Sensors, Actuators

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Sensors, Vision January 25, 2021

Optical sensor used for greenhouse gas detection

An optical sensor is being used with the satellite Hugo to detect greenhouse gas emissions from outer space.

By ABB
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Sensors, Actuators January 21, 2021

Vertical pump efficiency and reliability

By optimizing performance and efficiency in these important pumps, operating and maintenance costs for vertical suspended pumps can be reduced.

By Jason Simcoe and Seth Tate
Courtesy: Load Controls Inc.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 4, 2021

Using IIoT for a more energy-efficient pump environment

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) case study shows how to use pump power measurements to save energy using sensors enabled by wireless gateway and cloud-based analytics. Secure and relatively simple technologies were used; see eight project guidelines.

By Mike McClurg
MIT researchers have developed a deep learning-based algorithm to detect anomalies in time series data. Courtesy: MIT News
Sensors, Actuators December 21, 2020

Method finds hidden warning signals in collected measurements

A deep-learning algorithm has been developed that could provide advanced notice when systems — from satellites to data centers — are falling out of whack.

By Daniel Ackerman
Courtesy: TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory/Control Engineering Europe
Sensors, Actuators December 5, 2020

Flowmeter testing, calibration has many challenges

There are several challenges of testing and calibrating flowmeters used in high pressure and high temperature applications.

By Dr. Chris Mills
Courtesy: Sulzer
Pumps November 27, 2020

Technology for legacy pumps developed

Every industrial process delivers benefits for people around the world and nearly all of them involve a pumping operation at some point and keeping these essential assets operational is an important task.

By Daniela Haldenwang
Exterior of completed pump at Odessa Service Center. Courtesy: Sulzer
Oil and Gas November 24, 2020

Refinery pump retrofit boosts output

Crude oil refineries need to meet productivity targets just like any other process industry, but increasing output represents a considerable challenge and will nearly always require changes in pump performance.

By Matt Kinney
A gyroid lattice created by Professor Roderic Lakes using 3D printing. Courtesy: Roderic Lakes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sensors, Actuators November 17, 2020

Squeeze-twist coupling material strengthens actuators

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have made an asymmetric material that twists, which could help advance actuator technology.

By Adam Malecek
Courtesy: Siemens and New Products for Engineers Database from CFE Media and Technology
Process Manufacturing November 6, 2020

Process instrumentation tips and tricks

Advances in process instrumentation extend beyond sensor accuracy. Computing, algorithms and networking capabilities add functionality. 

By Mark T. Hoske
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Process Manufacturing October 26, 2020

IoT condition monitoring in the process industry

Industrial customers require insights into the behavior of their assets to proactively plan maintenance across their production facilities.

By Matthew Anderson