Cleaning of submersible pressure transmitters or level probes

If Enchant of the submersible pressure transmitter or level probe is selected to gauge the filling levels, this can indicate that the probe is used under environmental requirements which may cause failure of common level sensors.
The most adverse conditions such as soiled media, abrasive ingredients and sludge when found in wastewater treatment plants, brackish and wastewater tanks or even digester towers, impose special requirements on the look of a submersible pressure transmitter. One of the main requirements on a submersible pressure transmitter would be to obtain the lowest possible susceptibility to contamination or build-up of the pressure sensor by optimizing its design. That is why the typical design of a pressure transmitter with narrow pressure ports is not used within level probes since it would have a tendency to clog in such applications.
The design of the submersible pressure transmitter and its pressurised sensor diaphragm is optimised in order to achieve very low susceptibility to contamination. However, continuous operation in soiled media may lead to sticking of dirt particles on the stainless steel diaphragm. To get the highest accuracy and fastest response times in case of level change, the thickness of this stainless steel diaphragm is already minimised ex factory to just a couple microns. Therefore, cleaning of the diaphragm should be completed with caution. Always avoid using sharp or edged tools. It is also strongly advised never to use the popular screwdrivers or pens.
If cleaning of the sensor diaphragm is necessary, then rinse it using a weak water jet or clean it carefully using compressed air. Damage of the diaphragm due to denting or notching, even though it seems to be purely superficial, leads to significant losses in the accuracy of level measurement. Deformation of the diaphragm often shifts the zero point of the pressure measurement in the inner electronic measurement system and additionally distorts the output signal linearisation which has been adjusted ex works to the undamaged diaphragm. Thus, the submersible pressure transmitter with damaged diaphragm generates falsified measurement of the existing filling level and, therefore, cannot be considered a trusted measuring instrument any more. Thus, complete replacement of the damaged instrument is completely necessary.
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