Probe Extractor Mechanism

Faster Removal and Servicing of Insertion Probes without Shutting Down the Process

The Probe Extractor Mechanism can be used for the controlled extraction of an in-line probe from pressurized process streams or reactors. Coupled with a gate or ball valve, these extractors have proven safe and effective in a variety of installations. The method in which the probe is secured and installed in the process line is critical for safety and performance reasons. Additionally the probe should be installed so that plant personnel can reliably remove and reinstall it in the same position each time.  The Probe Extractor Mechanism consistently and accurately achieves this goal.  Watch the Probe Extractor Mechanism in Action

 

Do ALL Probe Require Servicing?

Insertion probes interface the analyzer to the process or sample, and regardless of the manufacturer, all probes used for absorption spectroscopy must be referenced (or zeroed) periodically and the windows occasionally cleaned. Therefore, practical methods for maintenance of the probe or access to the window must be considered when choosing sample interfaces. The Probe Extractor Mechanism makes required maintenance jobs easier, faster and safer.

Installation Examples

  • Reformer, Gasoline Blending, blender Feed Streams
  • Polyols, Polyesters, Solvent Recovery Applications

How Does the Gear-Driven Probe Extractor Mechanism Work?

The Probe Extractor Mechanism utilizes a pneumatic drill to extract and insert the probe from the assembly via a gear mechanism. It may also be operated by a hand-held crank if drills are not permitted in the areas. When the Probe Extractor Mechanism is purchased with an insertion probe, its conveniently assembled at the Guided Wave factory prior to shipment. This allows installation in the field to be fast and uncomplicated. Shutting down the process just to  remove the probe and clean the windows is not possible for most plants. Installing the Probe Extractor Mechanism allows maintenance of the probe while the process is running, proving continuous use of the analyzer to verify process quality.

Benefits of Using the Probe Extractor Mechanism

  • Quick and easy window cleaning without interruption in your process
  • Works with insertion probes in service at pressures of up to 700 psi (48 bar)
  • Custom extractors with different mounting flanges available
  • Custom construction materials available
  • Installs easily on a 2 inch Class 300# flange of a gate or ball valve (other options available also)
  • Compatible with Guided Wave and other brands of probes

 

Features of Probe Extractor Mechanism

• Rapid, safe extraction of in-line probe from pressurized process streams.
• 2 inch Class 300 Raised Face Flange
• Teflon “V”-ring packing glands standard
• Dual 3⁄4 inch acme threaded rods for torque free, controlled probe extraction
• Fits both SST and O-SST probes
• Lengths available for 24 inch [61cm] to 36 inch [92cm] probes
• Stainless Steel construction for corrosion free operation
• Other flange alloys on request
• Simple 90° speed wrench or pneumatic wrench drive using 3⁄4 inch [19mm] 6 point socket
• Grease fittings to lubricate gears and threaded rods
• Hairpin cotter pins as safety stops for controlled extraction to a safe valve closure location
• 1/8 inch NPT port for installing a pressure gauge and a drain valve to drain dead volume after the process valve is closed
• Speed wrench and socket included

Probe Extractor in use

SST Probe and Extractor Mechanism Assembly

Conceptual drawing only. Specific dimensions will vary depending upon length of probe and other components.

Probe Extractor in use
SpecificationsProbe Extractor
Maximum Pressure4.8mPa (700psi)
Maximum Temperature204°C (400°F)
Minimum Clearance From Top of Gate Valve50in [127cm], 56in [143cm], 62in [158cm]
For probes 24in [61cm], 30 in [77cm], and 36in [92cm]
Compatible Probes1in O.D. SST, or O-SST probes in lengths of 24in [61cm],
30in [77cm], and 36in [92cm]
Materials316L Stainless Steel, other materials available upon request
Part Number45250-xxxxx
Data Sheet Doc #1046