Flow meters: the latest news

Electromagnetic and ultrasonic clamp on flow meters are the latest novelties presented by Isoil Industria. They are the result of years of experience in that field, and they are used in many sectors, from water distribution network to industrial application

di Noemi Sala

During the latest national and international specialized trade fairs, Isoil Industria launched on the market some novelties, starting from a line of battery converters. Specifically have been introduced the model MV145 and MV255, respectively without and with a built-in 3G modem, for use with any Isomag® electromagnetic flow sensor, either flanged or wafer or insertion. Battery flow meters are widely used in the water sector as they allow the installation of the measuring instrument at almost any point in the supply and distribution network to get flow and pressure data useful for network management and leak detection.

Battery-powered converters: technical features
The new converters are the result of over 15 years of experience gained by Isoil Industria in battery converters.
Among the main technical features of this family we report: advanced electronics with latest-generation microprocessor to guarantee greater computing power and better measurement stability; 128 128 x 64 pixel LCD graphic display; possibility to power the converters from the net, from photovoltaic, with alkaline batteries type D or with lithium batteries, temporarily from PC or power bank through a Mini USB port; simple battery replacement without having to access the electronic board; estimated battery life up to 15 years; BIV built-in verification of sensor status capable to analyse and store hourly up to 22 parameters representative of the “health” status of the sensor and the converter; 4-20 mA active or passive output; wireless communication with 3G modem; transmission is given compressed and encrypted; possibility to manage pressure or temperature probes; certification MID MI-001 is under approval.

Compact electromagnetic flowmeter
Another novelty introduced by Isoil Industria is the CS8100 compact electromagnetic flowmeter, particularly suitable for the automation of industrial machines and processes where reliability and accuracy of measurement is required. Typical applications are the measurement of the flow rate of reagents or additives, for example in wood, cement or similar processing machines. The compact meter has a display and does not require any specific configuration, simply install it in line via the threaded connection, and connect the power supply to display to get the instantaneous flow rate. For use in control systems, the CS8100 meter offers a freely configurable 4-20 mA signal and up to two digital outputs that can also be configured with totalisation or alarm functions. It is equipped with an electronic able to manage advanced diagnostics such as the detection of the empty pipe, the bidirectional measurement and to guarantee a high noise rejection. The instrument can be powered via the PC USB port making configuration operations extremely simple with the dedicated MCP software. It can be used for flow measurements in liquids with a minimum conductivity of 20 μS/cm, offering measurement accuracy ±1% of the value read in a range of flow rates up to 2,400 l / h. The sensor has a Noryl body reinforced with 30% glass fiber, an IP 67 protection rating, Hastelloy C electrodes, and is suitable for fluids with temperatures up to 85° C. Each CS8100 meter is calibrated at the factory on calibration lines accredited according to the ISO17025 standard before delivery. The CS8100 meter is part of the Isomag® family of meters that includes electromagnetic flow meters “Fulll Bore” wafer up to DN 400 and flanged up to DN2400 and insertion to meet the most demanding applications in the various industrial sectors and in the integrated water cycle.

Ultrasonic flow meter for monitoring campaigns
The clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter model IFX-P210 is another new feature of Isoil Industria, particularly suitable for monitoring campaigns.
The instrument, in fact, taking advantage of the energy saving mode, which defines a programmable measuring interval, and a large battery compartment capable of accommodating up to 3 packs of rechargeable Lithium batteries, is able to guarantee a measurement for over 3 months without need to replace or recharge the batteries. Moreover, where available, the instrument can work connected directly to the network via the battery charger. The IFX-P210 is equipped with a powerful data logger, capable of acquiring up to 1 milion data, downloadable via the appropriate SW supplied with the device. The instrument offers easy installation and commissioning thanks to a system that calculates the correct distance between the sensors and verifies the correct alignment, providing the user with an acoustic and visual signal. There is the possibility of having process outputs (impulsive, analogue or Modbus) or up to 2 passive 4-20 mA inputs from pressure or level sensors. The instrument is extremely flexible as with the supplied sensors it is possible to make measurements on pipes from DN50 to DN3000 and can be used indifferently on metallic pipes, plastics, and under certain conditions in cement. The meter is housed in a small IP67 case that can be sealed or made anonymous to protect and guarantee installation in remote areas. The IFX-P210 meter is part of the Clamp-on ultrasonic sensor family, which includes hand portable and fixed installation versions that can cover any measurement needs.