Robershaw Capacitance Level products

Model 167 4-20ma Level Transmitter

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The can be used to measure the level of liquids and solids in a variety of tanks, bins, totes etc. These products are based on measuring the capacitance between a probe and the wall of the vessel. These are also classed as RF ( Radio Frequency) Admittance, RF Impedance level measuring devices. Robertshaw provide Control Units and Probes for Single Point, Multipoint ( two points on a single probe ) and Continuous ( 4-20ma current output). The continuous level measurement can be used with 4-20ma alarms to generate multiple alarms from a single probe. Units are avalable with general purpose enclosures and explosion proof enclosures for hazardous areas.

These units all require a capacitance probe to operate. See Probes

Robertshaw Model 167 Level Transmitter

Robertshaw Model 167 2-wire level transmitter The Robertshaw Model 167 is an RF Capacitance to Current transmitter producing a standard 4-20 mADC current output signal directly proportional to the input capacitance. The Model 167 represents a totally new concept in capacitance instrumentation and features a patented circuit design to eliminate the effects of sensing probe coatings and provide a true level signal. This circuit design operates on the admittance principle such that all parameters are taken into account, such as susceptance and conductance.

The Model 167 offers various supply configurations. The Model 167-A is a two-wire system operating on any DC voltage ranging from 17 VDC to 35 VDC maximum. This system allows for simple, inexpensive installation since only two standard wires are used to power theinstrument and also carry the output signal. The Model 167-B/C series are four wire instruments utilizing 120 VAC or 240 VAC supply power.


  • Two or Four Wire versions available - Simple, low cost, installations.
  • Operates on Admittance Principle - Minimizes error due to material build-up on probe.
  • Reverse Polarity, Lightning and EMI Protection - Tolerates long-lead wire runs without problems.
  • Non-interacting and Wide Adjustability of Zero and Span - Simplifies initial calibration.
  • CSA Certified Explosion-Proof and NEMA 4 Enclosure - Usable in Hazardous and Water-tight areas.
  • CSA Certified Intrinsically safe models when used with approved barriers.
  • Plug-in Circuit Boards - Ease of maintenance.


Standard features of the Model 167 include the "AntiCoating" feature, plug-in circuit boards for ease of maintenance when required, EMI suppression, lightning protection and reverse polarity protection on the two-wire version. The Model 167 is housed in an explosion-proof castaluminum enclosure suitable for hazardous areas or Water-tight NEMA 4 locations. Due to the very low energy levels imposed on the sensing probe, as well as the low stored energy within the circuitry, the Model 167-A also qualifies as intrinsically safe when used with an approved safety barrier.

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