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3 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Fluid Level Sensor


This news story was published on May 13, 2020.
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If you work in the chemical processing, alternative energy, or industrial equipment manufacturing industries, then chances are at some point or another it will become necessary for you to purchase or work with a fluid level sensor of some sort. These sensors are engineered to give precise measurements of the amount of liquid in a vessel or container. 

There are many different types of fluid level sensors, though, and each type is designed to work with various kinds of liquids. If you are currently in the market for a fluid level sensor, then there are three things that you should consider before making your final purchase.

1. The Type of Liquid

First and foremost, you should consider the type of liquid you are going to be using your fluid level monitoring sensor for. Some fluids aren’t able to have certain types of sensors like float sensors. These float on top of the surface of the liquid that you are monitoring, so if the fluid you are working with is corrosive or could in any way damage a float monitor, then this isn’t the model for you.

That being said, there are ways of finding float monitors for liquids that won’t work well with a standard model of sensor. You can commission custom designed float switches to suit your needs if this is the type of monitor you really want to go with.

2. Environmental Factors

Once you have established what types of sensors will be compatible with the fluid you need to monitor, the next point to focus on relates to the environmental factors surrounding the vessel and other equipment. Things like temperature, pressure, and the size of the tank or vessel you are working with will be contributing factors to your final decision.

For example, there are certain types of sensors that will not operate correctly under certain temperatures or pressure levels. This is especially significant to keep in mind if you know that the fluid you will be measuring will undergo temperature or pressure changes at any time. While you might have a sensor installed that works well initially, if the temperature or pressure of the fluid changes outside of the range in which the sensor will work properly, you might end up with an inaccurate reading.

3. Price Point

As in all things relating to your business, price is an important factor to consider. Different types of monitors can be found at varying prices. Standard float sensors tend to be on the lower end with custom ultrasonic sensors will cost a bit more. You can also expect to pay more when you are working with massive quantities of liquids.

Also, try to find the most competitive prices that fit your budget. If this product is going to contribute to the safety of your machinery, then make sure that your budget is adjusted accordingly so that you don’t cut any corners in an attempt to save on cost.

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