Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Process Measurement and Control Essentials – Industrial Pressure Transmitters

Industrial Liquid Level
Transmitter

Courtesy Yokogawa Corp.
The measurement and control of fluid pressure is ubiquitous throughout many industrial processes. Measurements of pressure, directly and indirectly, provide real time information about what is happening in places that cannot be seen, such as inside a pipe, tank, or machine. The very nature of “process” suggests movement and change, the control of which is necessary to produce a consistent desirable outcome. Industrial pressure transmitters employ specific technologies and physical principals to derive a measurement of process pressure, then deliver or transmit, the measured value to a controller or recording device.

Fluid pressure tells a process operator much about what is currently happening. The pressure variable can be used to determine, among many industrial process elements:

  • Degree to which the process is conforming to a recipe or specification
  • Whether machinery is performing within its specified operation range
  • If conditions of the process remain within the bounds established for safety
  • A quantity measurement of flow, mass, or volume

Industrial Differential Pressure Transmitter
Differential Pressure
Transmitter

Courtesy Yokogawa Corp.
Global industrial processes have widely varying physical arrangements, operating environments, and measurement requirements. Manufacturers of industrial pressure transmitters have responded with an immense array of transmitter technologies, arrangements, and configurations. When selecting the best suited pressure transmitter for your application, consult a sales engineer and consider some of the following:

  • Signal requirements – Type, distance, possible sources of interference
  • Device environment – Hazards, extreme conditions of temperature or corrosion
  • Accuracy and stability of measurement
  • Response time to changes in the process condition
  • Ratings and certifications required for the device
  • Configuration, arrangement, and mounting aspects of the transmitter device

Explore the differing technologies and how they can be best applied to implement or improve your process. Experienced sales engineers can be a useful sounding board for discussing your needs. Take advantage of their extensive experience with a wide array of process applications.