I Say Duplex, You Say Tandem, Let’s Call The Whole Thing Pumped!

pipes and pumps at a pump stationIf you ask the internet about duplex pumps (What are they? How do they work? Why would or should you use them?), you will get a variety of answers.

Some sound like they are talking about two pumps, usually with a shared source, that may or may not work together. Others sound more like two offset pumping mechanisms in one mechanical unit. That’s two very different concepts to be linked by one name.

So which is it? Are they interchangeable? Does it matter? Let’s take a look.

Does Your Ultrasonic Sensor Need Maintenance?

ultrasonic sensor with corrosionMaintenance is important, but it’s often hard to quantify. How much time does maintenance take? How often does your system need it? Does maintaining one part necessitate a complete system shut down? What does that represent in lost income because your system is not making product? Maintenance is important, but minimizing maintenance is even more important.

Maintenance is also important for your sensors. While everyone (yes, us, too!) would really like for sensors to maintenance free for life, reality dictates that all equipment needs a check-up from time to time. It’s true for pumps and motors, and it’s true for sensors.

So, when’s the last time you gave your ultrasonic sensor a checkup?

Can Wifi Radio Meet Your Remote Monitoring Needs?

wifi antenna with solar powerSome resources are easy to keep tabs on. They are located conveniently close to monitoring equipment and power supplies, which are, in turn, easily integrated into your facility’s management systems. Press a button or click a mouse, and all you need to know pops up on a screen. It’s the ideal scenario, really.

Other resources, as many of you are keenly aware, are much more difficult to monitor. And, like Tolstoy’s unhappy families who are each unhappy in their own ways, each difficult monitoring scenario presents its own challenges. You might have one resource that is physically isolated from the majority of your resources. Or, perhaps the majority of your resources are isolated from each other. Or maybe power isn’t an issue, but network or control system access is. Or there isn’t any physical space for new cables or conduit. Each is difficult in its own ways.

One technology that continues to find new ways to overcome these difficulties is wifi radio. It may not solve all of your problems (yet), but with its flexibility, it might solve more than you realize.

Pressure Measurement For Agricultural Applications

gauges on a red tractorA couple months ago we took a brief look at how the agriculture industry is turning to automation and data to help monitor product and resource levels, enabling farmers and ranchers to be proactive, rather reactive, about the needs and conditions of their businesses. We all agreed that there are plenty of opportunities for level measurement in the modern agriculture industry.

But what of pressure measurement? Its presence could be inferred from that article, but it was not specifically addressed. So let’s take another walk through the farm and see where pressure gauges and transmitters can help make life a little bit easier.