Have you ever wondered why there are a multitude of sensor output signals that can be configured on pressure, temperature, humidity, or gas sensing instrumentation used in process or HVAC applications? Most of these offerings were originally setup to allow sensor manufacturers to better align with the inputs offered by manufacturers of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and direct digital controllers (DDCs), which are used for controlling processes for both automation and HVAC control.
I’d like to focus on two of the most commonly used output signals and zero in on the advantages and/ or disadvantages these output signals offer. Two of the most commonly used output signals include analog current, typically 4 to 20mA, and analog voltage, typically 0-10V. Continue reading “Understanding Sensor Output Signals”
Over the years, Dwyer Instruments, Inc. has continuously improved its position as a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative controls, sensors and instrumentation solutions. This success is due in part to our invention of the Magnehelic® differential pressure gage in 1953. Since then, the market leading Magnehelic® differential pressure gage has been continuously updated and improved. The Magnehelic® gage is a versatile low differential pressure gage which quickly indicates air or noncorrosive gas pressures – either positive, negative (vacuum) or differential. Over the years, among countless other updates, we’ve invented a high accuracy version of the Magnehelic® gage which provides an accuracy within 1% of full scale and created backwards compatible products. Continue reading “Magnehelic® Differential Pressure Gage Minor Divisions Update”
Why is pressure sensor accuracy important? From a manufacturer’s point of view, the wrong sensor can cause expensive quality or efficiency problems. This is why it’s important to understand how manufacturers calculate accuracy and recognize what parameters to look at when comparing pressure sensors.
By understanding how manufacturers calculate accuracy, you will be able to make a more informed decision when evaluating pressure sensors. This ensures that the next sensor that you select will have the required accuracy at the right price for the application. Continue reading “Pressure Sensor Accuracy”