Reed level sensor: Defining the measuring range flexibly

A float-based level sensor with a reed chain is really a trusted and comparatively economical solution for continuous level measurement in vessels. Users can define its measuring range flexibly within a given range. This article describes what needs to be taken into account.
With a reed-chain level sensor, the guide tube includes a defined amount of reed contacts, based on the measuring range. These are combined to form a measuring chain. The contacts react to the magnetic field of the float, which moves within the guide tube in line with the liquid level.
Accuracy depends on the distance between the contacts
The accuracy of this energy-free level monitoring depends, subsequently, on the distance between the individual contacts: small it is, the more accurate the measurement. Each level sensor in WIKA?s RLT series, for instance, enables measuring ranges with contact distances between 3 and 24 mm. However, a reed chain can’t be stretched along the entire amount of the guide tube. For the reason that you can find ?dead bands? at both ends of the tube, i.e. sections that the float does not detect due to design constraints (see graphic).
The graph shows the way the maximum possible measuring range (M) having an air-handling series level sensor is defined: Guide tube length (L) minus dead band (T) and 100 % mark (X).
Maximum measuring range isn’t a must
The measuring range of an even sensor therefore lies between your two dead bands specified in the info sheet. In this range, it is usually freely defined. However, it is by no means necessary to utilise the maximum possible measuring range in all applications. The precise adaptation of the number of contacts to the measuring task also has an economic advantage: The reed chain is among the priciest components in a level sensor.
Example ? Dry run monitoring
For dry run monitoring within an oil tank of a compressor, for instance, only the lower part of the guide tube is needed for the measurement. In this instance, top of the measuring point of the application form (100 % mark) is set correspondingly low. It marks the length to the sealing face of the procedure connection. The measuring range is thus defined by the following equation:
Measuring range length M = guide tube length L ? dead band T ? Bargain , the measuring range for detecting a maximum level is determined beginning with the sealing face. In this instance, the guide tube can be adapted to the length of the measuring range.
Note
More info on the RLT series level sensors can be found on the WIKA website. For those who have any questions, your contact will gladly assist you to.
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There are also out more about float-based level measurement using a reed chain in the following video:

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