The Products section showcases several innovations and highlights within a complete portfolio for flow, level, pressure and temperature measurement as well as process analytics: Krohgne introduces the re-newed Opriflex range of TDR level transmitters. Just like the Optiwave portfolio of 6…80 GHz radar level transmitters was re-newed in 2017, the TDR series comprises six devices, each specifically designed for a certain area of application. The Optimass portfolio of mass flowmeters has been supplemented with large line sizes up to DN400/ 16″, representing the highest capacity Coriolis flowmeters on the market. The company now offers a complete Coriolis portfolio for flowrates from 0.3 kg/h up to 4,600 t/h / 0.01 lb/min up to 169,021 lb/min. Proclaimed for 2018 are also innovations in Bluetooth connectivity for convenient device configuration, biogas measurement, and clamp-on flow measurement.
The Solutions section features several topics where the company offers new integrated solutions, e.g. Profinet industrial Ethernet communication. Currently available for all x400 Optimass Coriolis flowmeters as well for all x300 Optiflux electromagnetic flowmeters, Profinet will subsequently be available for all converter platforms. To demonstrate the use and possibilities of Profinet for Achema visitors, the firm set up a joint demonstration model together with PhoenixContact and other industry partners. Next to communication, several other joint models show the scope of the company as a supplier of complete system solutions, e.g. turnkey metering skids for hydrocarbons or tanker loading systems.
Krohne at Achema 2018: hall 11.1, stand A13
At Achema 2018, Bosch Packaging Technology unveiled its latest R&D device for the continuous production of oral solid dosage (OSD) forms. The platform ensures a short time to market and optimum dosing of APIs. “The new laboratory device is based on our Xelum production platform that we presented last year,” says Fritz-Martin Scholz, product manager at the Bosch subsidiary Hüttlin. “The separated process steps of batch production take place one after the other and without interruption. This leads to shorter cycle times, lower production costs and high flexibility.” With the Xelum R&D, the company offers a platform that offers an ideal start to continuous manufacturing.
Precise and reliable dosing
As opposed to the common complex mass flow rate, excipients and active ingredients are dosed as a discrete mass in the Xelum R&D. This makes it possible to dose even smallest amounts of APIs of less than one percent. The system doses, mixes and granulates individual packages, so-called X-keys, which continuously run through the process chain and are removed successively from the machine as packages into bins. “This way we reduce not only process complexity, but also the system’s failure susceptibility, while increasing both accuracy and quality of the end product. Moreover, the product is traceable at all times,” says Scholz. Depending on requirements, up to four loss-in-weight feeders can be used.
The benefits of the fluid bed
Current continuous production systems for wet granulation mostly use twin screw granulators. The Xelum system relies on fluid bed processors – based on a proven technology developed by Hüttlin. In the fluid bed, granulation and drying take place in the same process chamber. “This eliminates the need to transfer wet granules, which in turn has a positive effect on the system’s reliability,” Scholz emphasizes. Pharmaceutical manufacturers obtain granulates with the desired characteristics – including unimodal particle size distribution, as well as excellent flow and tableting properties combined with high production yields.
Industry 4.0 Applications
Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance
At Achema 2018, Pepperl+Fuchs showed several possible applications for the realization of end-to-end communication from the field to cloud-based data platforms. In addition to its well-known and proven products, Pepperl+Fuchs offers an agile development partner for innovative IoT solutions in the form of its subsidiary, Neoception.
IIoT for Process Automation
As part of “IIoT for Process Automation,” Remote I/O from Pepperl+Fuchs is used to map field devices—such as control valves and flow measuring instruments—in existing plants, along with all relevant data, in the SAP Cloud Platform. The parallel transmission path is completely independent from the control system connection and therefore complies with the Namur Open Architecture framework.
Ethernet for Process Automation
“APL—Ethernet for Process Automation” brings Ethernet connectivity to every aspect of every plant. The two-wire cable (cable type A), familiar from Profibus PA, serves as a physical layer for Ethernet, allowing the use of all established protocols such as HTTP, FTP, etc. with a transfer rate of 10 Mbit/s. The robust line can bridge distances of up to 2000 m, while also supplying field devices, even in explosion-hazardous areas up to Zone 0/Div. 1.
Connecting Any Field Device
Using the concept developed by Neoception and CodeWrights, data from any field device can be very quickly made available on a data platform. No complex engineering processes are required and the users do not need in-depth knowledge of the transmission technology, allowing them to concentrate fully on selecting and evaluating parameters.
At the 2006 Achema, Richter Chemie-Technik impressed the specialized audience by announcing the largest fluoropolymer-lined, magnetically driven centrifugal pump. This pump made it possible to move flow rates up to 600 m3/h and achieve delivery heights up to 60 m. Being able to control these operating conditions with this new product inevitably led to increased demand from the end-user. These ranged from the density of the conveyed product, temperature and flexible delivery rates from the partial load range to the overload range.
These increased demands, especially in the partial load range, require optimization of the impeller to control forces, vibration and noise emission.
Existing impellers can be easily replaced due to identical hydraulic performance against the previous “Standard Hydraulics II”. This improvement makes the biggest lined magnetic pump even more powerful and reliable in the most critical applications.