Stop Weighing – Use Ultrasonics to Transform your Cylinder Contents Inspection Traceable to Agent Weight

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When it comes to fire suppression systems, the crucial need for safety often comes at the steep cost of time and labour. Traditional measurement methods demand dismantling, heavy lifting, and specialised equipment, leading to inflated costs and increased risks. However, embracing technological progress, ultrasonic level indicators have emerged as a game-changer, exemplified by Coltraco Products’ Portalevel® MAX PLUS and Portasteele® CALCULATOR.

Here we take a look into the substantial time and cost-saving benefits, with a special emphasis on the invaluable traceability that Portasteele provides through liquid level to agent weight conversion.

 In pic: Cylinder label showing agent weight before and after filling.

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In pic: Fixed CO2 Fire Extinguisher Cylinders Onboard Vessels


Cost and Labor Efficiency with Ultrasonic Technology

Traditional methods entail laborious dismantling, multiple personnel, and cumbersome weighing scales, resulting in high labour costs and prolonged downtime. Coltraco’s ultrasonic devices revolutionise this process.

Portalevel® MAX PLUS

  • Designed for liquid level testing
  • Eliminates the need for system disassembly
  • Requires only one or two personnel for a quick, under-one-minute test per cylinder
  • In stark contrast to the traditional 20-minute ordeal requiring multiple people.

The Portasteele® CALCULATOR

  • Datalogging and reporting features
  • Enhances efficiency
  • Introduces a critical element of traceability: converts liquid level measurements into agent weight.
  • Agent Weight: The sole evidence on the cylinder, providing a crucial layer of accountability and verification, obtainable without physically having to weigh the cylinder.


Ultrasonic Testing vs. Traditional Methods

Ultrasonic testing not only significantly reduces the time required for inspections but also eliminates the need for costly practices such as hydraulic car fees and weighing scale fees. The Portalevel® MAX PLUS achieves accurate results, displaying “GAS” or “LIQUID” with precision, translating into substantial savings. The risk of gas loss, a common hazard in traditional methods, is eradicated, diminishing expenses related to gas replenishment and ensuring personnel safety.


In pic: Portalevel® MAX PLUS


in pic: Portasteele® CALCULATOR

Cost-Saving Benefits and Traceability

The impact of adopting Portalevel® MAX PLUS and Portasteele® CALCULATOR on cost and time efficiency is striking.

  • Reduced labor requirements
  • Streamlined Process 
  • Emphasis on traceability (Facilitated by the Portasteele®)

They ensure that every liquid level measurement is not just a data point but a concrete piece of evidence in the form of agent weight on the cylinder. This not only enhances safety but also streamlines accountability, compliance, and reporting.



Old Method VS Portalevel® MAX PLUS – Comparison table

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For More Information, Contact Coltraco Today

In the pursuit of safety, time, and money should not be sacrificed. Coltraco’s ultrasonic level indicators redefine the landscape, offering swift, accurate, and cost-effective solutions. Facility owners embracing this technology witness a transformative shift – from labor-intensive and time-consuming practices to streamlined, efficient processes. With a focus on traceability, Coltraco Products’ innovations not only enhance safety but also empower facility managers to allocate resources effectively, unlocking a new era in fire suppression system maintenance. Learn more about our Fire Safety Solutions here.

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