Pressure Sensor Accuracy

Pressure Sensors

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”

Market Shifts & the Need for Backward Compatible Products

Technology markets shift.  The shift can be incremental, radical, or sometimes disruptive.

Take, for instance, gages used in process automation markets. Gages command about $3.5 billion in global instrument sales, the major portion, over $11 billion now held by transmitters.

Source: Markets & markets

The technological shift from a visual indication gage to the first transmitter has been incremental. It has taken over 50 years for transmitters to go from concept to commanding 70% market share. Continue reading “Market Shifts & the Need for Backward Compatible Products”

Flow Measurement with Orifice Plates

Dwyer Instruments, Inc. offers many types of flow measuring products including orifice plates, which are used as a flow sensing element with a differential pressure monitor.

Orifice Plates

Orifice plates are a primary flow element, detecting the flow of a fluid passing through the plate by sensing the pressure drop across the plate. When a fluid flows through a restriction in a pipe, it creates a pressure difference between upstream and downstream of the restriction. This pressure difference is proportional to flow rate according to Bernoulli’s principal, similar to a Pitot tube.  Orifice plates are commonly used as they are simple to use, low cost, work with gases or liquids, and require low maintenance.  Adversely, they do have large pressure losses with about 50% of the pressure drop not recoverable.  Continue reading “Flow Measurement with Orifice Plates”