Simple level detection may seem too simple to you, but you can rely on it as a backup if a problem occurs with your continuous monitoring or as a on/off control without constant level measurement. The Nivector FTI26 from Endress+Hauser stands as a good example. Stick with me and let’s find out how this device assists users in the food industry.

Disclaimer: This product review examines only features, not performance. If you’ve used this device, feel free to share your experience in the comments. This content serves the purpose of providing information if you want a new device.

What is it?

The Nivector FTI26 has a compact and hygienic design, all the better to fit into the food industries E+H designed it for. And it uses the capacitance working principle, which we explain in a couple of articles here at Visaya.

This type of product doesn’t need configuration or a display. However, it has LED lights (green, yellow, and red) to provide simple visual alerts. For instance, it can warn of problems with the sensor or contact with the product.

Nivector FTI26 Capacitive Point level detection for all types of powdered and fine-grained solids in the food industry
From €134.00

What can it do?

This switch detects levels in powdered and fine-grained solids for all kinds of food processes. Its working principle allows plenty of flexibility and an impressive response time.

You’ll need 12 to 30 volts on a three-wire PNP cable to supply it with power and communication. The FTI26 can work in temperatures from -40 to 80 °C (-40 to 176 °F) and uses a threaded connection. The ISO228 G1 comes in plastic or stainless steel, but you can request other materials if necessary.

Why should I care?

If you need a digital connection between your level detection and your control system, then check out the Nivector FTI26’s IO-Link output. You’ll find IO-Link in many applications in food industries, as it simplifies implementation. I have an article on IO-Link, if you want to learn more.

Finally, the FTI26 has a nice handful of wetted materials, certifications, and approvals. This device offers good cost benefits for any application, especially in food industries.


If you need to detect levels in powdered and fine-grained solids, the Nivector FTI26 from Endress+Hauser makes a strong choice. To know more about level detection, you can get in touch with our engineers and we will be happy to help.

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