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Deploying sensors and sensing technology has multiple benefits, including predictive and preventive maintenance. They not only ensure that measurement data is transmitted faster, but also increase accuracy, thereby improving process control, and enhancing asset health.
A new breed of sensors are capable of wired and wireless transmission, providing a real-time, continuous data feed from assets and processes. This empowers executives with a more holistic view of a process plant. Businesses that leverage sensors are more connected, secure, and agile than ever before.
The key advantages of sensors include improved sensitivity during data capture, almost lossless transmission, and continuous, real-time analysis. Real-time feedback, and data analytics services ensure that processes are active, and are executed optimally.
Constant evolution of sensing technology has resulted in today's smart and intelligent sensors. Unlike conventional analog sensors with no active components, smart sensors contain electrical circuits, allowing them to take measurements and output values as digital data. These sensors feature embedded microprocessor units, and have a number of sensing devices mounted on a signal converter.
Intelligent sensors are able to carry out a number of intrinsically intelligent functions, such as the ability to self-test, self-validate, self-adapt, and self-identify. They understand process requirements, manage a wide range of conditions, and can detect conditions to support real-time decision making. These intelligent sensors are programmed for a number of process conditions, allowing executives to derive the most benefit.
By shifting to smarter sensors, and effectively leveraging data collected from processes and assets, companies can increase the productivity, improve the energy efficiency, and reduce the total cost of ownership of their plants. With continuous monitoring and data retrieval, process leaders can identify areas of high energy consumption and can take appropriate measures to limit energy wastage. This approach will help companies achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) set out by the United Nations, such as "Affordable Clean Energy", "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure", and "Responsible Consumption and Production".