A 3D level scanner is, unsurprisingly, a 3D scanner applied to solid level measurement. There’s an ongoing discussion about whether the solution is too much effort for level measurement. The prevailing view, though, is that a 3D level scanner brings a lot of benefits.

The 3D level scanner’s working principle

A 3D level scanner uses low-level pulses to map the exact, three-dimensional shape of the contents of a tank or other container. This measurement principle can provide very accurate level measurement in almost any case. The unique selling point of the 3D level scanner is that it also provides three-dimensional measurements.

3D level scanner vs radar level transmitter

Radar level transmitters are cheaper and therefore more common. However, since the 3D level scanner will also provide three-dimensional measurements, it is worth the extra cost if you are also interested in this information.

The 3D level scanner provides you with a better overview of the level and an easy way to calculate the volume of the product. The build-up in the wall of the tank can be a problem for radar level transmitters and even cause accidents. With the 3D level scanner, you can see how the product is stored and if you have build-up in your tank.

The level of investment is also different: the 3D level scanner requires software and more engineering to give you all the benefits of the technology. You can implement the information into the control system, but the 3D software is the real key here and that part can be a pretty big investment for you.

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3D level scanner and radar level transmitter applications

If you don’t need the extra information and accuracy provided by the 3D level scanner, you are probably better off with a radar level transmitter. However, if you are measuring solids, which take up different shapes in the tank, or if you are worried about buildup, a 3D level scanner is probably worth the extra investment.

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