Choosing the right flow meter for your business can be a minefield – with so many different meters to choose from, selecting the correct device for your business can mean getting the most for your money and maximising your efficiency.
What is a flow meter?
An instrument that is made to measure the amount of liquid, gas or vapour that passes through them, a flow meter (or flowmeter) is used in industries such as Process, Petrochemical, Energy, Water and Food and Beverage, where precision is crucial.
What type of flow meter is right for me?
The flow meter technology you decide to use depends on the particular application of your flow meter. Before installation, time should be spent evaluating the nature of the processes and the companies aims. FlowQuip can help your business to identify the most cost-effective solution by advising you of the most accurate flow meter which can, in turn, help to improve the efficiency of your process and keep costs down. Therefore, time should be invested in fully evaluating the nature of the process fluid and of the overall installation.
When selecting flow meters, it is important that you know which types are best suited to which application. Electromagnetic Flow Meters provide the widest flow range and are a cost-effective solution for water-based flow applications. while Turbine Flow Meters are one of the simplest methods of measuring flow and are usually the best choice for liquid applications Ultrasonic Flow Meters are a volumetric flow meter which requires bubbles in the flow – meaning they’re ideal for dirty liquid or wastewater. While they are quite expensive initially, Coriolis Flow Meters are ideal for measuring the mass of viscous substances.
See the below chart for a basic outline of flow meter applications:
Table from abb.com
How can a flow meter save me money?
Flow meters accurately measure, monitor, and control fuel gases, such as biogases or methane, and liquid, as well as air flow, which is required for efficient operations. By accurately controlling your processes, operating costs are dramatically reduced as companies can clearly monitor and track processes, thus easily streamlining their business.
Price & Longevity
While it may be tempting to choose a cheap device, it could actually cost you more over time. Consider what your business aims are, along with what you’re using your flow meter for. A higher priced device normally means better quality and more durable parts. Similarly, remember to check how long the flow meter is designed to last for – there’s no point forking out for a high-end model if it’s only built to last for a year.
Before purchase, it’s important to consider where, and how, the device will be fitted, as this can directly affect both efficiency and accuracy. For example, flow meters fitted close to joints or bends in the pipeline could easily affect the flow. Ultimately, if the device is installed correctly, it will be much more accurate, saving you money in the long run.
The best way to ensure maximum efficiency is to ensure all flowmeter components are compatible and work seamlessly work together. If you need help selecting the correct flow meter for your application, contact FlowQuip today.