of Engineering Terms used within the process industries.
This page is a glossary of engineering terms applicable to our Process
Index process industry directory. A lot of terminology in engineering
can have other meanings in the"wider world", so the definitions
here should be kept in context of the process industries.
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A device used to transfer motion from one object to another. An actuator
activates a movement or a process.
machine for compressing air or other gases.
device for monitoring and measuring the flow of a substance (typically
fluid or gas).
area that has a potentially explosive atmosphere.
applied to equipment and wiring which is incapable of releasing sufficient
electrical or thermal energy under normal or abnormal conditions to cause
ignition of a specific hazardous atmospheric mixture in its most easily
device that converts a load into an electrical signal (usually measured
in mV per V excitation). Mainly used in weighing applications.
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
cylindrical coil of wire which generates a force when an electrical current
is applied. Commonly used with actuators to activate a process.
device that sends a signal (typically 4-20mA) from a process location
to a central location for control and monitoring.
device that controls the flow of liquid or gas, typically through pipework.
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