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New Corrosion-Resistant, Submersible Level Probe From GE

January 31, 2008

Monitors corrosive fluids in the chemical industry, silages in the agricultural sector, and the environment in industrial facilities.


BILLERICA, MA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions (NYSE: GE), has introduced a new corrosion-resistant, submersible level probe that offers a reliable, accurate and economical solution to level measurement in a wide variety of applications. The new SLP has been developed to allow trouble-free operation in tasks ranging from level measurement in single tanks to multiple-point level data gathering in high value commodity storage facilities.

Typical applications of the new sensor, which is available in both gauge and absolute versions and requires just a 10 VDC, 2 mA power supply, include handling a wide range of corrosive fluids in the chemicals and petrochemicals industries, monitoring the levels of silages and chemicals in the agricultural sector and operating in petrol stations and tank farms. It can also be used for environmental monitoring, especially around industrial facilities and sites where there is a potential for pollution, while the fact that it can be connected to data loggers and wireless data systems makes it an ideal, economical solution in inventory control and remote data collection.

The SLP is completely hermetically sealed as a result of its innovative, mechanically robust construction, incorporating corrosion-resistant plastic materials. Consequently, it can be immersed in a wide range of fluids, from hydrocarbons to chemicals and pesticides. It can measure levels up to 70 m H2O, to an accuracy of 0.5%, in operating environments ranging from –40°C to 80°C.

The new sensor measures level by measuring hydrostatic pressure, which is a simple, well-established technique. This offers significant advantages over ultrasonic level measurement. For example, there are no problems with establishing line of sight between the transmitter and the fluid level, and there is no possibility that foaming, installation hardware or floating objects can disrupt readings. Pressure transmitters are not subject to flood damage and, being submerged, they are protected from vandalism.

About GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies
GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies is part of GE Enterprise Solutions, a $5 billion business helping customers compete and win in a changing global environment by combining the power of GE's unique expertise and intelligent technology to drive customers' productivity and profitability. GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies is a leading innovator in advanced measurement, sensor-based and inspection solutions that deliver accuracy, productivity and safety to its customers. The company designs and manufactures sensing instruments that measure temperature, pressure, moisture, gas and flow rate for demanding customer applications. It also designs, manufactures and services inspection equipment, including radiographic, ultrasonic, remote visual and eddy current, that monitors and tests materials without disassembly, deforming or damaging them. GE Sensing & Inspection's products are used in a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. The company has 4,700 employees at more than 40 facilities in 25 countries worldwide.


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