Wireless Leak Detection for Tank Farms

Peter Curtis
Tyco Thermal Controls
TraceTek and Rosemount team up to provide leak detection at an attractive installed cost.
MENLO PARK, CALIF. (May 21, 2010) – Tyco Thermal Controls is the world leader in liquid leak
detection solutions for the industrial, commercial, and environmental markets. The TraceTek®
group of Tyco Thermal Controls has teamed with the Rosemount Division of Emerson to
combine state-of-the-art tank overfill and leak detection with efficient and cost effective low
power mesh radio technology. The combination of TraceTek’s TT5000 hydrocarbon sensing
cable and TT-FFS fast acting fuel sensor probes with Rosemount 702 Wireless Discrete
Transmitter for Hydrocarbon Leak Detection allows tank farm operators to get immediate
notification of liquid leaks or overfills when and where they happen.
One of the main obstacles to the deployment of leak detection technology has been the relatively
high cost of hard wiring the leak detection sensors back to control room alarm panels. In some
instances the signal cables and installation costs within the tank farm’s classified areas has
amounted to more than 60% of the total system cost. Emerson introduced their Smart Wireless
mesh network solution to address the high cost of hazardous area wiring for a variety of pressure,
temperature and flow monitoring applications. Now leak detection has been added to the mix.
TraceTek and Rosemount have jointly developed a capability to couple TT5000 fuel sensing
cable or TT-FFS fast acting fuel sensor probes to Rosemount’s 702 transmitters. When a facility
installs multiple 702 transmitters, they self-organize into a mesh network that relays leak sensor
data back to the control room. Users have the option of transferring data directly from the
Emerson Smart Wireless Gateway into their SCADA system or they can use a TraceTek TTDM128 Alarm Panel dedicated to leak detection.
The system has worldwide CID1 approvals from FM and ATEX/IEC Zone 0 approvals from
Baseefa. Radio spectrum approval is in place or pending in over 200 countries.
For over 20 years, TraceTek systems have been at the forefront of leak detection technology,
and the combination with Emerson’s Smart Wireless system gives tank farm and refinery clients
the opportunity to deploy overfill and leak detection sensors at a cost far below what was
possible as recently as last year. Emerson’s mesh network systems have been successfully
deployed at more than 1200 sites around the world and the new addition of wireless leak
detection will be an attractive and easy to deploy enhancement. For those sites contemplating
leak detection for the first time, the dramatic reduction in installed cost can be the catalyst that
gets the ball rolling.
For more information on the TraceTek leak detection system, call Tyco Thermal Controls at
(800) 545-6258, send an email to info@tracetek.com, or simply visit www.tracetek.com.
About Tyco Thermal Controls
Tyco Thermal Controls, a part of Tyco Flow Control, is a global company providing optimal
solutions for various applications involving heat tracing, floor heating, snow melting & de-icing,
temperature measurement, fire and performance wiring, and leak detection systems. With
operations in 56 countries and experience in managing projects around the globe, Tyco Thermal
Controls is the ideal partner for companies worldwide. Currently, we manufacture and distribute
products and provide services under brand names such as Raychem®, Pyrotenax®, DigiTrace®,
Tracer®, IsopadTM, Frostex®, HEW-THERM, TraceTek® and WinterGard®. More information on
Tyco Thermal Controls can be found at www.tycothermal.com.
About Tyco Flow Control
Tyco Flow Control, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE: TYC; BSX: TYC), is
a leading global manufacturer and marketer of valves and controls, water and environmental
systems, and thermal control solutions to vital industries including energy, power, water, mining,
chemical, food & beverage, and construction. Tyco Flow Control has more than 15,000
employees in over 100 locations globally. For more information on Tyco Flow Control, visit