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Beer, Brewing, and Flow Monitoring

  • July 14, 2016

At the last count the US had 4,269 craft breweries, of which 2,397 were classed as microbreweries. A microbrewery is defined as an operation producing less than 15,000 barrels per year and selling more than 25% of that off-site. One barrel holds enough beer to fill around 330 12 ounce bottles so a brewer could fill nearly five million bottles a year yet still qualify as “micro.”

To complete the picture, there are also 1,650 brew pubs, (places that brew and sell mostly on-site,) and 178 regional breweries. A regional produces more than a microbrewery but less than 6 million barrels per year. So without doing any math it’s apparent a lot of breweries are filling millions of bottles with a glorious array of traditional and innovative new brews.

Food Safety and UHP Fluid Handling Components

  • June 24, 2016

No one expects their food to make them sick but according to the CDC each year one in six Americans contracts food poisoning. Of those, some 128,000 will find themselves in hospital and 3,000 will die.

That’s reason enough for those in food and beverage processing and manufacturing to take hygiene very seriously. Plus, it’s good business practice. Negative publicity from a food contamination incident destroys consumer confidence and sales usually dive. Add on the direct cost of lost production, cleaning, and assessed fines and a business may not survive.

More CNG Fueling Stations for Florida

  • May 25, 2016

Who hasn’t been woken at dawn by a noisy trash collection truck? Sometimes it seems the rasping engine and whining hydraulics were designed specifically to rouse entire streets, but that’s changing. Growing numbers of trash collectors, like Waste Pro, are converting their fleets to compressed natural gas (CNG.) CNG offers several benefits, including quieter operation, but also raises some issues relating the refueling.

What it Takes to Upgrade a Bus Facility for CNG

  • May 10, 2016

When the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) decided it was time for new buses they announced they’d be buying hybrid and CNG-powered vehicles. Bus operators, like the MBTA, are big fans of CNG even though it has some specialized handling requirements. That’s why incorporating CNG-fueled vehicles into a fleet creates some issues for maintenance and repair facilities.

Fuel Cell Vehicles and the Hydrogen Infrastructure

  • April 26, 2016

Tesla’s success with battery-powered electric vehicles (EV’s) has drawn the public’s eye away from Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV’s). However, manufacturers like Toyota continue to invest in the FCV technology. Toyota has invested in FCV’s, so what do they know about FCV’s, and what’s holding back other manufacturers from using the technology?

Hydrogen Industry Applications

  • April 6, 2016

Hydrogen production is a global industry, and it’s a growing one. Hydrogen is used in many manufacturing industries and also as an energy storage medium. There are several methods of producing hydrogen but distribution is expensive. Many hydrogen users opt for on-site generation instead, and this is likely to increase as hydrogen begins to supplant gasoline and diesel.

Flow Switches & Excess Flow Valves for Cryogenics

  • March 22, 2016

Cryogenics is the science of dealing with the production of and effects of very low temperatures. However, there’s some debate over how low ‘low temperature’ must be to qualify as cryogenic. Some say lower than -1000C. Others, such as NIST, put it at below -1500C. At these temperatures most gases become liquid, which gives them some interesting uses. Cryogenic temperatures are mostly produced through the Joule-Thomson effect, which takes advantage of the relationship between pressure, temperature, and volume.

Blanket Protection: Using Nitrogen Safely

  • March 9, 2016

For an inert, nontoxic gas, nitrogen is surprisingly dangerous, especially when you consider it comprises 78% of the air we breathe. That’s a problem, because nitrogen is also extremely useful in many industrial situations. Nitrogen leaks are hard to detect, which is why it’s important to incorporate excess flow valves into systems using this gas. Here we’ll take a look at what makes nitrogen so useful, how it’s used, the consequences of leaks and how to protect against them.

Application Spotlight: Liquid Petroleum Gas

  • February 22, 2016

Any liquid or gas leak is a problem, but especially so if it’s a corrosive, toxic or flammable fluid. Incorporating an excess flow valve, or EFV, into pipework improves safety by sealing off the flow should a pipe break or be disconnected.

Application Spotlight: Biomedical Flow Monitoring

  • February 4, 2016

Hospitals employ sophisticated equipment incorporating complex fluid handling and monitoring systems. This is because liquids and gases are used extensively to prepare devices and instruments for use, for cooling, heating, and for taking on essential bodily functions. Whenever fluids are pumped and filtered there’s a risk of leaks and blockage. Either will cause abnormal flows, and in the biomedical sector such failures can have serious consequences. Here’s an overview of four places where it’s important to know correct flow rates are being maintained.

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