Formula to Calculate 3-15psi from 4-20mA Current

The amount of psi can also be calculated from the amount of the milliamp signal, or one can calculate the amount of the milliamp signal when the amount of psi is known. Each of these signals has an offset and a span that must be taken into account for the calculation.

The offset for the milliamp signal is 4 mA, and the span is 16 mA. The span is determined by subtracting the lower value from the higher value (20 mA – 4 mA). The offset for the psi signal is 3 psi, and the span is 12 psi (15 psi – 3 psi).

The formula for converting between these two systems is shown in the following equation. The milliamp signal is identified as “I” and the pressure signal is identified as “P”. When one is converting from one to the other, either “I” or “P” will become a known value in the formula.

The value 4 in the left side of the equation represents the 4 mA offset, and the value 16 represents the 16 mA span. The value 3 in the right side of the formula represents the pressure offset, and the value 12 represents the 12 psi span.

(I – 4)/16 = (P – 3)/12

The formula can be further simplified as shown in below figure

Formula for 4-20mA from 3-15PSI


Calculate the equivalent amount of air pressure for a current signal of 17.5mA ?

P = ((I – 4)/16) x (12) + 3

P = ((17.5 – 4)/16) x (12) + 3

P = 13.125 psi

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9 thoughts on “Formula to Calculate 3-15psi from 4-20mA Current”

  1. hi, its easy to understand, thanks,,,..! i need one more help . if sensor outputs 4-20mA then controller takes in it and converts it to counts lets say 162 it displays. how can i convert to mA and then to pressure in bar please advice.


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