SicWave – 80 GHz Free-space Radar Level Detection for all Liquids and Solids

The storage of products such as grains, sugar, ore and liquids can take up a lot of space, typically utilising silo systems which can reach considerable heights. Measuring the level of product within these storage facilities can be difficult at the best of times where both the height and the media within can cause various issues with accurate level sensing. Similarly, production processes that involve stirrers and preparation tanks can create internal environments where accurately measuring the level of the contents within is challenging.

Dust and Foam Frustrations

Dust, moisture, foams, the build-up of residues and other obstructions within a storage or processing vessel can frustrate your average sensor, leading to down time, additional costs and frustration. What you need is a sensing solution that can deliver reliable level sensing results no matter how tall the silo or how demanding the process and the media involved prove to be.

To address these challenges and more, SICK, world renowned for their sensor solutions, have created the high-specification SicWave LFR and LBR ranges of level sensors, these sensors utilise an 80 GHz free-space radar technology delivered via a highly-precise narrow beam that is a thousand times more sensitive than previous generations 26 GHz radar technology.

SicWave LBR – For Solid Media Level Detection

SicWave LBR sensors

Demanding situations require dedicated solutions, the SicWave LBR free-space radar provides continuous non-contact level measurements, is highly resistant to external interference, dust and deposits and works with all solids. A high-contrast built-in LCD display option is available, aiding set-up and installation and providing the user with essential sensor feedback data. Utilising a unique non-contact 80 GHz radar technology and a highly-focused narrow beam, the LBR range is simple to install and is maintenance-free. With a wide range of options such as antenna design, process connectivity and housing material types ensures these sensors are ready for any application.

Avoiding Those False Signals

The narrow field of view also avoids the potential for false signals caused by dusts and deposits on walls or by other obstructions inside the storage vessel the LBR Level Sensor helps prevent unexpected downtime.

SicWave is accessible using bluetooth

 

Remote set-up and interrogation of the sensors is straightforward, either using the on-board WPAN interface to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or through standard HART communication which also enables easy integration with control and diagnostic systems. These sensors feature a 4 – 20 mA output, allowing signals to be monitored and displayed on a cloud-based dashboard environment using IIoT gateways such as SICK’s Telematic Data Collector.

 

 

 

SicWave LBR Solid Media Level Sensor Range Features

  • Non-contact detection principle, continuous measurement
  • 80 GHz free-space radar with various antennas
  • Highly-focused narrow beam microwave radar pulse
  • Built-in high-contrast display option
  • Measuring range: up to 120 m
  • WPAN, HART and Bluetooth communication
  • 4-20 mA output
  • Process temperature: −40 °C to +200 °C
  • Process pressure: −1 bar to 20 bar
  • Sensor element accuracy ≤ 5 mm
  • Process connection options: thread, flange, special brackets
  • Housing: plastic (IP66 / IP67) or aluminium (IP66 / IP68)
  • Certificates: Ex d, Ex ia, Ex ta

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Typical SicWave LBR Sensor Applications

  • Crushers, belt transfer, raw meal, clinker and cement silos as well as silos for solid fuels
  • Breakers, storage silos for ore, silos in the metal and steel industry
  • Bulk material stockpiles, belt transfer, buffer and production silos in the mining industry
  • Storage and small silos in the food and beverage industry
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SicWave LFR for Liquid Level Detection

SicWave LFR Sensors

The 80 GHz SicWave LFR non-contact free-space radar sensor, with its highly-focused narrow beam, provides continuous level measurements, works with all liquids and is highly resistant to external interference, false signals, foam and deposits. Insensitive to material build-up, the LFR range of level sensors helps prevent unexpected downtime.

Up and Running in No Time!

Easy to commission, the LFR range can be put into operation quickly and easily and is maintenance-free. A wide range of options for antenna design, housing materials and a range of process connections ensure these sensors are ready for any application. A durable stainless-steel housing option is available for use in hygienic environments such as those required in the food, beverage and drug industries. A high-contrast built-in LCD display option is available, aiding set-up and installation and providing the user with essential sensor feedback data. Remote set-up and interrogation is carried out in the exactly the same way as the LBR range.

SicWave LFR Liquid Media Level Sensor Range Features

  • Non-contact detection principle, continuous measurement
  • 80 GHz free-space radar with various antennas
  • Highly-focused narrow beam microwave radar pulse
  • Built-in high-contrast display option
  • WPAN, HART and Bluetooth communication
  • 4-20 mA output
  • Measuring range: up to 30 m
  • Process temperature: −196 °C to +200 °C
  • Process pressure: −1 bar t0 25 bar
  • Accuracy of sensor element ≤ 1 mm
  • Process connection options: thread, flange, clamp
  • Housing: plastic (IP66 / IP67), aluminium (IP66 / IP68) or stainless steel (IP69)
  • Certificates: Ex d and Ex ia, WHG, shipbuilding

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SicWave LFR sensor in action

Typical SicWave LFR Sensor Applications

  • Chemical industry: large tank storage, storage and buffer tanks, reaction and transport containers
  • Oil and gas industry: mud pits, trip tanks, shakers and wastewater containers
  • Food and beverage industry: large, stirring and preparation tanks, thickener and filling tanks
  • Water industry: storage tanks for flocculants, coarse and fine screens
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Kempston Controls is the place to come to find the perfect SicWave Level Sensor for your next retrofit or installation project. Call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 441, use the enquiry form below, or contact us via email at – sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk.

 

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APM-MAX 21 and 23 Panel Meters, Process Signal & Power Monitoring in Full Colour!

The APM-MAX 21 and MAX 23 panel meters have been designed especially for engineers who need an effective way to monitor and display a range of power monitoring, process signals and analogue data. The capable metes combine the instant visual representation of an analogue meter with the unrivalled speed and accuracy of a digital meter. Accepting a wide range of electrical inputs, the APM-MAX 21 and 23 Panel Meters can display essential data via their full colour RGB LCD in a positive or negative format.

APM MAX Range

 

Feature packed,  including:

  • 16 million colour, RGB display, back light
  • 60 segment curve bar graph with programmable scale
  • 2 independent alarm set points
  • Combined digital and bar graph display
  • Positive or negative display type
  • Programmable 4-digit starburst display, custom messages and annunciators
  • 2 digital outputs, 1 analogue output
  • Modbus, RTU comms with optional TCP/IP connectivity
  • Selectable to measure voltage, current, frequency or watts

 

The MAX 23 is ideal for use as a process meter or a shunt meter, perfect for low-voltage applications, while the MAX 21 is perfect for measuring amps, voltage, frequency and power in high voltage applications.

Easy to configure, you can plug your APM-MAX 21, or MAX 23 into a computer using a USB cable and easily upload and download new configurations using the free-to-download configuration software.

Versatile and dependable, the MAX 21 and Max 23, with a 25% larger screen than the standard APM Panel Meters, are easily installed into electrical cabinets and display panels and come as standard with two digital inputs and one serial input providing a capable colourful solution for your power display needs.

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The APM-Max 21 Full Colour Panel Meter

AMP MAX 21

The APM-MAX M21, with either a negative or positive full colour RGB display, can be configured to measure amps, voltage, frequency or power (Watts, VA, VAR & Power Factor) and almost any analogue signals and feature an array of configuration options, ideal for high voltage industrial and commercial applications.

 

APM-Max 21 Panel Meter Specifications

  • Full-colour, 4 digit, RGB backlight for endless configuration options
  • Positive or negative LCD display options, 2-line display
  • Measures and displays amps, voltage, frequency, power,  analogue signals
  • Frequency 0-400 Hz, Input range (V1) 0 – 600 VDC/AC (47-63 Hz)
  • Current input range, direct- 0-5 A DC/AC (45-65 Hz), with shunt 0-500 mV DC
  • Outputs – 1) digital (open collector), 2) digital (open collector), 3) Analogue (4-20 mA)
  • Power measurement – Watts, VA & Power Factor
  • Accuracy (DC & Frequency) 0.1%, AC – 0.5%, RMS display modes
  • Power supply – 100-240 Vac, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions 108 x 108 x 45 mm, Screen size 81.5 x 66 mm
  • Certifications – CE, cUL, UL

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The APM-Max 23 Full Colour Panel Meter

APM MAX 23

The APM MAX 23 is an all-round panel meter with endless configuration options. This panel meter, with positive or negative full colour RGB display and Modbus RTU communication as standard and optional TCP/IP, can be configured as a process meter or a shunt meter for multiple low voltage applications, ideal for monitoring almost any analogue signals.

APM-Max 23 Panel Meter Specifications

  • Full-colour, 4 digit, RGB backlight for endless configuration options
  • Positive or negative LCD display options, 2-line display
  • Monitor universal process signals such as 0-10 V and 4-20 mA
  • Frequency 0-400 Hz, Input range (V1) 0-10 VDC, input range (V2) 0-5 A DC
  • Current input range, direct – 0 -50 mA DC, with shunt – 0-500 mV DC
  • Outputs – 1) digital (open collector), 2) digital (open collector), 3) Analogue (4-20 mA)
  • Accuracy (DC & Frequency) 0.1%, AC – 0.5%, RMS display modes
  • Power supply – 100-240 Vac, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions 108 x 108 x 45 mm, Screen size 81.5 x 66 mm
  • Certifications – CE, cUL, UL

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Contact Kempston Controls today to and let us help you choose which APM MAX Panel Meter is suitable for your application. Call us on +44 (0) 1933 411 411, email us at sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk, or use the enquiry form below.

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STC5 – the Next Level in Intrinsically Safe Transmitter Power Supplies

The Pepperl + Fuchs STC4 range of transmitter power supplies will no longer be available from the end of December 2021, it’s time you considered switching to the more advanced and far more capable STC5 Models.

STC5 – The Next Level in Transmitter Power Supplies

The innovative STC5 transmitter power supply isolation barriers and signal conditioners have been designed for the protection of intrinsically safe circuits in hazardous areas providing galvanic isolation between field circuits and control circuits. Feature-packed, the STC5 provides current and voltage limitations and electrical isolation (in a diminutive 20 mm housing) between a field circuit and control mechanism in an intrinsically safe installation.

Flexible, Dependable, Reliable

Designed to last, the STC5 range of transmitter power supply isolation barriers and signal conditioners offers more flexibility than their predecessors, using a double output function to the control side. Advanced circuitry with reduced power dissipation in the device when in sink output mode lowers cabinet temperatures, leading to an increased lifetime of the installed modules.

STC5– Ideal for high-channel density installations

  • Highest packing density on the market
  • High power dissipation capability
  • Connectivity for 3-wire transmitters
  • Supplies 2-wire and 3-wire SMART transmitters
  • Can be used with 2-wire SMART current sources
  • Digital signals may be superimposed on the input signal and transferred bidirectionally
  • Sink mode or a source mode output on the safe area terminals
  • Internal resistor if the HART communication resistance in the control circuit is too low
  • Test sockets for the connection of HART communicators integrated into the device terminals
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Make the Change

Kempston Controls, a supplier partner for Pepperl + Fuchs, is here to help you. Whether you are retrofitting or building an entirely new intrinsically safe installation, the STC5 is the perfect solution. Give Kempston Controls a call today on +44 (0) 1933 411411 or email us at sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk, or use the enquiry form below.

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Safety Light Curtains with Advanced Bluetooth Interface

Safety light curtains, or as they are often known as – light barriers, light grids and light guards to mention just a few alternatives are classed as Electro-sensitive Protective Equipment. Consisting of a transmitter and a receiver head, light curtains generate a field of infrared light between these heads which is classed as the detection zone.

Invisible Light Protection

Typically, these diligent devices are situated around access points to a piece of processing machinery, shutting down the device should a person, or a part of a person, cross the beams of the safety grid.  Advantages of a light curtain include reduced operator fatigue, when compared to mechanical options such as gates and barriers, and the subsequent upkeep of these mechanisms and simplifying maintenance and set-up times.

safety light curtain installation

Utilised across numerous industry sectors for many years, light curtains come in many shapes and sizes. Schmersal, renowned for their impressive range of Safety Light Curtains decided to add yet more functionality to these popular process safety devices by adding a built-in high specification Blue Tooth interface.

The Schmersal SLC440/COM Safety Light Curtain range with built-in Bluetooth BLE (BLE stands for Bluetooth Low Energy) is an active optoelectronic protective device that can provide real-time status and diagnostic data of the light grid on a smartphone or a tablet via a Bluetooth interface.

Ideal for Predictive Maintenance

The Bluetooth interface allows easy start-up using a smartphone or tablet with the integrated set-up aid. There is also the useful option of saving the data, which can then be used to document a repeat test or for predictive maintenance purposes. The transmission of data to smartphones / tablets (Android, IOS) is facilitated by an app developed by Schmersal.

NFC technology has been used successfully in the past when it came to recording and monitoring device diagnostic data, however it is limited to only a few centimetres. The Bluetooth BLE interface contained within the SLC440/COM Light Curtains can achieve a range of up to 100 times more, around 5 metres in total.

This means the BLE interface is perfect when the safety light curtain installation is in a relatively inaccessible position. Bluetooth BLE also offers a greater range of applications because not all smartphones or tablets are equipped with NFC. As Bluetooth is an international industrial standard, the SLC440/COM range can be used all over the world.

safety light curtain installation

Safety and Efficiency

The SLC440/COM Safety Light Grid with BLE are ideal for improving efficiency and availability in manufacturing processes as their status can be accessed easily and in real-time, meaning issues can be captured early. Status information and diagnostic data enables processes to be reactivated quicker, particularly in the event of a system shutdown if a hazard is detected.

It also represents an economical innovation as, compared to classic Bluetooth, BLE is characterised by considerably lower energy consumption and reduced costs at a similarly high communication range.

All of the SLC440/COM range of light curtains are available from Kempston Controls, give our sales team a call on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email them at sales@kempstoncontrols.com, or use the enquiry form below and let us help you select your ideal light curtain solution.

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Gas Valve Shut off Safety with the Emerson ASCO Series 158 Gas Valve & Series 159 Motorised Actuator

Designed specifically for burner-boiler applications, the Emerson ASCO Series 158 Gas Valve and 159 Motorised Actuator helps provide OEMs, distributors, contractors and end-users with a robust, reliable and dependable combustion safety shut off valve option that enhances safety and reliability and increases both flow and control.

Double the flow rate

The 158 Gas Valve which features a flow rate double that of competing valves, offers a higher close-off pressure of 75 psi (5.2 Bar) ensuring a safe shutoff in the event of a fuel train system failure and eliminating the need for additional safety components. This Gas Valve provides the highest BTU rating in the industry and will not suffer any reduction in performance and operation should the gas inlet pressures vary.

gas valves are used to control burners

Erik VanLaningham, vice president of marketing for industrial automation at Emerson stated – ‘We’re offering our customers a highly adaptable safety shutoff valve that offers the same high levels of safety and reliability they have come to associate with the ASCO combustion valve products. We are dedicated to providing easy-to-use, globally applicable combustion control solutions with the flexibility to address a full range of commercial and industrial applications.’

Takes up less space, easy to install

Simple to install, and with a small physical footprint, piping union free end connectors and with a ventless monoblock construction that eliminates the need for additional vent piping and helps limit greenhouse gas and vented emissions. The ASCO Series 158 Gas Valve is available in sizes from ¾” NPT to 3” NPT (DN 10 to DN 80) in both single and monoblock construction.

The rugged ASCO Series 159 Motorised Actuator can be mounted in any orientation and provides a visual indication when open. Rated for an ambient temperature range of -40°C to 66°C (-40°F to 150°F).

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The Series 158 and Series 159 meet up-to-date National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), UL, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and FM Global standards and have earned Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHs) and European Standards (EN) approvals.

Perhaps you are installing a new burner/boiler combination in your processing plant or retrofitting an existing set-up? You need to speak to the friendly people at Kempston Controls! Call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk or use the enquiry form below and let us help you find the perfect product solutions.

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RocketLinx – Industry 4.0 Ethernet Switches you can depend on from Pepperl + Fuchs

Dependable production and industrial processes rely upon a whole series of activities and events to take place concurrently when required, from the press tool forming component parts to film packaging machines at the end of a conveyor. Ensuring these events occur when they should typically relies upon digital communication between the various mechanisms at play such as PLCs, computerised monitoring systems and the machines themselves.

Industrial ethernet has a long-established history of providing reliable and dependable factory floor communication in numerous industries and applications.  When a demanding working environment calls for an capable industry 4.0 ethernet installation solution the RocketLinx Range, designed by Pepperl + Fuchs, is the perfect go-to solution which is available to buy from Kempston Controls.

Meeting and exceeding digital communication demands

Pepperl + Fuchs RocketLinx Ethernet Switches have been designed to meet the demanding requirements of industrial ethernet networking and industry 4.0. This impressive offering consists of managed and unmanaged industrial Gigabit and Fast Ethernet switches to suit numerous applications and budgets.

RocketLinx Communication

RocketLinx switches are robust, with a rugged metal construction, (either steel or aluminium depending on the model) which increases thermal conductivity and heat dissipation, extending operating temperature ranges. The slim, space-saving design of these ethernet switches allows for easy integration within control cabinets and panels, while compliance with industry standards including Class I, Div 2, CE, FCC, and UL508 ensure safety and reliability.

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Unmanaged Ethernet Switches

  • Cost-efficient -industrial-grade solution
  • Simple plug-and-play network expansion at the field level

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Managed Ethernet switches

  • Rapid reliable expansion of Ethernet connectivity, Industry 4.0 ready
  • Advanced management, security, network redundancy, mission-critical reliability

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Reliable Industrial Communications

These capable Ethernet switches combine reliable and cost-efficient RJ45 connections for short distance communication and SFP fibre ports for areas with high electronic noise or for long distance communication up to 120 km. Ideal for PROFINET IO and EtherNet IP, Industry 4.0 applications.

RocketLinx CommunicationDepending on your installations requirements the connections can be individually tailored to the network application. Even if the configuration needs to be adjusted due to network infrastructure changes, hot-swappable SFPs allow for individual transceivers to be replaced rather than the entire switch.

 

 

 

 

RocketLinx Security and Performance Features

  • Improve reliability and supports deployment in a wide range of industrial environments
  • Incorporated VLAN support for network segmentation enhances security and performance
  • Redundant power inputs offer guaranteed uptime in the event of a power supply failure
  • Rapid Spanning Tree and ring protocols, loops are eliminated and network redundancy is established
  • Built-in configurable alarm relay provides on-site notifications for port link and power events

RocketLinx Communication

Configuration Software

PortVision DX is free software from Pepperl + Fuchs, that allows you to configure network settings of all of their managed Ethernet switches within the network. In addition to simplified configuration, this software also provides real-time monitoring and diagnostics of connected switches and easy firmware updates.

 

Kempston Controls has a long-established relationship with Pepperl + Fuchs which gives us access to the RocketLinx range along with their entire product portfolio. Speak to us today either by phone on +44 (0) 1933 411 411, email via sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk or using the contact form below. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and help you ensure that your new installation or retrofitting project goes exactly as planned.

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