With many things, being an early adopter is seen as being on the cutting edge of the latest technology. Newer is considered better and you are told that you are missing out if you do not try out the most modern products. This is the case in many sectors including water and wastewater. However, the most important mindset to have is knowing that you have the right tool for the job.
In the environmental market there is a similar discussion being had with regards to radar against ultrasonics. While radar is a newer technology, it is our professional belief that ultrasonics remain your preferred choice in water and wastewater treatment. Here are 3 myths regarding radar versus ultrasonics.
Myths Regarding Radar Versus Ultrasonics in Environmental Applications
- Radar better handles outdoor conditions like wind and rain. Wastewater treatment instrumentation deals with the realities of the outdoors, day in and day out. Some people believe wind and rain can give ultrasonics a hard time and that radar is better suited for the job. The truth is, rain will actually have a similar effect on both ultrasonics and radar. However, this effect is insignificant over the short distances involved in environmental applications such as open channels. Combined with intelligent echo processing software, ultrasonics ensure that wet and dirty process conditions don’t affect measurement performance.
- Radar performs better over the long distances in the environmental market. With measuring ranges well over 300 feet, high-frequency radar transmitters absolutely outpace ultrasonics in tall silos. Tall silos which, well, don’t really exist in most environmental applications. With most wastewater facilities’ applications maxing out at around 30 to 40 feet, radar’s distance prowess is simply not needed.
- Radar devices are more sophisticated. Compared to a rather plain-looking bell-shaped ultrasonic transducer, sure—that radar transmitter has a lot going on under its housing. But in harsh mechanical and environmental applications, do you necessarily want those sophisticated electronics exposed to nasty process conditions? That plain-looking ultrasonic transducer, by comparison, is fully sealed, isolating its electronics from vapour and ingress. And the highly intelligent ultrasonic controller can be installed away from the dirty, confined space of a wet well, for example, in a controlled and easily accessible area.
Knowing the truth behind industry myths is vital when making a decision for your company. The truth is, different applications require different instruments. You may be better suited with radar over ultrasonics, or vice versa. The important part is understanding exactly what you need. This is where Pulse comes in. Our team of trained professionals are able to assess and make recommendations fit for your business.
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