Posts Tagged analog signals
Why has 4-20 mA gained so much acceptance and survived so long?
Posted by danstips in 4-20mA, Control, Process terminology, Standards on June 25, 2014
Last month, I presented a webinar for our customers. At the end of Control 101, when we opened the session up for questions, a customer asked about making the choice between 4-20 mA and digital signal outputs. It got me thinking about this list I put together a while back — one that I pull out whenever customers ask me “Is 4-20 mA still valid?”
The answer: Yes, it is. And here are the 18 reasons I came up with… so far. Read the rest of this entry »
What does NAMUR NE 43 do for me?
Posted by danstips in Honeywell, Level, Level Technology, Measurement, NAMUR, Pressure, Pressure Transmitters, pressure transmitters, Process terminology, Siemens, Standards, Transmitters on February 17, 2012
People have asked me about setting fault alarms in level transmitter analog signals at 2mA or 3mA levels. What they typically don’t understand is that a two-wire transmitter uses the electrical current below 3.6 mA for its own power and operation. So, a 2.0 mA or 3.0 mA fault indication just isn’t possible. At these low currents, there wouldn’t be enough power to generate the fault indication signal and to keep the transmitter functioning properly. Read the rest of this entry »