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Brooks Instrument GP200 Pressure-based Mass Flow Controllers (MFC): Theory of Operation


Brooks Instrument presents the theory of operation behind their pressure-based mass flow controller (P-MFC) from their GP200 series in this video. This P-MFC has a unique design approach for enhanced process performance without the limitations of today's traditional P-MFCs. A traditional P-MFC system includes:
  • An upstream pressure transducer.
  • An upstream control valve.
  • Two individual pressure transducers.
  • Laminar flow element.
The use of an upstream valve has many disadvantages. This design requires high pressure making it sub-optimal for critical low-pressure gases and low full-scale flow rate. It also means matching the two individual pressure transducers perfectly. 

Brooks Instrument designed a patented integrated differential pressure transducer, GP200 P-MFC, to address the disadvantages. The GP200 has one actual differential transducer instead of two, eliminating the need to match the two individual pressure transducers, significantly reducing measurement uncertainty, and improving accuracy, particularly for critical low vapor pressure process gases. Its downstream valve architecture will operate at much lower inlet pressures and across a broader range of pressures. The downstream valve also minimizes the bleed-down effect and ensures that the device is insensitive to dynamic outlet conditions.

The GP200 Series P-MFC features a patented architecture that overcomes the limitations of conventional P-MFCs to provide the most precise process gas delivery even when delivering low vapor pressure process gases. It includes several unique design aspects, including an integrated differential pressure sensor coupled with a downstream valve architecture enabling the most precise process gas delivery over the industry's broadest range of operating conditions.

Since GP200 Series supports a broad range of process conditions, it can be used as a drop-in replacement and upgrade for many traditional P-MFCs and thermal MFCs. It reduces the complexity and cost of ownership of the gas delivery system because it eliminates the need for components such as pressure regulators and transducers.

GP200 FEATURES

  • True differential pressure measurement
  • Lower inlet pressure operation
  • Downstream valve architecture
  • Matched transient response
  • Zero Leak-by Control Valve
  • MultiFlo™ technology offers unparalleled flexibility—one device can be programmed for thousands of different gas and flow range configurations without removing the MFC from the gas line or compromising accuracy
  • Local display indicates flow, temperature, pressure and network address
  • DeviceNet™, EtherCAT®, RS-485 L-Protocol and analog interfaces

GP200 BENEFITS

  • By removing the requirement to match and compensate two separate pressure transducers, the GP200 differential pressure technology reduces measurement uncertainty for enhanced accuracy, repeatability and drift performance.
  • Safer fab operation at lower inlet pressures is now achievable with a P-MFC due to the GP200 differential pressure sensor that is specifically optimized for low differential pressure measurement.
  • The downstream valve architecture ensures accuracy is independent of downstream pressure, enabling flow delivery into pressures as high as 1200 Torr. The fast closing valve addresses non-productive recipe wait times, or "tail effects," seen in upstream MFC valve designs that require additional time to bleed down their internal volume of gas.
  • Ultra-fast, highly repeatable ascending and descending flow stabilization time enables tighter process control in advanced high cycle Deposition and Etch processes.
  • 100X improvement in valve shut-down
  • With MultiFlo™, MFC full scale flow range can be re-scaled down typically by a factor of 3:1 with no impact on accuracy, turndown or leak by specifications, for optimum process and inventory flexibility 
  • Convenient user display and independent diagnostic/service port aids device installation, monitoring and troubleshooting
For more information about Brooks Instrument products, contact Miller Energy, Inc. Call 800-631-5454 or visit https://millerenergy.com.

6 Reasons to Choose Brooks SLA Series Mass Flow Controllers

Brooks SLA Series Mass Flow Controllers

As firms migrate from Fieldbus to Ethernet networks, EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET are the fastest growing digital communication technologies in industrial automation. They ship the newest industrial ethernet nodes, almost 64% of the market. EtherNet/IP ™and PROFINET enable users to collect relevant data that helps keep essential systems on track by linking devices to a single network. Information sent across EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET networks provides better diagnostics, deviation alarms, and predictive maintenance, maximizing system uptime and lowering costs. 

As a result of this collaboration, Brooks Instrument has added EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET protocols to its industry-leading SLA Series mass flow controllers (MFCs). The SLA5800 and SLAMf mass flow controllers support EtherNet/IP™ or PROFINET protocols and include advanced alarm and diagnostic capabilities.

Industry's Leading Ethernet Protocol Adoptions: EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET 

The value proposition for EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET is standard Internet and ethernet protocols. 
  • Options for star, ring, or daisy chain topologies. 
  • Operators can monitor real-time performance and network data by complying with IEEE Ethernet standards. 
  • Flexible network architecture compatible with ordinary Cat 5 cabling and routers simplifies network setup and guarantees all devices interact and exchange data. 
  • EtherNetIPTM and PROFINETTM enabled devices can provide rich data for process control, monitoring, diagnostics, and predictive maintenance.

REASON 1: OPEN, NON-PROPRIETARY, AND FUTURE-PROOF. 

Because EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET use the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™), support exists from a vast ecosystem of solution providers for industrial process automation. EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET readily connect to a wide range of DCSs and PLCs, including: 
    • Allen-Bradley
    • Emerson 
    • Siemens
    • Rockwell

REASON 2: INTEROPERABLE WITH INDUSTRY-LEADING CONTROL SYSTEMS THROUGH ETHERNET/IP™ AND PROFINET

Due to the ability of contract manufacturers and end-users to use the EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET protocols to: 
    • Cut operating costs 
    • Boost process efficiency, quality, yield, and output.

REASON 3: PLUG & PLAY INTEGRATION WITH ROCKWELL AUTOMATION (ALLEN-BRADLEY) PLCS. 

Brooks Instrument engineers worked with Rockwell Automation to provide an upgraded device profile that simplifies the setup and integration of the MFC into the Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley) PLC. The SLA5800 and SLAMf are now compatible with EtherNet/IP™ from renowned automation manufacturers. 

The upgraded device/add-on profile: 
    • Setup or edit any of the attribute tabs or parameters. The user determines which attributes are appropriate for their procedure. 
    • Removes the requirement for programming expertise to connect the MFC to the network.

REASON 4: SLA5800 AND SLAMF FULLY INTEGRATE ETHERNET/IP™ AND PROFINET. 

On the SLA5800 and SLAMf with EtherNet/IP™ or PROFINET, we deliver on our promise to provide value without losing equipment space. Brooks Instrument designed EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET directly into the mass flow controller, eliminating the need for add-on adapters or modules. The SLA5800 and SLAMf MFCs completely integrate EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET. The EtherNet/IP™ or PROFINET equipped SLA5800 and SLAMf MFCs have the same footprint as the regular SLA5800 and SLAMf. They also link to your EtherNet/IP™ or PROFINET networks, eliminating the need for additional hardware such as gateways, analog I/O cards, or bespoke cabling and wires. All you need is standard ethernet wiring to get your device running and linked to the network.

REASON 5 : EASY WEB-BASED CONFIGURATION OF ETHERNET/IP™ AND PROFINET NETWORK SETTINGS IN SLA5800 AND SLAMF.

The SLA5800 and SLAMf with EtherNet/IP™ or PROFINET have a user-friendly TCP/IP configuration. A web-based interface connects the MFC to the user's EtherNet/IP™ or PROFINET networks. Once on the network, the user can quickly identify individual MFCs, saving time if the system has several MFCs.

REASON 6: THE LATEST DIAGNOSTICS AND PREDICTIVE FUNCTIONS, SOME EXCLUSIVE TO BROOKS INSTRUMENT MFCS, ARE ENABLED BY ETHERNET/IP™ AND PROFINET PROTOCOLS. 

Intelligent and data-rich mass flow controllers, the SLA5800 and SLAMf with EtherNet/IP™ or PROFINET may improve operational efficiency in equipment automation, metrology, and maintenance. 

For example, limiting the upstream gas input pressure may affect MFC accuracy. The alarm data could be supplied to an operator via the built-in restricted flow alarm.
    
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New White Paper from Brooks Instrument: Satisfying the Increasing Need for Flexibility in Bioprocess Equipment

Flexibility in Bioprocess Equipment

A new level of device flexibility significantly improves the flexibility of the entire bioreactor unit operation with the Brooks Instrument SLA Series Biotech mass flow controller – essential for process development and biomanufacturing. 

Learn about the key benefits of mass flow controller flexibility for your bioprocess in this new white paper: 

  • With accurate and repeatable gas flow control, you can achieve a wide usable flow range for your single-use bioreactor. 
  • With multi-gas/multi-range (MG-MR) capability, you can meet the needs of multiple applications. 
  • Utilize the concepts of cardinal ranges and range slices to allow hardware to be "reconfigured" rather than replaced. 
  • Overcome limitations in regulated and non-regulated industries by providing supporting documentation.

GET THE WHITE PAPER HERE

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How Does a 250:1 Turndown Improve Your Bioprocess Performance?

The Brooks Instrument SLA Series Biotech Mass Flow Controller (MFC) with a 250:1 turndown delivers critical benefits to your bioprocess. This biotech-focused MFC provides the added flexibility of a higher controllable range than a traditional MFC, enabling easy scaling and reducing the total cost of ownership by requiring fewer gas lines and mass flow controllers in the system configuration. Performance of the bioprocess also improves by reducing DO noise while fewer overall components simplify system maintenance. 

For more information about Brooks Instrument products, contact Miller Energy by calling 800-631-5454, or visit https://millerenergy.com.

Understanding the Operation of Mass Flow Controllers (MFCs)

The basic construction of mass flow controllers (MFCs) consists of four main components. A body, a thermal sensor, a printed circuit board, and a magnetic control valve. As gas enters the flow body, a laminar flow element or restrictor diverts a precise portion of the gas to pass through the thermal sensor. The thermal sensor is the heart of the mass flow controller and consists of a bypass tube fitted with a heater element and two temperature sensors. As gas enters the sensor bypass tube, the upstream and downstream temperature sensors measure the temperature differential between gas entering the bypass tube and exiting it. 

When choosing an MFC supplier, consider whether the manufacturer provides zero stability specifications, also known as sensor stability, which indicates the device's ability to maintain accuracy over time. Good sensor stability ensures the MFC delivers highly accurate and consistent results with less frequent recalibration or replacements needed. A stable, precise sensor guarantees regular, precise process control. As the thermal sensor measures the change in the flow temperature,  it sends a signal to the circuit board, which interprets the data into flow output and compares it to the setpoint received from the user setpoint signal. If the setpoint, or required value, is higher than the measured value or flow output, the controller will open the control valve, letting more flow through. Suppose the setpoint is lower than the flow output. In that case, the control valve will close, decreasing flow, caused when a coil inside the magnetic control valve sends an electrical current around a valve stem, which moves the valve plunger by thousands of an inch. The circuit board is the device's brain, so pay close attention to the electronics and firmware architecture when evaluating an MFC. The MFC should have the ability to support advanced alarms and diagnostics to monitor and correct issues before the overall process is negatively affected. Check to see what built-in alarms and diagnostics are available. 

Brooks Instrument devices support flow output and additional alerts like flow totalization, valve drive, flow obstruction, and calibration. All Brooks devices are tested as complete systems to ensure robust and accurate operation and maintain calibration to international standards. 

In Pennsylvania and Ohio, contact Miller Energy to learn which Brooks Instrument solution is right for your process.

In Eastern Pennsylvania:
Phone: 610-363-6200

In Western Pennsylvania:
Phone: 412-257-0200

In Ohio:
Phone: 440-735-0100

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White Paper: Using Digital MFC Capabilities to Improve Bioprocessing Results Miller Energy

Biomanufacturing relies on numerous pieces of equipment working in concert to produce life-altering therapeutics. The equipment relies on various subsystems to achieve the desired results. In a bioreactor, one of the most essential subsystems provides gas management for the gases necessary for cellular metabolism. At the heart of the gas management subsystem is the thermal mass flow controller (MFC), a component that precisely measures and controls the delivery of gases to the bioprocess.

This white paper, courtesy of Brooks Instrument, discusses mass flow controller data capabilities in relation to a broader biomanufacturing capital asset management.


For more information on Brooks Instrument products, contact Miller Energy. Call them at 800-631-5454 or visit their website at https://millerenergy.com.