Vibration Limit Switches - Vibration forks & Vibration rods

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Point level detection with Vibration Level Limit Switches

Depending on the requirements, vibrating level limit switches are used as full, demand or empty detectors in storage silos or process vessels and are suitable for use in almost all media. The main component of the vibrating level limit switch is a piezo stack which is electrically excited and thereby vibrates. The design of this piezo stack largely defines the range of application. UWT vibrating level limit switches are suitable for process temperatures up to 150°C and process pressures up to 16 bar.

Vibrating level limit switches are differed between vibration fork and vibrating rod, which differ in their mechanical design but not in their operating principle.
Vibration fork level switches consist of two tines vibrating at their mechanical resonance frequency. Due to the oscillation of the tines, a certain self-cleaning effect is created. There is a relationship between resonant frequency, leg length, sensitivity and self-cleaning effect:

  • Vibrating fork long = higher sensitivity = lower resonant frequency = lower self-cleaning effect.
    These vibrating forks are particularly suitable for very light and few adhering materials. For this purpose UWT offers the
    Vibranivo Series 2000 and 6000, which can even detect materials with a bulk density < 5 g/l.
  • Vibrating fork short = lower sensitivity = higher resonance frequency = stronger self-cleaning effect
    These vibrating forks are particularly suitable for strongly adhering materials as well as for the detection of solids in
    liquids. For this purpose, UWT offers the Vibranivo series 1000 and 5000, which detect materials with a bulk density of 50 g/l and more.
    and are also suitable for interface measurement.

With the vibrating rod, only one rod vibrates, which means that the vibrating rod can be built much more compactly. In addition, there is no danger of solids with a large grain size becoming jammed, which leads to faulty switching in tuning forks. Vibrating forks are therefore well suited for small vessels and solids with large particle sizes. UWT offers the Mononivo Series 4000 for this purpose, which detects materials from a bulk density of 20 g/l and has a 1" process connection.

Find out more about our vibration fork series Vibranivo® and our vibration rod series Mononivo®.