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.