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Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation: Why it is time to move on from the thermowell

Thermowells are widely used in industrial applications for measuring temperature; however, with new, high-accuracy, non-invasive alternatives available, it is time to move on from thermowells and embrace more innovative measurement techniques.

Thermowells are widely used in industrial applications for measuring temperature; however, with new, high-accuracy, non-invasive alternatives available, it is time to move on from thermowells and embrace more innovative measurement techniques. Temperature is one of the most critical process parameters for ensuring the safety, quality and energy efficiency of oil and gas plants. Failure to measure it correctly can—in serious cases—lead to catastrophic equipment failure, plant destruction, endangerment to life and potentially vast losses in the event of a major incident. For years, the thermowell has been the go-to option for measuring temperature in industrial settings. It is used to guard

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