April 1, 2005
The QuikChem® 8500 is the latest update to Lachat's ion analyzer system.

Ion analyzer

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The QuikChem8500 is the latest update to Lachat’s ion analyzer system. It uses flow injection analysis (FIA) and features high sample throughput coupled with simple and rapid method changeover to maximize productivity in determining ionic species in a diversity of sample matrices, from sub-ppb to percent concentrations. This product has over 400 methods for environmental, agronomic and industrial applications, including EPA approved methods. Simplified cable and tubing management, leak detection, guaranteed prepared reagents, and a software-controlled heater are just some of the improvements that have been made over the previous system. Lachat’s IC option, Omnion 3.0 software, and accessories, such as the new Precision Dilutor System (PDS) Autodilutor, expand the instrument’s diverse capabilities.

Lachat Instruments
Loveland, CO
Tel: 800-247-7613 Web:

Vortex pumps

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Vertiflo’s Series 1500 and 1600 horizontal end suction vortex pumps are finding new uses in solids handling industries. For applications in sewage treatment plants on primary and secondary sludge of 6% solids and less, these pumps provide an economical option to expensive progressive cavity pumps. The base-mounted 1500 pumps are designed for use with any T frame motor or with virtually any type of drive, and the close-coupled 1600 pumps use any NEMA Standard JP Shaft Motor. Otherwise, these pumps share the same capabilities. Both have capacities to 1000 gpm, heads to 100 feet TDH, temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, fully recessed vortex impeller, with packing or mechanical seal.

Vertiflo Pump Co.
Cincinnati, OH
Tel: 513-530-0888

Gas detection system

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The Jupiter gas detection system, Model HVS4000, is a new product from Halogen Valve Systems. The system monitors and reports a variety of information about hazardous and toxic gases to a SCADA system or other electronic monitoring equipment. Features include indication of sensor life, 250 vAC - 8 amp settable relays, three-digit visual display, dual redundant MODBUS communications and 4-20 mA proportional gas level output. The system can be connected directly to the company’s emergency gas shutoff systems to immediately remedy a gas leak situation.

Halogen Valve Systems Inc.
Irvine, CA
Tel: 877-476-4222

TMDL book

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PennWell Books is planning to publish the book Total Maximum Daily Load: Approaches & Challenges. Edited by Tamim Younos, Interim Director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center and a Senior Research Scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, TMDL presents concepts, approaches, case studies, and applications of the cutting-edge technologies used to develop and implement an effective and innovative TMDL program. Case studies discussed in this book mostly focus on three major causes of water impairment in the United States: bacteria, sediments, and nutrients.

PennWell Books
Tulsa, OK
Tel: 918-832-9326

Safety equipment

Allegro Industries offers a complete line of work equipment for use in confined spaces. The products are an extension of the company’s current offering of safety products used in confined space. Included in the new line are three styles of work tents; umbrellas; a guard rail; manhole signs, shields and a lid lifter; tent heater; and portable dewatering pumps. Four models of dewatering pumps offer continuous operation at low water levels and extended dry runs without overheating the motor. The Low Water model will pump down to 3/16". Among the products offered are Manhole Shields that surround a manhole opening to protect workers from street level water and mud that can flow into the work area. A Deluxe Work Tent features quick set up with pop-up framing, and an attached roll-up flap for compact storage and transport. A Guard Rail Tent is designed to attach to any standard guard rail.

Allegro Industries
Garden Grove, CA
Tel: 800-622-3530

Utility management

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Neptune’s ARBUtility Management Systems are designed to offer flexibility, ruggedness, and reliability in the toughest meter reading environments. The systems maximize revenues through data accuracy, operational efficiency, and enhanced measurement capabilities as well as value-added data, which translate into improved customer service for any size utility. Neptune recognizes that no single approach can address the wide range of needs of a utility, so the company has created a system that allows operators to implement a hybrid approach to meet data collection needs.

Neptune Technology Group Inc.
Tallassee, AL
Tel: 800-633-8754


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Reed has added two new Rerounders to the Round It™ line of straighteners/rerounders for copper tubing. Round It tools provide a safe grip when flaring and guide copper into alignment for fit-ups. The new RCR3/4 and RCR1 offer longer handles for extra leverage, or simply when space permits. These tools are especially useful when tubing is wet.

Reed Manufacturing Co.
Erie, PA Tel: 814-452-3691 Web:

Thermal wrap

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Lit Industries offers RapidWrap, a line of thermal insulation blankets designed for use on virtually any piece of equipment, including diesel exhaust systems, compressors, pumps and flanges. The blanket is especially effective in the water and wastewater industry, where large pumps, flanges and piping systems need to be covered. Providing insulation for thermal and acoustical applications, the blankets can be removed and reapplied to equipment. The blankets are asbestos-free and are designed to withstand intense conditions, including temperatures up to 1,200° F.

Lit Industries Inc.
Bessemer City, NC
Tel: 866-552-5580

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