A pressure transmitter or pressure sensor is a device that measures pressure in a liquid, fluid, or gas. Pressure transmitters are commonly used to measure pressure inside of industrial machinery in order to alert the user before a catastrophe occurs. They have many different uses, most of which are industrial or automotive in nature. A pressure transmitter is easily recognized as it is a round gauge with various colors that represent different pressure levels. While pressure transmitters are similar to other gauges, they are essential to many of the applications they are used for.
How a Pressure Transmitter Works
There are over 50 types of pressure transmitters that all work differently. Therefore, it is difficult to describe how all of them work within the confines of this article. For example, pressure transmitters that measure high speed changes in pressure depend on piezoelectric materials – materials that are capable of converting mechanical force in the form of pressure into an electric current. Gauge pressure sensors, on the other hand, rely on pure air pressure to move an actual meter and can be calibrated to a specific atmospheric pressure.