5 Things to Know Before Choosing a Flow Meter

Accurate flow measurement is essential to your critical process controls. If you run a regulatory agency, you’ll also need to stay on track of the flow. A meter that can help with the monitoring and reporting makes your job easier. If you’re checking out flow metering options and technology, here’s what you need to know to figure out which meter is best for you.

Understand the Process
Before you shop around for a flow meter, consider the entire process. Where will the meter come in? Be sure to talk to a plant operator to tackle maintenance and installation issues before anything else. Calibration and access must also be figured out before you decide on which meter to use.

Consider Your Team
Think about who will be using the meter. You’ll also need to know how the meter will be used. That will also help you filter through the available options in the market. If you want greater accuracy and convenience, look for a smart ultrasonic meter.

Know What Affects the Meters
There are several things that affect the performance of flow meters. Temperature and pressure as well as viscosity and conductivity and even how clean or dirty the meter impact performance. You’ll want to make sure you take note of those factors. Also, some meters are better used to measure certain types of media than others. For instance, an electromagnetic meter is accurate when it measures wastewater and water. But velocity meters are much better for measuring fluids that contain iron, sand, dirt, and other contaminants or impurities.

Factor in Certification Requirements
Some flow metering technologies require certification before you can install and operate them. Make sure you and your staff are qualified.

Handle the Location and Installation
Pick the best location for the meter. Hire pros to perform the installation process to prevent any mistakes.

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