UK Launch of the Entech Design EchoSmart
20 July 2009, News release from Sludge Blanket UK Limited
Sludge Blanket UK announce the UK launch of the Entech Design EchoSmart advanced sludge blanket level detection system.
EchoSmart is an exciting new development in interface level analyzer technology that offers the advantages of new and innovative instrument architecture. The result is greater flexibility in equipment configuration options, enhanced communication capabilities and reduced installed cost.
Competitive instruments employ simple sensors that generate an unprocessed signal that is then transmitted to an analyzer for signal enhancement, interpretation and tracking (measurement determination). In a few cases, analyzers accept multiple sensor inputs in an attempt to lower the installed cost.
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EchoSmart solves these problems by putting the brains of the system in the sensor and providing creative options to interlink up to 16 sensors in wired or wireless networks. Wired networks can be expanded to include as many as 128 sensors.
EchoSmart introduces the first-of-a-kind Smart Sensor for interface level measurement. With EchoSmart, the sensor doesn't just generate the raw signal. It performs all signal control and enhancement functions, interprets the signal, produces the measurement, and outputs analog and digital information (4-20mA and RS-485 Modbus).
The sensor is truly the Smart device and does most of the work that previously could only be accomplished by a separate analyzer. It's this capability that enables operation using an inexpensive EchoSmart Power Supply Unit for integration into an EchoSmart Field Network, as described below.
But even with the sensor doing most of the work, you still need a way to communicate with it. The EchoSmart Controller is the graphical user interface, and it supplies main power to the sensor. It is also a communications hub that facilitates information exchange between the sensor and the outside world and provides for output signal cable connections. Its on-board processors translate data from the sensor to support a variety of digital communication capabilities.
EchoSmart Field Network
While EchoSmart instruments are priced competitively in stand-alone version (Smart Sensor + Controller), an EchoSmart Field Network offers a tremendous opportunity to offer the most flexible and inexpensive solution possible for multiple application installations.
An Echosmart Network consists of 2-16 Smart Sensors. Each sensor is connected locally to either a Controller or a Power Supply Unit. Controllers and Power Supply Units are interconnected via hardwire (RS- 485 Modbus) or by fully integrated wireless ZibBee Compliant RF Module. There must be a least one Controller in a network (Multiple networks can be connected by RS-485 to integrate up to 128 sensors with the customer SCADA or DCS).
An EchoSmart wired network is easily included in the design of a new plant or plant expansion. But conduit and cabling requirements may make it less advantageous for instrumentation upgrades or replacements. That's where an EchoSmart Wireless Network comes in to supply a tremendously cost-effective solution. Simply install an EchoSmart Sensor and Controller or inexpensive Power Supply Unit at each application and the wireless modules do the rest!
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