Valve and Fluid Control Systems

March 1, 2009
Available in electric, hydraulic or pneumatic power options, the Easi-Drive portable drive system is adaptable to operate different valves ...

Valve actuator drive

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Available in electric, hydraulic or pneumatic power options, the Easi-Drive portable drive system is adaptable to operate different valves, including the largest gate and butterfly valves, with a single tool. This versatility makes it a cost-effective alternative to installing permanent dedicated actuators for every valve. Its lightweight adaptor and reaction set provides safe operation of valves for water and wastewater personnel by transferring reaction away from the operator. A variable torque outlet tool enables operation of numerous valves with requirements from 350-75,000 foot pounds. Smith Flow Control Inc., Erlanger, KY, 859-578-2395,

Valve & actuation catalog

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Asahi/America's new 180-page Valve & Actuation catalog – now in full-color – includes technical data and drawings for its thermoplastic valves and actuators. A resource for engineers, plant managers and distributors, the catalog highlights advantages of using thermoplastic valves and actuators in fluid handling systems, including corrosion-resistant properties. It features specifications, Cv values, pressure vs. temperature ratings, detailed parts lists, and features and benefits. Asahi/America Inc., Malden, MA, 877-242-7244,

Control valve asset manager

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ValveSight is a new asset management solution for integrated control valves and automated quarter-turn valve packages. Its intelligent diagnostic software continuously captures rich diagnostic data from the valve, actuator, positioner and control signal as the process is running and displays data in an intuitive graphical user interface. This reduces unexpected plant or process downtime by predicting potential failure modes and prioritizing condition-based maintenance before process performance can degrade. Flowserve Corp., Irving, TX, 800-225-6989,

High-pressure needle valves

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With a gland locking device to prevent loosening of the packing gland and minimize leakage potential, new high-pressure needle valves from IPT feature a non-rotating stem to avoid galling and scoring. They're engineered to deliver reliable operation at working pressures up to 60,000 psi in temperatures ranging from -100° to 450°F (-73° to 232°C). And they feature a Vee or Regulating tip stem and six body styles to accommodate various applications. Innovative Pressure Technologies, Erie, PA, 814-833-5200,

Carwash valves

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Manufacturers of Skinner and Gold Ring solenoid valves and Sinclair Collins process control valves, now offers a new line of solenoid valves designed exclusively for the car wash industry. The Car Care Solenoid Valve line reliably meets demanding applications for presoak, soap dispensing, water purification, water softening, hot waxes, spot-free rinsing, blowers and driers, and high-pressure washes. The new valves feature multiple-unit manifold assemblies for on/off control of water, soaps, detergents, chemical and compressed air service. Parker Fluid Control, Division of Parker Hannifin Corp., New Britain, CT, 860-827-2300,

Mass flow meter, controller

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Max-Trak® Model 180 industrial mass flow meters and controllers are now available with 316SS (ANSI or DIN) flange mounting for gas flow rates up to 1,000 SLPM (pipe sizes up to 1”/25mm). The new Model 180 + Flanges' design enhancement expands processes and applications where they can be installed. Sierra's Dial-A-Gas® technology makes Max-Trak the industry's only multi-gas capable industrial mass flow controller. The industry's only NEMA 6/IP67 rated mass flow controller, it can communicate to a user workstation via RS-232, RS-485 or one of 4 analog signals. Sierra Instruments Inc., Monterey, CA, 800-866-0200,

Variable-speed AC drives

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With enclosures rated to NEMA 4X/IP66 through 100 HP and NEMA 12/IP55 through 200 HP, the Vacon X5 is an easy-to-use AC drive designed for harsh industrial environments. Ideally suited for water and wastewater, it joined the Vacon family with the acquisition of TB Wood's AC drives business in January 2008 and, outside the United States, is sold as the Vacon 500X. By enabling stepless speed control of pumps, mixers, blowers and chemical dosing in an optimum way, these drives can substantially improve quality and efficiency in all areas of water treatment and distribution. Vacon Inc., Chambersburg, PA, 717-267-2522,

New valves website

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Conbraco Industries Inc., parent company of Apollo Valves, has launched a new website with more downloadable information on the many Apollo® product lines. It offers visitors access to tech sheets, submittal sheets, manuals, catalogs, CAD drawings, mill test report data and even high resolution product and facility images. The company's expanding product lines include ball valves, automation products, check valves, safety relief valves, backflow preventers, marine products, butterfly valves, mixing valves and plumbing and heating products. Apollo Valves, Matthews, NC, 704-841-6000,

Flow rate transmitter

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The new P420 Series plastic-construction flowmeters meets water industry requirements for an inexpensive 4-20 mA two-wire flow rate transmitter without moving parts that can stick, bind or coat when processing corrosive fluids, cooling water, wastewater, water with chemicals added, brines, or low-viscosity pure liquids, making them ideal for process cooling, water and chemical treatment, and desalination applications. These vortex-shedding flowmeters have wetted parts entirely of PVC. Universal Flow Monitors Inc., Hazel Park, MI, 248-542-9635,

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