Archive for category Cost Issues
How to Measure Thermal Energy
Posted by danstips in Control, Cost Issues, Flow, Flowmeters, Installation, Magnetic Flowmeters, Measurement, Temperature, Ultrasonic Flowmeters on October 21, 2015
As energy costs and environmental concerns continue to rise, we count on our facility managers to take control of building/factory energy consumption. To reduce their companies’ carbon footprints, facility managers have begun implementing energy management programs to control their systems, optimize efficiency, and manage expenses.
But how are they doing it?
Let’s say you are trying to cool your facility. There are two steps to determining how much energy is consumed in the process. Read the rest of this entry »
Reducing Steam Leakage with Delta Element Steam Traps
Posted by danstips in Cost Issues on July 10, 2013
Because of the way they operate, all thermodynamic disc traps leak steam. It’s not a question of IF, but of How Much, and how much more over time.
Typically the leakage is two pounds per hour when the trap is new, and increases to about five pounds per hour after just one year in service.
This amount of leakage or wasted steam can be expensive for the steam producer. But before you write it off as an expense you just have to grin and bear, check this out:
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HART communications without busting the budget
Posted by danstips in Communications, Configuration, Cost Issues, HART, Level Technology, Service, Siemens, Software, Transmitters on March 15, 2013
The HART communication protocol has been firmly established as the standard means of configuring field instruments for some years. But talking to a field instrument needs a communicator.
There are the handheld communicators, Rosemount’s x75s and the “budget-priced” Meriam MFC 4150, but at a cost that’s more a capital appropriation than an MRO expense. Even the Meriam, with a 3-year field device description subscription starts at more than $4000.
People continue to ask me if there isn’t a more budget conscious approach to HART configuration.
Industrial Wireless 101: Free access to webinar recordings
Posted by danstips in Communications, Cost Issues, Ethernet, Honeywell, ISA 100, ISA100, Measurement, Wireless, Wireless, Wireless Transmitters, WirelessHART, WirelessHART on April 27, 2012
In the past month, I’ve focused several articles on industrial wireless technology. If you’re interested in learning more, here are several webinar recordings you can watch on your own time that will give you more insight into how wireless works, and how companies are using it to extend that measurement base and get process information where they need it to go, even on a limited budget.