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OUTOTEC PTY LTD
BED LEVEL DETECTION PROBE BLD-2000 SERIES

The BLD - 2000 series Bed Level Probes are constructed of 316L or 904L Stainless
Steel, and therefore are resistant to corrosion.

They consist of a sealed stainless steel tube and circuit boards with a Reed Switch
Relay Matrix housed inside.

The output is a 0 -10 k-ohm resistance. This is then converted using a resistance
transmitter to produce a 4-20 mA signal.
The 4-20 mA signal is transmitted back to the Control Room, where it is used to
control the speed of the flocculant dosing pumps.
As the Bed Level increases, the pump speed is increased and vice-versa to maintain
a constant level. These levels are important in the control of overflow clarity.

A Derakain Fibreglass cone-shaped float has been designed to promote self-cleaning
and to reduce the build up of solids. The float has a hole through its axis with magnets
along its inner sleeve. The float slides up and down the stainless steel tube probe
whilst floating on the bed. The magnets activate the Reed Switches installed inside
the probe. The Probe has PVC stops, both in the lower and upper positions to prevent
the float from falling out of range.

By filling the cone float with water, it is weighted so it sinks very slowly in a bucket of
Process water. Therefore, it will float on any solids, giving an indication of the Bed
Level.

The probe position is critical to the operation of the Thickener. The ideal location is at
midpoint between the Launder and the Feedwell outer lip. The unit should be at a
level where the bottom of the Probe is level with the bottom of the Deflector Cone.

The units are available in the following standard sizes that suit most applications.
However, any size or range can be built to suit the Client’s requirements.

The part numbers and descriptions are as follows:

Model Description Part Number
3.0-316-1.0 3.0m long, SS Gr 316 material, 1.0 m
sensing range.
S.T.BL.3000.1000.316
4.0-316-1.5 4.0m long, SS Gr 316 material, 1.5 m
sensing range.
S.T.BL.4000.1500.316
Standard Derakain Cone Float S.T.BL.CF








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Typical wiring diagrams




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ASSEMBLY PROCEDURE

The Bed Level Detection Probe BLD-2000 Series is delivered in a
two-piece configuration. The lower section (with wire attached) contains the
electronics and is Fragile; therefore extra care should be taken when
unpacking this unit. The upper section is a hollow tube.

Whilst the lower section is fully sealed to IP65 standards, it is recommended
that as part of these assembly instructions the Female threaded section be
filled with Silicone or equivalent sealant, and the Male threaded section be
Teflon taped, before connecting the two components - this ensures an
additional seal for the electronic housing section.


ASSEMBLY

1. Remove the cable ties and unroll the cable.

2. Feed the cable through the hollow "upper" tube.

3. When the cable is fed completely through the upper tube, apply Teflon
tape to the threaded male section on the upper tube and screw the two
component parts together.

4. Then fill the threaded female section on the "sensor" tube with silicon
sealant. It is imperative that the join area be sufficiently sealed to reduce
any possibility of contamination to the electronics during operation.





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5. Finally, fit the rubber boot at the top of the upper tube (where the cable
exits). This will stop rain and dust from entering the upper section of the
Probe.

The Probes are tested and calibrated prior to delivery. However, they should be
rechecked upon installation as follows:

* Before lowering the Probe into position, remove the lower bolt, locking nut and
washers.
* Loosen and remove the lower PVC collar.
* Place the weighted Cone Float over the Probe, (pointy end up). If float has not
been weighted with process water, remove the bolt from the bottom and fill with
enough process water so that when in a container of process water, the float
sinks slowly. Refit the bolt.
* Refit the PVC collar, bolt etc.
* Lay the Probe across the bridge handrails and connect the wiring to the control
panel.
* Move the float between the two PVC collars, monitoring the output on the
Control Panel display.
* The output is 4-20 mA and should be displayed as 0 - 100%. If, when fully
raised, the signal drops out of range (i.e. gets to 100% and returns to 0%) then
the PVC collar should be lowered so that the float does not exceed this range.
* There are “Span” and” Zero” buttons located on the Resistance Transmitter to
calibrate the 0 - 100% range.


When complete, install the Probe in its correct position ensuring that it is not
positioned lower than the original install - the bottom of the Probe should be level with
the lowest point of the Deflector Cone.






Note: The Cable entry end of the Probes are design to be IP 65 NOT fully
submersible. Any damage caused by submersing, dropping or failure to comply
with assembly procedure is not covered by Warranty.




Probes are manufactured in Australia