Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Laser Level Transmitter Technology

Lidar llaser level transmitter for industrial process automation measurement or control
LLT-1000 Laser Level Transmitter is rugged,
accurate, and easy to use.
Image courtesy Jogler LLC
Jogler, manufacturer of level measurement instruments, provides a laser level transmitter for industrial process measurement and control applications. The rugged instrument provides continuous non-contact level measurement for process automation and inventory management across an array of industrial applications.

A laser level transmitter can provide reliable measurement of solids or opaque liquids with little interference from granular or foaming surfaces. The technology provides for very long measuring distance, enabling a large standoff from a hazardous location or measuring within a very large vessel. The narrow beam emitted by the transmitter can be easily located to avoid false readings from mixers or other purposeful obstructions within a vessel. The long measuring range, narrow beam, easy installation and high accuracy make the laser based level measurement technology suitable for application in silos, tanks, hoppers, chutes, and bunkers. In addition to being a non-contact measuring method, a laser level transmitter can function effectively through a transparent sight glass installed on a vessel. The complete isolation of the instrument from the process media can be beneficial in many applications.

The data sheet below provides more detail on the LLT-1000 Laser Level Transmitter. Share your level and process measurement requirements and challenges with a product application specialist. Leverage your own process knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop effective solutions.


Friday, November 10, 2017

New Portable pH and ORP Measurement Instrument

portable handheld pH ORP meter
The Pro2Go portable pH meter provides top flight
measurement capability in a handheld portable package.
Image courtesy Mettler Toledo
Mettler Toledo has combined a broad range of user-friendly features in an industrially rugged, versatile, accurate instrument for pH and redox measurements. The Pro2Go is light weight and designed for single-handed operation. With compatibility among analog and Mettler Toledo's ISM sensors, along with a graphic LCD display and intuitive menu operation in 10 languages, the unit will provide superior service throughout many industrial process operations.

A data sheet, included below, provides more detail on the robust pH and redox measurement system. Measurement data can be accumulated in the field, with up to 2000 readings stored in the unit available for simple transfer via USB connection.

For more detailed information, contact the process measurement specialists at Alliance Technical Sales. Share your process measurement challenges of all types with application specialists, leveraging your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop the most effective solutions.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Rugged Benchtop Refractometer

benchtop or portable process refractometer
The DSA E-Scan is a benchtop refractometer
rugged enough for portable field use.
Image courtesy Electron Machine Corp.
Refractometry is a widely employed analytical technique used to indirectly measure dissolved solids content of subject liquids. The process employs a refractometer, a device or instrument, to determine the refractive index for a test sample. The measurement is employed throughout science and industry to assess a material's composition or purity.

The refractive index of a substance is dependent, in part, upon temperature and the wavelength of light used in the measurement. Common applications include Brix testing for sucrose level, along with others in the beverage, pulp and paper, chemical, flavor, and fragrance industries. Refractometry is used as a quality control measurement, to assure uniformity among product batches.

Manual refractometers have been available for many years and require human observation and interpretation of a scale reading to obtain a refractive index. Automatic, as well as in-line units are available today that provide uniform accuracy and faster sample processing.

The DSA E-Scan, manufactured by Electron Machine, is an automatic, bench-top critical angle refractometer with a digital readout and temperature-controlled sample chamber. Its compact size and rugged design permit operation in the field and in areas with limited space. The unit provides fast and accurate refractive index measurements of sample liquids.

Share your process analytical measurement challenges with liquid process analytics experts, leveraging your own knowledge and experience with their application expertise to develop effective solutions.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Freeze Protection for All Sorts of Commercial and Industrial Things

Freeze protection requirements are ubiquitous and take many
forms. Each has a best solution employing a specialized heater.
Keeping process or inventory liquids from freezing, or becoming extremely viscous, can be an important part of any commercial or industrial operation. Freeze damage to equipment, piping, or containers can result in a wide array of consequences, all of them likely to be negative.

Developing an overall plan for freeze protection can be advantageous to attacking each application on an independent basis.

  • Having a common vendor for all freeze protection equipment and supplies can help designers develop a knowledge base about how to meet application challenges with specific products, speeding implementation time. Service techs become familiar with applied products and methods, building their skills and efficiency at installing and maintaining applications throughout the facility.
  • Identify all locations where freeze protection is needed. Develop a baseline of the methods employed and equipment installed to meet the needs of each location. Good records form the basis for good maintenance and the ability to make decisions regarding the operation and performance of each system.
  • When selecting the products or methods to employ for freeze protection, consider the environment in which the hardware will be installed. Will it require protection from physical damage, chemical attack, or extreme weather. Is the installation space considered a hazardous zone, requiring special certifications for the heating equipment?
  • The availability and control of applied heat can also be important. Is there a need for the heating system to deliver highly variable amounts of heat across the range of possible operating scenarios, in order to avoid overheating the process or stored materials? How quickly will the system need to ramp up to the desired operating temperature or respond to changes in an operating process?
These questions, and probably others specifically related to your application, should be part of the consideration for freeze protection applications. Enlisting the cooperation of a process heat specialist can apply leverage to your own process knowledge and experience to develop an effective solution to each challenge.

Check this link for a copy of the Freeze Protection Planning Guide.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Process Analytics Product Guide

process analytics multi-parameter transmitter
Ingold and Thornton brands provide wide ranging solutions
for process analytic challenges.
Image courtesy Mettler Toledo
Mettler Toledo is well known and regarded in the field of process analytical instrumentation. The company's line of sensors, transmitters, and analyzers delivers solid performance along with ease of use and reduced maintenance.

The full range of the company's Ingold and Thornton brand capabilities and applications for liquid, gas, and pure water analytics is illustrated in a newly available brochure. The document is useful as an overview of all potential intersections of your own work and the products and capabilities of Mettler Toledo.

Request a full copy of the brochure from a fluid analytics specialist. Share your measurement and analytical challenges with experienced professionals, leveraging your own process knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop effective solutions.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Temperature and Humidity Data Logger

battery operated temperature and relative humidity data logger
The battery powered data logger has internal memory, or can
network with an external device.
Image courtesy Vaisala
Monitoring and maintaining records of process or storage space conditions can be an integral part of a quality assurance program or compliance with regulatory requirements. For temperature and humidity, the DL 2000 data logger from Vaisala provides a simple and effective total solution for monitoring and data logging.

The compact device operates on an internal battery with a 10 year life. Temperature and relative humidity sensors are on board, and a spare input channel allows connection of an additional analog sensor for a third measured parameter. A Boolean input allows another connection that can be used for a switch input to record an event.

When used with Vaisala software, data can be downloaded, displayed and analyzed. Multi-stage alarms can be implemented, and validation and mapping tasks completed. Customizable reports can be produced and exported to spreadsheets.

More technical data is provided in the datasheet included below. Share your data acquisition challenges with process measurement experts and leverage your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Drum Heater Applications



It is common for bulk liquids to be delivered, contained, or dispensed from large pails or drums. At various times and locations during its dwell time in a drum, inventoried liquids might need protection from freezing, or maintenance of an elevated temperature for viscosity control or another reason. It can be impractical to provide a controlled environment in which to house one or more drums, pails, or other containers. A specialized heater provides an effective and economical solution that is easy to put in place as needed.

Silicone rubber drum heaters require only electric power from an extension cord to deliver controlled heat to plastic or metal drums. They can be put in place in minutes and operate unattended to provide controlled levels of heat through the container walls to the target liquid. The units are rugged and have a self-contained thermostat. Various sizes and capacities accommodate a broad range of industrial applications. Specialized custom units can be configured for specific applications.

The short video shows the ease with which these drum heaters can be applied. Share your liquid processing and analytical challenges with fluid processing specialists, leveraging your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop effective solutions.