Changes in liquid densities can throw off readings. Plants commonly rely on differential pressure (DP) cells to measure level. Read this month's Plant InSites for advice on how to solve these level problems.
There's a myth in plants that HART offers little for Plant Control Systems and Enterprise Level Networks. But Ed Ladd from the HART Communication Foundation writes that by accessing the data in HART devices on a "full-time" routine basis increases performance, integrity, and reliability of plant control and enterprise level systems.
Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
Plant engineers who find it is difficult to get good level measurements have plenty of company. A recent poll shows that it is considered to be one of the two most vexing problems by process automation professionals.
Pneumatic conveying has long been a popular choice for moving bulk materials. However, the technology hasn't been standing still, and this can influence the choice between several types of pneumatic systems.
Sybron Chemicals had the right idea when it sought to properly document the procedures for its wastewater treatment plant. The first step for improving both employee and plant efficiency is to have an up-to-date plant manual.
A reader has a level measurement problem with a differential pressure level transmitter. The transmitter does not track the level properly. Check out the question and the in-depth answer in this contribution from ControlGlobal.com.
Chinese producers are consistently offering materials that are cheaper than most American and European producers. This influx of lower cost supplies is threatening the welfare of some domestic plants. How are these American plants dealing with the issue? Voice your opinion on how you'd deal with it with our online poll inside the story.