Level Scanner Tolerates Harsh Environments

Feb. 15, 2012
New model is suited for use in cement, aluminum and power industries.

BinMaster Level Controls has launched the 3DLevelScanner HE, designed for use in storage silos containing materials such as clinker, alumina, and fly ash. This new model features an operating temperature range of up to 250 degree Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius) to accommodate temperatures that may be present when material that has been heated in the production process is conveyed into storage silos.

Designed to handle dust and high humidity, the 3DLevelScanner HE is suited for the cement, aluminum and power industries, as well as for large silos where material surfaces are uneven or difficult to measure. Depending on the diameter and height of the silo and the desired level of volume accuracy, one or more units can be mounted on top of the silo.

Each sensor sends pulses in a 70-degree beam angle, taking multiple measurements from the material surface and continually mapping the material surface to detect changes in level, account for uneven surface topography, and calculate a volume estimate for the silo’s contents.

3DLevelManager software reports the lowest and highest points detected and the average level based upon a weighted average of all of the measurements detected in the bin. For the MV and the MVL models, a colorful graphical representation identifies high and low spots in the silo.