Many industries make use of liquid components and have to make use of complex tank systems. No matter if your tank systems are used in production, cleanup, or storage, you need such systems to be predictable and as easy to manage as possible. Float sensors and tank level sensors allow you to carefully monitor, track, and respond to any emergencies concerning your company’s tanks.
Float Switches Uses
A float switch can be configured to serve many practical purposes in a tank. Available in horizontal, vertical, and specialized designs, float switches can be used on a variety of different tanks and in different business applications. In addition, the use of different materials such as steel and PVC allows you to use float switches in different temperature conditions and different substances. Some common uses of float switches include the following:
- Drainage: a tank can fill during normal production requiring drainage. A float switch can be linked to a pump and drainage system to remove excess liquid as needed for disposal or storage in a different tank if needed.
- Filling: in some industries tanks are slowly drained during normal business operations and need occasional refilling. A float switch can be attached to a filling system to refill a tank when it falls past a certain level. This prevents possible issues and streamlines production.
- Activate an Alarm: some situations require direct intervention such as manual shutdown. In situations such as these, the float switch can be set to trigger an alarm alerting employees and management to this need. Alarms can be visual, sound-based, or both.
- Prevent Damage: finally, some switches are set up as fail-safe devices. The activation of a pump, drainage system or alarm is done to prevent damage to company goods, equipment, or employees. Some float switches make use of a two-stage system (such as dual pumps) to prevent safety failures.
Level Sensors Uses
In any tank, you need to be able to monitor the level of the liquids contained within. A level sensor allows you to track the contents of a tank and, depending on your needs, you may want to be alerted when it fills or when it empties. In addition, measuring tank contents manually or simply looking into it can be imprecise and also take up valuable time. A level system provides the following advantages:
- Consistent Monitoring: by having constant tank monitoring in place, you prevent errors in daily business operations which can cause either delays or damages.
- Easy to Manage: many level sensors are easy to maintain with few moving parts, allowing you to keep track of important information easily.
- Fits Your Specific Need: there are different types of level sensors to suit your business needs. Examples of this include sensors designed to be used without electricity, making them ideal for portable or remote locations, multi-point sensors for quick reading, ultrasonic sensors for highly precise measurements, and continual level motoring, so you always have exact figures on hand.
Tanks are a common sight in many businesses. However, they play an important role in production. Using float switches and tank level sensors allows you to streamline daily activity and also increases overall safety. These devices can be set up in many types of tanks and for many industries.