Equilibar is proud to offer sanitary back pressure regulators (BPRs) with hygienic features for BioPharma and sanitary industrial applications. The Equilibar® FD Series BPR is designed with ASME BPE in mind and Equilibar® SD Series BPR is a single use design to accommodate the rapidly expanding requirements of the BioPharma industry.
Both valve series feature the same dome-loaded multiple orifice technology as all Equilibar patented products, delivering instantaneous control, frictionless operation, superior precision, and exceptionally wide flow rate ranges. They offer advantages for sanitary fluid control applications in consumer products and biopharmaceutical production.
FD SERIES PERFORMANCE ADVANTAGES
Traditional back pressure regulators use springs to gradually open up as the overpressure is used to compress the spring. This often results in significant inlet pressure loss with increases in process flow. Equilibar® regulators feature ultra-sensitive diaphragm-operated back pressure technology capable of controlling pressure with high precision over a wide range of flows. It fully opens in less than 1% overpressure in most applications. The stability of the Equilibar regulator is unmatched in the industry.
The graph to the right shows an example of the consistent performance of a 3/4” FD regulator with water.
SIMPLE COMPACT DESIGN
With only one moving part, the FD regulators are easy to disassemble for maintenance, reassemble, and return to use quickly and easily. The compact design facilitates a simple process layout.
CIP / SIP COMPATIBILITY
The FD Series valve bodies are made of SS316L standard steel and contain USP Class VI diaphragms. Its design is compatible with temperatures up to 135°C experienced during steam sterilization and its wide working flow range allows one FD size to effectively control during high flow CIP rates as well as very low flow dosing rates. They have undergone comprehensive design and testing to have optimum drainability when oriented with the inlet down.
SMOOTH COMPUTER AUTOMATION
Equilibar FD regulators respond instantaneously to changes in flow or setpoint to maintain the desired inlet pressure. Because of its capacity to control within milliseconds, the FD Series is a perfect match for computer automated control. Paired with an electronic pilot regulator, the FD regulator may be connected to the process control system, and it is ready for automation.
|1/2″||150 psig / 10 bar(g)||1E-7 to 1.0||SS316L; Hastelloy C; custom|
|3/4″||150 psig / 10 bar(g)||1E-5 to 4.0||SS316L; Hastelloy C; custom|
|1″||150 psig / 10 bar(g)||1E-5 to 8.0||SS316L; Hastelloy C; custom|
|1.5″||150 psig / 10 bar(g)||1E-4 to 12||SS316L; Hastelloy C; custom|
|2″||150 psig / 10 bar(g)||1E-3 to 19||SS316L; Hastelloy C; custom|
Application Spotlight – Liquid Blending
One common application for the Equilibar FD Series is liquid product blending or dosing. Many manufacturers of personal care products need to precisely control the amount of perfume, dye, or active ingredient that is injected into a line. Performance of positive displacement pumps can be improved, especially in low viscosity applications, by the addition of a precision back pressure regulator.
An FD Series back pressure regulator, with its unique multiple orifice design, is capable of controlling pressure at extremely low flow rates, allowing a more exact mixture of ingredients during blending. Additionally, the Equilibar FD regulator acts as an isolator to header pressure fluctuations as blended product flows through the header. This keeps downstream fluctuations from adversely impacting upstream flow control equipment.
Contact an application engineer to help select a back pressure regulator for your sanitary application.