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80 GHz radar vs. ultrasonic:  Non-contact Level Measurement Technology Comparison
November 05, 2019

80 GHz radar vs. ultrasonic: Non-contact Level Measurement Technology Comparison

By Greg Tischler, Vega Americas
When it comes to non-contact continuous level measurement, radar and ultrasonic are two of the most common technologies used. This paper will compare and contrast 80 GHz radar sensors with ultrasonic transmitters for liquid and solid level measurements.

Improving the Efficiency and Reliability of Water Systems with Variable Speed Pumps and Pressure Sensors
June 27, 2019

Improving the Efficiency and Reliability of Water Systems with Variable Speed Pumps and Pressure Sensors

By Daniel Mullen, Sensata Technologies
Distributing water on a large scale has been a challenge that the world has tackled for decades. It is a particular challenge in high-rise buildings, and with a trend for designers to build up in urban areas, rather than out, it is a challenge that has become a new focus for design engineers.

A Case for IIoT’s Future in Supply Chain Management
April 18, 2019

A Case for IIoT’s Future in Supply Chain Management

By Vega
This paper will explore how one construction materials hauling company used level measurement sensors and IIoT networks to better manage their operation

Evaluation of Different Additive Manufacturing Processes with Liquids and Pastes
February 18, 2019

Evaluation of Different Additive Manufacturing Processes with Liquids and Pastes

By Viscotec
The use of additive manufacturing processes is increasing within industrial applications, as they bring some significant customer benefits compared to conventional processes.

What Do Engineers Need to Know about Encoders and Motors for Oil & Gas?
January 25, 2019

What Do Engineers Need to Know about Encoders and Motors for Oil & Gas?

By Scott Orlosky & Walter Smith, Sensata Technologies
Position sensors and motors are crucial components in oil and gas equipment and must operate day in and day out in some of the most challenging conditions. High temperature and pressure, potentially explosive environments, extreme vibration, shock, dirt and moisture are all part of the daily operating environment in drilling applications.

The Trillion-Dollar Question for Advanced Industries: How to extract full value from technology
November 20, 2018

The Trillion-Dollar Question for Advanced Industries: How to extract full value from technology

By Venkat Atluri, Satya Rao, and Saloni Sahni, McKinsey
As data, connectivity, and processing power expand, so do opportunities for industrial companies to extract value through innovative products, services, and business models. This McKinsey study delves further into how technology delivers value to today's industry.

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback
September 17, 2018

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback

By Edward E. Herceg, Alliance Sensors Group
The strengths and weaknesses of magnetostrictive, variable resistance, and variable inductance sensors are examined in this white paper, along with a chart for feature-by-feature comparisons.

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology
August 09, 2018

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology

By James McNamara, Sensata Technologies
Originally developed for audio speakers, voice coil actuation technology is now being used to provide precise and reliable motion control for a wide range of medical, industrial process and space applications.

Data Logging 101
July 02, 2018

Data Logging 101

By CAS Dataloggers
This brief overview has been designed to help guide users through the basics of data loggers and how they can simplify data collection for an organization.

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?
June 29, 2018

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?

By Scott Orlosky and Jean-Marc Hubsch, Sensata Technologies
Engineers designing systems for industrial and factory applications are adopting functional safety design practices to reduce the risk of system failures that could result in costly damage or injury.

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
May 29, 2018

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation

By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata Technologies
Automated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors
March 23, 2018

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors

Laser displacement sensors are often used for measuring distance, movement and dimensions. However, in order to achieve a precise statement of the target thickness from the combined signals of two sensors, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account.

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook
February 16, 2018

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook

The calibration experts at Beamex have teamed with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to provide this in-depth guide to calibration automation, complete with all the information you need to ensure a fully calibrated and reliable facility.

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System
January 16, 2018

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System

By Scott Keller, Founder, CEO, CTO, SignalFire Wireless Telemetry
While ideal for short range building and plant environments, 2.4 GHz systems have limitations when performing in outdoor applications. A lower frequency is much better and a 915 MHz system provides a more reliable data transmission over longer ranges in more challenging environments.

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring
January 03, 2018

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring

By Stew Thompson, CAS DataLoggers
This whitepaper discusses the basics of one of the most common data logger applications, machine monitoring and predictive maintenance, as a cost-effective way for plants and factories to help reduce process downtime.

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?
November 03, 2017

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?

By Lieven Dubois and Ian Brown, MAC Solutions
Alarm Enforcement is the process of comparing Process Control System (PCS) alarm attributes with the authorised list of alarm attributes held within a site’s Master Alarm Database (MADb), and restoring those which are found to be at variance to the values held within the MADb.
In this paper, we will discuss the pros and cons of this practice.

August 16, 2017

Frequency and Antenna Selection Effects on Accuracy of Free Space Radar

By: Bill Sholette, Northeast, and Gene Henry, Endress+Hauser, Inc.
Accuracy of free space radar depends on frequency, beam angle, antenna configuration and installation.

Torque Sensor Sizing Criteria for Servo Motors
July 21, 2017

Torque Sensor Sizing Criteria for Servo Motors

Just like an organ transplant, you cannot add any torque sensor to your system; the torque sensor needs to have the necessary specifications to meet your system’s needs. This whitepaper provides a guide to selecting the right torque sensor for servo motors.

The Race to A Digital Future: Assessing digital intensity in US manufacturing
June 13, 2017

The Race to A Digital Future: Assessing digital intensity in US manufacturing

This Siemens research report evaluates manufacturers’ digital capabilities across several core dimensions, using their relative progress in each to provide an overall score out of 100, determining what progress manufacturers still have to make in order to access the digital future

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements
March 21, 2017

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements

By CAS Dataloggers
This White Paper from CAS DataLoggers addresses four measurement accuracy issues in the order of most to least common.

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments
March 17, 2017

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments

By Rotork
With the current emphasis in the oil and gas industry on unmanned, remotely operated sites, often utilising renewable energy sources in harsh and challenging environments, capitalising on the functionality and energy saving benefits of IQ3 technology has never been more important.

Bar Code Detection 101
February 07, 2017

Bar Code Detection 101

By Leuze electronic
This whitepaper discusses the fundamentals of barcode reading. Automated processes have made barcode reading more efficient for multiple industries

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Wireless Switches & Sensors - New Control Possibilities
January 20, 2017

Wireless Switches & Sensors - New Control Possibilities

By Steute USA
Clearly, wireless technology has been widely accepted and embraced in the industrial community. This has resulted in the development and introduction of a number of robust, reliable digital contact and non-contact switches, sensors and related accessories.

Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT
January 06, 2017

Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT

By Ming Fong, Schneider-Electric Software
Even though MQTT was designed prior to this age of IoT, its characteristics meet the requirements of IoT and have full advantage of being adopted into the IoT space. This paper provides an insight into the MQTT protocol.

How to Monitor CO/CO2/Temperature/Humidity/Dew Point with DL-300 Data Loggers
June 28, 2016

How to Monitor CO/CO2/Temperature/Humidity/Dew Point with DL-300 Data Loggers

The DL-300 series are ICP DAS USA’s product line that accurately measures and log concentration data of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), temperature, humidity, and dew points in the air.

How to Evaluate and Install a Load Cell Sensor
April 05, 2016

How to Evaluate and Install a Load Cell Sensor

By Omega Engineering
Various load cell types are preferred, relative to the needs of the operational environment. This paper discusses what is the best type of cell to meat the user's needs and how to successfully install it.

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September 08, 2015

Analysis of On-going Environmental Stress Testing and Accelerated Reliability Testing of FUTEK Sensors

This paper summarizes the results of on-going environmental stress reliability testing of FUTEK sensors through various temperature and loading cycles.

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How to choose the right potentiometer for reliable sensing
August 21, 2015

How to choose the right potentiometer for reliable sensing

By by Jens Kautzor, Hoffmann + Krippner
White paper covers the various types of potentiometers, development history, various components and materials, and an overview looking at the technical issues of printed potentiometers and foil (membrane)/ The paper also covers the various tech specifications of accuracy and linearity when specifying potentiometers.

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A Practical Guide to Improving Temperature Measurement Accuracy
June 26, 2015

A Practical Guide to Improving Temperature Measurement Accuracy

By Gary Prentice, Moore Industries
White paper shows how to select the best sensor for a particular application and ways to improve the accuracy of the sensor you choose. In particular, it details the reasons why 4-wire RTD sensors are almost always the best choice for high-accuracy temperature applications.

Understanding Line Scan Camera Applications
December 08, 2014

Understanding Line Scan Camera Applications

By Teledyne Dalsa
Line scan technology is ideally suited to applications in which large, high-resolution, or high-speed image capture is needed, such as in a continuous web application—paper, textiles, metal, or glass tape, for example. Here’s how it works.

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SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)
October 30, 2014

SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)

By Cindy Hollenbeck, SoftPLC
SDI-12 stands for serial data interface at 1200 baud. It is a standard communications protocol to interface controllers, computers or data loggers with micro-processor based sensors, typically designed to read environmental type measurements.

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
September 10, 2014

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency

By Jason Horine, AutomationDirect
More components in microprocessors eliminates the need for additional external automation components, such as data loggers, math co-processors, communication cards, PID controllers and more. White Paper explains how consolidating functionality into fewer components creates lower costs and power usage for the total system, while providing easier integration and greater reliability.

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System
July 07, 2014

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System

By Stewart Thompson, CAS Data Loggers
Need a monitoring and/or alarming system but aren’t sure how to purchase or use one? This whitepaper helps users better understand the difference between the types of temperature monitoring systems, so that they can identify which system is best for their application.

How Automation Technologies Improve Operating Efficiency and Reduce Collisions on Manned Forklifts
January 24, 2014

How Automation Technologies Improve Operating Efficiency and Reduce Collisions on Manned Forklifts

By Jeff Wuendry, SICK
This white paper explains the available types of backup sensing solutions on manned forklifts, their respective advantages and disadvantages, the most common applications, and key considerations when selecting a system.

Why Use an AC LVDT versus a DC LVDT Linear Position Sensor?
August 19, 2013

Why Use an AC LVDT versus a DC LVDT Linear Position Sensor?

By Macro Sensors
While DC-LVDTs eliminate the need for calibration and additional equipment, AC-LVDTs continue to possess their own set of benefits.

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Absolute Encoder Evolution: Three Absolute Advantages for OEMs
August 16, 2013

Absolute Encoder Evolution: Three Absolute Advantages for OEMs

By Sick
The evolution of absolute encoders has been driven by changing application demands and new communication platforms. Today, advancements in highly precise positioning capabilities and communication network technology saves costs, simplifies systems, And increases flexibility for OEMs.

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Types of Pressure: When and Why Are They Used?
July 09, 2013

Types of Pressure: When and Why Are They Used?

By Turck
This white paper identifies the various units of pressure measurement, while discussing when and why certain pressure measurements are used in specific applications.

Pressure switches for Chemical Process Industries
July 09, 2013

Pressure switches for Chemical Process Industries

By Gaurav Mathur, Neo-Dyn
White paper describes Neo-Dyn’s pressure switches that can be used in chemical process, offshore, hazardous, severe and corrosive installations.

Automated Collection of Real-Time Production Data
June 11, 2013

Automated Collection of Real-Time Production Data

By Jim Finnerty, Wintriss Controls Group
This paper describes the functions, benefits, and architecture of a robust automatic data collection system for machines used in discrete manufacturing.

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May 30, 2013

Vibration Measurement Application Note

By Lion Precision
The basic problem stems from the fact that there are myriad methods and tools to measure vibration, and each of these may have different measurement units and confounding factors so the results may differ greatly.