Liquid level switches designed as replacements for sensors and switches

Endress+Hauser's Liquiphant FTL31 and FTL33 liquid level switches are based on vibrating tuning fork technology and are designed to handle difficult process conditions and can be installed in any vertical or horizontal position in a vessel, pipe or tank.

By Endress+Hauser May 27, 2015

Endress+Hauser’s Liquiphant FTL31 and FTL33 liquid level switches are based on vibrating tuning fork technology and are designed to be replacements for float switches or conductive, capacitance and optical sensors. The FTL31 is designed for the chemical, oil and gas, and other industries, while the FTL33 is designed for use in the food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. Both sensors also work in areas where those measuring principles are not suitable due to conductivity, build-up, foam, turbulence, flow conditions or air bubbles.

A piezoelectric drive causes the tuning fork of the Liquiphant sensor to vibrate at its resonance frequency. When the tuning fork is immersed in a liquid; its frequency changes due to the change in density of the surrounding medium. The electronics system in the switch monitors the resonance frequency, and indicates whether the tuning fork is vibrating in air or is covered by liquid.

The level switches can be installed in any vertical or horizontal position in a vessel, pipe or tank. Foam formation, changing conductivity or density does not affect their function. Both level switches have an external function test feature and an LED indicator for on-site testing.

The Liquiphant FTL31 is suitable for use in tanks, vessels and pipes. It has a 316L stainless steel housing, works in process temperatures up to 302 F and pressures to 580 psi, and is unaffected by changes in ambient temperature. Leading applications include overfill prevention or pump dry-run protection in cleaning and filter systems, as well as in cooling and lubrication vessels.

The Liquiphant FTL33 meets food industry requirements with 3-A and EHEDG certificates. It designed to work in applications where CIP and SIP cleaning takes place, and has a stainless steel enclosure with optional IP69K protection. It can be used in storage tanks, mixing vessels and pipes where internal and external hygiene requirements are particularly stringent. CRN, EN10204-3.1 material certificate, and marine certifications are available.


– Edited by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering process sensor and actuator products.

Original content can be found at Oil and Gas Engineering.