Pressure transmitters and pressure gauges can be adapted to nearly every process condition using valves, protective devices and/or fittings. WIKA offers such combinations in the form of a ?hook-up?, an application-specific and ready-to-install solution. It eliminates all the disadvantages that users experience with the alternative to do the assembly themselves.
1. The logistical effort:
That is considerable. Measuring instruments, valves and other accessories, if they are brought together in-house, usually must be sourced from different manufacturers, frequently from more than two companies. The order processes have to be coordinated, and this can be time-consuming. Furthermore, supplier management requires additional resources.
2. Compatibility problems (risk of leakage):
Combinations of pressure measuring instruments with instrumentation valves and accessories are not standard solutions. Both elements of this assembly generally come, as mentioned, from different manufacturers. This increases the odds of complications during assembly.
The difference in these measuring arrangements with differential pressure gauges is obvious ? on the left, an example of an assembly created by the operator themselves, on the proper, the hook-up solution from WIKA.
An example of this, shown here, may be the mix of a differential pressure gauge with a valve manifold. The bond of the measuring instrument has a different centre distance than that of the selected valve manifold (picture left). When this happens, the connection may be accomplished via an assembly with two pipe pieces and four adapters. But this solution escalates the outlay in time and expense, and also the risk of leakage, by doubling the sealing points (see arrow marks). Difficulties in assembly also arise if the tolerances of the bond interfaces from different suppliers do not match exactly. This also carries the risk of leakage. In order to achieve the desired compatibility, the qualification and delivery specification should be defined for each supplier with considerable effort.
Two examples of hook-up solutions:
Left: Pressure gauge with overpressure protector, a valve to separate the measuring instrument from the procedure and a siphon tube that protects the complete measuring arrangement from excessive temperatures.
Right: Pressure gauge with overpressure protector and monoflange (this enables separation of measuring instrument and process in the case of flange connections).
3. The installation effort:
On top of the requirements for the procurement of suitable components, are the assembly costs for measuring points with instrumentation valves and accessories also added. These range from the development of special know-how and employee training to the provision of the right workplace, including tools and the required materials. Furthermore, a quality control is mandatory to check the functionality and reliability of the measuring arrangement, especially its leak tightness. This is especially important if, for example, it is just a process with critical gases.
Avoidance of risks
With a hook-up solution, users circumvent the efforts and potential risks described here. The measuring arrangement is assembled at WIKA (based on the specified process parameters and the installation situation) from qualified individual parts and is tested for leaks. It really is ready for installation along the way on delivery. If digital pressure gauge , a measuring instrument can even be combined with several instrumentation valves and accessories (see illustration left).
Note
Detailed information on valves and protective devices are available on the WIKA website.