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In addition to various RTD and thermocouple sensors, different sensor construction types also are available: standard solid sheathed elements (top and middle) or a flexible trim-to-length sensor with a shorter sensor capsule (below), designed for quicker response times and better resiliency to vibration, such as the Worm from Moore Industries. Courtesy: Moore Industries
Sensors, Actuators December 11, 2018

Temperature measurement with RTDs, thermocouples

Process sensing: The most common process sensor measurement is temperature and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), and thermocouples are the most widely used sensors for industrial temperature measurements. See 11 summary tips for temperature sensor selection.

By Gary Prentiss
NewTek Sensor Solutions' series of spring-loaded LVDTs that provide accurate dimensional feedback for a variety of position measurement and quality assurance applications including go/no-go measurements, automotive part quality testing, roller position/product thickness control, TIR measurements and material testing under stress. Courtesy: NewTek Sensor Solutions
Sensors, Actuators December 10, 2018

Sensor series for position measurement, quality assurance applications

NewTek Sensor Solutions' series of spring-loaded LVDTs that provide accurate dimensional feedback for a variety of position measurement and quality assurance applications including go/no-go measurements, automotive part quality testing, roller position/product thickness control, TIR measurements and material testing under stress.

By NewTek Sensor Solutions
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Sensors, Actuators December 8, 2018

How to enhance automation systems with instrumentation, advanced analytics

Automation can be enhanced in a number of ways whether its through improving process instrumentation or unlocking the power of the Internet of Things (IoT)

By Jack Smith
MIT researchers propose a concept for a renewable storage system, pictured here, that would store solar and wind energy in the form of white-hot liquid silicon, stored in heavily insulated tanks. Courtesy: Duncan MacGruer, MIT
Sensors, Actuators December 7, 2018

Renewable energy device developed for the grid using pump with record heat tolerance

MIT researchers have designed a system that provides solar- or wind-generated power on demand using a pump that can withstand extreme heat.

By Jennifer Chu
Figure 3: An actuator with a valve mounting bracket is shown. There are custom bracket manufacturers that will adapt most actuators to most valves. Courtesy: Cross Co.
Sensors, Actuators December 5, 2018

How to automate an existing manual valve

Automating an existing valve instead of replacing it can save time and reduce costs.

By Ronnie Moore
Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
Sensors, Actuators November 29, 2018

Getting stronger process readings

Getting an accurate process variable measurement depends on many factors, but it must begin with the right instrumentation.

By Megan Wiens
NewTek Sensor Solutions' RV series of rotary position sensors are designed to offer accurate angular displacement measurement of rotating elements such as quarter-turn ball and butterfly valves, actuators, throttles, and more. Courtesy: NewTek Sensor Solutions
Sensors, Actuators November 14, 2018

Rotary position sensor series

NewTek Sensor Solutions' RV series of rotary position sensors are designed to offer accurate angular displacement measurement of rotating elements such as quarter-turn ball and butterfly valves, actuators, throttles, and more.

By NewTek Sensor Solutions
Sensors, Actuators November 11, 2018

Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Review finalists and vote by using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Figure 1: Wireless plant networks (WPNs) often include multiple types of networks supported and coordinated by wireless Ethernet. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
Sensors, Actuators November 9, 2018

Wireless for operations: proprietary versus standards; adopters versus laggards

Wireless networks are part and parcel of many process plants with many advantages. Adoption continues to increase and are being used for many applications.

By Shane Hale
Festo's CPX-FB36 is designed to provide analytics for devices with valve terminal health and diagnostic details and provides pneumatic response of a system when combined with an intelligent energy efficiency module. Courtesy: Festo
Sensors, Actuators November 6, 2018

Module for providing valve terminal health and diagnostics

Festo's CPX-FB36 is designed to provide analytics for devices with valve terminal health and diagnostic details and provides pneumatic response of a system when combined with an intelligent energy efficiency module.

By Festo Corporation