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Bell Flow Systems have recently been approached for a grain driers application in Saudi Arabia. The customer needed a robust meter, with a local display to show total usage only, which would withstand the ambient temperature and require minimal maintenance. The meters were required to measure the diesel used to fuel the grain driers.
The Badger Meter RCDL Recordall flow meter was selected, in bronze with a mechanical accumulating totaliser. The positive displacement meter was ideal as it has very low pressure loss and a wide flow range, meaning there was no risk of the meter starving the drier, and the wide flow range meant that if the drier was only on at half power, the meter would still measure the flow accurately.
Introducing the RCT1000 Coriolis mass flow meter, the latest addition to Badger Meter USA’s growing product portfolio.
RCT1000 meters are especially suited to the precise measurement of high viscosity fluids, aggressive media and contaminated fluids as well as high density gases, whilst maintaining a wide turndown ratio. Typical applications for these mass flow meters will include filling or dosing oils, solvents and chemicals and measuring adhesives or binding materials, coatings and hardeners, dyes, vitamins and other additives.
Renowned for their outstanding accuracy and versatility in measuring challenging flow applications, Coriolis principle flow meters have been employed in a wide variety of industries and applications. Coriolis flow meters are true multi-variable instruments, which means that they provide simultaneous measurement of mass flow, density, temperature and volume flow.
A valuable feature of this design is the lack of internal moving parts, enabling the flow meter to experience little or no mechanical wear, resulting in a long operational life expectancy. These meters offer low cost maintenance operation and flexible integration options.
The RCT1000 is capable of controlling equipment, such as valves and pumps with PID and batch control signals. The transmitter features a user-lock feature to prevent accidental activation as well as a local LCD display with optical buttons which allow the operator to navigate the display through the glass without opening the enclosure.
Network communications options for this model include; EtherNet/IP, 4-20mA HART, Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU. The RCT1000 meters feature mass flow accuracy of -/+ 0.1% with a pressure range up to 2150 PSI (148 bar) and options for use in hazardous areas. For more information on this Coriolis meter range, contact Bell Flow Systems on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 027 7786.
Weird Beard Brew Company, a London based brewery who specialise in hand-crafted beers came to Bell Flow looking for a flow meter to use in their brewery. The requirement was for a high accuracy meter, with minimal wear and tear to ensure longevity and minimal maintenance, allowing more time to make delicious beer!
The Badger Meter MIDF Hygienic electromagnetic flow meter was chosen and was to be used with both beer and water in the process, so it needed to be hygienic and have sanitary fittings. In this case, tri-clamp connections as these were already in place throughout the brewery, so this would allow easy installation with minimal interference and would allow the meter to be easily removed and put into a different line if needed.
The hygienic mag meter features a food safe PTFE liner, 304 stainless steel body, and tri-clamp connections. The tri-clamp connections enables the meter to be easily removed from one line and put into various points within the process to measure water going into a vessel and beer out of another.
In addition, this meter has an accuracy of ±0.25% and no moving parts, allowing it to prevent wear and tear that traditional styles of meters often have.
Coupled with the M2000 LCD amplifier, this also gives pulse and 4-20mA outputs which can be used for monitoring and batch control and provides a high performance for all conductive fluid applications. The backlit LCD screen shows actual flow rate with 2 totalisers and status. For more information on the MIDF mag meter, please contact us at email@example.com or 0800 027 7786.
Bell Flow Systems were recently asked to provide a meter suitable for accurately measuring and recording the flow of sea water being pumped across a beach at Hinkley point.
Hinkley point in Somerset is the site for a new nuclear power station, the first in the UK for a generation. As the 10 year construction scheme begins there are many environmental factors to be considered at each phase. One of these is to ensure that enough water is pumped from the sea to areas where it is required to help preserve marine life following the temporary construction of a new jetty and sea wall, built to allow materials for the construction of the power station to be delivered by sea.
To provide evidence of sufficient pumped water supply, Bell Flow Systems were required to provide a suitable flow sensor to meet the demands of the application. The flow meter must be compatible with sea water and designed to cope with the challenging weather conditions found on this beach side installation location. It must also be internally powered and capable of accurately logging the volume of water pumped. The ModMag M5000 from Badger Meter was the ideal solution.
The M5000 electromagnetic flow meter is battery powered giving up to 20 years battery life, making it suitable for applications where power is not available. The robust amplifier has IP67 or optional IP68 ingress protection, making it suitable for harsh operating environments and the meter its’s self measures with an accuracy better than ±0.4% of reading. The M5000 also benefits from an integral data logger, able to record and store the volume measured at programmable time intervals which can be downloaded to PC software via the IrDA or RS232 ModBus communication ports.
Electromagnetic measuring technology is maintenance- free and operates without mechanical moving parts, prolonging the life of the meter and allowing it to be used with fluids that may contain solids including sand and organic solids. The available choices of meter liner and electrode materials, makes it an ideal choice for various corrosive and aggressive fluids including sea water.
The Impeller series from Badger Meter - USA is a range of insertion style flow sensors designed to measure water and chemicals via insertion through the pipe wall.
Fitting an insertion meter is simpler, faster and cheaper than cutting a section from the pipework to install a full-bore flow meter.
Featuring a closed, six-bladed impeller design, using a proprietary, non-magnetic sensing technology, these meters offer high repeatability at lower flow rates. Sensors can be interchangeable, eliminating the need for recalibration after service or replacement.
Impeller flow meters are available in a choice of construction materials and a variety of sizes and outputs or LCD displays. With an accuracy of +/-1% and flow rates up to 9 m/s and up to 69 bar, depending on model, the Impeller series makes an ideal choice for use with corrosive and non-corrosive fluids even at higher system pressure.
Badger Meter Vision series of turbine flow meters have been examined, tested and found to comply with the requirements of The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme, also known as WRAS.
Vision models are entirely constructed from Trogamid which is low-priced, transparent and ultra-light. All materials used are compliant with the requirements of the drinking water approval. The turbines can also be used with a variety of liquids such as water, fuels, ink and weak acids and is resistant to ethanol and methanol.
With simple installation and no maintenance, the Vision turbines are a highly reliable choice for low flow applications. Instant and total flow can be displayed when combined with a digital display such as the ILR 700 series electronic register.
Thanks to best technical properties, there are various applications that the Vision turbine flow meters can be used for. Typical applications include industrial applications like in cooling plants, dosing, irrigation and dispensing systems, or in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
The compact Vision series consists of three turbine flow meter models: the Vision 1000, for measuring liquid flow as low as 0.1 and up to 2.5 l/min, Vision 2000 for measuring liquid flow as low as 0.5 and up to 35 l/min and the Vision 3000 for measuring liquid flow as low as 5 and up to 65 l/min. Available in sizes ¼” and 3/8” and providing an accuracy of ±3%, these meters make an ideal choice for measuring exact quantities of liquid.
Hedland variable area flow meters give a clearly visible indication of system flow with a choice of optional electronic outputs. The traditional variable area design has been brought up-to-date by utilising a sharp edged orifice and spring loaded float to ensure operation in any orientation.
Constructed from a choice of aluminium, brass or stainless steel and with an accuracy of ±2%, the rugged construction of Hedland meters enables them to work under a wide range of harsh conditions encountered in modern industrial applications. Operational pressures are up to 6000 psi/414 bar and temperatures up to 260°C/500°F. Suitable for Water, Oil, Chemicals and Gas.
The meters are available with a variety of end fittings ½” to 3” (6mm to 76mm). Hedland’s unique design also allows the visual linear scale to be rotated 360° to optimise readability even after permanent installation.
The FloClean Sanitary turbine flow meter was designed for use in the food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Models incorporate the most-up-to-date polishing technology and all materials comply with the FDA requirements.
To maintain the turbine’s hygiene standard, the Flo-Clean range contain removable thrust bearings for ease of cleaning and inspection. Models successfully meet the requirements of the 3-A Sanitary Standard number 28-04 for use in clean out of place (COP) meaning that the meters can be left in the line and flushed with a cleaning solution which thoroughly cleans the entire pipe system.
FloClean turbine meters can be combined with an optional Blancett LCD monitor, allowing the user to accurately measure and record the local flow rate and volume totalised. Designed with wear-resistant moving parts, this range offers trouble-free operation and a long service life.
Constructed from 316L stainless steel, the FloClean Turbine provide a durable and cost efficient flow measurement system that offers a high accuracy of +/- 1% and excellent repeatability. With a pressure rating of 1000 psi and handling temperatures up to 149°C, the meter is an ideal choice for use in challenging applications.
The QuikSert turbine flow meter range from Blancett are designed for accurate measurement of various liquids such as water, chemicals and light oils. This wafer style meter is quickly inserted between pipeline flanges and performs well in harsh environments due to it's rugged stainless steel construction and selection of safe and hazardous area displays. Incorporated inside the turbine meter is a helical rotor with long-life tungsten carbide shaft and bearings.
This cost effective meter consists of a simple and easily serviceable design, providing an efficient long life time with low ownership costs. The range features optional LCD flow monitors such as the B2800 or B3000 with EEx ia or EEx D certification options.
Models benefit from a high accuracy reading of +/- 1.0% and are available from sizes 3/8" up to 10" . The meters in this range have an operating temperature from -100 to 177°C
Bell Flow Systems were recently asked by a well regarded UK train operating company to supply non-invasive flow meter equipment that could easily be installed to carry out short term tests of oil flows on a number of trains in their fleet.
The client selected our DXN flow meter as it is easily clamped onto the outside of the pipe therefore avoiding the task of breaking the pipework to install a traditional in-line solution. DXN uses ultrasonic technology to gather accurate results 'non-intrusively', which does not require the trains systems to be turned off, which ensures rolling stock down-time is cut to a minimum. Measurement of flow is taken using a pair of clamp-on non-invasive ultrasonic sensors which take over 100 readings per second. The DXN meter benefits from a number of advanced features including a touchscreen interface, wizard-based start-up configuration, USB connectivity and Modbus TCP/IP connectivity.
The DXN portable ultrasonic flow meter from Dynasonics is capable of measuring a variety of liquid flows by employing multiple technologies, including both Doppler and transit time as well as having the capability to measure thermal heat energy using the Heat Meter accessory kit. The advantages of this hybrid technology are that it is able to instantaneously switch between Transit time and Doppler measurement depending on the current fluid properties.
Badger Meter’s ModMag M5000 water meter has been given OIML and MID approval according to OIML R49-1 and MID M-001. OIML is the International Organisation of Legal Metrology established to promote global harmonisation of legal metrology procedure. The Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) is a European directive that matches the requirements of 10 different measuring instrument types, including gas and active electrical energy meters. The M5000 meter was found to meet the requirements required both within the OIML and MID test.
The M5000 features two internal battery packs with up to 20 years operation. Available from sizes DN15 to DN600, the M5000 is ideal for industrial and bidirectional flow applications. The meter benefits from having no moving parts and can be used to measure water containing particles.The high accuracy reading of +/-0.5% makes this innovative water meter indispensable for the water market.
The meter is typically equipped with a pulse output and an internal datalogger with a ModBus RTU protocol. The data can also be retrieved via radio frequency or GSM/GPRS, therefore the data can then be centrally collected and evaluated.
For more information on our Badger Meter products please visit our dedicated website www.badgermeter.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1280 817304
A new edition of the Badger Meter Europa general product catalogue is now available. There's loads of useful information inside on our entire product portfolio.
Badger Meter manufacture the widest selection of flow meter technologies available globally at different factories
located around the world
Badger Meter helps you measure what matters today, protecting precious resources for tomorrow’s generation. You can depend on our industry-leading flow measure-ment solutions to help you optimize your operations, leading to a better bottom line and a better world.
If you are interested in receiving a printed version, please contact us or just follow the link below to download the electronic version.
|Badger Meter President, Rich Meeusen|
Badger Meter have spent 100 years developing accurate and dependable flow measurement solutions and now have one of the broadest flow measurement portfolios in the industry. We are the UK representative for Badger Meter, visit our dedicated website for more information on their range.
Taking you on a journey underwater through a fantasy pirate world of lost treasure, sunken ships and fascinating marine life is the brand new Aquarium located on Skegness seafront.
The multi-million pound attraction, which opened on the 25th June, hosts a number of tanks housing an incredible variety of fish, from venomous predators to colourful shoals of tropical fish. The facility has a main large tank and several smaller innovative aquariums.
Badger Meter recently celebrated their 110th Anniversary with a company executive party, held in a venue by the water of Lake Michigan.
The theme of the event — “110 Years of Making Water Visible” — recognises the company’s history of innovation and new products. In 1905 the first ‘frost proof’ water meter was invented by two Milwaukee entrepreneurs, little did they know that their invention would be the foundation for a company that has grown to be a worldwide leader in flow measurement technology.
The ModMag M5000 is a battery-operated electromagnetic meter that provides the flexibility to install a reliable water flow meter virtually anywhere without sacrificing accuracy or performance.
Designed, developed and manufactured under strict quality standards, ModMag M5000 features two internal battery packs with more than 20 years operation and a sophisticated processor based signal conversion with accuracies of ±0.5%.
Electromagnetic flow meters have inherent advantages over other more conventional technologies, with no moving parts and a choice of liner and electrode materials, these meters can be used to measure conductive fluids, water and wastewater for instance including water containing particles such as sand or gravel.
As standard the ModMag M5000 is equipped with a pulse output and an internal datalogger which can be read-out via Modbus RTU protocol. Data can also be retrieved via radio frequency or GSM/GPRS. Thus the data can be centrally collected and evaluated.
Although the ModMag M5000 does not require mains power, it’s dual power option provides the choice to operate on both internal batteries and mains voltage, this provides a backup to ensure that data is not lost in case of power failure.
The ModMag M5000 is an indispensable tool for a range of applications where power is not available but where rate and totalisation are required. We are a UK representative of Badger Meter, please contact us for further information.
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Kuwait is one of the most water-scarce regions in the world but at the same time has one of the highest per capita water consumption rates at 500 litres per day. In order to monitor this consumption and develop water management strategies, Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water have begun deploying innovative water meters.
Working together with an environmental measurement company Bell Flow Systems are undertaking a widespread project to supply and install non-invasive water meters on large domestic properties in Kuwait. With inherent advantages over in-line water meter technologies, the Dynasonics TFX Ultra™ ultrasonic clamp-on flow meters were chosen.
Dynasonics have developed a comprehensive range of ultrasonic clamp-on liquid flow meters with portable, hand-held and fixed models for pipes from 13mm to 5000mm in diameter that really are simple-to-fit!
Dynasonics meters easily clamp on to the outside of pipes and do not contact the internal liquid, technology that has inherent advantages including: zero pressure head loss, no moving parts to maintain, no fluid compatibility issues, and a bi-directional measuring range at very low and high flow rates.
The most advanced model from Dynasonics is theDXN™. Incorporating innovative hybrid metering technology the DXN™ can automatically switch between transit time and Doppler modes as needed and can be provided with a heat energy feature. With a colour touch-screen interface, internal data logging, USB connectivity and advanced signal processing the DXN™ is an indispensable tool for energy audits.
The TFXL is the economical option offered by Dynasonics that provides accurate and repeatable bio-directional flow measurement readings of clean liquids using transit time technology. Featuring a LCD display, 4-20mA analogue output and USB port, this model comes with novel integrated pipe mounting sensors for smaller pipes or with remote transducers for small, medium and large pipes. The free Windows-based software allows users to easily configure and view data. The TFX Ultra™incorporates all the features of the TFXL™ but with additional features including Modbus or BACnet communication, a rugged aluminium enclosure and optional heat energy measurement.
The DFX™ uses the Doppler technique to measure flows of liquids containing suspended particles or aerated liquids. Doppler flow meters can easily accommodate a variety of what are considered ‘difficult’ flow measurement applications such as sewage, slurries and wastewater. The UFX™ is Dynasonics hand-held, battery-powered Doppler model, the unit employs a non-invasive transducer, which is placed on the outside of pipes.
For advice on choosing the most suited Dynasonics model for the required application contact us on 0800 027 7786.
Over the last 25 years Blancett have built up a reputation for producing rugged and accurate stainless steel turbines which remain popular within the oil and gas industry today. The QuikSert is one of Blancett’s innovative turbines which has been designed for quick installation.
The QuikSert is an in-line turbine flow meter that provides the same high accuracy and rigorous design of the standard Blancett turbine, but in a wafer-style mounting configuration. It’s unique between flanges design eliminates the need for mating flanges, requires less space in the flow line, lowers costs and provides easy, one-man installation.
Turbine flow meters operate by the fluid or gas passing through a turbine, causing the turbine to rotate at a speed proportional to velocity. As each turbine blade passes through the magnetic field generated by the meter's magnetic pick-up, an AC voltage pulse is generated. These pulses provide an output frequency that is proportional to volumetric flow.
The QuikSert in-line turbine flow meter was developed for liquid and gas applications where accuracy and dependability are of concern to the operator. For fluids the meter achieves an accuracy of ±1%, repeatability of ±0.1% and can handle temperatures up to +232°C with high temp pick up and for gas the meter achieves an accuracy of ±2%, repeatability of ±0.5% and can handle temperatures up to +330°C.
The meter features a 316 stainless steel housing and rotor support, CD4MCU stainless steel rotor, and abrasion-resistant tungsten carbide rotor shaft and bearings. For fluid models, precision upstream and downstream flow straighteners ensure a high degree of measurement accuracy. The QuikSert turbine is available in sizes 3/8” to 10” and with optional outputs for remote data logging.
Blancetts QuikSert turbine provides a quick, efficient and cost-effective solution for measurement requirements for flow lines with limited space. QuikSert is available from Bell Flow Systems, a UK representative for Blancett for more information click here.
Extra Large ModMAG M-Series Meters (first published on badgermeter.com)
This picture shows two large ModMAG M-Series® meters, 54 and 60 inches in diameter
which were designed for a project in which the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) would increase their water distribution capacity and reliability, allowing them to meet expanding fresh water demands in several southern California counties.
This picture was taken at a test facility where the meters met accuracy standards set by the California DWR at flow ranges ranging from 4500 to 80,000 gallons per minute.
Hydraulic Fluid Leak Detection Made Safer with Hedland Flow Meters (First published on Badgermeter.com)
Hydraulic fluid power is often used to perform operational movement of heavy equipment. Small leaks in most hydraulic equipment are difficult to avoid, and in some cases small leaks are acceptable if they can be controlled. However, if left undetected, these smaller leaks can become larger, which can cause outright machinery failure. Failure of hydraulic machinery can cause costly downtime and put machine operators' safety at risk.
Because hydraulic fluid operates under high pressure, it is difficult to diagnose hydraulic circuit issues when the machinery is powered off. A common cause of operator injuries in hydraulic systems is operators physically investigating leaks while the system is operational because the fluid can be very hot and the lines are under pressure.
By installing Hedland flow meters to their equipment, operators get a clear, visible indication of hydraulic line health during operation, without the dangers of a person coming in close contact with operating machinery. A higher-than-usual flow reading may indicate a significant leak while a lower-than-usual flow reading may indicate a possible line blockage.
Where accurate flow measurements are required or even critical, it is imperative that the flow meter being used is producing correct and consistent results. Only by calibrating a flow meter can you provide assurance that it is performing accurately and within it’s stated specifications.
We recently commissioned an in-house flow meter calibration facility to offer low cost, flexible calibration services for flow meters of many measuring principles and sizes.
The facility sited in Buckinghamshire consists of three calibration rigs for water, oil and micro flow. The test rigs are UKAS traceable and are currently undergoing the development of quality, admin and technical operations to ISO 17025 with a vision to be certified early next year.
Our calibration facility can test flow meters between ¼” and 4” in size and can handle flow rates from 0.001 litres up to 1000 litres per minute. The rigs incorporate highly accurate master meters as reference devices, the water calibration rig for example uses the latest electromagnetic flow meters from Badger Meter that perform to an accuracy of better than ±0.25%.
This new service allows us to offer re-calibrations of existing flow meters that are no longer performing correctly and also provide new flow meters pre-prepared for their application to reduce any inaccurate calibrations being made onsite by customers. The calibration facility will also be used for confirming the accuracy of flow meters, technology demonstrations and staff training.
In addition to the option of in-house calibration, a technician from Bell Flow Systems can also carry out an on-site calibration using proven re-calibration techniques if required. All calibrations are issued with a calibration certificate to ensure that all flow meters calibrated by us offer repeatable, accurate measurement, guaranteed.