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Posted: Wednesday 1st June 2011

SICK (UK) has added to its industrial instrumentation product portfolio with a new compact optical level sensor switch for aqueous fluids. Designed for robust level monitoring of a range of liquid media, the FDA-compliant MHF15 is ideal for a variety of applications, including tank level monitoring or dry running protection for pumps.

The cost-effective plug-and-play solution, which requires no calibration and minimal maintenance, can be used for overfill protection and low level indication in tanks to monitor the presence or absence of liquids. A normally open or normally closed transistor output is provided for use as an input to control PLCs or relay modules.

Due to its compact design, the MHF15 is ideal for difficult installations or conditions with limited space. Featuring a robust and highly resistant stainless steel housing and polysulfone apex the switch meets IP67 and IP69K standards, ensuring protection from dust, dirt and water; even during a caustic washdown routine.

Ease of mounting and sealing of the vessel is assured due to use of a standard G1/2” process connection complete with NBR seal.

Darren Pratt, UK instrumentation product specialist, SICK, said: “The MHF15 is based on our proven optical technology. This has allowed us to create a robust yet versatile sensor for point level detection, which can be used with a variety of liquid colours and viscosities, with an emphasis on total reliability and ease of use.

“As it requires no medium calibration, the switch is quick to commission and enables significant savings in terms of both time and cost for refit or new installations.”

The MHF15 is the latest addition to SICK’s rapidly expanding industrial instrumentation product portfolio which now includes numerous sensor technologies for level, pressure, flow and temperature monitoring.

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