Jeff Christian of WIKA Instruments is presenting two sessions at the Advancing Pressure Measurement through Instrumentation seminar at the Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology on December 1st, 2016.
The first session is titled “Challenges, Applications and Considerations for Gauges and Transducers.” The second session is titled “Innovations in the Real World: Applying Pressure Measurement Technologies.” The second session particularly focuses on recent instrument-related innovations in nanotechnology and the semiconductor industry.
The first session kicks off at 8:45 a.m., and the second session ends at 12:45 p.m.
The seminar is being held at the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1116, and attendees are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague.
Session 1 – Challenges, Applications and Considerations for Gauges and Transducers
Session 1 is an overview of pressure measurement and the instrumentation industry today. It covers all the basics, including types of pressure scales, units for pressure measurement, accuracy and the various types of mechanical and electronic pressure measuring technologies. Selection criteria for both mechanical gauges and electronic pressure transmitters are also discussed.
Session 2 – Guided Tour of IEN Cleanroom and Lab
After the first session, seminar attendees will be given an exclusive guided tour of the IEN cleanroom and lab.
Session 3 – Innovations in the Real World: Applying Pressure Measurement Technologies
Session 2 starts with a brief history and overview of pressure measurement and milestones for technological developments in pressure gauges and pressure transmitters. Next, Christian focuses on recent innovations in the electronic and nanotechnology sectors.
In his presentation, he offers a number of examples of material innovation in the semiconductor industry. In terms of recent instrument innovations, Christian highlights diaphragm gauges, which offer sensitive gauge workings greater protection from various media as well as a minimal flow path that reduces dead-space and minimizes the potential for contamination.
He also points to the development of modern integrated switches that provide additional discrete output signals for gauges and transducers, and are used in monitoring and control processes for facility and environmental safety.
Other innovations highlighted in the presentation include a smart zero potentiometer with a patented design that prevents damage and eliminates the need for a protective cover, sensor-on-gland technology whereby a CVD/PVD deposition process is used to apply the strain-gauge directly on the transducer’s sensor orbitally welded to the process gland, and ultra-compact design that is focused on the smallest possible product footprint for locations with space constraints and limited geometries.
You can sign up for the Advancing Pressure Measurement through Instrumentation seminar at http://ien.gatech.edu/isswika.
A complimentary lunch will be provided with registration to the seminar, and attendees are eligible to receive three professional development hour credits.