Bullet Sensors & Transducers e-Digest, Vol. 44, Issue 6,  June 2004: Product News

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Explosion-Proof Laser Transmitter Measures Level, Distance and Position in Challenging Environments


Prairieville, LA (June 1, 2004) - K-TEK, a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art level instrumentation for liquid and bulk solids detection, today announced the SureShot™XP laser transmitter designed for measurement of dry bulk solids, opaque liquids, and slurries in challenging environments. The laser features virtually no beam divergence and is housed in an explosion-proof assembly with screw-on, glass cover for quick and easy access. A dual-compartment design allows users to isolate the wiring and terminations from the sensing elements and internal electronics. With virtually no beam divergence, and therefore no false echoes, the SureShot XP is ideal for use in vessels with complex internal structures and numerous obstructions, such as in petrochemical refineries and chemical plants, or in small, tight spaces, such as stilling wells. Designed to meet the requirements for use in hazardous areas (Class I, Division 1 and 2, Groups B,C,D), the rugged, powder coated aluminum enclosure is rated for IP67 or NEMA 4X, DIP ratings. This ensures operation even in the harshest of conditions.


The SureShot XP can measure distances from 1 to 50 feet (0.3 to 15 meters). A precise, pulsed laser diode features virtually no beam divergence (0.2° beam spread) and no false echoes. As a result, the laser can be directed through very tight spaces, as small as two-inches in diameter. This makes the SureShot XP ideal for vessels with numerous obstructions.


"The SureShot XP laser unit comes standard with explosion proof ratings," said Ivo Radanov, Product Manager for Lasers and Ultrasonics at K-TEK Corp. "This, combined with the unique level measuring capabilities of laser technology, such as narrow parallel beam and the ability to detect surfaces at oblique angles, opens the door to harsh environments in industries such as petrochemical, chemical, and pharmaceutical. Because of the laser technology, the SureShot XP is not affected by vapors, material dielectric constants, turbulence, surface temperature, or complex internal vessel structures. The sophisticated and proven software features last pulse detection and intelligent digital signal processing, allowing the transmitter to ignore multiple agitator blades without complex 'bin plotting.' Just mount it and let it run."


The SureShot XP is also immune to reflections and echoes, thus providing consistent performance on solids and immunity to "cone up" and "cone down" variations in the material being measured. It is available in a small, compact enclosure and provides what is usually a better alternative to open air radar and ultrasonic devices.

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Kevin Hambrice,

Director of Marketing, K-TEK,

18321 Swamp Road, Prairieville, 

LA 70769 USA

Tel:+1 225.673.6100, 

Fax: +1 225.673.2525

E-mail: khambrice@ktekcorp.com



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