The Net Advantage To You: Comparing The RST-5003 And The LOE Web Enabled Controllers

remote tank farmYou don’t ask for much.

You want to be able to control your Modbus sensor network, whether locally or remotely. Or both. You want automated, customizable alerts. You want data logging capabilities, and not just for reminiscing about the past; rather, you want enough data for both accurate forecasting and reliable trend identification.

Simple, right?

Right! It is simple! In fact, it’s so simple we’ve got two solutions for you: the RST-5003 and the LOE Web Enable Controllers. Both can control up to 10 Modbus sensors, have embedded webpages for local Ethernet setup and configuration, and connect directly to

So, which one makes more sense for you? Let’s take a look.

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 Use The Embedded Web Server On The LOE & RST-5000

RST-5000 series Tank Cloud controller on DIN railHere at APG, we are proud of our Tank Cloud Remote Tank Level Monitoring service. The ability to monitor tank levels remotely via a private and personalized website saves our customers time and money every day.

But remote monitoring isn’t the answer for everyone. For customers who want the ease of automated tank monitoring combined with local Ethernet controls, we offer the RST-5000 series control module and LOE ultrasonic sensors with Embedded Web Server technology. Both families of devices are designed to monitor networks of up to 10 APG Modbus sensors and allow for local control via Ethernet.

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:

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.

3 Tips To Picking A Home Heating Oil Tank Monitoring Solution

Residential heating oil tank access doorAs heating oil prices are at all time highs – over $3 more per gallon than it cost 20 years ago and almost 40 cents more than the dramatic spike in 2008 – distributing the resource effectively is an important part of serving your customers. Greater accountability and transparency for deliveries will be important, as will reports on usage to help your customers conserve energy and reduce heating expenses.

In addition, the cost of delivering the oil is increasing as gasoline and diesel are similarly priced. As a distributor of heating oil, you need to optimize delivery routes and prevent emergency or middle of the night runs.

The best way to accomplish all goals, both for your operation and for your customer’s peace of mind, is to monitor heating oil tank levels on the cloud.

However, rolling out a system like this requires upfront investment and the ROI is only achieved when it works properly. So what things do you look for when sourcing a monitoring system to ensure success?

Here are 3 important tips:...

Which Is Better For Remote Tank Level Monitoring – Cellular or Satellite?

Is satellite better than cellular for remote tank level monitoring?It’s a question as old as the Internet. Cellular and Satellite communications have been battling it out for a couple of decades now – which in today’s world of lightning fast technological advancement feels like an eternity. Will one ever supplant the other? Is there a king of communications for remote monitoring technology out there?