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August 9, 2011

VEGA Americas Inc.Solids Level Measurement
The Vegapuls 67 is a compact through-air radar sensor for measurement of bulk solids. Radar technology is non-contact, making it ideal for many continuous level measurement applications. It is unaffected by abrasive media and operates flawlessly in dusty conditions during the fill cycle. Suited for standard applications with shorter ranges, the Vegapuls 67 utilizes a plastic antenna system that protects the instrument from condensation and dirt while delivering optimum signal focusing and echo sensitivity. It can be mounted with a strap or adapter flange, and is ideal for many bulk solid measurements in which ultrasonic sensors had previously been utilized. VEGA Americas Inc., Cincinnati, OH 800-367-5383 www.vega-americas.com

Rice Lake Weighing SystemsProcess Control
Pre-engineered and pre-programmed 920i FlexWeigh systems are a turn-key answer to commonly used weighing processes. Users can experience the power and versatility of the 920i interface combined with the simplicity and strength of the FlexWeigh control panel. Each 920i FlexWeigh model is a standard design in its own right, factory tested and built for the job at hand, yet customizable. Stainless steel NEMA-4X enclosures and rugged, customizable operation switches guarantee industrial-strength dependability.  Rice Lake Weighing Systems, Rice Lake, WI 715-434-5364 www.RiceLake.com

Mettler ToledoData Management Software System
ProdX is an advanced connectivity software program that allows centralized monitoring, control and data documentation for checkweighers, metal detectors, and X-ray systems, whether in one plant or multiple plants. ProdX boosts process productivity, improves product quality, and provides robust operational security and total clarity for product inspection programs. Multiple product inspection devices are integrated into a central monitoring system that can be monitored from multiple locations. The user interface features color-coded machine icons that provide at-a-glance device status and health so that interventions are planned rather than reactive for maximum productivity.  Mettler Toledo, Tampa, FL 800-447-4439 www.mt.com/pi

L&J TechnologiesRadar Gauge
Compact in nature, the evo 2600 radar gauge is easy-to-handle and can be used in a variety of applications. It uses FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) technology operating in the 26GHz frequency band to ensure that it delivers high-quality precision with ±3 mm standard accuracy. One of the new features is the e.WAVE graphical LCD display that provides an array of detailed information for the user including level, temperature, discrete status, and a magnitude of diagnostics. In the case of special applications or circumstances, the e.WAVE display provides a graphical profile of your tank to ensure there are no unforeseen obstructions or intrusions in your level gauging applications. The e.WAVE will allow you to fine tune the radar unit to cancel out disturbances in the tank. All programmed and processed information can also be displayed on the radar’s e.WAVE display.  L&J Technologies, Hillside, IL 708-236-6000 www.ljtechnologies.com

BlueLevel TechnologiesExplosion-Proof Bin Level Indicator
The Model RHX rotary paddle bin level indicator for hazardous locations is certified to CSA and UL standards for use in both Class I and II locations, Division 1 & 2, Groups C, D, E, F, and G. It is used for high, low, or intermediate level control and plugged chute detection in grain processing, milling, chemical, and many other industries. Features include explosion-proof certified and NEMA Type 4X enclosure, DPDT relay output fail-safe on power failure, automatic motor shutoff, four shaft bearings, and LED indicators of normal and alarm status, locally visible on Model RH units only. BlueLevel Technologies, Rock Falls, IL 888-615-3835 www.blueleveltechnologies.com

Brookfield Engineering Laboratories Inc.Powder Flow Tester
The powder flow tester (PFT) provides quick and easy analysis of powder flow behavior in industrial processing equipment. The PFT is ideal for manufacturers who process powders daily and want to minimize or eliminate the downtime and expense that occur when bins fail to discharge properly. With this instrument customers can also perform QC checks on incoming materials, quickly characterize new formulations for flowability, and adjust composition to match the flow behavior of established products. The PFT features a variety of test options including: flow function, time consolidation, wall friction, and bulk density. Time estimates for duration of each test are automatically calculated before start of test in case adjustments are needed. Brookfield Engineering Laboratories Inc., Middleboro, MA 800-628-8139 www.brookfieldengineering.com

NDC Infrared Engineering LtdMoisture Analyzer
The InfraLab e-Series at-line moisture analyzer delivers rapid sample analysis of products, in powder, flake, or granule format, in the food, chemical, mineral, or pharmaceutical industries, using non-contacting multi-wavelength NIR technology. Calibrated to the customer’s primary reference methods, such as Gravimetric Oven or Karl Fischer Titration, the InfraLab provides measurements right beside the production line, to laboratory accuracy, with a larger, more representative sample. With a measurement period of just five seconds, minimum sample preparation, and no special user skills requirement, InfraLab’s fast, accurate measurements help customers monitor the moisture content of their product at almost any critical location. NDC Infrared Engineering Ltd, Maldon, Essex, UK +44 1621 852244 www.ndc.com

Prater-SterlingProcess Control Systems and Batching Automation
These control systems include integrating personal computers, programmable logic controllers, and equipment for weighing, batching, and process control systems. Using Windows-based hand prompt batching controls, these systems provide accurate minor ingredient weighing. An operator interface panel is used in conjunction with a scale to sequence operations through a pre-programmed formula, one ingredient at a time. Customized controls are designed around the application requirements, bin volumes, feed type, size, and scale capacity. The batching controls provide formulation storage and inventory of raw materials and finished batches along with real-time batching status, weighments, batching status, and “material in suspension” correction. Prater-Sterling, Bolingbrook, IL 630-759-9595 www.prater-sterling.com

Metso Minerals Industries Inc.Process Control Systems
BEST technologically advanced, fully integrated industrial process control systems for bulk-process-handling applications are designed and built in Metso’s in-house UL-listed panel shop. These systems are used in a wide variety of applications to streamline production operations. Production monitoring and management features are programmed for the user’s choice of automation platforms. Production and maintenance schedules can be configured on one server that logs and reports real-time and historical production data, downtime data, production trends, and maintenance. Reports can be detailed as required. Metso Minerals Industries Inc., Brunswick, OH 800-827-9237 www.bestvibes.com

Process Sensors Corp.On-Line Moisture Analyzer
Using the MCT 360 NIR on-line moisture analyzer, moisture can be measured instantaneously “in situ” by using either a sapphire viewing window or a probe with an air purge to ensure non-adherence of product to the window. Alternatively, if there are multiple fluid bed dryers, an MCT600 laboratory instrument can be set up on a cart and transported to each dryer in order to obtain instantaneous readings on samples extracted from the bowl. Process Sensors Corp., Milford, MA 508-473-9901  www.processsensors.com

Stable Micro SystemsPowder Flow Analyzer Software
Upgraded software is available for this powder flow analyzer to offer a wider selection of tests and background information. Through the enhanced graphical interface, users can now benefit from a more straightforward and comprehensive overview of its capabilities. The software suite facilitates improved data analysis, results spreadsheets, automatically generated charts and reports, as well as an extensive sample video database. The instrument offers multi-functionality and a broad selection of pharmaceutical, food, and industrial applications. The latest software features a user-friendly and highly flexible interface. This includes an option to configure bespoke test protocols, as well as an opportunity to create and manage user-specific projects. Stable Micro Systems, Godalming, Surrey, UK +44 (0)1483 427 345 www.stablemicrosystems.com

Hardy InstrumentsWeigh Feeder Control Module
Easy to install and set up, the weigh feeder control module mounts directly into an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1500 or CompactLogix chassis and supports Add on Profile set-up. Used in new feeder control applications, retrofitting inaccurate volumetric feeders, and replacing outdated controllers in gravimetric systems, the single-scale HI 1769-FC is a powerful building block that works with the PLC rack I/O to control many devices such as augers, vibratory and belt-based feeders, as well as proprietary feeder designs. Features include automatic weight and rate processing, Waversaver signal conditioning to ignore system vibrations, Integrated Technician diagnostics and troubleshooting, and C2 electronic calibration when used with Hardy Advantage load cells. Hardy Instruments, 858-292-2710 San Diego, CA www.hardyinstruments.com

MoistTechOnline & Laboratory NIR Moisture Sensors
The IR3000 is an online moisture sensor developed for instant, non-contact analysis of powder and granular materials for the harshest environments. Insensitive to material variations such as particle size and material height, the IR-3000 provides continuous, accurate readings, allowing operating personnel the ability to make immediate process adjustments based on real time measurements. The net result is improved quality and reduced production costs by saving in energy and waste. The 858 is an at-line, laboratory moisture analyzer that uses a new patented optical technique and touch-screen PC. The broad-beam instrument is designed to measure sealed samples in one second with no constituent losses due to volatilization - receiving a true moisture reading and accuracies within .01%. MoistTech, Moorpark, CA 805-378-1160 www.MoistTech.com