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Sensors, Actuators July 30, 2019

Making things work as part of the IIoT

Sensors are on the front line of the data gathering process, which is vital for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Suzanne Gill
Figure 1: Kilns are used in curing ceramics, drying wood, cremations, drying malted barley for brewing and other fermentations and agricultural grains. Gas-fired kilns must comply with the same valve safety train safety requirements as other thermal processes. Courtesy: Rockford Systems
Sensors, Actuators July 29, 2019

Prevent burner fuel delivery accidents

Valve safety trains require regular inspections, maintenance and training.

By Robert Sanderson, P.E.
Figure 2: Orifice plate being removed for inspection and possible replacement to different beta. Courtesy: Emerson
Sensors, Actuators July 25, 2019

Five reasons orifice meters lead the way

Modern flowmeters are a network node too.

By Steve Ifft
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) named Brian Larry, Jerry Gray and Tim Bieber to their international board for the 2019-2020 administrative year. Courtesy: EASA
Sensors, Actuators July 22, 2019

Association names international officers for 2019-2020

The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) named Brian Larry as chairman of the board for the 2019-2020 administrative year.

By Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
A new MIT-invented system automatically designs and 3-D prints complex robotic actuators optimized according to an enormous number of specifications, such as appearance and flexibility. To demonstrate the system, the researchers fabricated floating water lilies with petals equipped with arrays of actuators and hinges that fold up in response to magnetic fields run through conductive fluids. Courtesy: Subramanian Sundaram, MIT
Sensors, Actuators July 18, 2019

Automated system generates robotic actuators

MIT researchers have developed an automated system that designs and 3-D prints robotic actuators, which are optimized and automatically created, which is almost impossible for a human to do.

By Rob Matheson
Comparison shows performance difference between original and replacement pumps. Courtesy: Sulzer
Sensors, Actuators July 16, 2019

Revised pump design saves diesel margin for nuclear power plant

Nuclear power facilities are equipped with large diesel generators that supply emergency power for important safety circuits in the event of a situation where a power outage requires critical pumps to operate and safety shutdown the reactor.

By Jennifer Cardillo
Northwestern Engineering researchers, led by Manijeh Razeghi (second left) have developed a chip-based terahertz frequency comb that works at room temperature and is generated from a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser. Courtesy: Northwestern University
Sensors, Actuators June 29, 2019

Terahertz frequency comb developed for medical, biological applications

Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed a chip-based terahertz frequency comb that works at room temperature and is designed for medical and biological screening.

By Emily Ayshford
Figure 1: Pump actual operating point, flow limited to 58% of design point. Courtesy: Sulzer
Sensors, Actuators June 13, 2019

Extending pump life expectancy

Field pump performance testing provides the expert with developed head, capacity and efficiency data under normal (or abnormal) operating conditions.

By Chris Muscavage
This ethanol-sniffing robot uses complex models of its surrounding airflow to find sources of leaks more efficiently than other systems that simply "follow their nose." Courtesy: Reza Khodayi-mehr, Duke University
Sensors, Actuators May 23, 2019

Smart robotic system developed to sniff out pollution and toxic leaks

Duke University researchers are using the physics of airflows to locate gaseous leaks more quickly in complex scenarios for processing and chemical applications. See video.

By Ken Kingery
A study from Flow Research projects the worldwide flowmeter market will grow to almost $9 billion by 2023. Courtesy: Flow Research, Inc.
Sensors, Actuators May 21, 2019

Flowmeter market growth expected thanks to oil & gas industry recovery

A study from Flow Research projects the worldwide flowmeter market will grow from $7 billion to almost $9 billion by 2023 as the oil & gas industry continues recovering.

By Flow Research, Inc.