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Calibration Errors and Testing

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The efficient identification and correction of instrument calibration…

Calibration Standards to Produce and Measure Physical Quantities

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As previously defined, calibration refers to the checking and…

Integral (Reset) Control

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Imagine a liquid-level control system for a vessel, where the position…

EIA/TIA-232, 422, and 485 Networks

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Some of the simplest types of digital communication networks found in…

Non-dispersive Luft Detector Spectroscopy

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Non-dispersive analysis, while newer in discovery than dispersive…

4-wire “Passive” Versus “Active” Output Transmitters

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Some self-powered (4-wire) analog electronic transmitters are designed…

Rotating Phasor in Three-dimensional Form

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The following animation shows a rotating phasor in three-dimensional…

Pressure-based Flowmeters

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All masses require force to accelerate (we can also think of this in…

4-wire (“self-powered”) Transmitter Current Loops

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DC electric current signals may also be used to communicate process…

Flow Measurement from Differential Pressure

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Take for instance the problem of measuring fluid flow through a pipe.…

Policy-based Fortifications

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These fortifications focus on human behavior rather than system design…

Displacement and Displacer Level Instrumentation

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Displacer level instruments exploit Archimedes’ Principle to…

Supervisory Control

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In a manually-controlled process, a human operator directly actuates…

Capacitive Level Measurement

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Capacitive level instruments measure electrical capacitance of a…

Flow Switches

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A flow switch is one detecting the flow of some fluid through a pipe.…

Tuning PID Controllers

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Learning how to tune PID controllers is a skill born of much practice.…

Chromatography: Methods, Detectors and Species

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Imagine a major marathon race, where hundreds of runners gather in one…

Measuring Electrical Conductivity

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The electrical conductivity of liquids is an important analytical…

Basic Feedback Control Principles

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Before we begin our discussion on process control, we must define a…

The International System of Units

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The very purpose of physics is to quantitatively describe and explain…

True Mass Flowmeters

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Many traditional flowmeter technologies respond to the volumetric flow…

Instrument and Process Equipment Symbols

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This section shows some of the many instrument symbols found in…

Difference Between Calibration and Re-ranging

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To calibrate an instrument means to check and adjust (if necessary)…

Zero and Span Adjustments (Analog Instruments)

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The purpose of calibration is to ensure the input and output of an…

Material Volume Measurement

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A variety of technologies exist to measure the quantity of stored…

The Concept of Integration

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Suppose we wished to measure the consumption of propane over time for…

Electrical Resistance and Ohm’s Law

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To review, voltage is the measure of potential energy available to…

Calibration Errors and Testing

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The efficient identification and correction of instrument calibration…

Examples of PLC Systems

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Programmable logic controllers are essentially nothing more than…

Common Diagnostic Mistakes in Control Systems

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Volumes could be written about poor diagnostic technique. The…

Null-balance Voltage Measurement

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A number of different sensors used in instrumentation generate DC…

Teaching Diagnostic Principles and Practices

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Diagnostic ability is arguably the most difficult skill to develop…

Control Valve Actuators

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The purpose of a control valve actuator is to provide the motive force…

Advantages and Disadvantages of Pneumatic Instruments

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The disadvantages of pneumatic instruments are painfully evident to…

Numerical Integration

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As we have seen, the concept of integration is finding the…

How Derivatives and Integrals Relate to One Another

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First, let us review some of the properties of differentials and…

Fluid Mechanics

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A fluid is any substance having the ability to flow: to freely change…

FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 Protocol Device Configuration and Commissioning

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Fieldbus devices require far more attention in their initial setup and…

Input/Output (I/O) capabilities of PLCs

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Every programmable logic controller must have some means of receiving…

Temperature Switches

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A temperature switch is one detecting the temperature of some…