How Chemical Tank Monitoring Systems Work

Written by AOS Treatment Solutions on August 2, 2016
Texas water treatment specialists AOS Treatment Solutions explain how chemical tank monitoring systems work.
Texas water treatment specialists AOS Treatment Solutions explain how chemical tank monitoring systems work.

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If you are familiar with the remote tank monitoring industry, you have likely heard of chemical tank monitoring systems. Designed to remotely communicate the levels of liquid chemicals stored in bulk tanks, a functional chemical tank monitoring system is essential for companies in many industries, such as agriculture and water treatment. The following is an overview of how remote tank monitoring works.

Why Use a Chemical Tank Monitoring System?

In large agricultural or water treatment operations, physically inspecting the liquid levels of various holding tanks can be both time-consuming and expensive. However, there is a way to avoid this.

By using a chemical tank monitoring system, it is possible to get remote updates on the contents of a bulk container, regardless of its geographical location. This, in turn, increases safety and efficiency and cuts costs by eliminating the need for people to check on the tanks daily, or even several times a day.

What Are the Components of a Chemical Tank Monitoring System?

There are generally four components to a chemical tank monitoring system:

Sensor

The sensor is one of the most critical pieces of a bulk tank system. Designed to sense and transmit the level of liquid contained within a tank, a sensor is an essential piece for the overall functionality of the system.

Not all sensors are created equal, though, and various systems will use various sensors depending on the system’s chemical content and makeup.

Monitor

A monitor is a digital device that takes the signal transmitted by the sensor and makes it into a readable digital format.

While a monitor transmits a great deal of data, its most important function is to communicate to the system’s managers how much liquid is in a tank at any given time.

Telemetry Systems

The telemetry system allows the chemical tank monitoring system to gain its remote capabilities. Telemetry systems use a company’s or organization’s various wireless networks to transmit critical data about the contents of tank levels to centralized servers.

This allows for remote management of various systems. In addition, using telemetry systems can dramatically reduce the cost associated with traditional water treatment and chemical management.

Data Management Systems

Once all of this data has been gathered and compiled, it must be managed in an organized and accessible fashion. This is where the data management component comes in.

With data management, the information about all the chemical management tanks in a system can be remotely transmitted and made available to decision makers regardless of their geographical location.

A good data management system also allows suppliers and customers to access needed data and make decisions accordingly. While all data management systems function basically the same way, the specifics vary slightly depending on the company issuing the service.

Water Treatment Made Simple

While remote tank monitoring in Texas used to be a difficult and expensive job, chemical tank monitoring systems take some of the grunt work out of the process.

With a chemical tank monitoring system, a company can keep track of various tank liquid levels without putting people on the ground to physically check these levels. This saves time, money and manpower, and allows for more efficient management of diverse systems, regardless of their location.

For more information on remote tank monitoring systems and solutions available from AOS Treatment Solutions, please contact us today.

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