Krohne, Inc.

May 14, 2007
New Level Meter Offers More Accurate, Stable Measurements

Krohne, Inc. introduces its Optiflex 1300 C TDR Level Meter, which is suited to the measurement of distance, level and volume of liquids, pastes and solids. 

Unlike earlier guided radar devices, the Optiflex 1300 C has higher signal dynamics, which translates to measurements that are both more accurate and more stable. Despite disturbances such as strongly agitated surfaces, the Optiflex 1300 C will clearly locate the product’s true surface and will continue to provide accurate measurements.

Sharper pulses allow the Optiflex 1300 C to detect and measure interfaces as thin as a 2-inch (50-mm) film of oil on water in a large tank. The sharper pulses also allow better repeatability of results. While most 2-wire TDR devices measure down to a dielectric of 1.5, resulting in improper measurement of many organic compounds, Optiflex measures down to 1.4 (and even 1.1 under certain conditions).

Optiflex 1300 C is available with five different probes (single rod, double rod, single cable, double cable, and coaxial, ensuring that the device can handle virtually any application. The device’s maximum measuring range is from 13 feet (4 meters) to 115 feet (35 meters), depending on the probe type.

Installation and set-up of the Optiflex 1300 C requires the user to simply fit the gauge to the tank, wire it and turn it on, after which the device will then run a self-diagnostic test to ensure proper operation. A Set-Up Wizard takes the user through a simple series of questions to define the tank and the product to be measured. A Help Screen is also available to assist in set-up and any subsequent operation. The Optiflex 1300 C also features a Device Type Manager (DTM) – a device driver that makes functionality available independent from the fieldbus protocol. Optiflex also supports all features of Krohne’s specialized PACTware software package.