A very efficient and technologically-advanced method of analyzing operations within industrial environments, process monitoring is considered an essential tool in helping companies analyze numerous factors to help them become more efficient and safe. From auto and electronics manufacturers to oil refineries and wastewater treatment plants, these monitors play a pivotal role in creating facilities that use employees and equipment in the best possible ways.
If a manufacturing plant has frequent equipment breakdowns or malfunctions, production can often be greatly reduced or come to a complete standstill. To keep this from happening, process monitors are used to analyze efficiency via flow meters. By monitoring streams of gases using a combination of photoionization, electrochemical processing, and infrared technology, these monitors can create a detailed analysis of flow measurements and sample conditions. In doing so, engineers can examine the results, then develop new production methods or make changes to existing ones, resulting in greater operational efficiency.
Oxygen Stream Analysis
While using flow meters helps with situations involving equipment malfunctions, a process monitor can also be used to conduct oxygen stream analysis. Used primarily in helping engineers detect leaks near pipelines and valves, oxygen stream analysis relies on electrochemical sensors to monitor such gases as hydrogen sulfide, which can quickly turn deadly if not immediately detected. Popular with companies due to the low cost of the monitors and their ability to self-calibrate within changing environmental conditions, this type of monitoring is now widely used by engineers in various industries.
Real-Time Data Transmission
With virtually all industrial complexes, laboratories, and other work settings now relying on wireless networks, digital process monitors are now utilizing electronics that allow them to be easily integrated within these networks. In doing so, there are many advantages for companies and their employees. Not only will engineers constantly have real-time data to help them evaluate different situations, but managers and technicians will also be able to have the data linked to their smartphones and other mobile devices, letting them always have up-to-date information at their fingertips.
If there is one thing companies do not want to see on a regular basis, it is multi-million dollar equipment that is constantly breaking down. Not only does this lead to halted production, but also costs the company money in making one repair after another. However, as more companies have started using wireless process monitoring, machine and maintenance monitoring have become much more efficient in terms of production and costs. Using these systems, engineers and technicians can be alerted when a machine part may be wearing out, or when a malfunction is about to occur. By using this type of monitoring, gaps in production and losses in revenue can be avoided.
If you need to learn more about how these specialized monitoring systems can help your company become more efficient, contact an Applications Engineer at GDS. If you wish, you can fill out a contact form at www.gdscorp.com, or instead call 409-927-2980 to have your questions answered in an easy-to-understand manner.