Level measurement is a key aspect of many industrial process applications. Whether you’re looking for greater control and visibility into the process, improved safety, and/or environmental compliance, there are a range of industrial level measurement solutions that can be employed to assist in achieving your mission.  Here we highlight five articles from the Flow Control archives to help you sharpen your insight in the area of industrial level measurement.

1. Q&A: Industrial Level Measurement Questions Answered

Andreas Hessel, from Emerson Process Management’s Rosemount Process Level division, and Kenny Heidel, P.E., from Magnetrol International, recently fielded questions from Flow Control about trends in industrial level measurement. Read this quick-hitting Q&A for some insight on how modern level measurement technology is being utilized to the benefit of a range of process applications.

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2. How Guided Wave Radar Level Measurement Works

Although radar has been employed for industrial level measurement for many years, the concept is still perceived by some as a new technology. In certain cases, this perception has limited radar’s uptake in applications where it may provide a clear advantage over existing technology. Here we consider how guided wave radar level measurement works, specification considerations, and where and when it provides a clear application advantage.

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3. 12 Level Control Applications for Improved Power Plant Efficiency

Level control applications in power plants lend themselves to performance improvements that can enhance a plant’s overall safety, efficiency or profitability. Technologies offering more precise level indication that are not affected by process variables provide operators with the ability to better manage overall power plant performance. Here we examine some of the most common level control applications in the power generation industry.

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4. Can Ultrasonic Level Sensors Do Leak Detection?

Ultrasonic level sensors are incredibly versatile instruments. They can be very accurate, even from a long distance. They can be used with a wide range of chemicals since they don’t need to be in contact with the substance being measured. They can be used to measure liquids or solids, and software allows them to be configured easily. There is one thing, however, that ultrasonic level sensor can’t do … No matter how they are configured, they can’t be used as leak or liquid presence detectors.

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5. A Solution for 
Separation Success

In hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations at oil and gas wells, water and oil both come to the surface and must be separated. The process of removing water from the separation vessel is referred to as a “Water Dump.” The water is “dumped” to a treatment plant for processing, while the oil is removed from the top for further refining. Because of the high cost of treating the water, it is critical to know when the interface between the water and oil reaches a low point to prevent dumping oil to the water treatment facility. For water dump control, an on/off capacitance level switch inserted near the water outlet is almost always the preferred solution.

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