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Our Instrument Specs and Index Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

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March 7, 2022

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Are Your Work Practices Using Legally Sufficient Documentation?​

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March 7, 2022

  • OSHA as well as EU Directive norms generally require documentation and design compliance with safety margins and resulting safety limits which exceed minimum or maximum operating conditions. 

  • Ensure that your instrument specification forms or instrument data sheets are compliant!

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Are Your Forms Compatible with Electronic Data Interchange?

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March 7, 2022

  • Human intelligible field names suitable for data mapping
  • Numeric data type and content for physical properties
  • Valid Unit Symbols for units of measurement
  • Maximum data length compatible with target requirements
  • Highly Normalized with separate fields for most properties
  • Use Date Picker to assure valid date type

Do Forms Provide Data for Complete Manufacturer's Model Number?

Blog-Complete Manufacturer's Model Number

March 7, 2022

  • Most manufacturers require robust intelligent model numbers to initiate Factory Orders. Specification data should document each required property description for unambiguous communications.

  • Generally, do not limit model number to model style

Do not Forget to Specify Manufacturer Offered Accessories!

Blog-Manufacturer Offered Accessories

March 7, 2022

Most manufacturers offer coordinated accessories that can be very cost effective if ordered with the main device.

  • Special Cables with/without end connectors
  • Mounting hardware
  • Heated enclosures
  • Power supplies
  • Component Type section provides for accessory manufacturer's model number

Provide Physical Modeling Data for Coordinating Disciplines!

Blog-Preliminary Modeling Physical Data

March 7, 2022

  • Estimated weight for supports analysis or loading limits
  • 3D Modeling volume for interference analysis
  • Manufacturer's reference drawing identification 

Include Calibration Range Data for All Multivariable Signals!

Blog-Calibration Range Data for All Multivariable Signals

March 7, 2022

  • Measurement and output Range-values for control signals
  • Measurement and scale Range-values for local display
  • Measurement and Range-value for secondary or digital signals displayed remotely
  • Input Range-values for compensation of signal concentration

Include Signal Action for Binary Output Signals!

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March 7, 2022

  • Output signal action (NO or NC) is generally required for wiring design
  • Input signal action (NO or NC) for logic or alarm status
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