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Electronic Vs. Analog Pressure Gauges—Comparing the Pros and Cons

Since the 1950s, digitization has played an instrumental role in shaping the world we live in. It has rendered analog technology obsolete. Forbes put it correctly: ones and zeros are eating the world. However, there are still some analog devices that are not obsolete, not yet, at least.

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Understanding What Test Gauge Accuracy Is

Oil extraction is fraught with danger and risk where even the slightest miscalculation can, at the very least, cost millions of dollars. No one should need reminding of the Deepwater Horizon debacle and the many other oil-rig disasters that led to huge fatalities and massive financial losses for the owners of these rigs. If anything, these incidents remind us of testing gauges before, and during, any drilling operation.

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Advancements in Process Instrumentation in Oil and Gas Industry

Process instrumentation played a pivotal role in the first and second industrial revolutions. It has significantly evolved over the past few decades and serves as an integral part of the industrial process across a wide range of sectors. The right process instrumentation ensures smooth workflow and safe operations, which allow for timely project completion.

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Common Reasons for Oil Rig Instrumentation Failure

Oil rigs are exposed to extreme conditions when they hit the oil reserves under the ground and while they’re digging. The deeper you go, you’ll experiencing increasingly higher pressure that that the equipment will have to withstand. As a general rule, pressure increases by 25 bar every 100 meters and the temperatures are as much as 130C at the bottom of an oil well. Moreover, considering the fact that an average oil rig weighs about 17000 tons—you don’t get heavier equipment than this.

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What is the Importance of Process Instrumentation

When we’re talking about any type of process industry, where you’re not working with discrete batches of products—taking measurements is a sensitive and crucial concern. Since there’s no way of discretizing the production outcomes in these industries, you need real time data to measure performance, enforce safety protocols and manage production lines. When we consider oil rigging and oil extraction, accurate and timely data collection can hold the key to safer work procedures, cost efficiencies and long-term business growth.

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The Worst Oil Rig Accidents in History

Oil excavation is one of the deadliest professions across all other occupations in the modern commercial industry. Owing to the highly volatile nature of natural fuels before processing and extreme environmental conditions, nearly 51.7% of all the people working in excavation are fatally injured on the job. This figure points out how dangerous working on an oil rig can be and sometimes, these accidents are so devastating that we remember them throughout history.

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The Anatomy of an Oil Rig

When you go looking for detailed schematics for oil rigs, you’re likely to find multiple designs that will leave you confused. This is largely because most literature outside of textbooks doesn’t tell readers that different oil rigs are used depending on the environment that you’re drilling in—underwater drilling rigs are a little different from those used above ground. It’s even rare for these sources to tell you that we use a different drilling technique than we did before the 1930’s.

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