Analytical instruments

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Why analyse machinery vibration?

Jason Tweedy discusses the benefits of vibration monitoring and analysis.
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Testing the physical infrastructure

The role of Ethernet continues to expand, supporting the high speed transfer of data. Mark Mullins describes some simple cable testing options. 
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Calibration evolves with digitalisation

Eric van Riet explains how calibration has needed to evolve in line with the digital migration of HART devices.


  1. 07/06/2021 Calibrating a HART pressure transmitter: top tips

    Heikki Laurila offers advice on calibrating HART pressure transmitters.

  2. 04/05/2021 The importance of a national measurement system

    Dr Martin Hanton highlights the importance of flow measurement accuracy in the energy sector which makes traceability, along with supporting documentary standards and regulatory regimes vital.

  3. 16/11/2020 Getting the best out of your data

    Turning data into actionable information is vital to the success of any Industry 4.0 project. Suzanne Gill finds out what data analytic solutions are available today for both process and factory applications and gathers advice about successful integration of these solutions.

  4. 02/11/2020 Feeling the pressure

    Dr Chris Mills looks at the challenges of testing and calibrating flowmeters used in high pressure and high temperature applications.

  5. 26/10/2020 Following the data science for greater production efficiency

    To get the most out of data that already exists in the production environment requires cooperation between data scientists and production experts.

  6. 20/07/2020 Predictive analytics for efficient production

    Lee Sullivan explains how food and beverage manufacturers can use predictive analytics to reduce product waste and downtime.

  7. 26/06/2020 Driving machine performance and reliability

    With more advanced predictive maintenance tools at their disposal, today’s maintenance and operations teams can improve efficiencies and minimise unplanned downtime, says Phil Burge.

  8. 14/10/2019 Predicting the end of unplanned downtimes

    Any unscheduled downtime will cause a major headache for engineers in the food and beverage manufacturing sector. John Rowley believes that predictive maintenance can offer a solution.

  9. 21/09/2019 Optimising product quality

    Find out how Hydro Extrusions Hungary has been able to reduce quality problems in the finished profile of its extruded aluminium products.

  10. 15/04/2019 Overcoming the obstacles to predictive maintenance

    Jos Martin examines the key barriers to the implementation of predictive maintenance technologies, and how these can be alleviated.

  11. 15/04/2019 Seismic monitoring and protection

    Following the Fukushima incident the nuclear industry has a renewed focus on risk mitigation from extraordinary events caused by nature. Control Engineering Europe looks at the trends in seismic monitoring and protection systems, technologies adopted and current best practice driven by these enhanced risk management demands.

  12. 11/02/2019 Test and the IoT

    While the IoT is increasing device complexity and, in turn, increasing test complexity, it can also greatly enhance automated test workflows says Mike Santori.

  13. 17/12/2018 How far can I measure with a thermal imaging camera?

    To make an assessment about the best thermal imaging camera for an application several factors need to be considered, including resolution, instantaneous field of view (IFOV), lenses, the size of the object and more, says Andrew Baker.

  14. 05/11/2018 Rapid corrosion test for stainless steels

    Stainless-steel piping and tanks have a passive layer that protects them from corrosion. If this layer is incompletely formed or damaged, it can pose problems. Dr Helga Leonhard and Jens Lehmann discuss a rapid test that can be used to check the condition of the passive layer.

  15. 20/05/2018 Adding modularity and versatility to field testing

    Clive Davis talks about a new portable test instrument which combines features of a general-purpose oscilloscope and those of a data acquisition recorder.

  16. 20/05/2018 Getting the right tool for the job

    Michael Risse gives advice on evaluating advanced analytical solutions to help ensure you have a tool that meets the very particular requirements of the process industry.

  17. 29/04/2018 Which encoder?

    Mark Howard looks at the merits of shaft encoders and bearingless encoders and where design engineers might deploy each type.

  18. 02/02/2018 Ensuring concentricity of precision gears

    In order to meet the exceptionally tight tolerances required of spindles and shafts inside its miniature power transmission systems and motor gearboxes, Rotalink needed to find an accurate and repeatable measurement solution.

  19. 21/01/2018 Selecting an inline thickness measurement system

    A number of important factors need to be considered when selecting an in-process system for measuring the thickness of film, plate or sheet materials, says Chris Jones.