Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fixed Installation Gas Monitors for Industrial Safety

industrial hazardous gas monitor fixed installation
GAs monitor for industrial environments
MSA is the premier source for safety equipment, including permanently installed gas detectors to monitor levels of oxygen, combustibles, and toxic gases. The video below provides a complete overview of MSA's Ultima X line of gas monitors, including options and product variants.

Be mindful of the potential has hazards in your facility. Share your gas monitoring requirements and challenges with product specialists for assistance in matching the best product to your application.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Turbidity Meter - Hygienic for Food and Beverage Industry

continuous turbidity measurement instrument
Hygienic Turbidity Measurement Instrument
Turbidity is a measurement related to the particle content of a fluid. While it does not provide a direct particle count, it does deliver an indication of the optical clarity of the liquid, with the measurement being proportional to particle content. This is important to food and beverage manufacturers in maintaining consistent levels of quality and product character.

A liquid processing industry, such as the food and beverage industry, can benefit from continuous monitoring of turbidity, as opposed to periodic sampling. The rate at which manufacturers process liquids generally negates the use of a sampling method due to the large amounts of material processed between sampling and the processing of their results. Continuous measurement provides the fastest response to any trending or immediate changes in the fluid character.

One instrument manufacturer, Krohne, provides hygienic turbidity meters that can be installed, inserted into a pipe or vessel, to provide continuous turbidity readings. The instrument utilizes a near infrared light source, which eliminates the impact of medium color on the measurement. Krohne delivers a measuring system for monitoring the optical density of absorption of fluids in order to monitor continuous process results or to securely indicate changes. The process instrument has the capability to calibrate itself, preserving its high level of accuracy. Analog and digital outputs provide connective pathways to monitoring and control systems, and a number of product variants accommodate ease of use and several measurement ranges.

More detail is provided below in the technical data sheet. Share you process instrumentation requirements and challenges with product application specialists, combining your process knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop effective solutions.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Use Electronic Pressure Controllers in Your Research Process Loop to Eliminate Droop, Boost, and Hysteresis

(re-blogged with permission from Brooks Instrument)

Gas pressure control is critical in many applications like life sciences and chemical/petrochemical research where flow is an integral part of the process. Brooks Instrument electronic pressure controllers can be used as they require flow to function. Compared to using a mechanical pressure regulator, electronic pressure controllers eliminate droop, boost and hysteresis, offering stable pressure control.

There are two configurations available for pressure control – upstream and downstream. This terminology is somewhat unique to Brooks Instrument electronic pressure controllers.

Downstream vs. Upstream Pressure Control

downstream vs upstream pressure control diagram
Downstream pressure controllers maintain the pressure downstream of the device itself, increasing flow to increase the pressure and decreasing flow to decrease the pressure. For this reason, this is called direct acting. This configuration is commonly called a standard pressure regulator. A downstream pressure controller acts very similar to a typical mass flow controller because they are both direct acting.
Upstream pressure controllers maintain the pressure upstream of the device itself, increasing flow to reduce the pressure and decreasing flow to increase the pressure. For this reason, this is called reverse acting. This configuration is commonly called a back pressure regulator in the industry.

Selecting and Sizing an Electronic Pressure Controller

The following information is required to select and size a Brooks Instrument electronic pressure controller:
  • Process gas
  • Maximum flow rate being used to maintain pressure -The “sweet spot” for pressure control is between 100 SCCM and 5 SLPM.
  • Calibration pressure (maximum pressure to be controlled)
  • Reference pressure (for upstream controllers the reference pressure is the downstream pressure and for downstream controllers the reference pressure is the upstream pressure)
As long as flow is present in a process you will typically find the need for some type of pressure control. Vessel sizes up to 30 liters commonly use flow rates up to 3 SLPM during their process steps. Brooks Instrument pressure controllers are a perfect fit for these services, offering stable pressure control with no droop, boost or hysteresis, which are commonly experienced when using a mechanical pressure regulator.

Typical Bioreactor Process Using an Upstream Pressure Controller