How to select a continuous level sensor
There are several factors to consider when selecting a continuous level sensor:
Measuring range: It is important to determine the range of the level that needs to be measured, as this will help you select a sensor with the appropriate measurement range. Consider the minimum and maximum levels that need to be measured and ensure that the sensor can accommodate this range.
Accuracy: The accuracy of the sensor is important, as it will determine the precision of the measurement. Consider the required level of accuracy for your application and select a sensor that meets these requirements.
Resolution: The resolution of the sensor refers to the smallest increment that the sensor can measure. A higher resolution sensor will be able to measure smaller increments, which may be necessary for certain applications. Consider the required resolution for your application and select a sensor with a suitable level of resolution.
Environmental factors: The environment in which the sensor will be used should be considered, as certain sensors may be more suitable for certain environments. For example, if the sensor is used in a harsh or corrosive environment, a durable, corrosion-resistant sensor may be necessary.
Output type: There are several different output types available for continuous level sensors, including analog, digital, and pulse. It is important to select a sensor with an output type that is compatible with your system. Consider the type of output that your system requires and select a sensor accordingly.
Cost: The cost of the sensor should be considered, as it can vary significantly depending on the features and performance of the sensor. Determine your budget and select a sensor that meets your requirements within this budget.
Compatibility with the substance being measured: The sensor should be compatible with the substance being measured in terms of chemical compatibility and the physical properties of the substance. Consider the properties of the substance being measured and select a sensor that is suitable for these conditions.
Measurement method: Continuous level sensors can use a variety of measurement methods, such as ultrasonic, radar, capacitance, and pressure. Select a sensor with a measurement method that is suitable for your application. Consider the properties of the substance being measured and the characteristics of the tank or container in which it is stored, as well as any environmental factors that may affect the measurement, and select a sensor that is appropriate for these conditions.
It may be helpful to consult with Icon Process Controls to determine which continuous level sensor is most suitable for your specific application.
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