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(Pressure Sensing)
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Manufacturers and refiners figured out long ago that there were three primary considerations in their business: cost, reliability, and safety. A successful manufacturing or refining business will have... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Like a doctor uses diagnostic equipment to identify health issues before they become serious, pressure gauges are invaluable tools to help warn you of problems and mishaps before they can do... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Are your gauges compliant with plant specifications? Perhaps you arenâ t aware of what the specifications are. Itâ s not uncommon. However, gauges are designed to be used under specific conditions. If... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Savvy manufacturers in all industries know that in order to maintain their competitive edge they need to control plant shutdowns, service interruptions, personnel safety, and equipment failures.... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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March 2011â s meltdown at Japanâ s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant offers a compelling case for carefully selecting and regularly checking pressure gauges to ensure plant safety in any type of... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Construction sites are unarguably one of the most hazardous work environments, and theyâ re even more dangerous when the project requires the use of a crane. In fact, cranes are involved in one-third... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Incidental water accumulation can be a big problem in upstream oil and gas wells because it reduces well efficiency and production rates. The solution is to pump out this water at regular intervals,... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Downstream petroleum operations require the safe and efficient transport of fluids that are often flammable and toxic. With the proper pressure instrumentation in place, you have accurate, reliable... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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A fire at Chevronâ s Richmond, California, refinery last summer may end up costing the company nearly $1 million in OSHA-issued penalties. Thousands of nearby residents were ordered to stay in their... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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If the temperature of your media can affect product quality, profitability, or the operational reliability of your equipment, then you need to carefully select your temperature gauge. This selection... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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In the chemical and petroleum industries, instrumentation engineers are becoming hard to findâ as is engineering talent across the board. Accordingly, it might be useful to reflect on the following... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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If your thermometer operates in unfavorable conditions such as corrosive media, physical impact, or higher-pressure gas or liquid, then you need to protect the temperature gauge with a thermowell. In... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Any chemical plant or refinery executive will readily acknowledge that unplanned shutdowns and maintenance issues can cost their company millions because of lost production. But the unanticipated... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Reliable instrumentation is critical for safe operations. Pressure and temperature instrumentation provides workers with information they need to confirm that systems and processes are functioning... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Have you ever had a pressure transducer succumb to high pressure, extreme heat, or cold? Have you had an application fail because a pressure transducer did not live up to its expectation? WIKA offers... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Industrial processing plants today are inundated with numerous process gauge suppliers in the marketplace. There are many factors to consider when selecting a new supplier. Some buyers are motivated... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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As soaring oil prices and greenhouse gas emissions propel the search for cheaper and cleaner sources of energy, wind energy has become the leading alternative to solve these issues. The conversion of... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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Next to temperature, pressure is probably the most measured variable in process engineering. Both mechanical and electrical pressure measuring instruments are commonly used. Based on the application,... (View Full Article)
(Seals)
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Diaphragm seals are the differentiator you need to protect your pressure measuring instruments from troublesome applications in refining, petrochemical and chemical plants. Diaphragm seals are... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Progress in electronics can best be compared to a turbocharger in its acceleration of process automation. Microprocessors and circuits are the pacemakers in the quest for more cost effective,... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Electronic pressure measurement contributes to the safe, accurate and energy-saving control of processes. Alongside temperature measurement, it is the most important and most commonly-used technology... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Whether it's protecting human life, protection of expensive equipment, or meeting installation codes, safety is the number one concern when working in hazardous areas when there is a concentration of... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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The difference between a pressure transducer and a pressure transmitter depend upon the country providing the sensor, the specific manufacturer, and even the specific industry using pressure sensors.... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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A leading provider of privately labeled foods recently experienced costly production stoppages due to frequent pressure gauge failures on their can cooker process equipment, also known as a retort.... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Written by Eugen Gaßmann, Head of Product Management, and Anna Gries, Electronic Pressure Measurement Division, WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG In the previous part of this series, "Pressure... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Written by Eugen Gaßmann, Head of Product Management, and Anna Gries, Electronic Pressure Measurement Division, WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG Pressure measurement instruments are generally... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Written by Eugen Gaßmann, Head of Product Management, and Anna Gries, Electronic Pressure Measurement Division, WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG Common types of pressure measurement instruments... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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The three most common pressure sensor principles described below include metal thin-film and ceramic thick-film pressure sensors, which are the two most common implementations of resistive pressure... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Calibration labs often require very specific knowledge of local environmental conditions. Environmental chambers present the ability to control a room's precise pressure, temperature, humidity and... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Clean water systems utilize lift stations and gravity feed reservoirs to pump water between locations. Often, in residential settings, lift stations and water towers cannot supply sufficient pressure... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Cranes are an everyday aspect of construction and maintenance operations. Safe operation of cranes is dependent on information about all of the forces on the crane, the crane's geometry, where loads... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Anesthesia machines are vital to the medical industry for their ability to accurately regulate and administer anesthetic and other medical gases. Careful regulation of medical gases like Nitrous Oxide... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Server farms are clusters or collections of computer servers that link together to far surpass the abilities of a single server and to provide backup for servers within the farm. Server farms have... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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High pressure sterilizers are widely used for sterilization of food and beverage products as an alternative to heat sterilization. Steam sterilizers are used to ensure sterility or inactivation of... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Steam sterilizers, also known as autoclaves, are widely used for sterilization of medical instruments and for predisposal treatment of medical waste. Steam sterilizers are used to ensure sterility of... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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VFDs, or variable frequency drives, are a common tool in electric motor control. VFDs, simply put, control electric motors by modifying the power input frequency to the electric motor. VFDs used in... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Propeller cavitation is the phenomenon where bubbles and vapor pockets spontaneously form on the edges and surfaces of propeller blades due to dramatically decreased localized pressure in those... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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As today's society looks for forms of alternative energy and ways to distance ourselves from fossil fuels, wind power has emerged as a major player in the alternative energy market. Wind turbines... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Typical compressor driven air conditioning units make use of the refrigeration cycle. The refrigeration cycle consists of an evaporator, a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve and system... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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As fossil fuel prices rise and focus shifts toward environmental quality, increasing automotive efficiency and the study of alternative fuels, fuel additives and emissions becomes increasingly more... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Spray paint lines require a constant, reliable source of pressurized paint in order to ensure an even, predictable coating. Often, robotic systems are employed in spray paint applications to handle... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Autofrettage is a technique used when manufacturing thick walled metal tubes and pipes as a means to increase durability and the resistance to fatigue. The increased performance of the tube or pipe... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Dredging helps keep water traffic clear and active, helps to replenish sand in eroding beaches and is an effective environmental management tool. Dubai's Palm Island, an artificial, massive resort... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Gas cylinder depletion warning systems have become an important part of the chemical manufacturing industry in safety, backup and production gas supply systems. Gas cylinder depletion warning systems... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Lift stations in the water supply and wastewater treatment industry are utilized to collect and control the flow of water, wastewater and often storm water. Lift stations pump collected water to... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Rotating machinery requires the use of several monitored fluids to ensure safe, efficient operation; first among working fluids being monitored are lubricants and oil. Gas turbines like helicopter... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Most gas wells experience loading from the accumulation of liquids in the well bore and an associated decrease in production as the volume of liquids increase. Wellhead blowdown is a method that has... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Pressure measuring instruments used in sterile processes must be exceptionally tough. Special designs and materials are required to combat the exposure to high temperatures and aggressive cleaning... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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In today's world, safe working conditions are increasingly mandated by legislation and voluntary codes of practice. Automated load monitoring systems using pressure transmitters are becoming... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Temperature is the most measured value in process engineering, therefore, temperature is suited for the detection of hazardous conditions in plants so that corrective measures may be taken at an early... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Measuring temperature is a crucial part of any industrial process system operation. Whether it is mechanical (i.e., bimetal or gas actuated thermometers) or electrical (i.e., thermocouples or RTDs -... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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The WIKA Handbook sets out to present all the measurement methods and equipment now in use in the technical field. In addition to reviewing the classical mechanical and electrical methods of measuring... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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When thinking of hydraulic cranes, we tend to think of the enormous objects being moved by a large arm with very little effort. What we don't see is what goes into the moving of these "immovable"... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Interstate natural gas pipelines extend from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and from Canada south to Mexico. Along the thousands of miles these pipeline networks extend, natural gas... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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In the 1985 movie â Back to the Future,â Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) wanders upon a 1955 gasoline station and marvels at the number of people waiting on just one customer. One attendant pumps gas,... (View Full Article)
(Fittings and Flanges)
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Little things matter at process facilities. A pinhole leak can balloon into a multimillion dollar refinery accident in just minutes, and the failure of one gauge can begin a cascade of events leading... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Size really does matter when it comes to instrument companies. A company with a global network has the expertise to make sure you have the right instrument in the right place and to ensure you have... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Failure is a costly proposition in any industry - and agriculture is certainly no exception. The New York Times reported earlier this year that the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated total... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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You are probably aware that electronic devices receive a basic quality-control check before they go to market, but you might not be aware of the extensive testing that top-flight companies such as... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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Virtually all manufacturing, process, and refining facilities have periodic shutdowns for maintenance. All plants are not the same, however, and the design and type of equipment used in the plant have... (View Full Article)
(Pressure Sensing)
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One of the pitfalls of making suitable pressure gauge choices is an unnerving degree of similarity. The more you shop and compare, the more they all start to look the same. But gauges are anything... (View Full Article)