Importance of Measurement and Monitoring Technology for the Chemical Industry
The chemical industry is responsible for converting raw materials—such as air, water, metals, minerals, oil, and natural gas—into usable forms for manufacturers. The over 70,000 different chemical and material products created are then used to manufacture finished parts and products for customers in the industrial and consumer sectors. For example, wood pulp is converted into paper, and paper is used to produce paper parts and products. Natural gas and crude oil are converted into plastics, and plastics are used to produce plastic parts and products.
The essential role the chemical industry plays in the manufacturing sector necessitates high quality standards during its operations, which, in turn, demands the use of durable and reliable equipment. Instrumentation—such as pressure and differential pressure gauges, transducers and temperature sensors—ensure that operating conditions remain at optimal levels for performance and safety. As such, any misapplication or failure can lead to severe consequences (e.g., equipment loss, employee injury, and environmental damage). For these reasons, it is essential to use instruments engineered to withstand the severe demands of chemical processing operations.