Have you ever filled your tire with air without a pressure gauge? It’s pretty hard to tell just from touching the tire how full it is. If you fill it with too much pressurized air, it’ll pop and send hard rubber flying.
Although that’s a simple illustration of the importance of pressure gauges, scale it up, and you’ve got a key consideration of most mechanical industries. Replace that tire with a truck carrying literal tons of materials. The importance of the pressure gauge scales up, too.
Keep reading to learn how pressure gauges are one of the most important elements of everyday operations in a variety of industries.
Keeps Substances In
In a refinery or other chemical setting, gauges are what stand between volatile chemicals and their handlers. They’re essential for monitoring these substances during chemical processes. Gauges keep the substances where they’re supposed to be by preventing leaks, allowing handlers to work with the machinery and substances safely.
No Hydraulic Failures
How exactly do hydraulics work? Hydraulics use a system of fluid under immense pressure to create power strong enough to operate machinery. The amount of pressure that hydraulic machinery creates needs to be regulated to keep the machinery functioning properly.
Without a pressure gauge, the machinery is prone to failure, putting its operator in a very unsafe situation. Misuse or lack of a pressure gauge with hydraulics can be life-threatening.
No Pneumatic Blow Outs
Pneumatic equipment is similar to hydraulics, except that it uses air rather than fluid to create pressure. Without a functioning pressure gauge on pneumatic equipment, the machinery can blow out, sending bits of the machinery flying. Even simple equipment, like air compressors, are prone to causing severe injury if gauges are not used or functioning properly.
New Equipment, New Pressure Gauges
Although growing technologies in industrial fields have certainly solved a lot of problems, they’ve also created some. Industrial equipment is getting updated to include more and more electronic devices. Old machinery is being laid to rest left and right.
That includes their pressure gauges, leaving lots of electronic equipment in need of regulation. However, electronic gauges seem to be the solution and are slowly gaining traction in industrial fields. Hopefully, electronic gauges will be able to replace their mechanical cousins sooner than later to create safe operating environments for all machinery.
Safety is Key
Gauges are the key to operating machinery safely. When an operator can’t regulate or check pressure on their equipment, they’re put at risk.
Hydraulic machinery tends to be very large. Think big trucks, carrying thousands of pounds of materials. You don’t want that malfunctioning.
Pneumatic machinery tends to pack a big punch. Even the smallest variety of pneumatics, like a blow gun dust cleaner, can cause big injuries.
Gauges are certainly essential for smooth everyday operations, but safety is what’s most important here. Functioning gauges on all machinery can literally save lives.
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