The experts for measurement solutions
Employing cutting-edge sensing technology and unique features like X-ray interference protection, our instruments are always a step ahead. They provide first class performance, stability, and repeatability, and above all ensure safety for the process, operators, and the environment due to high measurement availability and advanced self-diagnostics.
As a technology partner Berthold gladly supports customers by providing tailored measurement solutions.
State of the art technology
- External noncontact mounting
- Easy to install on existing pipes or tanks without modifications
- Perfect for all high temperature and high pressure applications
- Not exposed to the harsh process conditions
- Free of wear and tear
- Smooth handling and operation
- Low cost of ownership
Improving desalter performance for opportunity crudes
LEARN FROM OUR EXPERTS how the performance of separators and electrostatic coalescers (desalters/dehydrators) can be improved by design and control instrumentation.
Do you need a measurement with an extremely short reaction time?
The LB 480 SpeedStar is used when the speed of the measurement is crucial. Due to the extremely short response time of 50ms, rapid changes such as slugs are detected early, allowing operators or the control system to compensate before they reach the production processes downstream.
When reliability matters
The use of cosmic rays as a constant reference ensures accurate and stable performance of the detector, regardless of ambient temperatures. It even dompensates for the degradation of electronic components. Thus the detectors have an unmatched repeatability, with drift below 0.5%.
SIL certified detectors available
The SENSseries LB 480 series offers versions that are certified for use in SIL2 applications. SIL3 is achieved by adding an identical redundant SIL2 detector using the same source for homogenous redundancy. The certificate covers all measurement applications, from high level or low level alarms to continuous level and density. Thus the safe measurement of critical processes is guaranteed.
When radiometric measurements are applied, radiation safety is a big concern, which makes the supply of high sensitive detectors Berthold’s main priority. The use of high-quality scintillators is one of many reasons that our detectors can be operated with 80% lower source activity than competitors.
A reliable measurement, requiring no recalibration, is vital for the operation of the alky unit, and is our highest priority. Berthold’s detectors offer stability in the face of changes in ambient temperature. Even drastic temperature shifts, e.g. from winter to summer do not cause measurement drift. Our patented method for detector stabilization compensates for temperature changes and aging.
Oil & gas production - the applications
Measuring drilling mud density
An online density measurement at the feeding line provides real-time information on the mud density before it enters the wellbore. The mixture is measured before pumped down in order to proper fluid density. While drilling the oil, mud is pumped continuousy into the well drill bore, the density is adjusted by adding material solids depending on the drilling operations. Lighter fluid density if drilling and heavier density if the drilling has to stop due to bit replacement or any other issues. The correct mud formulation ensures smooth forward propulsion. Wear-free drilling and excellent sealing of the borehole is ensured through density monitoring. Our solution for density measurement
Level alarm for safety applications
The Berthold instruments used for level switch applications ensure the highest degree of safety and reliability. The system is mounted on the outer tank wall and therefore not exposed to the high pressure and high temperature conditions inside the tank. Existing tanks can be easily retrofitted by the Berthold point level systems, without any modifications or process downtime. As a matter of fact the high level and low level switches are certified for SIL2 and SIL3 applications. Our solution for
level switch measurement
Measuring oil / water interfaces during the separation process
A reliable control of this interface is very important because it prevents oil from entering the water outlet and ensures that water is not reaching the oil side.
Berthold interface measurements are used in horizontal and vertical separators ensuring maximum safety and reliability in the high pressure and high temperature processes.
Measuring oil level in separators
Berthold level transmitters are used to monitor measuring ranges from a few millimeters up to several meters. The radiometric level measurements are noncontact and nonintrusive and operate with constantly high accuracy and repeatability through years of operation. As the components are externally mounted, they do not come into contact with the measured material and are therefore not exposed to wear and tear. See our solution for
Multiphase level measurement
This system measures the level and the thickness of the different product layers: gas, oil, emulsion, water, and sand. It provides real time values and a graphic display for trending in order to improve control parameters like residence time and chemical addition. See our solution for
Detection of gas and liquid slugs
Slugs cause disturbances in separators, excessive flaring, and reduction of production capacities. To reduce the adverse effects, early detection of arriving slugs is essential. The slugs are measured by means of radiometric densitometers with quick response times to guarantee an early warning and the initiation of appropriate countermeasures.
Measuring liquid level in wet gas scrubbers
Liquids collect in the bottom of the wet gas scrubbers, and have to be measured by a reliable measuring system. Berthold level measurement gauges are used to measure the total liquid level in a gas scrubber. Due to their high stability and repeatability the systems do not require recalibrations. See our solution for
Measuring sand level in hydrocylones or tanks
Berthold radiometric level transmitters are ideal for monitoring sand level, as they are noncontact. Depending on the individual application and requirements, the measurement can be realized either with multiple point level measurements or with continuous level measurements. See our Berthold
Berthold offers highly durable nuclear density meters specifically designed for use in hydraulic fracing and cementing applications. The systems are installed on blender trucks, high pressure lines, and cementing lines, providing an online measurement of PPA, PPG, density in SPU or solid concentration
Whitepaper “Rod source / point detector"
Berthold has published the whitepaper “Rod source / point detector arrangement”, wherein the advantages and benefits of a rod source/point detector arrangement are explained. Due to less frequent production downtimes, simpler and thus more economical spare parts inventory, increased long-term and temperature stability and consistent process quality, the higher acquisition costs are mitigated within a short period of time.