New ABB Transmitter Wins Product Design Award

July 23, 2021
ABB’s LST200 ultrasonic level transmitter receives the Red Dot Award for best in category for physical and technical design.

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ABB announces it has won the Red Dot Award for the product design of its new ultrasonic level transmitter. The design award was granted to ABB in recognition of “an innovative product which increases accuracy and optimizes performance in industrial water processes,” according to the company.

ABB’s LST200 ultrasonic level transmitter was reportedly awarded best in category for physical and technical design. The transmitter is particularly notable for solving the surface condensation challenge often faced by plant owners, where a buildup of water has historically affected accuracy of essential plant readings, according to the company. The LST200 reportedly uses new generation, active surface technology known as a “lotus effect” whereby the liquid will drop off before it pools into larger drops that may then cause problems. 

The Red Dot Award is an international design prize that began in 1955. More than 15,000 admissions are submitted annually from over 70 countries around the world, according to ABB.   

The Red Dot Awards jury reportedly says, “This robust level gauge impresses with a simplicity that has been thought through down to the last detail. It presents itself as a proven means of ensuring efficiency and reliability.”

The smart ultrasonic level transmitter is used to measure distance between one object and another by establishing the time between emission and reception. It can be used in various industrial environments but has been designed especially for water and wastewater treatment applications. Its design focuses on simple operation and reliability. It is modular, which lends itself towards ease of installation, maintenance and upgrading, according to the company. A built-in interference filter ensures that information obtained from the sensor can be used and analyzed easily. Features include adaptive intelligent algorithms based on long-term experience data and the inclusion of the ABB Ability Field Information Manager software for the PC, which improves customer configuration efficiency. Using an ultra-stable algorithm, the device reportedly can detect environmental changes including temperature, disturbance, measuring distance and signal strength. It then automatically compensates the variations to keep the device performing at its best.

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