- Is it an industry practice to use these devices for weight calculations and ultimately billing? Also are they considered accurate enough for billing purposes?
Midland’s B-612 Magnetic Gauging Devices are mainly used for level monitoring while loading the car with the commodity to prevent overfilling the tank car. The level reading they provide can be used as a reference, but most of the tank car operators use other methods for billing purposes, such as calibrated meters or calibrated weigh scales
- What is the accuracy of the devices (expected variance)?
Midland’s B-612 Magnetic Gauging Devices provide a reading accuracy of ± 1/8”. Our gauge rods are marked with tapes that have ¼” increments.
- How often should these be “looked at” and/or replaced?
Midland’s B-612 Magnetic Gauging Devices are designed for long life, but operating conditions vary which affects the life of the device. Many of Midland’s customers currently have devices that have been in non-aggressive service for several decades. If all the components are in good operating condition (no leaks or physical damage), and if the magnetic coupling between the float magnet and the gauge rod magnet has not been compromised, the device does not need to be replaced.
- What is the life expectancy of a Midland device?
Midland warrants Gauging Devices to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from date of invoice. However, Midland Gauging Devices are designed to last for several years without issue. Actual product life truly depends on the environmental conditions and proper handling.
- How difficult is it to replace the rods?
It is very easy to replace a gauge rod. All that is needed is a serial number that is stenciled on a flange of the gauging device housing and printed on a gauge rod label (if the old rod is available). The serial number will provide the information needed to design an exact duplicate gauge rod (“in kind”). Preferably, it is ideal to provide the serial number, specific gravity, commodity and car number (for reference purposes).
If the serial is unavailable, one of our replacement gauge rod forms will need to be filled out (Form 5 or 6). These forms can be found in the Forms section.
- What are the differences between the 3 different replacement gauging forms? Which one should I use to replace a device or rod?
Form 4 is required when a full device is needed. The data required is for the manufacturing of a full device.
Form 5 is required when replacing an existing rod (or “replacing in kind”). The customer will supply the dimensions of the rod. No specific gravity and commodity will be displayed on the label of the replacement rod. This rod will be made to the customer dimensions only and is not calibrated to any specific gravity.
Form 6 is required when replacing a rod with a different commodity or specific gravity and when a serial number is not available to calibrate the rod accordingly. This form is also useful when you don't have any information at all to start with. To fill out Form 6, the customer must remove the pressure plate to view the float specifications.
PLEASE NOTE that only one form needs to be used for ordering a replacement gauge rod or device.