How Coltraco Ultrasonics’ Advanced Technologies Ensure Accurate Flow Rates and Liquid Levels in Safety-Critical Industries

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Safety-critical industries, such as oil and gas, chemical processing, nuclear power, and aerospace, rely on accurate control and monitoring of flow rates and liquid levels to ensure personnel safety and operational efficiency. In this blog post, we will explore how the flow rates and liquid levels are closely related and how Coltraco Ultrasonics’ advanced measurement technologies, such as the Portasonic® 2.FL0 and Portalevel® IS, play a pivotal role in ensuring accurate flow rates and liquid levels in various safety-critical industries. 

In pic: Inside the Complex Oil and Gas Pipeline

In pic: Inside a Chemical Processing Factory

Safety-critical industries encompass sectors such as:

  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Chemical Processing Industry
  • Nuclear Power Industry
  • Aerospace and Aviation Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Mining Industry
  • Marine and Offshore Industry
  • Automotive Manufacturing Industry
  • Power Generation Industry
  • Food and Beverage Industry
  • Construction Industry
  • Healthcare Industry (Hospitals and Medical Facilities)
  • Transportation Industry (Railways, Airports, Ports)
  • Fire Protection and Suppression Systems Industry
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Industry
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Flow Rates & Liquid Levels – How it impacts the overall safety and integrity of operations? 

Flow rates and liquid levels are closely interlinked in these safety-critical industries due to their direct impact on overall operational safety and integrity. Controlling flow rates ensures desired liquid levels in tanks, vessels, and pipelines, while imbalances can lead to equipment malfunctions and overflows. These parameters also impact pressure management, affecting structural integrity and leak prevention. Accurate measurement of flow rates and liquid levels is crucial for emergency response, enabling proper isolation and hazardous substance control. Anomalies in flow rates or liquid levels can indicate equipment failures or leaks, requiring prompt action to mitigate risks and ensure safety. Additionally, flow rates and liquid levels are important for environmental protection, minimizing pollutant release and the risk of spills. Monitoring and controlling these parameters enhance safety, mitigate risks, and maintain operational integrity in the oil and gas industry. 

In pic: Portalevel® Intrinsically Safe

in pic: Portasonic® 2.FL0

How does Coltraco Ultrasonics help overcome these challenges?  

Ultrasonic testing has become crucial in safety-critical industries due to its non-invasive nature, high accuracy, and reliability. Ultrasonic testing utilizes sound waves to measure flow rates and liquid levels, offering several advantages. It facilitates preventive maintenance, and provides early detection of potential issues, allowing for timely interventions before they escalate into safety hazards or costly equipment failures. Additionally, ultrasonic testing is non-destructive, ensuring minimal disruption to operations and reducing downtime. 

Coltraco Ultrasonics, a leading provider of ultrasonic monitoring solutions, offers cutting-edge technologies that assist safety-critical industries in achieving accurate flow rate and liquid level monitoring. 

Portalevel® Intrinsically Safe

  • Enables safe and efficient monitoring of liquified fire suppression systems in hazardous environments. 
  • Approved for use in EX-rated Zone 1 environments 
  • Provides non-invasive liquid level monitoring, minimizing downtime and reducing costs. 
  • Ensures accurate measurement without physical contact, minimizing the risk of fluid contamination or equipment damage. 
  • Enhances safety protocols and optimizes fire suppression system performance. 
  • Protects assets and personnel 

Portasonic® 2.FL0

  • Enables precise measurements with accuracies of +/- 0.5% of the true flow rate. 
  • Offers superior build quality and advanced features. 
  • Integrates an ultrasonic thickness gauge for non-destructive testing and corrosion detection. 
  • Provides a built-in oscilloscope for signal diagnostics, ensuring reliable measurement setup. 
  • Offers non-invasive and non-contact measurement, eliminating the risk of pressure loss and damage to the flowmeter. 
  • Improves safety, operational efficiency, and cost savings. 


Accurate monitoring of flow rates and liquid levels is vital in safety-critical industries for ensuring safety and operational efficiency. Ultrasonic testing offers a non-invasive, reliable, and accurate approach to achieve this. Coltraco Ultrasonics’ advanced measurement technologies, including the Portasonic® 2.FL0 and Portalevel® IS, offer numerous benefits to safety-critical industries. These technologies enable precise flow rate measurement and liquid level detection, leading to enhanced safety, improved efficiency, and cost savings. 

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