The ITS 65 also offers detection of the medium’s temperature via a Pt 10000, which is attached to the tip of the sensor. Due to their rugged design, high IP protection classes and a working temperature range from -50 °C to +150 °C (-58 °F to +302 °F) the BEDIA intelligent tank sensor ITS 65 is primarily used in the following areas:
- Construction machinery
- Agricultural machinery
- Commercial vehicles and busses
- Hydaulic power-train control systems
The new tank sensor ITS 65 is characterized by a particularly stable, but light mechanical system specially designed for “Heavy Duty Applications”. The mounting flange and measurement tube are constructed from die cast aluminium.
This construction permits the insertion of tank sensors up to 1200 mm in length, without additional support on the tank floor.
The flange hole distribution is compatible with commercially used tank sensors. This means that this system can be used without expensive conversions.
The ITS 65 level measuring system is based on a capacitative measurement principle. A capacitor is formed by an electrically conducting plate and an aluminium tube. Depending on the level, the remaining air volume between the measurement electrodes varies. The resulting capacitative change is recorded and processed by the microcontroller.
“Capacitive Is Not Always Capacitive!”
A problem in capacitative level measurements is the varying permittivity of the various mediums. In general capacitative sensors just a single oil type can be correctly measured. This can lead to a measurement inaccuracy of up to 50 % if the fuel is changed.
The ITS 65 has a BEDIA patented sensor design, which makes it possible to determine the correct level, regardless of the oil type used. However, it is necessary to submerge the sensor element at least 50 % below the medium’s upper filling level.
The conductivity of the medium, due to the existence of water particle, will be determined and compensated for by an integrated microprocessor, which performs different plausibility checks across a wide range of calculations.
Evaluation and Signal Preparation
The intelligent electronics integrated in the ITS 65 tank sensors offers numerous value outputs and signal preparation options such as e. g.:
- PWM signals (digital or resistance emulation for commercial analog measurement instruments)
- Voltage sink
- Voltage Output
- Current output
The measurement range, which can be programmed according to customer requirements, lies between 20 mm below the seal edge and 10 mm from the sensor end.
The use of a microcontroller not only permits linear tank geometries to be taken into account using the ITS 65 tank sensor, but also many different tank geometries to be correctly evaluated by programming up to 15 reference points.
The output signal therefore corresponds to the actual volume and gives precise information about the tank contents.
An additional design feature of the ITS 65 is its freely configurable second output.
- This output can be individually configured as either minimum or maximum switching point of the fill level. Furthermore, the switching point, the delay action, and the switching hysteresis are programmable. A typical application of the switching process would be an automatic refuelling facility.
- The medium’s temperature can be freely selected within a range from –50 °C to +150 °C by using a temperature switch. When a set temperature is approached, this information is transmitted via the minus potential to the output. The switching output can be configured either as normally open or normally closed.
A shift-in hysteresis can also be specified, however, its range must be below the switch-on temperature.
- The analogue temperature output can be used to determine the medium’s temperature within a range from
–50 °C to +150 °C. For this temperature range an analogue output voltage between 0 V to 10 V can be generated.
The analogue output is available as an voltage output with a range from 0 V to 10 V or as an PWM output.
The switch output is available as a lowside switch or a highside switch.
The switch output is short-circuit protected and suitable for 500 mA.
With inductive loads, a freewheeling diode must be switched in parallel to the consumer.