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November 2003: SFD-2 • Prox Switch


Model SFD-2
Best Value in Flow Detection

Elburn, IL - Utilizing excellent sensitivity and a non-intrusive housing design, Monitor Technologies' Solids Flow Detector (SFD-2) and Solids Flow Indicator (SFI) provide a signal indicating the flow/no-flow condition of solids and powders in gravity chutes, feeders and pneumatic pipelines.

The SFD-2 and SFI use low-power microwaves to sense motion. Microwaves are virtually unaffected by heat, humidity, ambient light, pressure, vacuum, high or low temperatures, or dust. This gives the SFD-2 and SFI with maximum effectiveness in industrial applications. Both units also carry Hazardous Location Approvals.

The non-contact/non-intrusive design ensures long-term reliability and elimination of process contamination. Intrusive probes might wear out, break off or inhibit material flow. The ability to sense through most non-metallic surfaces allows the SFD-2 and SFI to have a non-intrusive flush mounting.

The selection of either SFD-2 or the SFI is based upon the type of output required (relay or analog). With convenient remote electronics, the SFD-2 provides relay outputs. The SFI has a variable analog signal relative to the magnitude of flow. This provides more information for the user than the "on-off" flow detection of the SFD-2.

Proximity Switch
Level Detection for Tight Spaces

Elburn, IL - Utilizing RF Capacitance technology, Monitor's PAC-30U and PDC-30 proximity switches are ideal for a variety of bulk solid applications.

The proximity switches are solid state point level devices used to detect the absence or presence of bulk solids. The compact configuration makes this product ideal for tight spaces or low cost level detection. Monitor's proximity switches are easily installed and calibrated. Model PAC-30U is AC operated while model PDC-30 is DC operated. Both models have a 30mm industry standard housing and Monitor's two-year warranty.

Spotlight: RF Capacitance Level Sensor
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TrueCap® MK-2
Advanced RF Capacitance Level Probe

The TrueCap® Model MK-2 RF Capacitance point level probe is designed to provide a superior and stable sensitivity threshold making it suitable for a variety of powder / bulk solids and some liquid or slurry applications.

Advanced features of the Model MK-2 include:
> Automatic immunity to material build-up on the probe by its driven shield design
> Push-button calibration
> Enhanced temperature compensation
> Maximized reliability via smart sensing algorithms like “self-validating” fail-safe protection
> Visible status LED on ordinary location units
> Versatility through a variety of configuration options including: hazardous location version, split architecture design, quick-connect process connection, stub probe, cable extensions, solid extensions, Nylon® probes, Ryton® - equiv. probes, etc.

A practical application for the TrueCap would be to use this level sensor where a residual material build-up on a different sensor would cause a false material level indication.

Principle of Operation for the TrueCap RF Capacitance Level Probe:
The vessel wall and the active probe element establish an impedance reference between each other when exposed to air which has a dielectric constant of 1. When materials with a dielectric constant greater than 1 are in close proximity to the probe, the impedance of the sensing field between the sensor and the vessel wall will change. Once the amount of change exceeds a threshold that was electronically determined during the calibration process, an output relay will either be energized or de-energized depending upon the position of the fail-safe selector on the probe’s electronic circuit board. A change of as little as .5 pico-farad is all that is necessary for the probe to sense the presence of material.

Click here for more information on the TrueCap MK-2 Level Sensor or contact Monitor Technologies LLC at
Tel.: 800-766-6486 in the USA and
Tel.: 630-365-9403 worldwide.


>>Download TrueCap Product Bulletin #413

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