Instrumentation is the term used to describe all the different devices (or instruments) that are indicating, measuring, and recording physical quantities within your plant to ensure that your production processes are operating effectively.
Some types of measures commonly monitored include:
Flow meters are used to measure the flow in a process pipe. This can be product, water or chemicals used to sanitize the plant. They are used to record trends in product movement; how much water a plant uses or chemical usage for Clean in Place (CIP).
EAS has recently installed flow meters for clients to measure site water usage to identify opportunities for water saving initiatives. We have also used vortex flow meters on demin water lines where there is low conductivity.
Temperature is one of the most important measures in production processes. Temperature monitoring can be used for anything from room temperature for controlling air supply to monitoring fluids in process pipes and many more. There is a diverse range of temperature measurement devices depending on the process or part of the plant being monitored.
Just some of the ways we have assisted clients with temperature gauges include:
- monitoring chiller rooms to control the temperature in the room and of the product
- measuring flue temperatures on gas boilers
- tracking the temperature of hot glue lines on packaging machines
- monitoring chilled water supply and return lines to process plants and for measuring the load on chillers.
- In motor control centres to control ventilation
pH measures how acidic or basic a solution is. In food manufacturing changes in pH levels can affect the taste, freshness and shelf life of products. pH is one of the most common chemical measures as it is used in waterworks, sewage treatment plants and the production of food/beverages and health products.
EAS has recently installed pH sensors to provide pH protection on irrigation lines to prevent pasture loss and in stormwater lines to identify any spills before they get into our waterways.
There are many more types of instrumentation that EAS can provide to assist with your plant monitoring including pressure, conductivity, chlorine and turbidity.
It is also essential that any instrumentation is regularly calibrated to ensure you are getting accurate measures. Calibration compares the measures provided by the device being tested and the standard. Regular calibration of your instruments allows you to be confident they are accurately measuring inputs and outputs to ensure your facility is operating at peak performance.
The EAS team have a wealth of experience in installing and calibrating equipment for your plant or process. We have also recently employed Blair Pussell, a qualified industrial and control technician who has a wealth or knowledge and experience to assist you with your plant instrumentation.
If you would like advice or assistance on ensuring you have the equipment in place to monitor the performance and productivity of your plan, get in touch with the EAS team today on 07 834 0505.