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Features

  • Industrial Grade Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensor
  • Reading-to-Reading stability of 1mm at 1 Meter (typical)
  • 500 to 4999mm Measurement Range with 1mm Resolution
  • 40 to 499mm Measurement Range with Reduced Reliability
  • Target Size Compensation for Greater Consistency and Accuracy
  • Fully Calibrated and Linearized with Temperature Compensation
  • Long Range Wireless Range of Up to 2 Miles Line of Sight
  • 128-Bit AES Encrypted Wireless Communications
  • Standard Electrical 3/4 Inch PVC Pipe Fitting
  • Supports Smart Percentage Detection Change Mode
  • Validates and Retries on Lost Communication Packets
  • Send IoT Data to PCs, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or MQTT Servers

$399.95

SKU: PR52-33T UPC: 689860072718 Categories: , , ,

Description

Tank Level Sensor Ultrasonic Long Range Wireless  

Introducing NCD’s Long Range Industrial IoT Wireless Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensor, boasting up to a 2 Mile range using a wireless mesh networking architecture. Incorporating a corrosion resistant Ultrasonic proximity detection sensor, this wireless IoT Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensor transmits highly accurate tank levels as distance values at user-defined intervals. The Ultrasonic tank level sensor features 1mm resolution with a distance measurement range of 40 to 4999mm.  Please note the recommended useful range is 500 to 4999mm for best reliability. The Ultrasonic tank level sensor is IP67 rated and comes with a 75 inch (1.9 Meter) probe while the transmitter has a IP65 rating.

With an open communication protocol, this IoT wireless Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensor can be integrated with just about any control system or gateway.  Data can be transmitted to a PC, a Raspberry Pi, to Microsoft Azure® IoT, Amazon AWS, Losant, and MQTT servers or to local Arduino processors for special handling. Sensor parameters and wireless transmission settings can be changed using an open communication protocol allowing this Tank Level sensor to adapt to most tank level measurement applications.

Applications requiring 100% reading-to-reading reliability should not use Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensors at a distance closer than 500mm.  Although many users have found a Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensor to work reliably from 0 to 50cm for detecting objects, it is not guaranteed to have operational reliability for objects closer than the minimum reported distance. Because of ultrasonic physics, these sensors are unable to achieve 100% reliability at close distances.

Note — If the Target is closer than 30mm the sensor will output 30mm and if the Target is out of range the sensor will output 5000mm.  Please note a 10M version of this sensor is available on special request.

The long range, price, accuracy, battery life and security features of this Long Range Wireless Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensor for Level/Proximity Monitoring makes it an affordable choice which exceeds the requirements for most industrial as well as consumer market applications.

IoT Security

We take IoT security very seriously, which is why we encrypt every IoT sensor, gateway, modem, and device in the NCD Enterprise product line.  Encryption is much easier to manage than you might expect, as the encryption does not get in the way of using the device.  We include a standard 128-Bit AES Encryption key with every device or we can help you integrate a new encryption key into all of your devices.  All hardware devices must use the same encryption key.  Once the keys are set, the hardware manages the rest for you, 100% in the background. 

Wireless Range and Protocol

NCD long-range wireless IoT sensors use the DigiMesh® protocol from Digi.com.  DigiMesh® was designed by THE industrial leader in secure wireless communications for industrial applications.  DigiMesh® automatically hops data from gateway to gateway until it arrives at the desired destination.  NCD IoT sensors are capable of a 2-Mile line-of-site communication distance with the included antennas and up to 28-mile range when using high-gain antennas.    

Your IoT Sensor Data Belongs to You!

Your data belongs to YOU and it’s up to you to decide where you want your IoT sensor data to arrive.  Don’t be bogged down by the limitations of proprietary cloud solutions, post the data where you need it most.  We offer an open communications protocol so you can integrate NCD wireless transmitters into your own software.  This allows integration of NCD IoT sensors into any control system or gateway you could ever imagine.  Send data to a PC, Mac, or Linux computer, or a Raspberry Pi using NCD modems.  Send data to popular cloud platforms such as Microsoft® Azure® IoT, Losant, and MQTT using NCD Micro Gateways.  We can also help get data from NCD wireless IoT sensors to embedded platforms such as Arduino.  We also offer sample code for Microsoft® Visual Studio, Node-RED, LabVIEW®, and Python.  Our documentation fully breaks down the packet structure, so integration into other languages is possible.  We may even be able to help, so please feel free to contact us if you are working with a platform not mentioned here.

Transmission Interval

This Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensor sends data periodically, based on user-preset timing intervals.
This Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensor sends data when a user-defined percentage of change in distance/level is detected.

Sensor Data Overview

NCD IoT Sensors send a lot more than just sensor data.  For instance, a unique serial number is sent so you can always identify a particular sensor on the network.  A Node ID is also included, which a single byte of data that you can use for anything, such as the floor of a building or to help identify which group a sensor belongs to.  Also included in the data packet is a firmware version, battery level, and sensor type.  This allows your software to positively identify and manage the health of NCD IoT wireless sensors.  While signal strength data is also available, it is handled in a different way, and is not included in the sensor data packet (but rest assured, signal strength data for each sensor is available).  Please see the Resources tab to see detailed information on the data structure of this device.  

Good to know...

NCD wireless sensors transmit data and require a receiver.  There are many options available for receiving data from NCD IoT devices, which will be discussed in much greater detail below. We highly recommend at least one USB Modem for the purposes of sensor configuration (available during checkout). Also, our LabVIEW software is typically used for advanced sensor configuration, which is located in the "Resources" tab above.

How long Will the Batteries really Last?

Most NCD IoT Sensors are rated for 300,000 to 500,000 transmissions until the batteries become so weak they are unreliable.  You could spread these transmissions out over a 10 year period and send 50,000 transmissions per year.  This would allow up to 136 transmissions per day, or about 5 transmissions per hour (for a 500K sensor, or 3 per hour for 300K sensor).  If you only need the batteries to last 3 years, you could send 166,666 transmissions per year, or about 456 transmissions per day (about 19 transmissions per hour for a 500K sensor).  As you can see, battery life is really up to you.  By altering advanced settings in the NCD IoT sensor, you have control over longevity.  Please note the 500,000 transmission rating is for premium alkaline batteries.  NCD ships all sensors with premium Lithium batteries, which include a ultra-wide temperature range that typically lasts in excess of 600,000 transmissions for some sensor types.  These batteries weigh less than half of alkalines, and they work in the freezer!  A word of caution though, putting a sensor in configuration mode will drain the batteries very quickly.  It’s important to configure your sensors and exit configuration mode as soon as possible or use a external power supply during configuration (if supported by the sensor).  The table below indicates how many Transmissions Per Hour (TPH) your can expect from different sensors over a lifespan of up to 10 years.

Battery Life:3 Months6 Months1 Year2 Years3 Years5 Years10 Years
300K Sensor136 TPH68 TPH34 TPH17 TPH11 TPH6 TPH3 TPH
400K Sensor180 TPH90 TPH45 TPH22 TPH15 TPH9 TPH4 TPH
500K Sensor228 TPH114 TPH57 TPH28 TPH19 TPH11 TPH5 TPH
600K Sensor272 TPH136 TPH68 TPH34 TPH22 TPH13 TPH6 TPH

TPH = Transmissions per Hour

The Truth About Battery Life

Under the best of circumstances, the best non-rechargeable batteries commonly available today are limited to a 10 year non-working shelf life in a room temperature environment. Factors such as actual usage, temperature, and humidity will impact the working life. Be wary of any battery claims in excess of 10 years, as this would only apply to the most exotic and expensive batteries that are not commonly available. Also note that most battery chemistries are not rated for use in extreme temperatures. NCD only uses the best Non-Rechargeable Lithium batteries available today, which are also rated for use in extreme temperatures and have been tested by our customers in light radioactive environments. Lithium batteries offer a 10 year maximum expected shelf life due to limitations of battery technology. NCD will never rate sensor life beyond the rated shelf life of the best batteries available today, which is currently 10 years.

How Do I Change Settings and Examine Raw Sensor Data?

Using our long-range USB wireless modem, users can expect easy operation over a virtual COM port at 115.2K baud.  Simply open the virtual COM port of the USB modem and watch data stream in.  Optionally, we offer a Wireless receiver that operates over Ethernet.  Data from NCD sensors will appear over TCP/IP on port 2101.  Simply open a TCP/IP socket, port 2101, to the IP address of the Ethernet modem and see your data stream in to your local area network.  We have developed LabVIEW® software for each sensor to change advance sensor settings using both Ethernet and USB modems.  Alpha Station also allows display of sensor readings as well as limited configuration (this feature is still in development).  Of course gateways are also available for sending data to popular cloud platforms such as Amazon® AWS® IoT, Microsoft® Azure® IoT, and Losant (more information below).  We take software samples seriously, so be sure to to check out the “Resources” tab to see code samples for Raspberry Pi, Visual Studio, LabVIEW®, Arduino, Python, and more.

 

What Frequency Do I Need?

During purchase, you will see three frequency options.  Not all options are legal for use in all areas, so it’s important to make the right selection during purchase.  We will build your product and accessories based on the options chosen.  Here, we will explain these options in much greater detail, but please check your local laws BEFORE purchase.

900MHz for North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico)

If you are located in North America, the 900MHz Option will provide the longest range currently supported with the best penetration through walls, buildings, industrial equipment, and trees.  This option is also the best choice for long range applications.  The official Line of Sight rating for this option is 2 Miles with included antennas or 28 Miles with high-gain antennas.  We suggest contacting Digi.com for a high-gain antenna recommendation if required.  Please check your local laws before choosing this option.

868MHz for Europe Only

If you are located in Europe, the 868MHz Option is the only legal choice available at this time. This option offers better penetration through walls, builds, trees, and industrial equipment that 2.4GHz. The official line of site rating for this option is 14.5km using 2.1dBi antennas. Please check your local laws before choosing this option.

2.4Ghz for Worldwide Use (Except Europe)

The 2.4GHz option should be chosen if 900MHz and 868MHz are not legal for use in your country. Please note this particular module is NOT LEGAL for use in Europe, as it has a higher transmission power than is legally allowed at 2.4GHz. This option is certified for use in the United States, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and South Korea. Please check your local laws before choosing this option.

Not Sure?

If you are unsure of which sensor option to choose, please contact us.  We may be able to help determine which sensors are legal for use in your area.

Ultrasonic Tank Level Sensor Applications

  • Wireless Tank Level Measurement
  • Bin Level Measurement
  • Long Range Object Detection
  • Proximity Zone Detection
  • Component of a Low Power IoT System
  • Industrial Automation
  • Wireless Tank Level Monitoring for AWS® and Azure®
802.15.4 Module Wireless

900HP-S3B Industrial Wireless Mesh

Long-Range Wireless Mesh networking is our favorite of all wireless communication technologies.  This is the ONLY communications technology NCD recommends on the factory floor, operating at a safe 900MHz.  Mesh technology will hop data from one location to another to reach its intended destination, users do not need to do anything other than make sure wireless modules stay within hopping range of each other.  We use the Digi 900HP-S3B module in many of our products, as this is the best industry has to offer.  With a 2 mile range between modules and up to 8 hops, it is possible to cover 16 miles of wireless territory using this technology.  Using high-gain antennas, this module is capable of communicating to a remote module up to 28 miles away.  Please note that data hopping only works between live devices.  Data will not hop between sleeping sensors.  Data will hop from sensors to gateways and modems.  Data will also hop between gateways and modems.

Compatibility

Exposure to high temperatures may cause the batteries to leak, causing permanent damage to this device.  NCD Warranty does not cover battery corrosion or use in excessively smoky environments under any circumstances.

This device has been validated with NCD Micro Gateways.

900HP-S3B Wireless Compatibility Notes

Notice: Compatibility Notes Does NOT Apply to the Following Products:

  • NCD Enterprise Solutions
  • NCD Wireless Sensors
  • NCD Enterprise Modems and Gateways

Notice: Compatibility Notes Applies to NCD Industrial Products, Including Fusion, ProXR, ProXR Lite, Taralist, and Reactor Series Products.

Compatibility Notes

When using an 900HP-S3B communication module, it is essential that you use the ZIGMO_PCB to configure the module settings.  Long-Range wireless sensors may be programmed over the air without removing the communications module.

A 900HP-S3B Modem or a gateway of some kind that support the 900HP-S3B communications module will also be required.

Resources

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Mechanical Drawing

Wireless Sensor Enclosure

Sensor Probe Dimensions

Wiring Diagrams

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Standard Lead Times

Standard lead times are 3-5 business days as we manufacture and test the product at the time of order. Larger orders may require additional time.

Product Identification
SKU: PR52-33T
UPC: 689860072718
Country of Origin: US
HTS Code: 854231
1+ Pieces
$399.95/ea
10+ Pieces
$383.95/ea
25+ Pieces
$375.95/ea
100+ Pieces
$351.96/ea

Wireless Communication OptionsChange

Please choose a wireless communications module that is legal for use in your region.  Please note: transmission range will be affected by the product options selected below.  If you are in North America, we strongly suggest the 900MHz option for best results.  If you are in Europe, the 868MHz version is the only legal option.  The 2.4GHz option is certified for use in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and South Korea.  Please note the 2.4GHz version will not penetrate objects as well as the 900MHz and 868MHz versions.  If you need help choosing a wireless option, please contact us.  This option will determine how we build this product and any applicable accessories that may be displayed below.

Wireless Interface Options for NCD Enterprise IoT Sensors & DevicesChange

Where would you like to send your sensor data?

NCD Enterprise IoT Sensors and Devices are capable of communicating to computers and popular cloud platforms using a variety of interface technologies.  Please choose the communication interface technologies that best matches your application requirements.  You may choose more than one, as NCD Wireless Sensors are capable of sending data to multiple destinations simultaneously.

Antenna Extension CablesChange

Do you need to extend the Antenna? Use Any of these Antenna Extension Cables:


Customize

We Customize Just for You!!

NCD offers many custom IoT electronic design services to help tailor our product to your exact needs.  Whether you are looking for custom firmware, circuit board modifications, metal enclosures, or industrial color printing, we can help you with a wide variety of design services.

Custom IoT Electronic Design Services Process

Most of our users purchase off-the-shelf hardware for initial testing.  Once everything is working, they contact us to build a custom solution which may include specialized changes to the board, firmware, connectors, etc.  Custom boards have many advantages such as reduced wiring, easy installation, small size, less power consumption, and in some cases, an overall reduction in product cost.  Custom IoT Electronic Design Services will have your company name and logo on the board as well as the enclosure.

Customized IoT Electronics

NCD engineers can help build a customized solution for your particular application based on the designs you see on our website.  We can combine devices onto a single board, change the shape, or even some of the components to meet your exact needs.  We also provide turn-key metal enclosures with powder coating and full-color printing on the top side starting at just $500 for setup!  We have more than 20 years of experience in electronics design and manufacturing.  All of our products are designed and manufactured in the USA, so we are here to support the products we make.  We only ask that our customers prototype their needs using our existing products before we customize.

Customization Guidelines

  • Custom designs should be based on our existing product because we can’t build rockets or electric cars over here!
  • We do not provide customization services if it involves the introduction of a new or untested technology.
  • Custom engineering fees depend on your requirements, so please contact us for a quote!
  • We maintain ownership of all designs, including our customized designs as they are based on our existing Design.
  • We will only ship the customized product to you or your authorized agents.
  • We have an NDA available if needed.
  • The turn-around time is about 2-3 weeks.
  • We specialize in low-volume designs, no quantity is too small!
  • We have the ability to scale to large volumes as needed.

Getting Started with Product Customization

All you have to do is contact us and we will walk you through the process from beginning to end, based on your individual needs.  Some people are surprised at how fast we finish CAD design (usually a few hours), but keep in mind, we still have to build your design, which takes considerably more time.  When we customize product, here are the general services we provide:

  • We design the circuit board.
  • We communicate with our customers throughout the customization and manufacturing process.
  • We manufacture surface mount stencils and circuit boards.
  • We program our pick and place machines to build your boards.
  • We build a working sample and run it through our wave solder machine.
  • We test your custom IoT solution.
  • Once the design is finalized it won’t be possible to make changes during production (changes cost money and require us to repeat the above processes)
  • Once it meets all your requirements, we will start production as needed.
  • We work with our metal fabricators to design a metal enclosure if required.
  • You work with our artist to print the top side of the enclosure in full color with your company logo if required.

+MORE App customizations

We partnered with Blynk who have developed the +MORE app.  If you are interested in customization to their +MORE app then we're sure you will enjoy working with them as much as we did.  They can customize the user interface +MORE mobile app at your request.

  • Add new functionality and features to the mobile applications and web dashboard
  • Change/ add data visualizations options

Contact them today for custom App Development!

White-labeled mobile apps and dashboard

Blynk the developer of +MORE has a fantastic team of developers eager to help with your IoT applications.  They offer the following services.

We provide white-label IoT infrastructure:

  • Private IoT cloud
  • Branded mobile applications for remote monitoring and control
  • A branded web dashboard to manage fleet of your devices
  • Big Data analysis with actionable insights
  • Development of machine learning algorithms

Contact them today for all of your IoT cloud needs!

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