With more than 2.2 million applications and 50 years of experience, time-of-flight (ToF) measurement instruments are an important component of Endress+Hauser's portfolio. ToF-devices are used in a wide range of applications, and are a reliable solution even under extreme process conditions. The new generation of Micropilot instruments offers compact design, maximum user-friendliness, as well as application-specific flexibility, to provide solutions for both mobile and stationary plastic tanks.
• Reliable and cost-efficient level measurement with 80 GHz radar technology;
• Full transparency for storage and transport of liquids;
• Simplified solution from procurement to operation;
• Access to relevant information from anywhere and at any time;
• Scalable software applications from smart monitoring to inventory management;
• Battery powered sensor with mobile communication;
• Certified cloud service meeting the highest security and data protection requirements.
The storage of liquids plays an important role in many industries. Liquid fertilizers or irrigation systems for agriculture, additives as well as cleaning agents for the food industry or liquefiers for the production of concrete are only a few examples. Usually, plastic tanks are used for this purpose. In order to ensure continuous production and prevent downtime, the liquids must always be available in sufficient quantities. This is where level measurement is used.
Challenges in level monitoring
Plastic tanks are often located at remote sites and widely dispersed geographically. An increasing number of tanks lead to an even more complex measuring task. In more than 80 % of all production plants, level measurement is done manually. This type of manual monitoring is both time and cost intensive. So, very often, this results in missing stocks only being registered when the tank has already run empty, and the production process has come to a halt. Clearly, a better solution is needed.
Optimized inventory management - simple from the scratch
To meet the mentioned challenges, Endress+Hauser (endress.com) has developed a solution consisting of a radar level sensor and software. It considerably simplifies the management of stocks in stationary and mobile applications. As the first 80GHz IIoT sensor, the Micropilot FWR30 combines high-end technology and user-friendly digital services in one cost-effective device. Installation is simple and can be done in less than three minutes. An integrated battery allows operation without external power supply.
Transparency at any time
The continuously recorded data can be accessed at any time and from anywhere via the device's cloud connection. In addition to the measured level, the user receives information on the location of their storage tanks and containers. The first wireless cloud connected radar sensor provides facts where previously only assumptions were possible. It helps users to optimize logistic and storage processes and save valuable time by providing continuous and easy access to inventory information.
Scalable software applications
Depending on individual requirements, users can choose from a broad portfolio of services. The IIoT sensor Micropilot FWR30 can be linked to the digital starter package, Netilion Value; the resulting web application, Netilion Inventory; or the comprehensive inventory management solution, SupplyCare Hosting. All digital software applications can be used on various end devices such as desktop, tablet or smartphone, and comply with the highest security and data protection requirements.