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Equipped with a replaceable silicone duck bill sleeve that can operate in temperatures up 500°F, the Aerodyne Vacu-Valve collector valve has chemical-, caustic- and abrasive-resistant replaceable sleeves.
Based on piezoelectric diaphragm pump technology, the Servoflo MP-6 micropump delivers air, gas or liquid for low-flow applications.
Using visible and near-infrared wavelengths of light, the Endress+Hauser OUSAF11 absorption sensor is engineered for product loss detection, interface detection, and suspended solids and turbidity measurements.
A modular instrument that measures 1, 2 or 3 channels in parallel, the METTLER TOLEDO SevenExcellence benchtop meter measures pH, conductivity, ion concentration or oxidation reduction potential.
The CTI hand-held, HID-compliant M20UxT-Nx-7P motion controller operates with a Windows Operating System, Mac OS X or Linux OS using a standard USB HID-compliant communication protocol.
The E Instruments BTU1100-HE portable combustion analyzer kit includes an incoming Air Smart probe, field-replaceable sensors, a rechargeable battery and AC charger.
Fortress amGard Pro heavy-duty, safety gate switch interlocks comply with developing global standards to safeguard plant and personnel.
With the compact dimensions of a mobile phone and IP65 washdown protection, the B&R keypad module with integrated illuminated ring keys provides a flexible connection to open fieldbus systems.
The Banner SureCross Q45 remote device (RD) model wireless sensor interfaces with isolated dry contacts or PNP outputs; it also features a mode where it interfaces directly with NAMUR inductive proximity sensors.
Engineered for flexographic printing and packaging applications, the Kollmorgen AKD PDMM scalable automation platform combines a high-performance multi-axis motion controller, complete IEC61131-3 soft PLC, EtherCAT master and AKD servo drive in a single package.
The H.B. Fuller Liquamelt adhesive system bulk feed option eliminates the need for on-floor staff to refill the adhesive reservoir; it allows containers to be located remotely and for the adhesive to be safely transferred from the sealed containers to the packaging machines through common, non-heated fluid hoses.
Providing a 5-digit LCD in ranges up to 25,000psi, the Ashcroft DG25 digital pressure gauge comes in accuracies of 0.5% and 0.25% FS.
Utilized in the preparation of large quantities of soups, sauces, ready-to-eat meals, hummus, beverages and meats, GPE steam jacket kettles are available in a range of sizes from 0.5 to 1000+ gal., with 1- or 2-piece covers, tilting capability, sanitary outlet valves in a variety of sizes and configurations, strainers, baskets and agitators custom built for any application.
Siemens industrial-grade, compact Simatic RF200 RFID readers have a standardized IO-Link interface for integration into sensor-level automation; no RFID-specific programming is required.
Allpax Shaka 1600 single-basket, high-speed agitation retorts have a 1 ton capacity.
Designed for superheated or high-pressure steam mains, equipment and turbines up to 650psig and 800ºF, the TLV FS5H QuickTrap drainage trap provides rapid removal of condensate; the 3-point seating ensures a steam-tight seal even under no-load conditions.
Available in flat cable or M12 male connector versions, Pepperl+Fuchs G11 passive splitters are sealed to keep out contaminants.
Delivering sensitivity to all refrigerants, Testo Model 316-3 refrigerant leak detector is resistant to contaminants such as dust, dirt and oil.
Available in metric sizes, Winco GN 706.3 threaded set collars come in black steam oxidized sintered steel (Distaloy AB) or sintered stainless steel, European Standard No. 1.4404 (American Standard Series 316L).
Engineered for the meat and poultry industry, the Formax NovaMax500 forming system has a servo-controlled, rotary-product pump that works in tandem with feed-screw movements to prevent overworking; a servo knock-out system ensures precise product placement to downstream conveying systems.
The Smith Flow Control ISO-pattern IML intermediate lock with universal mount uses an operating key to lock the actuator in an open or closed position so the valve cannot turn.
The Sullair E900H 900 cfm electric portable air compressor delivers 900 acfm at operating pressures up to 150psig.
Images from Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Naples, Florida, April 14-17, 2013.
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