VEGA ushers in a new era in level sensing with the radar sensor VEGAPULS6X

VEGA has announced the introduction of a new level radar sensor that can measure in virtually every conceivable application, meaning users no longer have to choose their level instrument from a multitude of different types.

In a recent product launch press briefing, International Product Manager Florian Burgert was keen to point out that most customers already know their own process, the details of product properties and processing to be controlled, the temperature ranges involved, the standard needed to be met and installation fittings that are available. But, until now, choosing a radar-based level instrument was a laborious task, matching these process details to myriad radar frequencies, part numbers and options on offer.

Now the process is being completely transformed by VEGA with its new VEGAPULS 6X.  One device for all and a new selection and ordering method that is customer-application focused. It enables complete, correct configuration and even pre-calibration of the specific sensor required – for any application, whether for liquids or bulk solids.

With VEGAPULS 6X, VEGA has turned the traditional way of choosing an instrument inside out: There is now only one radar sensor – suitable for all applications.

“Ultimately, it’s not the sensor that counts, but what the users can achieve with it in their individual processes,” says Florian, who has been closely involved in product development from the very beginning. “Just knowing that they’ve chosen the best possible measurement solution and that they’ll reach their goal faster with it, makes a big difference in their everyday operations.”

In 2021 VEGA announced the company had over 1 million instruments in use worldwide, a journey that began 30 years ago, and a story including milestones such as the world’s first two-wire radar instrument and the first 80-GHz radar sensor for liquids on the market, which revolutionised radar level sensor performance for customers. Behind this success are the many people who share a common passion: “At VEGA we don’t do a hundred different things, we concentrate on what we do best: Radar.”, says product manager Jürgen Skowaisa, speaking for all of them.

The team say that the new VEGAPULS 6X offers the best that is technically feasible today: a self-diagnosis system that immediately detects damage or interference, that ensures significantly high availability and safety, it also has new radar-chip technology, with expanded application possibilities and simpler operation.

The radar features SIL certification, and the matter of cybersecurity has also been fully taken into account: Compliance with security standard IEC 62443-4-2, which specifies the strictest requirements for secure communication and access control.

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The value lies in making it easier for users to select their device and monitor their industrial processes. The ultimate purpose of VEGAPULS 6X is just that – through maximum simplification. It is one sensor that can handle virtually any application.

In the future, the customer will no longer have to worry about the technology, frequency or instrument version. Even setup and commissioning has been reduced to a minimum, requiring now just a few clicks and basic application parameters. In many cases, all application-specific settings can be made in VEGAPULS 6X before it leaves the factory, so it’s just left for the user to install, connect, done.

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