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VEGA introduces simple radar formula for better refining processes

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Simplicity may not be the first word that comes to mind when it comes to level measurement in refining and petrochemical applications, but it was the word on everyone’s mind at VEGA when designing the company’s new radar sensor. Simplifying industrial processes, as well as the process of selecting and installing a sensor, were the top priorities that went into the development of the new radar solution. What resulted is the company’s most innovative approach to radar sensors yet: the VEGAPULS 6X.

One for all

In the past, choosing the right radar sensor for a particular application meant a time-consuming research process navigating frequencies, confusing model numbers, special materials, and scores of other factors. And the consequences for making the wrong choice could be costly, as the wrong sensor could lead to inaccurate readings, hardware failure, or even a complete breakdown of processes. With areas of application becoming more multi-faceted and processes more complex, the margin of error in selecting an instrument shrinks ever smaller.

VEGA wanted to remove the uncertainty and pressure from the sensor selection process, and their solution was a new radar sensor: the VEGAPULS 6X, which can be used for all applications. The new radar configurator, launching alongside the VEGAPULS 6X, simply asks for the type of application and then quickly determines which version of the sensor is needed.

“VEGA’s latest innovation makes the process of configuring your radar levels simple and intuitive,” said Tai Piazza, Refining Industry Specialist for VEGA Americas. “For our refining customers that are in the midst of an unplanned outage, where process conditions and exact vessel construction are hard to come by, the new radar configurator has been designed to help you quickly identify the best VEGAPULS 6X configuration for your application based on the limited information that you do have available.” No parsing through model codes, no examining emittance frequencies; just one simple solution from VEGA for your application.”

Advanced, all-around safety

The new VEGAPULS 6X has a new radar chip that provides expanded application possibilities and simpler operation, and a self-diagnosis system that immediately detects damage or interference and ensures significantly higher availability and safety. This means that it is VEGA’s first 80 GHz sensor with SIL certification, meeting the highest standards of security and integrity. In today’s connected world, cybersecurity is just as paramount in industrial processes, so the VEGAPULS 6X is compliant with security standard IEC 62443-4-2, which specifies the strictest requirements for secure communication and access control. “SIL certification means safety from the inside - the device itself - and IEC 62433 compliance means safety from external threats,” said Greg Tischler, Product Manager for VEGA Americas. “Together, these standards show that the VEGAPULS 6X offers the all-around safety users need in their processes.”

The right radar sensor for refining and petrochemical applications

VEGAPULS 6X can handle any application. Customers will no longer have to worry about choosing between technologies, frequencies, or instrument versions. Even setup and commissioning will be reduced to a minimum, requiring just a few clicks and basic application parameters. In many cases, all application-specific settings can be made in VEGAPULS 6X before it leaves the factory. Mount, connect, done. It can‘t get any simpler.

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