Instrumentation

PRODUCTS

  • Copper Mountain Technologies announced new SC Series of compact VNAs for 2-port 2-path measurements. The SC Series features a 140 dB dynamic range, 15 dBm output power, and a typical measurement speed of 16 µs per point. These VNAs are the latest addition to CMT’s Compact line of VNAs and includes the SC5065 and SC5090.

  • Rule your backups! As data volumes increase, so does backup complexity—especially with a mix of cloud and on-premises multi-tenant infrastructures. Bocada automatically unifies all your backup data into a single console for total visibility and control, saving you time and money.

  • The systems can be provided in sterile, toxic or sterile toxic arrangements with the great advantage of being 100% scalable.

  • Qualcomm offers the QCA6390, an advanced 14 nm 2x2 mobile connectivity SoC, designed to support the full suite of Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 features for mobile and computing devices. It is designed to deliver faster, more secure, and more robust Wi-Fi experiences and enable new Bluetooth audio capabilities such as ultra-high-definition voice and low-latency gaming over wireless headphones, earbuds, and speakers.

  • The HFU-B2315AN ultrafiltration (UF) module is a 'plug and play' technology for easy replacement of common MF skid sizes. Featuring Toray's proven durable TIPS PVDF membrane with 0.01 µm pore size, each HFU-B2315AN module contains 60 square meters of active membrane area per module, unlike 50 square meters currently available in the market. The additional membrane area delivers 20% more filtrate flow at a compact footprint and an ideal retrofit solution. The modules are certified under NSF/ANSI Standards 61 and 419 for drinking water safety.

WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

  • How Rational Improved First Time Fix Rate

    Rational AG leverages Aquant’s service intelligence platform to pull together and analyze customer and product data from across teams, companies, and systems. With data-driven insights at their fingertips, the Rational team can quickly identify the most likely resolution for customer challenges.

  • Advanced AI Helps Optimize Energy Usage And Membrane Life

    A North American city wanted to optimize operations at a SWTP in its drinking water distribution system. Innovyze investigated the SWTP’s processes, looking for key areas of potential optimization. Read the full case study to learn how a 15-20 percent savings in energy consumption costs was achieved.

  • Loveland Takes Guesswork Out Of LCR Requirements

    The City of Loveland’s Water Utility has served customers for decades, proudly bringing water “from snowy caps to Loveland taps.” When the Lead and Copper Rule went into effect in the early 1990s, it was labor-intensive to find a pool of people in the correct tier to complete the sampling.

  • Large Utility Relies On Trimble For Integrated Approach To Smart Meter Deployment

    The solution, which includes Trimble Unity software and the Trimble R2 GPS, also provides officials the means to be proactive with inspecting for lead service lines.

  • Getting Every Detail Right – With No Time To Think About How

    With a customer racing to beat a competitor to registration with last patient out to database lock in two weeks, this CRO was able to step in and take charge and the study was completed on schedule.

  • BV Dairy Unleashes Growth With Epicor ERP And DocStar

    Founded in 1958 as a family farm in England’s West Country, BV Dairy is now a thriving modern business. Each year, the company purchases 35 million liters of milk from dairy farms within a 25-mile radius of their production facility in Shaftesbury, Dorset and turns them into dairy products for food distribution and manufacturing firms. BV Dairy’s range includes their award-winning Dorset clotted cream, as well as yogurts, buttermilk, soft cheese, and mascarpone.

  • How The Olde Atlanta Club WWTP Solved Its Debris Screening Problem

    The Olde Atlanta Club is as genteel as its name implies. The Suwanee, GA community boats pristine golf courses, upscale homes, and plenty of Southern charm.

  • 3D Systems Accelerates Service Team Performance With Service Intelligence Solution

    For more than 30 years, 3D Systems has developed and delivered cutting-edge 3D printers. Recently, its customers have evolved from using 3D printing technology primarily for prototyping towards developing manufactured products for end users. As a result, providing exceptional service became even more critical.

  • Allied Vision Helps Laetus With Camera Cure-All

    In this case study, a leading provider of quality control solutions for pharmaceutical industry standardizes a camera module with a special development from Allied Vision Technologies.

  • Aerzen Steam Blower Case Study

    ZLD (zero liquid discharge) is a wastewater distillation process that helps reduce waste brine discharge to the environment and recover the majority of the wastewater as clear reusable water. In addition, it can turn the brine to a solid waste and in some cases even a useful product that can be profitably sold.

  • Vision Inspection Systems Reduce Labeling Errors For Ice Cream Maker

    Ice cream manufacturers are looking for a better way to prevent labeling errors. After researching available options, one manufacturer decided to investigate vision inspection as a quality control solution.

  • Hershey Installs Volumetric Feeders For Accurate Dispensing

    A confectioner installs six volumetric feeders in a new make-your-own candy bar production line to accurately dispense small ingredient amounts into chocolate base bars.

NEWS

  • FirstEnergy Receives Industry Recognition For Outage Restoration Efforts
    1/9/2020

    For the 14th consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. has earned recognition for its emergency response efforts from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a leading electric industry organization. FirstEnergy earned the "Emergency Recovery Award" for safely and efficiently restoring service to nearly 280,000 of its New Jersey customers following severe thunderstorms in July of 2019 that impacted the region.

  • DCPSC Approves Innovative Pilot Program To Procure Renewable Energy Through PPA
    4/8/2020

    The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) has approved a pilot program to procure a long-term renewable energy power purchase power agreement (PPA) for five percent of the District's Standard Offer Service (SOS) procurement portfolio

  • Nokia Expands 5G Offering With New Radio Access AirScale Solutions
    4/9/2020

    Nokia today announced that it has expanded its AirScale portfolio with a number of new product innovations designed to fulfil the evolving needs of 5G networks and help mobile operators realize the full potential of 5G. This includes the launch of a Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) software upgrade for existing Nokia AirScale base stations and the Nokia AirScale All-in-Cloud base station, boosting network efficiency.

  • Vegan LANXESS Processing Promoter Ensures CO2 Savings In Tire Production
    2/12/2020

    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has added a plant-based raw material variant to its Aktiplast PP product range. These processing promoters for polymer blends are used in the production of tires and all kinds of technical rubber articles.

  • KVH And Kongsberg Digital Successfully Install First Integrated Maritime IoT System On Active Working Vessel
    1/2/2020

    KVH Industries, Inc. and Kongsberg Digital announce the successful installation of their first joint maritime IoT system on an active working vessel. The team installed a KVH Watch VSAT antenna for IoT connectivity and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform on Simrad Echo, a Norwegian research vessel owned and operated by Kongsberg, which will continue normal operations during the pilot maritime IoT project.

ABOUT

Instrumentation
The science of measuring and controlling variables is termed instrumentation. As the name suggests, the process involves using a wide variety of instruments. These are classified as any device that can measure amounts that are physically quantifiable. These instruments do not have to be extremely complex in design. For example, the ruler is an instrument to measure distance, and a simple thermometer measures temperature.
Instruments specific to petrochemical processing include platinum Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTD’s), P/I Converters, many types of level meters, chromatographs, and continuous gas analyzers. These instruments are essential to the day to day instrumentation at petrochemical plants, as it is impossible to gauge to the necessary extent by estimation alone. Human error is inevitable, but an instrument can easily be calibrated or replaced.
Now that you understand the definition of and tools used in instrumentation, you should also understand the necessity of it. Temperature and pressure meters serve to ensure that the environment stays safe for both the chemicals being processed and the employees of the plant. Heat is a very well-documented activator in chemical reactions. If the temperature rises to unusual levels, this could spark an undesired chemical reaction that could prove catastrophic. The flow meter must measure how much oil is leaving the refinery, as it is a very volatile substance. Analytical instruments, such as the chromatograph, analyze the chemical make-up of the refined oil. This allows for the opportunity to make sure that the chemical make-up is correct, giving evidence that the process was correctly completed at all stages of refinement.