5 Ways Pressure Gauges Are Critical to Everyday Operations

pressure gauges in everyday operationsHave 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.

Are You All Set?

Now that you’ve read up on the importance of pressure gauges, get in touch to talk about gearing up your machinery for increased safety and productivity. We would love to help!

Recent Advances in Sensory Technology and Instrumentation

sensory technologyWhat is Sensor Technology?

Sensor technology is leading advancements in a wide variety of industries, such as automobile manufacturing and even animal health.

As a manufacturing business, how can these top technologies and their instrumentation help to grow your brand’s influence and expand your client base?

Read on to learn how the latest advances in sensory technology streamline your business and make expansion easier than ever.

They Help You Identify Problems

Having trouble figuring out what exactly is causing a slow-down in production?

Sensors can help you to find the problem faster than ever before. They can even identify issues you weren’t aware of in the first place.

The data gathered by your sensors can help you to determine what about your current operating plan isn’t working. This will help you to increase your overall operating efficiency.

This data will also help you to pinpoint the optimal workplace conditions you need to maximize your output. They even track down to the smallest details, such as humidity levels.

Recent Updates Help To Keep You Safe

One of the best things about sensors? They can help to keep both your employees and your products safe.

How?

By monitoring working conditions.

Plus, they help you to save time when it comes to keeping up with compliance regulations.

Sensors will let you know when there’s an error in your system.

They’ll also alert you when something disrupts the flow of your output. New advances in this technology allow for real-time notifications.

This can help you to save serious money on production costs and lower your margin of error.

They also help to increase your customer satisfaction. This is because these sensors can identify when something threatens the quality of your manufacturing process and your products.

New Advancements Offer Predictive Maintenance

Another new feature making waves in sensor technology and instrumentation?

Their ability to help you lower your RAV, or Replacement Asset Value.

They do this by helping you to clearly evaluate whether or not so-called “routine” maintenance is actually effective — or even needed.

They can help you to determine if a part actually needs replacing or if a repair company is just trying to upsell you. The sensors will also let you know when there’s likely to be a problem. They do this through the use of predictive maintenance.

This new technology will help you to decrease your downtime.

It will also ensure that you’re spending wisely when it comes to operating expenses. This increases your overall productivity. Plus, it allows you to re-allocate the cost of maintenance to your more immediate needs.

Who Can You Rely On For The Latest In Sensor Technology?

Now that you know how the most recent developments in sensor technology and development can make your life easier, you’re probably ready to start using them.

That’s where we come in.

With over 30 years of experience, Sentech Measurements provides invaluable sales support to a wide variety of clients.

Our engineers put customer service first, while also bringing an in-depth technical knowledge to the table.

When you’re ready to get started, contact one of our local engineers in your area.

The 2017 Market: Global Automotive Pressure Sensors

Have you noticed that nearly every new car has a set of standard features? Infotainment system, lower emissions and fuel economy, lane assist, backup camera…

The standard for vehicles is changing. Regulations in North America and Europe focus on passenger safety and emissions reduction. Meanwhile, developing markets like China and India are entering a new age of car manufacturing to provide cars to the masses.

Vehicle manufacturers can meet these requirements and keep up with demand. This is thanks to several types of pressure sensors they put into their vehicles. These regulatory and economic factors influence the pressure sensor market and the way it will grow over the next several years.

Keep reading to learn more about the market outlook for pressure sensors for 2017 and beyond.

New Wealth: APAC

Over the past few years, the automotive market has grown tremendously in China and India. In both markets, small engine vehicles (1.6 L) have led the change. These light vehicles are more affordable for consumers and new emissions regulations.

Until November 2016, light vehicle sales increased 13.6% and 8% in China and India respectively.

As these markets continue to grow, so will the need for several types pressure sensors. China, in particular, will show increased demand for emissions and piezoresistive sensors as they pursue their plan to be a world leader in electric vehicles.

Stricter Passenger Safety: Americas

In mature markets like the U.S. and Canada, there’s an emphasis on reducing emissions and increasing passenger safety. With so many vehicles on the road, there is also a new interest in developing self-driving passenger and commercial vehicles.

These trends increase the demand for a variety of sensors that go into fuel monitoring and braking, among others.

Vehicle production is also shifting to Mexico. Vehicle manufacturers are moving plants to Mexico to take advantage of low labor and production costs. Lower costs will lead to more vehicles produced and a greater demand for sensors.

Tougher Emissions: EMEA

The European Union is notorious for its tough regulations, particularly on vehicles. To meet vehicle emissions standards set by the E.U., manufacturers are using more sensors. Many of these sensors are for exhaust after-treatments and engine exhaust management.

Manufacturers are also required to include tire pressure monitoring systems in all vehicles.

Growth for Pressure Sensors

With all the regional markets indicating an increase in pressure sensor usage, what kind of growth can we expect?

According to a study by Technavio, the pressure sensor market is expected to grow at 6% CAGR between 2017 and 2021.

This growth will largely be focused in APAC as new vehicle manufacturing efforts begin there. Mature markets like the U.S., Canada, and the E.U. will experience less growth. However, the market will still grow thanks to new pushes in environmental stewardship and passenger safety.

Want to Learn More?

At Sentech Measurements Inc., we make it our business to know what’s going on in the pressure sensor market to help you make the right decision.

If you have more questions about pressure sensors and their market growth, get in touch with us today!

Different Types of Pressure Sensors

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Different Types of Pressure Sensors:

If you have ever broken a bone, you might be able to sense hypothetically when the weather is changing. Your ankle or wrist is responding to changes in the barometric pressure — the force that is being exerted by the atmosphere. In other words, you are a pressure sensor.
Luckily, your body doesn’t have to function as a sensor and there are many different types of pressure sensors. We can rely on a wide variety of these sensors. Read on to find out some of the different types of pressure sensors .

What, Exactly, Are Pressure Sensors?

Sensors, also sometimes called gauges, are instruments that are used to detect and to measure the pressure of a gas or liquid.

These sensors are often transducers, used to convert a signal created in one type of energy (pressure) to a signal in another (voltage is typical output).

A Few Types of Sensors

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Instead, it provides a broad overview of the many kinds of sensors that are available on the market today.

Air 

Think about when you need to put air in your car tires. Know that little gadget attached to the hose that tells you what the tire’s inflation pressure is? That is a form of air pressure sensor (whether it is mechanic pressure gauge or a digital pressure sensor).

Barometric 

Although the first barometers date back to the 1600s, modern barometric pressure sensors are much more sophisticated and therefore more accurate. Yet both measure pressure changes in atmospheric pressure.

Differential 

As the name implies, this type of sensor measures the difference between two points of pressure. For example, taking the difference in pressure of a liquid and of the air (gas) above that liquid can determine fluid “pressure” level.

Piezoresistive 

A piezoresistive sensor utilizes a type of strain gauge, often manufactured from monocrystalline silicon, that can sense a high level of resistance change due to “pressure” exerted against it.

Analog 

Analog is a broad sensor category. It measures pressure using a dial, rather than a digital readout. Analog gauges have been helping us measure pressure since the Industrial Revolution and today manifests themselves also in the form of analog output pressure sensors.

Capacitive 

These sensors detect the difference in capacitance to discern pressure, acceleration, and position, among other physical parameters. One example of a capacitive sensor that you’re probably familiar with is a computer or smart phone touch screen.

Wireless 

So many of the devices and gadgets we rely on in everyday life have become wireless, and sensors are no exception. Wireless types of sensors can increase functionality and reliability. In certain situations, this can make them a better choice than sensors that use wires or direct connections.

Gas 

Gasses naturally behave much differently than liquids. They completely fill the space in which they are enclosed, and they are also more compressible. There are many different technologies and methods used to measure gas pressure.

Does Your Company Need Measurement Solutions?
Sentech Measurements Inc. can provide much more information about the available varieties of sensors. We can also help you with the selection of measurement solutions requiring pressure. As sensor experts, we specialize in the engineering sales of sensors, transducers, gauges and other measurement instrumentation. Contact us today to learn more.