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DRIVING IN CAR

Demand for Automotive Level Sensors Rises

Driving an automobile is a pretty simple function for most drivers licensed to be behind the wheel. As long as a vehicle is well maintained, all that’s needed is a simple turn of the key to be on the way. But what happens under the hood is a system of connected parts and technologies that are making the smooth ride possible.

Automotive components continue to advance and make our cars safer, smarter and more efficient. For manufacturers, it also leaves room for growth and innovation.

New research from ReportsnReports shows that level sensors, which are used to detect fluid levels and signal changes, continue to play an important role in automobile mechanics. In fact, a look at the level sensor market for 2022 shows growth at 4.13 percent.

SMD Fluid Controls offers level sensors and float switches to meet any of your upcoming project or product line needs.

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From measuring the fluid in your braking system as well as important water cooling to stop potential dangers, to keeping your washer fluid reservoir full – there are so many ways level sensors and float switches can be used in automobile applications.

An ultrasonic liquid level sensor is one option that can be used to measure diesel exhaust fluids and help reduce emissions. In other practical uses, a level sensor can eliminate the need to constantly check that fluid levels are filled. Instead with onboard electronics and attached to reservoirs filled with important liquids such as coolants and breaking fluids, lights on the driver dashboard can confirm proper operation or prevent unnecessary breakdown with an early warning.

The research report also attributed the rise in the market to the fact that consumers are interested in these advanced displays on their instrument panels which provide more information about what’s happening under the hood of their car.

Have a product you’re developing and need help completing the design? Contact SMD Fluid Switch and speak with one of our engineers. Our expertise in custom design, manufacturing, and more for a variety of applications and industries, means we’ll have a solution to complete your idea, no matter how unique.

A/C

Liquid Level Sensors & A/C: Tips to Beat Summer Cooling Expenses

Summer heat is one of the hardest conditions to endure. Both from the standpoint of humidity and uncomfortable working conditions to being unable to feel comfortable in ones living space. Then there’s also the added dangers of spoilage and machine breakdown caused by extreme temps.

As a result, it’s important that A/C and other cooling equipment are used to maintain appropriate temperatures at these locations. Achieving this is dependent on the conditions and area needing to be cooled and will require  A/C systems that continually work hard.

The A/C is able to a cool space through the use of chemicals like refrigerant (Freon) by converting gas to liquid and back again.

Maintaining these systems in commercial and residential settings is important. Breakdown poses a cost risk in addition to adverse health risks from the heat. Ensuring that the compressor, the condenser, and the evaporator are all working properly is important.

Not to mention, Freon is expensive. Wasting large amounts can result in hefty cooling costs. To ensure its staying put, a method to measure the presence or absence of the liquid is important.

Enter the liquid level sensor.

As a manufacturer and supplier of a wide variety of fluid switches, float switches, temperature gauges, and liquid level sensors, SMD Fluid Controls can provide standard off-the-shelf products and custom sensors designed to meet your A/C systems and equipment builds.

Level Sensors in Cooling Systems

Designing innovative cooling units requires advanced technologies. A level sensor makes it possible to measure liquid levels and prevent premature breakdown and loss of comfort for consumers.

From low level switches that warn of coolant running out, to Freon recovery switches that ensure each drop is used efficiently, the possibilities are endless for creating effective cooling solutions. This has become more so the case today especially as lighter, more advanced equipment is being introduced.

A float switch can also be used in condensate overflow pans to prevent leaks and overfills from happening or even trigger a shut-off in applications where drains become restricted.

Reduce maintenance requirements while saving on rising Freon costs – find the float switch right for your application with the help of SMD.

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IOT wireless sensors

Wireless Sensors, Remote Relays & Float Switches: Consider the Possibilities

Wireless Sensors play a critical role in the future of industrial applications. As the Internet of Things grows to include more and more connected capabilities, these sensors are making it possible to collect and deliver data across large distances and do so in more a cost efficient way.

As the need to connect devices increases, so to do the need for wireless sensors that transmit data among machines. In Industrial Control Applications, wireless sensors ultimately control commands and dictate how a system operates.

Multilevel float switches with an integrated wireless transmitter offer a unique opportunity when it comes to controlling remote relays that signal an on and off function.

SMD Fluid Controls offers a wide variety of industrial float switches and liquid level sensors and can also offer a Remote SPDT, 1 to 5 Channel, Wireless contact closure that is battery operated, capable of auto shut off, range testing, long range wireless operation and more.

If you’re interested in adding remote monitoring capabilities to your industrial application, get in touch with our team to discuss a plan that fits your needs today.

In this post we’ll take a look at a couple of possible scenarios where  SMD’s float switches would be useful /beneficial.

Agricultural Monitoring

As smart farming trends upward, systems that make it possible to irrigate land and produce more plentiful crop are rising in demand. Sensors are used in this setting to measure humidity and moisture in soil. Only when a lack of liquids is detected, will the irrigation system be activated. Preventing rot from over or under watering and saving farmer’s money while producing more bountiful crop.

Chemical Processing

The chemical industry has unique conditions that set it apart from other facilities. Due to the nature of the sensitive liquids being handled, careful monitoring and maintenance of storage tanks is necessary. With wireless sensors connected to multilevel float switches resistant to corrosion, batch quality can be improved, safer workplaces are possible and equipment breakdown, which plagues the industry, can be avoided.

Oil and Gas Processing

Another way in which wireless transmission of liquid level indication for remote controlled relay applications would be beneficial is in the oil and gas industry.  Less costly then hardwiring, an optimal choice in dangerous and corrosive liquid environments and still providing reliable data, all it important an important application in this industry. These solutions can monitor tanks, compressors and wellheads located in rugged terrains and in areas that pose risks and measure liquid levels, pressure, temperature and more in near real-time.

Loading a Boat

Don’t Risk Boat and Off Road Vehicle Shutoff, Use Liquid Level Sensors

As warm weather makes its way to more parts of the country, there will be an increase in the use of boats and off road vehicles. Whether you seek outdoor adventures for a weekend pastime or depend on boating and off-road vehicles to perform job related tasks, keeping these vehicles up and running is important.

In this post we’ll discuss one possible issue with low oil levels and how a liquid level switch can be the perfect solution.

The Problem:

Getting an accurate oil level read in your boat or ATV’s tank could lead to engine failure, shut-off, being stranded and other breakage. The old fashioned dip stick is good for a quick rough estimate, but it’s not accurate to give you a fair warning that fluids are running out.

The Solution:

If the OEM had integrated a liquid level oil sensor into their design, it would be possible to get a more accurate measurement and a much more advanced notice of a potential engine failure due to low lubricant.

How Liquid Level Sensors Work

Liquid level sensors are the most accurate and reliable way to measure oil tank levels. These sensors can automatically sense the levels of the liquid in the tank and then electronically communicate that reading to you.

These readings offer precise levels to warn about low level, high level and overflow of oil in the tank to ensure safe and efficient operations while keeping the motor moving and keeping you working efficiently.

Liquid level sensors for tank level monitoring, fuel and chemical injection and other applications have all been crucial to the continued advancement of the oil and gas industry in every step of the processes they require.

FL50 Chemical Resistant Plastic Ultrasonic Point Level Sensor

The FL50 Chemical Resistant Plastic Ultrasonic Point Level Sensor from SMD Fluid Controls is a terrific option. Made with durable nylon or polypropylene it offers unmatched chemical resistance across a wide range of industrial applications, including with hydraulic fluids, oils, and slurries.

Through high frequency sound waves, the ultrasonic level sensors can detect changes in the waves as they bounce back to the sensor, making them capable of both point level and continuous sensing applications.

Like all of our level sensors, the FL50 can be custom-engineered to manufactured to meet your specific requirements.

Not sure which level sensor you need? Let us help!

Since each application varies, it’s important to use the right level sensor for specific needs. If you need assistance choosing the right level sensor, SMD Fluid Controls can help. Our corrosion-resistant level switches, non-contact ultrasonic models, and more offers what you need to get accurate reads and critical advanced notice.

OUTDOOR WORK

Level Sensors Make Portable Power Reliable

Schools will be out for summer break soon and temps are warming up for most of the nation. While it may mean poolside relaxing and vacations for some, for many who work in the construction and maintenance industry, busy season is just getting started.

To help keep these sites up and running, many rely on portable power units that deliver necessary electricity and cooling.

Generators and portable air units make it possible to continue working for the duration of the project and are an important, hardworking element of the job. These offerings can be purchased or rented for use during temporary, emergency and permanent applications. Regardless of what they will be used for, their reliability is of extreme importance.

How can they ensure continued performance?  With level sensors.

How Level Sensors are used in Portable Power Equipment

For temporary power needs, generators are a top choice at commercial sites. To keep them running, fuel must be present in the system. With a level sensor it’s possible to monitor fuel levels so there is no risk of power loss or shut off. In emergency situations and where power loss would be detrimental to operations, this monitoring is especially critical.

Loss of fuel for portable equipment also translates to money lost for businesses. Employee downtime, temperature issues and even recharge costs can also all create problems.

Instead, a reliable level sensor can measure the presence of fluid (in this case fuel) inside of the tank to assist in keeping the power equipment functional.

Depending on an applications needs, single point, multi-point or continuous monitoring level sensors can be used.

For oil & gas, an ultrasonic liquid level sensor is typically be used. These sensors emit pulses of sound at the liquid surface and record and calculate the time it took for the sound wave to bounce back. The lower the liquid level, the farther the sound travels and the longer the process takes.

If you’re looking to keep your portable power solutions working at optimal efficiency and make them dependable, contact SMD Fluid Controls today.

soda bottling

Level Sensors & Float Switches Keeping the Beverage Industry Fresh

The food and beverage manufacturing industry is under extreme pressure to deliver quality products to consumers that meet product specifications and pass government inspections. There’s a lot a play. A simple bottle of soda, juice or beer isn’t just filled on a machine, capped and put on the store shelf. In order to ensure consistency the product needs to be mixed, stored and dispensed with accuracy.

A recent report on the market for carbonated soft drinks in the U.S. shows that the beverage is still a top choice for consumers so getting it right with each bottling is of extreme importance for manufacturers.

Fluid switches and level sensors play an important role in ensuring this happens. Measuring not only the amount of liquid in a tank to prevent overflow, or improper formulation, but also keeping the liquids and ingredients at appropriate temperatures throughout the manufacturing process. Crisp beer, fizzy soda and refreshing juice drinks wouldn’t taste so great without these tools.

A new report from Fact.MR also pointed to the increase in float switch and level sensor use in the food and beverage industry in the U.S. aiding in everything from equipment malfunction protection to sanitation as well as temperature monitoring.

Level and Pressure Sensors in Beverage Manufacturing

With level and pressure sensors, it’s possible to ensure that components within a tank remain consistent. The right mix of ingredients, maintained at just the right temperatures is critical in this industry. They are also used to prevent overflows, spills and costly machine breakdowns that interrupt production.

Of course not every sensor will work in every application. Differences in the material of the sensor is constructed of and how it’s mounted on or inside of the tank will vary depending on the liquid and environment.

If you’re in need of these and other components to get your beverage bottling right, trust SMD Fluid Controls. An industry leader in custom and OEM level sensors, temperature gauges and more!

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Tomato crops

Liquid Level Sensors Help Farmers with Crops, Decrease Food Waste

The agricultural industry is faced with many hurdles today. From changing weather patterns, to limited budgets, stringent guidelines as well as logistical and financial challenges, there is so much that goes into the food that ends up on our dinner plates.

One area where farmers must improve to start turning things around is related to the crops they produce. Better maintenance, greater productivity and less waste is critical.

Better Crop Maintenance

In some of the most important farming areas in the nation, the threat for drought has already created a stir around summer crop planting this year. Farms are having to make decisions about water use and soil monitoring so they can ensure necessary growth yields are met.

The need for more irrigation also increases spending and leaves less room for profits. To help curb this, tools that measure soil moisture and precipitation levels become critical for farmers. The continued quality control they provide– regardless of drought, supports growth throughout the season and for farmers, that’s a win-win.

Fluid switches and liquid level sensors find application within these tools. The sensors provide accurate measure of water being delivered to the plants and can sense how much is left for the soil to absorb.

Over watering can have just as bad an effect on crops, causing rot and not to mention, wasting water – which is both costly and bad for the environment.

Curbing Food Waste

Better crop yields also lead to less food waste – another threat we’re faced with today.

Waste in the form of less than perfect crops, deformed vegetables and those with abrasions getting left behind is part of the problem. Up to 20 billion pounds of produce are being left out in the fields and it’s happening on a grand scale.

That number is only part of the problem. When these crops make it to our dinner tables, even greater waste happens.

According to a research from the USDA, “30 million acres of cropland, 4.2 trillion gallons of irrigation water, 1.8 billion pounds of nitrogen fertilizer, and 780 million pounds of pesticides went into producing food that was thrown away.”

With tools to measure and maintain what’s being delivered to crops, it’s possible to create a better yield that farmers can sell. This type of precision agriculture is exactly what’s needed to curb food waste.

Solving Crop Insurance Woes

Finally, crop insurance is a giant industry. These policies help farmers to manage the risks they face due to Mother Nature and unpredictable weather changes. Without insurance, farmers risk the possibility of being shut down if a disaster occurs, but purchasing it is also costly.

With better tools in place to monitor the environment in a field, farmers can lessen the impact of weather extremes. Sensors that measure water provide data, monitor conditions and activate irrigation systems when needed. Together this helps to improve the landscape for today’s already burdened farming industry.

If you’re looking for a float switch or liquid level sensor, SMD Fluid Controls has a variety to choose from and can even build custom applications. Contact us today and we’ll help you find the best sensor for your project.

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New Report Highlights Continued Growth for Float Switch, Level Sensor Market

Float switches play an important role in the accurate measure, response and function of various applications, across numerous industries. Demand continues to grow as more devices are controlled remotely and as reliability and waste elimination requirements also increase.

According to a new report from Fact.MR, which analyzed the trends and forecasts in the space from 2017-2027, positive growth is predicted for the period. The report also examines the key drivers, restraints as well as industries and regions leading the market.

North America was named key driver in the float switch market as expansion of the chemical industry continues.

Float switches for chemical tanks are used for safe storage, temperature monitoring and level accuracy. These tanks typically include caustic liquids that can destroy a switch made with certain materials. Selection of the proper float switch to withstand the environment is important.

The food and beverage industry is also increasing its use of float switches in North America. The switches are aiding with everything from sanitation to temperature monitoring and level sensing to prevent contamination, spoiling and equipment malfunctions.

In other regions across the globe, float switches are also growing for unique application needs.

In Asia Pacific, accurate level and temperature sensors in the growing shipbuilding industry have made market growth strong, while Africa and The Middle East are finding use in the large oil refineries. This industry utilizes float switches to prevent environmental disasters, comply with industry practices and for drill monitoring.

SMD Fluid Controls was named among top float switch providers in the report. Whatever your application or needs, we can help you find the perfect material with an off-the-shelf model or a custom design solution.

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DAIRY FARM COW

Clean in Place: Keeping the Dairy Industry Sanitary

The dairy industry is a vital part of the global food system. Milk provides necessary nutrients to families and many of its byproducts are the key component in a balanced diet.

In a large scale production setting, there are not only strict guidelines when it comes to storage, collection and pasteurization of milk from cows, but farmers must also utilize new technologies and innovations to keep up with demands.

Chief among these needs is the assurance that sanitation is happening and that products are safe for human consumption.  Working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the industry has maintained their status as one of the most hygienic practices in the nation.

Safety in Food Production

Today, milking cows has become an exact science for farmers. To yield the best results, they are closely monitoring and testing from the milking process all the way through to the production. Much of this monitoring checks for quality and aims to prevent diseases transmitted by food.

A large part of this prevention comes from properly washing equipment used in the production process.  A system known as Clean in Place (CIP) is critical for the dairy industry as it makes quick, proper cleanings of the interior of vessels, tanks and lines, possible.

Clean in Place (CIP) for Dairy Farming

CIP systems are commonly used in manufacturing settings, especially in dairy production, as they are the only way to assuredly clean and sanitize equipment used in food production.

Equipment with sensors that accurately measure and sense liquid presence or absence are essential to the continued success of the dairy industry.

These systems use water, heat and/or chemicals to clean and sanitize and remove dirt, spores and other bacteria, both visible and not visible, to guarantee cleanliness. Fluid presence in tanks as well as their levels and temperatures are also measured to ensure proper cleaning and sanitation per stringent industry guidelines.

Through the use of accurate sensors, the system also eliminates the need to dismantle equipment each time and speeds up production times without putting health at risk.

SMD Fluid Controls provides prefabricated and custom float switch and liquid level sensors in full OEM services and designs or we can design and supply machined level sensors or custom molded float switches in a large variety of metals or plastics.

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SMD Fluid Controls Announces Updated Certification of ISO Standards

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sets specifications and guidelines in place for everything from manufactured products and technology to food, agriculture and healthcare.

The standards take into account characteristics of the process, materials and products used to ensure that safety and quality standards are met.

ISO standards are also set-up to provide organizations with solutions that increase productivity and reduce errors and waste at their operations. These standards are regularly reviewed and updated as new requirements are created to meet marketplace changes while ensuring the needs of customers.

SMD Fluid Controls recently updated its ISO standards to continue its focus on manufacturing quality liquid level sensors for international use across industries.

The most recent certifications, ISO9001:2015 and ISO 13485:2016 are applicable to the design and manufacture of sensors, flow and strain gauges used to measure force, pressure, liquid level, flow and other parameters.

Specifically, ISO 13485 is for Medical Devices while ISO 9001:2015 is a generalized standard of compliance of quality management principles.

These latest certification update means optimal quality control is happening at the operations and that regulatory requirements are being met in the manufacturing of medical devices.

“Being ISO certified lets our customers know that we are a capable sensor manufacturer that provides a quality product that meets our customer’s specifications. It also provides proof that we are continually investing in improving to meet and exceed our customer’s expectations,” commented Dennis Adams, Product Manager & Sales Engineer at SMD Fluidswitch.

Have questions? Need help choosing a sensor that fits your needs?

SMD Fluid Controls serves a diverse range of industries and can consult with you to recommend the most effective and efficient industrial float switch and liquid level sensor solution for your application. Contact us today.