December 28, 2010

Resolve to Have a Great New Year!

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  Lots of people do. So in honor of the holidays, we thought we’d share some interesting facts about resolutions that you can use to amaze your friends at holiday parties. (Amaze may be too strong a word. We’ll settle for a smile.)

Among the millions upon millions of people who make resolutions each year:

  • 63% will still be keeping their resolutions after the first two months.  Impressive, yes?
  • 67% of people actually make 3 or more resolutions
  • The top resolutions usually involve promises to exercise more (37%) and increasing the time devoted to study or work (23%). Other popular resolutions include losing weight, stopping smoking or drinking of alcohol and/or coffee, and eating healthier. No surprises except maybe the one about studying more.
  • People make more resolutions to start a new habit (84%) than to break an old one (16%)
  • 65% of people make their resolutions between the 28th of December and New Year’s Day. The rest may take until the end of January.
  • Of those who are successful in achieving their number one resolution, 40% do so on the first attempt. The rest make multiple tries and 17% finally succeed after more than six attempts.

It’s been a great year of innovation, hard work and service for us here at Emerson and that’s because of you. It is our pleasure to make your lives a little easier (and when we fail in that attempt, keep working to achieve it.) We thank you for your business, your interest, your friendship. And we sincerely hope that it’s your resolution to have the Happiest of Holidays and the Best New Year ever!

December 10, 2010

Water Municipality Saves Big $ Just by Changing pH Sensors

Hi, I’m Rich Baril and I want to give you an inside scoop on an interesting case history from the water municipality in the Town of Jupiter, Florida.

The raw water entering the plant has high concentrations of minerals, particular H2S. These minerals significantly reduce the service life of most pH sensors. About six months ago, the plant began testing the new Rosemount Analytical 3900 general purpose pH sensor, which is showing breakthrough resilience to these mineral fouling agents.

The Model 3900, while a general purpose sensor, has a lot of the characteristics of our high-end sensors for very demanding applications. It has the widest operating range on the market, it features the AccuGlass sensor glass formulation, which resists cracking, and it has a double-junction reference electrode to increase service life. William Dudak, Water Plant Operator, Class A, found improved chemical resistance provided by the rugged polyphenylene body and reference design.

Based on these performance characteristics, the municipality expects to lower its operating costs by an average of $15,000-17,000 per year simply by replacing the pH sensors they were using with the Model 3900. I can’t resist saying that for Jupiter this is a savings of “astronomical” proportions.

If you have a demanding application, you might require a “high-end” ruggedized sensor to meet your needs. But with this kind of performance, you may want to give this robust general purpose sensor a test first.