As technology advances and new ways to solve old problems are discovered, consumers are left to decide whether existing technology suffices for their specific needs or if they need to pursue new, higher cost technology alternatives. This is very much the case when considering flow instrumentation where moving parts, such as turbines and paddles, are being replaced with non-moving part technologies, such as: ultrasonic, thermal, or electromagnetic sensors. But how do you decide which of these products to select for your flow application? Below is a list of items to take into consideration when deciding between mechanical or non-mechanical technology flowmeters. Continue reading “Flow Technologies: Out With the Old, In With the New”
Understanding the necessary requirements for your product’s enclosure ratings is important, particularly when looking to gain the optimum life from your product while avoiding any safety concerns. Included below is a straight forward easy to understand overview of enclosure ratings, including NEMA types, IP ratings, and the difference between the two. We will be looking at these two common standards for industrial enclosures, what they equate to, some alternatives, and how to best choose the right one for your application. Continue reading “Weatherproof Enclosure Ratings: Speaking the Secret Language of NEMA and IP”
In a world of constantly changing approvals and requirements, is it realistic to expect a customer to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest information? Things that were once deemed acceptable are now found to cause serious health complications. Consequentially, there are all kinds of agencies in place designed to keep products safe, regulate material composition, and educate the consumer.
But how does an individual, not experienced in the industry, know what is necessary (or pertinent) to their specific application? If I want to purchase a water meter for my home or business and am unfamiliar and unlicensed with those specific regulations, am I putting myself or my business at risk? Particularly something like lead, which according to the CDC ,“[…] can affect nearly every system in the body.” Continue reading “An Introduction to Lead-Free Product Requirements”