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Which file do I pick for updating firmware with Honeywell’s SAT tool?

Last week, I was doing a firmware update on the Honeywell SLG700 guided wave radar using Honeywell’s Smart Anytime Tool (SAT).

Honeywell’s SAT firmware update tool needs to be “pointed” to the component type (sensor/display/communications module), and then the specific file needed for update. A recent release (R102.1) for the SLG700 listed two different files for the Advanced Display, but it wasn’t clear which file I needed to use. Read the rest of this entry »

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Webinar Recap: Load Cell Basics

In case you missed May’s webinar with Sartorius Intec on load cells, we’ve put together some of the key points:

Let’s start with the most common weighing element: the strain gauge load cell.

Strain Gauge.pngA strain gauge load cell can be found in bench platforms, floor scales, and in some cases, tank and hopper systems. It is the most common load cell used in the weighing industry.

The most common electrical strain gauges are thin, rectangular strips of foil with maze-like wiring patterns on them, leading to a couple of electrical cables. You stick the foil onto the material you are measuring and wire the cables up to your computer or monitoring circuit.

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The 15-30-15 Rule in Ultrasonic Level Measurements

Written by: Dan Weise

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a dozen times when talking with a Siemens support guy while evaluating a problematic ultrasonic level measurement application,
“What’s the echo confidence and strength?” “What’s the noise measurement?”

Those are numbers that quantify the echo quality: the floor values for echo confidence and strength and the ceiling value for the noise.   I’d look up the value and the guy on the phone would tell me whether the number was good, bad or so-so.  Finally, someone wrote down what those values should be, and they’re worth filing for future reference.

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Get Your Lesman Level Catalog!

Lesman 2016 Level MiniCatOur level products manufacturers have released several new instruments to make your measurement tasks easier, more efficient, and more effective. So, we’ve put together a new Lesman Level Products catalog to introduce you to the latest technology.

What’s inside?
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LR560 ignores dust, reports true level

In a coal-fired power plant, the coal is transported from the yard to the silos on a conveyor system.

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The process of dumping coal from the conveyed buckets into the silo creates a lot of dust.

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Viewing data logs in Excel format (Siemens LUT 400 Ultrasonic Level Controller)

Written by: Dan Weise

Siemens’ LUT 400 saves data values and alarm events in text-formatted log files. This note covers how to get the files out of the LUT400 to view them in spreadsheet format using Siemens Log Importer macro for Excel.
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The text files are extracted from the LUT400 over a USB cable (mini B type connector).  When the USB cable is connected to your PC, the LUT400 appears as a removable drive (circled in red, below)

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Free Download: Siemens e-book Going the Distance – Solid Level Measurement with Radar

Written by: Dan Weise

A couple years ago, Siemens published a great handbook on using radar to measure solids levels, but the $60 price tag limited its readership.

You can now download the book for free as an electronic epub file formatted for electronic readers, which in my case, is the Firefox browser on my laptop.  It could be any browser (Internet Explorer or Chrome), or presumably any electronic book reader.

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