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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Best LED Alternatives for Industrial Work Bench Lights

In industrial sites, work bench lighting consists of a long tube-style lamp, mounted over a bench or desk. The light is typically mounted very low in an elevated position. This type of setup is designed for detailed tasks, such as electronics repair, finishing touches, painting and meticulous wiring. These days, with the era of LEDs in full force, operators have a variety of options and LED alternatives for work bench lighting.

LED Pivot Lamps

An LED pivot lamp is a cutting-edge luminary with a pivot arm that is mounted on the wall. Similar to a retractable dentist fixture, the unit is extremely versatile. This type of fixture is useful for tasks that require high levels of concentration and dexterity, as it allows individuals to position the light very close to target.

Furthermore, for work sites that cannot cater to a lengthy tube light (due to space issues), an LED pivot lamp is a great alternative. After using the light, individuals may fold the arm and bring it close to the wall, away from tools and activities on the table. By comparison, an overhead work bench light is prone to accidental and rough contact.

LED String Lights

LED string lights are also a suitable alternative for work bench illumination. This type of unit includes several LED lamps (around 5-10, depending on the requirements of the space), which are connected together via a cord. A major advantage to LED string lights is custom lighting installations.

Individuals can setup the lamps individually, prioritizing specific parts of the table where work is frequently conducted. When mounted on hooks, string lights become portable. Should an operator need to light up an area close to the work bench, one can unhook the lamp and pull it towards the target (as long as the cord is long enough).

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.