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5 Industries That Thrive On Sensors for Accurate Measurements

Posted by Sensing Systems on Aug 24, 2016 6:42:13 PM

Measurement services are important for just about every industry out there, whether you're measuring to the nearest yard or the nearest nanometer. Careful calibration, which is a comparison between a standard unit of measurement and the specific measurements of an instrument, should never be taken lightly. Not only is calibration necessary to ensure you're taking accurate measurements, but in many industries it's necessary to stay in compliance with regulations. 


Even the smallest error can result in either a major financial deficit or a serious safety hazard. Recalibration is just as important as well. For instance, ISO900 dictates that the maximum length of time between recalibration as once every two years, and more often if the instrument has been significantly deteriorated during that period.


Today, instruments like torque sensors and load cells are two of the most commonly used tools used by measurement services. Torque wrenches, which were invented by Conrad Bahr in 1918, are used to apply torque to a nut or bolt. Likewise, a torque sensor converts torque into an electrical signal, and by measuring that electrical signal, the torque force can be measured in real time.


Here are a few industries where measurement services are absolutely essential to success.


Pharmaceutical Industry

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This is a perfect example of when faulty measuring can seriously harm someone. If measurement errors go unnoticed when dealing with pharmaceuticals, the negative effects could be dire for thousands of consumers.


That's why custom load cells, digital sensors, and other measurement tools need to be specifically designed for various pharmaceutical applications. For monitoring research and development to the mass production of medicines, the pharmaceutical industry relies on the most precise measurements possible.


Power Industry

accurate measurements Industry-Power.jpgMeasurement in the power industry is extremely important, whether you're dealing with fossil fuels or hydroelectric processes. Strain gaging services, torque sensors, and horsepower sensors are used on large industrial, rotating equipment like wind turbines as well as smaller pumps. These calibrations are often used to compare the output of various assets and to measure the overall operating efficiency of the plant.


Automotive Industry

accurate measurements Automotive-industry.jpgThe auto industry would be nonexistent if it wasn't for advancements in measurement systems over the years. Load and torque, among other measurements, are present and essential in all phases of vehicle production, including blueprinting, development, testing, manufacturing, and in the actual operation of the vehicle. At the most basic level, speedometers wouldn't be possible without torque sensors providing real time measurements.


Engine and vehicle performance would be virtually unknown if not for measuring systems. It's not all about car specs either; safety plays just an important role in this field. For instance, load cells are used to take proper measurements of the weight on car seats.


Maritime Industry/Oil Industry

accurate measurements marine-oil-industry.pngSubmersible and underwater measurements are extremely important for oceanographic and oil companies all across the world. Measurement sensors are used in the marine industry to measure rigging sizes, anchoring and towing weight, winch torque, stress of the hull, fishing cage dimensions, along with waterjet, pump, motor, and engine specifications.


In addition to operating underwater, modern sensors must be able to operate in the most extreme conditions on earth, standing up to extreme pressure, weights, and temperatures.
While measurement services like Sensing Systems can design high-capacity torque sensors for extremely high measurements, NIST traceable calibration capacities max out at 360,000 lbs.in. These high capacity sensors are exercised to their nominal capacity but are only calibrated to the 360,000 lbs.in limit.


If you're in need of measurement services, no matter what industry you're in, contact Sensing-Systems today!