ABB Instrumentation has expanded its comprehensive line of flow measurement products with the launch of the new FXE4000 electromagnetic flowmeter into the U.S. market. The magnetic flowmeter allows users to measure flow applications in the food & beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The flowmeter not only affords universal applicability for the measurement of all conductive liquids, but also provides unsurpassed performance in a cost-effective package.
The basic flowmeter primary body can be adapted to the existing connection types using threaded adapters, such as weld stubs, Tri-Clamps, or male threads. Also available are wafer and flanged designs. This variable connection concept with a common basic flowmeter body simplifies inventory stock, as only one meter body needs to be stocked to be used with different connection applications. The flowmeter is constructed with a vacuum resistant and form stable PFA liner. The adapters are fitted with metallic stops to assure precise seating of the seal ring and provide a gap-free transition from the process connection to the meter body. The threaded adapters available for the flowmeter range from 1/8" to 4" (3mm to 100mm), which guarantees easy meter installation. Should service ever be required, downtime is minimized as the instrument can quickly be interchanged. There is also a leakage vent in the adapter body to assure the integrity of the seal ring. The flowmeter includes many advances in both the primary that installs in a process pipeline, and the entirely new digital converter. The new converter employs a simple, menu-driven configuration. A short and quick data entry process is used to load all user specific parameters required for instrument operation through an "East Set-up" process. Configuration parameters and calibration data area saved in an external FRAM that plugs directly into the converter. If converter replacement is necessary, all configuration parameters and calibration data are automatically downloaded to the converter, saving valuable time. The illuminated 2-line display allows the user to view up to six different parameters simultaneously which allows for a better control of the entire system. The locally selectable pulse output (passive optocoupler or active 24 V DC pulses) provides a choice of the appropriate signal for flow processing. The converter is available in HART, Profibus PA, Profibus DP or Foundation Fieldbus enabling the user to choose the proper communication protocol to monitor meter location with automatic diagnostics in the event an error occurs. The universal applicability of the FXE4000 offers one universal, high-performing system for all flow measurements of conductive liquids, allowing users to minimize spare parts while lowering the total cost of ownership.