Showing posts with label Western South Dakota. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Western South Dakota. Show all posts

Friday, December 7, 2018

Mitigating Legionnaires Risk with Anti-Microbial Cooling Towers

Anti-Microbial Cooling Towers
Anti-Microbial Cooling Tower
(Delta Cooling Towers, Inc.)
We've all read about deadly outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease cropping up in cities across the United States. Hundreds of people have been severely sickened and dozens killed by deadly bacteria that proliferates in water systems like the cooling towers used in conjunction with large HVAC systems.

Causes:
  • Poor water flow and areas where water is stagnant, common to cooling tower designs with a large flat bottom basin, which will have stagnant water in the corners.
  • pH between 5.0 and 8.5, water temperatures between 68°F and 122°
  • Sediment that promote growth of commensal microflora
  • Microorganisms including algae, flavobacteria, and Pseudomonas, which supply essential nutrients for Legionella growth or harbor the organism
Prevention:
  • Chemical Water Treatment: Oxidizing Biocides are recommended as the best mode of control. Warning: this type of biocide can be aggressive towards metal surfaces; specifically metal cooling towers.
  • System Design & Engineering: No stagnant water, sloped basin, and/or basin sweeper system.
  • Maintenance – Competent consistent water treatment and monitoring most important.
  • According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 5,000 cases of Legionnaire’s disease are now reported each year in the United States.
Cooling towers have a long history of effectively expelling heat from the water used in many commercial and industrial applications. However, a recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that an overwhelming majority of the cooling towers they tested contained Legionella DNA. Legionella bacteria can flourish in cooling towers and spread to humans when expelled water vapor or mist containing the bacteria is inhaled.

Research in Legionella prevention led to conclusions that cooling towers with rounded basins and compounded with an antimicrobial resin significantly mitigated risk of harmful bacteria.  Rounded towers improve circulation which inhibits growth, and the anti-microbial chemicals embedded into the tower’s HDPE material also helps to prevent the growth.

Resulting from the research, the Anti-Microbial Cooling Tower, was developed by Delta Cooling Towers, Inc. and is now available to greatly reduce the growth of Legionnaires bacteria,  By incorporating an anti-microbial HDPE resin in the cooling tower shell, tower fill and drift eliminator, tests have confirmed efficacy against the growth and spread of Legionella.

For more information on Anti-Microbial Cooling Towers, visit this link.

To learn more about Anti-Microbial Cooling Towers right now, call Mountain States Engineering and Controls at 303-232-4100.


Friday, November 30, 2018

LevelWAV Radar Level Transmitter

LevelWAV microwave level transmitterKING-GAGE LevelWAV microwave level transmitter provides continuous measurement of liquids in storage or processing vessels. Measurement is independent of dielectric constant, temperature, pressure and density variations. It is suitable to a broad range of level measurement and control applications including process conditions exhibiting visible vapors, foam, high temperature and/ or pressure. Level measurement is possible for highly corrosive materials (caustics, acids, solvents) and slurries.

For more information, contact Mountain States Engineering and Controls by calling 303-232-4100 or visit their web site at https://mnteng.com.

Download the LevelWAV brochure here.


Friday, November 16, 2018

What is a Triple Offset Valve (TOV)?

Triple Offset Valve
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As the name implies, there are three separate offsets designed into the triple offset valve. Two of the offsets apply to the location of the shaft with respect to the center line of the bore and the center line of the disc/seat sealing surfaces.

The third offset in the design is the axis of the seat cone angle that is inclined from the center line of the valve bore. This eliminates rubbing of the seat/seal contact surfaces during operation and preserves sealing integrity over the cycle life of the valve.

The contact is made in only the final point of closure, acting as a mechanical travel stop which prohibits over-travel of the disc.

Applications and Method of Control

A triple eccentric or triple offset butterfly valve should be used when the application requires bubble tight shut-off, but does not allow the use of a rubber-lined butterfly valve due to low/high temperatures and high pressure. The triple offset design can be used for on/off services, throttling services and modulating services.

On/Off Service
Like the name suggests, on/off valves are designed to shutoff and to open fully but lack the ability to to regulate effectively through the range of travel.

Throttling Service
Throttling service (sometimes referred to as inching) is in general flow control through the system where the valve is set and held in an intermediate position.

Modulating Service
Modulating service (known also as regulating service) is used to drive the valve frequently to any position between fully open and fully closed to control the flow. It uses feedback from the field, and valve disc position is adjusted almost continuously.

Quarter turn valves are usually limited to a throttling range of ~25° to ~75° open (25% to 85%). In case of throttling the manufacturer should be consulted in order to predict whether the control valve was installed accurately.

For more information, contact Mountain States Engineering and Controls. Visit their web site at https://mnteng.com or call 303-232-4100

Monday, October 29, 2018

Level Controls Used on Grain Silos and Hoppers

Here is a short video displaying NIVELCO level instruments being used on grain silos and hoppers.

NIVELCO manufactures level measurement and control transmitters using microwave, guided wave radar, ultrasonic, capacitive, and magnetostrictive technologies as well as level switches utilizing float, conductive, magnetic, and vibrating technologies.


For more information, contact:
Mountain States Engineering and Controls
1520 Iris Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
303-232-4100 Phone
303-232-4900 Fax
www.mnteng.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What is an Industrial Gate Valve?

Industrial valves
Industrial valves come in a wide variety of types and styles.
 (Image courtesy of Crane)
Industrial valves are used for flow control in industrial processes at specific locations in a piping system. Valves start, stop, throttle, or divert the process fluid flow. Valve application characteristics are diverse, resulting in a broad array of possible valve choices. Valve styles and types have evolved based on their performance, safety, effectiveness, and longevity.

Valve type generally refers to the means employed to control fluid flow, specifically the body style and orifice design. These valve characteristics are used to determine whether a valve type may be suitable for your process application. The most common valve types include gate and globe valves (referred to as linear valves) and ball, plug, and butterfly valves (referred to as quarter-turn valves). All these types of valves have numerous variations and customizations occurring within each type.

The Gate Valve

Gate valve diagram
Gate valve diagram.

Gate valves utilize a movable wedge, often round or rectangular, that is positioned as to restrict the process flow path. This wedge, referred to as the gate or disc, is connected to a valve stem which extends to the exterior of the valve body. Linear motion of the stem will position the gate within the valve body to provide some degree of obstruction to the process flow path. Fully inserting the gate into the media path will shut off the flow, while successively withdrawing the gate will increase the opening through which fluid can pass and allows for increasing flow rates. Seals are provided along the planar surfaces where the gate contacts the valve body.

Gate Valve Advantages
  • When fully open, these valves provide little or no restriction to fluid flow. 
  • This valve type provides a straight through passage.
  • Gate valves can be employed bi-directionally, with flow control effectively available in both directions.
  • Installation space dimensions along the flow path are minimal.
  • Because the gate movement is perpendicular to the flow direction, the energy required to move the gate is generally low, allowing smaller actuators.
  • Closure of gate valves is comparatively slow to other types of valves, reducing the physical shock (hammering) in the piping system.
Additional Gate Valve Application Considerations
  • Valve seals are exposed to the fluid flow as the gate opens. The effects of the process media velocity and media corrosiveness on the seal material may cause deterioration at an unacceptable pace, particularly in throttling applications.
  • Gate valve stems generally extend substantially from the valve body, as they must accommodate the mounting of any required actuator and the entire range of motion of the gate. Some installations may not be able to provide the needed space for this arrangement.
  • The slower speed at which gate valves open and close may not be suitable for some applications.
  • Gate valves are generally not recommended for throttling the process flow, and using them in control applications could  result in gate vibration. There is also concern about expedited seal wear due to the exposure to higher process media velocities while throttling.

Friday, August 31, 2018

What is a Cooling Tower?

An evaporative cooling tower is heat removal device that uses ordinary water to transfer process waste heat from building and equipment into the atmosphere. All cooling towers operate on the principle of removing heat from water by evaporating a small portion of water that is recirculated through the unit.

The mixing of warm water and cooler air releases latent heat of vaporization, causing a cooling effect to the water.  Cooling towers are a key component of many refrigeration systems and can be found in industries such as chemical processing plants, power plants, steel mills, food processing plants, and many other manufacturing companies where process cooling is required.  Cooling towers are also used to provide comfort cooling for large commercial buildings such as universities, government facilities, airports, schools, hospitals, and hotels.

The video below provides a short review of what cooling towers are and why they are important.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Industrial Control Valve Basics

Understanding industrial control valve design and operation is very important if you work as a process engineer, a plant maintenance person, or if you design process control loops. Control valves are used extensively in power plants, pulp and paper mills, chemical manufacturing, petro-chemical processing, mining facilities, HVAC and steam distribution systems.

There are many types, manufacturers, body styles, and specialized features, but the they all share some basics operating principles. The video below explains components, operation, and fundamentals of how control valves operate.

https://mnteng.com
303-232-4100

Monday, July 23, 2018

Introducing VSI Controls Control Valves

VSI Controls
VSI Controls™, a newly-formed control valve company and wholly-owned subsidiary of PetrolValves™, offers Customers an exciting alternative to procure general and severe service rotary and reciprocating control valve systems that provide a best-fit solution for their processes.

VSI Controls™ combines the products and technology of Valtek Sulamericana™ - a leading control valves system manufacturer with 35 years’ experience supplying severe service solutions - with the financial strength, global infrastructure and manufacturing and technical prowess of PetrolValves™.

Company Strengths
  • A long history of technology and innovation originating from Valtek Sulamericana™. 
  • The financial strength and global infrastructure of PetrolValves™ 
  • A highly experienced and skilled technical team of control valve experts
Their product offering can be reviewed in the embedded document below, or you can download a PDF of the VSI Controls Control Valve Catalog here.

For more information, contact Mountain States Engineering & Controls by visiting https://mnteng.com or calling 303-232-4100.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Hazardous Area Adjustable Pressure Switch with Turck® Connector Eliminates Need for Junction Box

CCS Series 6900GE* and 6900GZE*Custom Control Sensors (CCS) is a manufacturer of pressure, temperature and liquid flow switches and sensors for the aerospace, defense, industrial and energy markets. They have a new pressure switch design with an integrated Turck® electrical connection that provides an outstanding seal and eliminates the need for a junction box.

CCS Series 6900GE* and 6900GZE*

The Turck® electrical connection provides easy “plug and play” in Class I, Division 2 applications and superior ingress protection.
  • No electrical junction box required.
  • Highly reliable devices utilizing the CCS Dual-Snap® Belleville disc spring principle pioneered by CCS’ engineers.
  • Engineering based on aerospace technology.
  • Rigid, compact and internally adjustable for convenient field set point adjustment.
  • Repeatable and stable set points.
  • Vibration and shock resistant.
  • High cycle life.
  • High over-pressure capability. (System and Proof)
  • Hermetically sealed electrical assembly for environmental protection.
Adjustable set point range:
1 to 3400 PSIG 0.07 to 234 bar 6.89 to 23400 kPa

Operating temperature: Temperature limits change with O-ring selection. -40° to 176°F (-40° to 80°C)

Standard features:
  • CE Mark
  • CRN
  • Dual Seal: ANSI/ISA-12.27.01
  • NACE MR0175 / ISO 15156
  • NEMA: 4, 7, 9,13 / IP66
  • U.L. / cUL
  • Hermetically Sealed Electrical Assembly
  • 316 SST Electrical Assembly
For more information, contact Mountain States Engineering & Controls by visiting https://mnteng.com or by calling 303-232-4100.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mountain States Engineering and Controls Products

Mountain States Engineering and Controls represents some of the most recognized and innovative manufacturers in the market today. In some relationships with our manufacturers, Mountain States Engineering and Controls acts as a representative, and with others as a distributor. Depending on the complexity of the application or the product, some material is sold exclusively on a direct basis, where other products are made available through authorized stocking distributors or select wholesalers.

Mountain States Engineering and Controls' products solve challenging problems for industrial and commercial applications in the power, chemical, mining, energy, water treatment, and manufacturing industries as well as in universities, hospitals, and government facilities.

https://mnteng.com
303-232-4100