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Level sensors are used in process control in many industries and they fall into two categories. Continuous level measurement sensors and Point level measurement sensors.

The point level measurement sensor is used to indicate a single discrete level, that is, to indicate a preset level. The function of this type of sensor is the upper limit alarm, which indicates the overfill condition, or the lower limit alarm condition.

Continuous level sensors are more complex, allowing level monitoring of the entire system. They measure the level of the liquid level in a range, not the level of a point. Continuous level sensors produce an analog output that is directly related to the liquid level in the container. To build a level measurement system, this output signal is transmitted to the process control loop and visual indicators.

Sino-Inst offers a variety of Level senors for Continuous level measurement. If you have any questions, please contact our sales engineers.

Featured Continuous Level Sensors

SI-LT Magnetostrictive level transmitter with Local Digital Display
SI-100 Magnetostrictive Level Sensor
SI-U02 Multi-Point Liquid Level Float Switch

SI-U01 Float Level Sensor
ULT-200 Ultrasonic Level Detector
ULT-100A Ultrasonic Level Transducer
SMT3151TR Submersible Level Transmitter–2Mpa,200m
SI-80 Radar Level Sensors
SIRD90 Radar Level Transmitters, Non-Contact

SIRD70 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) Level Transmitters
RF Capacitance Level Transmitter

What is a Continuous Liquid Level Sensor?

Continuous level sensor definition

Continuous level sensors are transmitters that measure liquids within a specified range. Level sensors determine the exact amount of liquid that provides a continuous analog signal. The level signal can be displayed directly on site or integrated into a process control or management system. These products can be installed vertically and horizontally. They are ideal for monitoring liquids in confined or restricted areas.

Wikipedia: Level sensor

Difference between a point level sensor and a continuous level sensor?

Point level sensor

A sensor designed for point detection will detect liquid at a certain point in the tank or chamber. Generally, this applies to processes that require high-level or low-level management.

In most cases, they act as switches when the tank level rises or falls to a certain level. This could be an alarm or a bonding device. Essentially, the sensor detects when the liquid has reached the desired point, and it acts as a switch to activate the necessary response.

Continuous level sensor

The continuous level sensor is designed to detect the level through every point in the tank or chamber. This means that it provides feedback regardless of the level and the entire container range. This is great for processes where level is always important, and for applications that require increased accuracy.

Read more about: Ultrasonic Level Sensors for Liquids Applications

Extended Reading: How to Measure Volume of Liquid

A point level sensor is a device that can detect the presence or absence of almost any liquid medium. Typically, these sensors are used in processes that need to detect high or low levels.

Generally, common applications requiring point sensors fall into two categories:
Leak detection – to prevent costly damage or service interruption to equipment or level measurement – to prevent spillage or dry conditions.

The technology works like a switch. When the level of a tank or container reaches or falls below a certain threshold. It drives an action.

A wide range of point level sensors are available for many applications and materials.

The float level sensor is a common point level sensor.
The float level switch consists of a fixed rod and a float.
The float has a built-in permanent magnet, which moves freely along the fixed rod with the rise and fall of the liquid level. The magnetic field of the permanent magnet acts on the reed switch, and the closer it is to the reed switch, the stronger the force. When the threshold is reached, the reed switch is closed.
The float level sensor has a robust structure and a measurement deviation of less than 1%.

For point level detection applications requiring no moving parts. Optical liquid level sensors are a good option.
Optical liquid level sensors are suitable for high, medium and low liquid level detection. and fits almost any installation. It has no moving parts, emits infrared light through LEDs, and calculates liquid level changes based on the amount of reflected light.
Optical level sensors are available in custom high temperature models and in different sizes to meet the needs of different applications.

Capacitive level sensors are suitable for reflective, viscous or viscous fluids. According to their principle, capacitive sensors enable non-invasive measurements. Internal level changes can be measured without drilling holes in the vessel under test.

Ultrasonic liquid level sensors work by emitting and measuring reflected high-frequency sound waves, which can withstand high pressure, high temperature and vibration. It is suitable for measuring liquids without foam and air bubbles. Ideal for applications in agriculture, mining, construction, printing, and specialty vehicles.

Extended reading: How does a Radar Corrosive Liquid Chemical Level Sensor work?

Continuous level sensor 4-20 ma

Sino-Inst provides signal output for all continuous level sensors. Analog signal output, 4-20mA output, 0-5V, RS485, HART optional.

Advantages of current signal (4 ~ 20mA signal)

  1. The current signal is suitable for long-distance transmission. Because the current signal is not affected by the resistance of the wire. And the voltage signal will be divided when the wire itself has resistance, resulting in inaccurate measurement. Generally, the maximum transmission distance of 4 ~ 20mA is controlled within 100m, and it is recommended to use digital signals (485 communication)
  2. The current signal generally uses a two-wire system, and the voltage signal generally uses a three-wire system. In contrast, the two-wire system saves materials and reduces costs than the three-wire system.
  3. Compared with the on-site working conditions, the anti-interference ability of the current signal is stronger than the voltage signal. In the case of interference, it is recommended that the user select a 4 ~ 20mA signal.
  4. The current signal can appropriately exceed the range of the range and output inaccurate signals. For example, a pressure transmitter with a range of 1MPa and an output of 4-20mA can output 24mA when it exceeds the range. The voltage signal is slightly different depending on the power supply. For example, a pressure transmitter with a range of 1 MPa and an output of 0 to 10 V cannot output signals above 9 V when the power supply is 9 V.
  5. When the wire materials are not the same (such as copper, nickel), a magnetic field will generally be generated. And the voltage signal will have an error, and the current signal will not be required in the case of higher accuracy requirements.

Continuous Level Sensor can also be used with paperless recorder.

Measuring techniques for continuous level measurement

1. Ultrasonic Level Sensors

Ultrasonic Level Transmitters provide non-contact and maintenance-free level measurement, (Like the Radar ) for fluids, pastes, sludges and powdery to coarse bulk materials.

Ultrasonic level measurement, easy installation, wireless, portable and can be explosion-proof.Sonic is the sound we can hear. Ultrasonic is the sound above the human hearing range.

A human can hear maximum up to a frequency of 20 KHz. Ultrasonic frequencies are above 20 KHz. Ultrasonic waves are used to measure the level of liquids and solid objects in industries.

Ultrasonic level measurement is the contactless principle and most suitable for level measurements of hot, corrosive and boiling liquids.

The normal frequency range used for ultrasonic level measurements is within a range of 40-200 KHz.

Extended reading: Ultrasonic liquid level sensors

2. Hydrostatic (Pressure) Level Transmitters

Hydrostatic level transmitters, also called submersible level transmitter, or pressure level transmitters. For Hydrostatic level measurement, Continuous level measurement in liquid applications with pressure sensors. These transmitters help in determining fluid level of a container. By measuring the pressure of resting body of the fluid within it.

3. Continuous Level Radar Sensors

Radar level transmitter, also called Radar level gauge. Non-contact Continuous level measurement in liquids and solids with free space radar sensors

Non-contacting radar, based on microwave technology, detects only surfaces that reflect energy. These transmitters work on the principle of radar by using radio wave emissions. Mounted at the top of a tank filled with a liquid.

The transmitter sends a radar signal into the liquid and receives a reflection of the signal. The transmitters then analyze the current fill level of the tank based on the time taken by the transmitted signal to return.

Extended reading: Radar Liquid Level Sensor|Corrosive, steam, volatile liquids

4. Guided Wave Radar Level Sensors

4. Guided Wave Radar Level Sensors

Guided Wave Radar (GWR) Level Transmitters, also called wave guided radar level transmitter. Using guided wave radar technology, GWR level transmittershave no moving parts. They can measure both level and the interface between two media.

Continuous level measurement in liquids and solids with guided wave radar sensors. These transmitters work by sending a microwave pulse through a sensor cable or rod. The signal hits the surface of the liquid, and travels back to the sensor, and then to the transmitter housing.

Based on the time taken by the signal to travel down the sensor and back up again. The electronics integrated in the transmitter housing determine the filling level.

Extended Reading: Silo/Bin material level measurement system

5. Capacitance level detectors

Capacitance level detectors, also known as Capacitance level transmitter. RF Capacitance Level Transmitter offers continuous and point level detection. In liquids and solids with capacitance probes.

These transmitters use liquid stored in a tank or container as a dielectric medium between two or more electrodes. The energy capacity of the capacitor circuit increases when there is more liquid, and decreases if there is less liquid. Measuring the variations in the capacitance value, capacitance level transmitters calculate level of the tank.

Read more about: Capacitive Level Measurement Principle.

6. Magnetostrictive level transmitter

Magnetostrictive level transmitter, in-tank liquid level transmitter, is a continuous magnetic level gauge. The magnetostrictive level sensor, measure the level of fluid in the vessel.

By detecting the level of the magnets contained within the float and then transmits the measurement back to the control system.

7. Magnetic Float level sensors

Magnetic Float level sensors are continuous level sensors featuring a magnetic float that rises and falls as liquid levels change.

The movement of the float creates a magnetic field that actuates a hermetically sealed reed switch located in the stem of the level sensor, triggering the switch to open or close.

Comparative analysis – 7 Tank Level Measurement Sensors


Continuous level sensors are versatile in monitoring liquid level needs. They can monitor water, diesel, lube oils and fuels, as well as various chemical and petrochemical liquids. And compatible with corrosive and non-corrosive substances.

Continuous level sensors are and used by industries including:

  • Food and Beverage
  • HVAC
  • Medical
  • Printing
  • Off-Highway Vehicles
  • Semiconductor
  • Oil and Gas
  • Agriculture
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Concrete/Aggregate
  • Plastic/Vinyl
  • Marine
  • Chemical

Extended reading: Sludge Blanket Level Detector Appliactions

The Silo/Bin level measurement and control system solves the problem of frequent dumping accidents in the powder silo of the mixing station during the feeding process. It avoids the problems of dust flying, waste of cement, and environmental pollution. It reduces the equipment damage caused by the collapse of the dust removal hood of the mixing station Other issues and prevents the safety issues of the workers present.

Extended Reading: Silo/Bin material level measurement system

Generally, we can use radar level sensors, ultrasonic, or guided wave radar to measure.

Tank level senor is a level sensor used to measure the tank level. The liquid level is the level of the liquid in a sealed container (such as a water tank) or an open container (water tank). The instrument that measures the liquid level is called a liquid level sensor, a liquid level gauge or a liquid level transmitter. The liquid level sensor is a kind of level instrument. Hydrostatic, Ultrasonic, Magnetostrictive, Radar, Differential Pressure are commonly choices for tank level measurement. Liquid level sensors have been around for decades for leak detection or level measurement. Common measured medium are: Water, Fuel, Diesel, Gasoline, diesel, liquefied gas, liquid ammonia, etc.

Read more about: Level Senors for Tank Level Measurement

To measure the powder level, most of the radar level gauges and ultrasonics are used. Or heavy hammer level gauge.

High-frequency radar level gauge application: powdery solids, or environments with a lot of dust
① coal bunker, cement bunker, clinker bunker,
② Flour, corn flour, rice flour, sorghum flour, etc.
③Iron powder, aluminum powder, etc.

Ultrasonic level meter (ultrasonic level sensor) is used to measure the level of solid materials such as coal, ore, corn, wheat, glass, straw, garbage, wooden boards, automobiles, plastic particles, etc. It is used in metallurgy, mining, grain processing, storage, security and other industries.

Extended reading: Non Contact Liquid Level Sensor Working Principle

A laser level transmitter is also called a laser level meter. Industrial Accurate, non-contact, and uninterrupted real-time monitoring of material height. Designed for material level and liquid level. A laser level transmitter is a continuous or high-speed pulsed laser beam emitted by a semiconductor laser.

The laser beam meets the surface of the object to be measured and reflects. The light return is received by the laser receiver. And accurately record the time difference between laser emission and reception. In order to determine the distance from the laser radar to the measured object. Laser level transmitter is similar to radar/ultrasonic level sensor.

Read more about: Laser Level Transmitter

There are many types of liquid level sensors that can measure water. From our personal experience, hydrostatic submersible level sensors are the easiest to use and relatively low cost.

Extended reading: Hydrostatic Level Measurement


Sometimes, due to the limitation of measurement conditions, it is necessary to select the external water tank level indicator.
Our Sino-inst external water tank level indicator is based on ultrasonic principle.
When measuring with External Tank Level Indicator, install the ultrasonic probe just below the outer wall (bottom) of the container under test. No need to cut holes, easy to install. Does not affect on-site production. It can realize accurate measurement of various toxic substances and various pure liquids in high temperature and high pressure airtight containers.

Read more about: External Tank Level Indicator

How to select a continuous level sensor?

Selection of level measurement sensor.

Issues to consider before selecting a level measurement sensor include:

  1. Measure liquid or solid?
  2. What is the temperature and pressure range of the application environment?
  3. Need point level measurement or continuous measurement?
  4. What is the level measurement range required?
  5. Is the measured material conductive?
  6. Will the measured material cover or accumulate on the surface?
  7. Will there be turbulence, foam or steam on the liquid surface?
  8. Do you need contact or non-contact level measurement?
  9. What kind of output is required, analog, relay, digital display or other?


In continuous level measurement, the level of a medium in a tank or silo is detected with the help of different measuring methods and converted into an electronic signal. 

Continuous level sensors are more complex, allowing level monitoring of the entire system. They measure the level of the liquid level in a range, not the level of a point, and therefore produce an analog output that is directly related to the liquid level in the container. To build a level measurement system, this output signal is transmitted to the process control loop and visual indicators.

There are 7 main types of level transmitters that Sino-Instrument offers. Each type of transmitter works in a different way, and makes it useful for different types of processes.

The point level measurement sensor is used to indicate a single discrete level, that is, to indicate a preset level. Normally, the function of this type of sensor is the upper limit alarm, which indicates the overfill condition, or the lower limit alarm condition.

What are the common types of oil level sensors?

  • Magnetic float sensor: Developed according to the principle of buoyancy and magnetic coupling, with good visibility of characteristics and direct reading of values;
  • Pressure sensor: Use liquid pressure to measure liquid depth, suitable for measuring water depth in river channels;
  • Capacitive sensor: Utilize the principle that the capacitance formed between the probe and the container changes linearly with the liquid (material) level. There is no moving or elastic component. Impact resistance, easy installation, high accuracy, high reliability;
  • Magnetostrictive sensor: The principle of the sensor is to generate a longitudinal magnetic field through a permanent magnet and another magnetic field through an electric current. When the two magnetic fields intersect the waveguide, the waveguide generates a “magnetostrictive” phenomenon, and a strain pulse is generated instantly. Features It is fast and accurate. It is mostly used for liquid measurement in tank trucks;
  • Float sensor (reed switch): It is more common. Nowadays, the automatic oil level sensors of automobiles belong to this category. The working principle is to use the buoyancy of liquid on magnetic floating ball, and the dry spring of floating ball level gauge is magnetically attracted to change the liquid level position into an electrical signal. The reed switch is connected in sections, and the length of each section is the test accuracy of the level gauge.

The working principle of the oil level sensor device is through the continuous acquisition of the relative percentage signal of the oil level sensor. With the calibration algorithm, it is converted into the corresponding volume information. The fuel quantity of the fuel tank is monitored. Combined with the GPS system, the vehicle is known Driving status.

Point-level switches are used as high-level and spill-prevention alarms, low-level and pump-protection alarms, and to turn pumps on and off. Continuous level (proportional) measurement, on the other hand, indicates the level in a vessel over the full span of measurement.

Point level measurement is different from Continuous Level Measurement. Used to detect material levels in tanks or silos.

There are high levels (with material) and low levels (without material).

High level measurement allows containers to be filled to full capacity while preventing overflow situations.

Low level measurement alerts facilities to the need for replenishment, preventing process and/or plant downtime.

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Sino-Inst offers over 40 Continuous Level Measurement Sensors. About 50% of these are liquid level meters, 40% is the tank level sensor.
A wide variety of Continuous Level Measurement Sensors options are available to you, such as free samples, paid samples.
Sino-Inst is a globally recognized supplier and manufacturer of Continuous Level Measurement Sensors instrumentation, located in China.

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