Doing The Dos: Five Tips For Taking Care Of Your Sensor Diaphragm

diaphragm damaged by over pressureFor all continuous output pressure sensors, no matter the application, the component most sensitive to external factors, and most crucial to sensor functionality, is the sensing diaphragm. If it is not working correctly, either your readings will be incorrect or, in extreme cases, you will have no readings at all.

So often in the world around us, we hear “Don’t do this” or “Don’t do that” yadda, yadda, yadda…. Let’s try a more positive approach. Here are five Dos which, if followed, will keep your sensor and its diaphragm performing great.

3 Tips To Safely Install A Pressure Transmitter

how to install a pressure transducerCatastrophic pressure transducer failure isn’t pretty or cheap, and at high pressure, little problems can make for big problems. So let’s review the little things that need to be correct to ensure a long, effective (and safe!) life for your pressure transducer.

Fitting Pressure Rating

The pressure ratings of three components need to be greater than the expected system pressure: the line or vessel being monitored, the transducer, and the fitting attaching the pressure sensor to the line or vessel. This seems like Pressure System 101, and while ensuring the pressure rating of tank or pipe and pressure transducer exceeds the expected system pressure, the pressure rating of the fitting is sometimes overlooked.

The Ultrasonic Level Sensor Installation Checklist

ultrasonic level sensor installationOver the years we have provided several articles on how to install an ultrasonic sensor, proper mounting, using a stilling well, as well as the top 10 mistakes with ultrasonic sensors. Well today is your lucky day. We are making life a bit easier for you and combining these articles into one fun to read complete installation guide!

Proper mounting is critical for the successful operation of an ultrasonic sensor. I know it sounds a bit heavy, but trust us, if you nail the installation you are on your way to worry free readings. In a few minutes you will be able to sit back and relax while you enjoy success.

Physically installing an ultrasonic sensor is actually quite simple, however preparation is the key. There are some essential steps you can take to ensure it is just right. We want to make sure your good sensor performs its best and is happy – so let’s start with the pre-installation.

Float Switch Installation: Step-by-Step Wiring Instructions

kari float switch miniature modelControlling pumps with your standard cable suspended float switch is honestly a pain in the neck. You’ll need at least two of them to get the job done, with a controller that handles all the logic. You have to tie them to some conduit to keep them from getting tangled. And the failure rate isn’t that great either.

Most maintenance technicians expect them to fail two or three years into service.

That’s why the Kari float switch is so awesome. It can have up to four switch points in a single float, built-in hysteresis to handle the logic, and doesn’t need to be secured to conduit since you usually only need one.

And they last a very long time. Some Kari Float Switches have been in service for over 20 years.

Almost More Than You Want To Know About Wiring Float Switches

normally open/normally closed float switchAs simple as a float switch is, it still seems daunting to wire one. Visualization is key to making the right connections. If you can’t map out the schematic in your head, wiring without a little help can be challenging.

Luckily, it’s easier than you think. With a wire guide from the manufacturer and a few helpful visual aids from us, you’ll be all set to rock your next float switch installation – no matter where it’s going.

We’ll cover how to wire a basic on-off float switch, how to wire a few of them, and how to wire one switch with multiple switch points.

How To Mount An Ultrasonic Sensor Above Open Water

a boom for mounting an ultrasonic sensor above a river

Field Survival Guide

The Field Survival Guide is a series of articles that show you how to overcome common problems you run into out in the wild. It’s what MacGyver would do if he were in your shoes.

Ever wondered how to mount an ultrasonic in the open air, above a body of liquid in a stream or pond?

The truth is you can mount an ultrasonic sensor above open water however you want – as long as it follows the basic rules of ultrasonic mounting. Here are the rules again...

How To Make A Standpipe And Wave Guide For Your Ultrasonic Sensor

Field Survival Guide

The Field Survival Guide is a series of articles that show you how to overcome common problems you run into out in the wild. It’s what MacGyver would do if he were in your shoes.

a standpipe for your ultrasonic sensor is a handy tool

There’s no sense in hiding the truth - ultrasonic sensors can be difficult to mount.

Every now and then, you run into common problems that make it seem like mounting an ultrasonic level sensor is impossible. A few of the more common issues we hear about are: ...

What It Takes to Install a Magnetic Tank Gauge

Installing a magnetic tank gauge can be easy with the right equipmentCall it what you want, a magnetic level sensor, a stem sensor, a float, or even a stick level sensor, when you decide to use one, you need to understand the installation requirements to make things go quickly and smoothly.

The primary concern for installing a magnetic level sensor is the mounting, as wiring is simple and consistent. Mounting can be very easy, even for a sensor with a very long stem, as long as you have the right equipment. For example, a 20 ft. long sensor will likely require a few hands on deck, and perhaps a lift – such as some scissor lifts or a cherry picker.

Ultrasonic Sensors Top 10 Mistakes Countdown: Part 2

We wrap up our discussion on ultrasonic sensor mistakes with the top five.About a month ago, we gave you Part 1 of our series on the top 10 mistakes made in selecting, installing, and using ultrasonic sensors. The first part covered mistakes ten through six.

Today, we'll wrap it up with the remaining five:

#5: Poor mounting angle

The transducer face of the sensor must be perpendicular to the target in order to receive the maximum sound wave energy reflecting back. This is even more important as the sensing range increase.

#4: Inappropriate application

Not all materials and objects...

Ultrasonic Sensor Mounting Tips

ultrasonic sensor mounting is critical to proper performance

Proper mounting is critical for the successful operation of an ultrasonic sensor. Mounting mistakes are one of the most common installation pitfalls with ultrasonics. However, it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Here are a few practical guidelines that can help ensure trouble free installation for your ultrasonic level sensors.

  • Make sure the face of the sensor is perpendicular to the target surface. If the sensor is a few degrees off perpendicular the target may not be detected.
  • Mount the sensor in a location that provides an unobstructed column of air from the sensor to the target. Generally speaking you need a 3-4 foot...