End-of-Circuit Light for Heat TracingHeat tracing circuits often are terminated at inconvenient locations. A light that can be seen day or night from most locations is an advantage. Terminator “Beacon” end-of-circuit light gives visual indication that the circuit is on. It has 32 LEDs and operates on every voltage from 100 to 277 V. Easy to assemble, the light requires only a few tools that are commonly used during heat tracing installation.
Thermon Americas Inc., (800) 820-4328, email@example.com, www.thermon.com
Hot Oil Circulation PumpsMagnetically driven NMWR pumps are designed for hot-oil applications to improve plant and personnel safety in industrial heating plants. Its containment shell replaces any mechanical seal and saves maintenance costs because most pump failures are caused by leaking seals. Maximum operating temperature without water cooling is 800°F (427°C).
Dickow Pump Co., (800) 880-4442, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dickow.com
Multi-Material CutterModel MMC71 is capable of processing a range of material types and compositions, including heat shrink tubing, tapes, foils, ribbon cable up to 3.3" wide; light tubing up to 0.1875"; and wire to 16 AWG (1.3mm) stranded conductor copper. The all-electric, fully programmable, benchtop cutter is microprocessor controlled and can be programmed easily. The multi-material cutter cuts to any length (in inches or millimeters) with repeatability of ± 0.005" (0.13 mm) to 5 percent of total length, dependent on material and dereeling system. Programmable for up to 99 batches and 10 fixed feed rates, the unit is capable of cutting more than 10,000 pieces per hour.
Eraser Co. Inc., (800) 724-0594, email@example.com, www.eraser.com
Pressure Blowers for High Volume ApplicationsBlowers support pressures to 91" wg and volumes to 18,000 cfm. The blowers are suited for combustion air, aeration, cooling and drying systems, and other high volume processes. Features include a lightweight aluminum alloy wheel design to reduce motor loads. The convex wheel sides and shaped air chambers maintain consistent velocity to produce a stable flow across the performance range while reducing sound levels.
Chicago Blower, (630) 858-2600, www.chicagoblower.com
Air-Cooled, Vertical Inline Pumps
The air-cooled design means external water cooling is not required for the bearings and mechanical seal. Series RAV, designed specifically for use with hot oil, includes three pump sizes (in ductile iron construction); capacities to 275 gal/min(63 m3/hr); heads to 300' (92 m); maximum working pressures to 250 psig (1724 kPA); and maximum pumping temperatures to 650°F (343°C). Series RWAV, designed specifically for use with hot water, ethylene glycol and propylene glycol, has the same sizes, capacities and heads, but with pressures to 450 psig (3103 kPA), and temperatures to 400°F (204°C).
Dean Pump, Met-Pro Pump Group, (215) 723-8155, www.deanpump.com
Heat Management System Software
Tracer Lynx interfaces with industry standard IDF and PCF files, allowing heat management system (HMS) designers to utilize the master model data from clients to create 3D modeled plant designs. The software package is a fully-integrated solution designed to be employed throughout the lifecycle of a project. Specialized functions have been developed to support critical HMS project activities such as scope definition, estimating, pipe sorting and grouping, heat tracing design, material procurement, construction planning, and field progress measurement.
Tyco Thermal Controls, (800) 545-6258, www.tycothermal.com
Profile Screw-Driven Linear Actuator
Housed on a high strength aluminum beam and fitted with a stainless steel sealing band, the HepcoMotion PSD80 uses Herculane wheels mounted to an adjustable carriage, offering long life and no re-lubrication. Single or multiple carriages on a unit are possible and can handle loads to 500 N. A stainless steel lead screw provides actuation with pitch ranges of 0.1575, 0.5906, 0.9843 and 2.756" (4, 15, 25 and 70 mm). The 0.9843" (25 mm) lead is useful in Z-axis applications while the 2.756" (70 mm) screw pitch satisfies the higher speed pick-and-place requirements. The lead screw is available in right- and left-handed threads and offers smooth, strong and precise actuation.
Bishop-Wisecarver Corp., (888) 580-8272, www.bwc.com
The HD6 produces flows beyond 2,700 gal/min and heads to 165'. In addition, the 6" all-purpose pipeline is able to pass 3" solids. This pump has hydraulic efficiency at BEP of 80 percent. The galvanized fuel tank and protection cage help protect the pump at remote, rugged locations. Self-contained galvanized drag skids hold any liquids that may drip from the radiator, fuel tank, or engine. It is fully automatic and it primes from totally dry conditions.
Rain for Rent, (661) 399-9128, rainforrent.com
Vacuum, Gas-Flush Sealers
Setting suitable and long-term vacuum and gas-flush package sealing temperature conditions is possible using the LOS Series. Designed for large-sized packaging applications, the sealers have a built-in temperature control system called OnPul. It controls heating temperatures by measuring them at the heating element. The low-profile temperature sensor directly contacts the heater, preventing the temperature from exceeding the preset. The vacuum sealing function is designed to flush the air inside the packaging and reduce package volume.
Fuji Impulse, (847) 236-9190, www.fujiimpulseamerica.com
Equipment Health Monitoring Starter Kit
The typical facility has thousands of rotating assets such as pumps, fans, agitators, motors and blowers that are manually monitored to determine their mechanical health. OneWireless EHM Starter Kit provides a means to monitor vital rotating assets. The heart of the system is the wireless interface module (WIM), which receives and processes the data from the sensor. The WIM provides four dynamic ICP acceleration channels; support for full dynamic time and spectrum data; digital conversion of acceleration to velocity; enveloping; two tachometers; four 4 to 20 mA channels; and two digital interrupts for triggering.
Honeywell Process Solutions, Automation & Control Solutions, (800) 822-7673, www.honeywell.com/ps
Tantalum Alloy Provides Corrosion Resistance
Corrosion-resistant tantalum alloys are used in process applications involving aggressive, acidic environments but they can experience hydrogen embrittlement. According to the company, Ultra 76 tantalum alloy provides improved resistance to hydrogen embrittlement and enhanced corrosion resistance: rates one to two orders of magnitude lower than those of conventional tantalum alloys. The alloy has comparable mechanical properties to those of conventional tantalum alloys.
H.C. Starck Inc., (617) 630-5916, www.hcstarck.com
Parabolic Trough Collector System
Model PT-1 can be used to support thermal loads for industrial process heating applications such as hot water heating, process hot water production, steam generation, food processing and desalination.
Abengoa Solar Inc., (303) 928-8500, www.abengoasolar.com
With Model TEK backward-curved airfoil wheels, plug fans are suited for OEM applications where a plenum air circulator is required. The impellers combine injection-molding techniques with high-strength plastics to produce a wheel that is stronger than steel, yet half its weight. The fans incorporate an integral mounting panel that allows for air circulation in the plenum while keeping the motor external to the airstream.
Continental Fan Manufacturing, (800) 779-4021, www.continentalfan.com
Verify Ovens Without Thermocouples
Used to verify that ovens remain in specification after a printed circuit board’s initial characterization profile, OvenChecker is designed to be self-contained and does not requires thermocouples or repeated use of “golden boards.” The complete oven profile kit includes a three-sensor pallet, the company’s V-M.O.L.E. thermal profiler with its M.A.P. software, and a thermal barrier. The kit also eliminates the time spent gathering profiling equipment.
ECD, (503) 659-6100 , www.ecd.com
For quick, detailed diagnostics in industrial applications, T300 provides 2 percent thermal accuracy; 30 Hz frame rate; and less than 0.05°C thermal sensitivity (NETD). It has a temperature measurement range of -4 to 1,202°F (-20 to 650°C) with an optional range reaching to 2,192°F (1,200°C). Also, the B300 includes the capabilities of the T300 and adds an optimized temperature range of -4 to 248°F (-20 to 120°C), as well as moisture and insulation alarms to identify conditions that suggest moisture issues or missing or improperly installed insulation.
Flir Systems Inc., (800) 464-6372, www.goinfrared.com
Series 2000 engineered gasket complements the company’s current product line by providing a sealing alternative to other high pressure boiler gasket designs such as spiral wound and expanded PTFE gaskets. The graphite-based engineered gaskets can be used in boilers operating at up to 2,000 psi and 1,200°F (649°C).
Topog-E Gasket Co., (918) 587-6649, www.topog-e.com
Bushings and Bearings
The low friction level and self-lubricating properties of Graphalloy bushings and bearings make them suited for use in applications involving high temperatures and extreme chemical or mechanical stresses. The self-lubricating properties are constant throughout the material, so the bushings and bearings can be used in environments that do not permit the use of grease or oil. Applications include ovens, dampers, kiln carts, and mechanical linkages. The non-galling components can withstand temperatures ranging from cryogenic to more than 1,000°F (538°C).
Graphite Metallizing, (888) 439-9439, www.graphalloy.com