Tailored measuring solutions in refineries

Our approach is different than most other instrumentation providers.  Berthold Technologies sells measurement solutions instead of just measurement devices.  We work with you so that the measurement solution that we provide, gives you what you need to control the operating parameters needed to optimize your process.

State of the art technology

  • Outside mounting of components
  • Not exposed to the harsh process conditions
  • Free of wear and maintenance
  • Smooth handling and operation
  • Lowest cost of ownership
  • Easy to install on existing pipes or tanks without modifications
  • Perfect for all high temperature and high pressure applications
  • No process connection therfore no risk of hazarous material leaks

X-ray Interference Protection (XIP)

With this function, weld tests can no longer distort the measured value. The measured value is frozen until the external radiation influence is over. A digital output signals the detection of interfering radiation. All our level measurements are equipped with XIP.

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Radiation Interference Discrimination (RID)

DuoSeries LB 470 is now also available with radiation interference detection (RID). The level measurement system with RID consists of a Co-60 measuring source and the UniSENS rod detector or the highly sensitive SuperSENS detector along with a separate transmitter for display and operation. The detector mounted at the measuring point is connected to the transmitter LB 470RID via a two-wire cable. If you want to continue measuring despite impending external radiation, then the "LB470RID" version is the right choice. 

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SIL certified option

The SENSseries LB 480 detectors are certified for use in SIL2 applications. Even SIL3 is achieved with homogenous redundancy. The certificate covers all measurement applications, from high level or low level alarms to continuous level measurement and density measurement. Thus safe operation of critical processes is guaranteed.

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Multiphase Level Measurement in Refineries

One application that is not normally considered critical is the interface level in the desalter.  Every drop of oil that is refined, passes through the desalter.  With refiners trying to maximize their margins, they turn to the use of opportunity crudes, which can cause issues with the proper operation of the desalter.  Maintaining proper level control helps ensure proper removal of salts and minerals that can cause corrosion issues with downstream equipment. Most technologies have the capability to measure a clean interface when separation is good but when opportunity crudes are used the interface level doesn’t tend to be clean, instead a gradient change in density from oil to water.  Other technologies can show errors in the interface level reading since there is basically no distinct level.  This can cause issues with either allowing the level to be too high or too low.  When operating too low hydrocarbons can leave with brine water to the waste water treatment cause environmental issues and/or possible fines.  If the level is too high, the amount of water is too high and can cause the electrostatic girds to short out causing improper removal of salts and minerals.  Using the Multiphase Level Measurement - EmulsionSENS system from Berthold, not only can you use the EmulsionSENS to control the water/brine level but also can use it to track this gradient change in density and ensure the upper phase doesn’t get too high, therefore preventing shorting of the electric grids. 

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DOWNLOADS

Continuous Level Measurement Brochure

English | PDF | 4.9 MB

Multiphase level measurement Whitepaper

English | PDF | 10.1 MB

Interface Measurement in desalters Flyer

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