For a long time, high-level technology meant high-level investment. However, that has begun to change. In level measurement, you can now buy high-tech radar devices on a small budget. So how can this type of device help you? Stick around, and you’ll find out as we review the pros and cons of the Micropilot FMR10 from Endress+Hauser. 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.
Whatcha got there?
First, we don’t have much to say about the Micropilot FMR10’s minimalist design. It has no local display or push buttons for setup, but don’t mistake this simplicity for crudeness. It hides a state-of-the-art system that provides a good user experience during configuration. The Micropilot FMR10 has Bluetooth built in to allow you to set up using the SmartBlue App (iOS and Android). Bluetooth and WiFi have done a lot to boost the configuration process, so you’ll find many vendors offering them throughout their portfolios. SmartBlue also lets you view your process data, so you don’t need a local display. However, if you still want one, then you can add a universal display like the RIA15, which takes an analog signal. As you can see, this compact device offers intriguing possibilities. If you want to compare it to similar options, then check out our list on the right to see which will fit your process best.
What can it do?
Ther Micropilot FMR10 measures level using the time-of-flight (ToF) principle. To find out more about ToF devices, you can read our definitive guide, where we review the options currently on the market. Now for specs! The FMR10 has a measuring range of up to eight meters (26.25 ft). It can also measure more than level; the linearization function will give you units of length, flow, volume, and weight. Steam and other interferences can affect the accuracy of a standard ultrasonic meter, but not this transmitter! It’ll provide a more reliable measurement. Speaking of which, the Micropilot FMR10 has excellent accuracy, offering up to +- 5 mm (0.2 in) – more than enough for most applications. Finally, it can handle temperatures from -40 to 60 °C (-40 to 140 °F) and pressures from -1 to 3 bar (-14 to 43 psi).
Why should I care?
Because Bluetooth! Its communication with the app gives you all the process data from your device, and you can set it up using the same secure app. Furthermore, you can easily install the device using its thread connections, and its wetted parts come in PVDF and PBT. Last but not least, the Micropilot FMR10 is a loop-powered device, offering a range of options for liquid measurement in different segments and scenarios.
The Micropilot FMR10 is one of the outstanding radars available on the market. You only need analog to implement it in your control system, and it has good range and great access to its setup and data. If you want to learn more about its technical details, then visit the Micropilot page in the Visaya shop. And for those who aren’t convinced yet, check out the devices on the right and compare them to the FMR10.