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#Pittcon – Here We Come!

March 9th, 2012 Comments off

Next week is the Pittcon trade show. Boy, that came up quickly! If you are planning to head to Orlando, FL for Pittcon this year, be sure to stop by and see us at booth 961. In fact, click here if you want to schedule an appointment with one of our sales engineers at the show! If you do stop by, you’ll be able to check out our award winning products like the brand new GF40/80 Series mass flow controller / mass flow meter, the XacTorr Series capacitance manometer, SolidSense II pressure transmitter, and so much more!

Just so you know what to look for on the show floor, below is a picture of our booth. So be sure to hunt us down at Pittcon. We’d love to hear from you!

Brooks Wins Readers Choice Awards

February 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Winning Control Global’s Readers Choice Awards is probably one of the best awards that we can win because the winners are chosen by the users of instrumentation. You can check out the full press release about this here, but below is the gist.

Brooks was honored in three categories, variable area flowmeter, positive displacement flowmeter and thermal mass flowmeter. For variable area flow meter, this was the 15th consecutive year we have place 1st in this category. And for positive displacement flow meter, this is the 18th consecutive year we have placed 1st. Quite an achievement if I do say so myself! For thermal mass flow meter, we placed 4th this year.

Thanks to Control Global and a special thank you to all the readers of Control Magazine that voted for Brooks!

How Low Can You Go? In Pressure That Is.

February 21st, 2012 1 comment

Designed for semiconductor, MOCVD, and other gas flow control applications that require a high purity all-metal flow path, the Brooks GF100 Series mass flow controllers deliver outstanding performance, reliability, and flexibility. Highlights of the GF100 series industry leading features include: ultra fast 300 millisecond settling time, MultiFlo™ gas and range programmability, optional pressure transient insensitivity (PTI), local display, extremely low wetted surface area, and corrosion resistant Hastelloy® sensor tube and valve seat.

GF120XSD is an extension to Brooks GF100 Series thermal mass flow controller family (MFC). Designed for extreme low pressure operation, the GF120XSD has been optimized for the precise delivery of high value, low pressure specialty gases. Read more…

Local Brooks Sales Representative Expands via Merger

January 4th, 2012 Comments off

Webco ControlsI was just informed that as of yesterday, January 3, 2012, our long-time Brooks sales rep, Webco Controls, Inc, merged with Miller Energy Inc. This is pretty exciting news for our customers in the Northeast United States who deal with Webco. This merger will really enhance the technical inside sales support for customers as well as providing them a very broad range of instrumentation and valve manufacturers. Read more…

Guess the Year the Flow Meter was Made – The correct year is …

January 3rd, 2012 Comments off

I have to say, this was a fun one to do around the holiday’s. I enjoyed seeing a lot of the guesses coming in for our Guess the Year this Flow Meter was Made blog post. A few thought the answer was in the serial number, but it wasn’t. For a while there I didn’t think anyone was going to get it right. So many people guessed within a year! But the correct year was …


We had 5 winners that will be receiving a 4GB memory stick in the shape of a Brooks GF40/80 Series mass flow controller/mass flow meter.

Happy New Year everyone!

Full View Flow Meter Order Form 1954

Quantim Coriolis Mass Flow Controllers in Space

December 28th, 2011 Comments off

After posting the blog about Brooks’ history with NASA this morning, I realized that this blog post about our Quantim’s in space must have been mistakenly deleted at some point, so here it is! Enjoy!

Delivering saline solution to a clinic for medical needs … sounds simple enough, right? Not when that clinic is on the International Space Station, the moon or even Mars. Transporting medical fluids that are manufactured on Earth into space is expensive and logistically challenging. NASA Johnson Space Center knew there had to be a way to manufacture medical fluids in space to alleviate the transportation problems and to make spacecraft more self sufficient, so they called on the microgravity science expertise and spaceflight hardware development know-how of Cleveland, OH based NASA Glenn Research Center and ZIN Technologies, Inc.

Coriolis Mass Flow Controller in IVGEN Read more…

A History with NASA

December 28th, 2011 Comments off

Norman Rockwell Oil PaintingWhile we were cleaning out our offices a few weeks ago a co-worker of mine handed me a great Norman Rockwell oil painting that we used to have hanging in one of our hallways. It was taken down when we were updating our facility. He wasn’t sure what to do with it. The reason we used to have it hanging up in the walls at Brooks (and the reason I’m going to find it another nice home on our walls) is because in the background of the picture you can see some Brooks Sho-Rate variable area flow meters between the two men on the left. Brooks provided Sho-Rate flow meters to NASA for some of the first missions into space. Read more…

Australian Research Institute Deploys Brooks Gas Mixing Solution

December 20th, 2011 Comments off

We always like to take the opportunity to share our customer success stories. Here’s one from the land Down Under where Brooks worked with Measurement Plus Pty. Ltd. to install a new gas mixing system at a research institute in Melbourne.

Researchers at the institute were using N2, CO, CO2 and Ar to stabilize a reaction chamber. However, at some point during the process, they wanted the ability to flow in a mixture of these gases. At the time, the institute was using older Brooks thermal mass flow meters inside a self-designed panel. The panel and its components were about 30 years old, rusted and looked like a bird’s nest. Read more…

Guess What Year This Flow Meter Was Made

December 19th, 2011 60 comments

Last week a co-worker of mine was cleaning out some old marketing demos and found the beauty pictured below. This is an old Full-View variable area flow meter. We took guesses amongst ourselves as to what year this was manufactured. The product manager, Jim Dillon, had to find out. So he went and pulled technical microfilm … that’s right, I said microfilm! It took a a few days because the machine to read the microfilm needed a new fuse. This was turning into quite the project!!! Well … we found out the year. You can see the order form pictured below. I blocked out any indication of what year this was produced. Can you guess?

Take a guess before the year is through (deadline is 12/31/11) and the first ten (10) responders that guess the correct year this product was produced will win a 4GB memory stick shaped like our new GF40/80 thermal mass flow meter/mass flow controller.

New MultiFlo Capable Mass Flow Controller & Flow Meter

December 13th, 2011 1 comment

This has been a product that we have been working on and perfecting on over the past several months and I’m extremely excited to finally formally launch the new GF40 and GF80 thermal mass flow controller and flow meter! These mass flow controllers provide outstanding performance, reliability and flexibility in many gas flow measurement and control applications. One of the best features of this new mass flow controller is the patented 4th generation MultiFlo gas and range configurability. MultiFlo programming is simple and fast – a new gas and range can be programmed under 60 seconds plus the device can be programmed without removing it from service or disconnecting the device from any process or tool control system.

The GF40/GF80 Series mass flow controllers features fast sub one second settling times and corrosion-resistant Hastalloy sensor tube for long-term stability. The superior valve technology provides minimum leak-by, maximum turndown and fast response which reduces overall gas panel cost and increases throughput. Additionally, the measurement accuracy of every device is verified using traceable primary calibration standards.

Want to learn more? Download the datasheet or contact your local sales engineer.