Archive for the ‘Measure + Control’ Category

Sick: ultrasonic flow sensor for challenging environments

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 von admin

The new non-contact Dosic ultrasonic flow sensor is used to detect the flow volume of conductive and non-conductive liquids. With its measurement channel and stainless-steel housing, the ultrasonic flowmeter is suitable for measuring tasks in hygienic and highly demanding environments.

The rugged and compact model combined with a hygienic design ensures highly reliable measurement results. This makes the sensor ideal for a wide range of application possibilities, including those where space restrictions or aggressive media play a role.

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OPW: New Dry Disconnect Couplings

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 von admin

This range of dry disconnect couplings, named Twist-Lok, has been specifically designed to be fully interchangeable with other dry disconnect couplers. The Twist-Lok has also been manufactured in accordance with the Nato Stanag 3756 standard, and features 316 stainless-steel construction and an integral heavy-duty swivel to aid connection and minimize hose wear. In addition, this new coupler is designed with safety features for the operator, such as the ability to be fully interlocked when connected, while it includes a locking mechanism in the open position. Product selectivity is also available via mechanical keying to minimize risk of cross contamination.

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Gather: From laboratory to production via pilot plant

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 von admin

A process generally undergoes initial development within a laboratory and is then made production ready in pilot or mini plants. During this scale-up, a range of different problems can emerge, e.g., in the way temperatures behave. In a laboratory, a process may be endothermic but becomes exothermic in production. How pumps behave in relation to peripheral equipment can change under full-scale production conditions, Sven Borghoff describes a coordinated pump and drive concept which makes scaling up easier.

Dosing pumps with multifunctional extensions for different pump types often used in laboratories generally have no particularly high temperature or pumping ranges. However, when scaling up, these aspects take on major significance. Gather uses its magnetic-driven pumps (Fig. 1) here. They are available in such a broad range that when scaling up from the laboratory to production via a mini or pilot plant, the pumping and control technology can be retained. The company cooperates with the chemical industry, institutes and universities to make process development from initial laboratory trials through to production easier.

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Phoenix Contact and Flowserve join Open Integration program

Friday, December 9th, 2016 von admin

Endress+Hauser’s Open Integration Partner Program strives to mitigate risks when commissioning customer plant by ensuring that operators can easily integrate their devices and components into automation systems. To date eight companies are in the program:

  • Auma Riester,
  • Hima Paul Hildebrandt,
  • Honeywell Process Solutions,
  • Mitsubishi Electric,
  • Pepperl+Fuchs,
  • Rockwell Automation,
  • R. Stahl and
  • Schneider Electric.

These are now joined by

  • Phoenix Contact and
  • Flowserve.

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Predictive Maintenance for Process Control

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 von admin

Manufacturing, utilities, and oil & gas companies have been gathering troves of raw data since well before the Internet of Things was a thing. For decades, machines like pumps have collected big analog data about voltage, motion, sound, acceleration, vibration, and more at the farthest reaches of the network. But industries have never had the compute power and technology to process that data and turn it into real-time, data-driven decisions at the “edge” (on premise, away from the data center and closer to the “things”) —until now.

An example of predictive and preventative maintenance solutions that can be delivered in the real world using NI’s PXI and sensors on a Flowserve industrial pump can be found here.

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Grundfos: How is the pump doing?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 von admin

grundfos_pressebild_grmWells, waste water treatment plants, water reservoirs, elevated tanks, water distribution networks, collection channels, rainwater retention basins, waste water treatment plants – the water industry operates a complex network infrastructure for water supply and waster water disposal.

The high fixed costs of these infrastructures force those responsible to an intensified view of the variable costs. This can only be done by the energy efficient operation of all technical units, in particular the pump system. The basis for this is the transparency by the recording and analysis of the relevant energy data. However, pumps in small and medium-sized water treatment and sewage treatment plants generally do not operate in the view of a technician. And the distance to a central control panel makes the connection of a cable impossible from the aspect of costs.

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Jumo: New Magnetic Inductive Flowmeter

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 von admin

Jumo1Jumo, specialist for temperature and pressure measurement technology as well as for liquid analysis, introduced the magnetic inductive flowmeters Flowtrans Mag S01 and Mag H01.

  • The Mag S01 is available for nominal widths ranging from DN 10 to DN 300.
  • The Mag H01 with nominal widths of DN 3 to DN 100 was especially developed for hygienic applications.

For both versions, the conductivity of the measurement medium must be at least 5 µS/cm; the maximum temperature lies at 130°C, depending on the version. Both flowmeters are available either as a compact device or with a separate transmitter.

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Nordson: Extremely precise, repeatable micro fluid dispensing

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 von admin

1The pneumatic non-contact dispensing systems P-Jet and P-Dot controllers jet low- to high-viscosity fluids with great precision and repeatability. They are designed for use in many types of applications and multiple industries including

  • automotive,
  • electronics,
  • aerospace,
  • and medical.

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Grundfos: Direct Sensors – the sense organs of the pump

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 von admin

grundfos DirectYou can only change what is accessible by measurement – whoever wants to control a process flow of a pump needs reliable current data on the one hand, and on the other, possible intelligent linking and interpretation of this data: Sensors deliver data, microchips have stored software to interpret this and actuators implement the commands. To also offer technical benchmarks, the pump manufacturer Grundfos maintains well-equipped own research and development departments, finance and personnel dealing with motors, frequency converters, sensors, microchips and their programming.

The ‘Direct Sensor’ development is a micro-mechanical semiconductor sensor (MEMS, Micro-Electro-Mechanical System), which is produced in its own wafer fabrication facility of purity grade 10.

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KSB: Mobile app brings Industry 4.0 to all pumps

Friday, May 15th, 2015 von admin

KSB_Sonolyzer_001The KSB Sonolyzer app is based on an algorithm that has been integrated in PumpMeter units for five years now, of which well over 30,000 have already been sold.
The smartphone-based application does not require knowledge of the individual characteristic curve or any additional technical data of the pump set to be measured, however, and can also be used with pumps from other manufacturers. Users can utilise the app to determine the load at which each centrifugal pump driven by a fixed-speed asynchronous motor is being operated. The following data must be entered for this purpose: the motor rating, the rated motor speed, the head and the flow rate of the pump. This information can be read from the name plate affixed to every pump.
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