Are you seeking a reliable flow meter to understand, control, or monitor fluid processes? At ManuFlo, a leading Australian company specialising in manufacturing, selling, and servicing top-quality flow meters, we know the importance of making the right choice. To help you navigate the selection process, we’ve compiled a list of the top 7 considerations for choosing the perfect flow meter for your application.
1. Fluid Type – Understanding the type of fluid
Identifying the type of fluid, you need to measure is the first step in selecting the proper flow meter. For liquid measurements, assessing whether the fluid is clean or contains solid particles (a slurry) is essential. At ManuFlo, we offer a range of flow meters, including electromagnetic, ultrasonic, and Coriolis meters, suitable for clean and dirty fluids, ensuring optimal performance and longevity.
2. Viscosity and Flow Profile – Evaluating thickness
The viscosity of your fluid, or its Thickness, is crucial in choosing the proper flow meter. Positive displacement meters, like our oval gear flowmeters, are ideal for high-viscosity fluids like honey or thick oils. On the other hand, low-viscosity liquids, like water or solvents, can be accurately measured using velocity flow meters, such as our turbine meters.
3. Flow rate Information – Maximum and minimum Flows
Knowing your application’s maximum and minimum flow rates to select the right-sized meter. At ManuFlo, we follow a rule of thumb to operate meters between 20% to 80% of their maximum flow rate, ensuring optimal performance and durability.
4. Temperature and Pressure Rating – Staying within limits
Please ensure that your chosen flow meter can handle the temperature and pressure of your application without compromising accuracy or safety. Our flow meters are designed with robust materials, considering both temperature and pressure considerations.
5. Accuracy, Repeatability and Linearity – Precision Matters
Depending on your application requirements, we offer flow meters with varying accuracy, repeatability, and linearity levels. Whether it’s dosing applications or custody transfers, our meters provide the necessary accuracy for your specific needs.
6. Installation – Proper setup for optimal performance
Proper installation is crucial to achieving optimum meter performance. Consider piping configuration, straight run requirements, and meter orientation to ensure accurate and repeatable measurements.
7. Output indication – Display or signal output
Choose the proper display or signal output based on your data requirements for process control, billing, or monitoring. Our electronic flow meters offer versatile options for different applications, and our displays are designed to integrate seamlessly with our flow meters.
Certifications – Complying with Safety and Industry Standards
ManuFlo understands that some fluid applications require specific certifications. Our flow meters comply with safety and industry standards, including IEC for Australia. We also provide Weights and Measures approval for billing applications and industry-specific certifications, such as suitability for food and beverage use.
Choosing the perfect flow meter involves understanding the unique requirements of your application and selecting a meter that meets those needs with precision and reliability. At ManuFlo, we are committed to offering a diverse range of high-quality flow meters supported by expert advice to ensure your fluid processes run smoothly and efficiently.
Contact ManuFlo today to find the ideal flow meter solution for your industrial application, backed by our expertise and dedication to customer satisfaction.