Fluid Handling

Couplings replace ANSI flanges Dur O Lok couplings are all-purpose, lightweight connectors designed to replace ANSI Series 150-2500 flanges.


Couplings replace ANSI flanges

Dur O Lok couplings are all-purpose, lightweight connectors designed to replace ANSI Series 150-2500 flanges. They reduce maintenance, material costs, and space requirements for pipe racks. The nonrestrictive, full port, smooth bore eliminates pressure drop, allows pigging, and minimizes flow disturbances. Bete Fog Nozzle, Inc.; www.bete.com


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Pipe hanger eliminates disassembly

Speed Lock Clevis on pipe hangers eliminates hanger disassembly and reassembly when installing pipe, significantly reducing installation time. The one-piece construction means no lost or dropped nuts and bolts. Restricted swivel movement of the lower bow permits 2-3-in. pipe to be fed through the closed hanger without binding. Hilti, Inc.;www.us.hilti.com


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Copper tube crimper serves sanitary and heating applications

ProPress System is a connection system that crimps copper tubes in seconds for sanitary and heating applications. Designed as a replacement for the traditional sweat method of connecting copper tubing, it consists of an electro-hydraulic tool with interchangeable jaws that crimp 1/2-2-in. fittings into a watertight connection. Ridge Tool Co.; www.ridgid.com


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Pump handles difficult fluids

ANSI 2000 disc operating pump handles fluids with levels of viscosity, entrained air, and solids higher than any other ANSI pump. It has superior delicate solids handling ability. The operating system has a long life with reduced maintenance requirements. The pump meets all ANSI B73.1 standards. Discflo Corp.; www.discflo.com


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Pump control matches output to need

PumpSmart process system significantly reduces all the major portions of life cycle costs. It uses a standard centrifugal pump, microprocessor controller, and proprietary pump control software. As a result, the system provides protection against dry running, cavitation, low flow recirculation, and running against closed valves. Goulds Pumps, ITT Industries; www.gouldspumps.com


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Pump processes solvents safely

The 1/4-in. metal pump series is an air-operated, double-diaphragm pump that offers wetted components made of aluminum, 316 stainless steel, or Hastelloy with Pro-Flo and Accu-Flo air systems. The metal construction can be grounded for safety when handling solvents. The Teflon integral piston diaphragm maximizes containment. Wilden; www.wildenpump.com


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Valve automatically controls air regulators

Stabilizer dynamic, auto-loading airflow control device automatically regulates an air- loaded pressure regulator in a liquid process system. By providing dynamic control of the regulator, liquid line pressure is maintained with great accuracy and the need for electronics and/or exotic control valves are eliminated. Plast-O-Matic Valves, Inc.; www.plastomatic.com


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Monitor watches 2000 steam traps

SteamEye instantaneously monitors the operating condition of up to 2000 steam traps using a transmitter screwed into the base of inverted bucket or F & T traps. Radio waves transmit data to a PC equipped with special software, providing an immediate alert if traps require repair or replacement. Armstrong Intl., Inc.; www.armstrong-intl.com


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Small valve saves system space

X-Valve significantly reduces system size while providing pneumatic solutions in one ultra-reliable package, making it ideal for many applications. It is a two-position, three-way digital valve that is only 8-mm wide. The unique body incorporates all functional features in one glass-reinforced PBT molded body, reducing valve components. Pneutronics Div., Parker Hannifin Corp.; www.parker.com


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Tube fitting reduces leak potential

New tube fitting helps installers make consistent, leak-tight, high-performance tube connections. A patented back-ferrule design is engineered to hinge during installation, delivering greater sealing and gripping action and reducing the potential for improper installation and leakage. Swagelok Co.; www.swagelok.com


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Flowmeter has advanced diagnostics

PROline Promag 53 electromagnetic flowmeter features noise immune signal processing, advanced diagnostics, comprehensive self-monitoring functions, and the ability to monitor conditions and pinpoint maintenance problems. The device can use HART and fieldbus protocols. Endress + Hauser, Inc.; www. endress.com


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Metering pump offers precise settings

The gamma/L Series chemical metering pump offers programming capabilities and informational features. Stroke length is adjustable in 1% increments and is displayed for precise settings. Output rate and totalized output are displayed in gph or lph. Programmable access code prevents unauthorized adjustments. Fieldbus connection allows remote monitoring and control. ProMinent Fluid Controls, Inc.; www.pfc-amer.com


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