Showing posts with label Mountain States Engineering. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mountain States Engineering. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Operating Principle - Solenoid Valve


Solenoid magnetic field
A solenoid is an electric output device that converts electrical energy input to a linear mechanical force.

At the basic level, a solenoid is an electromagnetic coil and a metallic rod or arm. Electrical current flow though the coil produces a magnetic field, the force of which will move the rod. The movable component is usually a part of the operating mechanism of another device. This allows an electrical switch (controller) to regulate mechanical movement in the other device and cause a change in its operation. A common solenoid application is the operation of valves.

solenoid valve basic parts
Solenoid valve basic parts
A plunger solenoid contains a movable ferrous rod, sometimes called a core, enclosed in a tube sealed to the valve body and extending through the center of the electromagnetic coil. When the solenoid is energized, the core will move to its equilibrium position in the magnetic field. The core is also a functional part of valve operation, with its repositioning causing a designed changed in the valve operating status (open or close). There are countless variants of solenoid operated valves exhibiting particular operating attributes designed for specific types of applications. In essence, though, they all rely on the electromechanical operating principle outlined here.
A solenoid valve is a combination of two functional units.

  • The solenoid (electromagnet) described above.
  • The valve body containing one or more openings, called ports, for inlet and outlet, and the valve interior operating components.

Flow through an orifice is controlled by the movement of the rod or core. The core is enclosed in a tube sealed to the valve body, providing a leak tight assembly. A controller energizing or de-energizing the coil will cause the valve to change operating state between open and closed, regulating fluid flow.

Share your control valve requirements and challenges with an application specialist. Combining your process application knowledge with their product expertise will produce the most effective solutions.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Who Is OMB Valve?


large 42" industrial trunnion mount ball valve for oil industry
42" Trunnion Ball Valve
Courtesy OMB Valves
Mountain States Engineering offers the OMB line of valves for the transportation and energy industries throughout the western states. OMB has been a manufacturer of forged steel valves since 1973, starting business in Italy and establishing a presence in every major energy producing region of the world. North American operations are supported from the Stafford, Texas plant which has expanded to over 100,000 square feet.

OMB manufactures globe, ball, gate, and check valves with a broad range of variants to meet diverse requirements throughout the world. The company is well known for is line of forged steel valves, but OMB also fabricates using other materials, including specialty alloys.

Review the company's full product line below. Contact the valve application specialists at Mountain States Engineering for additional product information or assistance meeting any industrial or process control valve challenge.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Pressure Relief Valves - Safety Sentry

Gas fired industrial steam boilers
Industrial processes involve hazards. Thoughtful engineering
and design minimize risk and mitigate damage.
Danger and hazards are an integral part of industrial processes. The mitigation of these dangers and hazards, as well as reducing the probability of their occurrence, is the primary charge of industrial process engineering. Every product intended for use in a process control setting has safety and protection included in its design criteria. Pressure relief valves fall in that category of products designed and intended solely for safety purposes.

Manufacturers of what most generally refer to as pressure relief valves break the genre down into two distinct groups, relief valves and safety valves. One manufacturer, Kunkle (a Pentair brand), distinguishes the two valve types in their "Safety and Relief Products Technical Reference"...
Relief Valve: A spring-loaded pressure relief valve actuated by the static pressure upstream of the valve. The valve opens normally in proportion to the pressure increase over the opening pressure. A relief valve is used primarily with incompressible fluids (liquids).
Safety Valve: A spring-loaded pressure relief valve actuated by the static pressure upstream of the valve and characterized by rapid opening or pop action. A safety valve is normally used with compressible fluids.
The difference between the two valve types is found in their response to an excessive pressure condition. The relief valve, according to the definition, responds proportionally to the pressure increase, whereas the safety valve provides a non-proportional rapid response. Note also that the relief valve is generally intended for use with liquids (incompressible) and safety valves are commonly applied to compressible fluids, which would include steam and air.

Pressure relief valves are found anywhere pressure is contained, be it a piping system, vessel, even a
Pressure relief valve spring loaded
Spring loaded pressure
relief valve
Courtesy Kunkle
household pressure cooker. The purpose of the relief or safety valve is to protect a pressurized system or vessel, should the system pressure exceed the maximum allowable working pressure. Simply put, keep it from breaking apart.

Because of the potentially catastrophic nature of a pressurized system failure, there is a high level of scrutiny, regulation, and testing focused on pressure relief and safety valves. The proper sizing and selection of the valves is also critical to providing proper function.

I have included a technical reference bulletin from Kunkle with this article. Browse through it. You are bound to discover something you did not know about safety and relief valves and their proper application. You can also contact the specialists at Mountain States Engineering for assistance in proper valve sizing and selection.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mountain States Engineering and Crane Expand Their Relationship

Triple Offset Butterfly Valve
Krombach Triple Offset Metal Seated Valve
Courtesy Crane CPE


Mountain States Engineering and Controls has been selected as the new distributor of the Krombach branded valves from Crane CPE. MSEC has been a master distributor for various brands in the Crane family for fifteen years, and will be capitalizing on knowledge and experience gained from their many years of providing solutions in the industrial process control and valve fields. The Krombach branded valves complement the applications range of other industrial valves handled by MSEC.

The Krombach line includes:
  • Butterfly Valves - High performance, resilient seated, double-eccentric, triple offset and special purpose butterfly valves.
  • Ball Valves - Process one-piece, two-piece and three-piece, metal seated, soft seated and compact ball valves.
  • Globe and Angle Valves - Bronze, cast iron, cast steel and stainless steel globe and angle valves.
  • Gate Valves - Bronze, cast iron, cast steel and stainless steel gate valves.
  • Check Valves - Ball, dual-plate, foot, full body swing, steam stop, tilting disc, wafer style swing, nozzle-type and pressure seal check valves.
  • Vacuum Relief Valves - Available with flanged or threaded connections.
  • Aerating and Deaerating Valves - Essential for trouble-free operation of pipeline systems handling liquids.
  • Float Valves - Single seated and double seated versions for a variety of applications.
  • Throttle Valves - Available with flange connection, wafer- or weld-in type.
  • Bottom Drain Valves - Available manually operated or with a diaphragm actuator.
I have included below one of the many comprehensive data sheets available. More information on any application or product is available from the process control specialists at MSEC. Combining their product knowledge with your process mastery is the key to positive outcomes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pipeline Strainers: Proper Selection and Application

Pipeline Basket Strainer Cutaway View
Basket Strainer
Courtesy Spirax Sarco
Pipeline strainers are one of those simple devices that perform a critical role in maintaining the smooth operation of any piping system. They are found in any operation that has fluid moving through a pipe, and their proper selection and application is the subject of a great tutorial authored by the experts at Spirax Sarco, a premiere manufacturer of specialties for industrial piping systems.

One of the basic tenets of industrial process control operations is to maintain a specified function or outcome, to keep things working. Reduced to its simplest, the function of a strainer is to trap materials flowing in the pipeline that should not be there. Rust, scale, joint compound, and particulate materials can impact the function of valves and other elements in the system. A strainer will trap and hold undesirable material, for removal at a later time.

The attached article is excerpted from the company's extensive tutorial library, which you can access by contacting an application specialist. That same application specialist can provide additional detail at any level you need, as well as work with you to meet application challenges and improve your industrial or commercial operations.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Capable Single Tank Level Display Solution

Oil Refinery Storage Tanks
Oil Refinery Storage Tanks
Earlier this year, King Gage released their LP1 Tank Level Indicator. The unit provides a number of integrated features that give the user accurate indication of tank liquid level. Mate the LP1 with any level sensing instrument that produces a 4-20 ma output signal and it can calculate tank inventory based upon hydrostatic pressure or direct level measurement. Tank level is displayed directly in engineering units, referencing a capacity profile that correlates the transmitter output to actual tank geometry. All application parameters are preprogrammed at the factory, based upon supplied application data, and stored in nonvolatile memory. Options include an isolated 24 Vdc transmitter power supply, Modbus communications, and more.

This simple, accurate, flexible unit can be easily applied in many industrial process measurement and control settings. Discuss your application possibilities with a product specialist to save time and take advantage of their wide range of application experience.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Steam Heat Exchanger Stall - Eliminate It For Best Performance

Steam Heat Exchanger
Industrial Steam Heat Exchanger
Courtesy JFD Tube & Coil Products
Efficient and reliable operation is always an objective of a steam system owner or operator. If your system employs heat exchangers, an understanding of heat exchanger stall will put you on a path to efficient operation, lower maintenance, and possibly longer useful life for major parts of your system.

Heat exchanger stall occurs when low load conditions reduce the steam pressure in the heat exchanger, decreasing the pressure differential across the steam trap to a point below the back pressure in the condensate line. The resulting condition causes condensate to back up into the heat exchanger, reducing its efficiency. There are other negative effects that are illustrated in the animated video below, produced by world recognized steam system experts Spirax Sarco and presented by Mountain States Engineering, a distributor in the Western US.

The video is useful and comprehensible to a wide range of  skill and knowledge levels. It takes only four minutes to view, and will leave you with a better understanding of how you can get consistent and efficient performance from your steam system.

For a steam system survey and evaluation, contact the engineers at Mountain States Engineering. They have the technical knowledge, products, and other resources to deliver solid and positive solutions for keeping your steam systems at peak operation.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What You Should Know About Industrial Steam

Electric power generation plant
Electric Power Generation Plant
One of many industrial and commercial uses of steam.
Steam has been an important part of industrial operations since long before your parents were born, and not just for electric power generation. The staying power of steam for commercial and industrial operations stems from its use as a delivery medium for power, heat, and moisture. Today, other than for power generation, steam is frequently used as a method of delivering heat. That, and a range of other uses throughout industry mean that your familiarity with the various elements of a steam production and delivery system are a key part of your personal knowledge base. Your understanding of the basics will serve you well in planning sessions, project discussions, and decision making throughout your industrial career. Even if you are not an engineer, do not carry a tool bag, and only wear a hardhat when you visit the plant floor, knowing about steam systems can boost your decision making skills and confidence on projects where steam is employed.

Spirax Sarco, a world class manufacturer of products and turnkey solutions for the control and efficient use of steam for industrial and commercial users, has produced a set of tutorials that allow you to learn about a wide range of topics directly related to the production and use of steam in industrial and commercial settings. The tutorials are grouped in major sections, with subtopics dividing each subject into smaller parts, making it easy to find a specific topic or break your knowledge gathering operation into more manageable pieces. Major topics include:

  • Introduction
  • Steam Engineering Principles and Heat Transfer
  • The Boiler House
  • Flow Metering
  • Basic Control Theory
  • Control Hardware: Electric/Pneumatic Actuation
  • Control Hardware: Self-acting Actuation
  • Control Applications
  • Safety Valves
  • Steam Distribution
  • Steam Traps and Steam Trapping
  • Pipeline Ancillaries
  • Condensate Removal
  • Condensate Recovery
  • Desuperheating
  • Equations
Few of us will want or need to get through all of it. This is, however, and excellent resource for stakeholders that want to have a bookmark where they can build or refresh their knowledge about the subject. You can gain access to the tutorials through contact with a sales engineer, another valuable resource you should employ in seeking industrial process control solutions.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Easy Pressure Switch Installation for Hazardous Areas

Adjustable Setpoint Pressure
Pressure Switch for Hazardous
Areas
Courtesy Custom Control Sensors
Industrial process control applications present an unending stream of challenges to designers, engineers, technicians, and other stakeholders. Because of the general nature and scale of industrial operations, there is often danger and risk involved during normal operation, as well as the potential for catastrophic impact to personnel, environment, and other assets in the the case of failure. The equipment and components we employ in our processes have three areas of consideration. Firstly, they must perform some range of functions reliably under normal operating conditions. Second, the contribution of any device to the risk of process failure must be minimized. Thirdly, there may be performance requirements for the device under abnormal process or environmental conditions.

Hazardous areas, with potentially explosive atmospheres due to the presence of certain gases or fine particulates, pose a particularly challenging set of circumstances to those of us striving to make things work properly. Everything within the hazardous area must be hardened in such a way that it poses no risk of being the source of ignition of the surrounding atmosphere. There are various effective methods for accomplishing this, most of which involve substantially increased cost and time.

Custom Control Sensors, a manufacturer that devotes a substantial portion of its product line to control devices for use in hazardous areas, has added a new development to their series of adjustable setpoint industrial pressure switches. The latest addition to the line is suitable for hazardous areas and has a unique feature that will save time, money, and a even a little space in your process area.

The newest version of the company's 6900 series industrial pressure switch features a Turck® connector that simplifies installation in Class I, Division 2 applications. Use of the connector eliminates the need for an electrical junction box at the sensor location and makes installation or removal of the device a simple operation. This improvement simplifies the deployment of pressure switches in hazardous areas.

The features and specifications for the product are included in the data sheet that I have shared below. The manufacturer sees applications for the product in:

  • Wellhead control panels
  • Chemical injection skids
  • Hydraulic control packages
  • Gas compression skids
  • Off-shore and on-shore installations
You may have your own potentially advantageous applications for this or some other CCS products. Contact a product specialist to explore product solutions to your process challenges.





Monday, October 5, 2015

Cooling Tower Corrosion Resistance - It's Easy

Corrosion resistant cooling tower installation
Corrosion resistant cooling tower
Courtesy Delta Cooling Towers
Machinery that will be continuously bathed in a spray of water throughout its operating life is certainly a good candidate for some corrosion protection. Locate this equipment outdoors, perhaps in a coastal area, and the potential to gain benefits from a corrosion resistant installation are more than clear.

Cooling towers fit my previous description admirably, and their scope of application makes them an essential element of facility operation. Every unit is exposed to combined effects of variable water chemistry, constant saturation at elevated temperatures, and aeration. Some cooling towers also are impacted by potentially harmful agents in the process water and various airborne pollutants, including sulfur oxides and acid rain.

For those not entirely familiar with how a cooling tower works, here are the very basics. Cooling towers transfer an amount of heat from one or more water-cooled machines or systems to outdoor air. Heated water from the water cooled systems enters the cooling tower, distributes over a heat transfer surface (sometimes called the fill), and is cooled by an induced air flow that is forced through the fill. The flowing air causes a portion of the water to evaporate, removing heat and lowering the temperature of the water. The cooled water is collected in a basin and returned to the system to repeat the heat transfer cycle.

Traditionally, cooling towers were fabricated of metal because of its structural strength and ability to be formed using readily available fabricating means. Differing metals were employed, at basic to premium price points, to provide increased levels of resistance to the ever present corroding nature of water and weather. Many cooling towers built today employ the same, or similar, materials and methods used decades ago. There is, and has been for quite some time now, a modern alternative to metal cooling tower construction that provides substantially increased levels of corrosion resistance at a competitive price point.

Delta Cooling Towers, Inc. manufactures cooling towers using structural and other plastics, enabling them to provide a 20 year warranty covering the basic structure of the unit. The product line provides capacity and performance range to cover almost any requirement. If you are in the business of specifying heat rejection equipment for your own facility, or one of your client's, you should get more detailed information about this equipment. Have a discussion about your application requirements, and concerns about operational longevity, with a product specialist. Good decisions come from combining the knowledge and experience of many.

As a quick reference, included below is a list of materials used in the construction of the Delta Cooling Towers unit. A quick glance by anyone familiar with the corrosion susceptibility of metals used in tower construction will see that the superior performance of the plastic materials should be given serious consideration on a cooling tower project.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Triple Offset Valves - Some Advantages and Considerations

Flowseal brand triple offset butterfly valve
Triple Offset Butterfly Valve
Courtesy Flowseal, Crane CPE
Industrial process control often involves the control of fluid flow, ranging from slurries or petroleum to highly refined liquids and gases. The enormous variety of application specifics has given rise to a wide range of valves with performance characteristics to match those requirements. One common valve type is the butterfly valve. In it's simplest form, it is a disc located in the path of fluid flow that is connected to a shaft. The disc rotates through a 90 degree arc to present either its face (valve closed) or its edge (valve open) to the fluid flow path. I wrote about some advantages and disadvantages of butterfly valves a couple months ago under the title "Is a Butterfly Valve Right for Your Application?".

There is a variant of the simple version of the butterfly valve that provides distinct advantages for many applications. Referred to somewhat officially as a triple offset butterfly valve, it can also be more commonly called simply a triple offset valve.

How is a triple offset butterfly valve different from a basic butterfly valve?


The triple offset valve does away with the centric alignment of the shaft and disc, using instead a shaft mounting arrangement that relocates the shaft axis off both the center of the disc and the center of the bore. This shaft positioning, while creating a larger flow obstruction in the fully open position, sets the disc movement path in the proper alignment to take advantage of the third offset, which is the sealing surface. Triple offset valves have a different seals than other butterfly valve variants. There is an angular sealing surface, the angle of which is determined by sectioning an imaginary right angle cone shape that extends along the bore. However, the apex of the cone does not lie on the center of the bore. This inclination of the seal cone constitutes the third offset. You can see an illustration of this description in the document included below.

What advantages might those differences bring to your application?


  • Triple offset valves have discs that do not contact the sealing surface until the valve is closed. This is in contrast to other butterfly valve designs, which have contact between the disc and resilient seals for part or all of the disc travel, along with the associated friction and wear.
  • Elastomer or other similarly resilient materials are not needed to provide a zero-leakage, bubble tight shutoff. Sealing is generally accomplished with metal-to-metal contact.
  • Friction free stroking of the valve disc. Actuator power requirements may be reduced.
  • All metal construction provides elements of corrosion and heat resistance not found in other butterfly valve designs with resilient seals.
  • This valve is torque sealed, not position sealed like other butterfly variants. Actuator torque forces the seal of the machined metal surfaces to produce tight shutoff.
  • No breakaway torque requirement, since the disc is not contacting resilient seals. 
  • Seating arrangement prevents overstroking of the valve, a potential problem with other butterfly valves.
Different manufacturers may have slightly different feature sets, but this should help you consider the benefits of this butterfly valve variant. Though its initial cost may be higher, the expected lower maintenance requirement, longer service life, and better performance may be well worth it. Talk to a valve product specialist about your application. I've written many times that combining your process expertise with the up to date product knowledge of a professional sales engineer will produce a positive outcome.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Mountain States Engineering Reference Library


Mountain States Engineering Reference Library
Industrial Process Control Product Reference Library
Mountain States Engineering 
Business is about getting things done.
In today's pressured environment, it's also about getting things done expeditiously. At Mountain States Engineering, we want our existing and prospective customers to know that we are here to help you get those things done....expeditiously. Our updated website includes a library of links and literature downloads for everything we sell. The goal is to help our fellow engineers in the industrial process measurement and control industry find answers and information quickly, anytime.

No registration, password, or revealing of personal information is required to access the information. Go to our website, select the menu bar item "Library" and you are in.

Mountain States Engineering is dedicated to support of industrial process engineers, technicians, and stakeholders of all types. With top flight products, problem solving, and support, Mountain States Engineering will be the group you turn to for industrial process control solutions. If you need anything not provided in the library, never hesitate to contact one of our engineering sales professionals.

Screen shot of Mountain States Engineering Library Page
Screen Shot for Mountain States Engineering Reference Library
No registration required

Monday, September 14, 2015

No Compressed Air? Use Water to Power Your Valve Actuator.

Hytork XLW Water Powered Valve Actuator
XLW Water Powered Valve Actuator
Courtesy Hytork
Air is everywhere, but very little of it is compressed for our use in powering a valve actuator. Sometimes, possibly at sites located remotely, a reliable source of compressed air is unavailable for process control valve actuation. Installing an air compressor at the site may be an option, but one with impact on the reliability of the installation deemed undesirable. One possible solution is a water powered valve actuator. With mains water available, pressurized within the range of 60 to 100 psi (4-7 bar), actuator power can be derived and valve operation successfully achieved.

Water always presents its own set of special considerations, not the least of which is that it tends to corrode most metals used in construction of actuator parts over time. Of additional concern are the particulates present in water systems which can cause premature deterioration of seals and scoring of cylinders in the actuator. Directional control solenoid valves will also function more reliably with a water supply free of larger particulates. While this is a concern, the solution is simply to place an inexpensive filter upstream of the devices, eliminating the contaminates from the water supply.

While it is possible to employ some "standard" actuators in a water powered setting, there are special adaptations that can be applied to common actuator design to better suit the use of water power. One manufacturer, Hytork, has done just that with their XLW Series of water operated actuators. The XLW Series is a water powered adaptation of the company's successful XL Series actuators. Special coatings are applied to critical parts to provide necessary protection for water applications. There are other differences between the compressed air and water versions of the actuator, detailed in the installation and operating instruction manual shown below. The manual is short enough to be read in a couple minutes (really, just a couple minutes) and provides useful and illustrative information about actuator construction, operating characteristics, and maintenance requirements.

Contact a valve application specialist for more information, or to discuss any of your fluid control application needs.


Monday, September 7, 2015

When is a Diaphragm Valve Your Best Choice?

Gemu Industrial Diaphragm Valve Metal Body Hand Operated
Hand Operated Metal Body Diaphragm Valve
Courtesy Gemu
Industrial process control, as a field of endeavor, covers an incredibly broad range of applications, all highly specialized in their own way. The control and handling of fluids is a prevalent activity in process control, leading to a wide variety of valves from which to choose for your application. Figuring out which flow control valve will best meet the needs of a particular application requires a detailed assessment of the physical elements to which the valve will be exposed, and under what conditions it will need to operate. In other words, know your process fluid, know your operating environment. A solid understanding of your process will make valve selection a simpler task, since there will likely be a small segment of your requirements able to be fulfilled by only one or two valve types.

When referring to valve types, common terminology generally describes the means utilized to control the flow. Some prevalent valve types, though certainly not an exhaustive list, include ball, plug, butterfly, diaphragm, gate, needle, and globe. Each of these basic designs have characteristics that make them more suitable than others for certain application conditions. Let's look at diaphragm valves.

A diaphragm valve controls fluid flow through the movement of a flexible membrane, unsurprisingly called a diaphragm. Numerous means can be employed to apply force to the diaphragm and a seal is created when the membrane compresses against a targeted portion of the valve body. A prominent feature of this valve type is the isolation, by the diaphragm, of the valve operation mechanism from the fluid. Two general body styles are available, referred to as weir and straight through. The weir design requires less extensive movement of the diaphragm than the straight through type, resulting in a longer expected life for the diaphragm. The straight through style, when open, provides little obstruction to the fluid flow and may be more suitable for some media.

Some diaphragm valve characteristics that might prove advantageous:

Pneumatically Operated Diaphram Valve, Plastic Body
Pneumatically Operated Diaphram
Valve, Plastic Body
Courtesy Gemu

  • Isolation of the valve operating mechanism from the fluid.
  • Design is easier to sanitize or sterilize in place than other valve types.
  • Throttling or shutoff service. Throttling generally limited to weir type.
  • Fast operation with powered actuators on weir type.
  • Valves can be lined with materials suitable for abrasive, corrosive, high purity, or other media.
  • Diaphragms available in wide variety of materials to suit application.
  • Leak tight shutoff.
  • Valves can be serviced in-line.
  • Suitable for many high purity applications with proper lining and membrane materials.

Diaphragm valve limitations that may be significant to your application:

  • Limited operating pressure range, when compared to many other valve types.
  • Flexing of diaphragm during operation limits usable life of the membrane and creates maintenance event.
  • Temperature range is limited to that of the membrane and liner material.
  • Range of available sizes is generally less than other valve types.
  • Manual operation is generally slow, requiring multiple turns of a handwheel.
Consider your process environment, consider your process fluid, consider if a diaphragm valve will provide the performance you need. I always recommend taking the time to discuss your application with a valve specialist. Their extensive knowledge base and application experience will enhance your solo valve selection performance. 




Sunday, August 30, 2015

Modern Refrigeration Technology Delivers Energy Saving Air Drying for Industrial Compressed Air Systems

Industrial Refrigerated Air Dryer
Modular Refrigerated Air Dryer
Courtesy SPX Pneumatic Products
Compressed air is a common utility and source of power in many industrial plants and operations. It is well known that limiting the amount of moisture in compressed air is advantageous. Modern operations increasingly demand drier compressed air supply containing fewer contaminants. Some of the potentially damaging effects of moisture in compressed air systems include:

  • In air operated instruments, corrosion, leading to incorrect readings and false responses by plant operators.
  • In industrial processes utilizing pneumatic controls, clogging of orifices and malfunction of controls due to rust and scale can result in additional maintenance and repair, even process malfunction or shutdown.
  • In industrial spray-on coatings, moisture can affect their color, finish, and adherence.
  • In industrial production equipment, moving parts can experience rust and premature wear due to the washing away of lubrication by excessive moisture in compressed air.
For many industrial applications, removing moisture from compressed air can be accomplished on a continuous basis utilizing a properly configured mechanically refrigerated air dryer. SPX Flow Techonology's Pneumatic Products brand of refrigerated air dryers applies best in class refrigeration technology to deliver substantial energy savings to the process. The ESM product line features:
  • Measurable energy savings.
  • Rapid return on investment
  • Load matching performance
  • Modular construction for multi-station design with isolation for service and maintenance
  • Fault tolerant operation
  • Integral filtration
Review the product data sheet below for more detail on the versatility, energy savings, and all around performance of the ESM Series Refrigerated Air Dryers. Product specialists can provide answers to your application questions, along with assistance with product selection and incorporation into your plant or process.




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Steam Condensate Return Systems - Basic and Essential

Condensate Return Pump
Condensate Return Station
Courtesy Roth Pump Company
Many industrial processes and plants utilize steam in their operations. The generation and use of steam is one of the oldest industrial processes and is so well understood that it may be considered more of a utility than part an industrial process. Whatever the case, if your process or installation uses steam, then steam is a necessary input for successful operation. Keeping your steam system performing at capacity frees up time and resources for the more complex aspects of your work.

If steam is not consumed directly by the process as a component input, it is steam's heat of vaporization that is utilized by the operation. Efficient use of steam as a heating medium results in the conversion of vapor to liquid (water). Returning the liquid condensate back to the boiler for conversion to vapor again is a necessary step in the efficient operation of a closed loop system.

Condensate return systems are certainly not high technology, but keep in mind that a steam system may be the lifeblood of not just one, but many operations throughout a plant. Avoiding downtime in the steam system, of which the condensate return pump is an integral part, ranks highly on the list of "Important Things for Plant Operations". Condensate return is critical. What are some strong attributes of a good and reliable condensate return pump?


Condensate return station with dual pumps
Condensate Return Station with Dual Pumps
Courtesy Roth Pump Company
  • Minimize or eliminate cavitation at high temperatures. Cavitation will impede pump performance and cause premature deterioration of pump and drive components.
  • Ability to handle a high load during cold starts through motor and pump design.
  • Design and configuration to handle high temperatures without deterioration of pump and motor.
  • Develop higher pressure at lower motor speeds for extended service life.
  • Avoidance of mechanical seals below water line.
  • Consider a single unit with dual pumps for handling high loads and extending service life.
Specifying and installing a solidly designed and built condensate return pump may require an investment of your time and consideration. The return on that investment will be reduced maintenance, repair, and downtime. Talk to a product specialist about your steam system. Combining your intimate operational knowledge and experience with their deep product knowledge and experience with many installations will yield a good solution.



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Economical Suction Diffuser Provides Industrial Pump Protection

Suction Diffuser for Industrial Pump
Courtesy Titan Flow Control, Inc.
Liquid handling in industrial processes commonly involves the provision of a pump to move the fluid in the desired manner. Industrial pumps operate best and longest when they are provided with inlet conditions within a range for which the pump is designed. Two conditions prevalent among many pumps are low levels of particulate matter greater than a tolerable size and minimized turbulence at the pump inlet. Piping and specialties approaching the pump inlet should be arranged to provide these conditions to promote low vibration, energy savings, and a long service life.

An effective way to provide pump protection, save installation space, and reduce the probable demands for maintenance and service over the machine's expected operating life is to specify and install a suction diffuser at the pump inlet. There are numerous advantages to this approach.
  • The unit is mounted directly to the inlet side of the pump, saving space and additional connection points.
  • An integral strainer prevents unwanted materials from entering the pump inlet.
  • Straightening vanes on the outlet side of the suction diffuser reduce turbulence in the flow entering the pump.
  • Provision of a suction diffuser reduces the total parts count and connection points (joints) approaching the pump inlet. A single cast unit takes the place of a strainer, reducing elbow, and entrance pipe. Reduced installation time and cost are achieved using the integral design of the suction diffuser.
Titan suction diffuser installation
Suction Diffuser shown installed on pump inlet.
Courtesy Titan Flow Control, Inc.
A suction diffuser may not be the most exciting specialty you ever install, but the benefits of its use warrant your attention. It's one of those simple product ideas that contributes to a good pump installation you can confidently sign off on. You can find out more by reaching out to a product expert and discussing your potential application.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Chemical Flow Meters for Hazardous Environments


ISTEC Aquametro Chemical Flow Meter
Chemical Flow Meters for Industrial Process Measurement
Courtesy ISTEC
ISTEC Corporation’s Aquametro Domino line of Chemical Flow Meters provide accurate measurement of water and liquid chemical flows using rotary piston or vane wheel technology. Versions of the instruments are designed for use in safe and hazardous areas (ATEX). The Domino line has flexible mounting configurations to minimize installation space, and is suitable for conductive or non-conductive liquids. Proper operation and accuracy of the instrument is not diminished by flow disturbances. The rugged units are manufactured in a wide array of sizes and configurations to accommodate every application.

Review the product literature below, or contact a product specialist to discuss your water or liquid chemical flow measurement requirement.



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Industrial Steam Coils and Unit Heaters - Specify For Longevity

Industrial Steam Coil
Industrial Steam Coils
courtesy of Industrial Mechanical Specialties, Ltd.
There are many applications for steam coils and unit heaters in the industrial  and processing fields. Lacking the sizzle of high technology, steam coils are simple, straight forward pieces of gear that are intended to transfer heat from steam to air. While simple in principle, their importance in process or application is notable. You are heating that air because it needs to be heated in order for something else to continue working properly. Steam coil thermal performance is predictable and well understood, making sizing of the coil tube and fin components a relatively simple task. A critical and practical element for steam coil selection is specifying attributes that will deliver ruggedness and longevity to reduce the probability of failure due to normal wear and tear associated with the process and installation environment.

Employing heavier gauge fins and tube walls can provide a longer service life. Cabinets or casings fabricated of corrosion resistant materials, such as stainless steel, may also lengthen the service life of the unit. Any motors, mountings, fan guards, or other hardware should also be evaluated for upgrading to enhance service life.

Industrial Unit Heaters With Motor
Industrial Steam Unit Heaters
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Specialties, Ltd.
Of course, there is always cost involved. Examining the true cost of downtime to repair or replace a steam coil will likely show that some carefully considered options are well worth the comparatively small additional cost. Consult with a coil specialist. Discuss your application and see what construction enhancements will deliver longer on-line performance for your process.