|The design and type of vessel impacts the number of bolt-on sensors and the specific placement of them. The quantity and placement of each sensor is important in order to get the most accurate and consistent measurements.|
We'll go over the 3 most prominent types of vessels. Please remember that this is just a guide and that sensors are only one part of the whole weighing system. For a more comprehensive explanation, download the complete Bolt-on Sensor Quantity & Placement Guidelines below. Remember that you can always contact the Kistler-Morse Applications Department with questions.
1. Legged Vessels
2. Horizontal Beam or Shear Vessels
If a vessel is supported by horizontal beams which are connected to vertical legs, it is considered a horizontal beam or a shear application. The weight forces of the vessel are distributed to the horizontal beams. The horizontal beam connection to a vertical leg creates the shear force, which is what is being measured by the sensor to determine the weight of the material. The number of support points for each vessel is essential to determine the number and location of sensors used.
3. Skirted Silos
Skirted silos have a weight bearing metal wall or 'skirt' around the material container. Skirted silos can either be welded or bolted together - however, the construction type does impact the placement of the sensor pairs. The sensors need to be placed around the silo that that is balanced for consistent measurements.