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Smarter Sensors for a Smoother Process

By Joy LePree |

Advanced sensors help reduce downtime, increase efficiency and safety Figure 1. E+H’s Liquiline transmitter platform and Memosens sensors are smart devices intended to increase process efficiency and safety using digital technology Endress+Hauser[/caption] As more and more advanced electronics, mechanics and software are employed within sensors, tasks that were previously managed by control systems or other tools for data aggregation are now being handled, and handled well, by devices aptly dubbed “intelligent” or “smart” sensors. “Smart devices are changing the role of sensors in processing facilities because they are becoming more like data appliances,” notes Tracy Doane-Weideman, product marketing manager, analytics, for the U.S. with Endress+Hauser (E+H; Greenwood, Ind.; www.us.endress.com). “Smart sensors not only have the ability to gather information, but also to put it into a format that processors can use to better manage equipment and processes.” And, better management of the instrument lifecycle leads to more efficient, less costly and safer control of the process, as well as higher quality products with less waste. “At the end of the day, that’s what processors are truly after — gathering data and…
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