The decline in apprentice training and the uncommon nature of instrument technician knowledge create difficulties in finding suitable apprentices.
Despite industrial process fieldbus technologies being available for more than 20 years, the extent of their deployment in Australia still appears to be surprisingly low.
Flow conditioners can help reduce costs by saving space and improving flow measurement accuracy.
Much of what has been heard and read lately claims that the Industrial Internet of Things will be the next big thing in manufacturing and processing, but for all its potential benefits, it may be a while before we see a wide-scale rollout.
One of the toughest challenges for a petroleum refinery is to select the best combination of components to produce cost-effective, on-spec petroleum products.
US Strategic Petroleum Reserve relies on magnetic flow meters for accurate brine disposal measurement04 February, 2014 | AMS Instrumentation & Calibration Pty Ltd
With a capacity of 727 million barrels, the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is the world's largest stockpile of government-owned emergency crude oil. To retrieve oil from the salt caverns it is stored in, water is pumped in, making the oil rise to the surface. As a result of this design, the brine disposal lines need to be measured regularly for leaks, to meet environmental regulations.
A major supplier of cremators in Australia has installed Michell oxygen analysers at its sites around the country, helping to reduce its consumption of natural gas by 40%.
The City of Geneva, Ohio, resides in Ashtabula County, east of Cleveland, along Lake Erie. Founded in 1816, this picturesque city is now home to 7000 residents. The City of Geneva Water Works Department is responsible for managing the city’s 1.3 megalitre per day drinking water operation.
Michell Instruments enabled a natural gas storage operator to improve the hydrocarbon and water dew-point measurements at its natural gas storage site in Europe.
No matter how sophisticated a fluid analyser system may be, it will be ineffective if a sample flow fails to reach the analyser sensor or if the sample is contaminated or stale. The most advanced systems in the world cannot provide accurate results without a valid fluid sample.
The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care” may have been coined by process and plant engineers tired of repairing or replacing pumps. Pumps are often the most underserviced pieces of equipment in process automation when it comes to maintenance and prevention best practices.
Measurement at high pressure needs heavy-duty metering.
Flowmeter selection for improved gas flow measurements: a comparison of DP and thermal dispersion technologies23 February, 2010 | AMS Instrumentation & Calibration Pty Ltd
As the costs of fuels and consumables continue to rise, the ability to accurately measure the amount used in a process becomes significant in controlling costs and determining bottom line profits.
Fieldbus transmitters must also be calibrated just like conventional instruments, and there are also industrial environments where the calibration of fieldbus instruments should not only be made accurately and efficiently, but also safely.
Every plant has some sort of system in place for managing calibration operations and data, but the different methods for doing it vary greatly in terms of cost, quality, efficiency and accuracy of data.