Level Measurement

Q4X sensor measures level of pills in a bottle

Accurate Level Measurement Saves Costs

Accessing accurate level data from containers, hoppers, and tanks is critical to managing inventory, securing contents, assuring quality and safety, and saving costs.  

Banner solutions for measuring and monitoring fill and material levels are available in a range of sensing technologies to optimize detection for each unique target and environment.

Used in combination with our wireless products, these solutions provide accurate, real-time data from assets deployed in remote and hard-to-access areas. 

Level Measurement Benefits and Challenges

Q4X measures height of food in a carton

Reliable level detection is critical for a wide range of applications.  For example, a dependable level measurement solution can:

  • Ensure material is not wasted in spills due to overfill, which saves time and costs. 
  • Protect equipment from damage due to underfilling 
  • Prevent unplanned downtime and keeps processes moving along smoothly by predicting when containers will run out and enabling them to be refilled in a timely manner. 
  • Ensure customers and end users receive the correct amount of product, which improves customer satisfaction.

However, level measurement can be challenging due to the wide variety of materials, the location of containers, mounting contstraints, and more.  

From precise measurement solutions to wireless solutions for remote tank level monitoring, Banner Engineering offers a variety of technologies to match your level measurement application. See a few examples below, or contact us to discuss your specific application.

Example Level Measurement Applications

Q4X sensor measures carton stack height
Stack Height Monitoring

Measure Level of Material in a Stack

  • An accurate sensor is needed to monitor the stack height of the carton blanks in the magazine to ensure the stack is not empty and prevent downtime.
  • A smart sensor, like the Q4X sensor, can accommodate changes in carton size and machine speed to help reduce downtime for setup and changeovers.
  • The analog output provides a real-time gauge of the stack height. This allows the cartoner machine to have several “call for parts” set points without having to manually move the sensor.
  • With exceptional linearity and a four-digit display, the Q4X sensor provides real-time feedback with an analog (V or mA) or distance (mm) readout.
Material Level Monitoring and Indication

Monitor Level of Material in a Hopper

  • At this distance, the sensor will not interfere with system operations or come into contact with the equipment or process.
  • The sensor features high excess gain, superior signal control and automatic adaptive laser power control for reliable detection, regardless of surface color or reflectivity.
Remote Tank Level Monitoring

Monitor Liquid Levels in Tanks

  • Storage tanks, totes, and containers can be found in a wide variety of environments, from indoor or outdoor installations to above or below ground deployments.
  • Properly monitoring and managing levels inside these tanks can help increase productivity and profitability.
  • Ultrasonic sensors are also immune to target color, reflectivity, or transparency.
  • Wireless communications open up additional benefits including saved time and costs, real-time remote monitoring, and adaptability to meet changing requirements. 

Featured Products

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Q4X Series

Rugged Laser Distance Sensor

Versatile, rugged laser distance sensors offering superior performance and capable of detecting sub-millimeter changes in distance.

  • Discrete, analog (0 to 10 V or 4 to 20 mA), clear object, and IO-Link models available
  • Reliable sensing range from as close as 25 mm and as far as 610 mm
  • Detects across a variety of target colors, materials and surfaces based on distance
  • Dual teach mode (intensity + distance) is ideal for error-proofing applications and enables clear object detection with no retro-reflector required
  • Robust housing rated to IP69K with FDA-grade stainless steel
LE Series

Laser Measurement Sensor

The LE series linear array technology provides great performance and resolution regardless of detection objects color or sheen.

  • Ready to measure right out of the box
  • Easy adjustment with a two-line, eight-character intuitive display
  • Linear array provides repeatability and accuracy for challenging targets
  • Visible laser for small spot size and easy alignment
  • Models with IO-Link available

LTF Series

Long Range Laser Measurement Sensor

High-performance LTF Series Sensors detect targets regardless of color, material or sheen from up to 24 meters away, straight-on or at an angle.

  • Analog and discrete or dual discrete outputs for measuring and detection applications
  • Best in class combination of range, repeatability and accuracy enable highly reliable target detection and precise distance measurement
  • Two-line, eight-character display and pushbutton programming for easy setup, troubleshooting and real-time distance measuring
  • Durable IP67 housing, high ambient light immunity and stable performance across temperatures provide reliable performance in challenging environments
  • Advanced options, including delay timers, advanced triggered measurement modes and cross-talk avoidance
  • Available in models with IO-Link communication which enables remote configuration and monitoring and simplifies wiring, preventative maintenance, and device replacement

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