Tech Bulletin: Issue 4, October 2018

Madison Continuous Level Sensors Can Withstand Even a Hurricane

For a supermarket, staying open during weather events is critical, especially when there are widespread power outages. People depend on their local supermarket for food, fuel, and even information. The standby generator is a key piece of equipment in keeping the supermarket open during these severe weather events.

Madison continuous level sensors monitor the fuel levels in many of these standby generators, often replacing less reliable competitive sensors. And when Hurricane Florence slammed the Southeastern coastline, a major supermarket chain supplied its community with food, water and other supplies. Even though the area was without power for three days, the supermarket chain kept the doors open, thanks to its standby generators and flawless performance from Madison sensors!

Tech Tip: Choosing the Right Sensor

You need to select the correct level sensor for your project. You have identified your application, picked the technology, determined the specific gravity of your liquid, figured out the correct materials for chemical compatibility, and decided on the float switch type. You talked to and ordered from a highly reputable manufacturer, installed the level sensor, and congratulated yourself on a job well done. And….the unit failed. How could that be?

Remember that not only is the sensor exposed to some nasty environmental conditions, so are the wires exiting the sensor. Incorrect sealing of the j-boxes and conduit pipes can cause equipment malfunction and even damaged wires. Improper grounding, voltage spikes and lack of controllers can also cause premature equipment failure.

Be sure to consider all the conditions of your installation so that your level sensor will operate properly for many years. Begin the selection process now at www.madisonco.com.

Have questions about your installation? Give Madison a call at 203-488-4477 or contact us at info@madisonco.com.

Around the Web: Genomic Vaccines

Each year, the World Economic Forum publishes a diverse range of breakthrough technologies, chosen for their potential to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet. These technologies were also chosen for their level of maturity that would enable widespread take-up in the coming 3-5 years. The technologies were selected by the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and Global Future Councils in collaboration with Scientific American and its Board of Advisors (from World Economic Forum, weforum.org, June 26, 2017).

In a Scientific American article published June 26th, 2017, author Geoffrey Ling discusses genomic vaccines – vaccines composed of DNA or RNA, rather than killed or weakened pathogens, or the proteins from those pathogens. Genomic vaccines offer a number of advantages, including simpler and less expensive manufacture, the ability to readily change the vaccine if a pathogen mutates, and the delivery of antibodies – using the body’s own defense mechanism against a target pathogen.

Many companies, academic labs, and the U.S. government are pursuing genomics for clinical trials of vaccines against avian flu, Zika, Ebola, HIV and various cancers.

Liquid level sensing technologies are prevalent in medical and pharma applications. If you are interested in liquid level sensing solutions for medical and pharma, give Madison a call at 203-488-4477 or contact us at info@madisonco.com.