When installed correctly in a suitable environment, ultrasonic level sensors can provide highly accurate level measurements, bulk material monitoring, and more. However, when incorrectly installed or placed in an environment not suitable to their designs, ultrasonic level sensors provide incorrect information that could cause critical issues.
At elobau, we understand the considerations and common missteps that occur while installing ultrasonic level sensors. As one of the world’s foremost suppliers of contactless level sensors, we are prepared to provide the knowledge you need to ensure your ultrasonic level sensor installation goes smoothly.

Influencing Factors for Mounting Ultrasonic Sensors

Ultrasonic level sensors use transducers to send and receive signals, measuring the distance to an object, surface, or material. Because of the many precise parts that make up ultrasonic level sensors, several factors influence their operations, including:
  • Environment. The temperature, air pressure, and overall application environment impact the sensing range of your ultrasonic level sensors. Other environmental factors include wind, humidity, and weather.
  • Mounting Space. Each ultrasonic level sensor must have sufficient space between unsynchronized sensors to avoid crosstalk and reduce blind zones. Synchronized sensors can be placed closer to one another.
  • Measured Object or Material. Ultrasonic level sensors detect objects made from many materials, shapes, colors, and states. Each of these factors will slightly impact the configuration and mounting for your ultrasonic sensor due to range, surface roughness, and other considerations.

Common Mistakes in Ultrasonic Level Sensor Installation

Ultrasonic level sensors are a popular option due to their versatile nature and accurate measurement capacities. Unfortunately, these excellent sensing solutions are often installed incorrectly, negating their powerful capabilities. Fully utilize your ultrasonic sensors by avoiding these common installation mistakes:

Ignoring the Ultrasonic Level Sensor’s Blind Zone

The transducers cannot generate and detect signals at once, creating an inherent dead-zone near the ultrasonic level transmitter known as a blind zone. Depending on your sensor and application, the blind zone can be a few inches to a over a foot in area. Mounting your sensor an appropriate distance from other ultrasonic transmitters will minimize this field.

Installation in Unsuitable Environments

The sensor, ultrasonic level transmitter, and transducers must all be compatible with any present chemicals to avoid corrosion. Your application must also contain materials and objects that are suitable targets for ultrasonic level sensors. Applications involving liquids with high vaporability, foamy surfaces, or sound-absorbent materials are not good options for ultrasonic solutions and may require capacitive level sensors, float level sensors, or a custom level sensor solution.

Not Accounting for Power Sources & Cables

Using an insufficient power source or improper cabling can severely impact the performance of your ultrasonic level sensors. When the power source isn’t clean or the cable is incorrectly routed, electrical noise can overpower the signals sent and received by the ultrasonic level transmitter, limiting the transducers’ capabilities.

Failing to Adjust Your Ultrasonic Level Sensor

There is not a one-size-fits-all answer for ultrasonic level adjustments. Consult your level sensor’s guide or discuss your specifications with an elobau expert. We can help you to pinpoint the best settings, modes, and other configuration adjustments required by your application.

Remove the Guesswork from Your Ultrasonic Level Sensor Installation

As an expanding and globally active business, elobau is dedicated to making sure you find the best level sensor solution for your industrial needs. In addition to installation services, ultrasonic advice, and technical resources, we provide a wide range of products to meet any requirement. Our contactless ultrasonic level sensors include: Our team will apply their decades of industry experience to help you identify which ultrasonic sensor is best for your application and ensure that it is installed correctly for optimal measuring results. Contact us today with questions about your ultrasonic level sensor installation. Request a quote when you’re ready to start an order.