Newsletter Q1 2018

Recirculating Lubrication Measurement during Automotive Transmission Testing

Automotive transmission prototypes undergo hydraulic, electronic, acoustic and other tests prior to market release. Monitoring recirculating lubrication is one of the tests requiring highly accurate low flow volume measurement despite very low pressure ranges and viscosity changes cause by very high temperatures.

The KEM Gear Flow Meter provides reliable and precise measurement of volume flows over a very large viscosity and flow rate range for this application. The flow meter displays direct readings on a locally or sends analog signals for use in automated electronic measurement. Click here for the application story.

New Analog Output Sensor Will Provide Faster Response Times and Bluetooth Connection

AW-Lake will soon release the all new FAC-S Analog Output Sensor to replace the current FIP Analog Output Sensor. This microprocessor-based, meter mounted analog output sensor incorporates a sensor, amplifier, and converter module built into a durable, weather-resistant plastic junction box. In addition to providing analog readings of flow meter outputs when hard wired to an external device, the FAC-S Analog Output Sensor supports a Bluetooth interface for remote programming and flow reading from a smart phone. The FAC-S also incorporates faster IC chips than the FIP for quicker response times.

Bluetooth Capabilities

A Bluetooth-enabled mobile app connects to the FAC-S, enabling users to perform initial setup and programming tasks from a smart phone or tablet. The mobile application supports both basic scaling and advanced functions, allowing for remote correction of non-linear input frequencies to keep a linear analog output.

Contact sales at for more information on the FAC-S.

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At the end of 2017 there was more activity than usual at Litre Meter as some of the largest VFF meters were gathered together for assembly and calibration. A complex project involving 7 different VFF sizes including the largest ever VFF was nearing completion. The V400 weighs a hefty 600kg (1,323 lbs) and measures a suitably massive flow rate of 330 l/min (87.18 gpm). The liquid is lean MEG (monoethylene glycol) which is used as an antifreeze in offshore production platforms, amongst others. The VFF series normally tops out at 2″ connections so 6″ was quite an engineering and logistical task.

The pressure rating of 260+bar and the customer’s 6″ line dictated the use of 6″ANSI2500 connections and a 316L body.  On top of this is the standard chemical injection instrument, the FlowPod, which provides a clear display, 2 wire operation and HART®, all in a 316 Exd enclosure.

Other meter sizes included a V270 for methanol measurement, several HF60s also for methanol and an LF03 measuring just 0.5 litres per hour of antifoam (40,000 to one range from the smallest to the largest, in case you’re wondering).

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Vogtlin Mass Flow Controllers Offer Advantages in Low-E Glass Manufacturing

Low-E (low emission) glass manufacturing commonly uses vacuum magnetron sputtering as the coating technique to deposit metals and other compounds on the glass substrate. The flow of gas during this process is controlled by a Mass Flow Controller to maintain a stable vacuum level to avoid uneven coating and spotting.

Most gas distribution systems for this process are complicated with numerous gas branches that require manual installation and commissioning of single channel gas circuits. Vogtlin mass flow controllers (MFCs) support an easier and accurate configuration of the complicated gas mixing and distribution process.

Based on high-tech MEMS sensor technology, Vogtlin’s high precision flow measurement control devices provide 350ms rapid response along with plug-and-play functionality and no warm-up period for improved user productivity. The MFCs support an integrated bank design and accurate internal mixing and distribution pipe design to reduce operational risks and leakage points. Units can be calibrated for multiple gases and parameters, which leads to significant reductions in spare part inventories and cost savings. Click here for the application story.

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SignalFire to Introduce ModQ, a Modbus Flow Meter and Totalizer with Local Interface

SignalFire will introduce the ModQ, a Modbus Meter and Totalizer that interfaces with pulse-type inductive turbine flow meters to provide local or remote measurements. Using a local display and Modbus protocol, the flow rates and accumulated totals can be viewed locally or integrated into a control system. The product adapts with standard turbine type meters and provides the option to configure the K factor to match the turbine.  Powered by battery or an external power source, the ModQ measures flow rates or totals in addition to integrating its data in a supervisory system. The ModQ maintains an internal thirty-day log of daily flow totals for historical analysis or backup storage.

The ModQ is pending certification for Class I Division 1 usage in hazardous locations. Packaged in a high-strength polycarbonate housing rated NEMA4X, units can withstand demanding environments. Easy to implement and maintain, the ModQ is perfect for new installations and retrofits in a variety of industrial applications such as oil & gas, metals & mining, water & wastewater, chemical, power, food & beverage, pulp & paper, aerospace, and pharmaceutical industries.

Contact sales at for more information on the ModQ.

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SignalFire Wireless Telemetry, is relocating to new corporate headquarters in Marlborough, MA. The move will support the growth of its wireless-monitoring product lines and optimize customer support and training for the company’s growing US and international client base.

The larger facility offers more than 15,000 square feet of space, enabling the company to expand its design and manufacturing footprint to meet increased demand. SignalFire is also adding a new high-tech system-integration training center to provide hands-on instruction for its customers and sales representatives. The expanded facility will provide space for new employees as the company adds jobs at all levels in the organization. Read the full story.

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FlowPod Serves as New and Improved Version of FPodEXd  to Reduce Customer Lead Times

Taking the same approach as Shell in reducing the size and weight of its oil platforms for cost savings, Litre Meter developed the FlowPod that serves as a smaller (just 85 mm in diameter) and lighter (1.5Kg) version of the original FPod Exd flow display that also operates at higher performance. FlowPod is one of the smallest flow displays for chemical injection on the market.

With a complete instrumentation redesign, the FlowPod incorporates a standardized pressure balanced chamber with a redesigned sensor and a compact display that supports over 114,000 different standard designs. Moving away from a traditional 80 custom/20 standard unit availability, Litre Meter can provide more standard meters “off-the-shelf”, with a range of choices encompassing body and cap materials, seal… Read more.

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