What is SIS, SIF, and SIL ?

Importance of Safety Safety is increasingly important for the high-risk industry like oil, gas, chemicals and petrochemicals to adequately implement and follow safety programs. This can be achieved by adhering to regulations, which ensure safe processes and higher productivity. Risk Involvement The high-risk industry is one, where processes handle unstable reactions that can get out… More

Types of Valves

Valve categories Due to different variables, there cannot be a universal valve. Therefore, to meet the changing requirements of the industrial process applications, countless designs and variants have been created over the years as new materials have been developed. All valve types fall into nine categories: Plug Valves, Gate Valves, Globe Valves, Ball Valves. Ball… More

What is Network Cable? Functions and types.

When it comes to networking, one needs to know the different types of network cables according to the network topology being built. They are Twisted Pair cable, Fiber Optic, and Coaxial cable Definition and Function Network cable is a tool used to transmit signals from one place to another. Network cable is made of copper… More

Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) procedure of Control Valve

The main purpose of performing the factory acceptance test (FAT) is to check the functionality of each control valve as per agreed and approved documents. It is performed at vendor’s location and on their shop floor. For example, let us take a pressure control valve (PCV) to carry out the FAT. Basic FAT is examination… More

What is RTD? It’s Types.

RTD is the acronym for resistance temperature detectors. RTDs are sometimes referred generally as resistance thermometers.    A resistance Temperature detector (RTD) is a popular choice of temperature sensors which measures temperature using the principle that the resistance of a metal changes with temperature. Principle: RTDs work on the basis of relationship between metal and… More

Gateway, Bridge and Router

GATEWAY: Gateway is a network device used to connect two networks. Usually, the gateway is used as a liaison between the local network (LAN) and the public network (internet). In addition, the gateway also acts as a regulator of which packets are allowed to pass which are not. This gateway can be a special device,… More

Miniature Circuit Breaker(MCB) and its types

A circuit breaker is an automatically-operated electrical switch. It is designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload or a short circuit. Its basic function is to detect a fault condition and, by breaking continuity, to immediately discontinue electrical flow.  Definition As the name implies it is a miniature form of the… More

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), and it’s strategies

Reliability Centered Maintenance is identified as one of the most powerful tools a company can use to get more value from its physical assets. It is the foundation of highly successful maintenance programs to ensure that machines help operations to deliver the results as required, yielding or exceeding the anticipated financial outcome required by the… More

Cushioning in pneumatic cylinder

Pneumatic cylinder end caps have to withstand shock loads at the extremes of piston travel. These loads arise from the kinetic energy of the moving parts such as piston cup rings of the cylinder and load. When the piston of a normal cylinder is about to complete its stroke, the piston runs into a cylinder’s… More

Thermocouple: Principle, Construction, Characteristics, Advantages, and Limitations.

A thermocouple is a device that converts thermal energy into electric energy. The amount of electric energy generated can be used to measure temperature. A thermocouple is a thermoelectric transducer, used as a primary transducer. Changes in temperature are directly converted to electrical signals. Seebeck Effect: If two wires of different materials are joined together… More

Types of errors in measuring instruments

The performance characteristics of a measuring instrument are categorized as Static and dynamic characteristics. A static error is one of the static characteristics. We know that the static error is the difference between the true value of the measured variable to the value indicated by the instrument not changing with time. The static error may… More

Transducer and its classification

A transducer is a device that can convert a physical quantity into another. Most transducers convert nonelectric quantities into electrical quantities. So transducers act as energy converters. A transducer can be divided into a primary sensing element and a converter element. A primary sensing element detects a quantity to be measured and a converter element… More

What are LVDT, RVDT, and their comparison?

Linear variable differential transformer LVDT and rotary variable differential transformer RVDT are two specialized transformers. A basic LVDT and RVDT comprise one primary coil, two secondary coils, and a movable core. If a first coil across which the AC voltage applied is called the Primary coil and two coils that produce output are called secondary… More

Remote seal capillary system and tank level Calculation

The remote seal also referred to as diaphragm seal are connected to a measuring instrument using a direct connection or a capillary. A remote seal system consists of an external sensing diaphragm mounted to the process and connected to a differential pressure transmitter with oil-filled capillaries. The capillaries and seals are filled with incompressible oil… More

Bonded and Unbonded Strain Gauges

Working Principle:  The strain gauge working principle is based on the fact that the electrical resistance of materials varies with deformation. A strain gauge is an example of a passive transducer that converts the mechanical displacement into electrical quantity. We know, the resistance of the conductor depends on the length and cross-sectional area.  The resistance… More

Orifice plate and types of tappings

An orifice plate is the most common type of restriction that is used in flow measurement. An orifice plate is primarily a thin metal plate with a hole bored in the center. It has a tab on one side where the specifications such as Tag number, orifice bore diameter (in inches), the material of orifice… More

Types of Cable trays, and it’s selection.

A cable tray is a rigid support structural system used to securely fasten, or support cables or trays. Cable Tray is used to supporting a large number of cables or conduit tubing between the two points. Tray material shall be selected according to environmental conditions and installation requirements. Cable trays offer higher safety, reliability, enhanced… More

Types of Thermocouple junctions

Thermocouples are most widely used sensors for measuring temperature. They are based on seebeck effect that occurs in electrical conductors. Thermocouples are basically consists of two dissimilar metal wires joined together at one end, which produce a small unique voltage. A thermocouple half circuit is formed by joining two dissimilar metals together, it is done… More

Thermistor, its types, and applications.

While selecting a temperature sensor type, one restriction concerns range over which it can stay reasonably accurate. A thermistor is a resistance thermometer sensor whose electrical resistance varies in response to a change in its surrounding temperature. Change in temperature contribute to change in its electrical properties like resistance, it can also be called a… More

Vibration measurement, proximity probes.

Vibration systems use transducers which convert mechanical motions into electrical signals. What is Vibration? Rapidly changing too and fro motion either in vertical or horizontal of an object with reference to a centerline is called vibration. Vibration is a mechanical phenomenon. A vibration monitoring system is used to monitor the health of a machine in… More

Use of a positioner in control valve

The main purpose of having a positioner is to guarantee that the valve does in fact move to the position where the controller wants it to be. Pneumatic valve positioners are one of the most commonly used valve accessories. The addition of a positioner can correct for many variations. # Changes in packing friction because… More

Control Valve Positioners, and its types

Primarily, there are three types of valve positioners. Pneumatic positioners It receive a pneumatic signal (typically 3-15) from either a pneumatic controller or a I/P converter (in case of electronic controller). The output from the positioner is also a pneumatic signal, send it to the valve actuator. Benefits of Pneumatic positioner Easily repairable. Lower cost… More

Instrumentation Interview question and answers

1. What is Intrinsic safety? By a method by which limiting the amount of electrical energy in a circuit is too low to avoid an explosion in hazardous areas. 2. What is IS and non IS cables? IS (Intrinsic Safety) cables are with some specific considerations with voltage, current, inductance, and capacitance. The color is… More

Fundamentals of loop-powered devices.

What is a loop-powered device? Loop powered devices are electronic instruments that can be connected In a transmitter loop, without having a separate or independent power supply. These devices are arranged to use the power from the current flowing in the loop. Common loop-powered devices include sensors, transducers, transmitters, indicating meters, data loggers, PLCs, and… More

What is Cv and why it is important for a modulating valve ?

Cv is the capacity of the valve to deliver flow with an available differential pressure (∆P) across the valve. It specifies the differential pressure that should be used when selecting the full flow Cv of the valve. Cv by definition is the number of US Gallons per minute (GPM) a valve will flow with a… More

Working Principle of Ultrasonic Flow Meters, advantages and limitations.

Inside the Ultrasonic Flowmeter, pairs of sensors are fitted across the tube in opposite to each other. Each sensor alternately can transmit and receive ultrasonic signals. Simultaneously the transit time of these signals is measured. The ultrasonic signals are generated by piezoelectric crystals applying a voltage. Conversely, the piezoelectric crystal creates a voltage when the… More

Cv and Kv relationship

Flow coefficient (Cv) is an imperial measurement and is defined as the flow of water through a valve at 60°F in US gallons/minute (gpm) at a pressure drop of 1lb/in². Cv = Q * √ (SG/ ΔP) (units in US GPM, psi) Q = Flow in US GPM, SG = Specific Gravity, ΔP = Differential… More

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