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Level and pressure instrumentation for the process industry
VEGA is a global manufacturer of process instrumentation solutions for a wide range of industries, including offshore, water treatment, mining and petrochemical.
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Its portfolio includes level measurement sensors, point level switches, pressure transmitters, and solutions to enable integration into existing process control systems.
Active in more than 80 countries via a network of subsidiaries and distributors, VEGA and its solutions have all the necessary certifications and approvals to adhere to global operational, technical safety and quality standards.
Twice as safe under pressure
In processing facilities in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industries, the main focus today, more than ever, is on "safety". That’s why SIL, or Safety Integrity Level, is becoming more and more important, providing modern process instrumentation with a coherent concept that can minimize potentially high risks to people and the environment.
Reliable measurement, easy integration
VEGADIF 85, a differential pressure transmitter developed especially with safety in mind, is VEGA’s new component for reliable, continuous control and monitoring of industrial processes. Its strengths lie not only in functional safety, but also in the option of measuring differential and static pressure simultaneously with just one instrument. Housed in a compact single-chamber case, the transmitter is designed for economic efficiency and installation with low space requirements. These features are flanked by particularly simple, intelligent operation: a real plus in terms of error avoidance.
VEGADIF 85 is now qualified and approved according to SIL2 (SIL3) for manufacturing processes that depend on certified components, simple, user-friendly operation and permanently transparent processes. It can be parameterized conveniently via cable connection as well as wirelessly via Bluetooth. Its measured values can be integrated into the existing processes in no time at all – always in a form suitable to the respective conditions and requirements.
Unaffected by steam
Differential pressure, a robust and universal measuring principle, is used in many processes, especially for gases or steam. The pressure difference is determined by means of an orifice disc that narrows the flow in a pipe at a predetermined point. Flowing steam or gas builds up a higher pressure in front of the constriction point than behind it. The difference between the two values – before and after the restriction – can be used to deduce the absolute quantity of gas that flows through.
Differential pressure transmitters are characterized by their high accuracy in measuring flow rates, even at pressures of only a few mbar. They also handle extreme temperatures with no problem. VEGA rounds out these advantages with a large number of available measuring ranges. Many different process fittings are available in conjunction with single or double sided chemical seals: denoted as CSS or CSB respectively. With this high-performance line of products, highly accurate, fail-safe measurements can be realized even under the most challenging conditions.
Differential and static pressure with one instrument
VEGADIF 85 sensors are equipped with a second, piezo-resistive detector. They are thus the first transmitters of their kind that can measure both differential pressure and static pressure. And they can easily handle these two different measuring tasks in parallel. For example, they ensure a high degree of fail-safety in pipelines by determining the dynamic pressure and the superimposed static pressure at the same time: a measuring task that always required two separate pressure transmitters until now.
In process engineering applications, pressure transmitters have to withstand environments where flammable gases, vapors or mists can escape from closed systems. Under certain conditions, with oxygen from the air mixed in in the right proportion, there is a great risk of explosion. The electronics used in VEGADIF 85 are 100% intrinsically safe and flameproof according to ATEX, IECEx and CSA. This means that the instruments can be safely adjusted at any time, even during operation in hazardous areas.
VEGA employs more than 1,400 people worldwide, 660 of whom work at its headquarters in Schiltach in the Black Forest, Germany.
For more than 50 years, we have been developing solutions to meet demanding measuring tasks across a wide range of industries and environments, including chemical and pharmaceutical plants, food processing facilities, water and sewage treatment plants, landfills, mining, power generation, oil platforms, ships and airplanes.
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