June 2021

Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation

Key instrumentation technologies to tackle the toughest measurement challenges

Just as some people seek out extreme sports, process manufacturing has its extreme applications, and engineers who design for these environments must find ways to safely contain and monitor all manner of dangerous reactions and products.

Oberle, C., Bonkat, T., Emerson Automation Solutions

Consider a process where two feedstocks come together, generating a powerful exothermic reaction. The equipment must withstand what is, in effect, a continuous explosion capable of generating enormous amounts of heat and pressure, while ensuring safety for products that may be both highly corrosive and toxic. Such situations are well beyond the capabilities of garden-variety equipment, including instrumentation. The need for accurate and reliable measurements is crucial to control critical processes and avoid serious safety incidents. If the continuous explosion cannot be monitored effectively, it could break out of its constraints, causing serious damage. Extreme applications take many f

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