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CASE STUDIES from Food Processing to Pharmaceuticals for our Portatank

FOOD PROCESSING FACTORY: MAYONNAISE VAT LEVEL uses our industrial tank liquid level indicator

WHERE? Food processing factory based in the south of the UK producing Coleslaw, packaged salads and pastas for the likes of McDonalds, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl. Producing over 130,000 pots of Coleslaw a day.
WHAT? A 2.2 metre high, 5mm stainless steel wall, filled with mayonnaise. Previous monitoring method consisted of employing ladders to peer into the cylinder and check usage and remaining contents. Issues of potential contamination.
HOW? The implementation of our non-invasive liquid level indicator allows the plant to run more efficiently and reduces risks by providing the staff with a means of accurately and non-invasively monitoring the contents within the mayonnaise tank negating the need for physical inspection using ladders which posed a health and safety risk to the operator.


WHERE? A leading food processing factory in Slovakia processing fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. The customer needed support in checking the liquid levels of apple puree, to be used in baby and toddler food and juice products.
WHAT? Apple puree stored in large steel tanks, at 4.5metre in height. The client had no way for liquid in-tank inspection of apple puree inside the large tanks, as they did not have watermarks or a liquid level strip on them.
HOW? The implementation of the simple liquid level control system allows the plant to run more efficiently. Our handheld industrial tank liquid level indicator, Portatank, solved this issued.


WHERE? A British pharmaceutical company, Glaxosmithkline, one of the largest in the world.One of their pharma manufacturing plants in Ireland produces active ingredients that are used in drugs used to treat cancer, Parkinson’s and depression.
WHAT? An ammonia/water in Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs). Monitoring the contents within these IBCs previously involved physical dipstick measurements on the tank to monitor usage and replacement. The fumes given off by the ammonia created a health risk for engineers. Opening the top valve also created risk of contamination to the ammonia.
HOW? Using the ultrasonic tank contents gauge to test tank levels in several of the IBCs, some were partially full and some were empty. Using an external ultrasonic tank liquid level meter reduces the amount of partially empty ammonia cylinders returned before emptying, saving the organisation money.



WHERE? Steel production facility with two types of transformers that were present on site: (1) 33kV to 6.6kV and (2) 6.6kV to 440V where the former is much larger sized. Across the site, hundreds of such transformers installed.
WHAT? Many of these transformers do not have the means to indicate oil / fluid level detection externally. The existing solution was to shut the transformer down and inspect oil levels by opening the covers which results in a significant downtime to the power distribution network in the production facility. There were also concerns in the accuracy of many of the existing built-in level meters in the tank.
HOW? The ultrasonic liquid level measurement device is a portable and reliable non-invasive solution capable of identifying fluid levels quickly and is very simple to operate. Oil inspection can now be done externally and on “live” transformers.

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