Industrial Instrumentation for Continuous Processes

Your complete guide to better constant evaluations of process variable properties: how to obtain, interpret and use them

Instrumentation rests at the intersection of many disciplines, skills and trades, including: automation, process and mechanical engineering, programming, electronics, etc. Few people can claim to be experts in all these fields, yet many must use measuring instruments and the data they provide to fulfill their duties and achieve their objectives. One cannot improve something one cannot measure and all measurements are imperfect.

What you’ll learn

  • Understand industrial sensors, transducers and instruments in their context.
  • Acquire insights into instrumentation data interpretation, signal types, sources of inaccuracy and failures modes.
  • Increase your acumen in the selection, positioning and usage of instruments for your process.
  • Inform your process control systems with suitable data.

Course Content

  • Welcome to the course –> 1 lecture • 7min.
  • Structure –> 1 lecture • 2min.
  • Review of the measured properties and their units –> 13 lectures • 1hr 3min.
  • Measurements and errors –> 7 lectures • 32min.
  • Output signal –> 5 lectures • 12min.
  • Drawings –> 4 lectures • 14min.
  • Instruments introduction –> 2 lectures • 9min.
  • Temperature instruments –> 5 lectures • 32min.
  • Pressure instruments –> 7 lectures • 30min.
  • Level instruments –> 7 lectures • 40min.

Industrial Instrumentation for Continuous Processes

Requirements

  • This course was built with a large range of backgrounds in mind. High school mathematics and physics will come in handy, a knowledge of calculus is not a requirement, but it would contribute to a deeper understanding of some of the subjects at hand.

Instrumentation rests at the intersection of many disciplines, skills and trades, including: automation, process and mechanical engineering, programming, electronics, etc. Few people can claim to be experts in all these fields, yet many must use measuring instruments and the data they provide to fulfill their duties and achieve their objectives. One cannot improve something one cannot measure and all measurements are imperfect.

 

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the instruments used in continuous industrial processes of gases, liquids and granular solids, such as the ones from used in the water treatment, oil&gas, chemical, mining, food and thermal power generation industries.

 

It describes and compares the instruments measuring the important properties that are:

  • Temperature
  • Pressure
  • Level
  • Vibrations
  • Flow
  • Composition

This reviews over 80 of the most frequently encountered device types, such as thermocouples, RTDs, Bourdon and diaphragm pressure gauges, hydrostatic and ultrasonic level indicators, orifice plate flow meters, NDIR analyzers, and much, much more.

 

As to ease the comprehension, as well as to provide context and tools to allow everyone to build a mastery of these technologies, this courses reviews:

  • The properties measured and their common units
  • The error types in the data
  • The data transmission approaches
  • How instruments connect themselves to the process
  • Process and instruments drawings
  • The criterion for instrument selection

 

This course is built for anyone currently involved, or planning to be involved, in continuous processes. It starts with the basics and grows progressively more complex, while providing examples of applications out of daily life. It aims to grow your expertise so that you can have a better critical view of the data provided, as well as a learned read of the documentation and daily operation of the instruments. This will enable you to recognize and solve your current problems and identify future opportunities.

 

This course contains various quizzes and documents, which includes an instrument selection checklist, to help you carry your new knowledge throughout your career.