Pressure transmitters are versatile devices based on a simple working principle. We can use them to measure more than pressure, like level and flow. There are a wide variety of pressure transmitters in the market and each one varies as per the applications required.
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The pressure transmitter’s working principle
Like other transmitters, a pressure transmitter consists of electronics connected to a sensor. We can find transmitters with many types of sensors on the market – capacitive, piezo-electric, resonant silicon, and more. This article will focus on the capacitive sensor, as it is the most common, although that doesn’t make it the best.
So pressure applied to capacitive cells will produce a change in the capacitance of the sensor. This change will affect the oscillator frequency, and the pressure transmitter will detect this change. Then the transmitter translates this data into a standard output signal that we can read.
Using a local setup or a handheld, you can adjust the transmitter, changing information like the unit, measuring range, and output.
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More than just a pressure device
Pressure transmitters can measure more than pressure. Using different primary elements, you can measure flow through with a differential pressure transmitter. You can also measure the level of closed and open tanks. For that, you can use a differential pressure transmitter with differential, absolute, or gauge pressure.
Today we have other principles that work as well or better to measure flow or level. However, you’ll still find pressure devices across many segments, processes, and measurements. You can find out more about these applications for differential pressure from this article.
Pressure transmitter installation
You can install a pressure transmitter in all kinds of applications, but all of these take different installations. For example, say you want to measure a level with a differential pressure device. If you have an open tank, then you can install the device on the bottom of the tank using a flange with a filled-sealed container.
If you want to measure flow with a pitot, then you can install the device using a single flange direct to the pitot. Or if you have a steam flow meter with an orifice plate, then you’ll want to install your transmitter remotely with a seal pot between the device and the process.
With so many options, the easiest, cheapest, and most reliable installation will depend on your process. Of course, many of you knew I’d say that, but a few didn’t.
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