Radar Level Transmitter suits hydrocarbon applications.

Press Release Summary:

Coupled with Model C8P71 Waveguide, Model MT2000 can withstand 1,500 psi at 800°F and 5,000 psi at 100°F. Model C8P71 directs radar beam through concentric waveguide, alleviating divergence problems and echoes from tank walls. Incorporating borosilicate glass insulator/seal and 316 stainless steel body, transmitter provides ±0.20 in. accuracy. Output is via 4-20 mA, HART, or Honeywell DE. Results are displayed locally with built-in, scrolling LCD panel.

Original Press Release:

K-TEK Guided Wave Radar Level Transmitter Withstands Extreme Pressures & Highest Temperatures

Ideal for High Pressure Hydrocarbon Apps in Refineries

Guided wave radar readings are immune to fluctuations in specific gravity and variations in dielectric constants

Prairieville, LA (September 15, 2004) - K-TEK, a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art level instrumentation for liquid detection, today announced the new MT2000 Waveguide Model C8P71. Designed for use with the MT2000 guided wave radar level transmitter, the C8P71 is a robust coupler and waveguide created specifically for high temperature and high pressure hydrocarbon applications. The coupler can withstand extreme pressure and has the highest temperature rating in the industry: 1500psi @ 800°F (103 bar @ 427°C) and 5000 psi @ 100°F (344 bar @ 38°C). The C8P71 directs the radar beam through a concentric waveguide, thus alleviating divergence problems and echoes from tank walls and surrounding structures. The C8P71 has a hermetic seal and is unaffected by vapors (excluding steam), making it especially useful for noxious environments.

"As temperatures fluctuate, specific gravities vary, causing errors in traditional devices like differential pressure gauges and displacers," stated Robert Hotard, Product Manager for Radar and RF products at K-TEK Corp. "As the MT2000 does not rely on specific gravity to make its measurements, it is not subject to errors caused by temperature changes. The end result is a more reliable level indication, tighter control of the process, and increased efficiency."

High Accuracy in Extreme Temperature and Pressure

The MT2000, configured with the Model C8P71 Waveguide, is designed specifically for measurements in high temperature and high pressure hydrocarbon applications, including liquid/liquid interfaces. By incorporating a borosilicate glass insulator/seal and a 316 stainless steel body, the device can handle extreme pressures and higher temperatures than other guided wave radar transmitters in the industry, up to 5000 psi @ 100°F (344 bar @ 38°C) or 1500psi @ 800°F (103 bar @ 427°C).

The MT2000 provides the highest accuracy readings in the industry at ±0.20 inches (5.1 mm). With traditional displacers or DP transmitters, the specific gravity of the fluid being measured changes with temperature and pressure, producing varying accuracies. The MT2000's guided wave radar is unaffected by variations in specific gravity, thus providing accurate level measurements even with widely varying temperatures and pressures.

With virtually no beam divergence and, therefore, no false echoes, the MT2000 is ideal for use in a wide variety of applications, especially in vessels with complex, internal structures or small, tight spaces. The C8P71 has a 1.3145 O.D. coaxial probe as a standard assembly for clean fluids. It is also available with larger included stilling wells for dirty fluids, which are typical for refinery applications, such as flare knock out drums and vacuum towers.

Robust Design

The C8P71 option is available with a powder-coated aluminum enclosure or with a 316 stainless steel enclosure for corrosive environments. The dual-compartment design of the MT2000 isolates the wiring and terminations from the sensing elements and internal electronics. FM Approved and CSA Certified for use in hazardous areas, the MT2000 is also ATEX certified for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

The MT2000 probes can be customized for retrofitting into existing stilling wells and displacer chambers, from 2 ­ 22 feet. Output is via 4-20 MA, HART, or Honeywell DE. Results are displayed locally with a built-in, scrolling LCD panel that allows a field-selectable choice of feet, inches, millimeters, centimeters, meters, or percent.

Pricing & Delivery

K-TEK's MT2000 Guided Wave Radar Level Transmitters are available for immediate shipment. Prices start at $1325. Delivery is three weeks from receipt of order.

About K-TEK

K-TEK is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art level instrumentation for liquid detection. Founded in 1975, the company pioneered the KM26 magnetic level gauge with extruded outlets and continues to set the pace in the industry with such innovations as AccuTrak, the first Fieldbus-compatible magnetostrictive level transmitter, and SureShot, the first low cost, all digital design laser level and distance transmitter. The company also manufactures magnetostrictive level transmitters, RF capacitance transmitters, ultrasonic transmitters, and a full line of point level switches, plumb bob devices, and field controllers. K-TEK's products are used in over 200,000 installations worldwide in such applications as plastics manufacturing, chemical processing, oil and gas production, pulp and paper processing, mining and construction, food and beverage manufacturing, and power generation. For more information, please visit www.ktekcorp.com.

For further information, contact:

Kevin Hambrice, Director of Marketing


18321 Swamp Road, Prairieville, LA 70769 USA

+1 225.673.6100, Fax: +1 225.673.2525

Email: khambrice@ktekcorp.com

Web: www.ktekcorp.com

© 2004 K-TEK LLC. All rights reserved. K-TEK, AccuTrak, LASERMETER, and SureShot are trademarks of K-TEK. Other product and service names mentioned here are trademarks of their respective owners.

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