This section provides an overview for differential pressure switches as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 26 differential pressure switch manufacturers and their company rankings.
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Air flows from a place of higher pressure to a place of lower pressure. Therefore, airflow can be monitored and controlled by increasing or decreasing the pressure in a room to prevent dirty air from entering or leaving the room.
A (fine) differential pressure switch is used for this monitoring and control.
Differential pressure switches are devices that sense the pressure difference (differential pressure) between two fluid points.
Differential pressure switches are used to measure gases and liquids, but those used to measure gases are sometimes called "differential pressure switches" to distinguish them from liquids.
Differential pressure switches are used in fields where extremely high safety and strict maintenance are required at all times, and where strict performance requirements and requirements must be met.
Examples include systems used in the chemical and petrochemical processing, oil and gas industries, and energy-related facilities such as nuclear power plants and water management.
Other applications include heating/ventilation of fans, filter conditions in air conditioners, exhaust ducts, combustion exhaust gases in automobiles, etc., and preventive maintenance and energy saving applications with respect to gas pressure.
The following is a description of the operating principle of a typical differential pressure switch.
When a change in differential pressure occurs on either side of a bellows (telescopic tube with bellows structure) or diaphragm (pneumatically operated regulating valve used for automatic control of pressure, flow rate, liquid level, etc.). The bellows or diaphragm is connected to a compensated spring, and resistance is applied by this spring. .
The spring tension corresponds to the preset value of the differential pressure.
This preset value can be set to be activated by either an increase or decrease in differential pressure.
When the pressure difference between two points reaches above or below this preset value, a spring moves, and this spring tension is transmitted to the snap switch.
This activates the microswitch containing the electrical contacts and outputs a contact signal.
The aforementioned spring is also called a rage spring, and can be summarized as follows: the range of pressure that activates the differential pressure switch is determined by adjusting the compression force of the rage spring.
*Including some distributors, etc.
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Based in Bayville, NY, SAE Manufacturing Specialties Corp. is an ISO-certified supplier and manufacturer of industrial equipment, chemicals, components, ordinance, electronics, and systems for industries ranging from aerospace to high tech to law enforcement. Examples of product offerings include raw materials, chemicals, and lubricants for industrial purposes to finished products such as security helmets for law enforcement, and military ordnances. SAE also provides research and development as well as technical support for other companies in similar industries.
Ashcroft was founded in 1852 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to create instruments to protect steam-powered industry workers and today is a manufacturer in pressure and temperature measurement instrumentation.Ashcroft serves the chemical, food & beverage, metals & minerals, oil & gas, pharmaceutical & research, power, and water & wastewater markets. Ashcroft products include pressure instruments including pressure gauges, switches, sensors, and isolators; test instruments including calibrators, controllers, testers, and test gauges; and temperature instruments including thermometers, thermowells, RTDs, thermocouples, multipoint temperature sensors, and OEM temperature sensors.
Sterling Sterlco was founded in 1916 and distributes under M&M Control Service, Inc. is a specialist in industrial control units. Industrial control units are in two basic varieties: steam control family and temperature control units. Steam Control units include steam traps, Y strainers, temperature control valves, hand radiator valves, boiler feed pumps, condensate pumps, and centrifugal pumps. Temperature control units include portable chillers, central chillers, and water and oil temperature control units. Additionally, Sterling also manufactures pump tanks.
ARCO Engineering was founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1954. ARCO Engineering, Inc. is a distributor of Pressure, Temperature and Liquid Level instruments, instrument valves, heat trace, comfort heaters, and safety relief valves. ARCO Engineering specializes in products for the natural gas, process, chemical, power, wastewater and OEM markets. ARCO Engineering offers many types of parts including calibration instruments, hand valves, thermocouples, digital meters, drive pressure gauges, respirators, jet pumps, and pressure relief valves.
Marcuse & Son was established in 1925 and operates out of Fort Worth, Texas. Marcuse & Son is a distributor of air compressors and air compressor parts and accessories. Air compressor offerings include reciprocating air compressors and rotary style air compressors. Marcuse & Son’s accessories include air receivers, alternators, belt guards, block heaters, brass valves and fittings, breather vents, compressor lubricants, exhaust mufflers, filters, regulators & lubes, refrigerated air dryers, and water separators.
Glauber Equipment Corporation (Glauber EC) was founded in 1960 and is based in Lancaster, New York. Glauber EC designs, manufacturers, and distributes pumping products and systems to markets such as biogas, power & utility, renewable natural gas, food & hygienic, industrial, and chemical markets. Glauber EC offers Renewable natural gas (RNG) systems for normal environments as well as hazardous areas and landfills. Glauber EC also offers compressed air, pumping, and environmental protection systems. Pumping systems include centrifugal pumps, positive displacement pumps, and blowers. Additionally, Glauber also offers industrial and small steam turbine packages.
Schneider Electric S.E. is headquartered in Rueil-Malmaison, France, and has been operating since 1836. Schneider Electric provides a number of products and services including electrical car charging, energy management software, surge protection devices, load banks, servers and HMIs, valve and valve actuators, feeder automation, grid automation, and SCADA software products, data center cooling and software, home automation and security, light switches, motion control and robotics, signaling units, solar and energy storage, RFID systems, as well as other hardware, services, and software.
Enercorp Instruments, Ltd was born in 1977 and operates out of Brampton, Ontario. Enercorp is a manufacturer of measuring equipment used in markets such as HVAC, industrial monitoring, food processing, waste management, pharmaceutical, lumber, and agriculture. Enercorp produces sensors and components in six categories: temperature, including temperature sensor plates and temperature probes, current such as core current switches and current indicators, Aqua-Boy & curing such as moisture meters and needle electrode heads, pressure such as pressure transducers and pressure transmitters, wind such as ultrasonic anemometers, and binding post, such as lead-through bolts.
SMC corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. SMC Corporation manufactures and sells automatic control equipment and filtration equipment. SMC has production facilities in 30 countries, technical development centers in Japan, the United States, Europe, and China, and sales offices, globally. SMC product lines divided by them include filter replacements, condensation prevention, heat resistance, thermos-chilling, and others. SMC provides a video library as well as product selection guide to assist customers in finding solutions and optimizing product efficiency.
Trimble Combustion Systems was founded in. 2000 and operates out of Sunman, Indiana. Trimble Combustion Systems cooperates with project and plant engineers, supervisors, technicians, and maintenance mangers in designing, building, and installing combustion processing equipment for manufacturing applications. Trimble is ISO/IEC 17025:2017 certified. Trimble Combustion Systems product offerings include pressure gauges, analyzers, igniters, and safety controllers. Trimble Combustion Systems services include fast equipment servicing, custom packaged systems solutions, installations, training, and audits.
Endress+Hauser Group is based in Switzerland and has over 15,000 employees worldwide. Endress+Hauser manufactures measurement instrumentation and provides services for industrial process engineering. Endress+Hauser’s customers come from various industries including chemical, life sciences, energy, and water. Endress+Hauser’s products include those for level measurement, pressure measurement, software, industrial communication technologies, and liquid analysis. Endress+Hauser also offers services including project and commissioning, support and education, maintenance, and performance optimization. The company has an assortment of online tools to assist customers in services such as product selection.
MOD-TRONIC Instruments Limited was established in 1972 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. MTis a distributor of industrial sensors, transducers, heaters, controls, and instrumentation, primarily made in the USA as well as Japan, Switzerland, and Germany. MT’s customers are primarily in the aerospace, building automation, manufacturing, medical, military, oil and gas, and water treatment industries but also serves individuals. MT offers an above industry standard 5-year warranty and technical support on every product sold.
B&B Instruments (BBI) was incorporated in Indiana in 1972 and still operates out of Indianapolis, Indiana today. BBI is an authorized stocking distributor for manufacturers of measurement, control & calibration equipment for pressure, temperature, flow, humidity, & level instrumentation serving both startups as well as Fortune 500 clients in industries such as utilities, metals, food, process, industrial, OEMs, and technical. BBI’s product categories include calibrators, controllers, meters, flow, gauges, humidity, level, meters, pressure, switches, temperature, and transmitters. Featured products include Autrol Transmitters APPT-3100 Differential Pressure Transmitter, Barksdale’s UDS7 Series Solid State Pressure Switches, Kytronic’s actuator positioner, and Monarch DataChart’s DC1250 2-Channel Paperless Recorder.
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