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.

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Overview of Savings for LED Construction Lights Used on RTG Cranes

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On construction sites, cranes use numerous lights for safety and illumination. Just how much lighting does a crane require during operation?

A heavy-duty rubber tyred gantry (RTG) crane, which is commonly found in shipyards and ports that hold or stack containers, uses around 14 different lights on a regular basis. These units range from obstruction lights for pedestrian safety to floodlights located on the stacking carrier to illuminate containers during lifting maneuvers.

Operating Costs and Savings

Previously, RTG cranes utilized metal halide lamps for illumination. Although bright, the lights were inefficient and costly for operators. Now construction businesses are transitioning to LEDs, in order to address pitfalls associated with traditional metal halide lamps.

Switching to LEDs can save RTG crane operators up to $5,000 per year (per crane), according to a Milwaukee-based company that specializes in the port crane market. When spread over a fleet of RTG cranes, the savings are enormous. For instance, a fleet of 100 RTG cranes outfitted with LEDs provide $500,000 in savings per year.

Expected Lifespans of LEDs

One of the main reasons LEDs perform exceptionally well on construction sites is due to their extended lifespans. In controlled, ideal environments, LED chips can last up to 100,000+ hours. Most LED lights offer an average lifespan of 50,000+ hours, as the units are rarely installed in locations that are perfectly suitable for the lights. In most cases, the fixtures are exposed to vibrations, water and extreme temperatures. RTG crane operators who use LED lighting systems around 12 hours per day can expect them to last 10+ years.

After its intended lifespan, LEDs will continue to provide illumination. This phase of the luminary’s lifespan typically comes with decreased output. However, unlike metal halide lamps, LED construction lights for cranes may continue to operate more reliably, displaying less issues related to color temperature, flickering and discoloring.