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Product roundup: Level playing field in difficult settings

May 11, 2021
Improved capabilities and innovations enable flexible level sensing and measurement in new places
Guided wave radar, coaxial tube and probe

ProSense GWR series liquid level sensors provide accurate, cost-effective, continuous and point, liquid-level measurements, and have a rugged IP68/IP69K-rated, 316 stainless-steel housing. GWR-1600-P probe is best suited for use with water or water-based media, while the GWR-1600-C coaxial tube and probe is optimized for use with oil or oil-based media or clean water or water-based media. Probe and coaxial tubes are available in 240-1600 mm lengths, and can be cut to adapt to specific applications.


Cross-platform, tank-gauging software

Rosemount TankMaster Mobile cross-platform, inventory management software for tank gauging systems makes real-time data available via smartphones, tablet PCs and other computers. It collects real-time, tank-gauging data, such as level, temperature, water interface level and pressure, and calculates volume and mass for inventory and custody transfer purposes. Rosemount TankMaster Mobile provides access to live tank data, providing an overview of all tanks at a facility, and can drill-down to detailed information.


Optical, liquid level sensors

VP series optical, liquid level detection sensors from Carlo Gavazzi employ unmodulated, infrared light to detect the presence of liquids. The sensor features a built-in amplifier, and has a self-contained transmitter and receiver inside a solid plastic module, which is designed for mounting to the side wall of a container. VP01/02 sensors are available in a polysulphone housing that's resistant to most acids and bases. VP03/04 models are available in a polyamide 12 housing that's also resistant to various solvents.

Digi-Key Electronics

Diaphragm seal, compensating capillary

EJXC80A diaphragm seal system with compensating capillary is the latest design in the EJX series of differential pressure level solutions. The system uses its compensating capillary to balance the volume and temperature of the fill fluids between high and low pressure side capillaries, which reduces the influence of ambient temperature drift. EJX also features accuracy of up to ±0.025% of span, stability of ±0.1% of URL for 15 years, SIL 2 for safety, DP and P multi-sensing, 200:1 turndown, and 90 msec response time.


80-GHz, tight beam for bulk measurement

LBR SicWave radar sensors handle dust and large measuring ranges with 80-GHz radar frequency, high dynamics and a tightly focused aperture angle. While conventional radar sensors with 6 GHz or 26 GHz frequencies have 10° to 15° aperture angles, LBR SicWave has a 3° aperture angle, which makes it comparable with a laser beam. This makes it easier to precisely align the sensor to the material surface without worrying about faults caused by interference from other installed equipment or deposits on walls.


Radar gains SIL certifications

Optiwave frequency-modulated, continuous-wave (FMCW) radar level transmitters have gained safety integrity level (SIL) level 2/3 certifications. This differentiates this range of 24 GHz and 80 GHz level radar transmitters, and expands the chemical and other applications in which they can operate. SIL 2/3 certifications attest that Optiwave meets EC 61508 SIL standards for hardware and systematic safety integrity. SIL 2 systems must function as required 99% of the time or better, while SIL 3 systems must work reliably 99.9% of the time.

800-356-9464; http://bit.ly/OPTIWAVE_SIL

Silicon sensor for accuracy, stability

FCX-AII V5 electronic level transmitter measures liquid levels and transmits a proportional 4-20 mA signal. It uses a micro-capacitive silicon sensor with a digital signal processor to provide accurate, stable performance. FCX-AII V5 also features high accuracy of ±0.165% with ±0.1% available as an option; high immunity against temperature variations and overpressure; HART/Fuji Electric communication, hazardous area approvals, stainless-steel electronics housing; and a selection of wetted-part materials.

Fuji Electric

Non-contact radar, integrated antenna

Type 8139 non-contact radar level meter has an integrated antenna (G or NPT connection), which makes it suitable for continuous level measurement of aggressive liquids, especially in small vessels. It also features a plastic horn antenna (with mounting bracket) for measurements in open flumes or gauge measurement in water; flange connection (DIN 2501) with encapsulated antenna system; and clamp connection (DIN 32676, ISO 2852) with encapsulated antenna system for hygienic requirements.

Burkert Fluid Control Systems
949-223-3100; www.burkert-usa.com

Radar performance at ultrasonic price

VEGAPULS 80 GHz radar sensors use precision focusing to deliver reliable measurements regardless of internal obstructions, changing temperatures, condensation or dust. Its new series includes a standalone, loop-powered sensor available either as a compact version with cable connection housing or with an IP68 housing and fixed cable connection. VEGAPULS' sensors can be easily adjusted via Bluetooth with a smartphone or tablet PC, which makes setup and diagnostics easier.

VEGA Americas
800-FOR-LEVEL (367-5383); www.vega.com/vegapuls

Guided wave radar for SIL 2/3

Eclipse Model 706 is a loop-powered, 24-VDC level transmitter based on guided wave radar (GWR), and is suitable for use in SIL 2/3 certified safety loops. It has no moving parts and can be interchanged with all probe types up to 850 °F / 6,250 psi (450 °C / 431 bar). Eclipse 706 can serve in saturated-steam applications up to 3,000 psi (207 bar) and 800 °F (425 °C) with a side-mounted chamber, and in cryogenic applications down to -320 °F (-196 °C). Electronics can also be mounted up to 12 ft (3.6 m) from its probe.

Magnetrol International

Proof tests and point levels

Liquiphant FTL51B and FTL41 vibrating fork (vibronic) level instruments detect point levels, and provide proof test, verification and IIoT functions, such as FTL51B's access via wireless Bluetooth, automatic proof tests and verification, and easy commissioning via mobile devices. FTL51B also has a vibronic sensor that's unaffected by changing media properties, flow, turbulence, gas bubbles, foam, vibration or build-up. It works in process temperatures -58 °F to 302 °F (-50 to 150 °C) and pressures up to 1,450 psi (100 bar).


Continuous gauge for harsh settings

X96SI continuous level gauges are suited for harsh conditions. They can be remotely or integrally mounted with a continuous level range configured to exacting requirements. X96SI is Ethernet capable, so configurations, software updates and data logging can be completed via web browser. X96SI/R is available with explosion-proof, weatherproof or stainless-steel housings. With a master/slave configuration, it can accommodate up to 15 120-inch detectors.

859-342-8500; https://ronan.com/products/ronan-measure/continuous-level-measurement

Level switch for dust collectors

Dynatrol DJ level switch provides high- or low-point level detection of bulk solids; operates in dusty environments and vessels with vibrators; and maintains consistent results in powders and granulated materials. These durable level detectors have no moving parts, gaskets or seals, and rely on mechanical oscillations to determine if the probe is covered or uncovered. Dynatrol DJ is reliable, approved for Class III services, as well as for Class I, Groups C & D and Class II, Groups E, F & G, and is Class III approved.

Dynatrol division of Automation Products Inc.
800-231-2062, 713-869-0361; www.dynatrolusa.com

Non-contact lasers for solids and liquids

OptioLaser L100 and L200 laser level transmitters are reported to be ideal for level, distance and position measurement of solid and liquid surfaces. They employ a very narrow beam that can measure long and short distances at virtually any angle. OptioLaser L100/L20s are made of stainless-steel, rugged, and built for the harshest environments. They're fully programmable and include simple to use software. They can also be configured for distance or level measurement.


Pulse-burst, parabolic antenna

Pilotrek Model WPP-11N-4 pulse-burst radar transmitter features a precision, miniature-parabolic antenna in a small, compact, 148-mm diameter, polypropylene enclosure. Its parabolic antenna has S to N ratio, very low dielectric measurement capability, 75 ft range, and a tight 5° beam angle for use in tanks, wells, sumps and lift stations. Pilotrek WPP-11N-4 also features mounting brackets, and programming that is simple and easy by using Nivelco E-View program and HART SAT 504 modem.

Nivelco USA LLC
630-848-2100; www.nivelco.com

Overfill protection, independent float

Level Plus LevelLimit is a liquid level transmitter with integral HI level overfill protection. It uses magnetostrictive technology, and can measure product and interface levels, temperature and volume. Its electrically isolated, HI level detection uses a separate set of electronics and reed switching to offer a digital I/O output based on the movement of an independent HI level float, which offers mechanical testing for manual verification of overfill protection.

MTS Sensors
800-633-7609; www.mtssensors.com/Products/Liquid-Level-Transmitters/LevelLimit-transmitter

80-GHz, compact radar transmitter

Sitrans LR100 series 80-GHz radar transmitters are compact instruments with a narrow beam for flexible installations in existing vessel openings, and can even be applied non-intrusively on plastic vessels. Their 80-GHz, high-frequency signal delivers robust, reliable measurements, even in challenging environments, such as those with vapors, condensation, turbulence or solids. Sitrans LR100's custom microchip delivers fast response and high sensitivity to detect even the weakest signals.


Wide flag design, viewing angle

1100 Series magnetic level indicator (MLI) uses one of the widest, most visible indicating flag designs, which can be easily read from 250 feet (76 meters). Along with its patented 200° vista viewing angle indicator and five-year warranty on the chamber, 1100 Series MLI includes nitrogen-purged and sealed indicators. With designs for flashing/boiling applications and cryogenic services, 1100 Series MLI can be customized for rigorous process conditions.

913-888-2630; www.sorinc.com/products/magnetic-level-indicators/1100-series-magnetic-level-indicators

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