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Sensors/transducers

Sensors need to evolve to make Industry 4.0 workable (04/11/2014)
Article image 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.
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Easy proof testing of guided wave radar sensors (16/09/2014)
Article image 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.
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Pervasive sensing is key to increased business visibility (10/06/2014)
Article image 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.
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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...

Calibration and maintenance as a singular concept 19/09/2011
Mike Shelton, of GE Energy, Measurement & Control Solutions, discusses the advances made in combining calibration and maintenance into a single software package and the advantages such a unified approach can offer. Full Story...

Tracking vibration levels to reduce downtime 13/09/2011
Vibration monitoring of rotating equipment can help to reduce costly down time due to maintenance requirements or to fix damaged machinery. CEE reports. Full Story...

Laser measurement for quality control 30/08/2011
Dr Jie Lin describes the developing trends in laser measurement technology and looks at a range of diverse applications for quality control in manufacturing processes which have benefitted from the use of this technology. Full Story...

Batch controller ensures exact dispensing 16/08/2011
Precise sensing and dispensing of liquids into a container or process vessel in food, chemical, pharmaceutical, oil & gas and other process industry applications is promised by the new RA33 batch controller from Endress+Hauser. 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...

Pressure sensors for sub-sea level measurement 17/05/2011
Sub-sea level measurement can be accomplished with the use of a pressure sensor. Full Story...

Sensing growth opportunities 10/05/2011
Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology looks at what it will take to run a small technology company in the second decade of the millennium and suggests parallels with the wider world. Full Story...

Measuring position or speed in harsh environments 29/03/2011
Harsh environments come in many forms but their common feature is that they place heavy demands on control equipment. The failure of position or speed sensors in the field can have a massive technical or commercial impact. So how do you make sure your sensors will not fail when the going gets tough? Mark Howard from Zettlex examines the options. 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...



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