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Sensors/transducers

Non-contact colour sensor considerations (18/04/2017)
Article image There are several things that need to be considered before purchasing or specifying a non-contact colour sensor, including accuracy, the type of surface or object being measured, environmental conditions and mechanical set up, says Stephen Smith.
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A sensor solution with Industry 4.0 capabilities (03/04/2017)
Article image The result of collaboration between Microsoft and Leuze electronic has been the creation of a sensor whose process data and metadata can be transferred directly to the Azure Cloud via OPC-UA without the need for an intermediate gateway.
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Industrial considerations for Pt 100 sensors (19/12/2016)
Article image To achieve the best accuracy and reliability, care is needed with installation of the probe, connections, and choice of the host instrumentation when using Pt100 sensors in industrial applications, says Labfacility.
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laser triangulation sensors - red or blue? 19/12/2016
Red laser triangulation displacement sensors have been around for some time, while blue laser versions are a newer addition. Before selecting which to use, it is important to understand which type performs best on which target materials, says Chris Jones. Full Story...

Solutions for intelligent motion systems 27/06/2016
Industry 4.0 will soon start to place greater demands on sensors, which have a increasingly important role to play. This is already starting to be seen in intralogistics applications. Full Story...

Taking the weight out of pressure regulation 31/05/2016
Suzanne Gill reports on the development of an innovative design for pressure regulation devices which results in a longer life, lightweight solution with a small footprint. Full Story...

Optical sensing improves dissolved oxygen control 13/08/2015
Developments in dissolved oxygen sensing technology are opening up new possibilities for accurate measurement and energy and maintenance costs savings in aeration processes. Jonathan Penn explains how.  Full Story...

Ceramic measurement benefits 03/08/2015
Pressure sensor manufacturers are now widely employing ceramic materials because it can offer some real advantages for a range of measurements. Full Story...

Pressure sensors, transducers and transmitters – what’s the difference 17/03/2015
American Sensor Technologies discusses the difference between pressure sensors, pressure transducer and transmitters. Full Story...

Sensors need to evolve to make Industry 4.0 workable 04/11/2014
The successful evolution of Industry 4.0, from a concept into a practical reality, will be heavily contingent upon the quality of data that can be acquired and shared between the component parts of a digital production system. This will require a new generation of sensor technology that is not yet available to engineers. Rahman Jamal, technology and marketing director for Europe at National Instruments, looks at the building blocks that will define the impact of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing. Full Story...

Easy proof testing of guided wave radar sensors 16/09/2014
The latest overfill protection standard API/ANSI 2350 states that device verification of most overfill prevention sensors should be carried out semi-annually. Carl-Johan Roos, functional safety officer at Emerson Process Management, explains how this can be achieved without having to raise the level in the tank above its maximum working level. Full Story...

Pervasive sensing is key to increased business visibility 10/06/2014
At the recent European Emerson User Exchange, Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer at Emerson Process Management, highlighted some of the key drivers for the process industries today and identified a new role for sensing technologies in business critical applications. Full Story...

Understanding vibration-induced pipework failure 29/04/2014
Vibration induced fatigue of process piping systems is an important and fundamental failure mechanism. Neil Parkinson, technical director at asset integrity specialist AV Technology, explains the six phases in understanding, correcting and preventing vibration-induced pipework failure. Full Story...

Raising the temperature in power plants 28/10/2013
Control Engineering Europe looks at the design requirements for valves used at high temperatures, which are needed to run power plants at increased efficiencies - currently the subject of a variety of research projects, including the European Commission's COMTES700. Full Story...

Making more of process and materials with sensors innovation 08/10/2013
Manufacturers are tapping into the benefits that more capable sensors and instrumentation can provide, says Jesse Bonfeld, Sherborne Sensors' VP business development. More capable sensors enable manufacturers to drive significant improvements in process and plant efficiency, product quality and safety. Full Story...

Taking measurement to a new level 17/09/2013
New level sensing technology is said to offer a cost-effective way to accurately measure liquid levels without the need for calibration across a large number of fluids. Suzanne Gill spoke to the principal engineer involved in its development by Cambridge Consultants. Full Story...

UK leads the way in race for new temperature definition 09/07/2013
Scientists at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) are said to have performed the most accurate measurement of the Boltzmann constant to date. Full Story...

A guide to flow monitoring 14/02/2013
James Roper, Industrial brand manager at Durapipe UK, discusses the options that are available to meet a variety of different flow monitoring needs. Full Story...

Proximity sensing choices 28/08/2012
There is a wide selection of industrial proximity sensors on the market today, so how do you choose the best type for your application? Stuart Greenwood of Eaton’s Electrical Sector provides some guidance. Full Story...

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...

Measuring viscosity of ketchup and cosmetics 01/11/2011
A device that is said to be able to measure and predict how liquids flow under different conditions aims to ensure that consumer products are of the right consistency. Full Story...



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