Working with hazardous materials is all about control and regulation. When materials leak or problems persist, it can cause disaster for your equipment, employees, and company as a whole. This is why it's a good idea to educate yourself on all aspects of the business. Monitoring hazardous materials is typically done through fluid control parts and sensors. The sensors themselves have an important task and you must choose the proper sensors to complete this task. Once installed or replaced, you can properly monitor the materials and help eliminate waste or problems associated with hazardous material spills.
When monitoring hazardous materials, one of the main sensors you will use with the equipment is a pneumatic sensor. Unlike electric or magnetic sensors, one of the key features of a pneumatic sensor is that the sensor never actually makes contact with any of the liquid materials. Instead, the sensor is operated by the air. The air that is located between the sensor and the materials is measured by the sensor to help determine the amount available.
One of the most important parts in installing a pneumatic sensor on your equipment is properly calibrating it. The amount of material in your equipment is determined by the size of the tank. If the calibration is off for size of the tank, then the readings may be dramatically different. Not only should you properly calibrate the sensors, but you can select different sizes to help fit the size of your machines. This can help the sensors get more accurate readings and supply them as needed.
When you purchase a sensor, it will often come with detailed calibration settings. Not only should you calibrate the sensor when you first install it, but you should re-calibrate the sensor every few months. This will help maintain the accuracy of your sensor.
As you choose a pneumatic sensor for your equipment, there are multiple ways to link them to a monitoring system. One of the most basic monitoring systems is a digital readout screen. When a button is pressed or if it's activated at all times, a digital display will showcase the amount of material inside the machine. Built in alarms or audio indicators will go off with the sensor reaches below a specific threshold.
The sensors can also be connected to computer equipment for further evaluation. Programs can be set up to track fluid information over periods of time. This allows you to read data, go over read-outs, and figure out how to improve machine performance. The monitor readings can be set up and customized to your needs.
Pneumatic sensors are not just used for traditional forms of hazardous waste. Many types of food factories and industries use the sensors for various machines. This helps prevent the sensors from making contact with edible products. It can also help sensor dangerous food materials like cooking oils and grease. Monitoring these levels is essential to prevent leaks, spills, or food contamination.
Self Cleaning Sensors
One of the main components associated with sensor failure is dirt, debris, or the build up of gunk from various materials. This is why a pneumatic sensors can work so well and are long lasting. The air pressure that comes with sensor monitoring can clean off the sensor and keep it clean. When the sensor runs on a regular basis, it can prevent dust and dirt from drying on the sensor elements.
If the sensor is acting up, there may be an issue with the electronics inside of it. In this case, you will have to replace the sensor, but rarely do you need to clean it or perform maintenance.
The more you learn about the sensors, the more you will understand the operations of your equipment. This helps with troubleshooting, repairs, and the purchase of new sensors as the years go by.