New products from Vega aim to make measurement more safe

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Vega’s non-contact, continuous level measurement system Vegapuls 69 continues to prove its versatility in bulk solid measuring, being utilised for the purpose of rock crusher level control, a suitably high-risk operation.

Placed at a distance above the crushing system, the Vegapuls 69 can accurately measure feeds to the rock crusher despite extreme noise and dust generation thanks to high-quality signal focusing.

It has a measuring range of up to 120 metres, app integration, and is available in two variants; one with a plastic antenna for lighter applications, and another with a stainless steel flange for heavy-duty applications.

Another area where storage and measurement can prove hazardous is liquid gas. Liquid gas in spherical tanks are a volatile element of petroleum processing, and oil refineries have become increasingly strict regarding requirements for measuring sensors, which are generally mounted on ball valves.

Previously, Vega radar level sensors have not been recommended for this kind of connection due to the potential interferences and false echoes caused by the ball valves and associated mounting brackets but Vega’s Vegapuls 64 relies on specific techniques to vastly reduce noise levels associated with ball valves, resulting in much better signal focusing for liquid gas measurement.

The sensor uses an 80GHz frequency and can be installed on existing shut-off devices, reducing or eliminating modification and retrofitting costs for the end user. It comes with a front-flush PTFE antenna that has a very high chemical and temperature resistance (suitable up to 200 degrees celsius) and requires no seal.

The first sensors in the field have shown that the new Vegapuls 64 qualifies as a truly universal sensor; while well-suited for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks without standpipe, it can also reliably measure levels in practically any kind of storage or process tank.

Vega hopes these new solution will provide improved cost efficiency, convenience and reliability for operators.