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K-TEK Introduces the MS50, a Low Cost Float Level Switch

April 222004
K-TEK Introduces the MS50, a Low Cost Float Level Switch
Feature Lowest Cost, Largest Selection of Float Designs, Up to Six Switch Points, and Field Adjustability

Prairieville, LA (April 22, 2004) - K-TEK, a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art level instrumentation for liquid and bulk solids detection, today announced the MS50, the latest version of the company's low cost float level switch. Priced up to 25% less than competitive models, the MS50 is designed to reliably handle a wide range of applications, including sump level control, alarms, and shutdowns. Each switch features application-specific float designs that optimize performance and reliability in the fluid being measured, whether butane, propane, oil, acid, water, or interfaces between two fluids. A unique magnetic coupling ensures optimal switch performance throughout the life of the unit. The MS50 can be equipped with up to six SPDT switch points per unit. For maximum up-time, a K-TEK latching switch design allows each point to be adjusted and replaced in the field.

The MS50 is FM Approved and CSA Certified for use in hazardous areas A high temperature option handles process temperatures up to 300°F/149°C. For high vibration/shock applications, such as transportation, a multi-float option uses special non-latching reed switches and stop collars to guarantee reliable switching.

"K-TEK's switches are designed for the needs of today's production operations, maximizing flexibility and minimizing down-time," said Kevin Hambrice, Director of Marketing, K-TEK. "The MS50 can be adjusted in the field, without removing the vessel from service. And K-TEK's broad range of float designs ensures a match for the specific gravity of virtually any fluid. Competitive float switches are limited to only a few available float designs, mounting configurations, and measuring lengths. They must be pre-configured in the factory and are designed such that if one contact fails, the entire unit must be replaced."

Unique Switch Design Accommodates Varied Applications
The MS50 features hermetically sealed, magnetically biased, single pole-double throw (SPDT) reed switches. Each unit can include up to six (6) switches for applications requiring multiple switch points or redundancy. Due to the unique nature of the internal switches, the MS50 requires only one float for operation in single fluid applications. For high vibration/shock applications, such as transportation, a multi-float option uses special non-latching reed switches and stop collars to guarantee switching.

The MS50 works in tanks of nearly any shape, size, or type. Most variables are easily accommodated, including tank depth, type of fluid, and changes in specific gravity. Multiple options handle environments up to 800 psig @ 300°F or 55 bar @ 149°C. Lengths range from 8 inches to 20 feet (0.2 to 6 meters). Retrofitting to an existing vessel is made easy with process connections that can be specified from 3/4" NPT to 4" NPT, and flange sizes from 1" up.

Widest Selection of Float Designs & Materials
Each MS50 features an application-specific float design optimized for the specific gravity of the fluid being measured. K-TEK provides the largest selection of float designs, including 14 standard and hundreds of custom options.

K-TEK also has the largest selection of float and flange materials in the level industry. Choices for float materials include 316 Stainless Steel, Alloy 20, C-276 Hastelloy, PVC, CPVC, Kynar, Tefzel, and Halar. This means the MS50 can handle high temperatures or corrosive fluids, such as hydrochloric acid. Oversized floats are available for applications where a certain degree of build-up is anticipated.

The MS50 is FM Approved and CSA Certified for use in hazardous areas. The standard housing is powder-coated aluminum; an optional stainless steel housing handles corrosive environments. The MS50 is also available with PVC, CPVC, or Kynar wetted parts.

Pump Relay Control Options
External relays are optionally available for the MS50. The IR10 Interposing Relay Output Module is designed for process control equipment that may require a higher operating current than can be provided by most switches. The PP10 Latching Relay provides control of on/off devices, such as motors, motor starters, solenoids, and alarms. Both units are easily mounted and installed. Each is supplied in an explosion-proof enclosure with terminal blocks for fast access to field wiring.

Pricing & Delivery
K-TEK's MS50 float level switches are available for immediate shipment. Prices start at $465. Prices for the IR10 interposing relay output module start at $168, and for the PP10 latching relay start at $200. Delivery is one week from receipt of order.

About K-TEK
K-TEK is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art level instrumentation for liquid and bulk solids detection. Founded in 1975, the company pioneered the KM26 magnetic level gauge with extruded outlets and continues to set the pace in the industry with such innovations as AccuTrak™, the first Fieldbus-compatible magnetostrictive level transmitter, and SureShot™, the first low cost, all digital, laser level and distance transmitter. The company also manufactures guided wave radar transmitters, ultrasonic transmitters, and a full line of point level switches, plumb bob devices, and field controllers. K-TEK's products are used in over 175,000 installations worldwide in such applications as plastics manufacturing, chemical processing, oil and gas production, pulp and paper processing, mining and construction, food and beverage manufacturing, and power generation. For more information, please visit www.ktekcorp.com.

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