Newsletter Q2 2018

AW-Lake New FAC-R™ Celebrates Positive Market Acceptance, Product Line Expansion Planned for Q3

AW-Lake continues to experience overwhelming demand for its new FAC-R™ Frequency to Analog Converter since market introduction last year. In fact, production is ramping up to ensure supply continues to meet unprecedented demand.

Adding to the FAC Family
Extending its FAC product family, AW Lake is introducing a local mount version of its frequency to analog converter named the Frequency-to-Analog Converter.  Incorporating a sensor, amplifier, and converter module in a durable plastic junction box, the microprocessor-based Frequency-to-Analog Converter hard wires into flow meters (including AW Lake P.D. and turbine flow meters) and converts frequency to voltage or current output for download into a control system. Read more.

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Modbus flow totalizer set for introduction this summer

SignalFire Wireless Telemetry is currently beta testing the ModQ Sentry – a Modbus Flow Totalizer that interfaces with flow meters to provide instantaneous flow rates, accumulated totals and status information. Powered by an internal lithium battery for standalone operations or an external 6 – 36Vdc power source, the ModQ Sentry provides a local display along with a Modbus RS485 data port to integrate with PLC/SCADA and DCS systems. 

The Modbus Flow Totalizer is ideal for data management of turbine flow meters in new and retrofit installations for a variety of industrial applications such as oil & gas, metals & mining, water & wastewater, chemical, power, food & beverage, pulp & paper, aerospace, and pharmaceutical.

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Coming Soon: New Product Portfolio of TRICOR Coriolis Flow Meters!

Due to launch in July: the expansion of the TRICOR line of Coriolis Mass Flow Meters that will now include both standard and advanced flow meters, plus the addition of  a new transmitter series that incorporates digital signal processing (DSP).

The TCM “CLASSIC” product line is economically priced with specifications that meet general industrial requirements using the TCE series transmitters. The TCM “PRO” product line offers environmentally-hardened units with advanced performance specifications and diagnostic capabilities for operation in challenging environments, featuring the new TCD series transmitters.

Watch for this exciting product launch coming in mid July!

AW-Lake Optimizes Operations with New ERP System

After five months of planning, development, implementation and training, AW-Lake Company recently deployed a new company-wide enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that integrates business processes to streamline operations throughout the entire company including finance, customer service, procurement and shipping. Two separate and incompatible legacy systems were previously used together to support operations. This required a lot of manual processes, with employees exporting and manipulating data into spreadsheets to create different reports outside the system… Read more.

Air Flow Control Ensures Quality of Ice Cream Manufacturing

During ice cream manufacturing, the ice cream mixture (paste) is fed with air into a helical screw freezing cylinder and then mixed by a scraper. Simultaneously, a cooler on the freezer cylinder wall freezes the paste. Super-high, molecular-weight polyethylene blades on the scraper rake the frozen paste off the cylinder wall. The ice cream process requires feeding air into the paste at a specified proportion to produce ice cream with the right consistency. The ratio control between the paste (master) and the air injected…Read more.

Coating Line in Refrigerant Compressor Manufacturing

A leading, globally operating company develops, produces, and distributes compressors for cooling circuits. The compressors are used in refrigeration and freezing engineering, for private applications, in commercial small cooling systems, and as direct current compressors for mobile applications. Sustainability, resource conservation to the greatest possible extent, and reliability are important considerations for the company’s manufacturing operations – including the in-house paint shop. Read more.

TRICOR Acquires MI-002 Certification on High Pressure Meter

The TCMH 0450 High Pressure Coriolis Flow Meter is now the world’s first and only Coriolis flow meter certified for custody transfer in hydrogen dispensing applications. The MI-002 / OIML137 certification allows companies to comply with fuel dispensing and taxation guidelines when selling hydrogen fuel to consumer end users. As the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle market continues to grow at considerable rates, this certification will put TRICOR at the front of the line as more and more fueling stations are installed around the world. Read more.

A History of Subsea Flowmetering – Litre Meter Experts

Here is a short history of deploying flowmeters, of various technologies, subsea
France, 1985:
The first custom design involved the LM pelton wheel. A compact product was required for installation on a submarine.  The pelton wheel is a radial turbine meter type suitable for low viscosity liquids and, in this incarnation, with a stainless steel body rated to 20 bar internal pressure and capable of 0.1 to 28 l/min. Sign up for FlowSight, the Litre Meter newsletter.
Challenger Oceanic, 1992:
Litre Meter contributed a plastic bodied LM pelton wheel.  The internal and external pressures were identical so the plastic housing was quite strong enough with simple hose connections. The electronics, however, was inside a submersible pod where the pressure was 1 bar. To withstand the pressure differential (300bar, 3000m) the sensor wall, thin for good signal acceptance, was constructed in a titanium alloy, previously purposed for the nose cone of a Harrier Jump Jet. The meter was installed on Alvin and used as part of a sampling system in subsea fumaroles, in places such as the Marianas Trench. Particles were collected and the volume of water measurement helped determine the percentage of solids. Read the full story

Maintaining Your AW Gear Meter

Positive displacement flow meters, or “Gear Meters” are common flow measurement devices in many industrial applications around the world. Due to their principle of operation where the liquid being measured must pass through moving gears, maintenance, cleaning or even gear replacement is occasionally required. This video walks you through how to take apart an AW Gear Meter, replace the gears, shafts, bearings and O-rings, and reassemble it using best practices from AW-Lake Company.