The Hazards of NOT Using Softstarters on Your Beverage Line


This video demonstrates a key advantage of using a soft start system on a bottling line, in this case a dairy milk line. Consistent start-up regardless of belt load and reduced product damage risk (illustrated by this video) are obvious. Another important benefit is that couplings, belts and bearings are given additional protection against mechanical wear.

Softstarters from ABB increase the life of a motor by protecting the motor against electric stress. They do so by optimizing starting currents that put a great deal of stress on the motor with conventional start methods. Installation-friendly Softstarters from ABB can reduce your assembly and start time by being easy to use and easy to learn. A single Softstarter provides a compact and complete starting solution with everything you need in a single system, from the bypass contactor to the overload protection. In addition, ABB Softstarters can ultimately help increase productivity with many application-specific features.

For more information about ABB Softstarters, contact Process Technology, Inc. by calling 801-264-1114 or visit https://process-tech.com.

The Unique Challenges of Measuring Steam Usage for Colleges and Universities

ExactSteam V-Cone Flowmeter
ExactSteam™ V-Cone® Flowmeter
Steam poses a unique challenge for colleges and universities.

Many schools want to accurately track, and then internally bill, for steam usage in each of their buildings as part of a wider effort to improve resource management. However, traditional steam metering technologies tend to be a less than optimal choice.

Most times, it’s necessary to place campus steam meters in the basements of buildings where there isn’t a lot of room for piping. That causes issues because flow meters typically require significant runs of straight pipe upstream and downstream of the meter to work correctly.

School administrators also encounter issues by trying to measure steam usage during the low-demand summer months. Common vortex meters, which contain a shedder bar mounted across the diameter of a pipe to measure flow, work well at higher flows. When it comes to low flows, however, they can stop working completely (i.e., low flow cutoff problems). Differential pressure (DP) flow meters coupled with the proper electronics, by comparison, can push the low flow cutoff value downward. However, most DP meters can’t get around the straight-run requirements.

McCrometer’s ExactSteam solution is designed to overcome those hurdles.

The ExactSteam V-Cone Flowmeter works well with short straight-pipe runs, so it addresses the lack of space issues faced by colleges and universities. It also measures steam across the entire range, performing better at lower flows.

The High Cost of Low Flow Cutoff

Steam system operators can pay a steep price for generating product that passes through a meter but fails to get measured. Also known as low flow cutoff, those losses are a function of the turndown ratio of flow meters. The ratio — defined as the maximum measurement capability of a device compared to its minimum — dictates how wide a flow spectrum can be measured. On campuses, this creates a major issue because demand for steam in the colder weather can be extremely high compared to off-peak times.

ExactSteam is a DP-style flow meter that can be adjusted for colleges during winter months. It contains McCrometer’s established V-cone flow meter combined with a newer electronics package to aid in the downward adjustment of the turndown ratio. A growing number of college campuses, especially larger schools, are seeing the benefits of ExactSteam and adopting the technology.

Some examples include:

Case Study #1 - An East Coast University Steam Operation


This school designed its system to measure from 84,000 lbs/hr to 8,400 lbs/hr, which accounted for a 10:1 turndown ratio and velocities of 420’/second to 42’/second. After the meter was installed, system operators determined their actual flow range was 20,000 lbs/hr to 1,000 lbs/hr (a 20:1 turndown ratio) and velocities were 100’/second to 5’/second.

Because flow rates were overstated, the university dropped below the low flow cutoff and wasn’t measuring at all during the off-season.

The solution: Purchase another meter with a larger cone that would produce more differential pressure at the correct flows. The school has since installed an ExactSteam V-Cone Flowmeter.

Case Study #2 – A University Hospital Using Both Condensate And Steam Meters


During the winter, the steam meters were always measuring more steam than the condensate meters.  The difference was justified because the condensate meters were not capturing steam usage of the autoclaves.  However, during the summer, the condensate meters were measuring more than the steam meters, which was impossible.

The steam meter was designed for flows from 14,000 lbs/hr to 1,400 lbs/hr.  During the summer months the hospital flows frequently dropped below 1,400 lbs/hr, which was below the low flow cutoff.  It was also determined that their highest flow during the summer was 5,000 lbs/hr.  The hospital needed more turndown and a lower flow range.

The solution: The ExactSteam V-Cone Flowmeter was installed.  It was designed for flows from 6,000 lbs/hr to 300 lbs/hr and was able to fit in the basement between two elbows.

Well Positioned For Campus Use

Key aspects of McCrometer’s ExactSteam solution include: a complete flow meter for steam metering, factory-configured for energy metering or mass flow; the ability to measure saturated (dry), superheated, and unsaturated (wet) steam; the V-Cone acts as its own flow conditioner by disrupting all centralized flow disturbances; signal stability allows it to measure a wider range of flow than other meters, minimizing pressure loss; and minimum installation requirements, so retrofitting and new installations are easier.

Because of the inherent conflicts, traditional steam metering technologies are not a good fit for many colleges and universities. However, there are solutions available to campus steam system operators to capture readings from most — if not all — of their steam production, even in less than ideal conditions.

For more information about measuring steam usage on campuses and universities, contact Process Technologies, Inc. by calling 801-264-1114 or by visiting their web site at https://process-tech.com.

Reprinted with permission from McCrometer.

The McCrometer FPI Mag® Full Profile Insertion Flow Meter

FPI Mag
The McCrometer FPI Mag® is ideal for capital or maintenance projects, retrofits and sites never before metered. The unique combination of accuracy, ease of installation and total cost savings make the FPI Mag® the perfect choice for a wide range of industrial applications.

The FPI Mag® meets or exceeds exacting industry standards of 0.5% accuracy with 3rd party testing verification. The multi-electrode design and unique operating principle delivers accuracy unmatched by other insertion meters and rivals the performance of full-bore mag meters.

The insertion design of the FPI Mag® allows for easy, hot tap installation, which allows the meter to be installed without interrupting service, de-watering lines, cutting pipe, welding flanges, or inconveniencing customers.


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PTI Taps into Water Treatment Solutions

The Rural Water Association of Utah's Annual Conference
The Rural Water Association of Utah's Annual Conference
This past February, Process Technology, Inc. (PTI) exhibited at the Rural Water Association of Utah's Annual Conference in Saint George. The Rural Water Association of Utah is Utah’s representative to the National Rural Water Association, the nation’s largest utility association. The Rural Water Association of Utah's mission is to provide professional training, support services, and representation for the water and wastewater industry.

Issues regarding how fresh water, a limited valuable resource in Utah's desert environment, will continue to be safe and accessible are the conference's focus. Concerns range from growth patterns to the lack of responsible water use by end users. Along with water suppliers, everyone needs to be proactive in "Slow the Flow" (and other water wise programs) and apply solutions to clean and maintain the existing water supply.

How is PTI helping?

Buddy Alford
PTI Sales Engineer Buddy Alford
At the conference, Sales Engineers Buddy Alford and Roger Smith discussed strategies for production, treatment, and efficient use of water in rural areas with Technicians, Operators, General Managers and Municipal Board Members of Rural Water suppliers and treatment facilities from all over Utah. They also presented and demonstrated important products used in the water industry that improve efficiency and lower cost, namely:

For more information on Process Technology, Inc. visit https://process-tech.com or call 801-264-1114.

About Process Technology, Inc.


Process Technology, Inc., located in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been solving process control and factory automation challenges since 1986. With branch offices located in Arizona and Colorado, we serve industrial B2B customers in Utah, Wyoming, Southern Idaho, Northern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana.

Our people are highly qualified, experienced professionals who are experts in process control and factory automation. We all share a deep commitment and dedication to our customers and vendors.

Please contact Process Technology with any process or analytical instrument, industrial valve, or factory automation requirement you may have.

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801-264-1114

Red Valve Pinch Valves & Check Valves: Solving the Toughest Flow Applications


Red Valve is the largest manufacturer and supplier of pinch and check valves, and is the preferred supplier for municipalities and industrial plants worldwide. Red Valve products manage the toughest flow applications in:
  • Wastewater Treatment Plants - Sludge Handling, Grit Removal, Raw Sewage, Lime, Carbon Slurry
  • Power Plants - FGD Systems, Scrubber Systems, Coal Handling
  • Mining -  Tailings, Flotation Control, Thickener Underflow Lines, Numerous Other Slurry Applications
  • Chemical Processes - Corrosive and Abrasive Materials, Powders, Pellets
For more information about Red Valve in Colorado, Eastern Wyoming, and Montana contact:

Process Technologies, Inc.
801-264-1114
https://process-tech.com

Solve Real Challenges with Smart Wireless Solutions: Banner Sure Cross


Wireless products from Banner connect remote assets with the people who manage them, enabling real-time monitoring and management of equipment and conditions in difficult-to-access locations or where wired solutions are impractical, ineffective or cost-prohibitive. Your network is where your data and processes live, so keeping that network safe and functioning is essential. The Sure Cross wireless system from Banner Engineering is built with security and stability in mind.

For more information, contact Process Technology, Inc.
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801-264-1114

Download the 2019 Process Technology Regional Line Cards

There's a new batch of Process Technology Regional Branch line cards for 2019.  See below. Click on any line card link to download your copy:

Mountain West Region


  • Utah
  • Western Wyoming
  • Southern Idaho
  • North Eastern Nevada

Industry/Area Focus


Southwest Region


  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • El Paso, TX Area

Industry/Area Focus


Front Range


  • Colorado
  • Eastern Wyoming
  • Montana

Industry/Area Focus

SIEMENS Process Instrumentation


SIEMENS Process Instrumentation offers you innovative, single-source measurement solutions to increase plant efficiency and enhance product quality.  Product to control flow, level, pressure and temperature measurement, a wide range of continuous weighing products, pneumatic valve positioners, process controllers, recorders, and process protection devices complete the package. SIEMENS intelligent instruments are also designed for seamless interplay with the larger world of industrial automation and control systems - enabling greater process transparency and smarter decisions for your business.

Contact Process Technology, Inc. for more information about SIEMENS Process Instrumentation.
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801-264-1114

Welcome to the Process Technology Blog

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Process Technology is committed to being recognized as the industry leader in process instrumentation and automation control. This blog is a component of that overall strategy, and is intended to be an outlet to help our customers (and prospective customers) learn about and properly apply process control and factory automation products.

We hope you find it valuable and invite you to contact us with any question, application challenge or inquiry. Feel free to contact us at:

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