A vertical float switch is a mechanical device used to detect the level of liquid within a tank, and trigger an event, such as a refill or discharge, when the liquid reaches one or more predetermined levels. A vertical float switch comprises a magnet contained within a thru tube float, as well as a magnetic reed switch contained within a fixed housing. The movement of the float, due to the changing liquid level, will cause the reed switch to close or open at a particular level. This tried and trusted technology is based on a relatively simple design that offers long term reliability without the need for the user to operate the switch. Below we discuss five common ways the vertical float switch is used.
- Harvesting Rainwater – Harvesting rainwater is becoming increasingly more important, especially in areas of drought. Climate change is affecting water supplies everywhere with long dry spells. Numerous states are in a major water deficit, and the need to collect, store, and treat rainwater is necessary. The storage tanks used to collect the rainwater require vertical float switches to indicate the level in the tank and control pumps and valves. Not having these controls can lead to costly water loss, and property or equipment damage.
If you are a homeowner, chances are you’ve heard of a sump pump, and most likely own one. A sump pump is a small pump installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. Its job is to help keep the area under the home or building dry and to prevent it from flooding. Usually, sump pumps are installed in sump pits. Water flows into the sump pit through drains or by natural water migration through the soil. The sump pump’s job is to pump the water out of the pit and away from the building so the basement or crawlspace stays dry. When sump pumps fail, this can lead to basement floods. The sump pump relies on a float switch in order for the pump to work properly. (more…)
In the past few weeks, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about some of the most common industries we serve. While we take great pride in the unique applications of these industries, it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the ways in which our advanced liquid leveling devices can be used. Today we’re going to explore some of the many liquid level applications where our products play an invaluable role.
Liquid level control plays an important part in chemical storage and processing applications. Whether our level controls are ensuring chemical levels are maintained in storage tanks, or helping to monitor chemical tank inventory or point level in chemical mixing and batching, they are a very important part of this industry! At Arthur Harris, we design all of our products for the chemical industry using high quality stainless steel, ensuring resistance to corrosive chemicals and unmatched performance in the demanding conditions this industry presents. (more…)
Here at Arthur Harris, we truly enjoy the opportunity to share how our custom products benefit some of the largest industries. Today we’re discussing the petrochemical industry, where our stainless steel float valves are used to prevent unwanted flow of fluids up the drill string in natural gas and oil drilling operations. At Arthur Harris, we take great pride in powering the industries that fuel our country, and we’re excited to share how our innovative products can make a big impact in these operations. (more…)
It’s August, one of the hottest months in North America, and here at Arthur Harris, we’re celebrating the sunshine, spending time outdoors, and our ability to serve some of the most lucrative and important industries in the country, wastewater treatment. On the hottest days of the year, we think about how our liquid level control products help those in the wastewater treatment industry manage the day-to-day operations and also stay safe by preventing an incident which could really stink! (more…)
At Arthur Harris, we take great pride in our ability to serve numerous industries. With the ability to serve an extensive range of purposes, or products offer unmatched versatility paired with the high quality craftsmanship that our clients trust. To celebrate our diverse clientele and highlight some of the unique applications of our high quality products, we will be writing industry-specific blogs. Today will be talking about one of the largest industries we serve, the oil industry! The oil industry is especially important because it requires our products for accuracy, safety, and everyday operations. (more…)
Arthur Harris products have set the industry standard in stainless steel components for industry applications where important qualities like strength, superior corrosion resistance, and buoyancy are required. The high-quality fabrication and attention to detail involved in the fabrication of Arthur Harris valve components like float connectors, make them the optimal choice for use in the process industry, as well as other industries that require flow management.
Float connectors are made from stainless steel, making them ideal for connecting stainless steel float valves or other devices in high-pressure conditions, at high temperatures, or submerged in water or corrosive liquids. Our stainless steel float valves are manufactured in 303 or 316 stainless steel and can be customized in multiple different threading configurations, making them highly versatile for unique applications. While a float valve is just a small component, they serve an important role by float valves in industries like oil and gas, chemical, and more. (more…)
Arthur Harris stainless steel float balls have become standard equipment in industry applications where strength, maximum corrosion resistance, and superior buoyancy are necessary. These unique qualities make them the optimal choice for industries that require liquid level control for facility safety, substance measurement, and even to control switches. Steel floats are ideal under high-pressure conditions and at correspondingly high temperatures in water or corrosive liquids. Our stainless steel floats (most popular types are manufactured in 304 or 316 stainless steel) maintain high strength at temperatures up to 800° F (427° C), while their relatively lighter wall thicknesses provide increased buoyancy. While many industry applications require liquid level control, it’s worth examining the very different ways which these versatile float balls can be used. (more…)
Arthur Harris invites visitors to explore their new website which has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience. With easy to use navigation and improved functionality throughout, the new website allows easy access to detailed product information, services, and resources.
Arthur Harris & Co., located in Chicago, Illinois, is excited to announce the launch of their new website. The company, which specializes in custom manufacturing of stainless steel floats and hardware as well as metal finishing services, hopes the new site will further elevate their online presence. The new website features the company’s product line of durable, high-quality stainless steel floats which are ideal for corrosive liquids, as well as offering a range of metal fabrication of services. Arthur Harris collaborated with Page One Web Solutions, a web design and marketing firm located in Portland, Maine, for the redesign of the website. The new design has improved the site’s functionality as well as overall user experience, allowing Arthur Harris to help visitors understand the complete range of stainless steel float and custom hardware solutions that they offer. (more…)