Postings tagged with: radar

Herman Coello| Jun 02, 2016

OSHA Blog1

What can you do while the dust settles?

Recently, OSHA ruled on new limits regarding worker exposure to crystalline silica dust. This has caused some concerns across the industry where silica reduction measures have been implemented to minimize its health risk effects. The argument is that these new limits will do little to further improvement in worker health and safety.  But, if you have been considering ways to mitigate silica dust in your process or if the new ruling simply forces you to prioritize this endeavor, it is hard to arg ...

Silos - Sheldon Shepherd Blog

What are the challenges of measuring level in cement?

The number one problem with solids is dust. In contrast, most of the time, liquids in bulk storage offer a relatively easy environment for level measurement. The liquid surface is large and flat, offering excellent reflection properties for non-contacting technologies. For contacting devices, liquids present no abrasion issues or strong tensile forces that might be cause for concern. The environment above the liquid surface is typically placid. On the other hand, solids materials can present an ...

Denny Petrovich| Feb 25, 2016


Are you climbing your silos frequently to take a level measurement?

The grain industry is growing rapidly and the evolving trends include automation and instrumentation! Silo inventory management and safety go hand-in-hand, and are consistently being enhanced. Less than five years ago, you had to climb the silos but now, you can install instrumentation to record the measurements you need and eliminate the need for personnel to physically climb the silos!  There are many decisions to be made when it comes to personnel safety and improving your processes. Events l ...

Herman Coello| Feb 04, 2016


Don’t get lost in the maize at GEAPS

If you have been tracking GEAPS’ progress over the years, GEAPS 2016 is said to be the biggest and largest in its history. I recently read an article stating that because it is such a large event, it may be intimidating to navigate through it. True, this is an event where people from all over the globe converge to be educated, find solutions or simply meet face-to-face with other folks in the industry. Visiting everyone you have in mind may not even be possible due to its sheer size! I, personal ...

Herman Coello| Sep 03, 2015

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HC Flour Blog 08102015

How do you level your issues with flour?

It is pretty amazing the many types of goodies that you can create with flour. These creations require various types of flour and some of these flours, because of their composition, are tougher than others to accurately measure their levels in a silo. To the flour mill producer, the characteristics of each type of flour allows for the right recipe blend. In the milling process, production goes hand-in-hand with inventory. It happens that the various characteristics that flour exhibits from crop- ...

Jonas Norinder| May 14, 2015

chemical blog - case study

How do you increase batch process safety in a silo?

Over the past few months, my colleague, Michael Sherenian, and I have covered several aspects related to tank overfill protection and how to design a system with focus on safety. Although today’s topic is not related to tank measurement or overfill protection, it is still associated with plant safety and reducing workplace hazards. When you think of chemical plant hazards, what usually comes to mind? Chemical exposures, poisoning, and fires or explosions due to volatile changes in the chemical m ...

Herman Coello| Jan 21, 2015

Grain Level Jan2015 Blog

How can you simplify your grain level measurement?

Here is the situation: a grain handling company in Minnesota needed level measurement for a cluster of eight grain silos. This seemed like a usual, run-of-the-mill request. However, the cluster consisted of six 120 foot tall concrete silos that were arranged in such a way that they formed additional storage, which resulted in two interstice or star-bin silos. Narrow tall silos present problems of their own, but the more complex geometry of interstice or star-bin silos is truly a challenge for mo ...

Herman Coello| Dec 04, 2014

2014 National Sales Meeting - LR560 Challenge

Got a minute?

That is pretty much what we have these days to do certain things. Configuring process instruments generally takes a quick skimming of the manual before the actual device setup is even attempted.Over two years ago when we released SITRANS LR560, the first 78GHz radar level transmitter, we knew that it could be set up in minutes using the quick wizard and graphical user interface.  We love to see people who never touch an instrument be amazed when they set the LR560 in just a few minutes. In a rec ...

Herman Coello| Oct 15, 2014


Product Spotlight: LR250 Hygienic Encapsulated Antenna

Siemens is introducing the latest addition to the SITRANS LR250 family, the LR250 Hygienic Encapsulated Antenna (HEA). The LR250 HEA offers  a fully encapsulated antenna with no air gaps behind the lens, thus preventing unwanted moisture build-up. This instrument has the flexibility to be used in sanitary processes and harsh environments, which is accomplished with its leading-class hygienic process connections. The SITRANS LR250 HEA uses compliant materials according to FDA and USP Class VI, an ...

Michael Sherenian| Jul 08, 2014


Stop risking it all and learn how you can prevent your tank from overfilling

While storage tank overfills are certainly not new to the chemical industry, overspills and leaks are happening on a frequent basis and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Already, 3,007 incidents have been reported to the EPA this year alone. That many overfills translates into a lot of damage that’s occurring to your employees’ safety, the environment, and your budget …and it’s only mid-year!So, in the age of information and new technology, why are overfills still happening?There are m ...