Signal conditioning and process control: ‘Going universal’ enhances process performance and reduces the number of spare parts needed
In many areas of the process industries there are needs to reduce costs and improve efficiency. A contribution to achieving this goal can be to consider multifunction transmitters as the site standard – as one multifunctional device can often replace 3-6 single function transmitters.
One device can be used for many different applications
Multifunction devices accept a wide range of inputs and provide a wide range of outputs, which means that one device can be used for many different applications. By using these devices, process industry professionals can reduce the number of types of devices needed. And by using fewer, flexible devices it is possible to reduce the number of spare parts needed and concentrate training around much fewer devices. Simon Bisbo, CSO at PR electronics, explains:
“Our multifunction devices are designed to help our customers manage their processes in a more accurate, flexible and seamless way... if a device fails and the process is interrupted, it is easy for a maintenance team to replace it and get the process up and running again”, he says and continues: “it makes the team able to solve the problem in the time it takes to pick up the replacement device from the spare parts inventory and fast-program it… instead of having to call a supplier to order a special module and then wait for it to arrive”.
Less spare parts needed and less complexity
‘Going multifunctional’ not only enhances process performance, it also makes it possible to reduce spare parts inventory.
“Some of our customers have been able to replace 3-6 single function devices with our multifunctional devices – this has been done by deciding on the PR 4116 universal transmitter, for example, or the PR 9113 temperature/mA converter as site standard”, Simon Bisbo says and continues:
“They chose multifunction devices – first and foremost because they can solve the task at hand in a flexible way and because they are impressed with the performance of these devices, for example the EMC immunity and the precision. But after having used multifunction devices for a while they tell us that they have been able to cut down on spare parts and reduce complexity”.
PR electronics' CSO
At PR electronics smart performance is a key concept. To PR electronics it means enabling engineers to efficiently manage their processes using easily deployable, intuitive and highly accurate devices. Multifunction devices are great examples of PR products that fulfill these criteria.
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