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Technical Learning How to Monitor Walk-In Freezer Temperatures with IIoT Devices

How to Monitor Walk-In Freezer Temperatures with IIoT Devices Maintaining optimal freezer temperatures is essential in protecting quality, ensuring food safety & reducing waste. Learn how companies are using Omega's products.

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Technical Learning An Introduction to Industrial pH Measurement and Control

An Introduction to Industrial pH Measurement and Control In this article how pH describes the degree of acidity or alkalinity of a solution and how is measured is explained. Click here to learn how it´s done.

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Technical Learning Types of Accelerometers

Types of Accelerometers An accelerometer is a device that can measure acceleration experienced by an object. However, there are many types of accelerometers. In this article you will learn about those.

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Technical Learning What to Look for When Selecting Accelerometers?

What to Look for When Selecting Accelerometers? There are some specifications that you should always look when selecting an accelerometer. In this article the most important factors are explained.

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Technical Learning What is a Calibration Certificate?

What is a Calibration Certificate? Calibration certificates validate the device’s accuracy levels to a standardized reference.

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Technical Learning How to Use a Magnetic Flow Meter to Meet Hygiene Requirements for Clean-in-Place (CIP) Systems

How to Use a Magnetic Flow Meter to Meet Hygiene Requirements for Clean-in-Place (CIP) Systems In the food and beverage industry, clean-in-place (CIP) maintenance is essential for meeting safety and hygiene standards while maintaining process efficiency and maximizing equipment service life.

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Technical Learning Measurement of Outflow Facility in the Eye

Measurement of Outflow Facility in the Eye Glaucoma is a world-leading cause of blindness. The major risk factor for glaucoma is elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), with the sole treatment for glaucoma patients being to reduce the IOP.

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Technical Learning Best Practices: 3 Steps to Efficiency and Flexibility for Small Businesses using IIoT

Best Practices: 3 Steps to Efficiency and Flexibility for Small Businesses using IIoT Operational efficiency is key to the success of any small business, and IIoT essentially helps you achieve that by turning your offline processes to online through a connected environment.

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Technical Learning How Do Infrared Thermometers Work?

How Do Infrared Thermometers Work? Infrared (IR) forehead thermometers are useful in measuring temperature across a range of industrial and clinical environments.

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Technical Learning Infrared Thermometers: FAQs

Infrared Thermometers: FAQs It is essential to understand that the accuracy of IR thermometers depends on how and where you use them.

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Technical Learning Most common applications of Infrared Thermometers

Most common applications of Infrared Thermometers Because of their ability to measure temperature from a distance, IR thermometers have a broader scope of application than just checking whether you have a fever.

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Technical Learning 7 Key Benefits of Remote Monitoring Using IIoT

7 Key Benefits of Remote Monitoring Using IIoT Businesses can overcome challenges by leveraging the IIoT-enabled remote monitoring framework and achieve substantial improvements.

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Technical Learning Give Your Legacy Systems an IIoT Upgrade and Achieve More

Give Your Legacy Systems an IIoT Upgrade and Achieve More The most common obstacle is collecting operational data from legacy machines and communicating that data to the cloud.

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Technical Learning Advantages of New OMEGA PCC-SMD for Cold Junction Compensation

Advantages of New OMEGA PCC-SMD for Cold Junction Compensation OMEGA’s new PCC-SMD unique features make integration of cold junction compensation easier than it ever has been before.

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Technical Learning Best Practices to Implement Temperature Screening

Best Practices to Implement Temperature Screening As businesses plan to resume operations with the easing lockdown restrictions, the immediate challenge for them is to keep their employees and customers safe.

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Technical Learning Real-World Examples of IIoT Monitoring

Real-World Examples of IIoT Monitoring Here, we explore two typical use cases and corresponding real-world examples of IIoT monitoring solutions.

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Technical Learning How to Trigger an Alarm When Freezer Door Is Left Open

How to Trigger an Alarm When Freezer Door Is Left Open When a freezer door is accidentally left partially open, it can lead to food spoilage and increased energy costs.

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Technical Learning How to Monitor Asphalt Temperature with IIoT Devices

How to Monitor Asphalt Temperature with IIoT Devices The temperature of hot mixed asphalt is a critical component to the compaction and longevity of poured concrete.

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Technical Learning How to Connect Your Modbus Devices to the Layer N Gateway

How to Connect Your Modbus Devices to the Layer N Gateway Industrial setups look to reap the benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) by establishing a connected environment.

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Technical Learning 5 Ways Smart Sensor Data Brings Benefits for Your Business

5 Ways Smart Sensor Data Brings Benefits for Your Business Smart technology is expanding its horizons to sensor products, and it has completely changed the concept, integration, and application of these devices.

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Technical Learning What is Edge Computing?

What is Edge Computing? The concept of edge computing has been around for several years, stemming from the days of on-premise Computer Instrumentation or Human Machine Interface (HMI) computers.

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Technical Learning How to select Heat Trace Cable?

How to select Heat Trace Cable? Selecting the proper cable family according to the process conditions is necessary to get desired temperature controls within the pipes.

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Technical Learning What is a Heat Trace System?

What is a Heat Trace System? A heat trace system is a set of paths lined along pipes or vessels.

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Technical Learning Designing the Right Heat Trace System

Designing the Right Heat Trace System Designing a perfect heat trace system requires considering several important variables.

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Technical Learning What is a type K Thermocouple?

What is a type K Thermocouple? A Type K thermocouple refers to any temperature sensor containing Chromel and Alumel conductors, that meets the output requirements as stated in ANSI/ASTM E230 or IEC 60584 for Type K thermocouples

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Technical Learning What Are The Most Common Applications for Thermocouples?

What Are The Most Common Applications for Thermocouples? Thermocouples are used in a wide range of applications.

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Technical Learning How to Mount Thermocouples Correctly?

How to Mount Thermocouples Correctly? When connecting thermocouples to other devices care needs to be taken to ensure that the proper polarity is maintained.

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Technical Learning FAQ: Thermocouple Characteristics and Specifications

FAQ: Thermocouple Characteristics and Specifications Thermocouples do have positive and negative wires, in order to read a correct temperature the polarity needs to be maintained throughout the circuit.

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Technical Learning Thermocouple Styles and Constructions

Thermocouple Styles and Constructions Thermocouples come in three types of junctions, Grounded, Ungrounded and Exposed.

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Technical Learning Common Techniques to Calibrate Thermocouples

Common Techniques to Calibrate Thermocouples Thermocouples are usually calibrated in one of three ways depending on the accuracy needed and the conditions where the calibration takes place.

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Technical Learning FAQ: Thermocouple Installations

FAQ: Thermocouple Installations When more than one measurement is needed, dual thermocouples provide that extra measurement signal.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducer in Underwater Applications

Pressure Transducer in Underwater Applications A pressure transducer being underwater presents its own unique challenges.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducer and Controllers

Pressure Transducer and Controllers Pressure not only needs to be measured, but your system needs to make changes based on pressure readings as well.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducer and Amplifier Selection

Pressure Transducer and Amplifier Selection Choosing the proper amplifier depends on the type of signal that your system needs.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducer for Gases

Pressure Transducer for Gases ‘Gas’ is an incredibly broad term. Many industries use gas, but not every industry needs to accurately measure the pressure of the system.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducer for Air

Pressure Transducer for Air Air pressure was first measured all the way back in 1643: when the barometer was invented.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducer in Air Applications

Pressure Transducer in Air Applications There are a wide variety of applications that need air pressure properly monitored.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducers and Dataloggers

Pressure Transducers and Dataloggers Data loggers are typically used to measure and store the pressure signals that a system puts out.

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Technical Learning Choosing a Signal Transmitter

Choosing a Signal Transmitter From reviewing both devices and the way they work with other devices, it is clear that signal transmitters and signal conditioners more or less perform the same set of tasks.

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Technical Learning Signal Transmitters

Signal Transmitters A signal transmitter is a device that transmits data from one place to another.

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Technical Learning IIoT vs. IoT: What is the Difference?

IIoT vs. IoT: What is the Difference? Whenever there's a discussion about IIoT, a comparison with IoT always exists.

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Technical Learning What components are in a IIoT network?

What components are in a IIoT network? IIoT or Industrial Internet of Things is one such technology that is well-known among industry experts but mostly unknown to the rest.

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Technical Learning Pressure Measurement of Water Level

Pressure Measurement of Water Level Figuring out how much the water level has risen or fallen in a tank (or something similar) should be a simple task.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducers for Refrigerant

Pressure Transducers for Refrigerant Plenty of systems in the real world rely on the refrigeration cycle; from massive supermarket refrigeration systems to the AC unit in your car.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducer Specs

Pressure Transducer Specs Pressure transducers are useful in a variety of industries.

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Technical Learning Pressure Transducer FAQ

Pressure Transducer FAQ Pressure sensors may undergo contamination from the environment around it or from the working fluid that it measures.

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Technical Learning Testing Pressure Transducers

Testing Pressure Transducers Pressure transducers are precise instruments, and like all instruments, they are prone to failure.

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Technical Learning Pressure Calibration Procedure

Pressure Calibration Procedure Calibration is an important step that helps devices to produce accurate measurements.

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Technical Learning Which type of infrared sensing technology will work better for my application—an infrared thermometer or a thermal imaging camera?

Which type of infrared sensing technology will work better for my application—an infrared thermometer or a thermal imaging camera? There are many applications that require accurate surface temperature measurement but don’t permit the use of a surface probe because it’s not possible to make direct contact with the object whose temperature is being measured.

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Technical Learning How do you split a thermocouple signal?

How do you split a thermocouple signal? Thermocouples are simple, low-cost, thermoelectric temperature sensors. They’re used in a wide range of temperature measurement processes and applications.

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Technical Learning How to calculate heater wattage to get to the right temperature?

How to calculate heater wattage to get to the right temperature? When selecting a surface heater for use in an industrial process or application, you’ll want to begin by calculating your wattage requirements.

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Technical Learning How to use a pressure transmitter or pressure transducer to measure the height of a column of water in a container?

How to use a pressure transmitter or pressure transducer to measure the height of a column of water in a container? Outlining the setup of an experimental application in which we use a pressure transmitter to measure the amount of pressure that’s being exerted by a column of water in a water bottle.

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Technical Learning Why is it so difficult to calibrate a surface probe?

Why is it so difficult to calibrate a surface probe? Surface probes house may types of temperature measurement assemblies, including widely-used thermocouples.

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Technical Learning Types of Signal Conditioners

Types of Signal Conditioners Signal conditioners are devices that modify output signals produced by a sensor.

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Technical Learning How to use Load Cells for Weight Measurement

How to use Load Cells for Weight Measurement To measure the weight, the subject is placed on a load application point of a load cell.

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Technical Learning Load Cell Specifications

Load Cell Specifications In this article all the specifications in a load cell's datasheet are explained. Click here to learn and understand more about the technical aspects.

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Technical Learning How to Check the Load Cell with a Multimeter

How to Check the Load Cell with a Multimeter Set the multimeter in millivolts and connect the output wires of the load cell to it. Supply a excitation voltage and place a test weight on the load cell.

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Technical Learning Why Load Cell Signal Conditioner is Critical to a Strain Gauge Setup

Why Load Cell Signal Conditioner is Critical to a Strain Gauge Setup Signal conditioners take the output from the load cell, modify it and then send it to digital monitors or data loggers.

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Technical Learning How to Pick a Data Logger for Your Load Cell?

How to Pick a Data Logger for Your Load Cell? A force to a load cell causes deformation on the strain gauge creating a electrical signal. A data logger takes that data and stores the data for later.

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Technical Learning Load Cell Meter: Choosing the Right Strain Meters

Load Cell Meter: Choosing the Right Strain Meters The load cell meter connects directly to the strain gauge to convert the signal into a displayed value. They can also power up the load cell.

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Technical Learning Load Cell FAQ

Load Cell FAQ Have questions about load cells?

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Technical Learning Load Cell with Remote Display

Load Cell with Remote Display To accurately read and process the load cell values, displays form an essential part of the weighing system.

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Technical Learning Load Cell Controller

Load Cell Controller A load cell controller is a device used in conjunction with a load cell to convert the electrical signals from the load cell to readable real-world values.

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Technical Learning Load Cell Platform Scale – Example Illustration

Load Cell Platform Scale – Example Illustration For high-precision weighing applications, load cell platform scales must measure the load accurately. To illustrate this measurement precision, an example with a test weight is explained here.

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Technical Learning What is a Load Cell Amplifier?

What is a Load Cell Amplifier? A load cell amplifier is a device that can increase the strength of signals coming from a load cell.

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Technical Learning USB Load Cells: Do More with the Measurement Data

USB Load Cells: Do More with the Measurement Data Analog load cells can't record the data for further analysis. To make the load cell signals readable by a computer an USB output is useful. Read it here.

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Technical Learning An Introduction to 3-A Sensors for Sanitary Applications

An Introduction to 3-A Sensors for Sanitary Applications 3-A standards were developed in the 1920’s as way to qualify processes as being sanitary. The objective is to prevent contamination of products produced for human consumption or direct contact.

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Technical Learning How thermal cameras are used in Home Inspections?

How thermal cameras are used in Home Inspections? Thermographic inspections uncover a wide variety of information to help you derive crucial details about your home. Learn more about this application here.

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Technical Learning Top Applications of Thermal Imaging Cameras

Top Applications of Thermal Imaging Cameras In this article some of the most common applications of thermal imagers in a varied set of industries. Click here to discover those.

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Technical Learning How to choose a Thermal Camera?

How to choose a Thermal Camera? Apart from cost and quality, the two major factors that you should keep in mind when buying a thermal imager are Detector Resolution and Thermal Sensitivity.

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Technical Learning FAQ about Thermal Cameras

FAQ about Thermal Cameras Choosing a thermal imaging camera is tricky as they are different from other imaging technologies. Click here to learn about the questions that always puzzle buyers.

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Technical Learning Water Hammer

Water Hammer Water hammer effect is an impact load that is the most misunderstood force known to pressure transducers today. A water hammer is created by stopping and/or starting a liquid flow suddenly.

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Technical Learning Conductivity and Resistivity

Conductivity and Resistivity Conductivity measures the ability of a solution to conduct an electric current between two electrodes. In solution, the current flows by ion transport.

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Technical Learning How Does a Pressure Transducer Work?

How Does a Pressure Transducer Work? A pressure transducer is a device that measures the pressure of a fluid, indicating the force the fluid is exerting on surfaces in contact with it.

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Technical Learning 4-20mA Input

4-20mA Input It is extremely simple and inexpensive to measure 4-20ma signal with a device that will measure only Voltage inputs.

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Technical Learning Digital Signal Transmission

Digital Signal Transmission Industrial networks that transmit data using digital signals often are an integral part of a data acquisition or process control solution.

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Technical Learning Digital Signal Transmission

Digital Signal Transmission In contrast to analog transducers that sense continuous variables such as pressure and temperature, many transducers provide an output that is one of two states: high or low, open or closed.

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Technical Learning Everything you need to know about Immersion Heaters

Everything you need to know about Immersion Heaters An immersion heater is a device which is installed in a tank or container to heat a liquid. The installation can be over-the-side, flanged, or threaded.

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Technical Learning What is a Polyimide Heater?

What is a Polyimide Heater? Polyimide heaters, also known as Kapton heaters, are made from Kapton, a polyimide film developed by DuPont.

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Technical Learning Tape and Rope Heaters

Tape and Rope Heaters Rope and tape heaters are flexible heaters designed to wrap around pipes, beakers, and other round surfaces. Rope and tape heaters are very similar in that they have similar power densities and construction.

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Technical Learning What are silicone heaters used for?

What are silicone heaters used for? Silicone rubber heaters have a wide range of industrial, commercial, and military applications. These heaters are resistant to radiation, moisture, compression set, weathering, vacuum, fungus, oils, solvents, and chemical attack.

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Technical Learning Wastewater Lift Station Surveillance and Management

Wastewater Lift Station Surveillance and Management A wastewater lift station decided to renovate its lift station cabinets - getting a much simpler, more cost-efficient setup with remote access to transmitter data and programming.

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Technical Learning Temperature Sensors go ‘Hand in Hand’

Temperature Sensors go ‘Hand in Hand’ The value of a products’ ability to complete temperature measuring solutions with quality and reliability.

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Technical Learning Temperature Sensors go ‘Hand in Hand’ with Temperature Transmitters

Temperature Sensors go ‘Hand in Hand’ with Temperature Transmitters A leading temperature sensor manufacturer develops, manufactures and sells thermocouples and Pt100 resistance thermometers (RTDs), cables and connectors, and so much more.

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Technical Learning Stable and Accurate Temperature Signal Readings

Stable and Accurate Temperature Signal Readings A number of applications require signal conditioning devices to operate in extremely harsh environments – natural gas compressors with heavy engine vibration is one example.

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Technical Learning Ship Engine Room Technology Upgrade

Ship Engine Room Technology Upgrade A globally operating shipping and logistics company recently decided to refurbish a number of ships with newer technology.

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Technical Learning Sales Measures Water Levels

Sales Measures Water Levels Customer service that goes above and beyond in combination with excellent products at competitive prices.

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Technical Learning Safe and Precise Temperature Transmission and Control

Safe and Precise Temperature Transmission and Control Stable, safe, and high precision measurement of temperature signals in all stages of the manufacturing process is of the essence at a polysulfide plant.

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Technical Learning Renovation of Digestion Tower at Wastewater Facility

Renovation of Digestion Tower at Wastewater Facility During the renovation of a wastewater facility it was determined that a flexible and durable transmitter was needed for the installation.

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Technical Learning Quality, Support, and Flexibility

Quality, Support, and Flexibility When it was time to exchange an old panel that controlled a hydrogen compressor an automation technician decided to go with a backplane.

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Technical Learning Problem Solver in the Field

Problem Solver in the Field A project of operating a brand new waste-to-energy line gave an electrical engineer the chance to work with a field mounted HART temperature transmitter like TXUN-HT for the first time.

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Technical Learning With an Isolated Repeater/Splitter

With an Isolated Repeater/Splitter A provider of electrical solutions to a wide range of customers and other electrical contractors, from temperature and pressure measurements to providing small PLC solutions needed a solution when working with temperature and isolation.

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Technical Learning Devices Use Advanced Technology

Devices Use Advanced Technology Using a temperature/mA converter and a display programming front DRST-UN and DRSL-DISPLAY for a variety of applications throughout the plant has made signal monitoring more advanced – and less complicated.

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Technical Learning Danish CHP Station

Danish CHP Station The members of a maintenance team at a Danish power station were fed up getting error messages and false system alarms from one of the boiler’s temperature surveillance systems.

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Technical Learning What is a Mass Flow Meter?

What is a Mass Flow Meter? A thermal mass flow meter measures the flow rate of gas mass based on the convective heat transfer of a heated surface to the flowing fluid.

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Technical Learning What is a Coriolis Flow Meter and How Does it Work?

What is a Coriolis Flow Meter and How Does it Work? A Coriolis flow meter is a type of mass flow meter. It is designed differently and works differently than thermal or differential mass flow meters.

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Technical Learning RS-232 Wiring and Connector Diagrams

RS-232 Wiring and Connector Diagrams RS-232 is widely used for connections between data acquisition devices and computer systems. RS-232 devices are defined as either DTE (usually a computer) or DCE (usually an interface device).

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Technical Learning RTD vs Thermocouples

RTD vs Thermocouples Selecting the best temperature sensor for your application can be a challenge. A broad range of sensors are available today, and the better you understand the key differences between them

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Technical Learning Principles of Infrared Thermocouples

Principles of Infrared Thermocouples The IRt/c product line represents a dramatic breakthrough in temperature sensing technology. The IRt/c sensors are unpowered, low cost, and can measure surface temperatures of materials without touching.

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Technical Learning What is a Vortex Flow Meter?

What is a Vortex Flow Meter? A vortex flow meter is a flow measurement device best suited for flow measurements where the introduction of moving parts presents problems.

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Technical Learning Cold junction compensation for thermocouples

Cold junction compensation for thermocouples In this article different types of cold junction compensation are review. Discover common practices when accurate thermocouple measurements are required.

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Technical Learning Thermocouple types

Thermocouple types Thermocouples are available in different combinations of metals or calibrations. The most common are the “Base Metal” thermocouples known as Types J, K, T, E and N.

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Technical Learning Thermocouple Response Time

Thermocouple Response Time Time constants calculated for air at room temperature and atmospheric pressure moving with velocity of 65 feet per second for thermocouples

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Technical Learning Thermocouples - Reference Guide

Thermocouples - Reference Guide OMEGACLAD® is a three-part system composed of compacted MgO insulation, thermocouple wire and metal sheath.

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Technical Learning How to Use Ferrite Cores with Instrumentation

How to Use Ferrite Cores with Instrumentation OMEGA’s thermocouple and RTD connectors with built-in nickel-zinc ferrite cores are used where it is desired to suppress electro-magnetic, interference commonly known as EMI.

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Technical Learning Practical Guidelines for Temperature Measurement

Practical Guidelines for Temperature Measurement Temperature can be measured via a diverse array of sensors. All of them infer temperature by sensing some change in a physical characteristic.

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Technical Learning Pt100 Probes

Pt100 Probes Probes may be terminated in a connection head, quick disconnect, terminal block, or extension wire. OMEGA’s standard terminations are pictured on product pages.

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Technical Learning Resistance Elements and RTD’s

Resistance Elements and RTD’s Resistance elements come in many types conforming to different standards, capable of different temperature ranges, with various sizes and accuracies available.

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Technical Learning How to Install a Pressure Tranducer?

How to Install a Pressure Tranducer? OMEGA transducers have three main types of electrical outputs; millivolts (mV), volts (V), and current (mA). It is important for the user to know which output suits his application to ensure proper selection of a transducer.

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Technical Learning Water and Wastewater Test Methods for Operators

Water and Wastewater Test Methods for Operators A variety of test procedures and methods are available for use by water and wastewater operators.

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Technical Learning What is a Voltage Divider?

What is a Voltage Divider? In order to measure a signal which varies over a range greater than the input range of an analog or digital input of a measuring device, a voltage divider can drop the voltage of the input signal to the level the analog or digital input can measure.

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Technical Learning PFA Fluorocarbon Information

PFA Fluorocarbon Information PFA Fluorocarbon Information

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Technical Learning Flow Meter Tutorial

Flow Meter Tutorial So you want to measure flow? The answer would seem to be to purchase a flowmeter.

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Technical Learning Common Problems with Data Acquisition Devices

Common Problems with Data Acquisition Devices Traditional printer drivers are very benign; they are only active, and use the printer port when you tell an application to print.

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Technical Learning Testing a PC's RS-232 Port

Testing a PC's RS-232 Port There are many factors involved in communicating with an RS-232 device from a PC.

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Technical Learning Electronic Halogen Leak Detector

Electronic Halogen Leak Detector For many years the most effective, and only, method for finding gas leaks of any type was the use of a soap or "bubble" solution.

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Technical Learning Industrial pH Monitoring: pH and pH Electrode Basics

Industrial pH Monitoring: pH and pH Electrode Basics pH electrode technology hasn't changed much in the past 50 to 60 years, yet pH electrode manufacturing remains an art.

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Technical Learning Ion Selective Electrodes: Measurement Considerations

Ion Selective Electrodes: Measurement Considerations This article is designed to apply, in general, to all specific ion electrodes.

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Technical Learning What is a Low Pass Filter?

What is a Low Pass Filter? A low pass filter is placed on the signal wires between a signal and an A/D board

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Technical Learning Infrared Quick Help

Infrared Quick Help When to Use Infrared Temperature Measurement

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Technical Learning Technical Principles of Valves

Technical Principles of Valves Solenoid valves are used wherever fluid flow has to be controlled automatically. They are being used to an increasing degree in the most varied types of plants and equipment.

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Technical Learning Low Noise Thermocouple System

Low Noise Thermocouple System A low noise thermocouple system consists of a probe, a connector and wire. Each component has distinct noise and they provide a way to reduce electrical noise

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Technical Learning Fuzzy Logic

Fuzzy Logic On/off, PID, microprocessor based, Fuzzy Logic; the evolutionary changes of controls. This brief paper outlines some background of standard PID control and how the implementation of Fuzzy Logic can improve your single feedback control systems.

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Technical Learning Technical Dissolved Oxygen - The Fundamentals

Technical Dissolved Oxygen - The Fundamentals Dissolved oxygen (DO) is the term commonly used in liquid analytical work for the measurement of the amount of oxygen dissolved in a unit volume of water.

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Technical Learning Top 6 Methods to Measure or Monitor Fluid Levels

Top 6 Methods to Measure or Monitor Fluid Levels Measuring and monitoring fluid levels accurately and precisely requires choosing the correct methodology for the target medium and vessel.

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Technical Learning Contact Closure Inputs: Connect Digital Input & Output DAQ Board

Contact Closure Inputs: Connect Digital Input & Output DAQ Board Many times it is necessary to monitor a contact closure using a PC. Some applications include monitoring a relay closure on a machine to record on-off times, or simply as an alarm to notify someone of an open freezer door.

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Technical Learning Scaling Voltage & Current to Engineering Units

Scaling Voltage & Current to Engineering Units It is very often necessary to convert a voltage, millivot or current reading into a more useful value such as PSI, GPM, LBS, etc.

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Technical Learning Data Noise Reduction in DAQ

Data Noise Reduction in DAQ Noise is unavoidable in PC based data acquisition systems. There is board induced noise which can be measured by shorting an analog input to ground and taking a series of readings and plotting them in a histogram.

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Technical Learning What is the Load Cell Calibration Procedure for Weighing Applications?

What is the Load Cell Calibration Procedure for Weighing Applications? Inspect the load cell cables, and coil and protect any excess. The load should be equally distributed among multiple load cells of multiple load cell installations.

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Technical Learning Infrared pyrometers

Infrared pyrometers Pyrometer is derived from the Greek root pyro, meaning fire. The term pyrometer was originally used to denote a device capable of measuring temperatures of objects above incandescence, objects bright to the human eye.

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Technical Learning Mechanical Flow meters

Mechanical Flow meters Discussed in this chapter are various types of mechanical flow meters that measure flow using an arrangement of moving parts,

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Technical Learning Differential Pressure Flow meters

Differential Pressure Flow meters The calculation of fluid flow rate by reading the pressure loss across a pipe restriction is perhaps the most commonly used flow measurement technique in industrial applications

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Technical Learning Overview of GPIB protocol

Overview of GPIB protocol IEEE-488 refers to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standard number 488 and is commonly called GPIB (General Purpose Interface Bus).

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Technical Learning RF/Capacitance Level Instrumentation

RF/Capacitance Level Instrumentation Capacitance level detectors are also referred to as radio frequency (RF) or admittance level sensors. They operate in the low MHz radio frequency range, measuring admittance of an alternating current (ac) circuit that varies with level.

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Technical Learning Types of Flow Meters for Different Applications

Types of Flow Meters for Different Applications Measuring the flow of liquids is a critical need in many industrial plants.

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Technical Learning What is a Variable Area Flow Meter?

What is a Variable Area Flow Meter? Variable area flow meters are simple and versatile devices that operate at a relatively constant pressure drop and measure the flow of liquids, gases, and steam.

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Technical Learning Plug-in Cards

Plug-in Cards Although the microprocessor and digital network technologies have fundamentally reinvented the ways in which today's data acquisition systems handle data

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Technical Learning Differential Signal Vs Single-Ended Inputs

Differential Signal Vs Single-Ended Inputs One of the most common questions asked is the difference between single-ended and differential signals inputs, and what applications they should be considered in.

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Technical Learning An Introduction to Venturi Flow Meters, Flow Nozzles, and Segmental Wedge Elements

An Introduction to Venturi Flow Meters, Flow Nozzles, and Segmental Wedge Elements Venturi tubes are available in sizes up to 7 inches and can pass 25 to 50% more flow than an orifice with the same pressure drop

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Technical Learning Pressure sensor

Pressure sensor Piezoelectric presssure sensors can further be classified according to whether the crystal's electrostatic charge, its resistivity, or its resonant frequency electrostatic charge is measured.

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Technical Learning Strain Gauge

Strain Gauge When external forces are applied to a stationary object, stress and strain are the result.

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Technical Learning The RS-232 protocol

The RS-232 protocol Information being transferred between data processing equipment and peripherals is in the form of digital data which is transmitted in either a serial or parallel mode.

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Technical Learning What is an Orifice Plate Flow Meter?

What is an Orifice Plate Flow Meter? The orifice plate flow meter is commonly used in clean liquid, gas, and steam services. It is available for all pipe sizes but it is very cost-effective for measuring flows in larger ones (over 6" diameter).

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Technical Learning Wheatstone bridge for strain gauges

Wheatstone bridge for strain gauges In order to measure strain with a bonded resistance strain gauge, it must be connected to an electric circuit that is capable of measuring the minute changes in resistance corresponding to strain.

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Technical Learning An Introduction to Pitot Tubes and Probes

An Introduction to Pitot Tubes and Probes Although the pitot tube is one of the simplest flow sensors, it is used in a wide range of flow measurement applications such as air speed in racing cars and Air Force fighter jets

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Technical Learning What is a thermography?

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Improving Safety in Machine Control Systems with Limit Switches Imagine a product being moved on a conveyor belt that somehow gets out of place.

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