New APM 3DLevelScanner takes guesswork out of bulk solids measurement

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Tel-Aviv, Israel – November 1, 2006 –  A.P.M. Automation Solutions Ltd. (APM) today introduced a version of its innovative high-accuracy, non-contact APM 3DLevelScanner™  designed specifically to overcome continuous measurement challenges in the solids industry.  It provides unprecedented accuracy of 3D measurements of any kind of material stored in any type or size container at a fraction of the cost of competing solutions.  

While radar has become widely accepted as the standard measuring technology for reliable measurement of liquids, continuous measurement of solids presents problems not easily solved by such non-contact approaches. Dust, filling noise, mechanical loads, irregularities of the surface, materials that randomly form on the sides of the silos, and difficult installation conditions, often cause unreliable measurements or even complete blackout of the measurement.
With the new 3DLevelScanner sensor for bulk solids, these weaknesses and inadequacies can be eliminated.

“The APM 3DLevelScanner provides an innovative measurement method that takes the guesswork out of measuring the level, volume and mass of materials inside a silo or open bin by generating 3D maps of the contents,” reported APM CEO Ofir Perl.

  The APM 3DLevelScanner –
how it works

The 3DLevelScanner employs a 2-dimensional array beam-former to transmit low frequency pulses and to receive echoes of the pulses from the contents of the silo, bin or other container. The device's Digital Signal Processor samples and analyzes the received signals. From the estimated times of arrival and directions of received echoes, using APM's unique patented technology the processor generates a 3-dimensional image of the surface that can be displayed on a remote screen. This unique device can then accurately determine the volume and mass of material.

3D Mapping of the surface area

“We continue to refine APM 3DLevelScanner capabilities to meet broader market needs and to provide extremely versatile measurement solutions. APM’s proprietary technology makes the vision of 3D level measurement come true, addressing applications previously never even considered, such as detecting and presenting solid formation on the sides of silos in the cement and plastic industry.  Its accuracy, reliability and price combine to make the APM 3DLevelScanner the best – and sometimes the only – solution in the market,” commented Perl.

About APM
Privately held APM is headquartered in Israel, and its products are sold and supported by a network of agents / distributors in UK, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and South Africa.

For more information:
Contact: Ofir Perl, CEO

APM Automation Solutions Ltd.
15 Abba Hillel Street
Ramat Gan 52522, Israel
Tel: +972 3 6126120
Fax: +972 3 6126121
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Tel-Aviv, Israel – November 1, 2006
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