How Shunt Is Your Shunt Calibration?

Resistor on a Circuit Board“Is your Shunt Calibration full-scale output or only 80%?”

While that question might put the brakes on almost any holiday festivities you partake in this month, it is an important question. Today we’re going to take a closer look at the two different processes used to produce Shunt Cal, and why more is at stake than just the amount of output each generates.

So, do you know if your Shunt Cal is full-scale or only 80%?

Ultrasonic Sensors: Range Vs Frequency

ultrasonic sensor over canalUltrasonic sensors are pretty cool. Transducers send and receive waves, measurements magically get spit out by the sensor, and nothing had to touch anything, right? You can choose sensors based on range, or type of transducer, or even safety ratings. Most sensors declare their range and frequency together, which seems kind of odd. Why is the range of an ultrasonic sensor tied to its frequency? For the answer, we turn again to our old friend, high school physics.

Tracking Your Data In All Your Unusual Places

Sluice gate on a ranch canalLet’s be honest: I say “level measurement,” you think “fluid in a tank.” It’s ok; most people do. And if we’re really honest with each other, you can admit that you probably were thinking about an industrial tank, related to factory production of some kind. And again, it’s ok. But there’s so much more to level measurement!

One of fastest growing industries for level measurement is agriculture. No, really! Farmers and ranchers have just as much to gain from automated resource management as manufacturing production managers. Let’s look at just a few of the ways agricultural businesses are benefiting from incorporating level measurement into their operations.

Best Installation Practices For A Daisy Chain Network

tangled wiresSo, you need to monitor the levels of several tanks from a remote point. What is the best way to do this, and where should you begin? For many situations, daisy chaining the sensors—for example, in an RS485 Modbus network—is a simple, reliable, accurate, and cost effective way to simultaneously monitor the levels in several tanks. The best way to get started is by following a few basic installation practices.