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Retractable sensor assemblies for hygienic applications

Endress+Hauser has introduced Cleanfit CPA875 and CPA871 sensor assemblies that allow pH, ORP, oxygen, and NIR sensors to be installed or removed during operation.

By moving the sensor from the measuring position to a service position, these retractable assemblies allow the sensor to be cleaned, calibrated, or replaced without interrupting the process.

The retractable assemblies permit removal and installation while protecting both the process and operating personnel.

In hygienic or sterile processes, the CPA875 assemblies are protected against contamination in accordance with international standards including EHEDG, ASME BPE, FDA, ATEX Directive 94/9/EC, CE/PED, EC VO 1935/2004, and Biological Reactivity (USP Class VI).

In pneumatic operating mode, the CPA871 meets ATEX and CE/PED standards.

The CPA875 assemblies, along with their service chambers and process adapters, are certified by EHEDG for cleanability and sterilisability, which guarantees that residual media is not only destroyed, but is also removed completely from the service chamber and the sealing surface.

The service chamber and sealing surface thus remain free from product residue and micro-organisms and the design of the service chamber allows liquid media to drain freely and completely.

The alignment of the inlet and outlet, as well as the flow configuration, ensures that solid built-up deposits are loosened and removed when cleaning.

It is also possible to clean and sterilise the seals' contact surfaces, which ensures the sensor is free from contamination when it is reinserted into the process.

The CPA875 assemblies are available with single or dual service chambers, with the front chamber in the double-chamber system capable of being used as a protective barrier to the process.

The chamber can be continually rinsed with water for injection, which ensures the cleaning solution cannot enter the process, even if the process seal is damaged.

At the same time, this front chamber can be used to isolate the service chamber temperature from the process.

The sensor can therefore be checked, replaced, calibrated, adjusted and cleaned with hot water or sterilised, all without influencing the process.

The Cleanfit CPA875 assembly has seals, process connections and couplings that make it suitable for use in food, pharmaceutical, life sciences, and specialty chemical applications, while the CPA871 has similar options for the water/wastewater and general chemical industries.

Materials in contact with the process medium are all stainless steel, while seals can be EDPM/FMP or Viton/FFKM, depending on the application.

The immersion tube, process connection, and service chamber can be stainless steel, titanium, Alloy C22, PEEK, or PVDF, again depending on the application.

Both sensor assemblies are available with a manual or an automatic drive, the manual drive featuring self-retaining thread to hold the sensor in any intermediate position, and can be used for process pressures up to 116 psi.

The pneumatic drive can be used for process pressures up to 232 psi, and in assemblies with a pneumatic drive, the service and measuring positions of the sensor are detected and reported to connected monitoring and control systems.