What are process sensors? What are process actuators?
Process sensors measure temperature, pressure, level, flow, and other parameters. Process actuators (valves, pumps, heaters, fans, mixers, and others) change a process.
IIoT adds value within a plant, but also is a natural fit for field data gathering
Partial-stroke tests (PSTs) of emergency shutdown (ESD) valves improve safety instrumented system (SIS) performance; monitor these critical valves to ensure the system’s ability to shut a process down in the event of an emergency
When specifying process sensors, several common factors need to be considered such as the operating environment, mounting options and cable connections.
Understanding, monitoring and controlling flow rate are essential elements to the viable operation of production systems and must be done right. See five key flow considerations.
Think Again: Remote monitoring, sensors, analytics and real-time intelligence is helping those who manufacture, use, and repair motors and attached critical assets to avoid downtime with prescriptive maintenance technologies, says EASA and Plant Engineering research.
Temperature, power quality, and torque all are strong indicators of a motor's health.
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.
Many types of sensors are available to manufacturers, and knowledge about the application type and basic operation conditioning requirements can create a more informed and accurate sensor selection choices for factory automation and machine control. How to find sensors, operating requirements, sensor explanations are provided.
Measuring success: Understand which type of discrete sensors to use for what applications, terminology, and tips.
Taking accurate, reliable measurements of process parameters that matter is the first step to optimizing any control loop. You cannot improve what you do not measure. Process sensors help, including temperature sensors, pressure sensors, level sensors and flow sensors (flow meters).