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A range of submersible hydrostatic level transmitters that can be used in depths of up to 200m has been launched by Impress.

The transmitter offers an SDI-12 digital output and an inbuilt high-accuracy temperature sensor.

It uses a stainless-steel silicon-based pressure sensor or a ceramic pressure sensor in marine bronze.

Both versions use piezoresistive technology, which provides long-term stability and repeatability of measurements.

The transmitter is suitable for a range of applications, including the monitoring of river and reservoir levels; tanks and vessels in process plants; seawater and estuary levels; borehole water levels; Tsunami and tidal monitoring systems; wave-height measurement; environmental monitoring; and V-notch weir-flow measurement.

The stainless-steel version offers a higher resolution of pressure measurement to around 12-13 bit and has a much lower signal-to-noise ratio, providing a smooth and accurate method of level measurement.

The ceramic pressure sensor version is better suited to marine use, where standard devices may suffer from corrosion.

These units are suitable for seawater, estuary and saline applications.

The SDI-12L offers measurement ranges from 0.5 up to 200mWG.

The output units can easily be adjusted to mmWG, cmWG, inHg and all the standard engineering units required via the SDI-12 interface and command structure.

Temperature range of the transmitter is from -20 to 60C.

Accuracy of the inbuilt temperature sensor is less than +/-0.1 per cent of full-scale output.

Due to its SDI-12 compatibility, the transmitter can be corrected according to the specific density of the media being measured and local gravity can be set within the device.

SDI-12 is particularly useful in applications where battery-powered operation with minimal current drain is required, or where the use of one data recorder with multiple sensors on a single cable is necessary.

This includes acquiring hydrologic data at remote sites that use battery-powered data recorders that operate for long, unattended periods of time.

The SDI-12L is suitable for borehole pump applications.

Here, submersible pumps are used to pump water from bottom of the hole to the surface.

The SDI-12L can be submersed with the borehole pump and attached to the bracketry or retrofitted by lowering the device into the borehole to a known height from the cable distance.

The sensor will then output a signal to the surface via the cable, which can then be converted to a level reading.

Using a digital process display, this signal can then be used to trigger a relay and turn the pump off if the water level is too low or switch the pump on if the level in the borehole has risen too high.

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