Compiled by Carrie Meadows
High shear mixer
Millipore Corporation has announced the availability of the new high shear HS T10 mixer. The small size of the HS T10 makes it ideal for use in small production-scale processes and pilot plants in up to 75 L mixing volumes. The newest addition to Millipore’s line of high shear mixers, the HS T10 continues to offer the same advantages that characterize the NovAseptic® mixers. The magnetically coupled design means that there is no shaft led through the tank wall. This reduces the risk of leaks that could challenge the sterility of the vessel. Total integrity of the tank is maintained and there is no risk of contamination. The mixers are bottom mounted, which allows for low-level mixing and easy maintenance. Millipore’s NovAseptic mixers are completely and easily cleanable- and sterilizable-in-place (CIP/SIP).
Food-grade white grease
CRC Industries has added food-grade white grease to its complete line of NSF registered products suitable for use in the food processing industry. It is a high-purity, high-quality synthetic grease that provides superior lubrication and durability in many food and pharmaceutical processing applications. Designed for high load applications requiring a long grease life, it protects equipment against rust, oxidation, and wear. Food-grade white grease is NSF H1 registered for incidental food contact; is resistant to water, salt spray, and detergent; and has a wide operating temperature range of 0° to 450°F. This NLGL grade #2 grease resists throw-off and shear breakdown because of its excellent adhesion properties. Food-grade white grease is available in a 16 oz. aerosol can (part no. 03038.)
Mini CRDS gas analyzer
Tiger Optics LLC, a manufacturer of laser-based trace gas analyzers, has announced the availability of the Halo, reportedly the world’s first mini cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) device. The compact, affordable gas analyzer addresses the need for fast, accurate, calibration-free measurements in the parts-per-billion to parts-per-million range. Based on patented continuous wave (CW) CRDS technology, the analyzer can measure analytes including moisture, methane, acetylene, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, and ammonia. The Halo can also analyze in many challenging matrices, including ammonia, arsine, phosphine, hydrogen bromide, and carbon dioxide. Unlike traditional gas analysis methods, which require consumables and fossil-fuel based standards to verify performance, the Halo enables analysis in real time of even minimal (e.g., ppb) variations while ensuring cleaner, consumable-free operations.
Tiger Optics, LLC
PVDF exhaust piping system
Designed specifically to provide a non-corroding, safe system for the conveyance of aggressive exhaust gases and fumes, GF Piping has introduced the SYGEF® PVDF Exhaust Piping System. The new system conforms to FM 4910 (Cleanroom Materials Flammability Test Protocol) standards and is suitable for the latest, state-of-the-art 300 mm semiconductor manufacturing plants as well as applications in the chemical and microelectronics markets. The non-metallic PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) material provides a highly inert, high-strength thermoplastic that will not corrode or rust. Available in a complete product range, the new system includes pipe sizes from 2-1/2 to 16 inches (75 to 400 mm) and a variety of fittings, reducers, fixed flanges, gaskets, seals, and throttle valves. Outstanding performance characteristics include UV resistance, a wide operating temperature range from -4° to +284°F (-20° to +140°C), and a vacuum rating of 0.015 bar (0.218 psi).
GF Piping Systems
In-line flow sensors
SCHMIDT Technology presents a new family of in-line flow sensors. This is a significant improvement of the SCHMIDT program of flow sensors, which previously consisted of immersion-type flow sensors. These sensors come with their own measuring pipe, thus giving direct display of the volume flow. Contrary to immersion sensors, the inline sensors simplify the mounting, reduce the influence of mounting tolerances, and the measuring pipe is part of the adjustment process. This new product family consists of four sensor models in pipe sizes of 1/2, 1, 1-1/2, and 2 inches. Actual volume flow, totalized volume flow, and media temperature can be viewed from the LED display. Two keys allow configuration of the sensor functions. Output 1 may be configured as switching or analog output; output 2 may be used as pulse output or second switching output. The sensors are appropriate for compressed-air consumption measurements, volume flow measurements in test benches, flow measurements in nitrogen or other passivation gases, and flow measurements in process gases.
SCHMIDT Technology GmbH
St. Georgen, Germany
Mass spectrometer for leak detection, gas analysis
Pfeiffer Vacuum, a leading producer of vacuum products and services, offers PrismaPlus, a new mass spectrometer for qualitative and quantitative gas analysis and leak detection. With the ability to select mass ranges, detectors, ion sources, and interface options, this mass spectrometer can be employed in many areas, such as industrial and analytical environments, R&D, leak detection and semiconductor production, and coating technology. The PrismaPlus delivers precise and stable results in three different mass ranges (1 to 100, 1 to 200, and 1 to 300 amu) down to a detection limit of 1x10-14 mbar. With available Faraday and electron multiplier detectors, even low-level contamination in the vacuum system can be quickly identified.
Pfeiffer Vacuum, Inc.
Electronically commutated fans
Rosenberg has introduced a family of compact, radial fans with free-running impellers and variable speeds that combine electronically commutated (EC) external rotor motors with newly developed integrated power electronics. Models GKHR and GKHM feature long-life, low-temperature “brushless” DC motors controlled by maintenance-free electronic circuitry. GKHR fans are motorized impellers, mounted and balanced, that may be provided with or without an inlet cone. GKHM fans are complete fan modules. The fans’ external rotor design and high power density make them ideal for use in ventilation and air conditioning applications. Unlike conventional DC motors, the new Rosenberg EC motors deliver highly efficient, low noise performance without using collectors and carbon brushes that wear out and shorten motor life.
Handheld pressure calibrator
The compact JOFRA DPC-500 is the latest handheld pressure calibrator from AMETEK Calibration Instruments. The DPC-500 offers user-friendly, high-precision calibration of pressure gauges, transmitters, and switches as well as digital manometers and overpressure protection valves. The DPC-500 has a separate reference pressure sensor that can be fixed to the instrument or used “off instrument” via a cable. Up to five interchangeable reference sensors of different pressure ranges may be used with any one instrument. The calibrator offers excellent pressure, current, and voltage accuracies along with an extended pressure range of 250 mbar to 1,000 bar FS. Absolute pressure measurement also is offered. Since many calibration errors are caused by conversion of pressure units, the DPC-500 features 15 predefined units (bar, mbar, hPa, psi, inHg, cmHg, MPa, kPa, Pa, mH2O, cmH2O, mmH2O, Kg/cm2, InH2O, mmHg) together in one user-definable unit.
AMETEK Calibration Instruments
On-line sodium analyzer
Hach Company’s 9245 On-Line Sodium Analyzer is designed for boiler/steam generation and cooling water applications. Measurement of sodium concentration, recognized as an important index for water quality control, enables plant chemists and utilities managers to monitor several critical areas of their process to optimize performance. Monitoring indicates possible stress corrosion of the super heater, gives early warnings of excursions on condensates, detects hydroxides and chlorides that contribute to the stress corrosion of austenitic steel, helps manage ion exchange resin, and ensures the quality of de-mineralized water delivered to the makeup plant. The 9245 provides a detection limit of 0.01 ppb and measures in the range of 0 to 10,000 ppb. Calibration solution reagents and electrolyte only need to be replaced every 100 days for minimal maintenance.
Low-outgassing dielectric gels for electronics packaging
NuSil Technology, a manufacturer of silicone-based materials for healthcare, aerospace, electronics, and photonics, has added three low outgassing, dielectric gels to its electronic packaging materials line. NuSil’s EPM-2480, EPM-2481, and EPM-2482 were designed for the encapsulation of chip packages in devices where outgassing-related contamination poses a problem. EPM-2480 and EPM-2481 are based on dimethyl silicone systems; the EPM-2480 is a lower-viscosity, firmer gel than the EPM-2481. Both are two-part systems and are supplied in 50 g and 50 ml side-by-side kits. The EPM-2482 is based on a diphenyl dimethyl silicone system for added temperature stability and is also supplied in 50 g and 50 ml side-by-side kits.
Programmable process control device
Avery Weigh-Tronix, LLC, has introduced the newest version of its Model 1310 Indicator/Controller, an advanced weighing and process control device that can be fully programmed to fulfill virtually any industrial application requirement. The device can be used in food processing (filling and recipes) and chemical plants (filling, blending, and batching), for example. The Evolution E1310 is also faster and more flexible than its predecessor. It can function as a stand-alone control system or can be fully integrated with all major networks and SCADA systems. In addition, the E1310 can be programmed to automatically report scale or indicator error to the Avery Weigh-Tronix technical service center via an optional modem connection or industrial network. Technicians can then communicate with the indicator to evaluate the status and determine remedial action without having to visit the site.
Avery Weigh-Tronix, LLC
Temperature recorder with new vented case
DeltaTRAK, Inc., a leading manufacturer and provider of portable environmental test instruments and cold chain management solutions, announces the new In-Transit Temperature Recorder specially engineered with a lighter but durable vented case for superior air circulation and faster temperature response. The new DeltaTRAK Single Use In-Transit Temperature Recorders, 16000 series models, are available in five-day to 90-day transit periods. The recorders can be used to document the environmental temperature conditions encountered during storage and transportation of food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and other temperature-sensitive commodities.
Popular reagent reservoir redesigned
Excel Scientific has announced that product revisions are complete and the popular Texan Reagent Reservoir is available for immediate delivery. The basic design of the Texan’s large V-shaped basin is compatible with both eight-channel and 12-channel multi-well pipettors. Improvements include volume graduations that are extended to 150 mL, a more rigid base that avoids spills by not wobbling, an easy-open latch that can be manipulated with one hand, and increased clarity for reagent visibility. Texan reservoirs are available sterile or non-sterile, with or without the hinged protective cover.
Excel Scientific, Inc.
High-capacity chilling/ heating dry baths
Torrey Pines Scientific, Inc. has announced its new EchoTherm high-capacity chilling/heating dry baths. The IC30 (-10° to +100°C) and IC30XT (-20° to +100°C) can freeze, chill, or heat samples in a variety of sample blocks. Blocks are available to hold 0.5 to 50 ml centrifuge tubes, test tubes, vials, assay plates, and even round-bottom flasks. The units can freeze, chill, or heat 64 1.5-ml centrifuge tubes, nine 50-ml centrifuge tubes, or even four 250-ml flasks. The units measure 8.5x10x4 inches (21.6x24.5x10.2 cm). They come complete with chiller/heater module, universal power supply, AC line cord for the country of use, and an instruction manual. They are UL, CSA, and CE compliant.
Torrey Pines Scientific, Inc.
San Marcos, CA
The QuickPick Packaging from Contec addresses two expensive problems in one convenient package: wiper waste and proper wiping technique. The packaging uses a convenient, blue dispenser bag as the inner-most package for the Polynit Heatseal wipers, which are half-folded with the folded edge easily accessible through the dispensing hole. QuickPick Packaging promotes proper protocol for critical wiping operations, eliminates operator time in folding wipers, and reduces cross-contamination from gloves in the folding process.
Serviceable in-line filters
A new line of in-line filters from Industrial Specialties Mfg. provides fast, easy serviceability. The filter cartridge is easily visible through the clear, polycarbonate housing; a quick twist of the bayonet-style fastener separates the housing components for cartridge cleaning or replacement. Cartridges are available in a range of filter microns in both porous and plastic cone design. The standard ends are 3/16-inch I.D. barbs, but optional threaded fittings are available. Ends can also be provided in male and female luers and elbows. The filters will operate in air, vacuum, and some fluid applications.
Industrial Specialties Mfg., Inc.
The New DWS range of downflow workstations from Air Science offer operator safety and cost reductions. The units operate at low noise levels, and, because they recirculate, they do not exhaust expensive conditioned and/or heated air into the atmosphere. The DWS workstations have been designed to provide a small bench-mounted unit with unrestricted access for those operations that are difficult to perform in a conventional fume hood. To provide protection, the downflow action takes the contaminated air away from the operator; an alarm will sound when the airflow falls to an unacceptable level. The main filter can be chosen from 14 different types of carbon, which include specialty media for vapors of organics, solvents, acids, mercury, and formaldehyde. HEPA filters for particulate filtration are also available to suit the application.
Air Science USA
Fort Myers, FL
Valspar Flooring, a division of Valspar Corporation, has published a multi-page guide highlighting the advantages of its floor and wall systems specially engineered for the food and beverage industry. The brochure details Flowfresh® and Descoglas® systems. Flowfresh heavy duty urethane concrete, a product of Flowcrete PLC, has been installed on millions of square feet of concrete flooring around the world. Featuring Polygiene®, a non-chemical silver ion-based antimicrobial, Flowfresh is available in light- to heavy-duty formulas in a variety of colors. Descoglas reinforced wall and ceiling systems offer smooth, seamless environments by wrapping or tying the wall and ceiling into the floor and base and by rounding inside corners, eliminating the cracks and crevices that harbor dirt and bacteria. For a free copy of the brochure, please call 1-800-637-7793 or visit the company’s web site.
Materials, equipment approval guide
Product testing and certification organization FM Approvals, a nationally recognized testing laboratory, has published its comprehensive “2007 Approval Guide” on CD-ROM. The guide provides the most up-to-date, detailed engineering data and technical information on the application and use of more than 45,000 FM-approved fire protection products, building materials, and electrical equipment and services that best prevent property loss. The CD-ROM also contains more than 140 Approval Standards documents, indicating the rigorous testing criteria products must meet to become FM-approved. For more information, call 1-877-364-6726 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) or 1-781-255-6681 (other countries) or visit the web site.
Manufacturing technology supplier directory
Manufacturers investigating solutions for microsystems technology, nanostructured materials, or automation with microcomponents will quickly find the appropriate suppliers in their vicinity or other regions through the IVAM directory online. The directory is accessible at www.ivam.de. With the help of a new search function, prospective customers can filter the profiles of about 220 international high-tech suppliers and research institutes in the field of micro- and nanotechnology for technologies, markets, and countries. Special products and applications can be found through a keyword search. The new filtering function accelerates the navigation through the profiles of the member companies and institutes of IVAM on the association’s web site, the number of which constantly increases.
HVAC duct inspection
The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) has published the revised third edition of the “HVAC Duct Systems Inspection Guide.” The guide reviews materials and reinforcement of duct systems, as well as assembly and support of ducts. It also contains guidelines for the inspection of commercial HVAC duct systems for compliance with SMACNA/ANSI “HVAC Duct Construction Standards-Metal and Flexible,” third edition, and “Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards,” seventh edition. To order, call SMACNA’s Publications Department at 1-703-803-2989 or visit the web site.