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AUG 2017

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92 E&MJ • AUGUST 2017 EQUIPMENT GALLERY Tank Switch Detects Level Hawk Measurement introduced the Glad- iator Smart Admittance Level Switch, which detects the level of liquids, slurries, powders or solids in a tank or vessel. Able to operate at temperatures up to 450°C, the unit measures the capacitance or ad- mittance between a probe and the wall of the container. As the level of the product rises to the level of the probe, or drops be- low that level, the capacitance measured at the probe changes. The Gladiator de- tects this change and produces an output. The Gladiator communicates using Modbus, HART, or Profi bus protocols. A remote amplifi er can be positioned up to 500 m away from the unit. The HawkLink GSM/CDMA communication option allows a technician to commission, calibrate, test, or check the output of the unit from anywhere in the world. Haulage Software Facilitates Optimization RPMGlobal released HAULSIM 2.5, a digital mine management software suite that allows users to conduct virtual tests. The new version features the Fleet Plan- ner and Cornering Speed functionalities. Fleet Planner analyzes the haul cycle against productivity requirements. With it, the user can virtual-trial different fl eet sizes and confi gurations. Cornering Speed analyses every path to estimate the radi- us of the corners for determining optimal speed limits. HAULSIM 2.5 features an improved reporting functionality, the company re- ported. Additionally, model validation features three new "fi rst person" views. Gateways Increase IoT Data Flow Emerson announced its dual-mode wire- less gateway which, the company re- ported, supports both IEC 62951 Wire- lessHART and ISA100.11a industrial wireless communications standards. Serving as the backbone of a wire- less infrastructure, wireless gateways and access points increase the amount of real-time information available to au- tomation systems, applications and ana- lytics tools to help organizations improve responsiveness and decision making. The release expands Emerson's wire- less portfolio and, the company reported, provides customers an easy way to take advantage of WirelessHART technologies. 3-D Scanner for Plants ASGCO announced the Point Cloud La- ser Scanner, a Focus3D X 130 HDR 3-D scanner that delivers realistic and true-to- detail scan results, the company report- ed. It looks at thousands of points along the clearance plane. The ultra-portable scanner enables measurements of facades, complex struc- tures, production and supply facilities, ac- cident sites, and large-volume components. It features distance accuracy up to +/- 2 mm, a range of 0.6 to 130 m, noise reduc- tion of 50%, and reduced complexity. It al- lows models to be overlayed onto the cloud point scan to check accuracy. The system can capture more than 1 million points per second and can scan through 360° horizon- tally and vertically, the company reported. Mammoth Tank for Emergency Shower Speakman introduced the Gravityfl o Emer- gency Tank Shower, with a 2,000-liter (528-gallon) tank to meet worker safety standards on a job site with no or poor wa- ter pressure, the company reported. The tank is designed for older facilities or sites where the pipes cannot produce the 20 gallons per minute fl ow requirement. Features include a heater that main- tains the water temperature between 60°F and 100°F, an integrated emergen- cy eyewash station, heat tracing for pip- ing, an automated light, and ANSI cer- tifi cation. Component upgrades include stainless steel bowl and support frame, treadle plate activator, privacy screens, alarms and digital temperature gauges. Each tank shower comes with a three- year general mechanical warranty and a one-year electrical equipment limited warranty, and is built to order for each customer's specifi c jobsite requirements. CPBPC Spray Coating Prevents Corrosion SPI Performance Coatings announced EonCoat, a spray-applied inorganic coat- ing engineered to prevent corrosion. When applied to carbon steel, an alloy of stable oxides forms that will not react with the environment, the company reported. It resists corrosion, water, abrasion, impact, chemicals, fi re, and temperatures up to 930°C with a topcoat. EonCoat also man- ufactures a high temperature version that provides protection up to 550°C. The Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramic bonds through a chemical re- action with the substrate. Slight surface oxidation improves the reaction.

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