Brooks Instrument B.V.
Brooks Instrument is a company of highly trained specialists with 70 years of experience in development and manufacturing of flow meters.
We are the global leader in precision fluid measurement and control technology and enable precision process performance. We deliver results that consistently create a competitive advantage for our customers. In heavy industry. In oil and gas refining. Chemical and petrochemical research. Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production. Solar cell, LED, thin film, fiber optic and semiconductor manufacturing.
Brooks Instrument has manufacturing locations, sales and service offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Global Headquarters is based in Pennsylvania – USA.
Brooks Instrument provides a global service network via representatives and distributors.
Brooks Instrument’s portfolio includes Metal Tube Variable Area (VA) flow meters, Glass Tube Variable Area (A) flow meters, Thermal Mass Flow controllers and meters, Coriolis Mass Flow controllers and meters, Pressure controllers and regulators, Vacuum Capacitance Manometers and a variety of flow accessories.
Brooks Instrument is a division of ITW (Illinois Tool Works), a Fortune 200 company. ITW is one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, consumables and related service businesses.
The company has prospered for over 100 years because each of ITW’s businesses has an independent entrepreneurial spirit and freedom to innovate. It’s the highly talented people at ITW all over the world who drive our success through new products and customer-driven solutions.
For more information on flow solutions, products, or sales contacts please visit www.BrooksInstrument.com.
Semiconductor Productsjanuari 3, 2020
Precise and repeatable process control: It is the fundamental driving factor when manufacturing electronics and semiconductor products. As each successive generation of tools, processes and nodes have been developed and deployed, the extreme, ultra-high performance requirements and demand for constant innovation and improvements in semiconductor flow and pressure instrumentation has – and continues to be – non-stop. Read more
Brooks Instrument Thermal Mass Flow – Theory of Operationnovember 7, 2019
Servicing the Brooks Instrument GT1600: Part 2 – Scale Adjustmentaugustus 30, 2019
The GT1600’s Scale Adjustment feature is the latest innovation in the Variable Area Rotameter product line to offer a creative solution for our customers. The GT1600 allows its scale to be adjusted upwards or downwards to fine tune the measurement and accommodate for any process variation in the field.
Servicing the Brooks Instrument GT1600: Tube Float Adjustment, Part 1 of 2augustus 23, 2019
It is sometimes necessary to change the tube and float of a rotameter in the field to accommodate a change in the application. The GT1600’s new design makes it easier than ever to replace the tube or float in the field. The service can be completed with a wrench and a pen; specialized tools are not necessary. Watch how the GT1600 can minimize maintenance time for you!
How can a Mass Flow Controller with a “Zero” Leak by Control Valve Help my Process?augustus 19, 2019
The typical bioreactor is a vessel where a batch process is used to grow micro-organisms (ex. yeast, bacteria, mammalian cells, etc). The vessel is seeded with a live cell culture and fed with a nutrient (ex. glucose, glycerol/methanol) plus trace minerals. The type of cells employed might be simple prokaryotes (bacteria) or the more complex eukaryotes (yeast, plant, mammalian, etc.). The latter can be extremely ‘finicky’ in their needs for a stable growth environment, but, they can perform biochemical feats that simpler cells cannot (e.g. ‘post-processes’ such as glycolation – attachment of sugar-chains to proteins). The final product might be proteins such as insulin, monoclonal-antibodies, growth-hormone, antibiotics or vaccines. Read more
What Do We Mean by “Usable Range” of a Mass Flow Controller?juni 19, 2019
What is the “usable” range of a mass flow controller? Is usable range the same as turndown ratio? Before we answer these questions, lets make sure we’re all grounded on the basics, like what is a mass flow controller (MFC) and where are they used. Read more
Commissioning a Brooks Instrument SLA5800 EtherNet/IP™-enabled MFC Using Rockwell Studio 5000juni 4, 2019
Your EtherNet/IP™ is now connected and added to the network. Review our prior post to bring yourself up to speed, which can be viewed here.
This final step will focus on testing device communications and controls. Navigate to the LOGIC menu within the Rockwell Studio 5000 and select Monitor Tags. This will take you to a listing of devices on the network and allow you to select IO signals to monitor for each device. A quick way to validate IO communications with a device is by using a Watch window to control and monitor your device (for example, issue setpoint commands and observe the resulting flow signal). Read more
Pre-calibrated Gas Pages: Standard with the Brooks Biotech Packagejuni 1, 2019
Thermal mass flow controllers are traditionally calibrated for a specific gas – typically a surrogate such as Nitrogen (N2) – a desired flow range, and a set of operating conditions. Over time, the use of conversion factors based on a ratio of specific heats between the surrogate and the desired gas came into use as a way for users to configure a single mass flow controller for multiple gases. This method for configuring multiple gases is at the heart of the Brooks Biotech Option’s Performance package. Read more
Commissioning a Brooks SLA EtherNet/IP MFC using Rockwell Studio5000: Adding a Device to the Networkapril 27, 2019
In our second of three videos on commissioning an EtherNet/IP enabled SLA5800 device, learn how to add a device to the network using Rockwell Studio5000.
5 Reasons to Consider EtherNet/IP™ for Your BioProcessmaart 20, 2019
EtherNet/IP™ is one of the fastest growing digital communication protocols in industrial automation, continuing to gain wider acceptance as companies look to transition from fieldbus to ethernet networks. It represents the largest number of new nodes of industrial ethernet networks shipped, at approximately 25% share of the total market. Read more
Brooks Instrument GT1600 Glass Tube Rotameterfebruari 9, 2019
SLA5800 Series Elastomer Sealed Thermal Mass Flow Controllers & Metersjanuari 12, 2019
Now available with EtherNet/IP™
The SLA5800 Series features the high accuracy, high zero stability and high repeatability you expect from the industry leader in mass flow measurement and control technology. Engineered with advanced, configurable multi-gas/multi-range capabilities, they offer a better zero drift specification compared to competitive products and have been proven to maintain factory calibration and accuracy longer. Article
Recent changes to the International Standard for the Kilogram: Does It Impact my Mass Flow Instrumentation?december 19, 2018
Last month, scientists from 60 countries convened in Versailles, France to change the definition of the kilogram (Kg). Instead of basing the kilogram on a physical piece of material – as has been the case for over a century – the kilogram is now based on a universal constant. While the new kilogram standard will impact industries involved in measuring very small or very large masses, it’s impact on flow measurement and instrumentation will be minimal. Read more
Generating Nitrogen Equivalent Data for Your Process Gasdecember 14, 2018
If you have a MultiFlo™ enabled device, such as the Brooks Instrument GF100 Series, GF40 Series, GF80 Series and Celerity/Unit brand mass flow controllers, you may need to test the device’s accuracy from time to time. No matter what process gas your device is running, thanks to the MultiFlo™ Configurator, you can confirm that the device is calibrated properly by using Nitrogen (N2) – one of the most commonly measured gases available. Lees verder
Brooks Instrument MultiFlo™ Configurator: Creating a Nitrogen (N2) Equivalent Flow Tablenovember 10, 2018
This video will teach you how to generate a Nitrogen (N2) equivalent flow table and conversion factors from a configured process gas page for the Brooks Instrument GF Series Mass Flow Controllers.
Boosting Bioreactor Performance by Enhancing MFC Accuracyseptember 26, 2018
Today’s biopharmaceuticals are revolutionizing healthcare. Drugs used to treat complex cancers or chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis are offering new hope for decades-old problems. Read more
How the Diagnostic Capabilities of the GF100 MFCs with EtherCAT® Can Improve your Semiconductor Gas Delivery Systemaugustus 29, 2018
The intelligent operation and advanced automation that defines today’s semiconductor market enables smarter decision making and provides more opportunities to enhance existing processes. The increased use of automation extends to the tools used in the semiconductor process, where communication between systems is key. Read more
Flow & Pressure Instrumentation for Biopharmaceuticals & Life Sciencesjuni 26, 2018
Producing biopharmaceuticals is one of the world’s most demanding manufacturing processes.
Brooks Instrument’s mass flow and pressure control technology helps maximize cell culture yields and control bioprocess costs. Their flow and pressure controllers set global standards for reliability, repeatability and long-term stability. Read more [source: blog.millerenergy.com]
Drug Delivery System Enhanced with Accurate Measurement & Control of Supercritical CO2Using Coriolis Mass Flow Metersmei 4, 2018
Hot Melt Extrusion (HME) is a process originally developed for the plastic industry that has been adapted for use to prepare several types of dosage forms and drug delivery systems for pharmaceuticals. A key element of this process is to inject carbon dioxide (CO2) directly into the extrusion barrel.
Using Advanced MFC Alarms to Diagnose and Solve Bioprocessing Issuesapril 4, 2018
Losing even a single batch from one of your bioreactors not only impacts your business—it can delay delivery of vital biologics people count on every day.
The best digital mass flow controllers (MFCs) feature alarms and diagnostic tools to give you more complete insight into the quality and efficiency of your biopharma processes.
Brooks Instrument Adds FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus Transmitter to Its MT3809 Series Variable Area Flow Metersmaart 20, 2018
Brooks Instrument, a world leader in precision fluid measurement and control technology, has added a new FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus transmitter to its popular MT3809 variable area (VA) flow meter, making it easier for users to integrate the unit into their automation control systems for more efficient data capture and digital communication across the plant enterprise.
Connecting your MT3809 Variable Area Flowmeter with FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus to the Networkmaart 13, 2018
VDM300 DI Water Vapor Delivery Modulefebruari 21, 2018
The Vapor Delivery Module (VDM) from Brooks Instrument is a high-performance, self-contained module for the highly accurate delivery of ultra-high purity deionized (DI) water vapor. It features a power efficient design that enables low temperature, ultra-high purity vapor generation. It utilizes a proven vapor delivery technique and combines it with advanced digital control and integrated diagnostic features in a small, convenient package.
Solve Compliance, Integration & Process Challenges Using Rich Data from Your Instrumentationfebruari 15, 2018
As biotechnology processes evolve, so too does demand for protocols capable of delivering rich data at high speeds. This new eBook by Brooks Instrument offers clear insight on digital communications devices, such as MFCs, equipped for maximum information density in your process system.
New Mass Flow Controller With Self-Diagnosticsfebruari 14, 2018
Building on the company’s proven GF Series of MFCs with EtherCAT connectivity for high-speed communications, the newly enhanced GF125 MFC features embedded self-diagnostics that automatically detect sensor drift and valve leak-by to help minimize tool downtime and improve process yield. As a result, the enhanced GF125 can run leak and drift self-diagnostics without interrupting process flow steps or requiring any hardware changes, thereby improving process gas accuracy and wafer production throughput.
New Approach Improves Vapor Delivery for Semiconductor Process Stepsjanuari 17, 2018
Plasma etch and photoresist strip processes are crucial points in front-end-of-line (FEOL) semiconductor fabrication steps. These processes can leave behind unwanted polymer residues that are a by-product of aggressive chemistries used in these etch and strip steps.
Using Brooks Mass Flow Controllers with LabVIEW™januari 11, 2018
An informative and educational blog specializing in pressure, temperature, level and flow instrumentation, control valves, process analyzers, and all other areas of process measurement. Courtesy of Miller Energy, a New Jersey, New York, and Eastern Pennsylvania process instrumentation value added Rep and Distributor. Read more [Source: blog.millerenergy.com]
How ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation Makes Measurement Uncertainties “Less Uncertain”december 7, 2017
Industries such as biotechnology count on accreditation to assure flow control calibration accuracy
Any instrument that measures and controls fluid flow needs to be calibrated—upon initial manufacture and then periodically recalibrated to ensure accurate measurement and control. Calibration of flow measurement and control equipment on high-precision metrology systems is essential for instrumentation manufacturers like Brooks Instrument. In fact, increased regulation in industries like biotechnology manufacturing put even greater demands on instrumentation manufacturers to document their known uncertainties through certifications.
Understand Metrology for MFCsnovember 7, 2017
Mass flow controllers (MFCs) precisely deliver fluids, mainly process gases, into bioreactors and other process systems used in biopharmaceutical production. The reliable, repeatable performance of these devices is affected by several factors — two of which can often be overlooked, by both OEMs and end users.
FAQ: What is the straight run of pipe needed when installing a mass flow controller or variable area flow meter (rotameter)?oktober 20, 2017
Variable Area Flow Meters (Rotameters):
As an Applications Engineer at Brooks Instrument, I talk to a lot of customers and am frequently asked this question, “What is the straight run of pipe needed when installing a metal or glass variable area flow meter (rotameter)?”
Multiflo™: Changing How You Change MFC Gas & Flow Rangesaugustus 10, 2017
Introducing the Brooks Instrument QuickShip Programaugustus 2, 2017
Working with our distributor partner Cross Instrumentation, we have stocked several of our most in-demand variable area (VA) flow meters, ready for fast delivery to you. Check out www.brooksinstrument.com/quickship for more information and for online ordering!
Real-Time EtherCAT® Data Acquisition Enables Early Detection of Potential Process Issues – Part 2juli 8, 2017
In this two-part blog series, we first explored the architecture and performance characteristics of the EtherCAT® protocol. Now, we will examine how Brooks leverages the real-time data acquisition capabilities of EtherCAT® in the GF100 Series MFCs.
How Real-Time EtherCAT® Data Acquisition Enables Early Detection of Potential Process Issuesjuni 21, 2017
Enhance Operational Performance & Value of GF40, GF100 & SLA Series MFCs
In many advanced manufacturing applications, there is a growing demand for the kind of high-speed, flexible machine communications supplied by Ethernet-based bus architectures.
Real-Time EtherCAT® Data Acquisition Enables Early Detection of Potential Process Issues – Part 1juni 8, 2017
In this two-part blog series, we will first explore the architecture and performance characteristics of the EtherCAT® protocol. Then we will examine how Brooks leverages the real-time data acquisition capabilities of EtherCAT® in the GF100 Series MFCs.
Specifying Actual Pressure Conditions for the MFC in a Bioreactormei 17, 2017
Bioreactors come in a variety of shapes and sizes from small glass reactors for research applications to large stainless steel reactors for production. Measuring and controlling dissolved oxygen and pH is a critical part of the biotech process, and specifying the right process conditions when ordering the mass flow controllers is important for optimal process control.
Quick Tips for Writing LabVIEW™ Programs for Brooks® MFCsmei 12, 2017
In our blog post, Using LabVIEW™ Software to Interface with Brooks Instrument Thermal Mass Flow Controllers, Nigel Glover reviewed the most popular forms of data acquisition and the hardware needed to do that. In this post, I’ll review the software side of things and how to get the mass flow controller connected and communicating with LabVIEW™. Luckily, this video tutorial is a great resource and will show you how to do this in under 30 minutes, including how to send a set point and monitor flow response.
How to Replace Your Existing Model 3623-21 Metal Tube Variable Area Flow Meterapril 25, 2017
For years, the 3620 Series metal tube variable area flow meter was the go-to meter for rugged applications of gas and liquids. As times changed, this meter was discontinued and although a drop-in replacement was not feasible, we did design an option to offer a device with the same fit, form and function of Models 3623-21, sizes 7-13.
How to Get the Best Possible Accuracy for Carbon Dioxide Applicationsapril 8, 2017
When buying a mass flow controller, the accuracy specification that is published on the data sheet is important criteria to evaluate. In fact, accuracy is so important that you need to look beyond the published accuracy statement because the published accuracy does not necessarily represent the actual process gas accuracy that will be achieved.
Advancing mass flow technology with multi-range and multi-gas programmabilitymaart 14, 2017
In the past decade, the availability of mass flow controllers that incorporate multi-range and multi-gas programmability has redefined the flow control industry. This new white paper discusses the impact this new technology has had on how MFCs are engineered into different systems, and the way plants have modified their operations to take full advantage of multi-range and multi-gas programmability.
An Easy, Turnkey Solution to Powering and Controlling Mass Flow Controllersfebruari 28, 2017
When buying a mass flow controller (MFC) or mass flow meter (MFM), the attention is usually on selecting and sizing the correct device for the application while power and control is often a secondary thought. When the question of how to power and control one or more devices arises, my top recommendation is the 0254 Four Channel Power Supply, Readout & Set Point Controller. This adaptable and configurable supply will also work with Brooks Instrument pressure & vacuum products or virtually any product that requires a standard DC power supply and has a voltage or mA I/O signal, including other manufacturers’ devices.
Certifications of Elastomer O-Rings for Mass Flow Controllers Explainedjanuari 19, 2017
Mass Flow Controllers (MFCs) are used in many applications that require different certification requirements for materials that could come into contact with anything going into the end product. For gas control in bioreactors, gas is being controlled by MFCs in a gas box, in open frame systems, or mounted on a skid. Process gasses go through the MFC and into the bioreactor to control the cell growth and cannot be contaminated by the materials in the gas supply components.
IP, NEMA: What does it all mean and what’s best for my wash-down application?januari 5, 2017
We are going to take a look at the IP and NEMA ratings and what they mean. With this information you should be able to decide what minimum level of protection you need for your application.
Let’s start with the basics. What does IP and NEMA stand for? IP stands for ingress protection and NEMA stands for National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Both IP and NEMA are rating systems for equipment that might be exposed to liquids, rain, ice, corrosion and contaminates such as dust.
At the Cusp of Exciting New Technologydecember 23, 2016
What do the Corvette and today’s new jet engines have in common (besides both going really fast)?
Answer: They both use carbon fiber materials in their construction to be lighter, more efficient and, of course, faster still.
Why, you might ask, is a flow measurement and control company like Brooks Instrument so interested in these materials?
8 Things to Consider When Specifying Valves with Brooks Instrument Variable Area Flow Metersnovember 17, 2016
When specifying Brooks Instrument glass tube variable area (VA) flow meters like GT1000 and metal tube VA flow meters like MT3809, it’s important to understand the options available with valves to ensure the right configuration is ordered. In particular, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors may not be aware of these options during the specification stage of a project and could inadvertently cause unnecessary delays.
Flow Totalization in Gas Usage Monitoringnovember 4, 2016
A common application where accurate flow totalization is required is gas usage monitoring. In this application there is typically a single source of gas being shared by several different users or locations within a facility. To account for usage, or allocate costs properly, the facility needs to monitor the amount of gas consumed by each user.
Using LabVIEW™ Software to Interface with Brooks Instrument Thermal Mass Flow Controllersseptember 17, 2016
LabVIEW™, a National Instruments software development tool, is widely used to create software applications that monitor and control a variety of sensors and control devices. It is very common to find a laboratory, university, or a pilot manufacturing plant using one of these applications to interface with mass flow devices. LabVIEW™ software can interface with a Brooks Instrument mass flow device through different forms of data acquisition. The most popular forms of data acquisition used with Brooks Instrument mass flow devices are described below.
Successfully Managing Industrial Chlorinated Processes with Metal Sealed Mass Flow Controllersaugustus 13, 2016
Chlorine (CL2) is a member of the halogen elements group that is highly reactive and bonds easily with hydrogen to form HCL acid. HCL attacks stainless steel aggressively – literally passivating the surface of the stainless steel, and can render a thermal mass flow controller inoperative in a brief period of time. CL2 is used frequently in many applications from making PVC pipe and treating water to plasma etching a computer chip.
Three Brooks Instrument products recognized in 2016 Control Readers’ Choice Awardsjuli 11, 2016
Control readers have great taste: Once again, they recognized the performance, accuracy and reliability of several Brooks products by awarding us top rankings in two categories (and third-place ranking in another) in the 2016 Control Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.
Understanding Mass Flow Controller (MFC) Accuracyjuni 16, 2016
One of the key factors typically considered when selecting a measurement device, such as a mass flow controller (MFC), is accuracy. Anyone who has researched Mass Flow Controller accuracy likely knows that there is a wide variety – both in how accuracy is stated and the device performance.
Sparging with Mass Flow Controllers Makes Wine Taste Better
Merriam Webster defines sparging as: to agitate (a liquid) by means of compressed air or gas entering through a pipe. A simpler explanation is: sparging is the injection of a gas into a liquid. The method used to expose the gas to the liquid varies and these systems are called aerators, bubblers, carbonators, diffusors or injectors. The most recognizable example is the bubbler in a fish tank.
Is your MFC displaying/outputting a flow signal (or negative flow) with no gas going through the device?april 21, 2016
There are many reasons why this can occur, such as a change in mounting orientation, ambient temperature, or process pressure. While mass flow controllers (MFCs) from Brooks Instrument are known for stability and minimal long-term drift, the flow signal or process variable (PV) from an MFC may drift over time.
Understanding Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) for Process Instrumentationnovember 4, 2015
Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) is a measure of the reliability of a hardware product, component or system. MTBF is largely based on assumptions and the definition of failure and attention to these details is important for proper interpretation. For complex, repairable systems, failures are considered to be those conditions which place the device or system out of service and into a state for repair.
Safety First – Process Instrumentation Material Considerationsseptember 29, 2015
When specifying flow, pressure, temperature or other wetted process control instrumentation there is a lot that needs to be considered. Flow rates, pressures, temperatures, I/O signals, material selection, etc. In addition to all of this the specifier needs to be concerned with safety, certifications, approvals, material integrity, weld integrity and of course quality. I am writing this to make you aware of an element of the material integrity that should be considered when selecting a device and/or instrumentation supplier – hydrogen embrittlement.
Flow Control and Measurement Tools for Lab Scientistsapril 13, 2015
Brooks Instrument will be showcasing several products to help R&D and analytical lab scientists improve their productivity, such as the GF40/80 Series thermal mass flow controllers (MFCs) and flow meters; the newly enhanced SLA Series of smart MFCs; the Sho-Rate™ family of glass tube flow meters;pressure gauges; and a complete offering of reliable, accurate and cost-effective standard and custom acrylic flow meters.
Brooks Instrument expands line of thermal MFC’s with new GF81 for high-flow process gas applicationsjuni 27, 2013
Brooks Instrument has expanded its GF 40/80 Series portfolio of thermal mass flow controllers (MFCs) to enable a broader range of applications. The new GF81 MFC can be used for gas flow rates up to 300 slpm, making it ideal for high-flow applications in thin film, solar, analytical, biotech and fuel cell.
Brooks Instrument expands product portfolio and strategic focus for semiconductor processing applicationsjuni 14, 2013
Brooks Instrument has expanded its commitment to the semiconductor industry with the introduction of four products and a new technology development center in Irvine, Calif. The new products include the GF135 advanced diagnostic mass flow controller (MFC) and three MFCs for high-flow applications. These MFCs, which expand Brooks’ GF100 Series product line for semiconductor processing applications, are all built on a common platform and interface, enabling an entire system to use one product platform.