What is the Purpose of Sight Glass?
Sight glasses are transparent industrial glass that are used for observing levels of liquids or gases inside of a pipe, tank, or boiler. This is critical as it allows plant managers or engineers to look inside their systems without disrupting the flow of operations. From this they can observe critical changes in pressures or chemicals. Sight Glass have become valuable in many industries including steam pipelines, chemical processing, pharmaceutical processing, and food processing.
Sight glasses can come in a variety of styles including:
It is important for a sight glass to be able to withstand whatever material, fluid, or gas it encounters. Oil sight glasses are made to withstand petroleum, oil, and gas. It is important to ensure the glass is of grade and quality needed for a specific application, so it does not tarnish or degrade your ability to use it for system monitoring.
Applications such as steam boilers use sight gauges to ensure the water level is maintained to prevent system failure. If the pressure of both the water and steam are equal, the water level will stay put. If you notice on the sight glass level indicator that the water level is different you could have unequal pressure which could cause a system failure or a dangerous fire or explosion. Sight glasses and gauges are important tools to monitor vital equipment.
Sight glass (Guage glass) is a helpful tool if you need to monitor levels inside a closed off piece of equipment. Oil and gas industries rely on these to monitor the flow of crude oil from the sea floor as well as storage tanks to monitor changes in the oil. Even in the food and beverage or pharmaceutical industries, there are plenty of fluids under high pressure and intense heat that need to be monitored. Sight glass is a vital tool to ensure the safety of the workers and products. The purpose of sight glasses goes beyond just monitoring liquids and gas. It is used to provide safety for the workers and keep the product line running smoothly.
Sight glasses can be connected to crucial parts of your system, it’s necessary to ensure they fit the specific needs of the operation. APG is a trusted sight glass manufacturer and can custom cut your industrial sight glass to fit your specific application. Contact us today for your industrial glass needs!
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