Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Belilove Company-Engineers (BCE) in Only 8 Seconds

Belilove Company-Engineers (BCE) is a Northern California Representative and Distributor of process instruments, analytical instruments, and industrial valves.

BCE's Applied Resistance Group provides electric heating elements and is a component designer of custom thermal systems.



Belilove Company Engineers
21060 Corsair Blvd
Hayward, CA 94545
Phone: (510) 274-1990
Fax: (510) 274-1999
E-mail: sales@belilove.com

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rugged and Portable Density Monitoring for Quality Beer Production

Density measurement for
beer brewing quality.
Density can be used to measure the dissolved solids Plato (P°) in the wort extract at the wort kettle. Traditionally this measurement was made using a glass hydrometer. The extract content in the wort at the start of the fermentation process is an indication of the potential final alcohol content in fermented beer. This measurement in some countries has a financial implication. The taxes paid on the beer produced are based on the wort extract and not the final alcohol content of the beer.

The extract, which is the result of sparging water through the grain bed in the Lautering process, contains the dissolved solids (sugars and higher molecular weight soluble fractions) from the grain that eventually through fermentation becomes the beer. Dividing the original extract by 3 is an indication of the final potential alcohol content of the finished beer. During the fermentation step the wort sugars are converted into carbon dioxide and alcohol. Periodic monitoring of the density in the wort during the fermentation process helps the brewer check on the health of the yeast and the extent of fermentation. Fermentation is stopped when the gravity reaches a certain point.

Viscosity Measurements in a Brewery

In a brewery, viscosity measurement plays an important role in the controlling the quality of the beer. It indicates the quality of the malt, predicts filtering times and is an indicator of the foam behavior of the finished beer.

The MDM100, the mobile density meter from Integrated Sensing Systems provides beer makers with
The ISS MDM100
the option of performing accurate density measurements in the brewhouse or in the lab. Only a few milliliters of wort or beer are required for making the measurement. There is no need for rinsing the density meter when measuring multiple beer samples. Yeast and dissolved CO2 in the beer will not affect the performance of sensor measurement. At the heart of the MDM100 is a patented, innovative, MEMS vibrating density sensor that is immune to the effect of gas bubbles in the beer. This assures accurate and consistent measurements that are available in seconds.

The MDM100 calculates sugar concentration based on measured density and temperature. Results can be displayed in the preferred units such as °Plato. Results are stored in a standard file format that can be exported into applications such as Excel for further analysis.

Features
  • Mobile density measurement in the brewhouse or lab 
  • Measures liquid density and temperature to calculate sugar content 
  • Measures alcohol concentration in distilled spirit production 
  • Uses gas bubble resistant MEMS vibrating sensor 
  • Calibration checked using pure water 
  • Sample injected using inexpensive plastic syringe 
  • Tough construction can handle rough handling 
  • Economical for beer producers of all sizes
For more information, contact:

Belilove Company Engineers
21060 Corsair Blvd
Hayward, CA 94545
Phone: (510) 274-1990
Fax: (510) 274-1999
E-mail: sales@belilove.com

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rugged and Portable Density Monitoring For Quality Wine Production

Improved wine quality
through density measurement
with MEMS technology.
Density can be used to measure the sugar concentration (Brix) in grape juice or other fruit juice (must) prior to crush and throughout the fermentation process. Traditionally this measurement was made using a glass hydrometer. The large volume of sample required and time to make the measurement means a glass hydrometer is not practical for large winery operations. Before grape harvest, the accuracy of sugar measurement in the juice is important in determining the timing of the harvest for the highest quality wine. During fermentation of the must, the sugar in the juice is converted into ethanol with carbon dioxide as a waste gas. Monitoring the density of the juice during this step in the process allows for optimal control of this conversion step for highest quality wines. Density (Brix) should be measured at least once per day during fermentation. Monitoring the slope of the Brix conversion slope allows the winemaker to adjust the temperature of the process for optimal wine quality.

A mobile density meter, the MDM100 from Integrated Sensing Systems, provides winemakers with the option of performing density measurements in the cellar or in the lab. A few milliliters of sample are required for making the density measurement. There is no need for rinsing the density meter between samples when measuring wine. Yeast and dissolve CO2 in the wine will not affect the measurement. At the heart of the density meter is a patented, innovative MEMS vibrating density sensor that is immune to the effect of gas bubbles in the wine. This assures accurate and consistent measurements. Results are available in seconds.

The MDM100 calculates sugar concentration based on measured density and temperature. Results can be displayed in the preferred units such as Specific Gravity or °Brix. Results can be stored in a file format that can be exported into applications such as Excel for further analysis.

Features of the MDM100
  • Mobile density measurement in the cellar or lab 
  • Measures liquid density and temperature to calculate sugar content 
  • Measures alcohol concentration in distilled spirit production 
  • Uses gas bubble resistant MEMS vibrating sensor 
  • Calibration checked using pure water 
  • Sample injected using inexpensive plastic syringe 
  • Tough construction can handle rough handling 
  • Economical for wine producers of all sizes
For more information contact:

Belilove Company Engineers
21060 Corsair Blvd
Hayward, CA 94545
Phone: (510) 274-1990
Fax: (510) 274-1999
E-mail: sales@belilove.com

Friday, June 12, 2015

Choose the Best Type of Vacuum Feedthrough for Your Application

Vacuum Feedthroughs
An electrical vacuum feedthrough (sometimes spelled "vacuum feedthru") is used to transfer electrical signals,  currents, or voltages into a vacuum. Because of the wide variety of feedthroughs, there are numerous categories available to meet the various needs provided by vacuum feedthroughs.

Multi-pin feedthroughs have circular threaded connectors for moderate pin density. They are typically offered with differing numbers of pins (often, 3, 5 or 7) and rated to 3.5 amps and 500 volts per pin. There are both single-ended and double-ended versions which offer a connector for the air side or both air and vacuum side connectors respectively.

Vacuum Feedthroughs
Epoxy Vacuum Feedthrough
custom manufactured by BCE
A thermocouple feedthrough is an electrical vacuum feedthrough commonly used for systems involved in temperature measurement. The thermocouple feedthrough itself doesn’t measure temperature, but is used to conduct the voltage signal from the vacuum to an external device. These are suitable for use in ultra-high vacuum applications. 

Power electrical feedthroughs transmit high current and/or high voltage into a vacuum system. Variations of power electrical feedthroughs offer a range of current and voltage.

Epoxy vacuum feedthroughs offer the best application flexibility, they are cost competitive, and they have a high vacuum performance for today’s fast moving markets. Clear epoxy feedthroughs allow for the visual inspection of your components. They are board mountable with high vacuum performance and very competitive pricing compared to ceramic and metal seals.

Many accessories are available to be used in conjunction with the wide variety of vacuum feedthroughs. These included vacuum connectors, connectors, insulated wire, cable assemblies, insulators, and spacers, just to name a few.

Specialized feedthroughs may be needed if your application includes cryogenic or very low temperatures, high temperatures, aggressive chemicals, or high pressure. Contact an experienced manufacturer who specializes in vacuum feedthroughs to discuss which feedthrough will best meet your needs. A company worth their salt should be able to discern which would be the best fit with minimal hassle.

Visit this link for more information on electrical vacuum feedthroughs.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Metal Tube Variable Area Flowmeters (Rotameters)

Brooks MT3809
Metal Tube Variable Area
Flowmeter (Brooks)
Variable area meters, or rotameters, measure the rate of flow of a liquid through a tapered vertical tube in which a small float is lifted until the float's weight is balanced with the fluid force.

Rugged metal tube variable area meters (rotameters) are ideal for high pressure, high temperature, and other demanding flow applications where safety is a concern.


Advantages
  • Approved for use in hazardous environments
  • Multiple connection options to match your existing system and provide easy installation
  • Many corrosion resistant material options for the metering of aggressive fluids
  • Alarm and 4-20mA with HART and LCD display options provide for remote flow monitoring
  • Excellent meter repeatability provides consistent batch and/or process production
  • No power required which reduces installation cost and provides flow measurement in hazardous area
  • Low-pressure drop