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Process Mass Spectrometers

Process Mass Spectrometers

Process mass spectrometers are versatile analytical instruments that accurately identify and quantify chemical compounds in a sample based on their mass-to-charge ratios. Mass spectrometers are crucial in monitoring and regulating various processes in industrial process control applications to ensure product quality, safety, and efficiency. Here, we will list applications for mass spectrometers in process control.


  1. Process monitoring and optimization: Mass spectrometers continuously monitor the concentrations of various components in a process stream, providing real-time data on the composition of raw materials, intermediates, and final products. By analyzing these data, process engineers can quickly identify deviations from the desired process conditions and take corrective actions to optimize the process, reduce waste, improve energy efficiency, and improve overall process control.
  2. Leak detection and control: Mass spectrometers can detect and quantify leaks in industries where hazardous or volatile gases are involved. They can rapidly identify the presence of specific gases and quantify their concentrations, enabling prompt corrective actions to minimize the risk of accidents, environmental damage, and product contamination.
  3. Quality control and assurance: Mass spectrometers analyze product samples at various stages of the manufacturing process to ensure that they meet specified quality standards. They can identify and quantify impurities, contaminants, or undesired by-products that may affect the final product's performance, safety, or shelf life. This information is vital for maintaining product consistency and complying with regulatory requirements.
  4. Reaction monitoring and kinetic studies: In chemical and pharmaceutical industries, mass spectrometers can study reaction kinetics and monitor the progress of chemical reactions in real time. By determining the concentrations of reactants, intermediates, and products, researchers can better understand reaction mechanisms, optimize reaction conditions, and improve the overall process efficiency.
  5. Environmental monitoring and emissions control: Mass spectrometers are employed to monitor emissions from industrial processes, ensuring that they comply with environmental regulations. They can detect and quantify trace levels of pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), greenhouse gases, or particulate matter, helping industries to reduce their environmental impact and comply with legal requirements.
  6. Catalyst evaluation and development: Catalysts are crucial in many industrial processes, and mass spectrometers can evaluate their performance by monitoring the reaction products and intermediates. This information is valuable for developing and optimizing new catalysts, ensuring that they are efficient, selective, and stable under the required operating conditions.


In summary, mass spectrometers are indispensable tools in industrial process control applications. Their ability to provide rapid, accurate, and sensitive analyses of process streams, emissions, and products makes them invaluable for monitoring, optimization, and quality control. As a result, they play a significant role in ensuring the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of various industries.



Selecting Variable Area Flow Meters for Process Flow Measurement

Variable Area Flow Meters

Many industrial processes involve the movement of fluid product components, either liquid or gaseous, through pipes. Because processing is about control, an input to the facility's management, measurement, or data logging centers will answer the query, "How much is going through that pipe?" 

In the industrial process measurement and control industry, there are several ways for quantifying flow, each with unique characteristics that may be useful under certain operating situations. All flow measuring methods are indirect because the actual measurement is of a character influenced predictably by a change in the media flow. Flow measurement is a critical component that, when paired with other fluid properties, is used to calculate the total mass of a fluid passing through the measurement site. 

The variable area meter, commonly known as a rotameter and VA meter, is a tried and true flow measuring device that operates by creating an equilibrium between an upward force created by fluid motion and a downward force, gravity. A tapering glass or metal tube encases a specifically shaped float, also known as a shaped weight, in the device. VA meters must be positioned vertically, with the media flowing upward from the bottom, so that the gravity force required for functioning is correctly aligned with the flow direction. As fluid flows upward via the precisely tapered tube, drag is created on the float enclosed within the tube, pulling it upward. As the float rises, the open space between the float and the tube wall expands, causing the fluid velocity and drag force to decrease. The flow velocity within the tube will cause the weight to climb for any given flow volume until the drag force generated by the flow reaches equilibrium with the countervailing power of gravity on the float. The tube and float are well designed, allowing for an immediate indication of flow volume.

Variable area flowmeters have the following operating characteristics: 

  • There is no need for external power or fuel for functioning. 
  • Vertical installation is required, with flow arriving at the bottom. 
  • Meters are calibrated to a given chemical and temperature. 
  • The operation is stable and has a modest pressure drop. 
  • For operation, constant gravity is required. 
  • Flow rate can be read locally using a meter or a scale inscribed on the tube. 
  • The visibility of the float through the medium is required for unit flow readings using glass tubes. 
  • For industrial flow metering equipment, accuracy is relatively low. 
  • Inexpensive upkeep, simple construction, and low comparative cost.

Brooks Instrument, a world-renowned maker of flow, pressure, and level measurement equipment, created a brief paper highlighting the parameters to consider when specifying a VA meter and how each aspect influences the unit's performance. The description is realistic and straightforward to grasp. It is suggested reading for all process stakeholders who want to improve their flow measuring skills.

For more information about variable area flow meters contact Miller Energy. Call 800-631-5454 or visit https://millerenergy.com.

Miller Energy Inc. Announces Acquisition of Fox & Dole Technical Sales


Miller Energy is pleased to announce the acquisition of Fox & Dole Technical Sales as of November 1, 2018.

Founded in 1974, Fox & Dole is a leading distributor of process instrumentation and controls serving Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. With over 100 years of combined experience, the merger of our two companies will offer our customers the most technical customer support and application expertise in the industry, an unparalleled product portfolio, and a continued commitment to outstanding customer service.