydraulic Calibration Pressure Pump is a dual-stage pump including a selector valve, increasing the priming speed and reducing the effort required to generate high pressures. The unit’s pressure range is 0 to 10,000 PSI or 0 to 700 bar. Its large-volume Pyrex reservoir can be filled with distilled water or mineral oil, with an optional brake-fluid model available. A pressure relief valve can be supplied to provide protection to connected instruments, while a swivel reference gauge port allows easy viewing.
Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group
High-Frequency Signal Monitoring
Opto 22 introduces two high-frequency analog signal-monitoring hardware modules for its SNAP PAC system. The 9 VDC self-powered SNAP-AIRATE-HFi rate-input module connects to TTL, CMOS and open-collector outputs, and can scan pulses from 2-500 kHz. The SNAP-AOD-29-HFi module features pulse-width modulation (PWM) and time-proportional output (TPO), and can switch 100 mA of external current from 2.5 VDC to 24 VDC, at rates between 64.25 seconds to 10 microseconds (0-100 kHz).
Low-Voltage Products For Remote Usage
Moore Industries-International has added low-voltage power supply options to many of its products. This addition makes these products suitable for use in remote applications such as oil and natural gas wellheads, where power supplies are limited and harsh environmental conditions often exist. Products that have recently added a 12Vdc power supply option include the CPA 4-Wire PC-Programmable Alarm; CPT 4-Wire PC-Programmable Signal Isolator and Converter; ECA 4-Wire Current and Voltage Alarm; ECT 4-Wire Signal Isolator, Converter, Repeater and Splitter; and TMZ 4-Wire PC-Programmable MODBUS Temperature Transmitter & Signal Converter.
Moore Industries-International, Inc.
North Hills, CA
Versatile, Intuitive Line Of Thermal Cameras
FLIR’s E-Series thermal cameras include models E4, E5, E6 and E8. Designed for professionals who need to track down electrical and mechanical overheating, moisture ingress, missing insulation, air leaks, and other issues, E-Series cameras feature a 3” color LCD display, wide-angle focus-free lens, intuitive on-camera button controls, on-board digital camera and MSX technology (Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging). MSX integrates visible details from digital camera photos onto IR images and creates an all-in-one thermal image to illustrate an emerging or existing issue.
FLIR Systems, Inc.
Radio-Coupled Rotary Flange Torque Sensor
SensorData Technologies has introduced its BT400 Series Bluetooth non-contact, radio-coupled rotary flange torque sensor, capable of measuring torque up to 8000 lb-ft, (10,847 Nm) at speeds up to 15,000 rpm. The series is available in six base models with rated capacities from 50 ft-lb (68 Nm) to 8000 ft-lb and sensor diameters from 2.5 to 9 in. (6.4 to 22.9 cm). This BT400 series provides radio transmission of measured data and requires relatively little space for installation.
Shelby Township, MI
Industrial-Strength Communications Device
Two Technologies’ N4 is a ruggedized Android smart communications device designed for mobile applications in harsh environments. The device is IP67-rated and meets or exceeds MIL-STD 810G using methods 516.6 and 514.6 for both shock and vibration. The N4 features a 5.5 in. (13.9 cm) diagonal high-resolution 720 X 1280 Super AMOLED display and Android version 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. It can also be fitted with an available 70-key, backlit keypad.
Two Technologies, Inc.
Improved Electric Actuator Range
Spirax Sarco has introduced an improved AEL 5 series electric actuator range for 1/2” to 4” control valves. The actuators are reversible, having linear output. Internal components such as the PCB, positioner card and limited switches are affixed to a more durable and sturdy aluminum support for holding and/or fitting accessories. The range also features an easy commission limit switch adjuster, allowing the user to simply loosen the cam with one screw and adjust its position with a second screw.
Spirax Sarco, Inc.
Easy Locking Of Sprockets, Gears, Pulleys, Timing Cams And Rollers
According to U.S. Tsubaki, its extensive POWER-LOCK portfolio offers a simple and cost-effective solution to problems associated with keyed or machined drive shafts. Incorporating POWER-LOCK technology into existing and new designs provides increased shaft strength while reducing machining and maintenance costs. The company notes that POWER-LOCK eliminates backlash damage to keyways and specialty machined bores in applications that experience reversing loads or high torque. In addition, machining expenses associated with keyways, spline bores, steps and snap ring grooves can be removed from the equation. The easy-to-install device is suitable for locking large or small sprockets, gears, pulleys, timing cams and rollers.