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Importance of Sensors in Industries
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In today’s world, technology plays a vital role and is found in almost every aspect of human life. We cannot even imagine life without electronic machines and devices as we’ve grown so fond of them. Technological devices not only help us in our routine tasks, but also aid industries in complex processes.

The pace at which the technology is progressing today, it’s hard to predict what the future might hold. But, while the technology that’s available today might seem new, the underlying concepts and ideas that shape it dates years back.

While many technological devices and tools are of importance today, one particular device that has captured the attention of people is a ‘sensor’. Sensors in the broadest definition are devices that are used for detecting changes or events in the environment and convey the information to other connected electronic devices.

Sensors are nowadays used in many different objects like burglar alarms, smoke alarms and gas detectors. They find use in both residential and commercial settings. While in residential property, installing sensors is not necessary, in commercial and industrial settings, most of the times they’re legally required to ensure safe operations.

Work efficiency is integral for industries to avail maximum profits from mass production and manufacturers now invest in sensors to optimize workflow and ensure quality production. Sensors can tell when something is wrong, so the staff is able to prevent it before it can cause significant damage. For example, in case of fire, sensors in smoke alarms will detect it and alert the staff to exit the building and call the fire department to prevent significant damage.

Some of the sensors that are commonly used in industrial settings are:

1. Temperature Sensor

These sensors are used in many different industries. As obvious from the name, these sensors are used to determine the specific temperature in a particular medium, for example, temperature in work zones, temperature in a machine, etc. These sensors play an important role in many applications. For instance, in fabricating medical drugs, a specific temperature must be maintained and that’s only possible with the help of a temperature sensor.

2. Pressure Sensor

A device used for measuring pressure of liquids and gases is called a pressure sensor. Usually pressure is detected by converting the physical force of a gas or liquid into electric signals. Water level, speed and altitude can also be measured with pressure sensors. Pressure sensors that are most common are barometers and gauge.

3. Proximity Sensor

These sensors are able to detect nearby objects without physical contact and are useful in improving efficiency, safety and security. They utilize electromagnetic radiation to spot an object’s occupancy or motion. For example, by detecting the movement of people in a room, these sensors can switch on the lights and when the people leave, they can switch it off. Moreover, if a person gets into a danger area, these sensors can detect it and turn off a machine to prevent harm.

If you’re looking for the sensors mentioned above or any other sensor, contact Rilco Industrial Controls. We offer different types of high quality sensors that are sure to meet your needs.

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