Implementation of the fuel level sensors TD-BLE to monitor the oil products’ level in cisterns
Project specifics and goals
One of our integrator partners received a request for a solution that would help an asphalt plant to monitor the petrochemicals’ level in the cisterns on the plant’s premises. The buyer wanted monitoring equipment that could facilitate the control over the refillings, drains and consumption in the reservoirs.
Initially, the task seemed to be a standard one. The regular capacitive fuel level sensors were the obvious choice, However, later on it came to light that the storage tanks were lifted as high as 7 meters above the ground and the control panels they would need to be connected were 10 meters away. If the buyer had opted for the wired sensors, the integrator would have had to spend extra funds and resources to do the cabling and further protect the cables from any possible damage. Additionally, nothing was to guarantee that any issues caused by human factor or electro-magnetic fields would not interfere with the sensors’ work.
Having considered all the risks mentioned above, the integrator suggested to install the wireless fuel level sensors Escort TD-BLE. Thanks to its Bluetooth Low Energy technology, a TD-BLE sensor is easy to install as there was no cabling involved at all.
Once mounted on the tank, the sensor was also easy to configure and connect to the local monitoring system. That alone saved everyone a lot of time and the trouble of doing the cabling. Moreover, thanks to its low energy consumption, the TD-BLE sensor can work stably during several years which reduces the maintenance costs. And, as an extra benefit, the sensor is certified to be safe for explosive areas.
It took just 1 day to mount the Escort TD-BLE sensors on the cisterns. The configuration of the GPS/GLONASS equipment went down smoothly as well.
The buyer almost immediately was able to remotely monitor the oil products’ level.
Only the work still gets done. All data relevant to the oil products’ level changes is now transmitted every seconds via the Bluetooth connection to the control panel and then is sent to the monitoring platform.
How the sensor works
‘So far, the fuel level sensor, mounted on the cistern, has been stably working for 4 months. The data stream has not been disrupted once. The connection has been stable. The reports sent by the sensor fully meet the requirements and correspond to the claimed specs,’ informs the integrator.
‘This case further proves that our Escort TD-BLE sensors are effective and versatile. They can be successfully implemented on both vehicles and stationary objects. In any case, the customers not only get access to the precise data on any level changes but also save funds and time installing the sensors. Quick and easy to install. Reliable. Efficient. All this is what makes the TD-BLE a success and gives the customers the results they need regardless of the specifics of their needs,’ comments one of the Escort representatives.