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  • Capsule Gauge: How Low Pressure Capsule Gauges Work

      DuraChoice's PL254L is a low pressure capsule gauge with a black steel case. When to Use a Capsule Gauge When you need a precise low pressure measurement, a capsule gauge is the instrument to use. Capsule gauges are used almost exclusively for measuring gaseous media. These gauges are very precise...
  • How to Mount a Pressure Gauge

    So you’ve got a pressure gauge and, just like the trophy bass you caught this spring, you want to mount it so that everyone can see. Although most applications allow a pressure gauge to be connected and left in place without this step, mounting a pressure gauge into an instrument...
  • Measure an NPT Connection Size

    A 1/4” NPT connection size doesn’t have the 1/4” measurements where you think they would be. In fact, the connection’s outside diameter measures a little more than 1/2" wide. Did I just blow your mind? Well, take a deep breath and hang on for a bit while we discuss the...
  • The Many Faces of DuraChoice Gauges

    You can find out more about DirectMaterial's Gauges by clicking on the above image.  
  • Industrial Vocabulary List

    We have compiled an industrial vocabulary list, for reference. Remember those vocabulary lists we all had to study in elementary school? They are the reason we know the difference between “brake” and “break” or the definition of “myriad.” Chances are that you already knew a few of the words when...
  • On Pins and Needle Valves

    Precision is the watchword when it comes to needle valves. What are needle valves? Much like the globe valves we talked about last week, needle valves are control valves. They share some of the same design features and have similar benefits. Both allow the operator to change flow rate and...
  • Globe Valves: The Control You Need

    This blog is going global. OK. Technically, since it is on the internet, it has always been worldwide. But this week, we are going to talk about globe valves. Click the photo for an animation showing how globe valves work. What are globe valves? As alluded to in last week’s...
  • Gate Valves: Holding back the horde (Figuratively speaking)

    When I think about gate valves, I think about castle warfare. Stop giving me that blank stare and let me explain. Think of this when you think of a gate valve, you know, without the holes. You’ve probably seen it in medieval war movies. Some great horde is bearing down...
  • What are pressure ratings?

    How do pressure ratings work? On its face, a pressure rating seems like a simple enough statistic. The pressure rating is the maximum pressure a pipe, fitting or valve should be capable of withstanding in a normal conditions. Also known as maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP), a pressure rating lets an...
  • So what is a thermowell, anyway?

    Thermowells come in many different lengths and materials Thermowells are a lot like hazardous material suits for thermometers. You know? The big white or yellow suits that virus hunters use in a “hot zone” or nuclear engineers use to keep their skin from glowing when they turn off the...

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