Compact OEM Pressure Transmitters for Manufacturers

Compact OEM Pressure Transmitters for Manufacturers

Steady pressure flow plays a vital role in many different manufacturing applications. When accuracy and stability are a must, we find it beneficial for manufacturers to look into using OEM pressure transmitters.

State-of-the-Art Technology

When choosing a compact OEM pressure transmitters, you can expect to see many benefits. In fact, the design of its parts feature proven sputtered thin film technology to optimize precision. You can also enjoy the Psibar CVD, capacitance, and MMS-type pressure sensors that come standard as process and level controls. Best of all, some offer dual pressure and temperature sensing options, if needed.

Durable Parts 

With durable materials, the pressure transmitters can handle high-volume use on the toughest jobs. From stainless steel wetted materials to piezoresistive ceramic sensors, there are so many great options when choosing the right transmitter for your application. Depending on your need and preference, here’s a list of the OEM transducers we offer at Kodiak.

Vast Product Offering

If you aren’t sure whether or not these parts will work for your application, you’ll be happy to know that we offer a wide variety of different connectors, colors, styles, and cable options. You can discuss your options with one of our experts to determine which version best fits your use. The following are just a few of the ways in which you can customize the parts for your manufacturing facility:

  • Red, black, white, and green wires
  • 1-5 meters cables
  • 0-1600 bar pressure range
  • External threads and more
  • Various pressure ports

Regardless of which parts you choose for your application’s needs, we’re here to make sure you get the best product for your application. Contact us today. We’d love to hear from you!

Choosing a 4-20mA Isolator

Although a virtually straightforward task, selecting an Isolator—specifically a 4-20mA Isolator— involves more than simply comparing the number of channels and the cost per point. Signal isolators receive 4-20mA process current inputs and provide an isolated 4-20mA output signal. On multi-channel units, each channel operates independently and is isolated from the others to prevent interaction between channels. Galvanic isolation eliminates ground loops, reduces, noise, and blocks transient signals.

As a trusted Acromag distributor, we have outlined a few concepts to help you specify a 4-20mA Isolator:

  • A two-wire system using output loop powered devices is a low cost approach. The I/O modules in this system use power from the output loop to operate and control the 4-10mA loop to the load. This is characterized as a sinking output because the module requires an external power source.
  • Without a power source, a 4-10mA Isolator that powers the output loop is required. This type of Isolator is characterized as having a sourcing output. If the I/O module can take power from the input loop to operate and power the 4-10mA output loop to the load, a two-wire system using input loop powered devices is a low-cost approach. Otherwise, a four-wire device must be used.
  • To determine if the I/O modules are correctly matched to an application, the voltage level to the external power source must be determined, along with the total input impedance of all loads, and whether other peripheral devices are connected to the input loops.

If you could use some help deciding which 4-20mA isolator is right for you, contact us. We offer more than 100 modules that interface with a vast array of voltage, current, and strain measuring devices, and they are designed to integrate seamlessly into your existing process.

UPA-130: A Superior Three Phase Voltage Indicator

Keeping personnel protected against live voltage is a fundamental and crucial electrical safety measure. Answering the important question, “is there voltage present?” is simple and effective using a quality voltage indicator engineered by experts you can trust. Kodiak Controls provides industry-leading automation and control products, and we are proud to present the latest three-phase voltage indicator: UPA-130 Voltage Alert by ATC Diversified Electronics.

The UPA-130 Voltage Alert reduces the risk of electrical arc flash by pre-verifying the electrical isolation from outside of an electrical panel. Presence of hazardous conditions associated with stored energy is indicated by an LED flash or illuminate. The Voltage Alert is powered by the same voltage it indicates and is available in three configurations depending on your needs. Simply install through a 30 mm panel knockout and you’re good to go!

Specifications include:

  • Function: Indicator
  • Number of Digits: 3
  • Supply Voltage: 30-100, 40-750, VAC, VDC
  • Temperature Operating Range: -20 to +55 °C

Features of ATC Diversified Electronics UPA-130

It’s important to ensure your personnel are protected from devastating electrocution incidents while complying with necessary OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Pubpart K regulations. As this standard continues to evolve, it’s necessary to stay updated with the latest equipment in order to determine the likelihood of arc flash. The UPA-130 Voltage Alert provides you with the proper protection.

Features include:

  • Enhances NFPA 70E and OSHA Compliance
  • Detects Stored AC and DC Voltages
  • Redundant Circuitry
  • Verifies Electrically Safe Conditions

To learn more about ATC Diversified Electronics’ UPA-130, contact us today. We’d love to hear from you!

The Importance of Efficient Industrial Control Solutions

To streamline your company’s manufacturing processes, efficient industrial control solutions are an essential component regardless of the industry. Whether your company specializes in water treatment and ground remediation, environmental applications, printing and packaging, petro-chemical, food and beverage, or machine tool, die casting, and extrusion, efficient industrial controls can increase safety, save time, and improve performance.

When selecting products that will take your manufacturing processes to the next level, we recommend looking for these key features:

 

Safety for Your Employees—and Your Company

Regulating the temperature of manufacturing process is essential for the safety of employees, equipment, and materials—and the overall success of your company. Since even the smallest temperature fluctuations can cause differences in the end results, temperature and process controllers such as Kodiak’s resistance temperature detectors, reduce the need for operator involvement while handling applications of any size with ease.

 

Time-Saving Tools

To ensure large systems and complex processes operate seamlessly, a centralized measurement and control system is a vital tool for manufacturers. However, assembling data into a single location can be time-consuming and logistically challenging. For efficient I/O distribution, our modules are multi-functional to save time and space while increasing productivity.

 

High-Performing Interactive Displays

Interactive displays for industrial controls and instrumentation are the ideal interface for improving efficiency in manufacturing processes. From mounted displays to rugged, durable hand-held process controllers for tasks in the field, interactive displays ensure the best possible performance.

 

To learn more about the efficient industrial control solutions Kodiak offers, contact us today. We’d love to hear from you.

General Purpose Industrial Pressure Transducers

For an industrial engineer, the prospect of having to shut down operations due to poor machine performance is worrisome, to say the very least. That’s why Kodiak is dedicated to supplying our customers with the most advanced, state-of-the-art engineering products on the market to make sure our customers are running their heavy-duty industrial applications at full capacity and with complete confidence in the performance of our products.

Whether your requirements are specific to the automotive, medical, transportation, or other modern industry, our team will help you find the exact solution you need for optimal flow and pressure control.

Introducing Our 2200 and 2600 Series Products

Our line of 2200 and 2600 series industrial pressure transducers from GEMS Sensors and Controls are designed for superior functionality and unparalleled industrial strength. Both lines are available in a wide variety of standard-sized pressure fittings and custom process fittings, as well as in a range of millivolt, voltage, and current output models, including:

  • Gauge Models
  • Absolute Models
  • Vacuum Models
  • Compound Pressure Models

While both series of industrial pressure transducer accommodated specials with innovative CVD-sensing technology, innovative process and level controls, ASIC (amplified units), and modular packaging, they differ in form and function. For example, the 2200 series is designed for ultimate precision, accuracy, and stability with a variety of enclosure options. The 2600 series is built with an all-welded, stainless-steel backend for a diverse range of packaging options, making it ideal for the most demanding submersible and industrial applications.

One of the most important factors in choosing a quality industrial pressure transducer lies in its capacity for electromagnetic compatibility. Both the 2200 and 2600 lines meet the requirement for CE marking of EN50081-2 for emissions, and EN50082-2 for susceptibility, according to test data.

To check out all of the process & level control products we offer, view our level instruments or process control product pages or contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

Unistream®5: The Next Generation of PLCs

Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds since the first programmable logic controller was developed for the automobile industry. New innovations are ever evolving and we are happy to introduce the latest addition of UniStream® HMI/PLCs to our collection.  The Unistream®5 , a smaller 5″ version, is now available along with the 15.6”, 10.4”, and 7” versions. If you’re looking to upgrade your current PLC or want to purchase one for the first time, our team at Kodiak is happy to answer any questions and help you choose the products that will allow you to streamline your manufacturing and other processes.

Impressive Features:

The UniStream® 5” incorporates all the functionalities of UNILOGIC software and boasts innovative features including:

  • Variety of distributed I/O modules
  • Auto-tune PID
  • Data logging via data tables and sampling
  • Log, backup, and clone with Micro SD cars
  • Video and audio files (available on the Pro version)
  • High-quality touchscreen for ease of use
  • Multi-language capabilities
  • Image library

The UniStream® 5” also includes diverse communication capabilities including remote access, Ethernet, send e-mail function, SMS messaging, remote access via VNC, and many more. Web server, SQL client, and video +RTSP are also available on the Pro version.

With capabilities to install up to 2,048 I/O points, ladder memory of 1 MB, and the ability to operate in temperatures ranging from -20° C to 55° C, this is a versatile unit that will provide the functionality, durability, and ease of use you require.

To learn more about the new UniStream® 5 or to view the other programmable logic controllers & HMI’s we offer, check out our products page and send us a quote request. We’d love to hear from you.

Benefits of Wireless I/O Modules for Industrial Communication

If you’re looking for an efficient solution to your complex industrial communication needs, now is the time to discover remote I/O module technology. From large scale facility monitoring, oil and gas transportation, plant energy management, water and waste/water management and more, I/O modules can save money while transferring necessary signals to hard-to-reach places.

So how does remote I/O technology work? Well, I/O modules provide a method for transferring information between multiple internal storage devices. The purpose is to create a solid communication link that resolves the differences between the central computer and each device. I/O module functions include:

  • Control and Timing
  • Device Communication
  • CPU Communication
  • Data Buffering
  • Error Detection

This streamlined method of wireless industrial communication provides many cost-saving and efficiency-building benefits including:

Safe For Many Industries

Wireless I/O modules are ideal for dangerous industrial environments including explosion-prone and underwater areas. I/O units don’t require special or complicated wiring, eliminating the need for analog sensors and reducing the cord sets required for sensors. That means money saved on inventory costs as well as added efficiency!

Increased Data Availability

Remote I/O module technology provides access to sensor-level data in difficult to reach areas. This ensures smoother operation of system components while streamlining device replacement and machine maintenance – again saving costs and improving efficiency.

Simplified Configuration and Monitoring

Quality I/O technology allows you to read and change device parameters using control system software. This means fast and custom configuration that saves you time and resources. This is especially important in consumer goods industries.

Efficient Device Replacement

Should device replacement be required, all you do is remotely adjust the sensor settings, and I/O data storage allows for automated parameter reassignment, also known as ADR. This allows you to get your new device up and running quickly and simply. More time savings and efficiency!

Enhanced Diagnostics

One of the greatest benefits to I/O technology is enhanced visibility into costly and dangerous errors. Users can see what the sensor is doing and how well it is performing at all times, thereby improving machine efficiency. You are able to quickly spot and identify a problem without shutting down the line or machine.

The benefits of remote I/O module technology are vast and centered around two important features: cost-savings and efficiency. If you have questions or would like to learn more about I/O modules, contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

Why You Should Prefer Unitronics

For companies with busy and cramped product lines, there is always a drive to improve their technology. By using better, more efficient equipment, manufacturers can keep up with increasing demands and improve conditions inside their facility. At Kodiak, we offer a selection of Unitronics terminals and programmable logic controllers (PLC). These high-quality products are among the most sought-after pieces of equipment in the industry.

An All-in-One PLC with HMI

With a compact, all-in-one integrated operator interface, this product provides the benefits of a single operating panel and PLC controller with less wiring needed. Unitronics PLCs feature an integrated Human-Machine Interface (HMI) with easy-to-understand and use digital screens.

Four Major Product Lines

Companies can pick and choose from a diverse selection of PLC product lines. Each offers features dedicated to meeting specific needs from the simple and traditional industrial i/o to cutting-edge customized designs. Our PLCs are also available with a wide variety of screen sizes and capabilities.

Faster, More Powerful Software

Included with your equipment, at no extra charge, is an all-in-one programming environment and utilities suite. Configure communication and hardware, and Ladder and HMI applications inside of intuitive, easy to understand software. Unitronics has also developed software to support IoT and Industry 4.0 applications.

An Award-Winning Company

In the 30+ years that Unitronics has served as an international provider of manufacturing controls, they’ve been recognized with numerous awards. For five years running, Unitronics received the “Engineer’s Choice Award” from Control Engineering. The company also received a “Best Practices Award” from Frost & Sullivan in 2016, and a “Golden Mousetrap” Award in the same year.

As an industry leader ourselves, Kodiak Controls is pleased to be a provider of Unitronics products.  For more information, please contact us. One of our knowledgeable representatives will be happy to schedule a free consultation with our experts.

How to Choose the Right Sensor for Your Industrial Needs

Manufacturers have to keep track of many elements during production or, even, to just maintain their facilities. Sensors are the devices that make it possible to keep track of everything remotely, efficiently, and to automatically make adjustments based on the data gathered. Kodiak Controls strives to provide industrial and manufacturing companies with the well-made level control and flow sensors they need to remain effective and productive. Our selection of GEMS sensors are useful in many industries from food to medicine to HVAC.

GEMS Sensors & Controls is a brand that has been around since 1955. It is recognized for the production of a wide range of custom engineered sensors and large manufacturing volumes. You can turn to this brand to produce ten thousand level controls for coffee makers or a dozen specifically designed PreDyne valves to control the flow of oil at a refinery.

The Selection of Superior Sensors

Choosing the right sensor for your manufacturing needs is more than just relying on a well-known brand. It’s also about finding the right type of sensor to fit your processes and your product. Managers might want to consider the media to be measured, the size of the vessel or tank, and even any temperature or pressure requirements. For instance, flow sensors aren’t appropriate for use in a septic tank, any more than a level control is meant to measure how much water apartment tenants use each month.

Kodiak can help you determine which GEMS sensors are ideal for your industrial or commercial need. We have a variety of options to choose from including:

  • Warrick Conductivity Sensors
  • PreDyne Valves
  • Level Controls
  • Pressure Transducers

In fact, we carry a full range of GEMS sensors types for monitoring fluid levels, pressurization, liquid flow, and temperature. Like GEMS, we make it a goal to provide quality products that solve a range of manufacturing challenges at competitive pricing. If you have questions or would like further information, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

How to Fix a Pressure Gauge Pointing Off of Zero

Have you ever purchased a low pressure gauge and noticed the pointer was pointing off of zero? You probably thought your gauge was broken and needed to be replaced.  This is a very common issue for people who are using liquid filled pressure gauges on their applications. Reason being, glycerin naturally expands and contracts due to temperature changes so whether the gauge is sitting on a warehouse shelf, in a shipment, or outside for a while, small buildup of pressure can happen inside the case of the gauge causing the very sensitive bourdon tube to push the needle off of zero. The good news is your gauge is not broken. There is actually a very quick fix for this issue – it’s called “burping” your pressure gauge.

For a visual tutorial, watch our YouTube video titled “How to Burp a Pressure Gauge.”

 

 

If you do not have video access right now, grab a flat head screw driver and follow these steps below:

  1. Take your flat head screw driver and place it carefully near the fill plug on the top of your gauge.
  2. Gently push the fill plug to the side to alleviate some of the air.
  3. Be careful not to push the fill plug all the way in. If this happens and you can’t get it out, you’re probably going to have to buy a new gauge.

Air or glycerin may come out during this process or the fill plug may fall out entirely. All of these things are OK! Just make sure to put the fill plug back on carefully so that it doesn’t get pushed inside the gauge (see step 3).

If done properly, your gauge should now be pointing back at zero. If you are still having issues or have any questions, please contact us! Our team of technical experts would love to help.

A Guide to Pressure Gauge Calibration for Your Brewery’s CO2 Regulator

A pressure gauge out of calibration can be extremely frustrating for any industry. For microbrewing, a gauge out of calibration can literally offset the entire regulator system which controls the CO2 levels for the brew.  Depending on the severity of the offset, the gauge could be pointing off of zero when there’s no pressure in the line or the gauge could potentially read 1-5% above or below the range it should really be reading. This can become quite an issue for beer brewers because the consistency of the beer depends on an accurate PSI reading.  Without a precise reading, the beer could be foamy or flat and let’s be honest, nobody wants that.

To avoid dealing with an inaccurate pressure reading on the line, we suggest getting your gauges NIST certified yearly to keep up with calibration standards.  If you don’t want to go through process of sending out your gauges for this certification, we suggest calibrating them yourself in house with an already NIST certified digital gauge. Both of these processes will leave you with a certified, accurate, well working pressure gauge that keeps your CO2 regulators reading accurately.

For those of you who don’t know what a NIST traceable certificate of calibration is, let’s take a moment to fill you in. A NIST certificate is a document stating the pressure instrument falls within the accuracy stated by the manufacturer. It is approved by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) because the pressure instrument is tested against another, more accurate, NIST traceable pressure instrument. The NIST certificate is essentially a way to get 100% certainty by NIST standards that the pressure instruments you’re using falls within specification.

Now let’s take a deeper dive into the two ways we suggest getting your pressure gauge certified:

Sending Out Your Pressure Gauges for NIST Certification:

One way to be sure the pressure gauges on your CO2 regulators are accurate is to send out your current gauges for calibration. Kodiak performs NIST Certificates of Calibration daily for many of our customers and we offer expedited 1 day turnaround if you’re in a hurry. We test your pressure instrument against our NIST traceable digital gauge at 5 points (or more if requested) spanning the entire scale of the pressure instrument in question. So, for instance, on a 0-1000 psi digital gauge, the gauge would be tested at 200psi, 400psi, 600psi, 800psi, and 1000psi. The reading of the pressure instrument must fall within the accuracy range stated by its manufacturer when tested against our NIST traceable pressure gauge.

Calibrating Your Pressure Gauges In House:

If you are looking for a more inexpensive way to calibrate your pressure gauges, you can purchase an already calibrated digital pressure gauge and perform the calibration process in house using a DIY process specialized for brewers.  Depending on your desired accuracy, Kodiak offers the MG-9V, MGA-9V, and MG1-9V series digital pressure gauges manufactured by SSI Technologies. All three models are battery operated and can be NIST Certified by Kodiak prior to being shipped to you. If you are not sure which model is right for you, feel free to contact us.  We would be happy to walk you through the benefits of each model and help you select the best gauge for your brewery.

If you have any questions regarding calibration or want to know what kind of beer is our favorite, contact us! We’d love to hear from you.

 

 

A Simple Way to Keep Up with Temperature Calibration Standards for Thermometers

If your company deals in pharmaceutical or food/beverage manufacturing, then you are most likely aware that there are stringent standards to keep up with in regards to the temperature measuring instrumentation in your facility.

Traditional methods of calibrating temperature instruments to meet standards can be cumbersome and time consuming. These standards include requirements from organizations like NSF, USDA, 3A, NIST, and now FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act), which is a FDA reform and now mandatory to follow.

Ice Bath: An age old way of testing your thermometer’s accuracy is by placing the stem in an “ice bath.” Most people do this by filling a glass to the top with ice and slowly adding cold water, ensuring the water stays about 1 centimeter away from the top of the ice. Once the ice has been stirred and set for a couple of minutes, you place the stem of the thermometer in the center of the glass.

The preciseness behind preparing a properly made ice bath is critical to ensure your thermometer is being calibrated accurately. If your method fails to keep the bath at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, your bath can be off by several degrees deeming your calibration insufficient all together. Some other risks involved in the ice bath method are maintaining accurate ice to water ratio, ensuring your water has been rid of any dissolved minerals that could affect your freezing point, and holding your thermometer at a correct angle for accurate calibration.

Boiling Water: Another traditional method for testing your thermometer’s accuracy is by using boiling water. Once the water is at a rolling boil, the stem of the thermometer is placed into the water for one minute. While the thermometer is still immersed in water, the dial needs to be adjusted to the temperature listed in that manufacturer’s instructions.

As I’m sure you can guess, this method is a somewhat dangerous way of calibrating your thermometer as the potential for burn injuries are present. There are also many important steps you have to take to ensure your water is at a proper boiling point for your area. If you are not using distilled water or boiling at the appropriate temperature for your location, the atmospheric pressure in your area may skew your reading by as much as 5 degrees.


New & Reliable Method

If you are past using traditional methods and are looking for an easy-to-use tool for calibration, Tel-Tru Manufacturing makes a series of “Check-Set Calibrators” that are compliant with regulatory requirements and meet manufacturers’ recommendations.

Check-Set:  A Check-Set is a highly accurate, portable, NIST certified calibrator that will test a thermometer’s accuracy by +/- 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes in three separate series (I, II, IV) designed for your desired set point(s) needed for calibration. The labor behind using one is quite simple, too.   Depending on the temperature you’re trying to reach, the calibrator will need anywhere from 5-20 minutes to prepare for calibration. Users often keep the Check-Set units on all day though so they are ready for use on demand. Once the Check-Set is ready, you simply insert your thermometer stem into the calibrator and let it do the work.

What’s nice about the Check-Set Calibrators is they are not prone to error like traditional methods are. You do not need to worry if your water is at the right temperature for calibration or if you are at the right altitude for measuring. In addition, the result you will get from the Check-Set is far more accurate (+/- 0.2% degrees Fahrenheit) than any traditional method out there.

Features of a Check-Set Calibrator

  • Simple to use
  • Three separate series designed for your desired set points needed for calibration (I, II, IV)
  • Certificate of Calibration traceable to NIST
  • Built-in warning circuitry to alert user when unit exceeds set-point by 1 degree Fahrenheit
  • +/- 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit accuracy
  • Fit for plant quality assurance, process control, food safety, instrument calibration and service, and HACCP compliance

To learn more about Check-Set Calibrators, take a look at the spec sheet on our products page. Kodiak also offers all three series available for purchase on our website. If you have any further questions, please contact us and one of our technical specialists will be happy to assist.

Why Are Pressure Gauges Liquid Filled?

So you’ve figured out what size dial and connection you need on the gauge for your application. You even know your preference on wetted materials. But what about having the gauge dry vs. liquid filled? What are the benefits to a liquid filled gauge? Are there any negatives? Believe it or not, determining this feature can be puzzling for many customers.  Be confused no more – Kodiak will explain everything you need to know about why a gauge is liquid filled.

To put it simply, liquid filling a pressure gauge is strictly used as an inexpensive way to steady the needle and lubricate the internals of a gauge during applications with vibration. The most common fill fluids used are Glycerin and Silicone. Glycerin is used in around 95% of all liquid filling applications and is typically the “standard.” The reason these fluids are used is because they’re more viscous and their thickness helps keep the needle steady. Some gauges come dry but can be filled simply by filling the hermetically sealed gauge case through the fill port (usually at the top) and then reinserting the fill plug when finished.

As with any decision making, you should outweigh your pros and cons when deciding what’s right for you. Let’s break that down for you here:

Benefits of a Liquid Filled Gauge

  • It steadies the needle. Without liquid filling the gauge, the needle would bounce erratically making it difficult to pinpoint where the needle is exactly pointing on the gauge
  • It’s an inexpensive solution and in many cases comes standard on a gauge
  • It helps increase the life of the gauges by dampening as well as lubricating the mechanical parts of a pressure gauge

Negatives of a Liquid Filled Gauge

  • Discoloration (darkening or yellowing) of glycerin over time due to exposure of UV rays or extreme temperature changes
  • Standard Glycerin is really only good down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not recommended for cold environments
  • Risk of leakage
  • Pressure can build up in the case due to expansion and contraction of fluid from temperature changes (usually small, 1 PSI or so) affecting the accuracy of the reading as well as bring the needle off of zero

While some of these negatives can seem like deal breakers, there are easy solutions to these issues. We’ll start with discoloration. If potential discoloration is a concern, instead of choosing Glycerin, go with Silicone. Silicone has a bigger temperature tolerance and is not as easily affected by UV rays.  Because of this, Silicone tends to keep its color longer than Glycerin.

If your application has very low temperatures of 0 degrees or below, Silicone or a mixture of Glycerin and distilled water can be used instead of pure Glycerin. Both of these fluids will allow for lower temperatures down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

As for leakage, this is always a risk with liquid filled gauges but the risk is very low.  The chance of leakage depends on the quality of the gauge you’re using as well as the application. If your main concern is leakage, to decrease risk, use a crimped bezel type instead of a bayonet due to the crimped bezel holding the gasket in place permanently and is less likely to come loose in the field or by human error. Again, the risk of leakage is low nowadays due to improvements in manufacturing technologies and standards.  All of Kodiak’s gauges follow ASME B40.1 standards to help ensure the gauges we provide meet the highest quality standards.

Last but not least, let’s talk about pressure build up. Pressure build up inside a gauge can happen and is very natural for a liquid filled gauge. The pressure build up (usually very minimal) can sometimes cause the needle to move off of zero and/or cause the gauge to read inaccurately + or – 2-4%.  To alleviate the pressure, burp the gauge by slightly lifting the fill plug. Once done, you’ll see the needle move back to zero.  If you’ve never done this before, see our video for a step by step guide on how to burp a pressure gauge.

If you have any further questions or would like help in finding what pressure gauge is right for you, contact us and our trusted staff will be happy assist.

Kodiak’s Custom Engineering: Differential Pressure Assembly

Let’s say you need to measure differential pressure for a high temperature gas but the gas is way too hot for a differential pressure gauge to handle on it’s own. What can you do? A customer of ours asked us that very question and our technical support team was able to come up with a unique and cost effective solution. Allow us to introduce our most recent innovation – a differential pressure gauge assembled to two cooling towers:

We know what you’re thinking. Why did we use cooling towers instead of a diaphragm seal on each side? Isn’t that usually how you get the high temperature process away from the gauge to safely read the pressure? Yes, it sure is. However, when going the diaphragm seal route, you would actually have to take the differential pressure gauge and mount a diaphragm seal with capillary to each connection. So in the case of our assembly above, you would need two diaphragm seals and capillary assemblies filled with high temperature silicone on each side of the gauge – which can become quite costly.

In a more moderate and cost effective way, Kodiak’s technical support team suggested cooling the process before it got to the gauge. With this cooling tower approach, you can install the two towers in between the gauge and the process. The way these cooling towers are designed is to dissipate the heat allowing for media to cool at an acceptable level for the gauge to handle. This installation takes 10 minutes top – and a whole heck of a lot less expensive. No fillings needed, no strings attached.

If you’re in a similar situation with a unique application and/or looking for some technical support, give Kodiak a call. We promise to provide our expertise with cost efficient solutions.

Kodiak’s Custom Engineering: Thinking Outside The Box

Oftentimes, Kodiak comes across a customer caught in a sticky situation – literally – where wastewater, sludge, or other solids can clog up the orifice of their pressure gauge.  To prevent this issue from happening, our technical specialists suggest the gauge to be mounted to a diaphragm seal.   A diaphragm seal will not only help keep sticky situations away, it will preserve the accuracy and operating life of the pressure gauge itself. Pretty neato.

Kodiak was recently challenged with a customer needing a little more than a pressure gauge mounted to a diaphragm seal. They were looking for a gauge that could handle hazardous media associated with a sewer station (not-so-clean water). The gauge they were requesting needed to be protected from harsh media, limited in pressure spikes, equipped with the ability for a flush out, and armed with a shut off valve (in the instance where they need to replace the gauge). Whew – did we lose you yet?

Our team of experts worked diligently with our customer to engineer the most efficient assembly for their application. Please allow us to introduce our newest custom engineered product containing a pressure gauge, snubber, diaphragm seal, gauge cock, and ball valve:

Interested in more? Here’s a detailed explanation for each product’s function in the assembly:

  • Kodiak KC Series Pressure Gauge: Kodiak’s KC Series liquid filled pressure gauge was chosen to help combat the vibration of our customer’s pump system.
  • Brass Snubber: A brass snubber was added in between the pressure gauge and the diaphragm seal in order to try and limit the amount of pressure spikes (which can decrease the life span of the pressure gauge).
  • Kodiak DSM Series Diaphragm Seal: Kodiak’s DSM Series diaphragm seal was mounted to the pressure gauge to prevent clogs in the tiny orifice of the pressure gauge (which in turn would cause the pressure gauge to become inaccurate or even damaged).
  • Brass Gauge Cock: A brass gauge cock was added in the middle of the assembly to allow for the end user to flush water into the assembly and clean the bottom of the diaphragm seal (in case any solids clog or harden on the inside), without having to disassemble the entire assembly.
  • Ball Valve: The ball valve on the bottom of the assembly was added for the shutoff function. If there is ever a situation where the diaphragm seal or pressure gauge is to stop working and would need a replacement, our customer can turn the valve to the off position. This function prevents the water from gushing out of the pipes while they repair the gauge-on-seal assembly – think of it like the handle on a sink – they can close the valve and keep the media in the pipe from leaking everywhere.

Have questions, comments or want to request your very own custom engineered product from Kodiak? Contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

Using Digital Displays With Relays To Control Pumps

Below is a great case study from Precision Digital on the use of digital displays with relays to replace old technology at a pumping station to help give local indication as well as control of their pumps efficiently at one location.

 

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