A liquid level sensor is an instrument for measuring the height of a liquid and converting it to an electrical signal which is sent to other instrumentation to display, monitor, log or control the liquid level.
There are many different types of technology use to measure liquid level, there are sensors that can be mounted above the liquid such as ultrasonic or radar which bounce a sound or electromagnetic wave off the surface of the liquid and use the travel time to determine the distance from the liquid surface.
For liquid filled tanks there are sensors which can be attached externally, such as floats running up and down a liquid filled tube connected at the bottom of the tank, or a pressure sensor installed in a hole in the bottom of the tank which measures the pressure generated by gravity acting on the liquid.
Another method is to lower a probe into the tank and immerse it in the liquid such as a capacitive probe which detects the changing capacitance charge as the length of the probe is exposed to varying proportions of liquid and air, or pressure sensors which measure the pressure generated by gravity acting on the surrounding liquid.
- External Mounted Tank Level Sensors
- Water Level Transmitters with 4-20mA Output
- ATEX Approved Liquid Level Sensors for Hazardous Areas
- Sea, Brackish or Salt Water Submersible IP68 Depth & Level Sensors
- Submersible Liquid Level Sensors
- Diesel Fuel Tank Level Sensors
- Waste Water Level Sensors
- Low Range, Shallow Depth Liquid Level Sensors
- Corrosive Chemical Compatible Flush Diaphragm Liquid Level Sensors
- Flush Diaphragm Liquid Level Sensors
- Intrinsically Safe Liquid Level Sensors
- High Temperature Liquid Level Sensors
- Submersible Diesel Tank Level Sensors
- Plastic Submersible 4-20mA Liquid Level Sensors
- Marine Approved Liquid Level Sensors
- Marine Approved Submersible Liquid Level Sensors
- Landfill Site Submersible Leachate Level Transmitters
- Submersible Leachate Level Transmitters
- Landfill Site Leachate Level Transmitters
- Digital Submersible Liquid Level Sensors
- HART® Liquid Level Transmitters
- Detachable Cable Submersible Liquid Level Sensor Probes
Technology Comparison Table
Please use the table below to compare the advantages and disadvantages of each liquid level sensor technology type versus application and specification parameters.
|surface disturbance sensitive||no||no||yes||no|
|pressurised vessel||yes||more difficult||yes||yes|
|vacuum evacuated vessel||yes||more difficult||no||yes|
|installation position||top||side, bottom||top||top|
|thick fluids||no||yes with flush diaphragm||yes||yes|
|protrusion into tank||yes||no||no||no|
|sg density variation sensitive||yes||yes||no||no|
|fouling degrades performance||yes||yes||no||no|