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Sensors, Actuators January 31, 2019

Wireless gas detectors benefit from rising adoption of IoT technologies

Frost & Sullivan's survey finds vendors with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for their wireless gas detectors will find greater growth opportunities.

By Frost & Sullivan
Figure 1: A Coriolis flowmeter is shown. Courtesy: Endress+Hauser
Sensors, Actuators January 31, 2019

Oil terminal efficiency improved with high-capacity flowmeter

Coriolis flowmeters mitigate pressures placed on terminal, tank farm, and pipeline distribution facilities.

By Mark Thomas
Figure 2. Providing subject-matter experts with visual representations of data allows them to interact directly to solve problems. Courtesy: Seeq
Sensors, Actuators January 29, 2019

Basic steps to take when applying analytics processing

Upstream oil & gas operations improved using data analytics.

By Michael Risse
Brooks Instrument's SLA5800 Series of mass flow controllers (MFCs) has added the EtherNet/IP digital communications interface for improved interactivity. Courtesy: Brooks Instrument
Sensors, Actuators January 29, 2019

Mass flow controller with EtherNet/IP

Brooks Instrument's SLA5800 Series of mass flow controllers (MFCs) has added the EtherNet/IP digital communications interface for improved interactivity.

By Brooks Instrument
Figure 3: The IIC’s Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF) is the industry’s most comprehensive analysis of connectivity technologies. It includes detailed assessments for the most common IIoT technologies, including OPC UA and DDS. It also proposes an architecture for using them together. Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Sensors, Actuators January 28, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 21-27

Articles about the future of IIoT software, primary and secondary flow measurement, industrial controller selection, hot Control Engineering topics for 2018, and MQTT's role as an IoT message transport were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 21-27. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Every hydraulic system should have at least one, if not two, relief valves. One functions as the primary and the other is a backup. Courtesy: Cross Company/Eaton
Sensors, Actuators January 18, 2019

Benefits of multiple relief valves in a hydraulic system

Multiple relief valves for a hydraulic system can help prevent major safety incidents and keep operations running smoothly.

By Paul Badowski
Figure 9: The graph shows primary and secondary flow measurements with novel method difference >+2%. Courtesy: Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Sensors, Actuators January 17, 2019

Verifying primary and secondary flow measurement performance

This article discusses a novel method to analyze the performance of the primary and secondary flow measurements by separating repeatability and accuracy (bias shift) without having to assume the PM is always accurate and repeatable and identifies whether the issue is with the PM or with the SM.

By Joseph Amalraj and Babar Shehzad
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 January 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, December 2018

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2018 included stories about the 2019 System Integrator Giants, Engineers' Choice Finalists, SIY winners, temperature measurement for process applications, leveraging process simulation, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 1: Most modern ball valves have pre-drilled mounting holes for actuation. Courtesy: Cross Co
Sensors, Actuators December 24, 2018

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 17-23

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, 2019 System Integrator Giants, automating a manual valve, temperature measurement, and P&ID diagrams were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 17-23, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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