Senix Corporation, manufacturer of ToughSonic® ultrasonic level and distance sensors, today announced the introduction of its new ToughSonic Reference Target Temperature Compensation accessory. This new accessory uses an external reference target, located in the measurement path at the front of the sensor, to reduce fluctuations caused by diurnal shifts. Combined with the latest SenixVIEW software, for each measurement the sensor makes two readings; one to locate the reference target, and one to the distant object. Any change in the speed of sound affects both measurements.
The reference target location is locked during calibration, and any change in its apparent position is applied proportionally to correct the distant object’s apparent location. The result is a more accurate measurement, significantly less affected by ambient air temperature, diurnal temperature swings, sensor self-heating, sunshine warming the sensor, cold ambient temperatures or vibration. Field calibrations can be done at any time or temperature.
- Not reliant on internal temperature sensing or separate temperature input
- Improves Level and distance measurements by compensating for diurnal air temperature swings
- Sensor is less affected by heating (by sunshine, or external heat source)
- Can be calibrated in the field at any temperature
- Available for 1″ NPT or 30mm sensors, including the Senix ToughSonic 3, 12 & 14
- Easy Setup and Use
The Reference Target Temperature Compensation accessory is mounted on a 2″ universal threaded Delrin adaptor. The Reference Target features are enabled using free SenixVIEW software. Reference Target Compensation accessories are available for Senix sensors that use either a 1″ NPT or 30mm threaded housing (Senix ToughSonic 3, 12, and 14).
About Senix Corporation
Senix designs and manufactures advanced ultrasonic sensors for liquid level measurement, distance ranging and object detection. Senix ToughSonic® sensors are used in a wide range of automation and research applications worldwide. The company transformed non-contact distance measurement in 1990 with the world’s first user-configurable ultrasonic sensor and has been pushing the boundaries of sensor intelligence and ruggedness ever since. Senix Corporation is a privately held company located in Hinesburg, VT, USA.
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Hinesburg, VT, USA — 17 April 2018 — Senix ToughSonic sensors have been integrated and installed by Valarm Inc. in the StormSense flood monitoring and forecast system in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
“We’re pleased the City of Virginia Beach is using ToughSonic sensors for their implementation of the StormSense system.” said Sam Crawford, general manager of Senix Corporation, located in the scenic New England town of Hinesburg, Vermont.
ToughSonic sensors, waterproof and housed in stainless steel, have become the “flood sensor” of choice for flood monitoring systems all over the world including the Iowa Flood Monitoring information system, the Philippine Metro Advanced Traveler Information System, and the Murray Australia irrigation system.
Every ToughSonic sensor has a built-in microcontroller and digital filters that distill numerous ultrasonic “pings” taken over several seconds down to just one single measurement output to the monitoring system. The final measurement the user sees excludes extraneous objects, such as birds, bugs, or other objects passing through the ultrasonic beam. This filtering capability can determine the average of wave heights instead a wave peak measurement from one ping and then a wave trough the next.
ToughSonic “Tough and Smart” sensors work reliably as waves pass, as tides rise or fall, from bridges as high as 60 feet above the water, and in the worst weather conditions imaginable, because that is when people are relying on them the most.
To learn more about Senix ToughSonic, Valarm and StormSense, click here.
About Senix Corporation:
Since 1990, Senix has delivered more than 92,000 non-contact ultrasonic sensors. Senix ToughSonic sensors, known for their durability and flexibility, are in use today in applications as varied as measuring the height of children; controlling mirror focus in flight simulators; maintaining the fly-height of America’s Cup hydrofoil boats; ensuring smooth manufacturing of metals and plastics; measuring liquid levels in water, diesel and chemical tanks; monitoring irrigation system water levels; detecting trees in orchards to conserve agricultural spray chemicals; and, of course, to monitor water levels in flood monitoring and warning systems.
Hinesburg, VT, USA — 4 August 2017 — Many governmental organizations around the world are responding to increased flooding and rising seas by modernizing their water-level monitoring systems. The Vietnam Inland Waterways Administration (VIWA) joins the Iowa Flood Center, the Philippine Flood Warning System, and other organizations in using Senix ToughSonic® sensors to modernize their water-level monitoring, tidal measurements, or flood warning systems. The VIWA has jurisdiction over more than 3,700 miles of riverways, maintains more than 14,000 navigation aids, and operates 77 ports including four seaports.
The VIWA is implementing a network of forty water-level stations to automate the entire inland waterways management system in Vietnam. HYMETCO – Vietnam Environmental and Hydro-Meteorological Equipment JSC – has built and installed eight of the first stations, utilizing Senix ToughSonic 50 serial-only sensors. HYMETCO chose Senix sensors after testing several other ultrasonic sensors that either failed to perform adequately or were not as rugged. Application engineer Hung Nguyen with HYMETCO said, “Senix ToughSonic sensors have a robust structure that can endure the weather conditions in Vietnam – a lot of rain and humidity.”
ToughSonic sensors utilize ultrasonic soundwaves to measure water levels without placing anything in the water – reducing maintenance and installation costs and increasing overall system reliability. HYMETCO designed, built, and installed small solar-powered steel tower measurement stations that include a horizontal arm stretching over the water. This arm holds the ToughSonic sensor “looking” down at the water surface. Electrical signals from the sensor are fed into a data logger mounted to the tower which then transmits data via a 3G cell connection to the centralized data management system in Hanoi. That system aggregates the data from sensors across Vietnam to interactive digital maps for monitoring and decision-making by coastal waterways officials.
About Senix Corporation:
Since 1990, Senix has delivered more than 92,000 non-contact ultrasonic sensors. Senix ToughSonic sensors, known for their durability and flexibility, are in use today in applications as varied as measuring the height of children; controlling mirror focus in flight simulators; maintaining the fly-height of the America’s Cup hydrofoil boats; ensuring smooth manufacturing of metals and plastics; measuring liquid levels in water, diesel and chemical tanks; monitoring irrigation system water levels; detecting trees in orchards to conserve agricultural spray chemicals; and, of course, to monitor water levels in flood warning systems.
Ultrasonic Sensors Monitor Coastal, River and Urban Flooding
HINESBURG, VT – October 20, 2015 – Senix Corporation today announced the expansion of the Philippines Flood Warning System, which relies on Senix’s ultrasonic level and distance sensors to monitor coastal, river and urban flooding. Senix water level sensors play a key role in monitoring the risks associated with tropical rains, storm surges and tsunamis which make the archipelago among the most flood prone in the world. To manage these risks the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and other government agencies are expanding the world’s largest and most sophisticated flood warning system.
Tide gauge platforms with ultrasonic water level sensors and other wet and dry sensors monitor hundreds of miles of coastline for signs of Tsunami and tropical storm surges. All 258 of the nation’s rivers are monitored by similar water level sensing platforms. Even flood-prone city streets are being outfitted with urban flood monitoring stations equipped with ultrasonic sensors. All remote sensor platforms are integrated with centralized flood information systems in near real-time, with the goal of providing at-risk communities with flood warnings at least six hours in advance.
“We started working with researchers at the Philippine Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) about seven years ago as they began developing this technology.” said Doug Boehm, Senix founder and Chief Technology Officer. “The Philippine Government has been a global leader in developing remote flood management systems. We’ve worked closely with our Philippine distributor, Clean World Trading and Supplies, and the Philippine government to customize our sensors and meet their unique remote water level sensing requirements.”
In expanding the flood warning system, the Philippine government placed its fourth major order for ToughSonic ultrasonic water level sensors. With this order, the total number of ToughSonic sensors deployed will exceed 1,000.
Check out our video about the Philippines Flood Warning System
About Senix Corporation
Senix designs and manufactures advanced ultrasonic sensors for liquid level measurement, distance measurement and object detection. Senix ToughSonic® sensors are used in a wide range of automation and research applications worldwide. The company transformed non-contact distance measurement in 1990 with the world’s first computer-configurable ultrasonic sensor and has been pushing the boundaries of sensor intelligence and ruggedness ever since. Senix Corporation is a privately held company located in Hinesburg, VT, USA.