Some signal conditioners’ sole purpose is to provide a look inside a complex process being measured in order to better manager that process. A measurement device, or multiple measurement devices, can be wired to a single signal conditioner that will translate the signal or signals to one display. For example, VEGA’s VEGASCAN 693
can power up to 15 sensors on one cable in HART multi-drop mode, combine the sensors’ data, and share this information via Ethernet to customer control systems with Modbus TCP.
A setup like this one can save customers tens of thousands of dollars on installation and wiring costs. The ability to run smaller conduit and use less wire can help justify the ROI on new level measurement and inventory management capital projects. Additionally, this signal conditioner includes a built-in webpage to view the measured values and health status of the sensors in real-time. A built-in e-mail server allows the customer to program and send critical high and low level events, time-based reports with level measurement, and inventory information. In the event that something stops working correctly, there’s an added bonus of remote support and troubleshooting over the customer network, all the way down to the individual sensor. These are all features that allow operators to more efficiently manage their process.