Every month, Control’s editors take a specific product area, collect all the latest, significant tools we can find, and present them here to make your job easier. If you know of any tools and resources we didn’t include, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add them to the website.
This website gives an introduction to flowmeters. It covers what flowmeters are, selecting a flowmeter, flow measurement orientation and more. You can also download a flowmeter evaluation form.
MAGNETIC INDUCTIVE FLOWMETERS
This introduction to magnetic inductive flowmeters covers principles of operation and types of media sensed in relationship to the solution, conductivity, viscosity and fluid density.
FUNDAMENTALS OF MASS FLOW CONTROL
Advanced Energy Industries
This whitepaper defines critical flow control terminology, describes basic mass flow controller (MFC) operation, and illustrates Aera MFC design solutions to common mass-flow control challenges. It introduces the liquid mass flow controller, and describes design solutions specific to flow control of liquids. The direct link is www.advanced-energy.com/upload/File/White_Papers/SL-MFCFUND-270-01.pdf.
SELECT THE RIGHT FLOWMETER
“Flowmeter Selection Guide” lists considerations when selecting a flowmeter: flow measurement type, media, media conditions, flow range, accuracy and environmental considerations. A flowmeter application table helps you select the right meter by showing application parameters, gases, liquids and flowmeter types. The direct link is at www.coleparmer.com/techinfo/techinfo.asp?htmfile=flowmeter_selection.htm&ID=965.
This website contains a chart with guidelines in flowmeter selection for liquids. It covers flowmeter element, recommended service, rangeability, pressure loss, typical percent accuracy, required upstream pipe diameters and effects from changing viscosity. The direct link is at www.flowmeterdirectory.com/flowmeter_artc/flowmeter_artc_02021404.html.
This online tool allows site visitors to enter data from their current filling/dosing system, and compare the results to Brooks’ solution. This demonstrates whether the user’s current system is operating as efficiently as possible, and offers a method to determine material savings and, ultimately, return on investment by using Brooks’ solution. The direct link is www.emersonprocess.com/brooks/pr-calculators.html.
OPTIMIZE FLOWMETER INSTALLATION
Fluid Components International (FCI)
“Best Practices Engineering Guide, Installation Recommendations” gives detailed information and diagrams for FCI’s single-point, thermal dispersion flowmeters. The guide recommends engineering practices with diagrams and specifications for straight-run, installation orientation and depths. Additional aids include installation orientation for various fluid conditions and optimizing accuracy and repeatability performance.