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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.

What is the Difference Between Frequency-Modulated Continuous-Wave (FMCW) and Pulsed Wave or Pulsed Width Radar?
October 25, 2019

What is the Difference Between Frequency-Modulated Continuous-Wave (FMCW) and Pulsed Wave or Pulsed Width Radar?

By Hawk Measurement Systems
The two types of non-contact level radar, Pulse Level Radar and Frequency Module Continuous Wave (FMCW) Level Radar have been widely used throughout the process industry.

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.

What is An Energy Audit?
June 13, 2019

What is An Energy Audit?

The aim of an energy audit is to reduce usage and improve performance. It is becoming a standard practice for large industrial locations as well as smaller operations

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

Open Industry 4.0 Alliance Technical Solution Design Principles
April 12, 2019

Open Industry 4.0 Alliance Technical Solution Design Principles

By The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance,
This white paper is focused on helping readers understand in detail the Open Industry 4.0 solution reference architecture framework for interoperability. It provides a dive deep into key design principles of its members defined and supported end to end solutions

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.

How to Conduct an Energy Audit to Acheive Long-Term Savings
January 23, 2019

How to Conduct an Energy Audit to Acheive Long-Term Savings

By CAS DataLoggers
The goal of an energy audit is to get accurate energy data that shows you where your facility’s energy went over the period; which equipment, circuits, buildings or divisions consumed the energy; and exactly when this usage occurred.

Understanding The Basics:  A Guide to Gas Spring Application
January 11, 2019

Understanding The Basics: A Guide to Gas Spring Application

An explanation of what a gas spring is, component parts, and how they are both constructed and operate. It gives the reader a basic understanding of the workings and terminology used when specifying gas springs.

IHS Report: Process industry markets up four percent in 2017
December 20, 2018

IHS Report: Process industry markets up four percent in 2017

The top process industries grew at a faster rate than the top discrete industries in 2017, and this trend continued in 2018, according to the “Low Voltage Motors Report” from IHS Markit.

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System
October 17, 2018

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System

By CAS DataLoggers
Whether you’re tasked with recommending what to buy, a purchasing agent or the ultimate end user, you can ensure that you’re getting the right system by learning a bit about the most important parts to focus on.

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.

Halting Harmful Harmonics:  Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation
April 24, 2018

Halting Harmful Harmonics: Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
The rise of non-linear loads in industrial environments over the last two decades has resulted in the growing problem of harmonic currents and utility-level voltage distortion. This technical article explores active and passive filtering.

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?
April 03, 2018

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?

By H2W Technologies
A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. Voice coil actuators are typically used in focusing applications, oscillatory systems, mirror tilting, and miniature position control.

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.

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.

Protecting the Connected Barrels:  Cybersecurity for upstream oil and gas
July 05, 2017

Protecting the Connected Barrels: Cybersecurity for upstream oil and gas

By Anshu Mittal, Andrew Slaughter, Paul Zonneveld
This Deloitte report addresses cybersecurity concerns in the oil & gas industry, and discusses how companies can better protect themselves in an increasingly connected world.

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.

The Advantages of Using Flow Meters to Reduce Pressure Drop
March 16, 2017

The Advantages of Using Flow Meters to Reduce Pressure Drop

By Dave Grumney, FLO-CORP
Plant operators rely on plant air pressures to maintain properly working equipment and systems. This article discusses how industrial engineers can optimize air flow systems through smart measurement

Safety Instrumentation Simplified: The case for a hybrid safety transmitter
February 28, 2017

Safety Instrumentation Simplified: The case for a hybrid safety transmitter

By Wil Chin and Rick Frauton, United Electric Controls
While there remains considerable variation in the quality of the sub-system infrastructure, there is increasing awareness of the risk, cost of ownership and sustainability of the Safety Instrumented System (SIS).

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.

January 10, 2017

Slow Speed Applications Using a Soft Starter

Many applications could benefit from the ability to adjust the speed of a process while operating. Reasons for this include positioning, checking or adjusting alignment, or inspecting equipment, such as a band saw. There are several methods you can use to obtain slow speed control in applications, including variable-frequency drives, soft starters, and mechanical gearing.

Meeting Emission Control Through Improved Actuation
January 10, 2017

Meeting Emission Control Through Improved Actuation

By Rotork
Pressure is mounting on the global oil and gas industry to reduce its environmental footprint while, at the same time, the industry is under significant pressure to reduce costs. This whitepaper shares what companies can do make this easier

Discussing the Power of Configurable Process Control
December 28, 2016

Discussing the Power of Configurable Process Control

By Anthony Borges, Pinpoint Information Systems
The power of an MES System or configurable process control system is now well beyond that of what can be accomplished with PLCs alone.

FCI aims to enhance gas and air ratio control with ST100 flow meter
December 27, 2016

FCI aims to enhance gas and air ratio control with ST100 flow meter

Installing a direct mass device in the process control loop offers a number of advantages. It allows the operator to achieve a direct ratio of control between the natural gas, the air and waste gas fuels without any corrections for pressure, temperature or density, which requires extra components and possibly extra offsets and failures.

Measuring Bearing Vibration Levels
August 24, 2016

Measuring Bearing Vibration Levels

By CAS Dataloggers
The diagnosis of bearing damage in roller bearings is an integral part of servicing and maintenance tasks. This whitepaper discusses best practices to ensure accurate measurement of vibration levels.

ABB publishes whitepaper on FTIR monitoring of cement plant stack emissions
June 13, 2016

ABB publishes whitepaper on FTIR monitoring of cement plant stack emissions

The whitepaper describes the results of an extensive field evaluation at a major U.S. cement plant. The trial primarily tested whether the system could satisfactorily measure HCl emissions to meet EPA regulatory requirements.

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Effects of Changing Vapor Phase Conditions on Radiation-based Continuous Level Measurement
July 07, 2015

Effects of Changing Vapor Phase Conditions on Radiation-based Continuous Level Measurement

By Geoffrey Bowers, Vega
Radiation-based continuous level gauges provide highly reliable measurements because no part of the instrument system is exposed to the process fluid and requires no penetration into the process vessel. This paper presents a discussion on the effects of a dynamic vapor space, where the atmosphere above the process fluid changes due to reaction of process fluids and/or changes in temperature and pressure.

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Streamline Device Commissioning
June 29, 2015

Streamline Device Commissioning

By Scott Hokeness, Emerson Process Management
Typical device commissioning processes are time-consuming and potentially error-prone. This whitepaper describes a new way to perform device configuration, commissioning, and validation – while reducing time by up to 80%. Use device templates and bulk configuration in AMS Device Manager to significantly reduce the number required steps and improve configuration accuracy.

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Advancing Thermal Mass Gas Flow Meters For 21st Century Process & Plant Needs
May 13, 2015

Advancing Thermal Mass Gas Flow Meters For 21st Century Process & Plant Needs

By Gerardo Vargas, Fluid Components International
White paper describes the ST100 Flow Meters, designed for rugged industrial process and plant applications, including service up to 850 ºF (454 ºC). Both integral and remote (up to 1000 feet [300 meters]) electronics versions are available.

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Top 10 things to consider when installing a new pH loop
April 26, 2015

Top 10 things to consider when installing a new pH loop

By Frederick J. Kohlmann and Kareem Key, Endress+Hauser
Maybe you have heard past pH horror stories throughout chemical, food and water treatment plants. And yes, the stories are mostly true. If you haven’t heard any of these stories, maybe this white paper will keep you from adding your own story to the already toppling heap. Whether a novice to the world of pH or a seasoned veteran, this is intended to be a helpful roadmap to a successful journey.

Extracting HART Data from Smart Instruments
December 03, 2014

Extracting HART Data from Smart Instruments

By Moore Industries
Details how the use of a HART interface module can serve as a simple and cost-effective method for gathering HART information that can be used for monitoring instrument status, diagnostic data, alarms, calibration values and alert messages.

Point Level Capacitance Switch for Fly Ash Hopper Measurement
November 26, 2014

Point Level Capacitance Switch for Fly Ash Hopper Measurement

By Bill Sholette and Ravi Jethra, Endress+Hauser
If you’re the person tasked with controlling the level of fly ash in collection hoppers, you know how difficult the application can be. What at first looks like a simple measurement, quickly proves to be much more demanding in actual execution. Download this whitepaper to learn how capacitance level devices can help you obtain reliable measurements in fly ash applications.

Intrinsically-Safe Fieldbus Applications for Yokogawa Control Systems
September 24, 2014

Intrinsically-Safe Fieldbus Applications for Yokogawa Control Systems

By Moore Industries
White paper addresses FISCO or Entity devices located in Class I, Division 1 or Zone 0/1 Intrinsically-Safe (I.S.) applications for Yokogawa Control Systems, and provides useful installation information and real-world examples.