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Save time and lost revenue with this easy valve matrix solution

Processes in hygienic industries - such as beverage, food, dairy, pharma and personal care - are becoming increasingly complex. Some of the challenges include higher volumes, increased efficiency, reduction in water and energy use. That is why it is essential to optimize flow management without compromising flexibility, plant safety, product quality or hygiene.

A valve matrix - also known as valve cluster - is a great option for maximizing process efficiency through optimized flow management. Each stage of the design and installation process is an important component to fully realizing potential in your process by saving time and avoiding lost revenue associated with production downtime.

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Compared to traditional flow plates, a valve matrix is designed to allow simultaneous circulation of liquids - including CIP - on several levels with the exact number of lines and rows to match the specific requirements of your process. The matrix ensures the flexibility for you to run multiple products to multiple destinations, while other lines are being cleaned.

Installing a valve matrix with Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof Valves brings you outstanding product safety with good cleaning conditions and no risk of cross-contamination. It rules out the opportunity of human errors, which can occur using manual connection of lines and handling of swing bends.

Pre-built matrices customized to meet your specific requirements

In Alfa Laval, we are specialists in providing pre-built valve matrices customized to meet specific, individual requirements. Our expertise helps ensure you the most efficient flow management, using as few components as possible and dealing effectively with key issues that include thermal cycling, cleanability, drainability and flow control.

Alfa Laval valve matrices can be supplied pre-assembled and pre-tested as well as fully wired and with all the necessary pneumatic tubing, junction boxes and control panels pre-connected. This means you can bring even complex installations online as quickly as possible, saving time and avoiding lost revenue associated with on-site assembly, troubleshooting and downtime.

Advice on optimal solution address product type, process flexibility, utility consumption, plant constraints, thermal expansion and many more considerations.

About Alfa Laval 
Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.

The company’s equipment, systems and services are dedicated to assisting customers in optimizing the performance of their processes. The solutions help them to heat, cool, separate and transport products in industries that produce food and beverages, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, starch, sugar and ethanol.

Alfa Laval’s products are also used in power plants, aboard ships, oil and gas exploration, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications.

Alfa Laval’s worldwide organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries to help them stay ahead in the global arena.

Alfa Laval is listed on Nasdaq OMX, and, in 2016, posted annual sales of about SEK 35.6 billion approx. 3.72 billion Euros. The company has about 17 300 employees.

www.alfalaval.com

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Seeq Expands Ignition Software Support with Integration Module

Inductive Automation customers can now easily access Seeq from their Ignition Vision displays for faster insights on production data.

Seeq Corporation (www.seeq.com) announces the availability of a Seeq connection module for Inductive Automation’s Ignition SCADA system. The new Seeq integration module simplifies integration of Seeq Workbench into Ignition displays and server gateways. Ignition customers in manufacturing, mining, pulp &paper, food & beverage, and other process industries use Seeq Workbench to rapidly find insights in their data leading to better production outcomes including improved asset availability, product quality, and process efficiency. 

“The easier deployment of Seeq and integration into Ignition Vision displays provides tremendous opportunity for Inductive Automation’s system integrator partners,” says David Schmidt, Controls Engineers at Industrial Automation Group, a systems integrator partner of Inductive Automation. “Customers are always seeking more insights, faster, from their data, so this is a win for the vendors, partners, and customers.”

Seeq is a software application for engineers in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on production data. Seeq has been recognized by multiple analyst firms for its modern approach to the pressing problem of finding actionable insights in complex data sets.

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“We are very pleased to increase our support for Inductive Automation, and look forward to helping our shared customers get even more value from their Ignition SCADA systems,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “The innovative approach Inductive Automation has taken in building modern industrial software is impressive, and it’s exciting to be a part of their ecosystem of partners."

Ignition is an innovative SCADA platform used in more than 100 countries, and is the first universal industrial application platform with unlimited potential. Ignition empowers industrial organizations around the world and in virtually every industry, with an outstanding software platform and top-notch support.

"We are very happy to have Seeq’s support for the Ignition platform, which we describe as The New SCADA because it redefines SCADA technology and licensing," notes Don Pearson, chief strategy officer for Inductive Automation. "Many attendees at our annual Ignition Community Conference were very pleased with the flexibility and productivity offered by Seeq."

Seeq and the Ignition SCADA platform, working together, form a great combination, enabling customers to get the best of both an innovative monitoring and a data management platform, as well as rapid, interactive analytics on collected data.  Customers can achieve insights to improve production results, a task that was often too time consuming.

“This collaboration between Seeq and Inductive Automation will benefit the mutual customers of both organizations because it will make it easier to gain additional real-time intelligence from their data,” according to Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group. “Enabling engineers in industrial organizations to use Seeq to more rapidly leverage the critical information in their Ignition SCADA system provides them the opportunity to make more intelligent decisions faster, resulting in greater positive impact to the customers production and profits.”

Customers with an interest in using Seeq with Ignition should contact Seeq for information on Seeq Workbench and connectivity options. In Seeq’s most recent release, R17, new features enable support for the integration of structured data from SQL Server, MySQL, and CSV files. This means data from these data sources may be seamlessly integrated with Ignition data for analytics and insights.

About Seeq Corporation

Founded in 2013, Seeq is a privately held company that publishes Seeq, an application for engineers and operations analysts to rapidly find insights in process manufacturing data. Seeq is currently being used in the Oil & Gas, pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, utility, renewal energy and many other vertical industries to improve production outcomes, including yield, margins, quality, and safety.  Seeq is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with employees across the United States and sales representation in Canada, Europe, and South America. For more information visit Seeq online at www.seeq.com.

About Inductive Automation

Inductive Automation creates industrial software that empowers organizations to swiftly turn great ideas into reality by removing all technological and economic obstacles. By cross-pollinating IT with SCADA technologies, Inductive Automation created Ignition software, the first universal industrial application platform with unlimited potential. Ignition empowers industrial organizations around the world and in virtually every industry with an outstanding software platform and top-notch support.

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Metso signs distribution agreement with Process Control Equipment to develop customer presence and service levels in the UK, Benelux and Spain

Metso has signed a distribution agreement for its valve products with Process Control Equipment, PCE, to cover UK, Benelux and Spain. Under the non-exclusive agreement, PCE will add to its current portfolio of Metso's Neles and Jamesbury product families for all process industries in all countries. PCE has been distributing Metso's Jamesbury valves in the UK since 2012.

"The new agreement brings benefits for Metso's customers in UK, Benelux and Spain to ensure better availability and service support for them. The expansion of distributors in these countries will bring additional value, including more local support, local inventories, and faster deliveries of our products," states Kyle Rayhill, Director of Global Distribution, Flow Control, Metso.

Metso Neles globe valve with Neles NDX intelligent valve controller"We are excited to expand our cooperation with Metso. Our business has seen significant growth in recent years in supplying manual and actuated valves to a wide range of clients in numerous sectors. We see that there is great synergy between our current offering and Metso's valve product range. This new partnership will help ensure that PCE and Metso continue to grow into the future," comments Richard Jackson, Managing Director of Process Control Equipment Ltd.

Distribution channel expansion calls for recognized partners    

Development of the distribution channel is one the most important strategic growth initiatives in many key markets for Metso's Flow Control business. Metso has a strong direct sales organization and an extensive service network globally to serve its flow control customers. The target for distribution development is to strengthen Metso's presence in the traditional core areas and to open new markets. In North America, Metso's Flow Control business already has a well-established distribution network serving the process industries.

"We have a strong global presence and installed base, and our reliable and well-known Neles and Jamesbury valve solutions are demanded by customers. We are looking for distributors who are already recognized players in their markets, who see the specific value of our products and are willing to make the investment to promote our products. In addition, they should have the ability to carry the inventory and have proven closeness with their customers," concludes Kyle Rayhill.

Experienced in valves

Metso's extensive flow control services offering covers expert services from maintenance planning and execution to performance solutions. Metso's valve technology centers and valve production facilities are in Finland, the United States, Germany, China, South Korea, India and Brazil. Metso over 40 valve and field device service centers worldwide.

Metso has a solid experience in delivering engineered performance and reliability to the oil & gas, pulp & paper and process industry customers through its leading product families Neles® and Jamesbury®.

About PCE

PCE is amongst the largest, independently owned stockists and distributors of valves, actuators, pipes, fittings and instrumentation in Europe. Founded and headquartered in North East England, PCE has locations in Scotland, Spain, and the Netherlands, as well as a sister company HT-PCE based in North West England. http://www.processcontrolequipment.co.uk/

Metso is a world-leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.

Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 service professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.

Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 people in more than 50 countries. Expect results.

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New ceramic bearings are harder than nails

~SMB Bearings launch ceramic bearings for extreme applications~

Specialist supplier of miniature bearings, SMB Bearings, has launched its new range of non-magnetic, highly corrosion resistant ceramic bearings. These bearings can face extreme conditions at either ends of the temperature spectrum. With implications for the chemical, food and beverage, marine and pharmaceutical industry, this product launch will keep machinery moving smoothly in the harshest of environments. 

These full ceramic bearings, not to be confused with hybrid ceramic bearings, can be made from Zirconium Dioxide (ZrO2) or Silicon Nitride (Si3N4) and can perform in temperatures ranging from -200 degrees Celsius to 800 degrees Celsius. This means businesses operating in harsh environments can now use bearings that are fit for purpose.

"As these bearings can face extreme environments both in terms of temperature and pH level, they have positive implications for a range of industries," said Chris Johnson, managing director at SMB Bearings. "An order has even come in for use in a vehicle on Mars, a planet that can face temperatures as low as 125 degrees Celsius. The pharmaceutical industry is another good example of where these bearings can be used. With strong acids and alkalis used regularly, there is a great need for highly corrosion resistant bearings.

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"In these extreme applications, it just as important for the correct lubrication to used with the right type bearings," continued Johnson. "We have a range of chemically resistant lubricants that can be used at extreme temperatures to ensure these ceramic bearings last the lifetime that they were designed for."

SMB Bearings' ceramic bearings are available as full complement (no cage) or with a cage made from PEEK or PTFE. The company also provide a bespoke relubrication service to maintain bearings throughout their use.

More information about SMB Bearings’ full ceramic bearing range can be found on the company’s website. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to one of the technical experts at SMB Bearings, you can contact the company’s base in Oxfordshire on +44 (0) 1993 842 555.

About SMB Bearings: SMB Bearings originally specialised in miniature bearings, thin-section bearings and stainless steel bearings. By natural progression, the company expanded the range to include other corrosion resistant bearings such as plastic bearings, 316 stainless bearings and ceramic bearings.

Remaining a specialist business, SMB Bearings provide a high level of product knowledge, providing bearing and lubrication solutions to existing or potential customers, whether individuals or large corporations. SMB Bearings does not just sell bearings, but helps to solve your problems.

For further information please visit http://www.smbbearings.com/

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Fish feedstock for AD as Landia wins important new contract

Landia has been awarded an important new turnkey contract in Scotland to supply pumping, mixing, ensiling and pasteurization equipment for fish morts that will be utilised as feedstock for an expanding AD plant.

The 8m3 pasteurizer, which is fitted with Landia’s side-entry propeller mixer and equally robust dry-installed chopper pump will process the fish morts in accordance with ABP (Animal By-Products) regulations, fully approved by vets.

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A 10m3 ensiling tank with an 18.5kW stainless steel long shaft chopper pump will also be designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned by Landia’s team of skilled engineers.  This unit recirculates and blends the fish morts into a smooth purée, before being discharged into the pasteurizer.

With the fish morts suitably mixed, pumped and pasteurized at 70 degrees Celcius by the Landia equipment, gas yields are forecast to increase significantly at the AD plant.

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As well as its ensilers and pasteurizers, Landia also supplies the acclaimed GasMix AD digester mixing system and has just launched BioBuster, a new, non-pumping pre-treatment unit for AD feedstocks with high dry matter content.

Engineered to last, Landia’s AD and food waste/fish processing waste equipment is based upon a wealth of experience, developed since the company’s first agricultural slurry pump when it began trading in 1933, going on to create the world’s first chopper pump in 1950.