Product Review: VEGAPULS 62

Yo, here we go for another product review! Let’s talk on the level. And by that I mean level measurement; I always level with you here.

In fact, level is a relevant measurement in most industries, but many companies use solutions based on old concepts. We can find new paths to better level measurement, with easier setups and less maintenance.

This product review starts where most level measurements start, with radar sensors. You have a bunch of radar devices on the market, but do you really know the differences among these options? If you don’t, then you’ve come to the right place. We want to help you find answers for your questions.

Without further ado, let’s say welcome to the VEGAPULS 62 from VEGA, a nice all-around transmitter! You can even use this device in continuous level applications. It gives you good alternatives and features for smoother implementation and better performance in your process.

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Disclaimer: This product review examines only features, not performance. If you’ve used this device, feel free to share your experience in the comments.

Whatcha got there?

The VEGAPULS 62 can cover a bunch of common liquid applications and shrug off process effects like pressure, gas, steam, and even temperature. However, most radar level transmitters can do this, so nothing special there.

The transmitter works in a K-band of around 26 GHz, and depending on the antenna diameter, you’ll have different beam angles. For example, a 40-millimeter (mm) antenna will have a beam angle of 22 degrees, and for the 95 mm you have 8 degrees.

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The antenna diameter also dictates the measurement range, with the maximum at 35 meters, according to the manual. So a 40 mm has a max of 10 meters, but a 75 mm goes up to 30. You need to scale out the device based on your process information.

Although the VEGAPULS 62 shrugs off temperature, pressure, gas, and steam, it still has a minimum and maximum range. For temperature, it can handle -196 to 450 degrees Celsius and pressure from -1 to 160 bar. You have to agree, that covers most applications, right?

What can it do?

The VEGAPULS 62 primarily measures distance, but you can measure height, volume, and other things too. To expand its range of applications, it offers different wetted materials for chemical compatibility like 316L, Alloy C22, Alloy 400, and more.

Moreover, you have different process connections and seal materials, so something in the options will probably fit your application. And if you install the transmitter in a harsh environment, you may have trouble opening the housing over time. So the VEGAPULS 62 also has three different housing materials for you to increase the life of your transmitter.

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Hang on, we have more! You can have a separate horn antenna and a rich list of antenna options, making it easy to fit one of them into your process requirements. Last but not least, if you install the transmitter following all recommendations, then the protection rating guarantees that you won’t have issues with external conditions.

Why should I care?

VEGA has a strong name in level measurement, so you may want to consider the VEGAPULS 62 when you have a new application to set up. Speaking of which, VEGA made setup super easy, with the smart solution on the display and a nifty Bluetooth connection.

Of course I have to drop a word in about integration. The VEGAPULS 62 offers a gamut of good alternatives like PROFIBUS PA, Foundation Fieldbus, and analog/HART two-wire and four-wire. You can also connect the radar using the modbus. Very nice. VEGA’s setup app offers a great user experience in my opinion, but of course your mileage may vary.

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And when you need to analyze the vessel conditions, you have the echo curve. It shows you the strength of the echoes over the measurement range and the false echoes. You can easily use the curve to figure out possible problems with your measurement or reliability.

And that’s it for our VEGAPULS 62 review! Love it? Hate it? Think we missed something? Tell us in the comments!

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This video on extended range with the VEGAPULS 62 was the best I found on this model:

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