Position sensing for hazardous locations
The Oil & Gas industry pursues and extracts energy resources across the globe, whether on land or offshore, operating in all extremes of climate and weather. Increasing demand for remote operation and energy efficiency, not to mention productivity through reduced need for maintenance and human intervention, are driving an increase in the deployment of automation into these often-hostile environments.
With highly robust, accurate, and low-maintenance sensors, Balluff brings its automation expertise from the factory floor to the oil and gas field. Balluff's global presence and special expertise in explosion-proof linear position sensors means that accurate hydraulic cylinder position feedback signals are available, certified for use in hazardous locations all around the world.
Balluff's magnetostrictive linear position sensors are used in servo-hydraulic systems in nearly every industry. The special requirements of hazardous locations in oil & gas extraction, transportation, refining, and petrochemical processing require sensing products designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, while at the same time meeting the certification and agency approval requirements of jurisdictions around the globe.
Hydraulic artificial lift systems are enhancing energy efficiency and optimizing production rates through constant monitoring of downhole conditions and adjustment of the rate and duration of pumping operations. Controlling the velocity and stroke of a hydraulic lift is key to obtaining these benefits.
Balluff magnetostrictive linear position sensors are available with operating strokes up to 7620mm to accommodate all but the longest-stroke lifts.
Hydraulic artificial lifts need to be placed precisely over the borehole so that side loads and component wear are minimized as much as possible. Balluff's inclination sensors offer non-contact angle measurement for precise vertical alignment in multiple axes. The sensors operate by measuring the deviation from horizontal, up to 360° (one complete rotation).