Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018

Baby, It's Cold Outside (Have You Freeze Protected Properly?)

Freeze Protection
It's winter and it's cold outside. Pipes will freeze. Processes will stop. Maintenance costs will rise.

Facilities that use or process chemicals, gasses, or even water must maintain them above 55°F (17°C) to prevent them from solidifying, freezing, or becoming too viscous to move. A few examples of these materials include varieties of diethylene (resins and polyurethanes), DMSO (solvents), paraffin’s (petroleum product), #6 crude oil (for asphalt), and many more. Often these materials travel through unique cone, funnel, or bowl-shaped vessels and then through a series of pipes, tubes, hoses, pumps, valves, metering devices, level transmitters, and more. During a cold season, if not protected, these systems can fail to operate efficiently or even freeze causing significant damage and downtime.
XtremeFLEX RKP
Not your typical heat tracing cable.

Often the complex nature of these systems, having many twists and turns, makes them difficult to install traditional heat trace cable to protect against the cold. Also, limited access or difficult to reach areas have their own unique challenges. Traditional semi-flexible self-limiting heat-trace cable is simply too rigid for many of these installations and does not provide adequate surface contact to be effective enough.

XtremeFLEX RKP
XtremeFLEX RKP by BriskHeat
makes it easy to heat difficult
shapes and sizes.
BriskHeat’s new XtremeFLEX RKP silicone heating tapes are the perfect solution for these challenging applications. The RKP tapes have an ultra-thin profile with a super- flexible 1/4” (6mm) bend radius. No additional temperature controller is required because a built-in pre-set thermostat continuously monitors and controls the temperature output of the heater. The complete unit is fully encapsulated in silicone rubber to provide an extremely flexible, durable, and moisture resistant heater. The unique flexibility provides exceptional surface contact for maximum heat transfer and effectiveness around systems that have complex curves, bends, and contours. The heater is also pre-terminated with a power cord and electrical plug to provide quick and easy power connection. RKP silicone heating tapes are a true plug-and- play heater that is both easy to install and easy to maintain. This design makes the RKP an extremely versatile heater for a wide variety of indoor/outdoor installations.

It is always recommended to insulate any heating device to provide a safe and energy efficiency system. BriskHeat offers an Insul-Lock®DS foam pipe insulation that is perfect for use with RKP heating tapes.

For more information, contact Alliance Technical Sales by calling 630-321-9646 or visit https://alliancets.com.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Continuous Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Monitoring vs. At-line Batch Method


At-line batch TOC measurement can only provide snapshots of your water quality every six minutes or more. But alot can happen in six minutes. With true continuous TOC analysis you have real-time data to tell you exactly when an excursion starts and ends. This helps demonstrate compliance and gives you complete control of your water system. The Mettler-Toledo 6000TOCi provides real-time TOC compliance.

For more information, contact:
Alliance Technical Sales
https://alliancets.com
630-321-9646

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Swissfluid Sampling Valve Piston Injector Demonstration

Swissfluid SIV Series are inline, fully lined or stainless steel sampling valves for safe and representative sampling of corrosive and aggressive process media from pipelines, pressurized or under vacuum. SIV Sampling Valves are available as wafer-style or flanged valves. The valves are distinguished by its deadspace-free design as well as the extremely short outlet way for the representative sample. The sturdy bodies are made of stainless steel casting 1.4408 (CF-8M) or optional with resistant linings

Gaseous samples can be provided by means of the Piston Injector. This video demonstrates how the Piston Injector is used.

For more information about Swissfluid sampling valves, contact Alliance Technical Sales by calling 630-321-9646 or visit their website at https://alliancets.com.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Electric Heating Solutions for Temperature Maintenance and Freeze Protection

Here is an Alliance Technical Sales product catalog for industrial electric heating and freeze protection solutions. The products contained herein are used for temperature maintenance or to prevent freezing of flowing fluids or gases in tanks, pipes, vessels, and lab equipment. Contact Alliance Technical Sales for any electric heating requirement.

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630-321-9646
Download the Electric Heating Solutions here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mettler Toledo Process Analytics Catalog 2018-2019

METTLER TOLEDO Process Analytics
The METTLER TOLEDO Process Analytics division concentrates on analytical measurement solutions for industrial manufacturing processes. The division consists of two business units: Ingold and Thornton, both recognized leaders in their respective markets and technologies.

Ingold is a worldwide leader in pH, dissolved oxygen, CO2, conductivity and turbidity solutions for process analytical measurement systems
in chemical, food & beverage, biotech- nology and pharmaceutical industries. Its core competence is high quality in-line measurement of these para- meters in demanding chemical process and hygienic and sterile applications.

Thornton is the leader in pure and ultrapure water monitoring instrumentation used in semiconductor, microelectronics, power generation, pharmaceutical, and biotech applications. Its core competence is the in-line measurement of conductivity, resistivity, TOC, bioburden, dissolved oxygen and ozone in determining and controlling water purity. The division recently expanded into Gas Analytics with a series of TDL analyzers offering unique in situ solutions.

Download the 2018-2019 Mettler Toledo Process Analytics Catalog here.

For more information, contact Alliance Technical Sales by calling 630-321-9646 or by visiting their website at https://alliancets.com.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

New Product Alert: METTLER TOLEDO Thornton's 6000TOCi Total Organic Carbon

METTLER TOLDEDO Thornton 6000TOCi
The 6000TOCi is a new, continuous measurement, TOC (total organic
carbon) sensor manufactured by METTLER TOLDEDO Thornton. The sensor provides
continuous, real-time measurements in pure and ultrapure waters. It uses
advanced UV oxidation technology that provides a very rapid response time.

Total Organic Carbon monitoring is vital for the measurement and control of organics contamination in pure and ultrapure waters used in industries such as pharmaceuticals, microelectronics and power generation.

To ensure changes in TOC levels are not missed, constant results are required. The 6000TOCi sensor uses conductivity measurements before and after oxidation of organic material via ultraviolet light to provide continuous, real-time determination of TOC.

Flexibility of the 6000TOCi allows installation anywhere on a water system, with the option to display results at the point of measurement or at a more convenient location for operators.

The METTLER TOLDEDO Thornton 6000TOCi Total Organic Carbon sensor has a response time of less than one minute and provides continuous monitoring, which is a huge advantage over batch measurement systems that take six minutes or longer to deliver just a snapshot of water quality.

For more information, contact Alliance Technical Sales by visiting https://alliancets.com or by calling 630-321-9646.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Understanding Refraction

Refraction
This pencil appears to bend when it enters
the water because of the change in the light
ray speed as the medium changes.
Refraction is the directional change of wave propagation caused by a change in the light beams transmission medium.

Light rays travel through space in a straight line at approximately 300,000 km/s. As light passes through a transparent medium, such as water or glass, its speed is decreased.

For glass, its reduced to 200,000 kilometers per second, and for water the speed is 225,000 kilometers per second.

If the light enters into a medium perpendicular to the surface, it passes straight through but at a slower speed. However if the light beam arrives at the medium surface at an angle, not only will it speed be reduced, but it will bend due to a process called refraction.

As a beam of light reaches the surface of a medium the lower portion enters first and is slow down. However, the upper portion is still traveling at the speed of light until it arrives at the surface and enters. This speed difference at the top and bottom aspects of the light path causes it to pivot, bending toward what is referred to as the normal. This is an imaginary line drawn perpendicularly to the surface of the material.
 
Transparent materials have what is called a refractive index. This is the speed at which light travels in a medium compared to like traveling in a vacuum.
   
For example, typical glass has a refractive index of 1.33. This is calculated by dividing the speed of light in a vacuum (300,000 km/s) by the speed of light in glass (225,000 km/s).
   
The refractive index of air is 1.0003. Anytime a light beam travels from a medium with a low index of refraction, like air, to a medium with a higher index of refraction, like glass, the beam of light will bend toward the normal.
   
Likewise when the beam of light exits a highly refractive medium into a medium with the low index of refraction, the process is reversed.
   
The bottom portion of the beam of light exits first, and resumes at the speed of light, with the top portion still at the speed determined by the medium. This causes the beam to pivot away from the normal line.

Instruments used to measure the refractive index are called refractometers. Refractometers used in industrial automated systems are referred to as inline refractometers.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Jogler Industrial Level Measurement Products Catalog

Tank level measurementJogler is a manufacturer of process control instrumentation specializing in level control devices: site flow indicators, sight glass level indicators, magnetic level gauges, magnetostrictive transmitters, laser level transmitters and specific gravity analyzers. Jogler, LLC is a certified ASME boiler code facility and carries the U, UM and S stamps that are required via ASME boiler code section B31.1 and B31.3.

Jogler products include:
  • Magnetic Level Gauges and Accessories
  • Magnetostrictive Level Transmitters
  • Laser Level Transmitters
  • Direct-Reading Liquid Level Indicators

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Preparation of Pharmaceutical Waters

Pharmaceutical Waters
While the public considers municipal water to be “pure”, the pharmaceutical market considers municipal water (feedwater) just the starting point in producing pure water. Water is the most widely used excipient in pharmaceutical manufacturing, and pharmaceutical water is a multi-functional resource, crossing all disciplines in the pharmaceutical industry. Water is used as a raw material, solvent, ingredient, reagent, and clean-ing agent, and is produced in a variety of “pure” forms.

Purified Water (PW), Highly Purified Water (HPW), and Water for Injection (WFI) used in pharmaceutical processes are produced on site from the local potable water, which has been produced by the treatment of the feedwater.

This best practice guide, titled "Pharmaceutical Waters Guide for Regulatory Compliance, Analysis and Real-Time Release" and produced by Mettler Toledo Thornton, provides insight on the following topics:

DOWNLOAD THE FULL GUIDE HERE.

Pharma Waters Overview


  • The Preparation of Pharmaceutical Waters
  • Pharmacopeia Overview
  • Industry Trends for Pharmaceutical Waters

Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Intelligent Sensor Management (ISM)


  • Ensuring Pharmaceutical Water Compliance in a PAT Environment

Total Organic Carbon


  • Total Organic Carbon Measurement is a Key Control Point for Pharmaceutical Water Systems
  • Improving Water System Performance Continuous Real-Time TOC Measurements
  • Case Study: Real-Time TOC Analysis Safeguards Water Purity
  • Case Study: In-line TOC Monitoring: Reduces Production Downtime
  • Case Study: Leading Water Treatment Solution Provider Chooses METTLER TOLEDO Thornton
  • The Value of Measuring TOC in CIP and Cleaning Validation Applications

Conductivity/Resistivity


  • Ensuring the Absence of Ionic Impurities with Conductivity/Resistivity Measurements
  • Calibration Solutions for Pharmaceutical Waters
  • Case Study: Clean in Place Systems Manufacturer Relies on METTLER TOLEDO

Ozone


  • Reliable, Cost-effective Sanitization the Power of Ozone
  • Application and Control of Ozone Sanitization for Pharmaceutical Waters
  • Case Study: Critical Ozone Measurement in Purified Water Systems

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Surface Heating for Analytical and Scientific Instrumentation

Cloth heater for Analytical and Scientific Instrumentation
Electric surface heating for
analytical and scientific
applications. (BriskHeat
In many research & development and laboratory applications, surface heat is required to successfully conduct experiments and tests. The heat may be required for a number of reasons:
  • Temperature Compensation - Varying results due to temperature fluctuation are eliminated when the temperature is constant over several repetitions or tests.
  • Vacuum Bake-out - Heat helps release moisture and impurities/particulates in a closed system to allow the test results to be more accurate and consistent.
  • Temperature Elevation - A higher temperature may be required to generate the desired results.
The document below, courtesy of BriskHeat, provides electric heating solutions for various laboratory applications where analytical and scientific apparatus require heat. You can also  download a PDF of "Surface Heating for Analytical and Scientific Instrumentation" here.

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630-321-9646

Friday, August 17, 2018

UniCond Sensor Measures Conductivity of Water with Varying Purity Levels & Temperatures

Unicond Sensor
UniCond Sensor
As the video below will show you, Mettler Toledo Thornton's UniCond sensors provide three significant advantages over other conductivity sensors:

1) Unmatched Accuracy - a self-contained measuring circuit which produces a robust output digital signal that is reliable over very long cable and certified factory calibration and temperature compensation with ASTM traceability stored in the sensor's internal memory to ensure highest installed accuracy out of the box.

2) Widest Rangeability - A single 2-electrode UniCond sensor can measure from ultrapure water all the way up to sea water with high accuracy. This significantly simplifies the specification, installation and spare parts inventory for water treatment systems. 4-electrode UniCond sensors cover the higher conductivity ranges of acid and base ion exchange regeneration chemicals.

3) Maintenance-free Performance - Mettler Toledo Thornton conductivity sensors for pure water provide high accuracy measurements with widely spaced electrodes that do not trap ion exchange resin particles, corrosion particles or bubbles, and yield more reliable, maintenance-free operation than with other sensors.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Operating Principles of the Jogler Model ILT-6000 Magnetostrictive Level Transmitter

The Jogler ILT-6000 Direct Insertion Magnetostrictive Level Transmitter is a loop powered non-contact level measurement device that can be installed directly into a process vessel. Utilizing the magnetostrictive principle and time-of-flight calculations allow the ILT-6000 to provide a fast and accurate measurement of float position and, ultimately, liquid level in the gauge. The ILT-6000 is installed in an isolation well assembly allowing the transmitter to be removed, serviced, or replaced with no process interruption.

The video below briefly explains how it operates:


ILT-6000 FEATURES
  • 2 wire, loop powered (24VDC nominal)
  • LCD Display (4-20mA, %, in, and/or cm)
  • Generic HART communication
  • Quick-Cal function for simple recalibration
  • Isolated from process pressure
  • Long Measuring Lengths (up to 35ft)
  • Isolation Well assembly
  • Dual level outputs (total level and interface)
  • Epoxy-Coated Aluminum Enclosure
  • Class I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C, D
  • Class II and Class III, Division 1, Groups E, F, G
  • Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D
  • Class II and Class III, Division 2, Groups E, F, G
  • Intrinsically Safe Class I / II / III, Division 1, Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G
  • NEMA 4X
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Process Refractometers Used in Industry

Process refractometer
Technician adjusts process refractometer in plant.
(Electron Machine)
Process refractometers provide the analysis to quickly, reliably, and very accurately identify a sample and determine it's concentration and purity levels. They measure the refractive index and temperature of flowing liquids, and apply mathematical functions to determine the concentration of dissolved solids.

Part physics, part material science and part chemistry, refractometry is the process which measures the composition of known substances by means of calculating their respective refractive indexes (RI).  Light bends and changes velocity as it travels from one media into another through the media interface. When light traveling through air enters liquid, the light rays change direction by an amount determined by the liquid's density. RIs are evaluated via a refractometer, a device which measures the curve, or refraction. The
unitless number given by the refractometer, usually between 1.3000 and 1.7000, is the RI. The composition of substances is then determined when the RI is compared to a standard curve specific to the material of the substance. Standard tables are available that correlate RI to a variety of materials. These same tables also correlate RI to varying concentrations of particular liquid media at a particular temperature. Take corn syrup for example. Different refractive indexes are observed for different corn syrup samples of different concentrations. Therefore, by using a process refractometer to observe the RI of a particular corn syrup sample, a determination of the concentration of that particular sample can be made. By referring to the table or scale that correlates the RI to concentration at a particular fixed temperature, liquid concentration can be determined.

Common industrial refractometer applications are:

Process refractometer
Process refractometer with flanged spool adapter.
(Electron Machine)
  • Calculating amount of sugar dissolved in juices and beverages.
  • In commercial food applications such as juice production or tomato processing, refractometers are used to measure degrees Brix (the Brix scale relates refractive index to sugar concentration, and is a key way to maintain consistency).
  • In the pharmaceutical industry, process refractometers are used to monitor and control concentration levels during supersaturation, a critical process in crystallization.
  • In pulp and paper production, process refractometers for measuring dissolved solids in black and green liquor during the chemical recovery process.

Equipment manufacturers have developed numerous refractometer configurations tailored to specific each use and application. Each has a set of features making it the advantageous choice for its intended application. Product specialists are invaluable sources of information and assistance to potential refractometer users seeking to match the best equipment to their application or process.

For more information on industrial refractometers, contact Alliance Technical Sales by visiting https://alliancets.com or by calling 630-321-9646.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Cloth Heating Jackets for Pipes, Tees, Valves, Fittings, and other Process Equipment

Cloth heating jacket
Cloth heating jacket (Briskheat)
Industrial heating applications are numerous and varied. Heating requirements can range from freeze protection to precise maintenance of process temperature in piping, equipment, or vessels. Two commonly employed heating sources are electric resistance heaters and plant steam. While each has certain advantages, steam may not always be available or practical. Electric heat offers a number of positive attributes.
  • Ease of design and installation
  • Precise control
  • Uniform heating across surfaces
  • Low maintenance requirement
  • Portability
  • Economical to purchase and install
  • Wide array of shapes, sizes, and configurations
  • Standard and custom products for every application
Cloth heating jackets are one of many electric heater variants. Formed to fit specific valves, fittings, or other items, these reusable heaters are comprised of an exterior of rugged fabric, a layer of thermal insulation, a heating blanket, and an electrical connection point or fitting. Hook and loop fasteners facilitate the unwrapping or opening of the jacket to allow for installation and removal. The surface remains cool to the touch for most applications. Control can be provided by any type of temperature controller, with prewired options available for inclusion with the heating jacket.

Construction of cloth heating jacket
Construction of cloth heating jacket (click for larger view).

Liner and Facing Material (Inside and Outside cloth material)
  • PTFE - Standard facing material. Exposure temperatures up to 500°F (260°C). Up to Class 10 environments. 
  • BriskClean - For cleanroom class 10. Exposure temperatures up to 600°F (315°C). 
  • Silicone Cloth Adds a degree of moisture and chemical resistance. Exposure temperatures up to 500°F (260°C).
  • Samox® -High temperature cloth. Exposure temperatures up to 1100°F (593°C). Up to Class 100 environments.
  • Aluminum- Facing material option. Exposure temperatures up to 450°F (232°C).
  • Fiberglass cloth - Liner material option. Exposure temperatures up to 900°F (482°C). Up to Class 100 environments.
Closure Options
  • Hook and loop fastener
  • Hook and lace
  • Grommets
Insulation (placed in between liner and facing)
  • Fits your application based upon process temperatures. BriskHeat's industry leading engineers will design your system with the correct amount of insulation. Insulation will make your system energy efficient and touch-safe.
Voltage Options
  • 120 - 600VAC
  • Single phase
  • 3 Phase (Wye)
  • 3 Phase (Delta)
  • 60 Hz.
  • 50 Hz.
  • DC
Power Plug / Connector Options
  • Mate-N-Lock
  • Twist lock
  • CPC connector
  • Bare wire
  • Other electrical connections available
Built-in Controlling / High-limit Safety Thermostat Options
  • 180°F (82°C)
  • 248°F (120°C)
  • 302°F (150°C)
  • 347°F (175°C)
  • 392°F (200°C)
  • 500°F (260°C)
  • Other temperatures available
Built-in Temperature Sensor Options
  • Platinum RTD
  • Type J thermocouple
  • Type K thermocouple
  • Thermistor
  • Other temperature sensors available
Built-in Low-Limit Alarm Thermostat Options
  • 180°F (82°C) with 30°F (17°C) differential
  • 248°F (120°C) with 50°F (28°C) differential
  • Other temperatures available

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy Fourth of July from Alliance Technical Sales

"Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit." 

Ronald Reagan


Monday, June 25, 2018

Accurate, Easy-to-Calibrate Online Turbidity Monitoring Solution with a Low Cost of Ownership

MTOL+MTOL+ is the next generation of online turbidimeters from HF scientific. The MTOL+ Online Process Turbidimeter has been specifically designed to meet regulations of EPA 180.1 and ISO 7027.

Benefits:
  • Fast and Easy Calibration - Primary calibration can be completed in less than 5 minutes.
  • Low Volume Sample Chamber - Reduces calibration costs and provides quick response times.
  • Long Lasting Light Source - Field replaceable if necessary.
  • Low Maintenance Fail Safe Design - Simple modular design. Easy to operate & service. No external controller needed.
  • Bubble Rejection System - Eliminates bubbles without delaying response time.
  • Value - High quality with many features.
New Features:
  • Data logging and storage of 1 year’s measurement and calibration data
  • Variable user-selectable logging interval from 1 to 60 minutes
  • Download data via USB
  • Software updates via USB
  • Isolated 4-20mA output standard
  • 4-20mA and RS-485 Modbus outputs simultaneously
  • Ultrasonic cleaning standard
Alliance Technical Sales
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Thermocouples for Process Measurement

Thermocouples for Process Measurement
Industrial Thermocouples
A thermocouple is a device which functions as a temperature sensor. Two wires, made of dissimilar metals, are joined together at both ends. The thermocouple is, at this point, a thermoelectric circuit with current flowing in relation to the temperature at each junction.  The temperature of one junction is known and constant, called the cold junction. The other junction is placed in contact with the media or object to be measured. The closed circuit of the thermocouple subsequently gets broken at the center, and the open circuit voltage from the hot junction is a direct function of the junction temperature. Heating or cooling the sensing junction of the two metals produces a voltage directly correlating to the temperature.

Industrial ThermocouplesThere are a number of metal combinations used to produce industrial thermocouples. Each combination has a respective set of performance attributes, operating temperatures, tolerances, and cost that may deliver best performance for a particular use.

Common Thermocouple Types and Composition

  • Type J (Iron / Constantan)
  • Type K (Chromel / Alumel)
  • Type T (Copper / Constantan)
  • Type E (Chromel / Constantan)
  • Type N (Nicrosil / Nisil)
  • Type B (Platinum / Rhodium)
  • Type R (Platinum / Rhodium)  

Generally, thermocouple sensor assemblies, often a tube enclosing the thermocouple junction, can be grounded, ungrounded, or exposed. The wires constituting the tip of a grounded probe are attached to the inside of the probe wall, allowing for maximal heat transfer through the probe wall to the junction while maintaining a physical separation between the junction and the measured media or object. The difference between grounded thermocouple probes and ungrounded thermocouple probes is that in ungrounded probes, the junction is not attached to the probe wall. For this reason, ungrounded probes can exhibit slower response time, but do provide electrical isolation of the junction from the housing. An exposed thermocouple will have the junction protruding from the probe tube or perforations in the tube to allow actual contact between the measured material and the junction. While this provides very rapid response, the junction is exposed to damage and wear.

Thermocouples
Various Thermocouple Styles
Thermocouples are useful for process measurement due to their size, response, ruggedness, accuracy, cost, and wide range of available form factors. Chemical and petroleum refineries, as well as other fluid processing operations, can use multiple thermocouples to control, limit, test, log, and monitor process-related temperatures. Temperature is one of the most measured parameters in industry. Understanding the temperature range being measured, the accuracy level required, and the related process vibration concerns of each industry will aid in selecting the proper thermocouple for an application. When properly matched to the application requirements, thermocouples are a durable and cost-effective process measurement option.

Download your temperature sensor selection catalog here.

Contact Alliance Technical Sales with your temperature sensing requirement. Their application engineers will help you select the best sensor for the job.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Analytical Measurement Solutions for Optimization of Your Brewing Process

Brewing Stage Diagram
Stages of brewing and areas for process measurement.
The beer market is currently experiencing an intense globalization process, reflected in escalating competitive and cost pressures. In addition to this, there is growing diversification into new, innovative beverages that demand maximum production flexibility. The time to market is becoming ever shorter, and product quality has to be guaranteed at a consistently high level, accompanied by an increase in productivity.

In-line Measurements in the Brew House

Proper process control plays a vital role in determining the flavor, foam stability, and color of the finished beer. The relative measurement sensors are exposed to high temperatures, and solid particles and turbidity constituents, and must be capable of surviving multiple CIP cycles.
InPro 8600 Turbidity Sensor
Turbidity Sensor

Measurements in the Fermentation and Storage Cellars

At standard fermentation temperatures, propagation of microorganisms is detrimental to the beer. In order to prevent this from occurring, hygienic plant design and use of materials resistant to CIP solutions are important criteria, as they are for in-line sensors.

DO and CO2 Sensors
DO and CO2 Sensors

Measurements in CIP Systems

The economic use of fresh water, as well as the multiple use of cleaning solutions, present a further basis for achieving overall cost reduction in line with the strive for greater efficiency of the brewing process. Here also, in-line systems are of help in monitoring and optimizing the relative sub-processes.

Measurements in Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Fouling of sensors in wastewater leads to uncertainty about the measurement results and can even result in measurement system failure. METTLER TOLEDO provides efficient and practical solutions in the wastewater treatment areas as well.

You can download the full "Analytical Measurement Solutions for Optimization of Your Brewing Process" brochure here, or view it in the embedded document below.

Friday, May 25, 2018

A Little Shameless Self-Promotion

Comments from Alliance Technical Sales customers and principals.


Established in 2000, Alliance Technical Sales, Inc. is a manufacturers’ representative agency providing numerous process control instrumentation solutions to customers across a wide range of industries.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Electric Heaters Designed for Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs)

Wrap-Around IBC Tote Tank Heaters
Wrap-Around IBC Tote Tank Heaters
(Briskheat)
Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), also known as IBC totes, or pallet tanks, are reusable industrial containers designed for the transport and storage of bulk liquid or granulated chemicals, food ingredients, solvents,  pharmaceuticals, or other material.

Often, to maintain optimum viscosity, there is need to apply heat to the contents of a tote to raise and maintain it's temperature.  This ensures the material remains ready for production and is easy to dispense. Without external heat, increased production cost or damage to equipment can occur. Heaters are also used to protect temperature sensitive material inside the IBC tote from cold or freezing, thus reducing the possibility of loss due to ruined materials.

The most effective way to heat IBCs are with specialized electric heaters referred to as "wrap-around IBC tote tank heaters". These heaters are adjustable to fit many size totes, provide the required wattage to maintain a temperature between 50 deg. F and 160 deg. F. and also include built-in 1/4” fiberglass insulation for thermal efficiency. They can be used with caged, plastic, or metal IBC tote tanks. Installation and secure fit are accommodated with adjustable nylon straps and buckles.

As the contents of the tote empties, there is no reason to continue to heat it's upper zone, so IBC heaters include independent, dual zone temperature control that separately controls the upper and lower zones of the bottle.  A built-in high limit thermostat and a grounded heating element prevents overheating and worry-free operation. A standard 120 volt, grounded 3-prong plug is provided for easy power connection (240V models have bare wires).

Silicone Rubber IBC Tote Tank Heaters
Silicone Rubber IBC Tote Tank Heaters
(Briskheat)
An alternative design are silicone rubber IBC tote tank heaters, for use on totes with removable bottles. Placed inside the IBC cage, directly under, and in direct contact with the bottle, they provide very fast and efficient heat-up. Made from fiberglass reinforced silicone rubber and 1/2” thick foam padding, these heaters provide outstanding durability. This design comes complete with a grounded heating element, thermocouple temperature sensor, and digital temperature controller, and is approved for use indoors and outdoors.

Common Uses for IBC Totes:

  • Lubricants/Oils
  • Solvents
  • Detergents
  • Adhesives
  • Liquid/Granulated/Powdered Food Ingredients 
  • Honey/Syrup/Molasses
  • Chemicals
For information on any IBC, tote, or tank heating application, contact Alliance Technical Sales by visiting https://alliancets.com or calling 630-321-9646

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Features of Magnetic Level Gauges (Magnetic Level Indicators)

Magnetic Level Gauge
Magnetic Level Gauge
(Jogler)
Magnetic level gauges, also known as magnetic level indicators, are routinely used to provide a display of liquid level in tanks and other vessels. Their popularity stems from their high visibility from distances and non-invasive design which reduces the possibility of leak points and the risks of fugitive emissions.



"Mag Gauge" construction is fairly simple. A magnetic float, designed for the specific gravity of the material being measured, rides inside a vertical pipe on top of the process media. A gauge with magnetically coupled visual indicator is fastened to the pipe. As the media inside the pipe rises and falls, the visual indicator moves in the same fashion.



Magnetic level gauges are often employed in tandem with magnetostrictive, guided wave radar, or other measurement means to provide a reliable local display of liquid level, as well as an electrical signal that can be transmitted to recording instrumentation or controllers.


The features of magnetic level gauges include:
  • Low maintenance. 
  • Wide operating temperature and pressure range.
  • Visual tank level indication. 
  • Continuous level measurement.
  • Easier to read from greater distance than glass sight gauges. 
  • Can be applied to wide fluid level ranges with a single instrument. 
  • Break resistant, sturdy.
  • Wide range of construction materials available.
  • External mounting of ancillary indicators, switches, and transmitters with isolation from process media. 
  • No electric power required for operation.

There are a number of options available so you can customize the level indicator for each specific application.  The best way to proceed is to combine your process knowledge with that of a product specialist.  Collectively, you'll be able to achieve an effective solution to your application challenge.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Industrial Corrosion Protection Through Chemical Treatment

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", particularly when dealing with corrosion and it's effects on process equipment. Production downtime, safety concerns, environmental damage and personnel health all outweigh the obvious repair and replacement cost of the damaged equipment. All taken, the annual costs due to corrosion are estimated in the process and power industries are estimated to be around $750 billion globally.

Exterior treatments, such as painting and specialized coatings provide satisfactory results to maintain structural integrity. However, internal protection of process equipment requires a different approach. Building equipment from exotic materials which are immune from corrosion exceed any practical concept of reasonable cost. Another, much more reasonable approach is corrosion protection based on chemical treatment.

This guide, courtesy of Mettler-Toledo Process Analytics shows you the role in-line analytics play in keeping corrosion under control and avoiding unnecessary chemicals consumption in chemical plants, refineries, power and Cogen facilities.

Your local Process Analytics specialist can help you select the best equipment and strategy. Their experience and knowledge will save you time, money, and ensure quality. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Process Refractometers for Food and Pharmaceutical Use

Process Refractometers
Process refractometer with sanitary adapter
for food and pharmaceutical. (Electron Machine)
There are many industrial applications for process refractometers; particularly useful in the food and pharmaceutical industries, where there is a need for solids content measurement. Process refractometers are used to optimize production processes, ensure consistency and purity, and in managing quality control. Process refractometers and inline process refractometers, are types of refractometers designed for the continuous measurement of a fluid flowing through a pipe or inside a tank. They provide analysis to quickly, dependably, and to accurately identify a sample to determine its concentration and purity levels. By measuring the refractive index and temperature of flowing liquids, refractometers can then apply a mathematical function to determine the precise concentration of dissolved solids.

In commercial food applications such as jam or jelly production or the processing of soft drinks or wine, refractometers are used to measure degrees Brix. Bix is a graduated scale, used on a hydrometer, that indicates the weight of sugar per volume of solution at a given temperature. The Brix scale relates refractive index to sugar concentration, and is a method of maintaining consistency. For example, process refractometers are used for the concentration process of fruit juices. The concentration process is normally achieved by removing water through evaporation, and by measuring Brix, the evaporation process can be controlled and related to the desired juice concentration.

Process refractometers are also used in pharmaceutical processing where there is the need to monitor and control concentration levels during supersaturation, a critical process in crystallization. Crystallization is a critical element in the purification of solids in pharmaceutical production. The process refractometer guarantees precise monitoring and a high degree of measurement accuracy and reliability, towards the production of a pure product.

For more information on the application of process refractometers, contact Alliance Technical Sales by visiting https://alliancets.com or by calling 630-321-9646

Friday, April 13, 2018

Learn How a pH Sensor Works

pH Sensor
pH Sensor (Mettler)
The video below will provide you with a basic visual understanding of the design of pH sensors and the principles behind pH probe operation. Before viewing the video, here are some pH basics:

What is pH measurement?

pH (potential of hydrogen) is a figure used to express the acidity or alkalinity of a solution on a logarithmic scale. On this scale 7 is neutral; lower values are more acidic and higher values are more alkaline, with a maximum measurement of 14. In process applications, pH is generally measured with an inline pH probe, the most common being the glass combination electrode. Additionally, an inline pH probe generally requires a process adaption, cable and transmitter.

How does a pH probe work?

A typical combination pH probe is made up of two separate electrodes built into one, a pH sensing electrode, and a reference electrode. In the simplest terms, a pH sensing electrode uses a special pH sensing glass membrane. H+ ions permeate the membrane creating a charge. The potential between the two electrodes is the measurement of hydrogen ions in the solution, giving the measure of pH. For more details, download the free pH Theory Guide.

What is the difference between a pH probe, a pH sensor and a pH electrode?

Absolutely nothing! The three terms are used interchangeably in the industry. They can be used for probes that are used in-process or in laboratory measurement. You may also hear the term "pH meter". This can be used for a piece of laboratory equipment, or the term pH meter can also be used to mean the combination of an inline pH probe, cable and transmitter.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Magnetostrictive Level Transmitter

magnetostrictive level transmitter
Magnetostrictive level transmitter
Image courtesy Jogler, LLC
Physical properties of certain materials can be applied using ingenuity and creativity to create useful appliances. Magnetostriction, a physical property of ferromagnetic materials, produces a change in shape or dimension in the subject material when it is magnetized. This basic principle is integrated into a liquid level transmitter by extending a sensing wire along the interior length of a tube immersed in a process tank or other vessel containing the liquid to be measured. The transmitter pulses the sensing wire with an electrical current, creating an electromagnetic field. A magnetic float, travelling along the outside of the sensing tube, rises and falls as the liquid level in the tank changes. As the float moves along the length of the sensing tube, it creates a torsional stress in the sensing wire, starting at the position of the float, which matches the level of liquid in the tank. A sensing element converts the torsional stress in the wire to an electrical pulse. The transmitter measures the time differential between the initial pulse it sent down the sensor wire and the pulse resulting from the torsional stress and then calculates the position of the float and the liquid level.

These devices are very accurate and operate on a standard 2-wire loop. There are numerous options and variants that allow configuration for each application.

More information is included in the data sheet below. Your best source for current product and application information is a product specialist. Combining your process knowledge with their application expertise will produce the best outcomes.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Comparison of Digital and Analog pH Sensors



The video, produced by Mettler Toledo, provides a comparison of digital and analog pH sensors, particularly focused on operational and calibration procedures used for each. The digital version provides some real time saving advantages. Share you process measurement and analytical challenges with a process analytics specialist. Leverage your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop the best solutions for your operation.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Turbidity Measurement Tailored for Water Treatment Applications



Learn about the HF Scientific MTOL+ turbidimeter from this short video. Turbidity measurement is a common task in water treatment and water quality monitoring. Instruments designed for accuracy and easy of use, such as the MTOL+, can save time while producing reliable results. Notable features of the redesigned online instrument include:
  • Primary calibration can be completed in less than 5 minutes.
  • Low volume sample chamber enables quick response time.
  • Field replaceable long lasting light source.
  • Simple modular design with low maintenance burden
  • No external controller needed.
  • Bubble rejection system eliminates bubbles without delaying response time.
  • Data logging and storage of 1 year’s measurement and calibration data
  • Variable user-selectable logging interval from 1 to 60 minutes
  • Download data via USB
  • Software updates via USB
  • Isolated 4-20mA output standard
  • 4-20mA and RS-485 Modbus outputs simultaneously
  • Ultrasonic cleaning standard
Watch the video, and share your water quality measurement requirements and challenges with process measurement specialists. Leverage your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop an effective solution.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Quickly Solve a Range of Freeze Protection Challenges With Pre-Assembled Self-Regulating Heating Cable

preassembled self regulating heat cable freeze protection
Pre-assembled self-regulating heat cable sets can speed
installation of freeze protection for piping systems.
Image courtesy BriskHeat Corp.
Heat tracing a pipe, from start to finish can be time consuming. Selecting the various components, starting with the heating cable itself, extends through termination kits, controllers, mounting hardware and other electrical hardware needed to put the heating system in operation. BriskHeat has a product that, for many applications, offers a very simple and quick solution.

Pre-assembled self regulating heat cable is available in two voltage ranges, two watt densities, and prefabricated lengths up to 150 feet. Each cable is terminated at each end, saving the installer time. The cable is flexible enough for a spiral installation or to wrap around valves in the piping system. The self regulating aspect of the cable negates the need for a controller and power switching devices. Assemblies targeted for 120 volt applications are provided with a factory installed plug. The 208-277 volt cables will arrive with bare wire leads for installation of a customer provided connector. The cable can be easily installed using fiberglass or aluminum tape. Suitable insulation applied over the finished work will improve the performance of the heating system.

Share your heat trace and freeze protection challenges with industrial heating specialists, leveraging your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Know About ILS Automation

Sterile processing facility
Bringing ideas to fruition can sometimes require knowledge, skills, or a manpower commitment that is not readily available in an organization. There can be times when leveraging internal resources with outside expertise and assistance is the smart move, empowering your organization to attain its goals faster.

For bioprocess control and automation, ILS Automation can be that outsourced expertise and effort that gets the project done. The company combines bioprocess expertise, control software, and hardware into a turnkey package.

Cell Culture, Fermentation, Biofuel - Technology and engineering for accurate control of animal, insect, and plant cell cultivation. Systems from lab to pilot scale. Custom and semi-custom systems, fully integrated to meet process requirements to test optimize and translate lab and pilot scale activities into full scale production.

Bioreactors and control systems, including process control and analytical software, combine with full scale integrator services at ILS Automation. Find out more about how they can support and improve your bioprocess development by contacting a product and service specialist. Leveraging your own process knowledge and experience with their expertise will lead to an effective solution.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

New Silicone Heating Tapes For Industrial Heating Applications

flexible silicone rubber heat tape
Ultra-flexible silicone rubber heat tape easily wraps
smaller diameter pipes.
Image courtesy BriskHeat Corp.
There are many places throughout industrial and commercial installations where freeze protection or another reason for pipe heating exist. It is valuable to have a solution that can be applied quickly and easily to allow resources to remain focused on the larger mission of the organization.

BriskHeat has introduced their XtremeFLEX® line of silicone sheathed heat tape that combines plug and play installation ease with maximum flexibility and a built-in preset thermostat. The product can be installed with a bend radius of 1/4", allowing its use on small process lines of many types. The manufacturer provides a listing of some possible uses.
  • Viscosity and temperature control
  • Freeze protection
  • Integrally heated tools
  • Gas tubing
  • Valves
  • Laboratory heating
  • Plastic bending heat tape
  • External heating of dies and tools
  • Temporary heat
  • Hopper throat heater
  • Heat Tape for Pipes
More product information is provided in the brochure included below. Share your potential applications and heating challenges with an industrial heating specialist. Leverage your own process knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop an effective solution.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Total Organic Carbon Analyzer

total organic carbon TOC analyzer for water and purified water
Mettler Toledo Thornton Model 500TOCi
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer
Image courtesy Mettler Toledo Thornton
Total Organic Carbon, or TOC, is one of several common water purity measurements. Purified water use in power generation, semiconductor manufacturing, and pharmaceutical production all depend upon minimum standards of quality to avoid adverse impact on process output or operation. Elevated levels of carbon compounds in purified process water indicates that water treatment equipment is not performing properly and needs attention.

TOC measurement involves oxidation of carbon compounds in the presence of UV light and a measurement of sample conductivity. Processing of the raw measurement yields a value for total organic carbon. Analytical instruments  that lessen the need for human involvement and deliver rapid and accurate results are preferred. Mettler Toledo provides an advanced solution for TOC measurement with it 5000TOCi analyzer.

  • Fast continuous measurement
  • Reagent and chemical free
  • Reliable operation
  • ISM Intelligent Sensor Management

More detail is provided in the document below. Share your process analytic challenges with fluid process specialists. Leverage your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop effective solutions.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Some Recent Literature Updates for Electron Machine Corporation

industrial refractometer inline process measurement
MPR E-Scan is a rugged, industrialized
in-line process refractometer.
Image courtesy Electron Machine Corp.
Electron Machine Corporation, manufacturer of industrial process refractometers, recently updated some of their product, application and support literature. The new documents are described and linked below. Share your process measurement challenges, and any questions you may have about the Electron Machine process refractometers, with a product specialist. Leverage your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop effective solutions.

Operating and Service Manual for MPR E-Scan
Service manual for the MPR E-Scan, a hybrid-digital critical angle in-line process refractometer. It is used to measure the refractive index of process fluids.

MDS (Monitor Divert System) Color Manual
Service manual for the Monitor Divert System, a BLRBAC (Black Liquor Recovery Boiler Advisory Committee) compliant Black Liquor solids monitoring system designed specifically for Black Liquor recovery boilers.

Refractometers for Food Industry
Brochure for refractometers used to detect sugar levels and properties of jams juices, beverages, dairy products and much more.

Refractometers for Chemical Industry
Brochure for the MPR E-Scan used for measuring the strength of a chemical when diluted with water or with another chemical.

MPR E-Scan Sales Brochure
The MPR E-Scan is a rugged, industrialized, in-line process refractometer. It directly measures the refractive index of process fluids and then displays the reading in any number of customer-desired units (Brix, Percent Solids, Dissolved Solids, SGU, R.I., etc.).

Friday, January 26, 2018

Continuous Microbial Monitoring For Process Water

production facility for sterile products pharmaceuticals
Real time microbial monitoring for process water builds
quality and production levels.
Monitoring process water microbial counts in the pharmaceutical industry has traditionally been a time consuming, hands-on operation. Sample preparation, plate counting, stains, reagents, and the time required to get results has kept microbial monitoring a cumbersome task that provides only snapshots of the process water quality at the time of sampling.

The Thornton Model 7000RMS from Mettler Toledo, a continuous on-line microbial monitoring system for purified water and water for injection, uses advanced laser based technology to provide immediate detection and quantification of microorganisms. Particles as small as .52 microns can be detected, and the monitor uses recent advancements in spectroscopic technology to differentiate between microbial and inert particles.

The 7000RMS puts on-line analytics for microbial contamination on the same timeline as TOC and conductivity, with all three critical aspects now subject to real time measurement.

The offers a white paper with a more detailed view of the system functions and the technology behind it. Additional product and application information is available. Share your water analysis and process analytic challenges with application experts, leveraging your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise.