Tank Monitoring Systems Explained
When working with fuels, liquids, or even some bulk solids, it is important to know how your inventory is being utilized. Tank monitoring systems measure the level of virtually any liquid in storage tanks. Data is transmitted to a host database, allowing for remote viewing and logistical management that reduces costs associated with storage, distribution and delivery increasing operational efficiency.
At the tank level, sensors are used to determine how much substance remains. These sensors come in a variety of designs based upon the project. Float style sensors tend to be used in fluids that are similar in bouancy to water, while in applications involving highly-viscous materials may use a sensor that utilizes ultrasonic or infrared technology. Along with level sensors, a plethora of devices can be used to determine other variables such as temperature, pressure, and whatever else you may need to monitor.
The second stage of tank monitoring systems is at the sending unit. For many cases this would be an RTU, though in some applications, a secondary wireless transponder is used to link the controller with the sensors. This level of equipment is responsible for the active monitoring of specified parameters. If the values fall outside of a specified range, or a certain point is hit, an alarm is sent back to the Master Station. This allows for a rapid and efficient response.
Used for database and inventory management, remote level monitoring allows customers to control and monitor tank levels remotely through the use of on-site sensors, controllers, and off-site master stations.
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