Industrial Tank Monitoring with LED
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Improving Industrial Tank Monitoring with LED Lights and Sensors

Monitoring storage tanks in industrial facilities must be conducted on a regular, sometimes frequent basis. For locations with numerous tanks at the site, such as food processing buildings and storage silos, this can become an issue. Workers are required to do rounds around the operating floor, taking note of various meter readings and documenting the status of the materials or goods inside the chambers. The installation of LED lights, as well as sensors and cameras can boost such meticulous tasks associated with tank maintenance, inspection and daily operation.

Tank Monitoring Lights

Tank monitoring is supported by powerful lighting systems. Compact LED lights can be mounted on the side of the tank, with the light pointed downwards, into the chamber. Alternatively, the lamps may be positioned to illuminate sensors or level readings, which measure the tank’s contents.

Depending on the type of materials being stored, lights used for tank monitoring should be explosion proof to accommodate combustible environments. Furthermore, waterproof housings are common for tanks that store liquids.

Implementing Sensors and Cameras

Ultrasonic sensors are effective for wireless monitoring of tanks and containers. The units work by taking measurements at specific times during the day or night, automatically recording the readings for logging, research and monitoring.

Various settings can be configured, so that in the event of abnormal occurrences, such as overflow, rapid fluctuations in temperatures and more, the sensor may trigger an alarm system to notify plant managers in real-time. Moreover, the alarm system may come with an Leds or stack light for immediate notification around the site for nearby workers.

Remote viewing of tanks is facilitated by cameras. With such equipment in place, supervisors have the option to monitor multiple tanks at once – even located in different rooms. This makes tank management less demanding and reactions to emergencies much faster.

Low Voltage LED Lights
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Class 2 Compliance for Low Voltage LED Lights

During construction, installation for LED lighting systems must carefully observe various safety guidelines set forth by the National Electric Code (NEC). For low voltage LED lights, such as wiring, compliance with Class 2 guidelines are recommended.

The standards are designed to reduce risks surrounding fires, shocks and premature lighting failure.

Power and Electrical Wiring

Class 2 regulations for low voltage luminaries must adhere to specific performance standards. When it comes to power supplies, the low voltage 12V DC driver should be 60 watts or lower. Furthermore, 24V DC drivers should operate at 96 watts or lower. As a refresher, a low voltage LED work lights are stepped down from a standard AC voltage (such as 120V AC) to a low, DC voltage (usually 12V DC or 24V DC).

When a Class 1 circuit and a Class 2 circuit are utilized, the components should be separated, according to NEC guidelines. A solution to this concern is the application of a heavy-duty junction box.

Class 2 electric wiring for permanent lighting installations supersede mainstream rubber-based coatings commonly found in mainstream appliances. This requirement is critical because wiring for permanent installations are typically hidden behind walls. If the wiring components are surrounded by insulation, they could be prone to excessive heat generation.

Labeling and Inspections

Streamlining Class 2 compliance can be done by checking the labels of power supplies and wiring components during purchase. In fact, inspectors generally look for markings from an authorized regulator (NRTL) to ensure compliance. Examples of popular NRTLs include UL and ETL.

To avoid delays during inspection and construction, individuals should be ready to provide a wiring diagram for the intended lighting installation. This is usually a requirement in the permit process. Checking for Class 2 compliance is conducted on low voltage lighting units during the rough-in (initial) inspection process.