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2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology in Liquid Analytics

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As the world becomes more connected and the demand for data increases,
utilizing digital sensing technology is more important than ever.

We’ve asked 12 professionals, who work with liquid analytics every day, to share their thoughts on topics which they believe will be a core focus this year.

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2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology in Liquid Analytics

  1. 1. PREDICTIONS FOR DIGITAL SENSING TECHNOLOGY IN LIQUID ANALYTICS As the world becomes more connected and the demand for data increases, utilizing digital sensing technology is more important than ever. We’ve asked 12 professionals, who work with liquid analytics everyday, to share their thoughts on topics which they believe will be a core focus this year. Here’s what to expect in 2019… 20192019
  2. 2. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE Industry is moving from preventative maintenance to predictive maintenance through the use of digital sensing technology. Digital sensing is positioned to help this trend along for pH dependent process- es. Process and diagnostic data are transmitted to the control system allowing the end-user to now address issues based on need rather than a schedule. As process owners start to think in terms of predictive maintenance and plant technical resources become leaner, digital sensing technology is there to meet this need. Right now, it is not common to find someone asking about predictive main- tenance, but this topic will become a key part of technology choice conversations. 2019 is the year that this conversation will gain traction. Nate Dolan Outside Sales Rep ndolan@ptlfprocess.com
  3. 3. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] Eyes into sensor health and status Despite being considered simple devices, inline analytical sensors have tradi- tionally suffered from poor repeatability and reliability issues. These have often resulted from a lack of understanding by users of the subtleties of process analysis, and their impact of the performance of the sensor. Issues such as poor calibration, temperature offsets, and sensor contamination can lead to incorrect readings requiring frequent operator intervention. The advent of digital sensing technology is a key advancement in addressing these issues. The lack of feedback from analog sensors on their health and status might lead to a misdiagnoses of sensor issues, and the wrong corrective action. With digital sensing technology, operators have eyes into the sensor’s health and status, and can more easily determine what cor- rective actions, if any, are required. PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE J.C. Arènes Analyzer Specialist Arenesjc@novatech.ca
  4. 4. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] Efficiency in the field A technician’s ability to have pH sensor diagnostics available at the point of measurement gives them a clear visual indication of what maintenance is re- quired. With predictive sensor diagnostics, the technician is able to be more efficient. Operational time, days of life in service, sensor wear and glass impedance are additional diagnostic parameters beyond zero and slope that are provided by digital technology. Having this real-time data at their fingertips will take the guesswork out of troubleshooting and provide clear indication of a sensor’s maintenance requirements. PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE John Coe Industrial Account Manager jcoe@techquip.com
  5. 5. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] ASSET MANAGEMENT Reducing operational costs by extending sensor life with digital technology. Digital sensors have the ability to communicate to an end-users DCS system with manufacturer supplied DD files. This information allows field analytical sensors (pH, DO, and conductivity) to be monitored in real time for perfor- mance, repeatability, and overall health. I believe that more users will adopt this technology because of the need for improved efficiency to support planned maintenance outages and system integrity. Trends can be monitored to identify bad actors or changes in sensor performance over time, and cal- ibration records for 3rd party reporting requirements can easily be accessed at any time. Nick Tiernan Sales Engineer Nick_Tiernan@enproinc.com
  6. 6. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] Universal multi-parameter transmitters reduce inventory costs Smart digital technology allows the customer to better manage their inventory at the plant. Digital transmitters can be universal, allowing the plant to utilize one type of transmitter to communicate with pH/ORP, conductivity, or oxygen sensors. Now one transmitter model can be kept in stock instead of three minimizing the cost of inventory. With fewer transmitters models in use, technicians will be more proficient in startup and maintenance. Reduction in training and maintenance costs are directly impacted by the number of indi- vidual components that plant personnel are required to learn. I believe that more companies will adopt this technology in order to realize these cost savings. ASSET MANAGEMENT Nick Masters Regional Manager nmasters@m4knick.com
  7. 7. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] PRODUCT QUALITY Offline calibration = More accurate measurement Digital sensors can be calibrated in a controlled environment since they are “smart” and independent from the controller. As opposed to analog technolo- gy, there is no need to calibrate the sensor, cable, and transmitter together. Considering environmental challenges and potential human error, calibrating in a controlled setting ensures optimal results. Maintaining calibration stan- dard integrity and eliminating challeng- ing environmental conditions assures both an accurate calibration and mea- surement. More people will adopt digital technology as they achieve greater accuracy and realize the corresponding impact on product quality. Todd Stendebach District Manager todd_stendebach@enproinc.com
  8. 8. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] PRODUCT QUALITY Quality signal delivers a quality measurement In industries where product quality relies on very tight measurement toleranc- es, the quality of the instrument and signal generated is critical. With digital sensing technology, external factors such as electrical disturbances are eliminated. Additionally, manufactures using inductive technology can now remove moisture and metal corrosion as variables, further preventing errors in the signal for end users. Moving into 2019, I see more and more end users migrating to digital sen- sors for both process and laboratory environments. With a more accurate and reliable signal, end users can be assured they maintain tight production tolerances and deliver quality product to their customers. Tony Sandfoss Analytical Product Manager tsandfoss@m4knick.com
  9. 9. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] Tighter regulations require superior performance Digital technology will become increasingly important in 2019 and the years to come because of the higher standards being applied for drinking water and effluent recharge water. Many of my clients need to control chemical dosing to bring water quality up to potable or even recharge standards. These standards require more accurate and reliable measurements. Digital sensors can offer galvanic isolation, submersible inductive con- nections, and offline calibration. Noise reduction and minimization of human error allow for more confidence in the measurement when making control decisions. The user is able to meet tighter regulations with more accurate and reliable sensor performance. PRODUCT QUALITY Art Olson Municipal Industry Specialist art@rustco.com
  10. 10. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] Improve data quality and reduce risk of permit violations Smart digital sensors can be used in conjunction with sensor management software to provide calibration and diagnostic records to any government agency. Records can be used to confirm adherence to air or water permit requirements. At the plant level, record keeping can be difficult and the risk of losing data is al- ways a concern. When using enterprise asset software, visibility and oversight can be done at the corporate level. This ensures the data is stored in a safe lo- cation and calibrations can be viewed by business managers for verification. This data is unalterable, meaning it may be used to satisfy permit requirements. I believe, as environmental regulations become tighter and demands on tech- nicians increase, the ability to satisfy reporting requirements using enterprise software will become more prevalent. REPORTING Ron Bridges Regional Manager rbidges@m4knic.com
  11. 11. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] Capturing critical information from the process drives key decisions that affect quality. Without data certainty, it is impossible to trust that the process is running safely, efficiently, and with high quality output. Digital technology provides a much more reliable, interference-free signal directly impacting data accuracy. If measurement and diagnostic data is not credible, this could ultimately create downtime and cost the plant significant fees. Data reporting capabilities increase with digital technology. Data can be stored within the transmitter for users to go back and review calibrations, sensor diagnostics and process performance. This allows for the data to be audited on demand. More end users will turn to digital tech- nology as the demand for reporting data is increasing. REPORTING Kent Hanks General Manager khanks@techquip.com
  12. 12. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] Ensuring safety while simplifying installation in electrically classified areas Liquid analyzer measurement accuracy is dependent upon the location of the sensor. Therefore, those measurements taken inline and under full process conditions yield better results. For process engineering and design profes- sionals, this can be challenging when the prime location of an installation is within an electrically classified area. Area electrical approvals extend to additional components, like amplifiers, that are sometimes required when using analog sensor technology. These additional components must also meet area classification requirements and can create more points of failure. Increased safety through the use of digital technology will be a continuing trend for 2019 because it eliminates the need for amplifiers and signal conditioners within a measurement loop. This ensures safety while simplifying installation. SAFETY Howard Jordan Regional Manager hjordan@m4knick.com
  13. 13. [2019 Predictions for Digital Sensing Technology] Reducing potential process exposure helps keep your workers safe Employees venture into hazardous areas on a daily basis in order to recali- brate or replace their analog sensors because it must be done in the field. This time-consuming process in potentially hazardous environments can be greatly shortened using digital sensing technology. Digital sensors enable the user to per- form calibration in the safety of the lab or office and not at the point of measure- ment. This leads to less time in areas with potential hazards and results in a safer work environment for employees. More companies will choose digital tech- nology in the future as the cost of safety infractions increases and the number of employees decreases. SAFETY Riley Frazier Central Region Manager riley.frazier@rustco.com
  14. 14. We believe working with process measurement & control equipment shouldn’t be painful. M4 Knick provides a wide range of analytical sensors and holder technologies. With decades of experience on staff, along with a unique product solution set, M4 Knick is able to address persistent analytical sensor issues such as accuracy, stability, and longevity. These solving these issues leads to lower maintenance costs, sensor replacement, and process downtime. To learn more about M4 Knick please visit, www.m4knick.com. ©2018 M4 Knick, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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