No configuration needed


Finally!! Universal level measurement for ALL media!

FAST and easy level detection without setup


The new CleverLevel PL20 level switches do not require configuration for your point level application!

The new generation of Industry 4.0 level switches automatically adapt their frequency sweep technology to reliably detect ANY media it sees. This saves setup time while ensuring high process safety. Regardless of liquids, oils, sticky, or granular pastes – the CleverLevel PL20 recognizes them reliably.


The clever alternative to vibrating forks

With the latest generation of the CleverLevel level switches, Baumer offers an excellent solution for applications in the process industry, from media detection in pipes to reliable overfill protection of tanks or leakage detection. The CleverLevel PL20 is the universal level switch for all media. In case of adhesive materials, the CleverLevel continues to automatically adjust the switching level without the need for any configuration. With its compact design and very short immersion length compared to a vibrating fork, the sensor is very flexible to install, minimally invasive in the process, and easy to clean.


Level of what?

With the different trigger modes available, you can now detect the high or low level of product, foam, and separation layer of liquids with a single switch.  Thanks to an optional 4 .. 20 mA analog output signal, this technology can also differentiate the media in the process so you can tell if a tank contains product or cleaning solution. The IO-link interface supports both continuous communication for control and simple commissioning of the sensor.


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Extend Gas detector calibrations to 24 months!


TruCal sensors check the sensor’s integrity 4x/day and auto-corrects for drift.

Are you tired of calibrating your  H2S or CO gas sensors every 3-6 months? What if it was possible to extend calibration intervals to 24 months, freeing up valuable resources to be used elsewhere (not to mention the amount saved on calibration gas). That reality is here with MSA’s XCell TruCal Diffusion Supervision Sensors.

These patented sensors will do the hard work for you. TruCal sensors check the sensor’s integrity 4x/day and auto-corrects for drift. Diffusion supervision adds another element by warning if the sensor inlet becomes blocked. These combined features allow us to confidently extend the calibration period from 18 to 24 months. Please note, this extension is only available on TruCal sensors with Diffusion Supervision.

The Ultima® X5000 and General Monitors S5000 manuals, literature, and webpages have been updated to reference the 24-month interval. Look for more information on this differentiating technology in the coming months.

Free educational webinar on compressed air monitoring strategies


Air leaks are common and difficult to find. This webinar offers...

Welcome to Industry Insights. Answers to real-world problems, direct from the manufacturer.

This Weeks' Spotlight: Compressed Air!


DATE: Thursday, May 28, 2020
TIME: 1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST

What's This About?

Industrial facilities use compressed air as a way of storing and transmitting energy. It is so widely used that it is often referred to as the “Fourth Utility”. It is versatile and safer to use than other technologies. Plants use compressed air for many purposes: pneumatic tools, process actuation, blanketing, purge gas, cooling, and more.

Air leaks are common and difficult to find. This webinar offers insight into where flow meters offer value, how to use sub-metering with flow meters as a method to locate leaks, how to calculate losses, and how to gain ROI for the purchase of flow meters to improve the efficiency of compressed air systems in industrial plants.

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White Paper Alert! Hydrogen Detection in oil refineries


Scale and growth of hydrogen demand raise fundamental questions concerning safe hydrogen use.

MSA White Paper

In this paper, we provide a practical approach for deployment of fire and gas detectors that maximize detection efficiency. This approach is based upon the notion that any single detection technique cannot respond to all hazardous events and consequently, risk of detection failure is reduced by deploying devices that offer different strengths and limitations.

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Spotlight on boiler control


Will you turn to eBay looking for spare parts to keep running?

Product Spotlight: The Yokogawa Peace of mind 2.0!

We all know that Siemens has recently discontinued their popular 353 SLC controller. This unit and its predecessors have been used in many process applications for years, and the discontinuation of this product has left many companies uncertain of their path forward for supporting their processes. Now that the entire Moore/Siemens 353 family is obsolete, are you considering upgrading to a DCS or plc? Have you reviewed the limited number of 3x6 SLC vendors in the marketplace? Will you turn to eBay looking for spare parts? We have a better solution for you; Yokogawa's YS1000 series PID loop controllers can directly replace the Siemens Process Automation Controller and will keep you off of eBay looking for spare 353 parts.

Yokogawa YS1000 series

If you have Siemens 353 controllers in use and are looking for peace of mind that your system won't be down, JMI has a great solution.  Together with our local integration partner we can help you save time, energy, and give you peace of mind.

Designed for 100% up-time

Features like dual CPUs, the hard manual back-up, hot swappable LCD, and the portable back-up station ensures that a controller mishap, standard maintenance, or product upgrade will not prevent a control signal from reaching the final control element. A very high mean time between failure calculation minimizes unexpected failures, and the nonvolatile memory means no batteries to fail and no surprising program loss. 

Extensive Expierience in Boiler Applicaitons

Automated control of industrial boilers is an excellent application for YS1700 controllers. These instruments can be programmed to perform the operations of plant master, boiler master, fuel and air control with oxygen trim, and drum level / feedwater control. The YS1700 is a reliable and cost-effective means of upgrading boiler controls and increasing boiler efficiency while lowering operating costs by implementing advanced control strategies.  

Give us a call, we would love to help you!   219-924-4545


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White Paper Alert-What is the real cost of Instrumentation?


The initial purchase price is only the tip of the iceberg...

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What is the real cost of Instrumentation?

The initial purchase price is only the tip of iceberg when determining the total cost of ownership for field instruments.  While critical to plant operations, field instrumentation purchases are often based on the lowest initial cost without considering the multitude of accounted costs that add up over the years. JMI Instrument Company can help you evaluate and minimize these often overlooked, reoccurring costs.

Read this White Paper to learn how to maximize savings over the lifetime of your instrumentation. You will also find valuable information about the two main components of plant costs-capital expenditures and operating expenditures. 

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Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the importance of total cost of ownership when selecting field instrumentation
  • Understand how field instruments impact the two main components that drive plant costs
  • Study the basic principles that inform and guide the selection of field instrumentation


Gas Detection Technologies Available To You


Overview of Gas Detection Technologies

You’ve decided that your facility would benefit from the installation and implementation of a gas detection system. Congratulations on a big step in the right direction toward improving the overall safety of your facility and your workers. Now comes the fun part, selecting the right technology to meet the needs of your application. While it might seem like an overwhelming task, you’re not in it alone as there are experts in the field who can help you understand exactly what you need, and why.

The list below is designed to help you understand the technologies that make up most of today’s industrial gas detectors, as well as some of the key areas/applications where you might use a specific technology:

Catalytic Bead (CB) The operating principle of catalytic gas detectors employs catalytic combustion to measure combustible gases in air at LEL (lower explosive level) concentrations. A heated catalyst (a coated wire coil) burns the selected gas. As the temperature of the wire increases, so does its electrical resistance. A standard Wheatstone bridge circuit uses two wire coil elements (one for detection and one for compensation) to transform the raw temperature change to signal the presence of combustible gas.

  • Where you might consider using Catalytic Bead technology: They are best suited for detecting hydrocarbon gas, as well as hydrogen and acetylene, in climates with low and high temperature extremes, humid conditions, and around hot or vibrating machinery.

Electrochemical (EC) Electrochemical detectors can be considered transducers that convert gas concentration to an electrical current. They use an electrolyte and electrodes to produce an electrochemical reaction that generates a current proportional to the gas concentration.  Different types of cells have been developed for specific toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, oxygen enrichment/deficiency, etc.

  • Where you might consider using Electrochemical technology: They are best suited for detecting toxic gas in the parts-per-million (ppm) range or for oxygen enrichment/deficiency in confined spaces.

Point Infrared (PIR) Infrared gas detectors use two wavelengths, one at the gas absorbing “active” wavelength and the other at a “reference” wavelength not absorbed by the gas. In point IR detectors, the concentration of hydrocarbon gas is measured via the infrared absorption of an optical beam known as the active beam. A second optical beam, known as the reference, follows the same optical path as the active but contains radiation at a wavelength not absorbed by the gas.

  • Where you might consider using Point Infrared technology: They are best suited for detecting hydrocarbon gas, especially in low oxygen environments such as ducts or inaccessible areas, such as ceilings, since they require minimal maintenance. They are also suited for environments where there are known concentrations of silicones, hydride gases or halogenated hydrocarbons. Flammable hydrogen is not detectable by IR absorption but has a high response with catalytic gas detectors.

Open Path Infrared (OPIR) Similar operating principle as the point IR technology above, except the detection path distance of the IR beam is expanded to greater than 100 meters. OPIR detectors can use a retro-reflector or separate IR transmitters and receivers housed in different enclosures to monitor for a gas cloud in the IR beam path. There are OPIR detectors available that monitor in both the LEL-m and ppm-m ranges to detect both large and small leaks.

  • Where you might consider using Open Path Infrared technology: They are best suited for large open areas, along a line of several potential leak sources such as a row of tanks, valves or pumps.

Laser-Based Gas Detection Technology (ELDS) The Enhanced Laser Diode Spectroscopy Gas Detector (ELDS) is an open-path non-contacting method of detecting specific toxic or flammable gases. When a gas leak occurs, the ELDS sensor’s laser optical technology recognizes and analyzes a gas’s specific harmonic fingerprint. False alarms caused by interference gases, which are experienced with other detection technologies, are not a problem with ELDS detectors because of their highly selective harmonic fingerprint technology. Unlike electrochemical cells, ELDS sensors are also immune to sensor poisoning since they are an optical device.

  • Where you might consider using Laser-Based technology: They are best suited for outer perimeter monitoring along property fence lines to guard against a specific toxic gas passing beyond the facility’s boundaries.

Ultrasonic (UGLD) In comparison to conventional gas detectors that measure % LEL, ultrasonic gas leak detectors respond to the ultrasonic noise created by a pressurized gas leak. This ultrasonic noise provides a measurement of the leak rate and establishes warning and alarm thresholds. Gas does not need to reach the sensing element as the detector “hears” the gas leak.

  • Where you might consider using Ultrasonic technology: They are best suited for outdoor installations and indoor spaces with high ventilation rates.

By considering the gas hazards at your facility, you can create layers of protection to mitigate risk and help keep personnel safe. Point fixed gas detectors are the first line of defense placed near potential leak sources such as pipes, valves, pumps, compressors, tanks and other equipment. Adding UGLD and/or ELDS detectors provides additional layers of protection for improved safety to protect people, equipment and facilities.

Great video that reviews detection technologies!



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