Cary, N.C.MTS Systems Corp., Sensors Division has developed an Asset Management System (AMS) device driver for its model M-Series MR analog liquid-level sensor.
The AMS driver allows easier access to internal data registers and controls all of the devices on the network using advanced automation software. The software enables the MR sensors to communicate directly with the control system by transforming the liquid-level data, as well as various other internal data registers, into a format that can be interpreted by the controller.
"Asset management systems are becoming increasingly popular in plant automation and storage applications because the persistent control of materials and goods can lead to increased output and significant cost reduction," said Adrian Totten, liquid-level products marketing manager for MTS Sensors, in a statement. "With the AMS driver, our customers can now actively track the level in their tanks, perform preventive maintenance before there is a real problem with the system, and monitor the entire system from a wired Ethernet computer or online."
The MTS AMS driver works via HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) protocol contained in the 2 wire 4-20 mA signal line. HART is a two-way digital communication protocol that works with existing 'smart' technology to provide advanced feedback options and communication abilities.
Since it is used with most 4-20mA signals, the MR sensor works well when it is attached to a HART network, according to the company.
MTS Sensors, a division of MTS Systems Corp., (919) 677-0100, www.mtssensors.com