Armstrong International Expands Partnership with Mead O'Brien to Kansas and Western Missouri


For over 93 years, Mead O'Brien St. Louis has successfully represented Armstrong International in eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky. Both companies enjoyed strong sales growth and cultivated deep customer loyalty during that time. In October 2020, Armstrong International rewarded Mead O'Brien's success by assigning them representation in western Missouri and Kansas. 


Founded in 1900, Armstrong International is a family-owned company headquartered in Three Rivers, Michigan. Armstrong International provides intelligent control systems for steam, air, and hot water utility applications that improve performance, lower energy consumption, and reduce environmental emissions. Broadly stated, Armstrong International offers steam trapping and steam tracing equipment, steam system testing and monitoring products, condensate recovery equipment, and industrial hot water systems.


Mead O'Brien provides local expertise in industrial steam systems, hot water systems, and process control loops in all or parts of ten Midwestern states, including Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern Illinois, Indiana, Western Kentucky, and the Texas Panhandle. Mead O'Brien Sales Engineers are experts at identifying and quantifying energy losses from steam pipes, industrial and commercial boilers, and hot water systems and have a reputation as solution providers for the most demanding applications.


Services offered by Mead O'Brien and Armstrong:

Utilities System Audits:

  • Steam Distribution
  • Process Heat Transfer and Control
  • Condensate Return
  • Heat Recovery Opportunities
  • Process, Ambient & Combustion Air
  • Steam Trap Surveys & Database Creation
  • Humidification Assessment
  • Application issues; coil freezing issues, poor heat transfer & steam control, water hammer issues, high back-pressure

Steam, Condensate, & Hot Water Measurements, Control & Monitoring

Learning Systems:

  • Armstrong University - Over 130 web-based courses
  • Mead O'Brien Live Steam Lab

For more information, contact Mead O'Brien by calling (800) 892-2769 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com.

The Ashcroft E2 Sanitary Pressure Transmitter

Ashcroft E2
The Ashcroft® E2 sanitary pressure transmitter integrates established thin film sensor technology while delivering sanitary benefits by using a tri-clamp fitting with an isolation seal. This model is designed to maintain process integrity and is an excellent option for sanitary applications, including those requiring 3A approval or requiring challenging process monitoring and control. The broad option of electrical connections and filling fluids satisfies specific application requirements.

Ashcroft E2 Sanitary Pressure Transmitter

Key Features:
  • Available with 1.5" and 2.0" Tri-Clamp® connection
  • 3A approved
  • Wide selection of electrical terminations
  • Customized configurations
  • External magnetic offset and span adjustment
Specifications:
  • Accuracy: ±0.25%, ±0.5% or ±1.00% of span
  • Process Connection: 316L stainless steel
  • Pressure Range: vacuum to 1,000 psi
  • Ingress Rating: IP66, IP67 or IP69K (consult factory)
  • Surface Finish: 12 to 20 Ra electropolished diaphragm 

For more information, call Mead O'Brien now at (800) 892-2769 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com.

Advantage Goes to Radar Level Over Ultrasonic Transmitters for Bulk, Dry Materials

Ultrasonic level transmitters used in dry bulk solids level monitoring are starting to be eclipsed. Radar level technology is now so good that it can get a level or distance signal from unreflective media such as polypropylene pellets. Compared to ultrasonics, radar is often more reliable, easier to use and has lower maintenance requirements.

The LR64 and LR65 from Schneider Electric (Foxboro) offer customers the benefit of reliable, trouble free solids level measurement. The radars use powerful Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) technology and advanced signal processing technology.

For more information, call Mead O'Brien now at (800) 892-2769 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com.

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Honoring all the hard working people that make the US economy run each and every day. 

Thank you.

See How Easy Steam Trap Audits Can Be with the Armstrong SAGE UMT® Automatic Trap Tester

Armstrong's SAGE UMT® eliminates human error and raises the quality of steam trap testing to a new level. Their state-of-the-art, automatic testing device makes it easy for any steam trap technician to survey your trap population quickly and accurately, on a regular basis. 

Armstrong's SAGE UMT®, used in conjunction with SAGE® Smart Steam System Management platform, is the most comprehensive and advanced trap management program in the industry.

Armstrong's SAGE UMT® syncs wirelessly to the SAGE® Mobile app on your iOS or Android mobile device. SAGE® Mobile then delivers your steam trap information directly to SAGE® Smart Utility System Management platform, eliminating the need to manually enter survey information or decipher illegible field notes.

The SAGE UMT® is just this easy to use:

  • Scan a trap's RFID tag with SAGE UMT®; SAGE® Mobile automatically opens the details for that trap
  • Press the stainless steel probe tip to the trap and press the test button
  • Test progress will be visible on both SAGE UMT® and SAGE® Mobile
  • When testing is complete, SAGE UMT® wirelessly transfers the temperature and acoustic information it has collected to SAGE® Mobile
  • SAGE® Mobile analyzes the data received from SAGE UMT® using - Armstrong's proprietary, UNFCCC-approved, steam system efficiency methodology; based on the results, SAGE® Mobile assigns a condition to the trap
  • SAGE® Mobile stores the trap's data, automatically pushing it to SAGE® - Smart Steam System Management platform
  • SAGE® immediately uploads data to the cloud where it's protected by high-level security and automated backups
  • Customers own their own data

For more information, contact Mead O'Brien. Call them at (800) 874-9655 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com

ChemTec Flow Monitor and Flow Meter Product Catalog

ChemTec

ChemTec specializes in low flow applications (120 SCFM; 20 GPM or less) and currently is the only manufacturer of all-Teflon® Flow Switches and Flow Meters. ChemTec's low flow products are engineered and manufactured from raw materials in their factory to ensure superior product life-cycles.

ChemTec Products:

  • Flow Monitors
  • Excess Flow Valves
  • Flow Meters

For more information on ChemTec products, contact Mead O'Brien by calling (800) 892-2769 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com.

Innerlynx® Modular Mechanical Seals

Innerlynx Modular Mechanical Seals

There's a faster way to seal pipes other than caulk, grout, or mastic. Innerlynx® modular mechanical seals are used in a systematic approach for installers to easily seal the annular space between the carrier pipe and the ID of a wall penetration.  Innerlynx® are also designed to absorb vibrations, shocks and sound waves and act as a sound dampener while electrically isolating the carrier pipe from the penetrated structure. 


Innerlynx® are made from synthetic rubber with industrial strength U.S. manufactured pressure plates and are available in more sizes than offered by any other U.S. manufacturer.  APS offers 21 different sizes for all pipe diameters ranging from 1/2" to 144" and form a hydrostatic seal up to 40 psig and up to 92.28 feet of head pressure. 

For more information about Innerlynx® mechanical seals, contact Mead O'Brien. Call them at (800) 892-2769 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com.

OmniSeal® Double Block & Bleed/Double Isolation & Bleed Expanding Plug Valves



OmniSeal® expanding plug valves are designed for applications where positive shut-off, verifiable zero leakage and double block and bleed (DB&B) and or double isolation and bleed (DIB) capabilities are required.

They are ideal for a variety of applications including leased automated custody transfer (LACT), product metering, aviation fueling, product isolation, blend- ing, lockout/tagout (LOTO), multi-product manifolds, tank storage and other DB&B applications.

The OmniSeal® is a single valve solution that simultaneously blocks both the upstream and downstream flow while allowing the user to verify seal integrity using a manual or automatic body bleed system. It replaces older double block and bleed systems that use two valves with a spool and bleed valve in-between. OmniSeal® valves have exclusive features designed for better performance throughout the valve’s lifetime.

All OmniSeal® DB&B expanding plug valves are manufactured and monogrammed per API 6D and ISO 9001, fire tested per API 607 and API 6FA and have specific certifications such as CE/PED, CRN (Canadian Registration), TA-Luft or similar design or regional certifications where appropriate.

For more information about OmniSeal® valves contact Mead O'Brien. Call them at (800) 892-2769 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com.

The OmniSeal® Double Block & Bleed Expanding Plug Valve

OmnisealThe OmniSeal® is a high integrity, double block and bleed expanding plug valve for product isolation, blending, metering, custody transfer, fueling operations, terminal, storage and other land or offshore zero leakage applications.

OmniSeal® expanding plug valves are designed for applications where positive shut-off, verifiable zero leakage and double block and bleed (DB&B) and or double isolation and bleed (DIB) capabilities are required.

They are ideal for a variety of applications including leased automated custody transfer (LACT), product metering, aviation fueling, product isolation, blend- ing, lockout / tagout (LOTO), multi-product manifolds, tank storage and other DB&B applications.

The OmniSeal® is a single valve solution that simultaneously blocks both the upstream and downstream flow while allowing the user to verify seal integrity using a manual or automatic body bleed system. It replaces older double block and bleed systems that use two valves with a spool and bleed valve in-between. OmniSeal® valves have exclusive features designed for better performance throughout the valve’s lifetime.

All OmniSeal® DB&B expanding plug valves are manufactured and monogrammed per API 6D and ISO 9001, fire tested per API 607 and API 6FA and have specific certifications such as CE/PED, CRN (Canadian Registration), TA-Luft or similar design or regional certifications where appropriate.

Omniseal® DB&B expanding plug valves have been determined to be a “Product of the USA “ by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP). This applies to both commercial and US government or military procurement.


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Gate, Globe, and Check Valve Classification and Materials Technical Reference

Williams Valve

Follow the link below and download a technical reference document for industrial valves, courtesy of Williams Valve and Mead O'Brien.

The document includes:
  • Pressure / temperature ratings for different classification valves and body materials.
  • Forging materials: Types of forged body materials, designations, and service recommendations.
  • Casting materials: Types of cast body materials, designations, and service recommendations.
  • ISO mounting pad dimensions.
  • Steel pipe schedule - Schedule, O.D. and I.D. of pipe.


Williams Valve manufactures gate valves, ball valves, check valves, swing valves and more for industrial and commercial applications. Industries serviced include oil refining, chemical processing, energy, military shipbuilding, pulp and paper, mining and pharmaceutical processes.

For more information about Williams Valve, or any industrial valve application, contact Mead O'Brien. Call them at (800) 892-2769 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com.

Measuring Water and Liquid Level in Narrow, Obstructed Tanks with 80 GHz Non-Contact Radar Technology

80GHz Level Sensor

The Foxboro Schneider Electric 80 GHz Radar (FMCW) Level Transmitter is ideal for measuring level of water and other liquids liquids in narrow tanks with internal obstructions.

The Schneider Electric (Foxboro) LR75 is a non-contact radar level transmitter that uses FMCW technology. It measures distance, level and volume of liquids and pastes. It has an empty spectrum function that filters false reflections caused by equipment inside the tank.

  • LR75 Free Space Radar
  • 80 GHz FMCW technology
  • cQPSus XP
  • 4 -20mA /HART® 7
  • 1/2" NPT Cable Entry
  • Backlit Display
  • (-14.5..580 psig) I (-40 deg F to +302 F) / FKM/FPM Process Seal
  • 1-1/2“ DN40 Lens Antenna
  • 1-1/2“ NPT ASME Process Connection
  • Very low cost of ownership

For more information, contact Mead O'Brien. Call them at 800-892-2769 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com.

Wastewater Treatment Facilities Being Solicited to Test for Coronavirus


New studies show that SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, is shed in stool meaning it’s collecting in city sewers. 


Biobot, Somerville, Massachusetts company specializing in wastewater epidemiology, is establishing protocols to test sewage for SARS-CoV-2. If successful, this data will give communities a dynamic map of the virus as it spreads to new places.

Data from sewage will enable communities to:
  1. Measure the scope of the outbreak independent from patient testing or hospital reporting, and include data on asymptomatic individuals,
  2. Provide decision support for officials determining the timing and severity of public health interventions to mitigate the overall spread of the disease,
  3. Better anticipate likely impact on hospital capacity in order to inform hospital readiness and the necessity of public health interventions,
  4. Track the effectiveness of interventions and measure the wind-down period of the outbreak, and
  5. Provide an early warning for reemergence of the coronavirus (if it does indeed have a seasonal cycle).
How it works:
  • Biobot will ship participating facilities a sampling kit and sample collection protocols. Each sampling kit includes supplies for transporting one sewage sample, an ice pack, a return shipping box and label, and instructions.
  • Wastewater facilities will collect 24-hour composite samples, and ship the samples back to Biobot laboratories.
  • Biobot will process the sewage samples to concentrate and inactivate viruses.
  • MIT Alm Lab will apply a RT-PCR protocol, adapted from published testing protocols, to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • Biobot will communicate the test results back to participating communities.
How to receive sampling kits:

Wastewater treatment facilities interested in participating should visit this site - https://www.biobot.io/covid19 - and fill out the form.



Radar Level: The Relationship Between Frequency and Beam Angle and Using Beam Angle Calculators


Radar is the preferred technology for level measurement in many of today’s industrial applications. Selecting the best microwave frequency transmitted by the device for your application is crucial, and understanding the relationship between frequency and beam angle is very important.

In this video, Jeff Blair, Offer Manager for level products at Schneider Electric, presents the difference in beam angle at various frequencies and how to use Beam Angle Calculators to determine beam width at various levels in a tank.

For more information about radar level instrumentation, contact Mead O'Brien. Call them at (800) 892-2769 or visit their website at https://meadobrien.com.

Mead O'Brien increases reach in the Water and Wastewater Industry through acquisition of Ulmer Equipment Company

Mead O'Brien Ulmer
Mead O’Brien, a leader in valves & valve automation, steam & hot water products and instrumentation products, has acquired the operations and substantial assets of Ulmer Equipment Company, Inc. of Fenton, MO.

Ulmer Equipment Company is a well known and well respected manufacturer’s representative and distributor of AWWA and industrial valves and accessories.

The acquisition expands Mead O'Brien’s offering in valves and related equipment to the Water and Wastewater industry sector in the Midwest region.

Mead O’Brien, Inc. headquartered in North Kansas City, is a midwestern regional manufacturer’s representative and distributor with branches and warehouses in St. Louis, MO; Calvert City, KY; and Tulsa, OK. Sister companies include H*E Engineered Equipment Co., J&M Engineered Products Inc., and Pinnacle Controls LLC.

ISA Instrumentation Cross Training Bootcamp Hosted by Mead O'Brien, Feb. 24-28, 2020

  • 24 February 2020 – 28 February 2020
  • Length: 4.5 Days
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday
  • CEU Credits: 3.6
  • Member/Group Price: $3390 USD
  • List Price: $4240 USD
  • Affiliate Price: $3815 USD
Location

Mead O’Brien, Inc., 10800 Midwest Industrial Blvd, St Louis, MO 63132

This class focuses on the knowledge and skills sets required to function as an instrument maintenance technician. The electrical skills possessed by a trained electrician will serve as basis for expansion to include the expertise needed to maintain an instrument control system. Process measurement techniques, measurement and control equipment, calibrations techniques and calibration equipment will be discussed and utilized in numerous hands-on lab sessions. The knowledge and experience gained from attending this class will lead the student to become an asset to an I&E maintenance team.

You will be able to:

  • Interpret P&ID documentation
  • Utilize various process calibrators
  • Properly design and construct a current (4-20 mA) loop
  • Analyze and troubleshoot a current loop for proper operation
  • Connect, test and calibrate various electronic analog transmitters
  • Connect, configure, test and calibrate various digital (Smart) transmitters
  • Hook-up, test and calibrate a pneumatic valve positioner
  • Configure, test and calibrate a digital valve controller (DVC)
You will cover:
  • P&ID and other instrument document interpretation
  • Laws of Physics and other fundamentals as applied to measurement and control
  • Ohm’s Law and various other electrical characteristics used in signal transmission
  • Proper use of instrument calibrators and HART communicators
  • Transmitter configurations and calibrations Control valve set-up, configuration and calibration
  • Definitions/modes of operation of process controller and PID algorithms
  • Control loop analysis and fundamental troubleshooting
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