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An instrument is an engineering device used for identifying, measuring, recording, or controlling the value of a given quantity. There is a diverse variety of industrial instruments, many of them highly specialized and designed for specific applications. Speedometers, scales, and clocks are examples of fairly common instruments used to measure velocity, weight, and time, respectively. But engineers and manufacturers also rely on more specialized equipment, such as galvanometers for calculating electrical current or hydraulic regulators for controlling applied pressure. Such instruments are not only helpful, but often necessary for many industrial projects.

Controls are used to manage industrial machinery, tools, or processes to ensure that the elements within a given project function properly on their own or in coordination with one another. This type of management can involve analysis of a system's output, or reactive measures to adjust workflow. For example, a control valve can regulate the pressure, volume, or direction of flow in a transmission system, while a mainframe control panel provides users with an interface for directing computer operations.A membrane switch is an electrical switch for turning a circuit on and off. Both manual and automated controls, such as CNC, are used in industrial processes.


An Introduction to Temperature Controls
This article discusses the overall use of temperature controls in manufacturing and the different kinds of controls available.
Different Types of Air Filters
Ionic, HEPA, carbon, and UV light air filters are effective methods for filtering air in various applications.
How Gas Detectors Work
Gas detectors are devices integral to workplace safety that monitor toxic and combustible gases. Here is an overview of gas detector functions, technologies and examples of where they are utilized.
Laboratory Glassware: Types of Laboratory Flasks
Flasks are useful tools for containing liquid and performing mixing, heating, cooling, precipitation, condensation and other processes.

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The History of Composites in the Aerospace Industry
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The Evolving Role of Aluminum in the Automotive Industry
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7 Ways Automation & Control Can Streamline Your Process: How DAQ Systems Can Improve Process Quality and Lower Costs
Highlighting that automation is revolutionizing industrial process and production in every job sector and application, this paper explains how sophisticated data acquisition systems could capture and process data at extremely high speeds and accuracy. It states that the company's high performance real time ADwin DAQ systems are capable of parallel...

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