We take for granted that pressure sensors function perfectly. When they don’t, there can be bigger problems than just low water pressure. In fact, pressure sensors can play a lifesaving role in crucial situations.
- Machine Safety – Many mechanisms require very specific pressures in order to function properly. Should pressure buildup in one part of the operation, it could cause a rupture leading to damage or even injury for the operators. By keeping an eye on pressure levels, operators can ensure that nothing goes wrong. The consequences for high pressure in a system can be dire.
- Preventative Protection – People who must work across a wide range of environments must often consider pressure. For instance, pilots and mountain climbers work at altitudes where pressure differentials and temperature variations can make it hard to stay alive. With less oxygen in the environment, people at high altitudes are at risk of suffering from hypoxia. The use of altitude chambers with carefully monitored pressure and oxygen gauges allow individuals to prepare for these extreme environments before they actually go into them.
- Keeping Flow Rate Ideal – Excess pressure is not the only safety concern. Low pressure can cause problems too. Imagine a firefighter who can’t get adequate water pressure to fight a fire. Picture a hospital with no water pressure in the sinks or an anesthesiologist with improper pressure sensors on his equipment. These scenarios would quickly lead to life-threatening problems.
- Safety in Air and Sea – Pilots and diving teams are also well aware of the need for accurate pressure readings. Pressure increases below the surface of the sea can be dangerous unless special care is taken to protect the individual. Without the proper equipment, the pressure in the depths of the ocean are capable of crushing life that is used to existing on the surface.