2023 marks a major milestone for Assured Automation as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary. As we reflect on the past 40 years and our ability to adapt and thrive in a competitive business environment the foundation of our success essentially comes down to two things: our hard-working, dedicated employees and our loyal customers.
Assured Automation was started in 1983 by Bill Farrell in a small office & shop space in Hillside, NJ with a single valve line and a handful of employees: three of which are still employed and have been integral to the success of the business.
Bill’s strong vision and willingness to take risks over the years has seen many changes: a large valve automation shop & warehouse, state of the art website with a unique online valve configurator, and an ever-expanding offering of automated valves and flow meters.
Team members currently number around thirty full and part-time employees, five of which have over 25 years of experience with the company. In 2013, a flow meter division, Flows.com was launched in Tatamy, PA.
We then became an ITAR Compliant Valve Manufacturer in 2018. These standardizations help us achieve our goal of consistently meeting customer needs to enhance satisfaction through thoughtfully defined objectives.
While the company has needed to evolve and improve, the core principles have stayed the same- treat team members well and provide great customer service and quality products to ensure customer satisfaction.
We are proud of our past and look forward to our future. To our employees and our customers, thanks for sharing in the journey so far, we are looking at a bright future ahead.
A flavor and fragrance (F &F) company was looking to upgrade its plant from manual pours to an automated system. They utilized almost 100 different liquids and minimizing the footprint of all these automated valves was a concern. The customer wanted a fast-cycling valve to ensure they hit their setpoints of each product pour using a scale.
Since this F&F company creates scents and tastes for use in a broad range of consumer products, including fine fragrances, cosmetics, personal care, and beverages automating the system would be a time as well as cost savings.
Assured Automation recommended their angle valve which offers life cycles in the millions, a fraction of a second cycle speed, and features an actuator head that rotates 360 degrees.
Working with a local partner that offers their proprietary Batchmetrics software for managing the flavor and fragrance inventory and creating recipes for the pours, Assured Automation was able to provide the compact valving to cluster 100 valves in a tight space. The speed of the angle body valve also ensured accurate pours of each of their ingredients.
These valve clusters have now been sold to numerous flavor and fragrance facilities and have provided very accurate pours using the high cycle angle body valves. The angle body valve is offered with 316SS body, NPT or triclamp end connections, sizes from ½” to 2”.
More on the Angle Valve:
The angle seat valve is a 2/2-way pneumatically actuated piston valve for liquids, gases, and steam The superior design of the piston is unique to the market, enabling the plug to retract farther from the flow path, ensuring the highest flow capacity.
The dual packing design and a large diameter self-aligning stem ensures the highest cycle life. A full range of accessory items are available including limit switches, solenoid valves, manual override devices, stroke limiters.
A large commercial building had resilient seat butterfly valves installed on its HVAC system water lines. They found that the resilient seat butterfly valves wore out quickly from the constant modulating during the summer months. The seats would begin to leak and costly maintenance to replace them was required.
Assured Automation suggested high performance butterfly valves with double offset shafts, which reduce the seat friction while modulating. The double offset design allows the disc to cam off the seat and eliminates seat contact once slightly open. The butterfly valve disc can then modulate freely with no seat wear. The resilient seat butterfly valve on the other hand constantly rubs at the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions as the disc rotates.
High performance butterfly valves have proven to provide bubble-tight sealing up to 4 times longer than resilient seat butterfly valves and will provide years of maintenance-free performance, which building owners and property managers like to hear.
Many modulating valves in the gas industry utilize pipeline gas media for actuating valves which often causes problems with greenhouse emissions. CFR40 Part60 subpart 0000 limits the bleed rate for these modulating valves utilizing the media for actuation.
An OEM of gas lift compressors was in search of an all electric valve that could eliminate the pneumatic bleed of gases.
LDAR inspections and possible fines for violation of ISO 15848-1 pushed this OEM to look for an all electric option that would eliminate the gas bleed.
A product specialist at Assured Automation proposed the V Port 36 Series full port socket weld ball valve along with the B7 Series explosionproof modulating electric actuator.
Both valve and actuator met the hazardous area requirements and provided the durability the customer required.
The units proved a success for the end user which has improved on their well uptime and barrel per day output. They have expanded this system to all their wells and their gas lift system has proven to be a profitable investment for end users.
Whether you run a full-scale brewery or have a home brew setup, selecting, quoting and ordering flow meters quickly and easily is of paramount importance.
How many times have you called a company for a quote and had to wait days for the salesperson to get back to you, only then to encounter further delays in ordering the product?
Assured Automation offers meter selection guides and unique interactive online flow meter Configurators to assist in the proper selection, pricing, and ordering of flow meters …all online!
User friendly selection guides compare range of materials, connection types, and flow ranges in an easy visual manner to direct the users choice. Options are available from basic models to more advanced industrial grade flow meters with greater number of functions and accessories.
Clickable links on the selection guide take the buyer to the chosen meter’s configurator page. This is where the meter is “built”. As connection type and meter sizes are selected all available options and accessories are displayed on screen. Price, description, and part number all update instantly.
Online help is available throughout the selection process. Simply click on the black and red “Help Icon”. The ‘Configurator Help Screen’ appears which offers clarification and guidance in the selection process
Under the Links for Model section, pricing, weight and documentation including datasheets, price lists and installation & maintenance manuals are available for download.
Want to share the meter part number and parameters with a colleague or purchasing department? Simply click on the ‘Share this Configuration’ icon to easily email Item number along with flow rate range, connection size and type, wetted materials, and other pertinent details
We know that the Assured Automation configurators make the quoting and ordering of flow meters exceptionally easy but there are always instances when additional assistance is needed. Our product specialists would be happy to assist via phone or chat regarding applications and product choice. Give us a call at 800-899-0553
One of the ways “We Make Valve Automation Easy” is by providing our customers with interactive online configurators. . Nothing to download or install. No special specification apps. Visit our web site to see how they work and try one today.
It is estimated that the global market for cannabidiol (CBD) oil will grow from $967.2 million in 2020 to $5.3 billion by 2025. The global CBD oil market is mainly driven by growing research funding for cannabinoid research, legalization of CBD in various regions and the rising occurrence of chronic diseases and related complications.
Hemp-derived products are the largest segment in the CBD oil products market. CBD oils are primarily used in pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic and other industries. The cosmetic and food industry segments accounts for more than half of the market but over the next few years the pharmaceutical segment is expected to expand significantly.
There are two classifications for the cannabis plant that produces CBD oil: hemp and marijuana.
Hemp-derived CBD is sourced from industrial hemp plants, which are grown primarily for their fiber and seeds. Hemp is differentiated from marijuana by its levels of THC, the cannabinoid that possesses intoxicating properties. Under U.S. law a hemp plant must contain no more than 0.3% THC.
Marijuana-derived CBD is extracted from marijuana plants that have thick, lush foliage and flowers that are generally grown and consumed for their intoxicating properties. The U.S. government defines marijuana plants as those which contain more than 0.3% THC. While most marijuana plants contain THC as the predominant cannabinoid, there are several strains of marijuana that are rich in CBD.
Whether CBD is extracted from hemp or marijuana, it remains identical on the molecular level.
Hemp Growing Process
Farmers breed plants with high concentrations of CBD and low concentrations of THC to comply with the 2018 Farm Bill through seeds or cloning.
Once harvested, the plant is air-dried for three to four weeks before the stems are soaked to make the decortication process easier. Decortication happens before extraction when the fiber of the plant is removed from the stem.
The extraction process is the method of turning plant to oil. Various solvents are used to separate cannabinoids into an oily substance.
CO2 extraction utilizes carbon dioxide to produce a highly concentrated oil when the gas is put under high pressure in a low-temperature environment. This manipulates the gas into a liquid, which is then passed through the harvested plant materials resulting in the purest oil possible.
Ethanol extraction utilizes ethanol, a polar solvent that mixes with water to draw out water-soluble molecules and cannabis compounds. The resulting dark oil is a mixture of cannabis compounds and Chlorophyll, which is later filtered out. Although this filtration step also removes some of the extracted cannabinoids, thus lowering the overall purity of the product.
Hydrocarbon extraction utilizes solvents like propane, butane or acetone to extract CBD oil. Although a cheap and easy process, the extracted oil often has a higher concentration of THC, and a lower concentration of CBD. Plus, the possibility for residue is high, which significantly lowers the purity and effectiveness of products. \
When it comes to quality, CO2 extraction yields the best products, but at a higher cost due to the need for expensive equipment and knowledgeable extractors.
Decarboxylation comes after the extraction process. Decarboxylation is a simple heating process that most CBD oil products undergo to activate CBD and its benefits for the human body.
The heat activates the Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA), which subsequently produces CBD that will interact and bind with receptors within the endocannabinoid system.
Purification, or winterization, is an optional step of the process that removes excess fatty acids, chlorophyll, and other plant materials.
Valves and Flow Meters for CBD Production
From growing to extraction, Assured Automation valves and flow meters are used throughout the botanical extraction industry.
Overview Flows.com and Assured Automation announce the release of the ABC-2020 Automatic Batch Controller. It is low cost and extremely simple to use. It works with any meter that has a pulse output and either a valve or pump. The operator simply uses the arrow keys to set the batch volume, then presses the start button. The valve opens or the pump turns on. The meter measures the liquid throughput and reports it to the controller. The controller closes the valve or turns the pump off when the set total is reached. That’s all there is to it!
The controller features the BIGBlinkingBlue Button™ which is the Start/Stop Button and also indicates the status of the controller at all times. It blinks every second while a batch is running and 10 times per second when the batch is near completion. It remains lit when the batch has completed and the controller is ready to run another.
Hardware Components Since the controller, meter, and valve or pump are separate components, the user can tailor the system to best fit their application. This not only allows for the selection of the best components, it also offers the ability to create the ultimate installation by carefully selecting where each component is placed. All wiring will be done with simple thermostat wire.
These three components create an easy to use batching system
The controller is a self-contained compact unit that can be set on a desktop or can be easily mounted to a pipe (horizontal or vertical) or wall. If protection from the elements, washdown, or tampering is needed it is available mounted in a NEMA 4 cabinet with a crystal clear, lockable, hinged front panel. All wires connect to the unit with simple push-in connectors — no opening the enclosure or using screw terminals.
A weatherproof remote button is available that serves as another start/stop button and also provides the same indication as the BIG Blinking Blue Button™ that is on the main controller. This can be used as an emergency stop, or as the main start button for repetitive batches where the volume does not need to change. Another application for this button is to allow a customer to start a batch but not change the volume. Programs are available that only allow for one batch to be dispensed using the remote button. Then an authorized person needs to reset the controller on the main ABC-2020 unit.
Firmware/Programming There are a growing number of standard programs available to choose from for the ABC-2020. The differences between programs revolve mainly around the resolution; which is tied to the pulse rate of the meter: 10 pulses per gallon, 1 pulse per gallon, 1 pulse per 10 gallons, etc. Some programs include a lockout feature that disables the remote start button after a batch completes. Customized programs are also available if needed
Systems and Components Typical system packages include multi-jet or positive displacement water meters and 12 VDC solenoid or ball valves. For use with a pump, a pump control relay is available and allows this little unit to control a 120VAC pump.
The global demand for cannabidiol (CBD) oil has been projected to grow from $900 million in 2020 to $5 billion by 2025. Currently the cosmetic and food industry segments accounts for more than half of the market but over the next few years the pharmaceutical segment is expected to expand significantly.
With this increased demand for CBD production there is also an increased need for industrial products used in the growing of hemp and marijuana and the extraction of CBD oil.
With unparalleled customer service, Assured Automation provides high quality valves and flow meters for use in water, steam and process applications throughout the botanicals industry.
View the products below or check out our new web page dedicated to the products most purchased by customers in the CBD industry.
Automated & Manual Valves
Stainless Steel Valves
Assured Automation offers automated and manual stainless steel valves and flow meters that are frequently used is Ethanol and CO2 extraction applications.
21 Series ball valves are full port, 316 stainless steel, NPT threaded manual ball valves. The valves are silicone free and equipped with a manual handle with a locking device.
36 Series ball valve is constructed of 316 stainless steel. The superior stem seal of this 3-piece ball valve provides increased cycle life making it the perfect choice for automated valve package designs. The Teflon stem packing is live loaded with Belleville washers to provide constant tension on the stem seals. This ensures a bubble tight stem seal and increases the life cycle of the seal even in high cycle applications. Successfully used by OEM’s of Ethanol Cannabis Extraction Equipment.
30D Series 3-way sanitary ball valve is a full bore tri-clamp valve with cavity filled teflon seats. This valve is ideal for use in botanical extraction and other clean service applications. Constructed of ASTM 316 stainless steel with sanitary tri-clamp end connections. Sizes available in ½” through 4”.
Assured Automation 3-way ball valves have been used extensively in supercritical CO2 extraction systems.
BFY Series Tri-Clamp Sanitary Butterfly Valve meets all FDA & USDA standards and requirements. 316L mirror finish disc provides an even flow preventing obstructions and restrictions. An “opposing” body bolt design prevents the loosening between body sections due to usage or vibrations. Bolting is flush with body surface preventing obstruction during actuation or when space is limited for installation.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) offers an erosion and corrosion resistant material suitable for a variety of industrial valve uses. CPVC (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride) is a variant of PVC that is more flexible and can withstand higher temperatures.
Both PVC and CPVC are lightweight rugged materials that are rust-proof, making them perfect for use in many water applications.
P2 Series 2 way ball valves offer some unique features over standard PVC valves. The patented dual block system locks the union ends, which prevents them from loosening due to vibration. This is a common problem with other PVC valves and often results in leakages. The P2 also features a dual stem seal making this design optimal for valve actuation.
PTP Series three-way PVC ball valve for flow diverting, mixing or on/off isolation applications. The PTP series will replace a Tee +2 valve linkage assembly at reduced cost and space, along with shorter installation and maintenance time. The patented seat stop carrier allows for in-line micro adjustment of the ball seating and features O-ring cushioning to minimize wear and prevent seizing.
G2 Industrial flow meter is available with NPT or tri-clamp ends for easy installation and removal. Constructed of 316 Stainless steel housing in line sizes of 1/2” to 2” NPT and ¾” to 2 ½” tri-clamp. The easy to read display can be mounted in different orientations depending on piping layout. Flow ranges of 1-200 gpm with an accuracy of 1-2% (depending on size) Available with local or remote displays.
The new ABC-2020Automatic Batch Controller from Flows.com is a simple, low-cost batch controller that is extremely easy to use. It can be used with a valve and/or pump and a simple mechanical water meter. This allows growers to use exactly the right amount of water regardless of any changes in system water pressure which would affect the volume if using a timer. Growers also use the ABC batch controller when making nutrient mixes in tanks or IBC totes.
You can count on us!
Customers have come to rely on Assured Automation for high quality products, knowledgeable sales personnel, and the unique online automated valve configurator. The online valve configurator makes building, quoting and ordering valve assemblies quick and easy. Try one out today!
A large chemical company was looking to purchase a rush project for emergency shutdown valves for their gas and chemical lines to meet insurance requirements. The automated ESD valves needed to be tied into their main fire alarm system to fail closed upon a triggering of their fire alarms. The specification called for full port API607 firesafe 150# flanged ball valves with spring return rack & pinion pneumatic actuators, FM Approved explosion proof solenoids and explosion proof limit switches.
After obtaining quotes from several major valve brands with delivery dates over 10 weeks the customer reached out to Assured Automation. Using the Assured Automation online valve configurator the customer was able to get a price, datasheet and 3D CAD file on each assembly within minutes.
After confirming a firm delivery date with the sales team, the customer was able to place an official order the same day. Assured Automation was able to assemble, test and ship the entire project in two days.
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