The CEA reports one of the single most important directives for many years in the combustion industry is about to become EU law and will soon be transposed into UK law. Owners or operators of any combustion plant with a thermal input of between 1MW and 50MW will be affected. This means anyone with a boiler generating around 1.5 tonnes of steam or more, or using a CHP or diesel generator of around 500kVA or more, will need to know about this directive. There are estimated to be at least 15,000 such plants in the UK alone.
SICK UK has announced the launch of the PLd / SIL2-certified DFS60S Pro incremental encoder, enabling motion to be safely controlled in automated guided vehicles or machinery requiring frequent operator interaction. SICK says the DFS60S Pro enables safe operator interaction at slow speeds without the need to stop the machine.
VEGA says the latest addition to its portfolio of vibrating limit switches for liquids, VEGASWING 66, is a world first. It is designed for reliable, self monitoring and fail safe switching in applications with process temperatures up to 450 °C and process pressures up to 160 bar. Until now, vibrating level switches have been limited to process conditions up to 280 °C and 100 bar.
RED LION CONTROLS, experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced its Sixnet series RAM industrial cellular RTUs now provide high-speed global 4G LTE network support for use with many cellular carriers worldwide. The company says this follows its recent announcement of 4G LTE multi-carrier cellular support for major North American carriers.
CARBOLITE reports it has developed a new horizontal furnace with a rotating work-tube for continuous heat-treatment of powders or granulates at temperatures up to 1150ºC in air or inert gas. The company says the RHZS furnace is based on its well-proven HZS 12/900 model but provides more flexible sample processing through the adjustment of tilt and rotation speed of the work-tube, allowing the heating of each sample to be precisely controlled.
RITTAL says protecting people who work with electrical switchgear is of paramount importance and says it addresses all considerations within its busbar system “Ri4Power 185mm” and its new (Version 6.3) of the Rittal Power Engineering software.
WANNER INTERNATIONAL says Hydra-Cell pumps are increasingly being specified and retrofitted in pipeline sampling installations used for analysis during oil transfer - data that can be essential for identification or quality measurement purposes.
WEGER AIR SOLUTIONS UK says its ‘RFM’ range of ventilation heat recovery units with integral heat pumps offers designers a unique solution to an age old problem. There are six sizes in the range with air flow rates of 0.25 mᶟ/s to 1.11 mᶟ/s . Each unit consists of supply and exhaust air fans, a plate recuperator for air to air heat recovery and a heat pump refrigeration system, using a scroll hermetic compressor (R410A) with evaporator and condenser coils.
RITTAL says its comprehensive maritime product range has expanded further with the news that its popular busbar systems RiLine, Maxi-PLS and Flat-PLS have passed the most stringent testing enabling them to be integrated within Ri4Power modular switchgear systems and used on board ships in designated sealed areas, such as engine rooms.
OVAKO is among the exhibitors at this year’s SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen, UK, where it says it will demonstrate how excellent yield, tensile and high impact strength and uniform properties in its high quality engineering steels can address the technical challenges facing today’s oil and gas industry.
For a refinery in Germany unscheduled shutdowns were reportedly eliminated following the installation of a new tube bundle in a heat exchanger using hyper-duplex SANDVIK SAF 2707 HD seamless tubes.
RITTAL says designers and technical buyers in mechanical engineering can now plan machinery and process cooling more easily than ever thanks to its new TopTherm Configurator.
In response to customer requests, WANNER INTERNATIONAL says its Hydra-Cell G35 pumps are now available to order with Nickel Alloy (Hastelloy CW12MW) wet ends. The company says this material has excellent corrosion resistance in many chemical process environments, including hydrochloric and sulphuric acids below 52°C. Corrosion resistance is also excellent against organic acids, chloride, caustic and H2S, while the material is particularly resistant to stress corrosion cracking and localised attack.
MICHELL INSTRUMENTS reports it has launched its new trace moisture analyzer – the QMA401 – featuring the latest generation of quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor and designed to provide consistently accurate measurements of trace moisture. This consistency is achieved via a self-calibration system which adjusts the analyzer against an internal moisture generator. Long term stability of these measurement corrections is guaranteed, as the moisture generator is supplied with a calibration traceable to NPL and NIST.
New from KAMCO is the Scalebreaker C210 tank mounted descaling pump, for the chemical cleaning of calorifiers, boilers, plate heat exchangers and cooling circuits. Kamco says the C210 is designed to increase safety by keeping descaling chemicals enclosed at all times within the tank, hoses or equipment being descaled, thus minimising fumes, splashes and consequent risks.
ABB ROBOTICS reports it will be running the latest in its popular ‘Switch to Robots’ seminar and workshop events, explaining the benefits that robotic automation can bring for SME companies and how to find, implement and run the best robotic solution.
Exposed to a demanding tropical marine atmosphere at the NASA Research Center, Florida, USA, super-duplex SANDVIK SAF 2507 hydraulic & instrumentation tubing has reportedly remained corrosion free after an extensive one year trial.
WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has added Hydra-Cell G25 and G35 pumps to its list of models available in 316L stainless steel, with Tri-Clamp ferrules and polished internals, for sanitary applications.
With the launch of the its B850 Flow Computer, SPIRAX SARCO says steam system operators can now accurately measure true boiler efficiency without the need for Building Management or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems that can be costly and time consuming to implement.
Mondelez International, the American global food & beverage giant, says it has sourced a NILFISK vacuum solution for its UK coffee production plant in Banbury. The original green coffee beans come into the plant via bulk containers and are then tipped into floor grills before being cleaned.
Advanced automation specialist HEPCOAUTOMATION reports it has been appointed as a key Omron system integrator partner offering superior application expertise for customers wanting reliable automation to drive down costs.
A new information pack is now available from ABB said to help simplify the selection of flowmeters for process applications. Featuring a White Paper, application guide, webinar presentation and video, the pack explains the key differences between volumetric and mass flow methods and how to choose the right method for industrial process applications.
WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it will display its full range of Hydra-Cell diaphragm pumps at Achema 2015 on Stand L53 Hall 8 with the theme: “Hydra-Cell seal-less pump technology… It’s different”. The company says the unique and advantageous differences will be highlighted in product displays, working demonstrations and cutaway pump models.
LSIS previously LG Automation, a leading supplier of programmable automation controllers, PLC’s, AC variable drives, and motion controllers reports it has opened an office in the UK. The company says the new office situated at G17 Bedford i-Lab, Standard Way, Priory Business Park, Bedford MK44 3RZ will be able to give customers increased technical and logistic support.
As a part of its 60 year celebrations BSRIA was visited by HRH The Duke of York, KG on April 13th. The Duke visited BSRIA’s Bracknell Headquarters where he met with senior staff before touring the BSRIA test laboratories and meeting the test engineers. The Duke follows in his father’s footsteps as His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited BSRIA in 1962.
SANDVIK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY reports it has supplied its Sandvik Sanicro 28 composite tubes to a eucalyptus pulp mill in Uruguay, helping to avoid loss of production time and also reduce costs for the customer.
RITTAL reports there are many and varied benefits to automation which a large number of industry sectors have clearly embraced.
RED LION CONTROLS, a global expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the integration of FlexBus technology to its PAX 2C proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller portfolio.
A manufacturer of safety equipment for railways is relying on MICHELL’S Humidity and Temperature sensor, PF72-Series, to monitor and control its range of railway switch-point heating systems.
SICK says customer demand to use its LFP fluid probes in difficult applications has led to an expanded range of products, all offering the same highly accurate level detection and measurement in oil-and water-based fluids even in the presence of foam.
VEGA reports its new high frequency bulk solids radar level sensor reaches yet further into the most challenging process application areas. The company says radar level sensors are a proven a success story for bulk solids level, in some industries they have superseded measuring devices like electromechanical and ultrasonic in many sectors.
The new KISTLER LabAmp Type 5165A is said to be an outstanding amplifier designed specifically to combine impressive flexibility with convenient usability for the measurement of dynamic signals. Reported to be compatible with piezoelectric, Piezotron (IEPE) and voltage output sensors, the input signals can be routed to a choice of either 24-bit digitised data via Ethernet or analogue outputs.
RED LION CONTROLS, an expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the addition of the N-Tron series 1008TX unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switch to its industrial networking solutions portfolio.
Following site trials pumping aggressive oxygen scavenging chemicals, Occidental Petroleum in Oman reports it has approved Hydra-Cell pumps, from WANNER INTERNATIONAL, for use in one of its most demanding applications.
ABB MEASUREMENT & ANALYTICS will be holding an open day at its Stonehouse factory on the 25th March to share its expertise on flow measurement and calibration. Free to attend, the event is open to anyone involved in the specification, operation and maintenance of flowmetering equipment and will cover a variety of areas relating to flow measurement and calibration.
CROPICO says its popular illustrative guide providing an overview of low resistance measurement techniques, common causes of errors and advice on how to avoid them is now available in a handy A5 format.
Engineers at WANNER report they have designed a high flow rate skid that incorporates three of the company’s Hydra-Cell G35 pumps operating in parallel.
RED LION CONTROLS, expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the expansion of its N-Tron series NT24k managed Gigabit Ethernet industrial switch platform with the addition of compact DIN-rail mountable switches.
A major manufacturer of climate-controlled food storage systems has incorporated MICHELL’S I7000 humidity and temperature modules within its products to ensure reliable temperature and humidity control.
LABFACILITY says the EL Series of USB temperature data loggers cover a measurement range of -200 to 1350°C for type K; type J & T ranges are also available . The data loggers can store up to 16,382 readings and are supplied with a long-life replaceable lithium battery, allowing the units to log data continually for up to one year (depending on logging rate and temperature).
The new MDM50 portable hygrometer from MICHELL INSTRUMENTS is said to give rapid dew-point measurements in compressed air – T95 to -35°C from ambient typically in less than 5 minutes. It has been designed to make spot checks of dew point in air and gases as simple and fast as possible.
MICHELL says its new OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture analyser’s fast response and non-contact spectroscopic measurement principle ensures that gas storage companies are able to not only meet demand quickly but also satisfy the contractual standards for moisture content when stored natural gas is withdrawn and injected to the pipeline network.
WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has completed a major order to supply its Hydra-Cell metering and dosing pumps to a leading Russian oil refinery. The order comprised some 44 ATEX approved pump and motor sets along with mechanical speed variators, pressure relief valves and pulsation dampeners.
WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has extended its range of oil coolers with the introduction of two new models, designed for use in potentially harsh and corrosive environments, including marine applications.
OVAKO reports it has launched WR-Steel, with high wear resistance, offering manufacturers greater design advantages. Ovako reports WR-Steel by is a classification of steels with proven superior wear resistance, which combined with its broad product programme, offers customers a range of design advantages and heat treatment possibilities.
Two specially designed CARBOLITE electric furnaces integrated with a pair of hydraulic presses are reported to be providing sophisticated thermal processing facilities for Infrared Integrated Systems Ltd (Irisys), a specialist in people counting and queue management systems based in Northampton.
Rob Lewis, MD of FORTRESS INTERLOCKS has taken a look at interlock redundancy. There is a lot of interest in whether redundancy is required when it comes to interlock actuators. For PLe applications careful consideration must be given to the actuator.
A fast response, medium wave infra-red system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT of Neston, Wirral, has reportedly allowed Weatherfast Ltd of Great Barr to achieve better control over the PVC membrane laminating of steel sheets/coil used in the gutter industry, while requiring much less space than the convection oven which was used previously.
ARI-ARMATUREN has launched CONLIFT - the brand new mechanical condensate pump offering a versatile, economical and extremely effective way to collect and return condensate.
QUANTITECH (Milton Keynes) has announced the launch of the FROG-4000, a rugged, portable instrument capable of analysing trace levels of individual volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air, soil and water.
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