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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 and even tanker trucks that act as mobile storage units.

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Sensor Level Technology

The cornerstone of any tank monitoring solution starts with selecting the best technology to monitor the level of the liquid or solid in the tank.

The most common method for monitoring tanks is hydrostatic pressure. This method looks at the pressure at the bottom of the tank and calculates the height based on the liquids specific gravity commonly referred to as static head pressure. This can be accomplished using a submersible pressure transducers that lowers to the bottom of your tank using an open port on the top of the tank or an exterior outlet near the bottom of the tank. This technology is most commonly used for water but can also be used for oil and chemicals. This is an economical method but does present challenges in liquids like oil where the exact specific gravity is not known or periodically changes, which results in readings that can be off. Application that require a high level of accuracy guided wave radar is a great method but has a much higher cost than a submersible pressure transducer.

Ultrasonic is the other common technology used for measuring liquid level by using a sound wave and bouncing it off the top of the liquid. The benefits of ultrasonic sensors are no contact with the liquid, less maintenance and easy installation. The disadvantages of this technology can be bad readings due to heavy vapors, surface turmoil, foam, ambient noise and temperature so the tank location medium and conditions need to be considered before choosing this technology.

Radar is another great technology used to determine tank level. Radar has advantages in conditions such as high temperatures. High pressures, fine powders, or sticky fluids but like guided wave radar technology it is more expensive.

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

We have a wide range of sensor technology to match the needs of our customers. Some of the most common are:

Hydrostatic Pressure Example

Hydrostatic pressure - This is the process of measuring the pressure exerted by a fluid at equilibrium at a given point within the fluid, due to the force of gravity of the liquid being measured also referred to as hydrostatic head pressure. This technology is commonly used in water tanks or any liquid which specific gravity does not change.

Guided Wave Example

Guided-Wave Radar (GWR) - A contacting level measurement method that uses a probe to guide high-frequency electromagnetic waves from a transmitter to the media being measured. 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 Example

Ultrasonic Level Sensors - Ultrasonic works by the “Time of flight” principle using the speed of sound. This process of measuring the distance between the transducer and the surface using the time required for an ultrasound pulse to travel from a transducer to the fluid surface and back.

Ultrasonic Example

RADAR - 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.

Additionally, we can use Capacitance Level Transmitters, Magnetostrictive Level Transmitters & Laser Level Transmitters.

Communications

Choosing the correct communication network for tank level monitoring is just as important as choosing the correct sensor technology. Rugged Telemetry and our partners have decades of experience in virtually every wireless technology, be it cellular, LEO satellite, GEO satellite, long range RF or a combination. We work with our customers on choosing the best network for their specific application and location.

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Software / Platform

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

Please call us (1-866-269-1703) today for a demonstration our Tank Monitoring and remote management solutions

Power

Rugged Telemetry designs its products around optimized power management allowing for long battery life. Rugged Telemetry also provides solar solutions for high frequency and SCADA applications.

Control

Some applications require control along with tank monitoring. Rugged Telemetry can provide these multifunctional solutions to automate the open and closing of valves or manipulating the power of a pump weather it’s ten feet or ten miles away. We also provide remote management of pumps and valves for manual control.

Installation

Rugged Telemetry products are designed for easy installation and set up to assist in decreasing expenses. A team of fully trained installation technicians is available for on-site installation and set-up.

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