BASIS™ Mass Flow Controllers Provide Reliable Gas Flow Control for OEM and Process Use

Compact units deliver fast, accurate flow rate control

Alicat Scientific has added a new line of mass flow controllers specifically for original equipment manufacture and process integration. BASIS™ is Alicat’s smallest footprint instrument, providing fast, accurate control of gas flow rates in an economical, easy-to-integrate package. BASIS is ideal for use in OEM gas analyzers, automated gas mixing on process lines, and anywhere basic mass flow-only control is required.

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Stocked and ready for quick ship on evaluation orders, all BASIS units are ready to control process flows at full accuracy in just 70 ms. A 100 ms control response enables BASIS to react in real time to upstream fluctuations. NIST-traceable accuracy is +/-(1.5% of the reading + 0.5% full-scale).

BASIS is available with the following multi-gas calibrations: Air, Ar, CO2, N2, O2, N2O (selectable over RS-485); He, H2 are also available in single-gas units. Dual communications – RS-485 Serial and 0-Vdc analog – mean BASIS can be built into a range of end-user products. For process applications, the availability of analog and digital feedback allows for both PLC and PC control options.

To learn more about Alicat new BASIS mass flow meters, visit www.alicat.com/basis, or contact Gajendra Kelkar on 0 99300 47455 or email gkelkar@alicat.com

To find an archive of Alicat news, visit the Alicat News Blog at http://www.alicat.com/alicat-blog/

About Alicat Scientfic:
Part of the international Halma group, Alicat Scientific designs and manufactures mass flow devices used in medical and scientific instrumentation, as well as diverse industrial applications, for high-precision measurement of gas and liquid flows. Its all-digital product range includes mass and liquid flow meters and controllers; pressure gauges and controllers; portable flow meters; secondary calibration standards; software and accessories.

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Sensorex hires Sales Manager for India

T. A. Kumar has joined Sensorex as India Sales Manager. Mr. Kumar adds to Sensorex’s investment in the strategically important India market and will drive Sensorex’s Sales and Marketing efforts there.

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Mr. T. A. Kumar comes to Sensorex with a degree in Chemical Technology from Govt. Engg. College, Thrissur and over 9 years of experience in the water industry. Mr. Kumar has a strong background in promoting water technology for process industries having worked for companies like Ion Exchange and Nalco Water

While the India market offers many opportunities for Sensorex’s unique range of online water quality measurement products, Mr. Kumar’s initial efforts will be focused on building relationships with the existing business partners of Sensorex in India across many water related applications. Mr. Kumar’s growth agenda in India will involve introducing the Sensorex range of solutions to a whole gamut of industries in India who can benefit from the water measurement technology and solutions in its portfolio. Sensorex products are manufactured exclusively in the US. For further information, please visit our India web-site at www.sensorex.in or contact Mr. T.A. Kumar on M: +91 93870 64044 or E-mail: ta.kumar@sensorex.com

About Sensorex:

Sensorex(a Halma company) is a global leader in design and manufacture of quality sensors for water applications. The company offers more than 2000 sensor packages for pH, ORP, dissolved oxygen, free chlorine, chlorine dioxide and other specialty measurements, as well as a full line of sensor accessories. Its expert technical support engineers solve analytical sensor challenges with custom designs and off the shelf products. Headquartered in California, with a global distributor network, Sensorex is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.
View Sensorex’s press release archive at: http://halmapr.com/news/sensorex

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Fast Cars and New Patents – it’s all happening for FFE at FIREX!

It’s been a busy year for fire safety specialist FFE. Not only are its Talentum flame detectors being installed in Bloodhound, the world’s fastest car, the company has also been awarded a patent for the ground-breaking light cancellation technology in its Fireray beam smoke detectors.

If that all sounds quite interesting, why not call past booth H160 at FIREX to find out more? FFE’s team are a very friendly bunch and will be at your disposal to answer any questions you may have.

The jet-powered Bloodhound will attempt to break the existing land speed record of 763 mph later this year and then break the 1,000 mph barrier in 2016. As can be expected, safety is paramount so the company is delighted that its Talentum flame detectors have been selected for the car.

As for the light cancellation technology – it works by actively monitoring ambient light levels on the Fireray detector, ‘subtracting’ them from the ‘real’ signal. This allows the detector to work under the most difficult light conditions, including sunlight, sodium lamps and fluorescent lighting.

“At FFE we’re obsessed with our customers’ – it’s their needs that drive all our research and development,” says the company’s managing director Mark Osborne. “Through this R&D we’re constantly developing new world-leading technologies – the kind of technologies that are selected by Bloodhound and that aren’t baffled by the sun.”

For more details, please contact India Business Manager, Mr. Sasi Kumar on  T: +91 98869 41982  or E-mail: SKumar@ffeuk.com.

About FFE

FFE is a global design and manufacturing business, dedicated to supplying specialist detection products to the fire industry. Headquartered in the UK with offices in the USA, Dubai, India and China, the company’s two leading brands are the Fireray optical beam smoke detector, with over half a million units installed worldwide, and the Talentum flame detector, one of the world’s most respected flame detector brands. FFE also leads the global market in providing fire extinguishers for aviation use and produces a range of vibration switches for industrial applications. FFE is a Halma Company.

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New Cosasco Model 4020LT-A Corrosion Transmitter is CE, ATEX and IECEx Compliant

Enhanced resolution measurements allow timely response to corrosion rate spikes

The new Model 4020LT-A two-wire transmitter from Cosasco provides enhanced resolution measurements of metal loss due to corrosion inside pipelines. The new transmitter is compliant with all CE, ATEX and IECEx standards, and designed for operation in plant locations with widely separated monitoring points and a preexisting distributed control system.

The new 4020LT-A corrosion transmitter from Cosasco.

While similar products only have resolutions of 0.4%, the Model 4020LT-A features measurement resolution to ±0.1%, allowing a timely response to corrosion rate spikes. The transmitter has an available NEMA 4x rated stainless steel enclosure for reliable operation in harsh environments. A switchable probe type selector allows users to easily adjust between different Corrosometer® electrical resistance probe types.

The unit provides isolation between the probe and the 4-20 mA circuits required to power the loop, making it intrinsically safe to USA, Canadian and European standards.

More information and specifications can be found at www.cosasco.com. For more information on NACE specifications, please go to www.nace.org.

About Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS):

Rohrback Cosasco Systems (a Halma company) specializes in a complete range of corrosion management and monitoring solutions. Consasco equipment is used for a range of monitoring applications, including internal corrosion, atmospheric, remote, downhole corrosion, rouge, erosion, and scale in water. Rohrback Cosasco is known globally as the OEM for the following product brands Microcor®, Cosasco®, Corrosometer®, Corrater®, Corrdata® and Ultracorr®.

Additional corrosion services include asset preservation consultancy, remote monitoring and data collection, field services inspection, maintenance and training.

These corrosion control products and services commonly used in oil and gas, petrochemical, water treatment, chemical, pulp and paper, and pharmaceutical industries. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified; the products conform to CE and ATEX standards.

 

 

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Perma Pure introduces advanced CEMS gas conditioning technology to the International Society of Automation

Measure Ultra-Low Emissions Accurately and Reliably with Extractive CEMS Using Nafion®-Based Sample Conditioning Systems

Perma Pure, a leading innovator in the sample gas conditioning technology, won third prize in the best paper presentation category for its paper about the measurement of ultra-low emissions with extractive CEMS using Nafion technology, at the Petroleum and Power Automation Meet 2015 organised by ISA-Delhi and held on April 10-11, 2015 at the Eros Hotel, New Delhi.

Sanjeev Rai receiving best paper category award from ISA (Delhi) President Mr. S. K. Bardhan

Sanjeev Rai receiving best paper category award from ISA (Delhi) President Mr. S. K. Bardhan

The current continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS) industry in developing nations including India is evolving to meet the need for more accurate, continuous, and reliable monitoring of power plant and industrial smoke stack exhaust. Gas sample conditioning systems are a critical component to insure accurate measurements of pollutants using extractive CEMS and are gaining increased attention from the industry as approaches are developed to meet higher standards for air quality. Sample conditioning is one of the most important factors for insuring correct measurements because the analyser equipment results can only be as good as the sample it measures. Moisture content must be removed from the sample prior to reaching the analyser to enable an accurate measurement and to protect the life of the analyser equipment. Traditionally, condensing technology for removal of moisture from extracted sample gas has been used, mainly due to its low initial cost. However, condensing systems face several persistent problems due to the need for dust removal, inability to handle high moisture levels, and reduced performance at high ambient temperatures, resulting in a high maintenance load, high failure rate, and inaccurate measurement due to moisture interference inside the analyzer. Perma Pure’s gas conditioning systems using Nafion technology for moisture removal reduces overall maintenance costs, reduces equipment failure rates, and provides for more accurate measurements of low-level pollutants compared to condensing systems.

The publication presented by Perma Pure at the 2015 Petroleum and Power Automation Meet highlighted the suitability of Nafion-based sample conditioning systems for low-level pollutant gas measurement with extractive CEMS. Next generation power and industrial plants employ Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to reduce flue gas SOx and NOx content, respectively, by more than 90%. In order to monitor and confirm the reduction of harmful emissions at these lower levels, measured in parts-per-million, analysers must be able to measure the SOx and NOx pollutants in concentrations less than 50 ppm. In the extractive cooler-based sample conditioning system, a significant percentage of analytes are lost due to their solubility in the small quantities of liquid water always present in such systems. This may render them unsuitable for very low-level measurement of soluble analytes such as NOx and SOx. Nafion-based dryers remove moisture in the vapor phase, thus reducing the loss of soluble analytes as no liquid water is normally present in these systems. In this paper, real world experience with Nafion-based sample conditioning systems is presented that demonstrates their ability to preserve the analyte levels in emissions and process monitoring gas samples and allow highly accurate results over a long service life. This experience provides power plants and refineries the confidence to deploy superior systems that both improve measurement accuracy and analyzer reliability (by preventing liquid water from entering the analyser).

Sanjeev Rai presenting paper at PPAM-2015

Sanjeev Rai presenting paper at PPAM-2015

Conclusion
With more than 1000 systems installed worldwide, Perma Pure’s Nafion-based systems are proven as an accurate, reliable and economical solutions for gas sample conditioning. Perma Pure’s systems are suited for many applications including power plants, refineries, for chemicals, metals etc., as well as waste incinerators covering all industries. With the expected continuing focus on environmental monitoring of these industries, accurate and reliable CEMS systems must not only be capable of complying to present standards, but must also have the capacity to support future ultra-low emission requirements which may soon be a reality in India. Perma Pure’s Nafion-based gas sample conditioning solutions offer a cost-effective and accurate approach that can meet very stringent requirements for ultra-low emission analysis.

For more information on Perma Pure in India, please contact Sanjeev Rai, India Business Development Manager on M: 0 99100 98244 or E-mail: srai@permapure.com

About Perma Pure
Perma Pure LLC (www.permapure.com) manufactures a full line of gas conditioning products including dryers, humidifiers, filters, coalescers, specialty scrubbers and complete sampling systems for use in medical, scientific and industrial applications. The company is the sole manufacturer of Nafion tubing under licence from the polymer manufacturer, DuPont. Perma Pure is based in Toms River, New Jersey, with representatives and distributors around the world. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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Tiny low-cost spectral sensor from Ocean Optics suited to OEM integration and benchtop use

Spark’s solid state optical encoders bring spectroscopy to more applications than ever before

Ocean Optics’ new Spark spectral sensor uses optical technology advances to shrink instrument size, making it the smallest on the market to date. The Spark-VIS is the first offering in the Spark line of versatile spectral sensors, delivering high-resolution measurements over the visible wavelength range of 380-700 nm.

Available in both OEM and stand-alone configurations, the compact low-cost Spark-VIS is suitable for simple absorbance, fluorescence and emissive colour measurements. It can be embedded to power next-generation portable and internet-connected sensing devices for environmental, food, agriculture, biomedical and quality control applications; integrated directly on processing lines; or used as a benchtop instrument in teaching, research, medical and quality control labs.

The Spark-VIS is the first Ocean Optics spectral device to replace traditional diffraction gratings with a solid-state optical encoder. The resulting unit size and cost are comparable to that of a less robust RGB filter diode detector, but with the ability to take full spectral measurements. Compatible with Ocean Optics’ Raspberry Pi development kit, the Spark-VIS can be purchased off the shelf for applications engineering. The same spectral sensor can then be bought economically in bulk for use as a component in portable and internet-enabled devices.

The stand-alone Spark-VIS is easy to use, with plug and play USB connectivity. Its low cost makes it a good option for budget-conscious student labs. The even smaller OEM version runs off the host device’s driver and communication electronics, connected by ribbon cable. A line of Spark accessories, including clip-on cuvette holders, diffusers, and light sources, is compatible with both versions.

Spark has remarkable performance for a spectral sensor of its kind. Its aperture design optimizes light throughput. Robust optoelectronics ensure thermal stability over a -10° – 60° C operating range, for accurate analysis even in harsh environments. Unlike comparable devices, Spark delivers optical resolution of 4.5-9.0 nm (FWHM), making it viable for a wide range of applications.

To learn more about the Spark-VIS, please contact an Ocean Optics Applications Scientist at info@oceanoptics.com or visit the website at www.OceanOptics.com.

 

About Ocean Optics:
Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics (a Halma company)  is a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 200,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, metrology products and optics. Ocean Optics is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

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Android App Now Available for Sensorex SAM-1™ Smart Aqua Meter

SAM-1 transforms Android smartphones or tablets into portable pH, ORP or Conductivity meters

Sensorex’s SAM-1™ Smart Aqua Meter is now globally compatible with Android devices. Already popular with Apple iPhone and iPad users for laboratory and field monitoring, the SAM-1 measures and records pH, ORP, Conductivity and temperature values. With the release of the Android app, Android smartphone and tablet users (Android version 4.0 and newer) can now use this powerful, portable water quality meter for accurate analytical measurements in environmental, educational, and industrial applications.

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The SAM-1 Smart Aqua Meter transforms smartphones or tablets into convenient and powerful pH, ORP, or Conductivity/TDS meters with integral temperature measurement. It plugs into the headphone jack of virtually any smartphone or tablet, and easily connects to Sensorex smart analytical sensors. The free SAM-1 App instantly recognizes the smart sensor and provides an easy-to-use interface for taking measurements and managing data. Readings can be tagged with GPS location and user comments. Stored data can be securely transmitted via email and opens in Excel for analysis and reporting, eliminating data transcription errors.

The SAM-1 can be used in the lab, field or plant for applications ranging from environmental monitoring, aquaculture, and horticulture; to municipal water sampling and wastewater compliance testing; to product quality control. As an educational tool, the SAM-1 provides hands-on experience; students can easily install the app on their personal smart devices and share sensors for experiments. For pool or spa testing and other field technical service, the SAM-1 replaces inaccurate testing kits and bulky instruments.

The language-aware SAM-1 App operates in the set phone language. Languages supported by the app include: English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Simplified Chinese. The free SAM-1 App can be downloaded from the Google Play App Store for Android devices, and the Apple App Store for Apple devices.

To learn more about the SAM-1 Smart Aqua Meter and the company’s full range of analytical sensing products, visit Sensorex at: www.SmartAquaMeter.com or www.Sensorex.com, email sales@sensorex.com  or contact India Sales Manager, Mr. T.A. Kumar on +91 93870 64044 or e-mail ta.kumar@sensorex.com

About Sensorex:

Since 1972, Sensorex has been a global leader in the design and manufacture of quality electrodes and sensors for water quality and process applications. Sensorex has been approved and certified by NSF International to the ISO 9001:2008 standard for the design and manufacturing of laboratory and industrial analytical sensors for aqueous solutions. The company offers more than 2000 sensor packages for pH, ORP, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, free chlorine, chlorine dioxide, UV transmittance and other specialty measurements, as well as a full line of sensor accessories and online transmitters. Its expert technical support engineers solve analytical sensor challenges with custom OEM designs and off the shelf products. Headquartered in California, with a global distributor network, Sensorex is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

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Smith Flow Control Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Valve interlocking firm has grown from three staff members to 78

Valve safety interlocking specialist Smith Flow Control (SFC) has celebrated 30 years of protecting people and assets at process plants worldwide.

SFC was formed in April 1985 by Malcolm Brown, Mike Smith and current managing director Mike D’Anzieri. The company now employs a total of 78 staff, mostly at its headquarters in Witham, Essex, but also in regional offices in Australia, China, India, the Netherlands and the United States. A third of all staff have been with the business for more than 10 years.

SFC introduced the coded card linear key concept to interlocking technology, and the concept has achieved widespread adoption on a global scale. The firm’s product range has evolved considerably over the past 30 years to include a full suite of mechanical interlocks for a wide range of applications and valve management products. More recently, new product development has diversified into electronics and RFID technology.

“Our product range is constantly evolving and we pride ourselves on delivering customised solutions that our clients need,” explained Adrian Brown, SFC’s R&D manager and son of founder Malcolm. “For the last three decades, SFC has offered a precise and personal service. We appreciate and value the importance of supplying suitable products to our customers, and so adapt our product range to meet individual requirements. The continuous quest for new product development and ongoing product improvement requires a high level of energy and commitment, which can only come from a collective dedication to being the best in the industry.”

Managing director Mike D’Anzieri added: “The business continues to grow at a tremendously fast pace. I am incredibly proud of our achievements to date, and I am especially grateful to all the employees for helping to make it happen.”

For more information, contact India Sales Manager, Mr.Sunil Verma at +91 98106 04307, Email: s.verma@smithflowcontrol.com, or sales@smithflowcontrol.com ; or visit www.smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve interlocks and valve management systems, EasiDrive portable valve actuators, FlexiDrive remote valve operators and TorkDrive torque limiting devices for the effective operation of valves. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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Advanced’s MxPro 5 Multiprotocol Panel now Supports Nittan

Advanced’s industry-leading multiprotocol fire panel, the MxPro 5 now has full, enhanced support across its entire range for the Nittan Evolution protocol.

This partnership offers major advantages to fire professionals, including faster loop polling, intelligent isolators reported on the panel and support for the latest Nittan devices. The change covers the entire MxPro 5 range in one, two, four or eight loop formats, with up to 254 devices per loop.

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Features of the analogue addressable MxPro 5 include Advanced’s renowned networking capabilities, which allow up to 200 panels to be quickly and easily connected in radial or fault-tolerant networks. The Nittan supported panels also use Advanced’s easy to use Dynamix Tools config and service software, making even the largest of sites, with complicated cause-and effect, easy to programme and maintain. All MxPro 5 panels also support Advanced’s leading AlarmCalm false alarm management solution.

“Our enhanced support for the Evolution protocol adds real value for Advanced and Nittan customers,” comments Advanced’s marketing manager Aston Bowles. “Our fire panels are well known for their leading quality and performance and the choice available to customers has taken another step forward.”

The result of decades of research and development involving installers, specifiers and end users across the world, the MxPro 5 range is designed to offer more power and performance in a user-friendly format. It supports protocols from four of the world’s leading detector manufacturers: Apollo, Argus, Hochiki and Nittan and is approved to EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13. It is one of the few EN54 Part 13 approved panels available.

The Evolution range is the latest advanced, premium fire system developed by Nittan. It uses ASIC technology in the sensors and sophisticated detection algorithms, combining extremely reliable fire detection together with a very high degree of protection against unwanted false alarms. Its advanced, highly flexible protocol is not only uniquely resistant to noise, but also allows for substantial amounts of information to be transmitted at high speed.

Lee James, Nittan’s Europe’s general manager for sales and marketing, said: “The Evolution protocol and detector range offer a great many advantages. To truly benefit, customers need to team the detectors with an equally high quality panel range, such as Advanced’s MxPro 5. We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with one of the highest quality intelligent panel businesses in the market.”

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems.

For more details contact Reji Mathews, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com

About Advanced
Advanced (a Halma company) is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com

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Smith Flow Control Hires Regional Sales Manager for India

Sunil Verma joins Smith Flow Control as Regional Sales Manager for India. Mr.Verma’s appointment supports SFC’s strategic investment in the region, with Sunil responsible for driving sales and marketing efforts.

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Sunil Verma comes to Smith Flow Control with a B.Tech degree in Instrumentation and Control from USIC, Kurukshetra and MBA in Finance & Marketing from MDI, Gurgaon. Mr. Verma has a strong background in promoting advanced technology in the oil & gas, energy and process industries, having worked with Emerson for over 8 years.

While the Indian markets offer many opportunities for Smith Flow Control’s unique mechanical interlocks and valve management systems, Mr.Verma’s is also responsible for supporting SFC’s international clients who have a significant presence in the region. Incidentally, Sunil joins Smith Flow Control at a momentous time in its history. This year, the organization is celebrating 30 years in operation, providing market leading and innovative process safety solutions to its customers. For further information, please visit our web-site at www.smithflowcontrol.com.

Sunil Verma, the new Regional Sales Manager will be based out of Delhi and can be contacted on
T: +91 98106 04307 or E-mail:s.verma@smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control (SFC) is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve interlocks and activity management systems: EasiDrive portable valve actuators, FlexiDrive mechanical valve linkage systems for remote and/or simultaneous valve operation and TorkDrive, a torque limiting device. SFC is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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