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Solution

Remote Tank
Monitoring

Today’s demanding operational and regulatory pressures call for the latest in automated processing systems and controls, and Rugged Telemetry is the ideal partner to deliver where it counts. Our wireless tank monitoring systems are the most reliable and advanced systems in the industry today. We provide improved level measurement accuracy, making it possible to reduce cost, save time and ensure regulatory compliance, especially those governing electronic records for accuracy, reliability, and electronic reporting. Rugged Telemetry’s measurement technologies support these requirements better than anyone.

Rugged Telemetry offers a wide range of wireless tank monitoring technologies for use in the most challenging of environments. These technologies, combined with our user-friendly web based software, TankiQ, make us the go-to partner in remote tank monitoring.

Rugged Telemetry offers monitoring solutions for oil tanks, water tanks, fuel tanks, chemical tanks, ISO tanks and even tanker trucks that act as mobile storage units.

Tank Monitoring

Tank Sensor Level Technology

Accuracy and precision are the two cornerstones of any tank monitoring solution. Measurements that are close to the known value are said to be accurate, whereas measurements that are close to each other are said to be precise for a remote system to be effective, the sensors that are used must score well on both of these. This is more difficult to achieve than one might assume, which is why we support a wide range of sensor types to achieve accurate and precise measurements for a variety of chemicals and liquids that can operate in virtually any location. Some examples of the sensors that we use are:

Hydrostatic pressure

The most common method for monitoring tanks, hydrostatic pressure sensors take a pressure reading at the bottom of the tank and calculate the height of the liquid, known as the static head pressure, based on that liquid’s specific gravity. This can be accomplished using a submersible pressure transducer that is lowered to the bottom of your tank using an open port on the top of the tank or an exterior outlet near the bottom. This technology is most commonly used for water, but can also be used for oil and chemicals.

Guided-Wave Radar

For applications that require a high level of accuracy, guided wave radar is the preferred method. However, these sensors tend to have a higher cost than their Hydrostatic counterparts. GWR offers accuracy down to +/- 2MM and works in environments with dust, foam and heavy vapors. Guided Wave Radar can also be used to determine the interface between two media.

Ultrasonic Level

Ultrasonic is another common sensor technology used for measuring liquid level. It works using the “time of flight” principle, which bounces sound waves off of the top of the liquid using the speed of sound. This process of measuring the distance between the transducer and the surface uses the time required for an ultrasound pulse to travel from a transducer to the fluid surface and back.

The benefits of ultrasonic sensors include no contact with the liquid, less maintenance, and easy installation. The disadvantages are that they are subject to interference from heavy vapors, surface turmoil, foam, ambient noise, and temperature. For some mediums this is not an issue. Rugged Telemetry can help make that decision based on what is being measured and where the tank is located.

RADAR

Radar is another sensor type. Radar is a well known and reliable technology used to determine tank level. Operating on the time-of-flight method, radar measures the distance from the reference point (process connection) to the product surface. Radar impulses (FMCW principle) are emitted by an antenna, reflected off the product surface, and received again by the radar system. The distance to the product surface is proportional to the travel time of the impulse. Radar works well in conditions with high temperatures, high pressures, fine powders, or sticky fluids. However, as with guided wave sensors, radar technology is generally more expensive.

Rugged Telemetry works with our clients to determine what technology should be used based on our clients’ needs. Our goal is to provide our customers with a solution that fits their budget and satisfies their requirements.

Communications

At Rugged Telemetry, providing complete control and 24/7 intelligence of your most remotely located assets - whether they are tanks, pumps, controllers, or even your vehicle fleet - is our specialty.

When it comes to providing that critical link, there is no single best answer. This is why we offer several different communications options. We are experts in cellular, low earth orbit (LEO) satellite, geostationary (GEO) satellite, unlicensed RF, and combinations of all of these.

We will recommend the best solution for your specific asset, no matter how difficult to reach or remote it is.

Software & Platform

TankiQ is an extremely powerful yet easy-to-use cloud-based monitoring software for tank level monitoring. The platform will accommodate a wide range of tank types, such as water, oil, chemical, diesel, grain, and more. Having the ability to distinguish the type of tank and the medium being monitored allows us to deliver effective analytics, alerts, and reports. The platform allows remote tank management to set tank notification alerts. The notifications can be sent via email, smart phones, text messages, or even phone calls.

Get a full status overview of all your tanks in a single view Change the columns to the data that will help streamline your operation, and easily export the data to Excel for reports or meetings.

Take a deep dive into a single tank where you can look at reports and KPIs.  You’ll find all of the data for a single tank on one screen.

The location information of ISO tanks and other mobile tanks is just as important as the liquid level.  TankiQ doubles as a full logistics and level monitoring platform offering a complete set of mapping tools.

TankiQ comes with  stock reports to help manage your business. If you can't find what you're looking for, you can work with our engineering team to get a custom report created.

Power & Control of Your Tanks

Monitoring and control is impossible without power. We deliver systems that are optimized for demanding SCADA applications, with long battery life and frequent reporting intervals.

A well-thought-out power system can keep your critical equipment online, all the time. And since no two sites are the same, we offer a wide range of options, including systems that can be plugged in or that operate on solar and multi-year battery systems.

The right connection can make all the difference. Once a tank or valve is connected to the cloud, your connected infrastructure becomes an intelligent infrastructure. Rugged Telemetry’s TIQ and CIQ series of Tank and Pump controllers can be configured to react to conditions locally, providing complete visibility and control of your tanks, valves, pumps, and other equipment.

With highly configurable alerts, alarms, and automation, our systems can run autonomously, or they can be used by authorized users when manual control is needed. Rugged Telemetry gives you complete control whether you are nearby or far-removed.