Flow meters are a type of instrumentation used to measure and record the volume of fluid passing through a pipe or vessel. Flow meters are also sometimes referred to as flow rate sensors, flow gauges, and more. Flow meters are used in a wide variety of industries on all kinds of process equipment, but regardless of what they’re being used for, maintaining accuracy on a flow meter is crucial for accurate data, product quality, safety, and a slurry of other reasons. There are many reasons why flow meter accuracy could decline, but in this article, we’ll talk about three of the primary ways you can make sure your flow meters are giving you readings that are as accurate as possible! If you have any questions about flow meters or are having a problem with the accuracy of a flow meter in your facility, contact our team at Sentrol Inc! We provide companies throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and Eastern Canada with sales and services for sensor & flow control instrumentation!
One of the biggest factors that affects flow meter accuracy is the selection and installation of the correct device. In order to select the best possible flow meter for your application, you should make yourself familiar with the particular requirements of your system and the process fluid the flow meter will be measuring. Other factors that should contribute to your flow meter selection decision include the facility’s employees familiarity with the system, the availability of an expert who can provide troubleshooting services for the system if problems arise, cost of installation, and more.
Installation & Calibration
The next factor that contributes to flow meter accuracy is the installation and calibration of the flow meter. If your flow meter is not installed and calibrated properly, you have a very slim chance of sustaining accurate readings. Be sure that whoever is installing and calibrating the flow meters at your facility has a high level of familiarity and expertise with both the flow meter itself and the process fluid it will be used for. After the flow meter is installed, a calibration test should be performed under normal operating conditions with all the variables that may affect flow rates.
Finally, the best way to maintain the accuracy of your flow meter after you have selected, installed, and calibrated the equipment correctly is to perform regular maintenance on the flow meter. Almost all kinds of equipment require regular maintenance and upkeep to keep them running at peak performance, and flow meters are no different. Flow meters and the piping they are attached to should be inspected regularly, especially if the fluid moving through them is dirty or viscous. If you have noticed inaccuracies with your flow meters, you should have an industry expert troubleshoot them as soon as possible!
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Contact Sentrol Inc. today to learn about the repair and calibration services we provide for flow meters, control valves, pressure regulators, analyzers and more in the manufacturing markets of New England, the Mid-Atlantic, & Eastern Canada! Give us a call today at (888) 877-1778 or fill out the contact form on our website, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible!