The market for fiber-optic analytical process instruments has been divided into two main product categories: The optical measurement instrument itself, mainly developed for use in scientific laboratories and later modified for at-line deployment and the category of process interfaces, such as measurement probes, flow cells and gas cells. For reasons like the high cost and complexity of optical spectrometers, the requirement of trained scientists to operate them, the challenges of real-time sample presentation and in-process cleaning of the process interface itself, process analytical technology as an integral part of manufacturing processes, has never been able to penetrate the manufacturing industries at large scale.The range of available optical detector modules begins at the UV wavelength range (200nm) covering the visible, NIR and MIR range up to 11 µm. This modular approach allows these process sensors to work in different manufacturing environments, inside and outside, in hazardous or containment areas as well as in compatibility with the mechanical port specifications of most equipment manufacturers for the analyzer to be mounted directly onto the production equipment.
Patended process interface with radial orientation of multiple measurement windows, designed for powders and bulk material. The radial orientation if the measurement windows allows for inline cleaning and recalibration.
Material properties, such as viscosity, moisture, temperature and pressure, etc., are causing a phenomenon called "window fowling", a buildup of analyte on the probe window. A patented automatic self-cleaning mechanism allows the prevention of "window fowling" without any interruption of the process and thereby allowing the use in continuous manufacturing processes.
Tri-Clamp is the most ubiquitous connector to connect pipes and equipment components in the Food & Beverage industry as well as in the pharmaceutical industry. It is a quick-release connection and generally available for diameters between ½“ and 4“.
The chemical, petrochemical and biotech industries are using primarily Swagelok connectors for permanent connections, as oppose to quick-release connectors, such as Tri-Clamp. These connectors are very reliable in high-pressure installations, but still easy to operate. Swagelok connectors are usually available in sizes ranging from 1/16“ to 1“.
BON has developed special shafts for ATR probes that are are purpose built for the harsh requirements of rugged environment conditions. Based on ATR or HT-ATR immersion IR-fiber shafts, these can be used for process applications in the NIR & MIR spectral range to monitor reactions inline at temperatures ranging from -100°C to +250°C, with pressure ratings of up to 200 Bar.
Specific requirements exist for process interfaces in refining environments with regards to ambient temperature and pressure, as well as compliance with explosion proof requirments for hazardous areas.
This gas cell has been specifically developed for applications in biogas plants. Path length optimization to 200 mm enables continuous inline analysis of methan, H2S and CO2 in realtime. Due to the omnipresence of H2S in biogas, the materials with product contact have to be sufficiently resiliant, to withstand the corrosive nature of H2S.
Photometry and spectroscopy are based on the fact that a portion of the light permeating a sample is being altered by the molecular structrue of the analyte. In the UV spectral range, the intrinsic color of the sample is being used, while molecular vibrations will be analzyed in the NIR or MIR range.
Which is the area of the optical spectrum, that is relevant for your particular measurement application? The answer is dependent on the actual analyte, the concentration, the process temperature and pressure and the aggregate state. If you are not sure, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chromophore, dyes and pigments, singel and double bonds, solvents, transition metals
Colors, chlorophyl, bilirubin, hemoglobin, phosphate, benzene, turbidity
Proteins, fat, carbon hydrates, milk powder, melamin, octane rating, pharmaceutical API and excipients, bound and free water, talcum, magnesium stearate
Fingerprint area, carbon hydrate, hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, ethanol, glucose, solvents (acetone, isopropyl alcohol, etc.), water
The Ingold flange adapter has an external thread for connecting a cap nut of a sensor or valve base. A through hole with a 12 mm diameter is arranged in the transit direction and compatible with the 12 mm shaft of the BON process sensors. Applications can be found primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
The arrangement of screw holes in DN flanges always corresponds to a multiple of the 4, with 4 being the minimum. The screw holes should always be symmetrical to the pipes and fittings, they are connecting.
Tri-Clamp or Sanitary Clamp is the most common form of mechanical connections for pipes and fittings in the food & beverage, dairy and life sciences industries. The clamp is designed in a V-profile to ensure a homogeneous surface contact accross the entire diameter.