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2016 Product of the Year Finalists: Fluid Handling

Finalists in the Fluid Handling category for the Plant Engineering 2016 Product of the Year competition.


Polymer Labyrinth Seal, ChestertonPolymer labyrinth seal

The Chesterton polymer labyrinth seal (PLS) is designed to protect splash lubricated bearings found in pumps, motors, gearboxes, and other rotating equipment. This patent-pending, non-contacting seal is ideal for use as an upgrade from conventional lip seals as it eliminates fretting and helps to reduce maintenance costs associated with premature bearing and gearbox failures. The non-contacting labyrinth design includes a rotor, stator, and built-in valve with non-wearing parts. While in operation, lubricant is contained within the labyrinth and redirected back into the bearing housing while outside contaminants are excluded, by centrifugal force and gravity, from entering the housing.


Large External Mix Liquid Atomizing Nozzle, Exair Corp.External mix nozzle

The 1/2 NPT large external mix spray nozzles atomize fluids up to 303 gal/h. External mix nozzles are great where a high volume of liquid is needed. They can be used on liquids with a viscosity up to 800 cP. Large external mix nozzles are available in a narrow angle flat fan pattern. They combine liquid and compressed air to create a coating of liquid that can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of any application. With the 1/2 NPT large external mix atomizing nozzles, users can coat, cool, treat, and paint a variety of products.

Exair Corp.,

DrumQuik for GoatThroat, GoatThroat Pumps/Westcott Distribution Inc.Chemical dispense, pumping system

The DrumQuik for GoatThroat (DQGT) sealed chemical dispense/pumping system is designed to minimize/eliminate corrosive chemical exposure to technicians, prevent hazardous spills into the environment, minimize inventory loss due to evaporation, and protect the purity of the chemical while dispensing liquids at point of use and when transferring the system to the new barrel. With a DrumQuik dip-tube closure installed in the container, only the 2-lb DQGT pump head is moved to the next barrel. Featuring secure, threaded closure options for most common plastic and metals drums, the DQGT installs easily on barrels providing a sealed system that maintains liquid purity and prevents noxious vapors from escaping into the environment.

GoatThroat Pumps/Westcott Distribution Inc.,

Husky 1050e, Graco Inc.Double diaphragm pump

The Husky 1050e is an electric driven double diaphragm pump that incorporates all of the benefits of a traditional air operated diaphragm pump. This pump combines the ability to stall under pressure into an electric driven pump without the requirement for additional sensors or control loops. The Husky 1050e can solve several different issues with electrical pumps within a plant but it can also significantly reduce a company’s energy consumption when compared to the use of air operated pumps. The electric drive requires 80% less energy pump the same amount of fluid as an air operated pump in the same conditions.

Graco Inc.,

SoloTech, Graco Inc.Hose pump

The SoloTech addresses two main concerns for peristaltic hose pump users: hose life and turndown ratio. The SoloTech pump employs a single roller design in order to compress the hose and pump fluid. The single roller design of the SoloTech pumps compresses the hose once per revolution of the pump where the dual shoe designs compress the hose twice for every pump revolution. This equates for half the number of hose compressions on the SoloTech hose when compared to other dual shoe pumps for the same amount of fluid pump. The single roller also rolls along the hose, which reduces temperature and friction compared to the sliding shoes.

Graco Inc.,

Proportional Poppet De-scale Valve, Hunt Valve Inc.Proportional poppet de-scale valve

Hunt Valve’s proportional poppet valves help plant and maintenance engineers fight water hammer, extend service life, simplify maintenance, and avoid warranty issues. The valve incorporates electromechanical actuation to precisely control the metering poppet’s speed and position, which eliminates water hammer and provides maintenance-free, reliable operation in the dirtiest systems. To manage the high-velocity fluid flow, the valve has ceramic seating surfaces that prevent wear. The full ceramic seat is up to five times more durable than conventional seat materials, which maximizes the valve’s service life. The valve’s electromechanical linear actuator avoids the maintenance and reliability issues commonly associated with all types of media-actuated valves.

Hunt Valve Inc.,

Lynx Coupler, OPW Engineered SystemsBottom loading coupler

Lynx is optimized to bring liquid terminals and tank trucks the very best in dry-break API technology. From its ultra-durable stainless steel collar to its ability to protect loading arm connections even when facing surge pressures up to 500 psi, users can count on Lynx for years of service and to help minimize fluid loss. Lynx is about safety and speed, two things that plant operators look for in any device. The Lynx coupler uses an innovative U-pin design that insures fast, easy maintenance and security given that it’s impossible to re-build incorrectly. Each seal has been rigorously tested and classified for applications and operating temperatures.

OPW Engineered Systems,

MegaPress No-Stop Coupling, Viega LLCNo-stop coupling

The MegaPress no-stop coupling is designed for joining Schedule 5 to Schedule 40 black iron pipe in sizes ½ to 2 in. The no-stop coupling is made out of carbon steel and uses the patented Smart Connect feature, which allows water or air to flow past the sealing element during pressure testing to identify unpressed fittings, providing installers with added confidence in their connections. The MegaPress system uses modern cold press connections for pipe installation, and is FM-compliant for NFPA 13, 13D, and 13R fire sprinkler systems and ASME B31 compliant for pressure and boiler piping.

Viega LLC,