The Importance Of Float Switches and Level Tracking Equipment


Many industries make use of liquid as part of daily business operations. Some industries need liquids for production, others produce it as a waste product, and for some industries, the liquid is the product. Tanks are common pieces of equipment in industries that use liquids daily and are essential for normal daily operations. However, for proper and safe operation, your tanks and the liquids they contain have to be properly managed and monitored.

Float Switches

A water level float switch can be a highly effective addition to your company’s tank system. A float switch can be set to active when the fluid in your tank reaches a certain level. This can be when the fluid level gets too low or gets too high. A switch can activate pumps to fill the tank when it is near empty or drain it when it is nearly full. Float switches can also be used for other events aside from activating pumps. You can set your float switch to activate an alarm or turn on other fail-safe systems designed to keep your company and its employees safe.

Float switches are also available in different designs and configurations. You can add single-stage switches, switches designed to activate different things at different liquid levels, and switches designed for very specific systems. You can also install float switches in portable tanks which further increases their overall versatility.

Tracking Liquid Levels

Knowing how much liquid is in your tanks is very important and a liquid level transmitter can keep you properly informed. While open-top tanks can be visually checked, having tracking equipment is a far more efficient way to keep aware of liquid levels. Also, closed tanks require level transmitters due to their design. Tracking liquid levels is important because having too much or too little fluid can be dangerous. For example, a tank that stores waste products needs to be regularly drained when it fills up and a tank that stores liquids used in production will need to be regularly refilled. In addition, many industries deal with liquids that can be dangerous, such as flammable or corrosive liquids, and you will want to carefully track such materials.

Liquid level transmitters offer options for how low this information is communicated. Some systems provide specific figures that are highly precise. Other choices offer broader fluid levels, such as three-quarters full, half full, empty, and other tracking levels. What type of system you need will vary based on your industry, production needs, and the types of fluid you manage regularly.

Final Thoughts

Proper equipment such as float switches and liquid level transmitters are an important and versatile part of your company tank systems. Without proper monitoring, your tanks can easily overfill or become empty. This can delay daily production, damage your equipment, or even create a dangerous workplace situation. No matter if you’re dealing with flammable liquids or water, you need to be aware of what your tanks are doing and how they are working. Luckily, you can also install float switches and level monitoring systems at the same time, keeping you (and your employees) both informed and safe.