Reed sensors in Accurate level sensing of fluids
In ships and yachts, it is not only necessary to monitor the exact volume of fuel, but also the volume of the sewage and the drinking water tanks. These gauges work on the same principle as a fuel gauge and require a potentiometric feedback from within the tanks.
As on boats and ships, there is a space restriction, tanks are usually design to fit these small spaces and are long and wide but very short in height. This mean that the design of the PCB would need to be very compact, with reed switches mounted very close to each other. Specially designed reed sensors with a high differential need to be used and are combined with integrated resistors. These PCBs to give out a potentiometric feed back across two outputs as a foamed magnetic float moves along its height. The PCB tracks can be designed in such a way that a full tank gives high resistance and an empty tank gives low resistance, or vice versa. For sensing fluids such as sewage, a perforated housing can be fitted outside the float assembly so that semi solids do not come near the float and obstruct its path.
Applications are classified as Position Sensing, Pulse Counting, Electromagnetic or Relay, Temperature Sensing or Magnet Biasing types. This application is classified as follows and the link gives more information on best practices to help select the most suitable AT band and matching magnet.
The Reed Switches and Sensors used in such applications need to be robust, durable and efficient in meeting a high life expectancy. Our engineers work hard in life testing our products under various conditions, and our intention is to ensure end product durability and life. Although we wouldn’t want to restrict any of our products for use in only certain applications, the recommended products for use in this application are listed below.
R3 Miniature SMD Reed Sensor
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UM-0018-H Ultra Miniature Reed Switch
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MM-1018 Micro Miniature Reed Switch
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MS-105 Miniature PCB Mountable Reed Sensor
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