Process instrumentation

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The benefits of local process diagnostics

(30/09/2022)
Greg Wainhouse looks at the ways in which manufacturers of process control equipment are making life easier for plant operators and maintenance technicians.
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Devices are joining the revolution

(27/09/2022)
In the not-so-distant past, instrumentation devices required regular inspection to identify faults and prevent downtime, requiring large maintenance teams and high costs. David Bowers explains, a how digitalisation is ushering in a new era for industrial maintenance.
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Sliding gate valves optimise RO water purification facility

(01/08/2022)
Veolia Water Technologies has built an ultra-modern plant to produce drinking water in Ostend, Belgium. At critical points of the process sliding gate valves are responsible for regulating pressure and flow rate.


Archive

  1. 12/07/2022 Intelligent electric actuation adopted at a water adventure site

    Intelligent actuators have helped improve and modernise the flow control system at a white water centre in the north-east of England.

  2. 10/01/2022 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

    Part-turn intelligent electric actuators from Rotork have been installed in several gas pressure reducing stations in Belgium to provide reliable flow control without the release of undesirable greenhouse gas emissions.

  3. 12/10/2021 Is it time to switch to non-invasive measurement?

    Thermowells have long been considered the best solution for measuring temperature in industrial applications. Dr. Guruprasad Sosale explains how developments in non-invasive temperature measurement are offering new possibilities for comparable performance while cutting the time, cost and disruption associated with setting up new measurement points.

  4. 01/06/2021 Why choose radar technology for water monitoring?

    Control engineering Europe finds out more about the benefits of radar technology for level sensing applications in the water sector.

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  6. 26/06/2020 Temperature monitoring for Covid-19 samples

    Omniflex has supplied an SMS alert system to the University of Oxford’s Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research.

  7. 13/01/2020 Making process control valve choices

    Today’s process control valves offer an ever wider range of features and benefits for industries that require precise control over fluids, steam and other gases. With so many control valves to choose from it is important to establish the features that will deliver the most cost-effective design for a particular application, says Damien Moran.

  8. 11/11/2019 Reliable liquid level monitoring solution for high temperature chemical application

    A producer of caprolactam – an organic chemical used as a precursor to the manufacture of synthetic fibres – required a solution to enable continuous monitoring of high-temperature liquid levels in tanks.

  9. 04/11/2019 Flow measurement: getting it right

    Understanding, monitoring and controlling flow rate, as part of industrial processes, are essential elements to the viable operation of production systems. Brendan Robson discusses what is involved in getting such measurements right and the hazards of getting it wrong.

  10. 17/09/2019 Connectivity in real-time - IO Link, and the Automation Platform Network

    It is critical that suppliers of remote I/O systems can connect to the most important networks used in industry today. PROFINET, EthernetIP, EtherCAT® and Modbus are all common networks used in Industrial Automation but how does a manufacturer of machines standardise, when their various customers specify different networks in their factories? Nigel Dawson, head of Business Development Electric Automation at Festo explains.

  11. 17/08/2019 Meeting level measurement challenges with radar

    Denny Nelson explains how the latest non-contacting radar transmitters can overcome food processing challenges using frequency modulated continuous wave technology.

  12. 15/07/2019 Starting a revolution with smart devices

    Mike Loughran discusses the migration path for introducing smart devices to a legacy system to enable IIoT. 

  13. 01/07/2019 When flexibility is vital

    To ensure it gets the perfect testing equipment to meet its very specific needs, Hager builds its own test machinery. To do this it needed chose the optimum installation concept for the automated machines.

  14. 21/05/2019 Interface measurement through thick and thin

    Denny Nelson explains how the latest guided wave radar technology can improve interface level measurement accuracy by halving the minimum detectable thickness of the upper product.

  15. 22/01/2019 Remotely proof-testing to improve SIS performance

    Periodic proof-tests are a necessity for level switches that form part of a safety instrumented system (SIS) and partial proof-tests provide a safe way to optimise the time interval between full tests. Marianne Williams compares different ways of performing partial proof-tests.

  16. 07/01/2019 Closing the metering skills gap in oil & gas

    Despite the vital role played by flow meters in the oil & gas industry the meter management sills gap continues to grow, argues Alick MacGillivray.

  17. 05/12/2018 Revisiting a forgotten flow solution

    Fraser Higgins explains why variable area flowmeters should not be overlooked when a simple yet versatile flowmetering solution is required.

  18. 24/08/2018 Valves in delayed coking units – why they matter

    Refineries need to improve profitability to stay competitive in today’s market. Delayed coking for heavy and sour oil refineries is potentially one of the most profitable operations available to refiners, says Raimar Hellwig.

  19. 23/07/2018 Butterfly valves take control

    Mark Nymeyer discusses the advantages and limitations of butterfly valves, and highlights developments that are making them more suitable for flow control.

  20. 10/07/2018 Solenoid control without the bang

    Paul Hobden looks at the challenges surrounding process control in potentially explosive atmospheres and how they can be overcome.