Why level measurement is vital to operational accuracy
- December 10, 2018
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: Systems
Total accuracy is core to an effective industrial system. That's why level measurement technologies are vital to operational accuracy and quality assurance in a range of industrial processes – no other solution can offer the same data-driven insight. The range of methods used by these devices to measure liquid levels also gives operators plenty of options to implement a tool that best suits their production system.
What are the benefits of using quality level measurement?
The benefits of using level measurement technology go far beyond what was covered in the opening paragraph. From reducing internal production costs to improving end-product quality, level measurement is essential at all levels of production.
Level measurement is the best means for accurately analysing the weight and volume parameters of a given substance. In an industrial process, this can mean quantifying slurry production or measuring the amount of material in a storage vat immediately.
Without the instant calculations offered by level measurement technologies, production processes would be prone to inefficient manual weighing and data inaccuracy, which can create hold-ups down the line and increases the need for data audits to ensure accuracy.
Quality checking an end-product
If a consumer product requires data collating during assembly, level measurement is the most effective means of recording accurate information. For example, level meausrement is essential to recording the quantity of coal cleaned before transport, giving operators a clear indication of production value.
Failing to use level measurement devices exposes operators to the risk of a devalued or compromised product. This can mean a sub-par good is delivered to market or can result in further production downtime as processing issues are investigated and addressed.
Preventing product recalls and lowered brand trust
Product recalls are damaging to industrial businesses in two ways. Firstly, they impact system productivity as production is halted to discover the problem. Secondly, this process leads to lowered consumer confidence in your business. A faulty good delivered to your customers can damage years of relationship building.
Level measurement as a quality assurance process reduces the risk of this issue arising and means operators can be confident they are delivering everything promised to their consumers. It also offers a means of covering industrial business' backs if they are asked to prove compliance with production records.
Laser, radar, ultrasonic – level measurement for all applications
Despite the undoubted benefits of level measurement technology, there is no one-size-fits-all means of using this equipment to suit every industrial application. That's why different devices employ differing level measurement detection methods.
The most commonly used equipment for industrial and mining purposes includes:
1) Laser level measurement
This equipment works by directing light waves at the solution you want to measure. The light reflected back off the solid material is recorded, as is the light that continues to ravel through the empty spaces, to generate a reading that is returned to the digital sensor. This device is employed in situations that require contactless functionality, such as measuring liquid slurry.
2) Radar level measurement
This device is used in a similar way to echolocation, tracking empty spaces and density volume through sound. This option is generally more cost-effective than laser or ultrasonic level measurement, and works well in measuring liquids. This works well in industrial processes that require water cooling and operations like sewage treatment.
3) Ultrasonic level measurement
Emitting pulses of sound at a rapid rate, this technology measures weight or depth using a similar theory of emission returned versus emissions lost as the laser equipment. Because the speed of sound can vary depending on the gas pressure in the surrounding environment, this solution works best with stable materials. It's often used to measure solids before they undergo chemical processes during industrial or mining production.
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