Submitted by: Rahul Suresh

The world today relies heavily on machinery of all kinds and we are moving into an era where human effort and supervising is replaced by automation sensor technology everywhere. Besides sensors today are used in all kinds of personal, commercial and industrial applications for multiple benefits. They come in multiple sizes, shapes, materials and categories for a wide range of applications. From simple temperature sensor products to heavy duty motion and gas sensor products, we rely on sensors for several critical real time applications.

So what does an automation sensor do for you in reality?

In simple terms, it is designed to alert you i.e. the person or a system about any change that occurs in its deployed environment. It might trigger a new event or indicate the occurrence of a problem or a deviation from normal workflow. They are mainly aimed at regulatory control of machines in operation. A simple example is the presence of several electrical sensors for regulating current flow to industrial machines. They help a person or a system to prepare for an event or take action for an event that has already occurred.

Today you can find different categories of sensors in the market that adhere to several needs. Some popular examples include

Temperature sensor products

These products have applications in industrial and power sectors where several heavy components work on the basis of temperature variations and readings. Temperature sensors provide feedback to critical mission systems that in turn control machines to alter production parameters to offer the best working conditions for maximum output. These sensors find widespread applications in areas such as power plants where temperature readings are often the basis for shut down and turn on of machinery.

Gas Sensor products

Gas sensor products are widely used in areas where critical operational parameters are often based on the presence of gaseous components. They are mostly found in production facilities of chemical vapor substances. Vapor sensors are useful to determine the start and stop of production units and are absolutely essential for high power industrial units. Gas sensors also find usage in automobile pollution testing units and other vehicular systems.

Chemical Sensors

Chemical sensors are widely used in the industrial sector today in areas such as chemical plants, oil refineries, petroleum complexes, etc. where composition of several compounds are determined based on the readings from sensors placed throughout these units.

Electrical and Electronic Sensors

These sensors are an essential part of both domestic and industrial sectors as voltage and current are two of the most regulated energy parameters on the planet. It is these electrical sensors and electronic sensors that provide accurate data to the persons concerned which in turn results in decision making for a large number of factors.

Mechanical and Motion sensors

These are often the core of automobiles and other moving machinery and is widely used in industrial sectors for a large number of purposes as well.

Pressure Sensors

These sensors determine the force that is applied while performing industrial operations and is often the basis for determining the start and stop instances of heavy duty machinery.

The above are some of the most commonly found categories in the industrial sector today. There are several more and today without sensors, it is quite impossible to have our industries up and running smoothly.

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