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Coltraco Ultrasonics is the world leading manufacturer of portable ultrasonic liquid level indication technology and have been for over 30 years.
We have a range of equipment for testing fire suppression cylinders, including CO2, FM-200®, NOVEC 1230®, Halon and a wide variety of other clean agent suppression agents.
Gaseous fire extinguishing systems are needed to protect their vital infrastructure. These fixed fire suppression systems protect important buildings against special hazards, fundamental for the safeguarding of critical facilities.
In ISO 14520 188.8.131.52 the regulations explains that the storage container contents shall be checked at least every six months as follows. : a) Liquefied gases: for halocarbon agents, if a container shows a loss of agent in quantity of more than 5 % or a loss of pressure (adjusted for temperature) of more than 10 %, it shall be refilled or replaced. b) Non-liquefied gases: for inert gas agents, pressure is an indication of agent quantity. If a container shows a loss of agent quantity or a loss of pressure (adjusted for temperature) of more than 5 %, it shall be refilled or replaced. Essentially, it is known in regulations that the gaseous systems leak and need to be maintained. Given that the gaseous systems are designed specifically to the individual need of that room, building e.t.c, a 5% loss of agent may mean that they would not fully extinguish the fire.
To go above and beyond the regulations, fire extinguishing systems must be checked for leakage. By using the ultrasonic liquid level indicator, the Portalevel ® MAX, one is able to exceed the standards and ensure that the gaseous extinguishing systems are able to extinguish in the event of the fire.
Quick and accurate routine ultrasonic sensor for liquid level measurement tests, can make the greatest preventative difference. Coltraco offers specialist non-invasive liquid level measurement to test the contents of fire suppression systems this is called the Portalevel® MAX Ultrasonic liquid level gauge. Coltraco works with manufacturers of the fire suppression systems to ensure that the Portalevel® MAX liquid level gauge is the appropriate tool for such systems.
The assumptions in the installation and maintenance of gaseous extinguishing systems is that they are highly pressurised but risk leaking and discharging. ISO 14520-1:2015 aim to identify their leak identification at an interval of at least every 6 months. Traditional methods of weighing are laborious and dangerous, taking 15 minutes and two people to weigh a cylinder.
To combat this, Coltraco Ultrasonics developed the Portalevel® MAX, an 8th generation ultrasonic level measurement tool, for identifying the contents of CO2, FM200®, NOVEC™ 1230, FE-13™, FE-25™ & FE-36™, Halon and a variety of similar liquid gaseous fire suppression agents, in just 30 seconds.
Traditional contents checking involve manual dismantling and weighing of the system, which is time-consuming, risky as it encourages development of leaks and poses dangers to the personnel involved. The ultrasonic method of level measurement is safer and quicker. The Portasteele® Calculator removes the need to manually weigh and yet able to provide weight/mass readings. With the recent Halon addition, the Portasteele® ultrasonic method for level measurement now covers the most commonly used fire suppressing agents and is able to save users even more time through exporting data digitally in a ready-to-use report format. The data reporting function in Portasteele® was also improved by adding the capability to export data into .csv format, in order to aid users in delivering reports quickly and easily, whether it is to their office or to their customers. Using ultrasonic type level measurement makes inspecting fire suppression systems quicker and easier.
What is the Level of Measurement for Weight
The Portasteele® CALCULATOR is an advanced calculator application, that converts the liquid level height of C02, NOVEC™ 1230 and FM-200® liquefied gaseous extinguishant agent readings taken on an Portalevel® MAX ultrasonic level measurement system into the agent weight/mass. The Portasteele® CALCULATOR is the first in the world to provide agent weight readings without physically weighing the fire suppression cylinders to comply with fire safety regulations. This is a safer, more efficient and cost saving method to service fire cylinders. The Portasteele® CALCULATOR is based on a stand-alone 7” tablet computer which makes calculations in real time and logs the results, allowing the software to be used immediately in the field.
Using a digital liquid level gauge Portalevel® MAX for ultrasonic liquid level measurement is a reliable method of detecting leaks in cylinders. Using the Portasteele® CALCULATOR in combination with the Portalevel® MAX ultrasonic sensor level measurement enables the recorded liquid level to be converted into agent weight which accounts for the change in ambient temperature.
Advantages of Ultrasonic Level Measurement
Decreasing the time to regularly and effectively test cylinder agent weights, when paired with a ultrasonic liquid level measurement, Portasteele® CALCULATOR will reduce the inconvenience and costly man hours required for testing and ultrasonic level measurement calculation. The cylinder database function means often tested cylinder types, can be instantly recalled, reducing testing time and eliminating the potential tedium of re-measuring the same cylinder types for each test providing an incredibly convenient and quick to use tool. By replacing the use of manual calculation and formulae, Portasteele® CALCULATOR makes the whole process simple and effective.
Ultrasonic Level Measurement Accuracy
The UL approved Portalevel Max ultrasonic level measurement instruments is accurate to +/- 1.5mm. The device is a quick, accurate and efficient method of inspecting cylinder content.
History of Ultrasonic Level Measurement
In 1987 Mr EC Hunter and his Son, Dr CSP Hunter co-founded the company and invented the Portalevel® ultrasonic level measurement device.
Ultrasonic Liquid Level Indicator for co2
Coltraco Ultrasonics have a range of ultrasonic level measurement tools for varying agents and applications, including Portalevel portable ultrasonic liquid level indicator for co2. Get in touch for further information on the range of ultrasonic level measurement devices.
Level Measurement and Calibration
Ultrasonic level measurement calibration, spare parts and ultrasonic level measurement sensor for the bottle leak detection equipment are available from our global ODA Service Centres: UK (HQ), Australia, Singapore, India, UAE, Greece, France, USA, Caribbean.
Liquid Level Gauge Manufacturers
Coltraco Ultrasonics are liquid level gauges suppliers with 30 years of expertise in ultrasonics with true innovation. : Keeping the customer at the core of all we do, from product concept through to manufacturing and after sales Customer Care Commitment for the lifetime of our ultrasonic level measuring device.
Ultrasonic Level Measurement Price
Visit the Portalevel MAX page to download the ultrasonic level measurement pdf. Simple submit and enquiry for the ultrasonic liquid gas level indicator price and receive a quotation from the sales team within 24 working hours.
What is a fire suppression system?
Fixed fire special fire suppression systems protect urgently important infrastructure against hazards, fundamental for the safeguarding of critical facilities. However, gaseous extinguishing systems leak because they are active and dynamic systems and this threatens the consistent and reliable safety that they should offer to the space that they protect.
What is the method?
Choose the flagship handheld ultrasonic level sensor: Portalevel® for fire suppression system testing in 30 seconds. See the intro video here: https://youtu.be/8XaG7oM5aHA
How does it work?
This innovative technology is designed to be very easy to use. Watch this “how to” video here: https://youtu.be/KpScT_esxnc
What agents does it work on?
The Portalevel® level ultrasonic sensor can inspect CO2 fire suppression system, FM-200™, Novec™ 1230 fire suppression, FE-13™, FE-25™, FE-36™, Halons and a range of other extinguishing agents.
Why is it better?
It is safer, faster and cheaper to check if any gas is left in the bottles with an ultrasonic level measurement sensor. Plus, it is accepted by regulations as an alternative method.
Why is it safer?
Increase fire safety as there is no need to turn off the clean agent fire suppression system during inspection. No need to remove the cylinders from the manifold. Portalevel® level gauge enables you to test in-situ. Plus, no risk to personnel who may suffer back injuries by lifting heavy high pressure cylinders.
How is it faster?
Traditional weighing takes two people 15 minutes per cylinder. Portalevel® shows the level with just one person 30 seconds per cylinder.
How is it cheaper?
Saving you time so you can carry out more level detection inspections. Saving you labour costs and removing the risk of injuries. Plus, Coltraco Ultrasonics have a “Price Promise” for the most competitive quotes.