Every month, CONTROL’s editors take a specific product area, collect all the latest, significant tools we can find, and present them here to make your job easier. If you know of any tools and resources we didn’t include, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add them to the website.
Emerson Process Control, Fisher Controls
Process control and measurement video training includes a 4-unit module of 25- to 40-minute video tapes on level measurement. Student guides include a pre-test and post-test to measure learning gain. When an original post-test is submitted for scoring, a certificate of CEUs is returned to the student or administrator. Using this system, it is possible to establish a reasonably formal and documented training system to impart fundamental knowledge.
Direct link at www.frco.com/education/catalogrev/plantweb/pprocess.asp.
LEVEL MEASUREMENT BASICS
Introduction to Level Measurement discusses what are level measurement sensors and lists key questions to ask before selecting a level measurement sensor. Design variations show float switches, non-contact ultrasonic sensors, contact ultrasonic sensors, capacitance level sensors, radar level sensors, ultrasonic level sensors, dry material rotary paddle level switches and capacitance measurement probes.
LEVEL BASICS—THE MOVIE
In this video, Control Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, talks about the basics of measuring level and how to select the correct level technology for your applications. Topics include wireless standards, hydrostatic level measurement, level measurement basics and more.
Free 213-page, hardbound application-oriented handbook, The Theory and Practice of Level Measurement, describes the various electronic and electromechanical level-measurement systems currently available. The handbook opens with an explanation of the terminology, symbols and principles of level measurement. This is followed by a look at capacitive and conductive level detection and various probes used for measurement.
MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL
Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control, 3rd Edition, by N.E. Battikha provides access to ISA symbology, instrument and control valve selection criteria and conversion guidelines, with new sections on maintenance, calibration, decision-making skills and consulting. A large portion of the handbook is devoted to level measurement and control. A CD-ROM is also included. Available from ISA publications.
Foundation Fieldbus End-User
Council of Australia
This paper, “A Practical Overview of Level Continuous Measurement Technologies,” is found at the comprehensive information site for Instrumentation, Control, Fire & Gas Engineers in Australia, from the Foundation Fieldbus End User Council of Australia. It discusses the strengths and weaknesses of RF admittance, displacers/floats, capacitance, ultrasonic, radar, nuclear, differential pressure,and bubbler level measurement technologies.
RADAR LEVEL MEASUREMENT AND MORE
This is a reference site for all things sensor. Products, tutorials, references, etc. This site contains a discussion of radar level measurement basics. Traditional sensors such as displacers and differential pressure transmitters are making way for new technology and in particular two-wire radar level transmitters. The site looks at some of the advances in different level technologies and highlights why pulse radar is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for process level measurement. Among the types of level measurement discussed are capacitive admittance, hydrostatic, ultrasonic, and nucleonic or radiometric level transmitters, and guided microwave, radar, wave guide radar and other kinds of non-contact pulse radar and ultimate chemical resistance measurement.