Monitor Technologies, LLC

On The Level
November 2011 

Practical Tech Tip
Level Indication for Stringy Fibrous Materials


The stainless steel triangular arc single vane paddle assembly helps to provide dependable level sensing for long, stringy fibrous materials when the level switch is vertically mounted. The design of this paddle minimizes entanglement with the target material. Examples of application materials that are best suited for the triangular arc paddle include shredded newspaper, Cypress bark, reclaimed rubber, etc.  The triangular arc paddle works with Monitor Technologies' SafePoint® fail-safe and Model KA & KAX rotary paddle bin level switches. 

For more details on rotary paddle level sensors or paddle assembly choices, please visit or e-mail:
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Model KA with Triangular Arc Paddle 
News from Monitor's Customer Service & Logistics Teams
Logistics Tracking Number Requests Dusty Computer


Good news! You can now request a tracking number for a shipment via Monitor's Web site. Visit and then click on the orange "Logistics Tracking Request" button located at the top right of the Web site. Fill out and submit the brief request form and Monitor's Logistics/Shipping department will e-mail you the requested information.    
Frequently Asked Question
Does the SiloPatrol® SMU require calibration?

The RS-485 version of the SMU does not need calibration in the traditional sense; measurements are made by mechanical components and discrete electronics. No electrical "drift" phenomena is applicable here. Calibration "zero" is determined by the physical location of the level monitoring instrument and "span" is determined by the length of cable assembled into the unit. Verification of proper operation can be accomplished by the comparison of distance measurements.

The analog version of the SMU does have some calibration considerations. Please view page 9 of the #344A Installation Manual for more details.
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>>> Click Here to view the complete answer (in pdf format).

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SiloPatrol® SMU SE
Plumb Bob Style Level Sensor 
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Happy Holidays!

Everyone at Monitor Technologies would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. Below is a schedule of the days Monitor will be closed in observance of the upcoming holidays.


2011 Holiday Schedule 


Holiday                                        Dates Closed (Business Days)

Thanksgiving                                Thursday, November 24, 2011 and
                                                      Friday, November 25, 2011
Christmas & New Year                  Monday, December 26, 2011 through
                                                      Friday, December 30, 2011

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Upcoming Trade Shows

International Poultry Expo & International Feed Expo
January 24 - 26, 2012
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Atlanta, GA USA
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GEAPS Exchange Expo 2012
March 4 - 6, 2012
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Minneapolis, MN USA
Booth #: 619

Please stop by our booth if you are attending any of these shows.

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Monitor Technologies, LLC

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