Instrumentation: K-Tek expands, buys non-contact ultrasonic line


Prairieville, LAK-Tek LLC acquired KAB Instruments and its line of non-contact ultrasonic level measurement equipment, a move that K-Tek says enhances its position as a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art level instrumentation. South Africa-based KAB serves the mining, plastics, pulp and paper, and aggregates industries with a family of robust ultrasonic transducers, transmitters, and controllers that provide precise level measurement over long ranges (up to 60 m at 0.25% accuracy) under challenging conditions. The instruments' microprocessor design provides instant variable gain and power control of transmitted signals even when measuring foams and extreme dusty environments associated with solids, grains, and powders.

Founded in 1989, KAB designs and manufactures level measurement equipment for harsh, industrial environments. It specializes in transducers, transmitters, and controllers that are impervious to dust, acids, alkalis, and foam. The company reportedly patented the first Ethernet-based instrument, Netsonix, a state-of-the-art ultrasonic controller that it says connects to all standard networks including the Internet. It is currently pursuing FM, CSA, ATEX, and IEC approvals for its product lines.

K-Tek will offer the KAB products through its distribution network in the Americas and in selected countries in Asia and the Middle East. The two companies will continue collaborating on technology development and sales distribution. KAB's managing director, Kevin Barnfather, will relocate to the USA to oversee global sales and marketing responsibilities for ultrasonic products. With the addition of KAB's non-contact ultrasonic product line, K-Tek will offer multiple technologies to meet liquid or bulk solids level measurement requirements.

K-Tek manufactures ultrasonic transmitters and point level switches, plumb bob devices, and field controllers in addition to liquids and solids level instrumentation. Its products are used in such applications as chemical processing, oil and gas production, power generation, pulp and paper processing, mining and construction, food and beverage manufacturing, and plastics manufacturing.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Edited by C.G. Masi , senior editor

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