Wireless Tank Level Monitoring Solutions

three tanks in the middle of nowhereIf tank level measurement is crucial to your business, sooner or later you may need to monitor tank level activity at a remote location. This will require two pieces of technology: a sensor to do the monitoring, and communication equipment to give you remote access to the sensor data.

For many remote monitoring situations, fully wired scenarios are difficult or impractical at best. Cellular modems, wireless mesh radios, and wireless serial radios are popular technology choices for transmitting data where cabling is physically impossible or cost prohibitive.

Let’s look at how each one works.

Can Wifi Radio Meet Your Remote Monitoring Needs?

wifi antenna with solar powerSome resources are easy to keep tabs on. They are located conveniently close to monitoring equipment and power supplies, which are, in turn, easily integrated into your facility’s management systems. Press a button or click a mouse, and all you need to know pops up on a screen. It’s the ideal scenario, really.

Other resources, as many of you are keenly aware, are much more difficult to monitor. And, like Tolstoy’s unhappy families who are each unhappy in their own ways, each difficult monitoring scenario presents its own challenges. You might have one resource that is physically isolated from the majority of your resources. Or, perhaps the majority of your resources are isolated from each other. Or maybe power isn’t an issue, but network or control system access is. Or there isn’t any physical space for new cables or conduit. Each is difficult in its own ways.

One technology that continues to find new ways to overcome these difficulties is wifi radio. It may not solve all of your problems (yet), but with its flexibility, it might solve more than you realize.

How To Monitor Remotely In Heavily Wooded Areas

a green water tank in the forestSome large water storage tanks can be found in very remote areas; away from power, internet, and hidden in forest cover. We recently spoke with an operator who has such a tank a ½ mile away from his facility. He also mentioned that he and his technicians have been manually checking the tank multiple times per day for decades! Talk about health benefits from all that hiking!

As you can imagine, he was tired of checking tank levels this way and wanted to learn about what his options were. So we thought we would share with you what we shared with him.

How To Implement Remote Tank Level Monitoring With Tank Cloud

remote oil storage tanks in oklahomaWith Tank Cloud, you can implement remote tank level monitoring in a number of ways. The system is designed to be flexible enough for an OEM and reliable enough for end-users with critical applications. But to simplify the matter, there are really three ways to go about implementing Tank Cloud:

  • Traditional Wired
  • Integrating With Wireless
  • Working With A Remote Monitoring Provider

Each has its distinct advantages, which we’ll discuss in detail below.

3 Things You Need To Know To Create A Remote Monitoring Power Budget

battery powerAs remote tank level measurement begins to permeate the industry, the use of batteries is growing rapidly. With batteries comes a new set of requirements for tank level sensors. If they take too long to qualify a measurement, or if they draw too much power, it becomes difficult to find a battery that will last very long.

Introducing the power budget. A power budget details exactly how much power your remote monitoring installation will use and when – resulting in solid estimation for when the battery will need to be changed.

To create an accurate power budget, you’ll need some information from your sensor supplier. Here are 3 questions you need answered about your remote tank level monitoring sensor:

How To Build A Low Maintenance Remote Level Monitoring System

maintenance signIf you find yourself visiting a remote tank level monitoring site for troubleshooting and maintenance too often, then you are losing out on the benefit of having a remote monitoring system. This can happen to you when your sensors and their systems are either inadequate or installed improperly. So what can be done to ensure that you don’t end up in this sort of situation?

Here are three critical tips to creating a low maintenance remote monitoring solution:

Why Pressure Transducers Are The Best Remote Tank Level Sensors

remote storage tank in alaskaMany tanks, so it seems, are at the edge of existence. They make their home in the scorching desert, the frozen tundra, in the middle of cornfields, or on a steep mountain slope. While these landscapes may be breathtaking, they certainly don’t make sensor deployment easy or cheap.

And even if your tanks are city dwellers, you still don’t want to get unnecessarily spendy on your telemetry. That’s why a pressure transducer is the ideal choice.

How A Wireless Mesh Makes Tank Level Monitoring Easy

wireless mesh radio LED signal indicatorsWant to avoid wires? Want to lower the cost of installing sensors? If so, a wireless mesh is a good way to go. It’s a great solution for both remote and local tank level monitoring, and it’s an industrial grade, reliable, and proven technology.

What is a wireless mesh?

A wireless mesh network is a series of radios that talk to each other. It’s a point to multi-point radio solution. The big advantage is the radios can transmit reliably around obstacles such as geographic features, foliage, buildings, or inclement weather.

How To Cut The Cable & Go Wireless With Remote Tank Level Sensors

run with scissorsOne of the first questions we get asked about our remote tank level monitoring system, Tank Cloud, is whether or not it’s wireless. The answer is no, but we integrate very well with wireless. There are really two ways to cut the cable and go wireless with remote sensors:

  1. Point to Point/MultiPoint Radios
  2. Wi-Fi

Each has its own set of pros and cons. So which should you choose? This article will discuss when you should use each.

Innovative Company Reduces Water Consumption On Oil Rigs With Tank Cloud

oil rig at sunsetOne of our customers has developed a groundbreaking water re-use system for oil & gas drilling rigs. This development is a critical one as water use in the oil & gas industry has long been very high. Concerns over water use and contamination are important and one that our customer takes seriously.

They have created a graywater system that harvests wastewater from living quarters, treats it, and stores it for various uses on the rig, such as power washing and cementing.