Thursday, June 30, 2016

Super High Efficiency Coalescing Filters Improve Compressed Air and Gas System Performance

Coalescing filter cartridges and media for compressed air or gas systems
Super High Efficiency Coalescing Filters
Courtesy SPX Pneumatic Products
Compressed air systems are, for many industrial installations, the lifeblood energy source. Keeping the system free of unwanted particulates, oil, moisture, and other harmful contaminates is a key step in maintaining full operational capacity and conserving energy. Instruments, tools, and equipment that utilize the compressed air will perform better and longer with a cleaner air supply.

Coalescing filters are designed to remove liquid aerosols from compressed air or gas streams. Locating the filters upstream of air dryers will provide a processing step that intercepts liquid aerosols and brings them together (coalesce) into larger droplets that migrate to the bottom of the filter housing and are removed by draining. The purpose of locating the coalescing filter upstream of the air dryer is to remove liquids the dryer is unable to remove.

Some desirable criteria for coalescing filters include low penetration of oil and low saturated pressure drop. Increased pressure drop will require proportional increases in energy to maintain rated system air flow.

Along with moisture, inlet air can contain a range of particulates. Filter media that is designed and constructed to trap and retain larger amounts of particulate matter can be beneficial because the time between filter media changes is extended.

Effective compressed air system design requires the inclusion of properly configured and sized filtration components. You can learn more about coalescing filters with a review of the document included below. It includes some quantitative means of rating filter performance and efficiency. Share your compressed air or gas processing challenges with product specialists and combine your process knowledge with their product application expertise to develop the best solutions.



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Clean Steam Generator Packaged and Ready to Run

packaged clean steam generator with all needed controls and specialties
Packaged Clean Steam Generator
Courtesy Spirax Sarco
There are many applications for clean steam throughout the industrial processing, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, institutional, electronics, and healthcare fields. Clean steam is produced by a secondary generator using a controlled feedwater source free of contaminates that may be detrimental to the process or activity where the final steam product is used. An example, applicable in many areas, is humidification of supply air in a plant, commercial, or institutional building. In some humidification designs, steam is injected or dispersed directly into the air flowing through a duct delivering supply air to occupied spaces. The steam, absorbed by the supply air and increasing its moisture content, becomes part of the atmosphere in the human occupied space. Carryover of commercial boiler feedwater chemicals or other potential contaminates will adversely impact the air quality. A secondary clean steam generator, heated with steam from the central plant boiler and utilizing properly treated or purified feedwater, delivers steam to the humidification system free of unwanted substances.

The application of a familiar commercial boiler as a secondary generator is generally not a solution to the production of clean steam. In most instances of clean steam generation, the feedwater is treated and purified to a condition that makes it aggressive to the range of steel types used in the fabrication of boilers intended for common industrial use. Clean steam generators need fabrication from stainless steel or other metals that can withstand the corrosive effects of purified water.

Spirax Sarco, known globally for their expertise in steam specialties, provides a packaged answer to the need for clean steam. The company's CSM-C 600 Compact Clean Steam Generator includes everything needed to produce clean steam, once utilities are connected. This complete solution simplifies the task of upgrading an existing process to utilize clean steam or provide new capacity.

A technical data sheet for the unit is provided below. For more information or application assistance, reach out to a product specialist and share your process steam challenges. The best solutions come from combining your process knowledge with their product application expertise.



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pressure and Temperature Switches for Demanding Industrial Applications

industrial temperature switch for hazardous location
Industrial Temperature Switch
for Hazardous Location
Courtesy CCS
Industrial process control applications, by their very scale and nature in financial, operational, and safety terms, call for rugged and well performing devices and equipment. In the area of temperature and pressure related control, switches are often employed to achieve or respond to an enormous range of possible conditions.

Temperature and pressure switch reliability is especially critical in applications located within hazardous zones or locations. Custom Control Sensors (CCS) manufactures pressure and temperature switches for the most demanding applications in hazardous environments.

Products are designed to provide high cycle life through the use of a Belleville spring to reduce mechanical wear on the switch element. The switches have no moving parts, other than the actuating mechanism which has a limited movement of 0.01 inch.


CCS products for hazardous locations are routine deployed on

  • Oil Platforms
  • Pump Control
  • Refineries
  • Control and Annunciator Panels
  • Relay Alarm Systems
  • Pipelines
  • Gas/Steam Turbines
  • Oil Filtration

Included below is a short form catalog illustrating the CCS line of pressure and temperature switches for hazardous and non-hazardous locations. In addition to the suitability of the industrial switches for use in hazardous areas, CCS temperature and pressure switches exhibit these main features:

  • High Cycle Life
  • Wide Range of Set Points
  • Protection Against Environment
  • High Over-Pressure Capability
  • No calibration needed
  • Maintenance free
  • High vibration resistance
Consider your temperature and pressure related applications and share your challenges with a product application specialist for the best solutions.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Check Valve Incorporates Useful Features For Industrial Process Fluid Systems

Large industrial check valve
Check valve with integral straightening vanes
Courtesy Titan Flow Control
A check valve allows fluid flow in one direction (forward) and prevents it in another. They are employed extensively in industrial and commercial piping systems to prevent the reverse flow of a fluid that would produce an undesirable effect. Numerous sizes and types are available to meet specific application challenges. Each check valve must be properly selected to accommodate the pressure, temperature, and flow characteristics of each system. Proper materials of construction must be selected to provide suitable service with the process media.

Check valves are commonly applied to protect pumps from any induced reverse flow in a system. They can also be found in combination with other valves, providing assurance that the process fluid flows only in one direction.

One manufacturer, Titan Flow Control, incorporates a number of features into a single unit to provide wide ranging application. Features of the check valve are detailed below, along with a data sheet with more technical information. You can always get the latest available product data and solid application assistance from the process control specialists at Mountain States Engineering. Combining your process knowledge with their product application expertise will yield a positive outcome.


Understanding Condensate Pumps on a Steam Distribution System

industrial steam system
Diagram of industrial steam system
(courtesy of Watson McDaniel)
condensate pump is a specialized device intended for use in transferring condensate (water) produced in an industrial steam system. Condensate from a heating system or process is collected, then pumped to the condensate return system, where it is routed back to the boiler for reuse.

In certain cases, the steam pressure of the system may be sufficient to push the condensate through the steam traps and condensate return lines, back to the condensate holding tank in the boiler room. In most practical situations, however, one or more condensate return pumps are required to assist in overcoming gravity, pressure drops from long piping runs, and back pressure in return lines.

Condensate Return Pumps are either electrically-driven centrifugal pumps or non-electric mechanical pumps that use steam pressure as the motive force to pump the condensate. Non-electric pumps are referred to as Pressure Motive Pumps (PMPs).

A facility will often have a separate area that contains various components required for the generation of steam, such as a boiler, condensate holding or deaerator (DA) tank, boiler feed pump, water treatment, etc. Regulated by the boiler control system, the boiler feed pump sends condensate from the holding tank back to the boiler.

Pressure Motive Pumps (PMPs) are non-electric pumps which return condensate back to the boiler room; using steam pressure as the motive force. PMPs can be supplied as stand-alone units – which include a pump tank, the internal operating mechanism, and a set of inlet and outlet check valves, or: as a packaged system – which also includes the vented receiver tank (to collect the condensate) mounted on a common base.

The following is a comprehensive document, courtesy of Watson McDaniel, that provides a good general understanding of steam and condensate systems, traps and condensate pumps. 



Monday, May 16, 2016

Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Fundamentals

shell and tube heat exchanger diagram and cutaway view
Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger
Shell and tube heat exchanges are found throughout fluid based industrial process control operations where heat must be transferred between two closed fluid systems. There are numerous design variants intended to provide levels of performance tailored to specific process requirements.

Provided below is a white paper that illustrates and explains the fundamentals of heat exchanger performance for shell and tube units. Covered are the three modes of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. Three sample application cases are covered, showing how the formulas are applied, and illustrations provide for even better understanding of basic operating principals. The article is sure to refresh or enhance your heat exchanger knowledge.

MSEC brings many years of heat exchanger application experience to bear on your application requirements. Share your new or drop-in replacement heat exchanger challenges with MSEC and work toward the best installed solution.



Friday, May 6, 2016

Solenoid Valves - A Staple of Process Control

Stainless steel industrial solenoid valve
Series I Solenoid Valve
Courtesy Granzow
The Granzow line of fluid control products for industrial and commercial application includes an extensive array of solenoid valves that are suited for a wide variety of applications. The short video below illustrates the company's offering that covers a broad range of flow rates, orifice and connection sizes, materials of construction, and control options.

More detailed product and application information is available from product specialists. Share your application challenges and work together to develop the best solution.