Detect, analyze and process

Aqueous and non-aqueous

Foam Detection & Control Systems

Hycontrol have the most extensive range of aqueous and non-aqueous foam detection systems in the world. Originally developed by Charis, these systems are purposely designed and manufactured to detect, analyze and process virtually any foam. They provide key benefits to industry including huge reductions in the use of anti-foam products, increased batch sizes, reduced environmental pollution and significantly improved production efficiency.

Hycontrol foam detection uses patented IMA – ‘Intelligent Multi-Action’ – sensor technology to detect foam. The IMA method originated from within Shell Oil’s research and development unit, purely for the purpose of foam detection within their own business. Hycontrol has commercialized this technology and is now the global market leader in foam detection and control.

Hycontrol foam products are sensitive enough to detect very light foam, even with heavy coating on the measurement probe. This unique ability differentiates the Hycontrol range from all other foam detection systems.

SureSense Foam Control System

Sure sense ControllerSureSense Foam Sensors

The SureSense range allows for the accurate control of aqueous foam by sensing when the foam reaches the end of the probe. This range has excellent resistance to fouling and build up on the measuring probe and still continues to operate reliably with large deposits on the sensing element. SureSense systems are used extensively for reducing chemical antifoam agent addition across a wide variety of industries. The SureSense range has variants for single or dual set points and liquid level detection in a variety of different housing form factors. Each SureSense system consists of a controller, probe and cable and provides output signals to indicate foam level utilizing a 4-20mA output and dry contact closures. Sensing probes can be mounted horizontally or vertically in the tank.

  • 316 Stainless steel and hastelloy probe
  • FDA approved materials
  • PEEK (chemical resistant)
  • Unique IMA® sensing technology
  • Customizable probe lengths up to 6m / 236.2”
  • Pressures up to 10 bar / 145 psi
  • Temperatures up to 150°C / 302°F (continuous)
  • ATEX hazardous area approvals
  • Detection resolution +/-1mm

» Hycontrol SureSense Aqueous Foam Detection and Control Systems

MultiSense Liquid and Foam Level System

MultiSense ControllerMultiSense Foam

The MultiSense can measure aqueous foam and liquid levels at the same time, and can provide an output of both levels simultaneously if required. This range is available in three versions, one for foam, one for liquid level only and one for both foam and liquid. The device uses an array of small sensors built into one probe body and is mounted vertically into the tank. Each sensor acts as a separate microsensor, which is used to measure the material adjacent to it. This enables precise level control of both foam and liquid levels simultaneously. The MultiSense uses patented IMA sensing technology which provides reliable continuous level measurement but with the ability to ignore any product fouling on the sensor probe.

  • Unique IMA® sensing technology
  • Pressure up to 40 bar / 580 psi (higher pressures possible)
  • Foam and Liquid measurement
  • Temperature up to 180°C / 356°F
  • Wide range of process connections
  • Hygienic construction
  • 316 Stainless Steel probe
  • 4-20mA Output
  • Resolution +/- 1mm
  • Steam sterilizable

» Hycontrol Multisense Aqueous Foam and Liquid Level Sensors

DiFoam Non-Aqueous Foam Control System

DiFoam ProbeDiFoam Controller

The DiFoam range of sensors and controllers are designed for the measurement and control of non-water based foams, these are very similar to the SureSense and MultiSense but have very different electronic detection circuits, due to the large difference in dielectric of the materials measured. They provide an efficient, reliable and cost effective solution to foam control in a diverse range of industries, where the production and control of foam causes a problem. Typical applications include oilseed processing, oil and gas separation, resin production, solvents and gas scrubbers.

  • 316 Stainless Steel probe
  • Detects non-water based foam
  • Wide range of process connections
  • Unique IMA® sensing technology
  • Resolution+/-1mm
  • Temperature up to 200°C / 392°F
  • Pressure up to 40 bar / 580 psi
  • PEEK (chemical resistant)

» Hycontrol DiFoam Non-Aqueous Foam Detection and Control Systems

FTA100 Foam Tendency Analyzer/Predictor

FTA100 Foam Tendency Analyzer

The FTA100 is a unique foam control system that provides a preemptive (rather than reactive) approach to foam control. Operating fully automatically, it measures the tendency of a liquid to create foam and can take action before foaming occurs. This is achieved by taking a sample from the process and analyzing the foam tendency in a small test cell.

» Hycontrol FTA100 Foam Tendency Analyzer

SmartFoam Single Point Foam Control

The SmartFoam single point detection system is designed for the measurement and control of foam in tanks and vessels. The SmartFoam system is a self contained probe with head mounted electronics unit. A simple dry contact relay output is included to provide an alarm or trigger the operation of a control actuator such as an antifoam agent pump. SmartFoam is the most cost effective foam control system available.

  • 316 Stainless Steel probe with PVDF Insulators
  • Unique IMA® sensing technology
  • 500/750/1000/1500mm (19.7/29.5/39.4/59.1”) std. probe lengths available
  • Custom lengths available
  • Temperature up to 70°C / 158°F
  • Pressure up to 1.5 bar/ 22 psi

» Hycontrol SmartFoam Single Point Foam Control System

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