Delivering Reliable Level Values in Small Vessels with Compact Radar Sensors

VEGA has added new continuous-level measurement instruments to the well-established VEGAPULS series. The new radar instrument series is based on 80 GHz technology and offers a genuine economic and performance alternative to ultrasonic technology owing to a newly built microchip.

It is also appropriate for more price-sensitive applications, such as those in the water and wastewater sector or auxiliary systems in process automation.

One unique benefit is that there is no dead zone between measurements made by the new sensors and the top of the vessel. Therefore, specific application areas include storage and buffer tanks or emergency power production systems.

Measurement Up to the Top of the Container

Emergency power generators are a crucial safety precaution in a power outage to keep intricate production systems running. The fuel is frequently kept in day tanks and a main tank.

The level in the tanks is regularly monitored to make sure there is always enough fuel available. Even when measuring media with low reflecting qualities, the new small sensor provides reliable results.

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Small Process Fittings for Cramped Installation Conditions

Material replenishment for ongoing processes is ensured by storage and buffer tanks. The new radar sensors can truly show off their advantages because they can be employed in limited installation spaces and small process fittings.

Even when the medium emits intense vapors, the sensors nevertheless provide accurate measurements. They are also Ex-approved for use with combustible media. They can be employed in a variety of applications because nothing forbids it.

Delivering Reliable Level Values in Small Vessels with Compact Radar Sensors

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Related Applications

Fuel tank

Level measurement of fuel

At lift stations, backup generators are a typical safety measure to preserve operation during power outages. The fuel is stored in day tanks at every lift station as well as a main tank at the facility. The level in the tanks is constantly monitored to ensure there will be enough fuel when needed.

Delivering Reliable Level Values in Small Vessels with Compact Radar Sensors

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  • Measuring task
    • Level measurement
  • Measuring point
    • Tank
  • Measuring range up to
    • 1.5 m
  • Medium
    • Fuel oil
  • Process temperature
    • 0…40 °C
  • Process pressure
    • –1 … +2 bar
  • Special challenges
    • Low dielectric constant and small head space
  • Reliable
    • Accurate measurement on low dielectric fuel oil
  • Cost effective
    • Unique tank shapes do not impact measurement
  • User friendly
    • Convenient, small ¾’’ NPT process fitting

Controllers

The extra VEGAMET controllers are an addition to the VEGAPULS instrument line. All measured values can be seen on the devices’ large graphic displays.

The instrument series is perfect for the simple installation of pump control, flow measurement in open channels, or level alarms for overfill prevention as it was specifically created to satisfy the demands of the water and wastewater sector. To shield them from the impacts of the weather, the controllers have weatherproofed field housing.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by VEGA Grieshaber KG.

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