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Launch of latest radar sensor – VEGAPULS WL S 61

A radar level sensor for wate at the cost of ultrasonic.

“I believe that 80% of all level measurement sensors sold within the next three years will be radar sensors, making ultrasonic technology obsolete”, declared John Groom, VEGA Group Director for Africa, at the launch of VEGA’s latest radar sensor the VEGAPULS WL S 61.

Speaking at the Roodepoort Country Club where the launch took place, John Groom reminded the assembled guests that when VEGA launched the VEGAPULS 64 in 2016, a new standard was set for radar sensors.  This was the first radar sensor that operated at a frequency of 80 GHz, producing a beam angle of just 3°.  The focused beam angle allows the sensor to be used in vessels with internal installations or heavy build up on the walls, producing accurate measurements even with foam, condensation or turbulent product surfaces.

With the new entrant to the market, the VEGAPULS WL S 61 has reached what John Groom refers to as the ‘holy grail’ of achievement in the development of radar technology.  Designed specifically for the water supply and sewerage sectors, this radar sensor comes with an equivalent price tag to the ultrasonic sensors, but with so many added advantages.  The WL S 61 comes standard with built-in Bluetooth capability, a submersion-proof housing and an encapsulated antenna system.  Mounting options include a wall holder and a ceiling reflector for awkward angles.

Business Development Manager Frikkie Streicher, ably assisted by his team of three sales Engineers, demonstrated how simple it was to calibrate the VEGAPULS WL S 61.  They proved that indeed this instrument is the universal level sensor for water and waste water, at a 30% reduction in previous cost for radar sensors.

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