Fluid Handling

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Pump/trap fits tight spaces

GT10L PowerTrap combines a pump and trap for removing condensate from steam heat exchangers with limited clearance. Combining both items

in the same body reduces piping and eliminates installation errors. Units include hardened stainless steel internals on the snap-action mechanism and valve trim for reliable performance. Capacity is up to 4400 lb/hr. TLV Corp.; www.tlv.com


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Disconnect coupling for aggressive chemicals

ChemQuik CQN08 Series quick disconnect couplings handle high-flow, ultra-pure, aggressive chemical fluids. They feature a nonspill design that allows safe, instant line disconnects and a metal-free, spring-free flow path for smooth, unrestricted flow. The couplings are made of ultra-pure, virgin PTFE and feature Chemraz seals which minimize extractable contaminants. Colder Products Co.; www.colder.com


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Filter housing cover opens quickly

Quick Access Cover (QAC) filter housings feature a clamp-style cover that is quick and easy to open and close. The cover significantly reduces bag or cartridge changeout time from 15-25 min. to 5-15 sec. The venting system ensures the cover cannot be opened unless internal pressure is released. The cover reduces operating height, eliminating ladders and platforms. Rosedale Products, Inc.; rosedaleproducts.com


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Mag-drive pump has dry-run bearings

  • ICM magnetic drive pump reliably moves adangerous fluids such as toxics, pollutants, and corrosives where leakage presents health and environmental hazards. The fail-safe containment system features a one-piece cast can and Safeglide dry-run bearings. The pump is designed for flows up to 1760 gpm and heads up to 685 ft at 3500 rpm. Operating temperatures range from -40 to 550 F. Gould Pumps, ITT Industries; www.gouldspumps.com


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      Pump combines technologies

      MagMax is a unique combination of the best features of canned motor pumps and magnet drive pumps. It blends the motor and containment concept (secondary containment) with the efficiency, simplicity, and site serviceability of the magnet drive pump. The compact pump rotates at synchronous speed, unaffected by pump load. This makes the motor efficient and increases flow. Sundyne Corp., HMD/Kontro Div.; www.sundyne.com


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      Drum protector has room for pump

      Single Drum Roll-Top Hardcover provides protected storage of a 55-gal drum with a pump or funnel in place, indoors or out. A lockable roll-top slides up and out of the way. The removable cover lifts off the base for easy drum placement and removal. The unit can be easily moved with a forklift, with or without a drum in place. New Pig Corp.; www.newpig.com


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      Two-way pump handles fluids fast

      Dual-Force Vac two-way (fill/empty) vacuum drum pump is ideal for fast handling of sludge and coolant in sumps and open pits. Driven by filtered, compressed air, the pump can fill a 55-gal drum in less than 2 min. and eliminates motor burnout concerns and potential shock hazards. Pump has no moving parts, operates quietly, and is virtually maintenance free. ITW Vortec; www.itwvortec.com


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Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
Product of the Year
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
February 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
Jan/Feb 2018
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards
December 2017
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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