Getting technical assistance, process instrumentation and controls from PPS Professional Process Systems can go a long way toward helping you in many industrial operations. Many such industrial processes like food processing, for example, require not only automation and monitoring of critical factors like temperature but also sanitary conditions. Instrumentation and controls help to achieve this.
Temperature, rate of fluid flow, and liquid pressure are some of the parameters that need to be closely monitored in any industrial setting. Failure to do this could have devastating consequences.
The following are the reasons why process instrumentation is important:
1)Point Level Measurement
Different types of materials, both industrial and ordinary, have different densities. In this regard, vibrating point-level sensors help to accomplish such tasks. Their sophistication is such that they can measure tiny particles like very fine powders, providing a point-level measurement for substances with a low bulk density range. Adjusting selectivity and vibration frequency also means that the electrostatic properties of materials can also be measured.
Using point-level sensors for such processes also has the advantage of providing measurements independent of other factors like temperature and humidity. This means that variations in these parameters have no bearing on the point level measurement readings.
2) Ensuring Safety
Many industrial processes involve the manipulation of raw materials and other artificial substances. This usually results in the release of several byproducts, many of which are hazardous. Minute changes in parameters like temperature or pH, for example, can lead to markedly different results. Such variations can have disastrous consequences. For example, if pressure builds up in a storage tank for chemical products, this can lead to an explosion and inadvertent release of such materials, causing harm or possibly death.
Instrumentation helps avoid such issues. Control valves are among the many instrumentation tools that help to ensure safety by enabling the control of such industrial processes with a high degree of precision.
3) Environmental Protection
Many manufacturing industries release byproducts that are a threat to nature and the environment. These numerous products can put an enormous amount of pressure on the environment. Many of these industrial products are useful; however, they can turn into hazardous materials if not disposed of properly. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) represent many such products. If not properly contained within the industrial facilities where they’re produced and used, they can wreak havoc on the environment, especially long-term.
Monitoring industrial processes through proper instrumentation devices helps mitigate environmental pollution and degradation.
4) Protection of Equipment and Machinery from Damage and Wear
Eventually, all parts of a machine experience wear and will need replacement. However, without the proper regulation that instrumentation provides, this wear would occur at a much more accelerated rate. This is especially true in factories that deal with corrosive chemicals. Without the right valves and other controls in place, these chemicals can eat away at the surfaces of their storage chambers and conduits much more quickly, leading to damaged equipment.
5) Ensuring Product Quality
Process instrumentation helps to ensure better product quality. Pharmaceutical companies are some of the industries that heavily rely on process instrumentation to monitor critical factors like temperature and pressure, among other things. Precise control of such factors is crucial in different phases of drug manufacturing. All such industries depend on process instrumentation devices to ensure that their operations run smoothly.
Manufacture of other devices also relies on process instrumentation. Light microscopes, for example, need analyzers to enable them to function. These analyzers are process instrumentation devices that are crucial in the optical pathway necessary for the essential function of a microscope.
6) Efficiency and Preventive Maintenance
Monitoring the various processes necessary for certain product conditions in an industrial setting ensures that plant operators achieve maximum operational efficiency. This means less waste and more productivity, all thanks to process instrumentation devices. The control room in manufacturing plants is a central hub for information input, meaning that all factors are being monitored and their data are readily available in one location.
Preventive maintenance is also something that process instrumentation enables. The total operating hours of some devices like pumps, for example, is crucial. This means that such pumps need to be monitored closely. This way, operators can know when to carry out preventive maintenance, ensuring that efficiency and productivity do not suffer due to faulty pumps.
Many of these tools of process instrumentation are precision tools that work best within specific ranges of particular phenomena like pressure or temperature. Utilizing them ultimately leads to all the above benefits.