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!

Free webinar on pH basics and tips from Yokogawa


Quick and dirty tips

Join the Webinar:
pH Basics - Quick and Dirty Tips


Come join us for this free webinar to learn about pH measurement basics.
The pH electrode offers by far the greatest sensitivity and range-ability of any measurement. Making the most out of your pH readings requires proper mixing and control. Join this webinar and learn how to monitor, troubleshoot, and maintain electrodes and control valves. Review control strategies for pH applications critical to product and water quality in the process industry.  In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Fundamental requirements for pH measurements
  • The importance of proper maintenance and calibration techniques
  • The value and use of equipment diagnostics.

Date: March 28, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern; 10:00 AM Pacific  
Duration: 1 Hour

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Sencom Platform for liquid analytical measurements: See more, do more.


SEE MORE, DO MORE with your liquid analytical measurements


"I worry about unplanned outages."

“My largest concern is the service and maintainability of our equipment.”

"There is a constant pressure to reduce costs on maintenance”

Many of our customers face these challenges - the SENCOM 4.0 Platform resolves them.

Designed with a strong focus on Yokogawa’s digital SMART sensors, the SENCOM SMART Sensor Platform provides greater insight and enhanced capabilities to deliver more credible data throughout the entire product lifecycle.

From engineering and purchasing to modification and optimization, Yokogawa’s latest SMART sensor system improves the operation, reliability, and credibility of online process analyzers by utilizing the latest sensing technology and asset management tools.


The SENCOM 4.0 SMART Sensor System

Multi-Channel/Parameter Analyzer FLXA402

Changing technologies don't have to result in negative consequences putting throughput, quality, and/or compliance at risk. The advanced flexibility function features multi-input allowing connection of up to 5 sensors at one time. The FLXA402 connects to traditional analog or digital SMART sensors, allowing an easy upgrade to digital SMART sensors in the future, giving you more flexibility and optimizing your OPEX.

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Digital SMART SENCOM™ Adapter, SA11

The re-useable smart adapter, SA11, offers full measuring parameter functionality of analog sensors equipped with a Variopin connector and Yokogawa ID chip. The SA11 automatically recognizes the installed sensor and prepares the right configuration. 

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Optional Digital SMART SENCOM™ Expansion Junction Box, BA11

The model BA11 Active Junction Box offers a possibility to connect multiple Yokogawa smart adapters, acting as slave devices, to a host system using one trunk connection. Resulting in a cost-effective solution is provided to the end user. 

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Mobile Field Device Managment (FieldMate)

FieldMate 3.0 is a PC based configuration tool that performs numerous tasks, including initial setup, daily maintenance, troubleshooting, and configuration backup for device replacement.

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JMI will be at the ISA Will/Dupage tabletop show....will you?


Come see us at the 2019 ISA Will/Dupage tabletop Expo

Come visit JMI and get a glimpse of our solutions for flow, pressure, level, gas detection, and heat trace. 50+ exhibitors will join us at the Expo with new product news, hands on demos, and technical sessions that can earn you PDH credit!

Who: You!
What: ISA Will/Dupage 2019 Tabletop Expo
Where: Harrah's Joliet Casino and Ballroom
When: March 7th, 2019 from 2pm to 7:30pm

Register for the expo here

  • Technical Seminars starting at 2:00 PM
  • Tabletop Exhibit Hall Opens at 3:00 PM
  • 50+ Exhibitors
  • Networking
  • Food and Drinks

JMI Instrument Company will have working demo's to educate you on:

  • ISA100 wireless pressure and temperature transmitters
  • Digital resonant sensor pressure and dP transmitters
  • Digital sensor thermal mass flowmeters
  • New application specific coriolis mass flow meters
  • New state of the art, smart area gas monitors with self check/cal ability

Click the link below to let us know you are coming and reserve a free hat at our booth.

I'm coming to see JMI at the ISA tabletop show!


New heavy duty portable ultrasonic flow meter!


Depending on the programmed measurement interval the FLUXUS F401 can operate autonomously for several months.

Heavy duty portable ultrasonic water flow meter!!

The clamp-on ultrasonic system has been designed especially to meet the needs of the water and wastewater industries. The FLUXUS F401 is installed without process interruption and the installation can be completed within a few minutes. Thereafter, it delivers accurate and highly repeatable measurements that are not affected by drift. Due to its excellent low flow capability (down to 0.01 m/s), the FLUXUS F401 is ideally suited for monitoring drinking water networks, in which low flow velocities are common. The strong signal output and the noise suppression technology make it possible to use the FLUXUS F401 on very large pipes and challenging materials: Old and rusty steel, badly manufactured GRP or even armored concrete pipes (independent of lining and build-up inside the pipe) are not a metering challenge to the FLUXUS F401.

The FLUXUS F401 is the ideal flow meter for long-term measurement campaigns in the field. Depending on the programmed measurement interval the FLUXUS F401 can operate autonomously for several months. This makes it suitable for leak detection campaigns and hydraulic studies, where regular measurements are needed over a longer period of time.

Want more information?  Click here for the brochure or call us at 219-924-4545.

Fieldmate 3.0 Device Configuration Tool released!


FieldMate supports multi-vendor devices without using a special dedicated tool.

One tool for all.

What if you could.........Communicate with, program, archive, and calibrate any manufacturers HART,FF, PROFIBUS, or ISA100 device with a single device that requires no annual fees for updates or licensing and is made for class 1 div 2 environments while offering complete protection from harshest environments?

YOU CAN with Yokogawa Fieldmate 3.0.   

FieldMate 3.0 is a PC based configuration tool that performs numerous tasks, including initial setup, daily maintenance, troubleshooting, and configuration backup for device replacement. These task are streamlined by FieldMate's intuitive operation and integrated enviroment, which is independent from communication protocols and device vendors.

FieldMate incorporates the open FDT/DTM standard and is compliant with DTMs per the FDT 1.2/2 standard. FieldMate supports built-in DTM interpreting of existing Device Description (DD) instantaneously for other vendor's devices that do not have DTMs available.

All this and a free demonstration of the Fieldmate tablet at your facility. 

Contact us and we'd be glad to show it to you.


New coriolis mass flow meters launched!!


Yokogawa's new Rotamass Total Insight Coriolis Mass Flow Meter offers powerful new features in a flexible package that can provide the performance you need on budget.

Yokogawa's new Rotamass Total Insight Coriolis Mass Flow Meter offers powerful new features in a flexible package that can provide the performance you need on budget. The new "Prime" series meter and "Essential" electronics offers the best cost verses performance, while the "Supreme" meter and "Ultimate" electronics provides unsurpassed performance and zero stability. Powerful alarming features, on-board storage of data an diagnostic logs, and Patented "Tube Health Check" ensure optimum reliability on for your most critical flow applications. See below for a quick overview.


Visit the micro site for more info:  http://www.rotamass.com/



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