A data logger is a tool used to record a variety of parameters, which can include, temperature, humidity, dew point, current, voltage, and carbon monoxide. The logger is used in the field to record data, then brought back to a computer to collect/graph what was collected. These data loggers are ideal for applications such as: calibration labs, environmental chambers, pharmaceutical plants, and storage warehouses. Continue reading “Ask the Expert: What is a data logging USB, and how do I use it?”
When considering a product for a hazardous location, it is important that the product is appropriately rated for that environment. UL, one of the primary bodies that certifies products for use in hazardous environments, defines a hazardous location as a “location where explosion or fire hazards exist due to the presence of flammable gases, flammable or combustible liquid-produced vapors, combustible dusts, or ignitable fibers or flyings.” Figure 1 shows the conditions that are required to create fire and are often present in hazardous environments: oxygen, an ignition source, and flammable material. Continue reading “Intrinsically Safe Products for Hazardous Locations”
In today’s industry, the number of device output signals continues to grow. Each signal is different; so how do you figure out which one is right for your application? The easiest way to hone-in on the correct signals for your application is to decide whether you want a digital communication signal or an analog signal. Continue reading “Analog vs. Digital Device Signals”
Why do the inlet and outlet pressure of pumps need to be monitored? What issues may be encountered if they are not monitored?
Air compressors, irrigation systems, and heat exchangers all use pumps to push air or water through their systems. If the pressure in any of these systems is too high or too low, it could have serious consequences for the pump, the pipes, or the entire system. Most engineers choose pumps that operate 80-110% of their Best Efficiency Point (BEP), the point on the curve where the pump is most efficient. Pump performance will suffer if the pump is operating outside of the BEP, so it is important to monitor pressure to ensure you are getting the most out of your pumping system. Continue reading “Pressure Monitoring in Pump Systems”