Mini Capacitance Probes: Liquids, Solids and Extended

The mini capacitance probes are available in three models: MCP-100, MCP-200 and MCP-300. The models are respectively used in point level measurement for liquids, solids and detection of liquids.

Mini capacitance probe: Point level for liquids

The MCP-100 compact sensor is useful for measuring the level and detecting pressure in water-based liquids. This probe is an economical, hygienic sensor for liquids when users have an FDA or 3A requirement. It is perfect for small fittings on users’ existing tanks. The MCP-100 ensures hygienic process control for food, pharma and beverage.

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The MCP-100 is ideal for sanitary use in the processing of food, beverages (such as soft drinks, beer and juices), milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products. It can also be used in water purification processes by bottlers of drinking water, soft drinks, beer or juices for human consumption.

In the area of pharmaceuticals, the MCP-100 ensures the hygienic processing of liquids added to OTC and prescription medications or supplements for animals or humans.

The MCP-100 can be easily set up using Wireless Bluetooth on a user’s phone or can be programmed on a PC. The probe offers visual alerts through a colorful LED to indicate status display with adjustable coloration.

The hygienic connectors provided in the MCP-100 come in the form of stainless steel 316L ½″ NPT, ¾″ NPT and G1/2 fittings. PLC integration can be achieved by connecting the probe to a control system through an IO-link. The MCP-100 comes in custom configurations with short lead times and quick price quotes.

Applications

  • Measurement of point level and pressure in purified water production
  • Hygienic processes in pharmaceutical or food and beverage sectors
    • Level measurement for pipelines, tanks or vessels that contain water-based liquids
    • Milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products
    • Purified water for drinking or processing applications

Features

  • Can be combined into PLCs and existing control systems in a simple manner through IO-link communication
  • Wireless Bluetooth setup and IO-link connection
  • Colorful LED, status display with adjustable coloration
  • Sanitary ½″ NPT, ¾″ NPT and G1/2 stainless steel connectors
  • Additional hygiene and explosion-proof approvals

Specifications

  • Process pressure: -1 to 25 bar, or 14 to 362 psi
  • Process temperature of  -40 °F to 239 °F, or -40 °C to 115 °C
  • Ambient temperature of -40 °F to 158 °F, or -40 °C to 70 °C
  • EPDM and FKM seal material
  • Materials and wetted parts are made of 316L Stainless Steel and PEEK
  • IP66/IP67 and IP69 protection rating
  • 3A and FDA foodstuffs/pharma approvals
  • Threaded connection with ½″ NPT, ¾″ NPT and G1/2 connectors
  • Programming through PC, phone or tablet using Bluetooth
  • Output is through IO-link and NPN/PNP transistor
  • Backlit LED display with programmable coloration

Mini capacitance probe: Point level for solids

The MCP-200 compact sensor helps perform level detection for light bulk solids. It serves as a cost-effective sensor for level monitoring while processing materials with high hygiene requirements. It is also perfect for vessels that require small fittings.

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The MCP-200 can be used as a solids level indicator for the food, pharma and beverage industries. It can be used in regular settings or even in FDA environments for milling (perfect for wet or dry milling), to detect if the hopper is empty, and to prevent outages that can cause undue equipment wear.

In the area of medicines or supplements, the MCP-200 ensures a continuous supply of active ingredients and empty capsules into the capsule-filling process. Thanks to the point level measurement, overfilling of finished capsule vessels is prevented.

The MCP-200 helps monitor differential pressure and low and high levels in vessels and storage tanks used for filtration and separation, for example, in the brewing process. In tank feeders, the instrument helps perform point level monitoring of pelleted feed to guarantee tanks do not operate empty in aquaculture and at fisheries.

It is easy to configure the MCP-200 using wireless Bluetooth on a phone or by programming on a PC. The MCP-200 offers visual alerts through a colorful LED to provide status display with adjustable coloration.

The instrument features hygienic connectors with G½″, G1″ with metallic sealing, G1″ with o-ring, or a welded socket. PLC integration can be performed by connecting the instrument to a control system through an IO-link. Custom configurations of the MCP-200 also come with short lead times and quick price quotes.

Applications

  • Level measurement for vessels, tanks, feeders or hoppers that contain bulk solids
  • Regular environments or hygienic processes in pharmaceutical or food and beverage industries
    • Pelleted feeding operations in aquaculture and fisheries
    • Malted grain and food ingredients used for processing beverage
    • Supplements, medications, vitamins or nutraceuticals

Features

  • Colorful LED provides status display with adjustable coloration
  • Wireless Bluetooth setup and IO-link connection
  • Optional hygiene and explosion-proof approvals
  • Hygienic connectors featuring welded socket adapter, G½″, G1″ with metallic sealing, or G1″ with o-ring
  • Can be integrated easily into existing control systems and PLCs through IO-link communication

Specifications

  • Process temperature: -40 °F to 239 °F, or -40 °C to 115 °C
  • Ambient temperature: -40 °F to 158 °F, or -40 °C to 70 °C
  • Process pressure: -1 to 25 bar, or 14 to 362 psi
  • FDA foodstuffs/pharma approvals
  • Materials and wetted parts are made of 316L Stainless Steel and PEEK
  • Programming can be done using a PC, phone or tablet via Bluetooth
  • Threaded connection with ½″ NPT and G½
  • Output is via PNP/NPN transistor
  • FKM seal material
  • Backlit LED display with programmable coloration
  • IP66/IP67 and IP69 protection rating

Extended mini capacitance probe: Point level detection for liquids

The MCP-300 is a small-sized sensor that comes with stainless steel tube extensions with a length of 2.5″–9.8″. This probe is ideal for users who require a compact capacitance probe in a custom length, intend to perform flooding detection in a pump room and have an FDA requirement.

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The customized and compact MCP-300 probes serve both regular and hygienic applications for versatile point level detection. When used in pump rooms, the MCP-300 probes safeguard pumps against water damage due to water leaks. In breweries, these probes maintain the correct levels in wort tanks and foamy hops.

In the area of dairy culture, the MCP-300 helps control fermentation processes while producing butter, yogurt, cheeses and kefir. In the foodstuffs sector, it helps meter the level of enzymes or coagulants added to milk while making cheese.

Tube extensions are available in different lengths such as 2.5″, 3.9″, 5.9″, 7.9″ or 9.8″. The color of the LED status light changes according to the sensor status. The hygienic design of the MCP-300 features fittings and connectors for easy sanitation. The FDA approvals offered to MCP-300 enable its use in the production of pharmaceuticals, food or beverages. Users can get the MCP-300 designed to a custom length ideal for the user’s process.

Applications

  • Pump room
    • Safeguard pumps against water damage due to water leaks
    • Detects flooding and alerts if water reaches sensor level
  • Food storage
    • Metering level of coagulants mixed with milk while making cheese
    • Guaranteeing sufficient rennet enzymes levels in cheese vats to ensure thickening
  • Milk cultures
    • Point level detection in vessels used to start dairy cultures
    • Used in production of butter, yogurt, cheese and kefir
    • Sensor resistant to changes in heating, cooling and fermentation cycle
  • Beer making
    • Reliably measures despite condensation, foam and solids during the process
    • Stops over filling and guarantees proper level and pressure while cooking hops and wort in the wort tank
    • FDA approvals and hygienic fittings for food-grade use

Features

  • Optional hygiene and explosion-proof approvals
  • Stainless steel extensions in custom lengths from 2.5″ to 9.8″
  • Hygienic ½″ NPT, ¾″ NPT and 1″ NPT stainless steel fittings
  • Colorful 360° LED, status display with adjustable coloration
  • Simple setup through Bluetooth and M12 plug-in connector
  • IO-link connection and wireless Bluetooth setup
  • Can be integrated easily into existing control systems and PLCs through IO-link communication

Specifications

  • Process temperature of -40 °F to 239 °F, or -40 °C to 115 °C
  • Ambient temperature of -40 °F to 158 °F, or -40 °C to 70 °C
  • Process pressure of -1 to 25 bar, or 14 to 362 psi
  • IP66/IP67 and IP69 protection rating
  • EPDM and FKM seal material
  • Materials and wetted parts made of 316L Stainless Steel and PEEK
  • Backlit LED display with programmable coloration
  • Threaded connection featuring ½″ NPT, ¾″ NPT, 1″ NPT
  • FDA foodstuffs/pharma approvals
  • Output through NPN/PNP transistor and IO-link
  • Programming performed using PC, phone or tablet through Bluetooth

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