4 Critical Questions to Ask Before Flow Meter Selection

With so many different types of meters, picking out the right flow meter can be a bit overwhelming; afterall, your choice of meter can impact important areas of your business such as revenue, workplace safety, customer satisfaction, and more. Depending on your application, your industry, and requirements, there are hundreds or ways to get started, so which path do you choose? The answers to the questions below will help you narrow down the many choices you have at the beginning of your flow meter selection process to get you on your way to choosing the right tool for the job. 

Begin with these questions and be sure to answer any others that they may bring up as it pertains to your specific application.

1. What type of fluid is to be metered?

  • Liquid, gas or vapor
  • Clean or dirty
  • Corrosive or noncorrosive
  • Newtonian or non-Newtonian?
  • Other?

2. What are the flow conditions?

  • Measuring flow rate or total flow or both
  • Normal flow rate
  • Minimum and maximum flow rate
  • Minimum and maximum temperature
  • Minimum and maximum pressure

3. What are the installation conditions?

  • Pipe size
  • Reynolds Number
  • Is there room for adequate length of piping?
  • Are flow conditioners needed?
  • Is pipe vibration a problem?
  • Is flow steady or pulsating?
  • Other considerations?

4. What are the performance requirements?

  • Accuracy- how critical is accuracy to your application?
  • Is accuracy required under all conditions?
  • Other?

Your answer to the above questions will greatly influence your choice in which flow meter to use. While selection plays a major role in the long-term performance of your flow meter, proper installation is also critical. Be sure to avoid these installation mistakes. Regular flow meter repair and flow meter calibration are also important if you want to ensure your meter readings are accurate and that your work environment is safe.

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