The Good, Bad and Ugly of Thermal Mass Flowmeters

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The post The Good, Bad and Ugly of Thermal Mass Flowmeters first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site.

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program, authored by Greg McMillan, industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc (now Eastman Chemicals). Greg will be posting occasional questions and responses from the ISA Mentor Program, with contributions from program participants.

Thermal mass flowmeters can be a relatively inexpensive flowmeter that can handle extremely small …read more

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Turning E-Waste into Olympic Medals

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The 2016 Rio Summer Games may have just ended, but preparations are already underway for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. However, Japan is running into a major problem, the country lacks its own mineral resources for making medals. With four years to go before athletes head to Tokyo, Japan’s Olympic organizing committee is considering using electronic waste to salvage precious metals.

Traditionally, host cities obtain the metal from local mining firms, then must follow the criteria set by the International Olympic Committee on how the medals should be made. Since mining is scarce in Japan, the country hopes to extract metals …read more

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Is Your Breakfast an Eggcellent Source of Salmonella?

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Industry estimates suggest about two percent of eggs on the shelves of U.S. supermarkets have the potential to make consumers sick. That may sound like a low percentage at first, but it translates to a worrisome 830,000 tainted eggs every year.

Large scale foodborne illness outbreaks attract headlines and media coverage, but the reality is that people get sick every day from eating eggs contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). It may be a little confusing to think about how bacteria gets inside of an egg, given its protective shell, but there are actually several ways an egg can become infected with …read more

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Ford and Baidu invest in Velodyne LiDAR with an eye on autonomous vehicles

LIDAR technology company Velodyne LiDAR has announced a $150 million investment from Ford Motor Company and Chinese search engine giant Baidu that will enable the company to rapidly expand its design and production of automotive LiDAR sensors, with an eye on accelerating mass adoption in autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications.

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What Is the Value of Data Sheets for Instrumentation?

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Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question is from the Level III study guide, Domain 6, Project Organization. Level III represents …read more

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