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Eric Deoliveira, Product Marketing Leader

Eric Deoliveira is a Product Marketing Leader at Ashcroft, Inc. He is currently responsible for pressure gauges, sanitary gauges, high-purity gauges, diaphragm seals and isolation rings. He’s been with Ashcroft since 2015 and spent 3 years as a Product Support Engineer for Mechanical Temperature before transitioning into the Product Manager role. Eric enjoys coming up with solutions for customer problems and introducing new products to satisfy the needs of the market. When not working on his products, he is out golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter.

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Natural Gas | pressure gauge | R110

If you are among the growing number of natural gas vehicle (NGV) manufacturers that use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) power-generating components, you know that safety in your process is paramount. That is why it is important to ensure any pressure measurement instrumentation used in these applications has proper approvals from applicable governing agencies. However, acceptable approvals for cars and trucks in the U.S. are different from approvals you will need for vehicles made for the overseas market. For instance, all NGV vehicles in Europe must follow Regulation No. 110 (R110) safety regulations. As a recognized leader in pressure and temperature measurement instrumentation for industrial and OEM markets, Ashcroft receives daily questions about the challenges our customers are facing. In this article, you will learn more about CNG and LNG-powered vehicles and why R110 approvals are necessary for any instruments used in the production of NGV vehicles that are sold in Europe. When you are finished reading, you will also receive additional resources to help you select the best pressure instrumentation to meet your specific needs.

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pressure gauge | semiconductor industry | high purity

When you think of semiconductors, you may picture all the ways they make our lives easier. After all, we rely on semiconductor applications every day for conveniences like cell phones, computers, cars and other electronic devices. But for those of you who work in semiconductor manufacturing, you also know the demanding and challenging nature of making them. The hazardous nature of the manufacturing process requires stringent protocols, approvals and specialized equipment that can perform with precision and accuracy under harsh conditions. So, when it comes to monitoring the distribution of ultra-high purity (UHP) gases flowing through the process, choosing the right pressure gauge is critical. As a product lead at Ashcroft – a recognized authority in pressure and temperature instrumentation - I have been working with Ultra High Purity (UHP) Pressure Gauges for several years. In my role, I am often asked how to choose the right UHP gauge for these kinds of applications. Of course, my answer is, it depends. In this article, I will review how and where semiconductors are made, the role UHP gases play in the manufacturing process and the specific features you will need when choosing a pressure gauge for UHP applications. When you are finished reading, you will also see additional resources that you can use as a reference on the topic of high purity.

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pressure gauge | Pressure Instruments | critical environments | Hydraulic

If you work with any of the critical mechanical applications found in the modern world - including mobile construction equipment, and fuel pumps for example - it is likely you also manage hydraulic systems. Because these systems use liquids in various forms to generate power, you know that the inherent pressure feature of hydraulics has to be managed properly. In the best-case scenario, a lack of sufficient management of pressure levels in a system could lead to inferior output. In the worst cases, it could cause damage to equipment or physical harm to system operators. Hydraulic pressure gauges play a critical role in regulating pressure by monitoring levels in either a specified part or the entire system to ensure things are operating normally. So how do you know which pressure gauge will work best in your hydraulic system? Just know what you’re looking for and choose carefully! Sounds simple, right? As a pressure gauge product lead at Ashcroft - a recognized authority in temperature and pressure solutions - I have seen many scenarios where the wrong pressure gauges were selected and the impact that decision had on operations. In this article, you will learn about the five pressure gauge features I consider most important for hydraulic applications so you can be confident about selecting the best option to meet your specific needs. Let’s get started.

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Ensure that your pressure instruments can withstand the conditions of your application. Ashcroft’s new 8009S pressure gauge features a removable bayonet ring for minor recalibration adjustments giving this customizable, economical gauge broad media compatibility to resist corrosion in harsh environments.

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Hydrogen is one of the fastest-growing alternative energy resources used today. Your pressure gauge is a vital component of your equipment or system. Many of these hydrogen applications have processes that can cause hydrogen ion diffusion that can damage your instruments. When properly specified, your system will need to operate safely and to expected performance levels over the design life of the system or equipment, but only if you have the right pressure gauge for your equipment’s application. The wrong pressure gauge can result in potential equipment damage, worker injury or out-of-specification measurements. So, how can you ensure you choose the right one for a hydrogen application? To ensure you have the best pressure gauge for the job, there are a few things that you need to consider.

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sanitary gauge | pharmaceutical and biotechnology

Applications in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry require strict control over facility conditions to prevent product contamination and ensure product integrity. The performance of these processes relies on accurate and reliable instrumentation that meets the regulatory standards needed for safety and cleanliness. So, what makes the best pressure instrument for pharmaceutical and biotechnology applications?