Processing Magazine

Tank Gauging System with Smart Wireless Technology

January 22, 2014

Emerson Process Management’s Raptor tank gauging system with Smart Wireless technology features a complete line of Emerson’s new state-of-the-art Rosemount® tank gauging components, including high precision radar gauges that use self-configuring, 2-wire, high speed Foundation™ fieldbus technology. Emerson Process Management’s Raptor tank gauging system with Smart Wireless technology features a complete line of Emerson’s new state-of-the-art Rosemount® tank gauging components, including high precision radar gauges that use self-configuring, 2-wire, high speed Foundation™ fieldbus technology. The combined communications technologies enable use of a wide range of standardized equipment. The resulting Raptor system forms a network of digital intelligence that improves inventory management, loss control, overfill avoidance and maintenance efficiency throughout the plant. Many tank storage facilities that could benefit from modern, non-contact gauging currently use obsolete signal wiring, or are not connected from the tank storage area. Retrofitting an obsolete gauging system is expensive and time consuming because the distance between storage tanks and the control room can be more than one kilometer, requiring extensive trenching and cabling. As a result of budget restrictions, some plants continue to experience maintenance problems caused by communications limitations and low performing mechanical tank gauges and instruments. Now, with Smart Wireless technology, a new radar-based Raptor system can be installed without new long distance signal wiring. This will radically reduce material and labor costs, as well as engineering and project execution time.