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Process instrumentation

Minimising the installation effect of flowmeters (14/01/2014)
Article image Craig Marshall, project engineer at NEL, discusses how and why installation effects cause errors in flow measurement, and looks at ways of reducing this problem.
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Exploring the levels of control (08/01/2013)
Article image Modern level measurement components offer engineers the potential to protect and increase the quality of plant output. Charlie Sorbo, level product manager at Gems Sensors and Controls, looks at the development of level measurement and some of its recent innovations.
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Flow components support efficiency (12/12/2012)
Article image Smooth-running, long-lasting service from engineering equipment requires the correct specification of even simple components such as flow sensors, says Kevin Castonguay, product marketing manager for Gems Sensors and Controls.
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Coriolis benefits for oil and gas industry 06/12/2011
Andre Verdone, KROHNE business manager in Canada, discusses the advantages of Coriolis flowmeter technology in oil and gas measurement applications. Full Story...

Wireless conductivity transmitters help prevent chemical discharge 16/11/2011
Korsnäs Gävle is using Emerson Process Management’s Smart Wireless conductivity and temperature transmitters to collect critical leak-detection monitoring data at its board and paper production unit at Gävlebukten, Sweden, enabling it to verify its compliance with environmental monitoring legislation. Full Story...

Switching to wireless level detection 08/11/2011
New developments in wireless communications offer a solution for level monitoring without the need for cabling or the associated risk of damaging the existing installation, and enabling configuration and troubleshooting from a central location. Full Story...

Industrial video solution helps users meet safety and security regulations 08/11/2011
Honeywell has introduced the latest addition to its industrial wireless portfolio. The new OneWireless Video Solution, which allows for the enhancement of perimeter security by deploying industrial video cameras over the OneWireless network. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation issues Transducer Block Specification for Wired and WirelessHART devices 01/11/2011
The Fieldbus Foundation has issued a FOUNDATION Wireless and Remote I/O (WIO) preliminary specification addressing fieldbus transducer blocks for wired HART and WirelessHARTdevices, together with updates to the WIO System Architecture and WIO Data Structures related to the transducer block specification. Full Story...

Digital plant architecture provides flexibility and reliability for complex laboratory processes 06/09/2011
The Gran Sasso National Laboratories in the Abruzzo region of central Italy are situated around 1400 m below the summit of the Gran Sasso mountain. Owned by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), the laboratories have been created to carry out experiments in a setting with a low radioactivity level. The rocks above the laboratories act as a shield against cosmic radiations and make it possible to measure very weak radioactive signals from materials being tested. Full Story...

Large actuator control helps to safely regulate oil flow 26/07/2011
Surgutneftegas has announced that it is to use Actuator Control Systems (ACS) from ASCO Numatics to control large actuators at its Kirishi refinery near St Petersburg in Russia. Full Story...

Cost-efficient valve design 21/06/2011
Metso has introduced a new valve design derived from its traditional V-port segment valve series. The new two-way-tight, single-seat design is said to be suitable for a range of applications and is available for R-series valves. Full Story...

Batch controller promises precise dispensing 24/05/2011
The new Endress+Hauser RA33 batch controller is said to provide precise sensing and dispensing of liquids into containers or process vessels in food, chemical, pharmaceutical, oil, gas and other process industry applications. Full Story...

Pharmaceutical manufacturer saves 40% in CIP costs 29/03/2011
Converting a manual clean-in-place (CIP) process to automatic across 80 reaction vessels, using pressure transmitters, condition sensors and flow meters, has enabled a UK-based pharmaceutical manufacturer to achieve savings of £120,000 per annum. Full Story...

Custom –v- standard sensors 18/01/2011
Why do some engineers choose custom sensors and others standard ‘off-the-shelf’ versions? Often the right choice is not straightforward. Mark Howard from Zettlex examines the pros & cons of custom versus standard position sensors and explains why new technology is changing the rules. Full Story...