Monday, August 22, 2016

BriskHeat Joins the M.S. Jacobs Lineup

industrial heaters
M.S. Jacobs is pleased to announce its new representation agreement with BriskHeat Corporation. The industrial heaters manufactured by BriskHeat complement many of the other quality products handled by M.S. Jacobs.

BriskHeat manufactures a broad line of heaters, insulators, and controls for almost every industrial application.

  • Cloth Heating Jackets and Insulators
  • Heating Tapes
  • Heating Cable
  • Laboratory Heaters and Equipment
  • Etched Foil Heaters
  • Silicone Rubber Heaters
  • Drum Heaters
  • Tote Tank / IBC Heaters
  • Gas Cylinder Warmers
  • Enclosure Heaters
  • Hopper Heating Systems
  • Personal Comfort Heating Solutions
  • Hazardous-Area Heaters
  • Plastic Bending Heaters
  • Resistance Wire
  • Temperature Controllers
  • Temperature Controllers for Outdoor Use
  • Insulators
  • Heaters and Controls with Canadian Approvals
  • Composite Curing Solutions
Share your industrial and process heating requirements with the product specialists at M.S. Jacobs & Associates. Combining your process expertise with their product knowledge will produce effective solutions.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Analynk Wireless For Process Control Connectivity



Analynk Wireless is an innovative designer and supplier of wireless instrumentation for the process control industry. Their instruments and equipment have been successfully implemented in numerous applications for temperature measurements, 4-20 mA bridges, discrete inputs/outputs, pulse inputs, lighting and pump controls. Analynk's products are used in both hazardous and non-hazardous locations. Watch the short video for a animated overview of Analynk products and capabilities.

Share your wireless connectivity challenges with product specialists. Combining your process knowledge with their expertise with produce effective solutions.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Gentherm GPT Provides Turnkey Remote Power

thermoelectric generators
Thermoelectric Generators, part of  a remote power system
There are many industrial operations and processes that operate outside the confines of a factory building. Some even operate outside the confines of what most consider "civilization". Sometimes, if you need electric power, you have to generate your own.

Gentherm Global Power Technologies specializes in providing equipment and complete systems to produce electric power at remote sites. Their signature product line is the thermoelectric generator, or TEG. It uses a solid state thermopile and gas fired heaters to generate DC current. The technology is especially useful at sites where gas is naturally present. As a turnkey systems provider, Gentherm GPT will design complete systems, customized and configured for each particular installation. Here is an example of a fuel gas conditioning system provided for an offshore oil rig, designed specifically to address an issue at the site.

GPT's power generation products are well suited for a wide array of applications.

  • Oil, gas, product, or water pipelines
  • Well sites
  • Offshore platforms
  • Telecommunication sites
  • Well monitoring and automation
  • Security and surveillance
  • Navigational aids
  • Communication systems
For your remote power generation projects, consider a thermoelectric generator. Contact a product specialist and share your requirements. Combining your project knowledge with their product expertise will produce an effective solution.




Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Don't Ignore the Simple Solution for Flow Measurement

flow indicator flow meter with fluid observation window
Flow indicator also permits visual
inspection of fluid
Courtesy ERDCO Engineering Corp.
For process control and commercial or industrial applications, there are numerous methods of flow measurement from which to choose. Technologies range from very simple applications of physical principles to deployment of very specialized electronics and sensors. The available range of accuracy, response, and cost is quite broad, with a general expectation that higher cost will deliver better performance and accuracy.

Making the best instrument selection for a flow measurement application should include an assessment of what the operators really need in order to safely and effectively run the process or perform the task related to the measurement of fluid flow. Installing instrumentation with capabilities far beyond what is required is almost certainly a waste of financial resources, but may also have an unexpected impact on operators. Through the generation of data that, while accurate, does not provide any actionable information about process condition, operators can be misled, similar to the occurrence of a false or nuisance alarm. Some applications call for high accuracy, some do not. Define your informational needs and select instruments that will meet those needs.

There is a large array of applications that can be satisfied with simpler, less costly measurement technology. These devices often employ turbines or vanes to produce an indication of flow rate. Incorporated into some of the instruments is a means to visually observe the flowing liquid to verify color and clarity. Simple devices sometimes are intended only to indicate the presence of fluid flow, and whether the flow rate is high or low. Configurations are available that allow insertion into lines under pressure (hot tap) through a full port ball valve. Other variants with combinations of features and capabilities abound.

The selection range is enormous, so define your minimum needs first, then search for a compatible product. Your search can be enhanced by contacting an instrumentation specialist. Combining your process expertise with their broad product knowledge will produce effective solutions.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hayward Announces New Electric Valve Actuator Line

electric valve actuators with manual override
New HRS Series Electric Valve Actuators
Courtesy Hayward Flow Control
Hayward Flow Control issued a press release in early June announcing the introduction of its HRS Series of quarter turn electric valve actuators. The actuators complement the company's companion lines of fluid process products, including thermoplastic valves, strainers, filters, controls, bulkhead fittings and tank accessories, and corrosion resistant pumps.

The new HRS line provides practical features and benefits to users.
  • Product torque range from 300 in-lb to 177,000 in-lb
  • Aluminum housing with powder coat
  • Double square drive socket, ISO5211 compliant mounting
  • On/Off or Proportional Control  with 2-10 vdc or 4-20 ma inputs and outputs
  • NEMA 4/4X/IP67 enclosure rating
  • Range of available AC and DC voltages
  • Integrated local control station
  • Visual position indicators
  • CSA Certified, UL439
  • Two Year Warranty
There are numerous variants that can be configured using base models and available options. For more detail, contact a product specialist. Share your fluid process control challenges with them, combining your process knowledge with their product application expertise to produce the most effective solutions.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tank Overfill Protection - Level Measurement Technology Resources for Best Results

crude oil storage tanks with overfill protection level measurement
Crude oil storage tanks, a beneficiary of overfill protection
Industrial liquid processing often includes tanks or other vessels for the storage or combining of product components, raw materials, or finished product. Regardless of the nature of the liquid, overfill and spillage are of concern due to economic loss, downtime, and the creation of hazardous conditions. Good practice calls for detection of overfill conditions in a reliable manner which will provide operators notice of the condition in time to avoid spillage.

Magnetrol®, a globally recognized leader in the field of liquid level measurement, has created a set of resources to help customers understand the need for overfill protection and properly establish a protocol. Different industries and products will have varying levels of risk or hazard, thus different governing standards. The basic benefit to overfill protection is the same throughout...whatever is in the tank should be contained. Included below is one of several resources provided by Magnetrol® to address the issue of overfill protection. You can get the entire set by contacting level control specialists.

There are a number of technologies employed in the measurement of liquid level. Each has its own set of attributes that may prove advantageous for a particular application. Share your level measurement and control challenges with a product application specialist. Combining your process expertise with their product application knowledge will produce effective solutions.



Monday, July 11, 2016

Level Measurement: Comparing Displacer Transmitters and Differential Pressure Transmitters

diagram of displacer level transmitter for process measurement and control
Electronic Displacer Transmitter
Courtesy Magnetrol
Liquid level measurement is ubiquitous throughout industrial fluid processing operations. Whether via direct or inferential means, the fluid level data point is an integral part of operational and safety plans for an installation.

Magnetrol, a globally recognized leader in the design and manufacture of level measurement instrumentation, has produced a comparison of displacer transmitters and differential pressure transmitters applied to liquid level measurement.

What is a displacer transmitter?


Displacer transmitters are considered a direct means of level measurement.

Quoted from Magnetrol website page on displacer transmitters...
Electronic displacer level transmitter technology operates by detecting changes in buoyancy force caused by liquid level change. These forces act upon the spring supported displacer causing vertical motion of the core within a linear variable differential transformer.
As the core position changes with liquid level, voltages are induced across the secondary windings of the LVDT. These signals are processed in the electronic circuitry and used to control the current in the 4-20 mA current loop. The enclosing tube acts as a static isolation barrier between the LVDT and the process media.

 How does a differential pressure transmitter measure liquid level?


Liquid level can be inferred through the measure of the pressure generated by the column of liquid in a tank or vessel. The measurement device must be calibrated for the specific gravity of the measured media in order to attain reasonably accurate results. There are a number of installation arrangements of differential pressure transmitters that will accommodate tanks open to atmosphere, closed pressurized tanks, and more.

The comparison is included below and provides some interesting points to consider. Share your level measurement application challenges with a product application specialist. Combining your process experience and knowledge with their product application expertise will produce the best solutions for your process measurement needs.