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Point and Continuous Level Sensors in Food Processing: Ensuring Quality, Safety, and Efficiency

Point and Continuous Level Sensors in Food Processing

Maintaining precise control over ingredient levels and product quantities in the food processing industry is crucial for ensuring consistent quality, safety, and efficiency. Point and continuous-level sensors play a vital role in achieving these goals by providing accurate measurements and real-time monitoring of various substances throughout production. These sensors find applications in inventory management, overfill protection, waste management, and regulatory control.

When selecting level sensors for food processing applications, it is essential to consider the importance of 3A-certified probes. The 3A Sanitary Standards, developed by the 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc., set strict guidelines for the design and materials used in equipment that comes into direct contact with food products. By choosing 3A-certified probes, food processors can ensure that their level sensors meet the highest standards of hygiene and cleanability, preventing contamination and ensuring the safety of the final product.

Level control sensors are invaluable tools for inventory management in food processing facilities. By continuously monitoring the levels of ingredients, such as liquids, powders, and solids, in storage tanks and silos, these sensors provide real-time data that helps optimize stock levels and prevent shortages. This information enables food processors to streamline their supply chain, reduce waste, and minimize production downtime caused by insufficient raw materials.

Overfill protection is another critical application of level sensors in food processing. By installing point-level sensors at strategic locations within storage vessels and processing tanks, food processors can detect when the product level reaches a predetermined maximum threshold. These sensors trigger alarms or automatically shut off filling processes, preventing costly and potentially hazardous spills. Overfill protection safeguards against product loss and helps maintain a safe working environment for employees.

Level sensors also contribute to food processing facilities' effective waste management and regulatory control. By accurately monitoring the levels of waste products, such as wastewater or byproducts, food processors can ensure that these substances are correctly handled and disposed of in compliance with environmental regulations. Additionally, level sensors can help food processors meet stringent food safety regulations by precisely measuring ingredient quantities and ensuring that products meet the required specifications.

In conclusion, point and continuous level sensors are indispensable tools in the food processing industry, enabling manufacturers to maintain the highest quality, safety, and efficiency standards. By utilizing 3A-certified probes, implementing level control for inventory management, and leveraging level sensors for overfill protection, waste management, and regulatory power, food processors can optimize their operations and deliver consistently superior products to consumers.

Piping Specialties / PSI Controls
https://psi-team.com
800-223-1468

Advanced Valve Assemblies for Liquid and Gas Venting and Safety Shut-Off Operations

Advanced Valve Assemblies for Liquid and Gas Venting and Safety Shut-Off Operations

FM classes 7400, 7412, 7420, and 7422 are standards and certifications established by FM Global, a large insurance company emphasizing loss prevention services. Each class specifies particular requirements for equipment and systems used in industrial and commercial settings. These classifications are part of FM Global's comprehensive approach to ensuring safety and reliability in equipment and systems related to fire protection and risk reduction.

A-T Controls manufactures FM-approved valve assemblies for liquid and gas vents and safety shut-off requirements. These valve assemblies have received FM approval, certifying their suitability for applications that demand protective measures for fuel-burning equipment by FM classes 7400, 7412, 7420, and 7422. Each assembly comprises a spring return automated ball valve, an explosion-proof limit switch, and a solenoid pilot valve. Customers can choose from two designs for the valves: a 3-piece design, which offers options for threaded, socket weld, or butt weld end connections, and a flanged design, available in ASME Class 150 and 300. These valves come in sizes from 1/4 inch to 6 inches. The assemblies are at the forefront of quarter-turn automation technology, featuring a rack and pinion actuator. In synergy with the assembly's superior valve seating and stem seal design, this actuator ensures reliable and consistent closure and venting as required. These assemblies offer a compact, efficient solution for fuel gas safety shut-off or venting systems.

For more information, contact Piping Specialties, Inc., a premier New England-based company specializing in the specification and support of industrial valves. At the heart of their expertise lies a deep understanding of valves, which are crucial to ensuring industrial safety and operational efficiency. PSI is a team of seasoned professionals who excel in selecting the most suitable valves for various industrial applications. From initial consultation and specification to after-sales service, PSI ensures every valve operates at its best, safeguarding processes and personnel.

Piping Specialties, Inc. is a trusted ally committed to delivering excellence in industrial valves in an industry where precision and dependability are non-negotiable.

Piping Specialties / PSI Controls
https://psi-team.com
800-223-1468


Maximizing Accuracy and Efficiency: The Benefits of Using Head Mount Temperature Transmitters in Industrial Applications

Maximizing Accuracy and Efficiency: The Benefits of Using Head Mount Temperature Transmitters in Industrial Applications

A head mount temperature transmitter is crucial in industrial control instrumentation, particularly in processes where precise temperature measurement and control are essential. The transmitter is mounted directly on or near the temperature sensor in the sensor housing, in the protective enclosure known as a "connection head" or "thermowell head." The transmitter fits into or onto this head, making it a part of the sensor assembly. Here's a detailed description of its functionality and value:

Functionality
  • Temperature Sensing: The primary function of a head mount temperature transmitter is to sense temperature and connect with a temperature sensor, such as a thermocouple or a Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD).
  • Signal Conversion: The transmitter converts the raw signal from the sensor into a standardized signal, usually a 4-20 mA current signal, although it can also be a digital signal like HART, Foundation Fieldbus, or PROFIBUS.
  • Signal Isolation and Amplification: These transmitters isolate and amplify the signal for more accurate and reliable readings, essential in industrial environments where electrical noise or long transmission distances could affect signal integrity.
  •  Local Mounting: As the name suggests, head mount transmitters are mounted directly on or near the sensor, typically in the connection head of the temperature sensor. This proximity minimizes signal degradation that can occur over long distances.
Value in Industrial Applications
  • Accuracy and Stability: By converting the signal close to the sensor, head mount transmitters reduce potential errors and losses in signal transmission, leading to more accurate and stable measurements.
  • Reduced Wiring Costs: Wiring requirements are simple, reducing installation and maintenance costs because of the standardized signal.
  • Improved Noise Immunity: Proximity minimizes the impact of electrical noise, which is especially valuable in industrial environments with high electromagnetic interference.
  • Ease of Integration: Standardized output signals make integrating these transmitters into a wide range of control and data acquisition systems easier.
  • Environmental Protection: Many head mount transmitters come with robust, weatherproof enclosures, making them suitable for harsh industrial environments.
  • Flexibility and Scalability: They offer flexibility regarding sensor types and signal outputs, making them adaptable to various applications and scalable for future expansions or modifications in the process control system.
In summary, head-mount temperature transmitters play a pivotal role in industrial control systems by enhancing temperature measurements' accuracy, reliability, and efficiency. Their integration into process control systems provides significant value in terms of operational stability, cost efficiency, and adaptability to various industrial environments.

Piping Specialties / PSI Controls
https://psi-team.com
800-223-1468

Industrial Open Air Radar Transmitters Powered by FMCW Technology

Industrial Open Air Radar Transmitters Powered by FMCW Technology

Basic Understanding of Radar


Radar (Radio Detection and Ranging) is a system that uses electromagnetic waves to identify the range, altitude, direction, or speed of both moving and fixed objects such as aircraft, ships, motor vehicles, weather formations, and terrain. It transmits a signal, bouncing off the target and returning to the radar system. By analyzing the reflected signal, the radar can determine various parameters about the target.


FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave)


When discussing FMCW, we are talking about a specific type of radar signal. Here's how FMCW works:


  1. Continuous Wave (CW): Traditional radar systems emit a brief pulse of radio energy and then wait for that pulse to reflect off an object and return. In contrast, Continuous Wave radar emits a constant signal or wave.
  2. Frequency Modulation (FM): In FMCW radar, the frequency of the continuous wave signal is varied or modulated over time. This can be done linearly, where the frequency increases or decreases at a constant rate or in other patterns.


The benefit of FMCW is that the frequency change provides a way to determine the range (distance to an object). There's a delay when the transmitted wave bounces off an object and returns. During this time, the transmitted wave's frequency has changed. By comparing the received wave's frequency to the current transmitted frequency, the radar system can determine how long it took for the wave to return and thus calculate the distance to the object.


FMCW radar is handy because it can be more compact, requires less peak transmit power (because it's continuous wave and not pulsed), and can provide range and speed information simultaneously.


Open Air Radar Transmitters


"Open air" in the context of radar transmitters usually refers to systems that operate without waveguides or enclosed transmission mediums. Instead, they transmit their signals directly into the environment. These systems are used in various applications, including vehicle radars (like those used in adaptive cruise control or autonomous vehicles), weather radars, and more.


Summary:


An open-air radar transmitter that uses FMCW is a radar system that transmits a continuous wave signal directly into the environment, modulating the signal's frequency over time. By analyzing the frequency shift of the returned signal relative to the transmitted signal, the radar can determine the range to the reflecting object. This technology is widely utilized due to its efficiency, compactness, and ability to provide detailed information about detected objects.


Drexelbrook's open-air radar products deliver exceptional resolution and accuracy tailored for demanding applications. These instruments harness FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) technology, ensuring a powerful signal at the measurement surface. This robustness guarantees optimal return signals, even when measuring agitated liquids.


A Drexelbrook radar level transmitter stands out as the optimal choice for applications that necessitate non-contact technology.


For more information about Drexelbrook level instruments in New England, contact Piping Specialties / PSI Controls. Call 800-223-1468 or visit https://psi-team.com.

Advanced Water Level Monitoring in Sewage Pools

Advanced Water Level Monitoring in Sewage Pools

The complex sewage system of a power plant necessitates immediate maintenance and management. The water utilized for operating turbines and other waste materials runs through the sewage system, and ultimately to the municipal wastewater treatment facility.

Some treatment pools are located in isolated areas around the plant, making it challenging for maintenance staff to access and repair damage promptly. Plant maintenance personnel continually look for ways to more effectively manage the pools and avoid situations where wastewater could overflow.

With the sewage system linked to a central control room, data from each sewage pool has to be transmitted to the primary Distributed Control System (DCS). To achieve optimal management of the sewers, continuous monitoring and attendants are usually necessary.

Technicians understand that sewer blockages inevitably lead to wastewater flooding due to the time required for the equipment to address the backup. This flooding results in significant damage to the surrounding area. Hence, it is crucial to regulate the wastewater level in the pools to prevent such incidents from occurring.

An outstanding solution for this problem is to install two Drexelbrook USonic continuous level transmitters to monitor level in the sewage pools. The USonic's capability to deliver contactless, continuous, and precise water level readings in the pools provide engineers with a comprehensive understanding of the pools' condition. The device's compact size and integral design facilitate easy installation, enabling a quick and efficient solution. With a measuring range of up to 30 feet, the USonic effortlessly provides water level readings of the 12-foot-high sewage pools. Its scan distance function can identify obstacles in the pool and record interfering signals. The USonic connects to the central control system via a 4-20mA interface, granting the engineers constant oversight of the water levels in the sewers, ensuring that the sewers would maintain the appropriate water level and the system would receive a notification in the event of an emergency.

For more information about the use of Drexelbrook USonic level transmitters in New England, contact:

Piping Specialties / PSI Controls
800-223-1468

Plugged Chute Detection Technology: The Superiority of RF Admittance

The Best Plugged Chute Detection Technology: The Superiority of RF Admittance

The operation of industrial processes is a delicate balance of efficiency, safety, and maintenance. A crucial part of maintaining this balance is ensuring the smooth operation of material handling systems, which often employ chutes to transport bulk materials. One common complication these systems face is the problem of chute blockages or plugging, a critical issue that can lead to costly downtime, equipment damage, and potential safety hazards.


Plugged chute detection technologies mitigate these challenges, offering early detection and warning of chute blockages. However, the effectiveness of these technologies varies, and understanding their characteristics is essential for making an informed decision.


Overview of Plugged Chute Detection Technologies

Plugged chute detection technologies fall into three broadly classified groups, mechanical, acoustic, and electromagnetic methods.


Mechanical systems, such as tilt switches and paddle wheel indicators, are simple and inexpensive but prone to mechanical failure and false alarms due to vibration or material buildup. They also require regular maintenance to function effectively.


Acoustic detectors, on the other hand, utilize microphones to listen for changes in the acoustic signature of material flow. While this can be an effective method, it is sensitive to environmental noise and requires sophisticated signal processing to distinguish between normal and blocked flow.


Electromagnetic methods include capacitive probes, microwave radar, and RF Admittance. These offer non-contact detection and are less prone to false alarms and mechanical failures—however, the material's properties, environmental conditions, and installation setup affect their performance and application.


RF Admittance: The Optimal Choice

After an extensive review of these technologies, RF Admittance emerges as the overall best selection for plugged chute detection for several reasons:


Reliability

RF Admittance technology uses a probe to measure changes in the dielectric constant (a property of materials that affects their response to an electric field) between the sensor and the chute wall. When the chute is clear, the admittance (the measure of how easily a circuit or device allows an electric current to pass) between the probe and chute wall will be at one level, and when the chute is blocked, the admittance will change significantly. This reliable detection method leads to fewer false alarms than mechanical and acoustic systems.


Resistance to Material Buildup

One of the significant advantages of RF Admittance technology is its resistance to material buildup on the probe. The technology uses a driven shield construction that ensures only the material near the active sensor affects the reading. This feature helps to eliminate the risk of false alarms due to material buildup, a common issue in other technologies.


Versatility

RF Admittance technology works with various materials, regardless of their conductive or non-conductive properties, making it a versatile solution in different industries handling multiple types of bulk materials.


The Drexelbrook Solution


The Drexelbrook Plugged Chute Detector consistently identifies whether material is flowing through chutes. If the material ceases to flow due to a blockage, an alarm from the flush-mounted capacitance sensing element will be triggered, prompting further necessary actions such as notifying an operator or shutting down a conveyor belt.


The Drexelbrook detector, also known as a blocked chute switch, reliably tracks the presence or absence of bulk solids material in chutes without compromising flow speed. This cost-effective device ensures the continuous flow of materials.


Its robust sensor design makes this point-level switch optimal for handling materials such as coal, wood chips, ores, and powders. Since it is flush mounted through a chute wall, there is no protrusion into the chute to hinder or obstruct material flow.


The point-level switch can automatically identify and disregard coatings, thus preventing false alarms. It features a universal power supply that auto-detects and adjusts to the input power source.


Unlike similar technologies, the point-level switch for detecting plugged chutes permits remote electronics installation at a convenient or safer location.


The dependable detection of plugged chutes ensures smooth plant operations and significantly reduces the chance of spills due to blockages.


Key Features:

  • Availability of both curved and flat sensors
  • DPDT relay dry contacts rated at 5A, 120VAC
  • Requires less maintenance compared to other technologies; devoid of any moving parts that could potentially hang up or wear out
  • Utilizes Drexelbrook PML series electronics
  • Auto-detecting supply voltage range: 19-250 VAC, 18-200 VDC, without the need for jumpers

For more information, contact:
Piping Specialties, Inc.
https://psi-team.com
800-223-1468

Delivering Process Control Excellence in New England: The Piping Specialties/PSI Controls Advantage

Delivering Excellence in Process Control in New England: The Piping Specialties, Inc. Advantage

Piping Specialties, Inc. / PSI Controls is a highly regarded process equipment Rep and Distributor with offices in Portland, Maine, and Danvers, Massachusetts. The products they specify, apply, and sell, including process control instrumentation, industrial valves, actuators, and engineered piping products, are vital for the process control industries of New England. 


About Piping Specialties/PSI Controls Territory


New England comprises six states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Upstate New York, and Maine. The primary process industries in these states include:


  1. Manufacturing: Manufacturing is a significant sector in New England, including the manufacturing of machinery, electronic products, biomedical and pharmaceutical products, plastics, and rubber products.
  2. Food Processing: New England is known for its dairy, seafood, and specialty foods. Dairy processing is significant in Vermont, while seafood processing is prevalent in coastal states like Massachusetts and Maine. There is also a strong presence of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
  3. Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals: The biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries are prominent in this region, particularly in Massachusetts, home to many biotech and pharmaceutical companies.
  4. Microelectronics and Computer Hardware: States like Massachusetts and Connecticut have a strong microelectronics and computer hardware sector, including the manufacturing of semiconductors.
  5. Chemicals: The chemical industry, including specialty chemicals, industrial gases, and coatings, is also prevalent in this region.
  6. Energy: While not a traditional "process" industry, the energy sector, including renewable energy technologies, nuclear energy, and conventional power generation, is also significant in New England.


PSI's mission is to ensure the smooth operation of these vital sectors by offering the highest quality products backed by their expert services. 


Outstanding Pre and Post Sales Engineering Support


PSI Sales Engineers bring tremendous value to their customer in New England in several crucial ways:


  1. Technical Expertise: PSI sales professionals know about instrumentation, valves, and other process control equipment. They can help customers understand the benefits and functionalities of different products, enabling them to make informed purchasing decisions that best meet their requirements.
  2. Customer Needs Analysis: PSI Sales Engineers are skilled at understanding and interpreting customer needs. They can suggest suitable products or tailor-made solutions that will meet a customer's specific needs, ensuring optimal performance and return on investment.
  3. Customer Education: PSI sales people are pivotal in training customers on adequately using and maintaining equipment, enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty. This education ensures that the instruments and valves operate at peak efficiency and can prolong their life cycle and minimize downtime.
  4. Troubleshooting and Support: PSI Sales Engineers often provide technical support, helping to solve any problems customers may encounter with the equipment. Their ability to troubleshoot issues quickly can significantly impact customer satisfaction and retention.


Call Piping Specialties/PSI Controls with Your Next Instrumentation, Valve, or Engineered Piping Requirement


PSI takes pride in their deep industry knowledge, technical expertise, and customer-centric approach, enabling them to tailor their offerings to match our customers' needs. PSI strives to continuously provide reliable, efficient, and safe solutions, reinforcing their commitment to their customers and the broader industry.


For more information, contact:
Piping Specialties, Inc.
https://psi-team.com
800-223-1468




The Emerson TESCOM™ Anderson Greenwood H2 Series for Hydrogen Applications and Fuel Stations

The Emerson TESCOM™ Anderson Greenwood H2 Series for Hydrogen Applications and Fuel Stations

Hydrogen Fuel Stations are specialized refueling infrastructure that provides hydrogen gas for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). These stations store and dispense hydrogen in a compressed or liquefied form, which is then used by FCVs to generate electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen in a fuel cell stack, thus powering the vehicle.

There has been increasing interest and investment in hydrogen fuel stations and fuel cell technology across the country, driven by the goals of reducing emissions, increasing energy security, and diversifying the energy mix. Federal and state governments, private companies, and research institutions have collaborated to support developing and deploying hydrogen fuel stations and related technologies.

To boost the growth of hydrogen fuel stations, the US Department of Energy (DOE) initiated the H2@Scale initiative to advance hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and utilization technologies. This program seeks to lower hydrogen costs, increase its output from various sources (including renewables), and facilitate its adoption in multiple sectors, such as transportation, industry, and power generation.

Emerson's TESCOM™ Anderson Greenwood Instrumentation Valves H2 Series are high-pressure gas applications valves for hydrogen fueling stations and function as isolation valves. 

The H2 Valve Series employs stem seal technology, enabling consistent pressure containment and low operating torque, making it well-suited for hydrogen fuel dispensing systems. By offering a reliable, low-maintenance solution, the H2 Valve Series allows manufacturers and integrators of hydrogen fueling stations to reduce operational service expenses and potential leakage. 

The H2 Series complies with the ISO 19880.3 standard for 700 bar H70 Station Rating in hydrogen fuel station applications. Its compact, lightweight, and ergonomic design enhances installation and operational processes.


For more information, contact:
Piping Specialties, Inc.
800-223-1468

Level Measurement in the Food Processing Industry

Level Measurement in the Food Processing Industry

Level sensors and controls are crucial in industrial food processing and production facilities to ensure quality and consistency. These devices monitor and regulate the level of liquids, solids, or granular materials in containers, vessels, or silos. Here are some of the most common types of level sensors and controls used in the industry:


  1. Capacitive level sensors: These sensors detect changes in capacitance caused by the presence or absence of material (liquid or solid) in a container. They measure liquids, powders, or granular materials levels in various applications, including food and beverages.
  2. Ultrasonic level sensors: Ultrasonic sensors use sound waves to measure the distance between the sensor and the material's surface. These sensors are non-contact and used for measuring levels of liquids or solids in tanks or silos and provide the food industry with accuracy and reliability.
  3. Radar level sensors: Similar to ultrasonic sensors, radar level sensors use radio waves to measure the distance between the sensor and the material's surface. They are also non-contact and suitable for liquid and solid materials. Radar sensors are particularly useful in challenging environments with dust, vapor, or foam, making them ideal for food processing applications.
  4. Hydrostatic pressure level sensors: These sensors measure the pressure exerted by the liquid column on the sensor at a specific depth. The pressure re-calibrates to a level measurement. They are primarily used for measuring liquid levels in tanks and have broad use in the food and beverage industry.
  5. Float level sensors: Float sensors use a floating device to detect the liquid level in a container. The float's vertical or tilting movement triggers a mechanical or electrical signal indicating the liquid level. Food processing plants often use them for simple and cost-effective level measurements.
  6. Vibrating or tuning fork level sensors: These sensors use a vibrating probe or tuning fork that changes its vibration frequency when it comes into contact with a material. They can detect the presence or absence of material and provide point-level detection of liquids, powders, or granular materials.
  7. Optical level sensors: Optical sensors use infrared or visible light to detect the presence or absence of a material at a specific level. They are suitable for various materials, including liquids, powders, and solids, in food processing applications where minimum contact with the material is essential.


The choice of level sensor and control system depends on factors like the process material, the required accuracy, the process conditions, and the specific application within the food processing facility. Each technology has advantages and limitations, so careful consideration is needed to select the most suitable option for each application.


For more information, contact:
Piping Specialties, Inc.

800-223-1468