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Posted on September 27, 2022

Instrumentation and Hydraulics in Oil and Gas Wellhead Control Panels

Oil and gas are produced all over the world, from private wells on farms in Indiana, to production wells in Pennsylvania, deep sea wells in the Gulf of Mexico and oil fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Production ranges from small wells of 100 barrels per day, to others with a daily output exceeding half a million barrels. Smaller fields may cost less than $10,000, while the cost of larger offshore rigs can exceed $10 billion.


Posted on March 31, 2022

Ensure Your Process Valves are IIoT-Ready

The industrial internet of things (IIoT) includes the interconnecting of devices such as instruments, sensors, valves, and other components which are networked together via intelligent software in industrial applications. The connectivity of components provides a higher degree of automation which allows for the collection, exchange, and analysis of data improving productivity and efficiency while increasing system control and reducing costs. IIoT-enabled valves can identify and communicate data about the liquids or gasses that pass through them and the environmental conditions, such as temperature, humidity, and airflow.

Posted on March 23, 2022

What are All the Valve Types Within Process Systems?

Like other instrumentation components, the connection sizes of valves in process instrumentation are characteristically small, ranging from 1/8 inch (3.175 mm) to 1 inch (25.4 mm).

Posted on March 15, 2022

Instrumentation in Food, Beverage, and Pharmaceutical Production

Did you notice that most of the hand sanitizer during the height of the COVID pandemic smelled a lot like vodka? That’s because . . . it was. Many companies, from plastic sheeting to make barriers and face shields, to upholstery companies making face masks, to alcoholic beverage companies making hand sanitizer, rallied to help in the cause. Many were even supported by their state governments. In Ohio alone, thousands of manufacturers were contacted to participate, and those who joined the team were able to offer their PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) products to retailers, hospitals and the public on a state supported website exchange. Many small and temporary cottage industries were born. Though when it came to making hand sanitizer — quality was not necessarily job one. Breweries to distilleries rallied to turn their alcohol producing equipment into hand sanitizer production and fillers. Though this product is actually regulated by the FDA as an over-the-counter (non-prescription) drug, during the height of the pandemic the FDA allowed for more laxed temporary guidelines in the manufacture of hand sanitizers to keep up with demand. However, effective December 31, 2021, those companies manufacturing alcohol-based hand sanitizers under the temporary policies were required to cease production.

Posted on February 10, 2022

Why Measuring Temperature with RTDs is Important for Hydraulic Systems

Resistance temperature detectors (RTDs) handle a great deal of the temperature monitoring within a facility. They are some of the most accurate devices and are used when equipment accuracy and stability measurements are essential.

Posted on December 09, 2021

Why Certain Tube Fitting Connections Are Better Than Others

Instrumentation is all about measurement and control. Instrumentation engineering is the specialization focused on design and configuration of process systems. And the instruments in a process system are the devices which are used in measuring system attributes. These instruments and their components can include valves, actuators, pressure gauges and even IIoT-enabled valves which can sense and transmit data about the matter that passes through them as well as their environmental conditions.

Posted on July 22, 2021

The Proper Way to Select Primary Instrumentation Components

Regardless of industry or application, the selection of instrumentation components such as fittings and valves is critical to proper system operation, safety and service life. The acronym STAMP, which you may have seen in previous blog posts, is an industrywide term for what to consider when selecting fluid and gas components: Size, Temperature, Application, Media, and Pressure. 

Posted on July 14, 2021

Markets and Applications for Instrumentation Valves & Fittings

As mentioned in our previous blog post, the industries using instrumentation vales and fittings are evolving which has paved the way for substantial growth in the instrumentation market. Each industry often uses different instrumentation products, has different applications and must adhere to specific industry standards. The following are some notable examples: 

Posted on July 08, 2021

How the Instrumentation Market is Growing and What to Expect

The size of the global instrumentation valves and fittings market is expected to grow from what was 2.9 billion USD in 2018 to 4.1 billion USD by the end of 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 5.1%. In addition, the overall process instrumentation and automation market, which includes fittings and valves, is expected to reach 17 billion by 2023.

Posted on February 06, 2018

Instrumentation Tubing: Welded vs Seamless

Stainless Steel Tubing

When it comes to selecting instrumentation tubing, it is important to consider the two different types- welded and seamless tubing. Each type of tubing provides unique features and benefits depending on the application at hand.
Posted on December 11, 2017

What to Consider When Selecting Instrumentation Valves

There are fundamental factors that need to be considered when selecting an instrumentation valve.  Some of the most important criteria required for valve selection are listed below.  Each application will place higher importance for each of the following factors:

Posted on September 20, 2017

What You Should Know About ISO Connections & Instrumentation Fittings

ISO connections and instrumentation fittings are two common connections found in fluid power systems. This post is an excerpt from our new Thread ID & Measurement Guide.

ISO Connections

ISO/DIS 6162 4-Bolt Flange* is another common connection found in fluid powersystems. There are two pressure ratings for this connection; Code 61: PN 35/350bar which is considered the standard series Code 62: PN 415 bar which is the highpressure series.

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