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Product roundup: Flow innovations don't ebb

May 2, 2019
The tide of flow measurement, control and related refinements doesn't take time off

Plug-and-play for flow and temperature

Picomag electromagnetic flowmeter is an inline transmitter for measuring temperature and flow of conductive liquids in ½ in. to 2 in. (50 mm) pipe sizes. It measures flow up to 198 gal/min with ±0.5% full scale accuracy and ±0.2% repeatability, and temperatures from 14 to 158 °F (-10 to 70 °C) with ±4.5 °F accuracy.

Picomag combines a sensor and transmitter in the same housing, with a 1.4-in. TFT color display showing flow, totalizer and temperature readings, as well as warning and alarm messages.

Outputs include 4-20 mA, pulse, switch and 2-10 V. IO-Link connectivity provides flexible integration into automation systems. Bluetooth allows direct access to process and diagnostics data, and lets users configure Picomag on the fly. It can be operated and configured on Android and iOS devices via free SmartBlue App. IO-Link allows installation into fieldbus and other infrastructures. IO-Link Master allows data access from the control room, and automatically transfers configuration parameters after a device replacement.

Various process connection adapters are available, including NPT-thread, R-thread, internal thread, Tri-Clamp or Victaulic, and it's available in models that accept ½-, ¾-, 1- or 2-in. process connections.

Stainless-steel Picomag also has high shock and vibration resistance, IP65/67 protection and a Peek measuring tube. It fulfills EMC requirements according to IEC/EN 61326. It also conforms to the requirements of the EU and ACMAdirectives, and has a cULus listing.


Flow computer measures, controls

In-chassis, enhanced, liquid and gas Flow Computer for ControlLogix integrates seamlessly with ControlLogix controllers to help users avoid the obstacles of traditional RTU applications, and reduce costs, even with a high well count. It lets users have one architecture for control and measurement, which reduces hardware, software and licensing costs, optimizes operations, and simplifies deployment and scalability. Flow Computer also has a high-speed connection to SCADA systems, improving data integrity and accuracy.

ProSoft Technology Inc.

Compact with clamp-on detector

FSC portable ultrasonic flowmeter is compact, lightweight at 1 kg, has an easy-to-install, clamp-on detector, and can start measurement anytime without interrupting plant operations.  Instantaneous flow measurements can be taken along with real-time flow profiles and consumed energy calculations. Data can be stored to an optional SD card and later transferred to a PC via USB cable for PC data management. Onsite printing is also available with an optional built-in printer. Various detectors are available for pipe sizes ranging from 13 mm to 6,000 mm, including options for high temperature.

Fuji Electric Instrumentation & Control

SAW, stainless for hygienics 

Flowave Type 8098 flowmeter uses surface acoustic wave (SAW) technology for hygienic, liquid-measuring with stainless-steel components, including a tube free of inner parts and an ideal outer design without any fixing components such as screws. It's also ideal for measuring low- or non-conductive water because it's independent of conductivity. Flowave features, cleanability in CIP and SIP applications, compact size and lightweight, easy installation and handling, digital communications, and compliance with many standards.

Burkert Fluid Control Systems

Metal, magnetic, inductive

Engineered to measure and monitor flow and temperature of conductive liquids, MIM magnetic, inductive flowmeter features superior accuracy, four times turndown ratio, easy onsite programming, batching functions and bidirectional flow measurement. Its stainless-steel body incorporates a multi-parameter, color touchscreen display that's configurable and rotatable. MIM also has two configurable outputs, and a grade and resettable totalizer.

Kobold Instruments Inc.

Compute temperature, pressure, viscosity

HIT-4L compact flow computer provides temperature, pressure and viscosity compensated flow measurement for liquids and offers dual totalizers, Modbus port, and data logging. It features a six-digit rate display and separate eight-digit resettable and non-resettable flow totalizers, and is configurable for 4-20 mA loop power or DC power. 

HIT-4L's magnetic pointer enables operation of all front control panel functions without removing the enclosure cover. Data logs are part of the unit menu, and are accessible without opening the enclosure. One hundred data logs can be accessed and read from the front panel with the rest accessible via a multi-drop Modbus RS-485 serial port that allows two-way communication while in operation and configuration by remote devices. Other features include 20-point linearization, dual setpoint alarm output configurable for rate or total, and many engineering unit display icons.

Several enclosure options are available including explosion-proof (North America, ATEX & IECEx), which is available in a powder coated aluminum or stainless steel option for maximum flexibility in harsh conditions. Other enclosure options include NEMA 4X and panel-mount. The NEMA 4X enclosure offers options for local Modbus access ports via USB or hardwired access through strain relief for data log retrieval and configuration of the unit. 

Hoffer Flow Controls

Butterfly with wafer-style connection

Type-57P butterfly valve is available in an ANSI, wafer-style connection and shares the same face-to-face dimensions as all like-size Type-57 valves. New features include two molded tag holes in the valve body for user-defined valve identification, and a highly visible throttle positioning plate that has an opening degree legend in 10° increments, makes accurate throttle positioning between 0° (closed) and 90° (open) possible.

Type-57P’s body and disc are injection molded for durability, and its 316 stainless-steel stem is non-wetted. For high cycle life and smooth torque, its seat and disc bushings are fitted with dual O-ring seals.

Type-57P is available in 1.5-in. through 8-in. sizes with a lever, and 1.5-in. through 14-in. with Plasgear operator. Available body and disc materials include PVC, CPVC, PP and PVDF. Type-57P top flange features an ISO 5211 F07-F14 bolt circle, and all sizes can be electrically or pneumatically actuated.


Valve position sensor for outdoors

F31K2 flexible, rugged, weatherproof valve position sensor consists of dual sensors that mount directly onto the actuator and targets that mount directly to the actuator stem. Beyond an extended temperature range and many electrical connection options, F31K2's translucent plastic housing provide high UV protection and resistance to extreme temperatures, salt water, and corrosion. Its beacon is visible from long distances, and gives users reliable valve position information at a glance. LEDs indicating power supply, sensor, and valve conditions are integrated into the encapsulated sensor module. Its large terminal compartment and pluggable terminal block accommodate rigid or wide diameter cables.


Five-way ball valve for wider range control

Originally designed for 3/8-in. NPT applications, 845 Series 3/8-in., five-way ball valve can be customized with NPT and barbed ends. It features a 90° ported ball with a .312-in. through-hole diameter that accepts media through the bottom port and directs it to any one of the four side ports—with no flow to the other three. Side ports can also be plugged to create “no-flow” options. Output port selection is confident via nylon handle and full 360° rotation with a tactile and audible click at each port. Panel mount hole requirement is .750-in. diameter, and accommodates a maximum panel thickness of .375 in.

Constructed of solid brass, 845 Series features an electroless, nickel-plated brass ball, 302 stainless steel detent and spring, and has a maximum operating pressure of 500 psi at up to 180 ºF, making it ideal for pressure, vacuum operation and panel applications. It's available with Buna-N, Ethylene propylene or Fluoroelastomer (Viton) seals.

Specialty Manufacturing Co.

Flowmeters enable energy platform

Big-3 iSeries flow energy measurement  flowmeters include QuadraTherm 640i/780i thermal flowmeters for gases with high accuracy of ±0.5% reading over a 100:1 turndown; InnovaMass 240i/241i vortex flowmeters for steam that delivers ±1% of reading, 30:1 turndown, pressure and temperature compensation, and can measure up to five process variables with one process connection, including volumetric flow rate, mass flow, density, pressure and temperature; and InnovaSonic 207i clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters for hot and chilled water that achieve ±0.5% of reading from 0.16 to 40 ft/s (0.05 to 12 m/s), installation with no pipe cutting or process shutdown and immunity to external noise. InnovaMass 240i also has a hot-tap probe retractor for easy steam installation when shutting down a process is not an option, and offers engineers onboard software apps via Raptor OS such as meter set up, in-situ calibration/validation and tuning.

Sierra Instruments

Thermal mass with adaptive sensing

ST80 Series thermal mass flowmeter has Adaptive Sensor Technology (AST) hybrid sensor drive, which is a patent-pending measuring technique that for the first time combines constant power (CP) and constant temperature (CT) thermal dispersion sensing technologies in the same instrument. It's available with four flow sensor element designs, including a new wet gas solution.

When operating in AST mode, ST80 measures in CT during start-up and through the lower flow ranges, and seamlessly shifts to CP mode at mid-range and higher flow rates. The result is best-of-both performance in which ST80 delivers fast response with extended measuring ranges at low power consumption to maximize sensor reliability and reduce instrument energy costs.

ST80 also features rugged no-moving parts flow element design, which provides direct mass flow measurement with one process penetration. ST80 is accurate to ±1% of reading, ±0.5% of full scale and repeatability of ±0.5% of reading. The turndown ratio is factory preset from a minimum of 2:1 up to 100:1. This meter series operates over a wide flow range; insertion configuration range is: 0.25 to 1,000 SFPS (0,07 to 305 NMPS); in-line configuration range is: 0.0062 to 1,850 SCFM (0,01  to 3,140 NCMH).

While one calibration is sufficient for many processes, ST80 can optionally provide two unique calibration groups. For example, it can be calibrated for two different compositions of mixed gases or two completely different gases. This is helpful in processes affected by seasonal temperature changes, such as wastewater treatment digester gas and landfill gas reporting or recovery systems.

A three-point calibration drift self-test is standard with all ST80s. Tests run at a low, mid and upper points across the flow range, and can be performed on demand from the front panel buttons or programmed to run automatically. The self-test is performed in-situ—there's no need for ST80 to be removed or retracted from piping or suspend process operation.

ST80 has multiple outputs to interface with control systems and/or set-up or configuration devices. Its configuration includes: dual 4-20 mA, NAMUR NE43 compliant analog outputs, HART (version 7) and Modbus 485. Optionally available are: Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus PA. All digital bus communications are full two-way I/O.

ST80 is offered in three styles: no display, with display, or with display and through-the-glass user programming buttons. The display is a backlit information LCD. It provides users with digital and bar graph readout of processes flow rate and temperature, totalized flow, alarm conditions, diagnostics feedback and even a user defined label field.

ST80 also has a range of process connection, mounting and installation options, including compression fittings, flanged and packing glands, and with transmitter/electronics integrally mounted with the flow element or remote mounted up to 1,000 feet (300 m) apart. It's suitable for a range of applications in pipe diameters from 1 to 99 in. (25 to 2,500 mm). It's available for media temperatures up to 850 °F (454 °C). Its enclosure is NEMA4X/IP67 rated, selectable for NPT or metric conduit port threading, and is available in aluminum and stainless steel     

ST80 features extensive, global HazEx agency safety approvals for potentially dangerous environment installations. Approvals include FM, FMc, ATEX, IECEx, and the meter is CE marked. CPA, NEPSI, EAC (TRCU) and CRN approvals have been submitted and are pending. It's also been independently evaluated to meet and comply as a SIL 1 device.

Fluid Components International

Algorithm, DSL for signal accuracy, repeatability

Sitrans FS230 clamp-on, ultrasonic flowmeter features PerformancePlus algorithm for fast, reliable signal processing, and Digital Sensor Link (DSL) that digitizes its ultrasonic signal at the earliest measurement stage for a strong signal-to-noise ratio, resulting high accuracy of 0.5% to 1% of flow rate and repeatability of 0.25% according to ISO 11631 along with a stable zero point and high resistance to process noise.

FS230's 100-Hz data refresh rate enables diagnostics and error handling efficiency, while its intelligent pipe configuration menu optimizes sensor placement and compensates application conditions, including flow profile anomalies.


Variable-flow, peristaltic pump

SP200VCA variable-flow, compact, peristaltic pump features self-priming, run-dry, reversible and fluid-only-in-tubing. Flow rates are available up to 320 ml/min (5.07 gph) with a choice of motor speeds and tubing sizes. It works with tubing materials for sterile operation, general purpose transfer or chemical handling. SP200VAC's splash-resistant housing mounts easily on wall or bench. Manual and remote control options are available.

APT Instruments

Flow measurement for steam

FSS450 Swirlmeter flowmeter is a comprehensive, integrated flow metering solution for steam distribution networks. It features smart mass and energy calculations per IAPWS-IF97, integrated diagnostics with EoS monitoring, and minimal installation pipe run requirements. It's also equipped with essential features for accurate compensated steam mass and energy flow accounting, as well as advanced diagnostics for high reliability.

FSS450 uses a two-wire transmitter with DSP technology with advanced flow computer functions. This allows signals from remote sensors like pressure, temperature, density or gas content to be computed directly with signals for internal flow and temperature.

FSS450 features accuracy for liquids, gases and steam of ±0.50% of rate; process connection/meter sizes with flange design/DN 15 to 400 (1/2 in. to 16 in.); approvals for explosion protection, inclusing ATEX, IECEx, cFMus and NEPSI; SIL2-certification in accordance with IEC 61508; and output/communications via 4-20 mA or HART 7.

ABB Inc.

Straight path for high viscosity

Sensiron SLQ-QT500 flowmeter enables fast, non-invasive measurements of liquids for high-purity applications. It features dual calibration (water and isopropyl alcohol) allows flow monitoring of water-based or hydrocarbon-based liquids. SLQ-QT500's straight, wetted flow path has no moving parts, and is only made of PFA and quartz. Its chemical compatibility makes SLQ-QT500 ideal for measuring aggressive chemicals. Its micro-thermal technology combined with its straight and obstacle-free flow path, makes it ideal for high-viscosity liquids.

Newark element 14

Electromagnetic for biopharma

Flexmag 4050 C is reported to be the first electromagnetic flowmeter with biocompatible, disposable, single-barb-fitting flow tubes for single-use biopharmaceutical applications. Its high accuracy and factory calibration eliminates the need for insitu calibration, and it includes a bio-compatible and gamma sterilizable disposable flow tube. Flexmag 4050 C will not drift over time, and provides stable, direct and accurate volumetric flow measurement, unaffected by fluid properties such as color or density.

The single-use, flow-path tubes are gamma sterilizable at 25...40 kGy irradiation. All wetted materials comply with FDA/USP Class VI and ISO 10993, and are manufactured in an ISO 13485 certified site in an ISO 7 clean-room environment. The tubes are packed in double-sealed individual pouches, and the transmitter can accommodate two flow tubes sizes. This lets users handle two flow ranges by exchanging the tube, without having to re-calibrate.

800-FLOWING (356-9464)

Eight-path, gas ultrasonic

Daniel 3418 eight-path gas, ultrasonic flowmeter boasts OIML accuracy class 0.5, and requires only five diameters of straight run and no flow conditioner, allowing users to benefit from newfound confidence in gas custody transfer gas measurement. The flow meter is less sensitive to upstream conditions, and is more accurate in flow disturbances that create non-ideal flow profiles. It also passes every upstream disturbance test without exception and without flow conditioning, which reduces limitations to metering design footprints, reduce design costs  costs, or to replace older technology without costly changes to existing metering stations.


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