In industrial systems, machines need to be monitored constantly in order to ensure material stability, system security and personnel safety. The Field Device Technology standard (FDT) takes care of vendor-independent parameterization.
There are various obstacles for a stronger perpetration of wireless networks in the process industry. Since RF communication would simplify life in many ways, there are efforts being made to overcome them. While a mesh architecture is a good way to get optimum coverage, common solutions are difficult to integrate in automation infrastructures.
High hygienic standards are crucial in food and pharmaceutical packaging to ensure product quality on the supply chain from the producer to the consumer. So, automation systems for those applications require special provision. A crucial component is the force transducer.
Installations in industrial automation often are subject to severe conditions like vibrations, corrosive gases or toxic fluids. That’s a difficult environment for electronics, even more for sensing elements. They need too be designed in special ways in order to withstand those kinds of threats.
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Vibrating level switches are very common at measuring liquid levels, but they do have some disadvantages. The sensor heads tend to be compromised by flow, turbulence, bubbles, foam and suspended solids. A frequency sweep sensor poses an interesting alternative.
Especially in process technology, temperature often plays an important part. For automation equipment this means that it mustn’t interfere with the target’s temperature. Ascertaining this is a business for specialists.