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40 to 35,000 gpm is the flow rate range for line sizes from 2 to 48 in. with a McCrometer turbine flowmeter, which is specifically designed for water applications. Measurement accuracy is
10 years is the working life of a pair of lithium-thionyl chloride D-cells powering a wireless radio, if you don’t overdo it with reporting requirements. Attached sensors may decrease battery life.
16 new Texas Instruments MSP430 low-power MCUs are available for electricity and gas metering instruments. TI’s expanded smart metering product portfolio helps meet energy efficiency guidelines.
100-2,000 mm (3.9-78.7 in.) operating sensing distances are supported by Schneider Electric’s diffuse photoelectric sensors.
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$1.3 million is the approximate amount in advanced research grants from U.S. Department of Energy for engine efficiency and emissions capture research going to The University of Texas at El Paso’s College of Engineering. Work focuses on detecting, capturing, and storing carbon emissions.
40 CFR Part 98, a from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) requires greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting effective January 1, 2010. The EPA’s new reporting mandate requires more than 10,000 facilities to report the annual mass flow of greenhouse gases from their operations.
20% of U.S. energy by 2030 may be supplied by wind energy, and related opportunities for metalforming, fabricating, and welding manufacturers are expanding. The FabTech International & AWS Welding Show (Chicago, Nov. 15-18, 2009), offers free sessions for manufacturers on growth opportunities in the energy sector.
3D product lifecyle management software is embracing social networking, growing beyond CAD, CAE, and product design, according to Dassault Systemes (DS). A related iPhone application was shown at the DS 2009 customer conference recently.
> 50 new device dashboards from Emerson employ Human Centered Design principles to improve ease of use. At-a-glance status and one-button shortcuts speed task completion for evaluating, diagnosing, and configuring field devices. Emerson has formed the Human Centered Design Institute after more than five years of customer work-practice analysis, new product development re-engineering, and organizational training.
30,000 ISA members and others interested in instrumentation, systems, and control, were estimated to have participated in Automation Week, a conference-based meeting replacing ISA Expo in 2010. It was held Oct. 4-7 in Houston.
30% less fuel is consumed, while cargo-carrying capacity is increased as result of an ABB electric power and propulsion system for carrier applications.
3-step conversion in plasma gasification from Westinghouse Plasma Corp. involves gasification, fermentation, and separation. The Coskata facility will produce ethanol from numerous feedstocks, including wood biomass, agricultural waste, sustainable energy crops, and construction waste.
500 °F (260 °C) is the rated operating temperature for new miniature pressure transducers using piezoresistive sensing elements. The Endevco transducers can withstand short durations up to +600 °F (+316 °C).