Sensors, Actuators
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
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
Moore Industries’ SLD PC-programmable functional safety loop display is designed to show real-time process status in mA, percent, or any designated 5-character engineering units (EGU). Courtesy: Moore Industries
Sensors, Actuators November 6, 2018

Functional safety programmable display

Moore Industries’ SLD PC-programmable functional safety loop display is designed to show real-time process status in mA, percent, or any designated 5-character engineering units (EGU).

By Moore Industries
Figure 1. Understanding the data quality starts with the communication between the analyzer and the process control system. The process should be viewed as a hierarchy all the way down to the component. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Sensors, Actuators November 2, 2018

Analyze data quality for process control systems

Data obtained from process analyzers need to be trusted and verified to help the user make an informed decision. Considerations include communications reliability, analyzer status, and logic platform.

By Norm Kincade
Sensors, Actuators October 31, 2018

Wireless alarms for facility showers are crucial to plant safety

Wireless alarms for facility showers can help workers provide quicker first aid to a worker if they have been injured in a remote area or late at night.

By Jeff Cater
Sensors, Actuators October 30, 2018

Top 10 tuning tips for control engineers

Best practices to follow to increase loop tuning performance and reliability in a facility include increased efficiency, controller gain, and being aware of loop interactions.

By Allan Kern, APC Performance LLC
Figure 1. The network architecture supports groups of field instruments and actuators using mesh communication to support reliable data transfer. Each device acts as a data originator and potential relay point. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
Sensors, Actuators October 29, 2018

Bring IIoT capabilities to refineries and process plants

The first step to bringing fieldbus networking and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into process manufacturing plants and refineries may be changing device-level networking practices.

By Dan Carlson
Sensors, Actuators October 18, 2018

Pharmaceutical manufacturers need to consider cybersecurity for PLCs

Pharmaceutical manufacturers need to enact cybersecurity measures for their programmable logic controller (PLCs) to prevent hackers from causing damage that could have major repercussions for the health of the company's customers.

By Steven Pflantz, PE, CRB
Sensors, Actuators October 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. (Voting closed Jan. 4, 2019.)

By Amanda Pelliccione