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When working with oil tanks, water tanks, or even some bulk solids, it is important to know how your inventory is being utilized. Remote monitoring storage tanks measure the level of virtually any liquid in storage tanks. In these monitoring and management systems, fuel level data is transmitted to a host database, allowing for remote tank viewing and logistical fuel management that reduces costs associated with storage, distribution, and delivery increasing operational efficiency. Let us take a look at a general tank monitoring solution.
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, such as a fuel tank monitoring system, 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. A tank level monitoring system will use these sensors to report to a unit in real-time, thus saving on sending technicians to check the tank gauges.
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 at a central location. This allows for a rapid and efficient response.
Lastly, a Master Station, such as a T/Mon, is used to display your alarm points. A master station should be able to send out alerts to your technicians when something is off with your tanks.
Ideally, your RTU will report tank and environmental levels to your master station, allowing you to monitor your these from a remote location. In something like a fuel monitoring system, this is perfect for cutting down on trips to check and refuel your tanks, allowing you to know at the exact moment you will need to refill your tanks.
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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