In any type of business, efficiency is one of the keys to success. However, this is particularly true in industrial settings. Since productivity is crucial to maintaining profits and avoiding layoffs, it is imperative the latest technology be used to measure performance on all levels. To do so, many companies turn to process monitoring. An advanced way to measure accuracy and efficiency, it is widely used by electronics companies, auto manufacturers, oil and gas companies, and many others. Along with analyzing how equipment is performing, this technology also looks at how employee performance can improve. But to fully understand how it can help your company, it is important to know what is behind the technology associated with process monitors.
Flow Measurements and Sample Conditioning
Two of the most important aspects of process monitor technology, flow measurements and sample conditioning rely on digital technology to help engineers analyze sample streams of various gases. Using a combination of electrochemical and infrared technology, these two components monitor gas streams that allow engineers to closely analyze not only how equipment currently operates, but also how to make modifications that will help increase efficiency and reliability.
Oxygen Stream Testing
A low-cost option that has grown in popularity in recent years, oxygen stream testing is conducted using wireless process monitoring technology. Since the vast majority of gas leaks occur in areas where pipes and valves are located, oxygen stream testing lets engineers use sophisticated electrochemical sensors to analyze data from confined spaces where pipes and valves are located. In doing so, not only can potentially dangerous gas leaks be detected much earlier, but technicians can also analyze equipment to learn more about its performance and why any malfunctions may have occurred.
In any type of industrial or lab setting, engineers always want to have access to the latest information about equipment performance and other related aspects of a business. As a result, digital process monitors are often used to gather and transmit real-time data on gas levels, equipment performance, atmospheric conditions within a work area, and much more. Since the data can be sent to engineers and analysts who are on-site as well as located in off-site monitoring centers, the data can be analyzed by various people very quickly. Thus, should it be determined a piece of vital equipment is failing to perform as expected, technicians can be alerted to begin troubleshooting procedures to examine the equipment and resolve the problem.
Linking to Mobile Devices
With the many additions that have been made to this type of monitoring over the years, most monitors are now able to use wireless electronics to link to various mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Once this is done, engineers and maintenance technicians are able to move freely throughout a facility, all the while having instant access to the latest data on equipment performance, gas levels, and other information. Because of this, should an emergency occur, they will be able to make informed decisions using the latest data.