Thursday, 23 March 2017

New FMT 3 Innovative Digital Flow Meter

Introducing the latest product from German manufacturer - Tecalemit, a durable multi-purpose digital turbine flow meter, suitable for; diesel, fuel oil, water, antifreeze and Adblue®. Now available in the UK from Bell Flow Systems, the FMT 3 flow meter features a symmetrical measurement chamber allowing the device to be used with flow in both directions. Models are straight forward to operate and suitable for use in automotive environments and most downstream oil applications, where measured fluids display a wide range of viscosities. 

The meter is ingress protected to IP65 and features a large illuminated LCD display with freely rotatable viewing angle, adjustable in 90 degree increments. A unique feature of this model within its’ target markets is the magnetically coupled operation ensuring total separation between wetted components and the display, which can be removed during operation . This is especially helpful for any future maintenance since it allows the user to replace just the LCD display, work on the existing line, or perform any future upgrades easily and safely.

With an accuracy reading of better than +/-1%, after initial calibration, the meter is ideal for applications where precise flow measurement is required. FMT 3 Meters will operate at flow rates of between 5-120 l/min and a maximum operating pressure of up to 10 bar (145 psi). Please contact Bell Flow Systems for more information on 0800 027 7786 or sales@bellflowsystems.co.uk.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Ultrasonic Level Measurement Goes Truly Wireless!

The demand for wireless communication in the field of sensors and measurement devices is forever increasing, with technology development operating nonstop. The problem most consumers currently face however is that products which claim to be wireless, commonly are not truly wireless. Although the systems on the market can provide wireless communications, they are not able to operate without the need for power. 
The LNU ultrasonic level sensor from Bell Flow Systems tackles this problem with its truly wireless design. The sensor itself contains a Lithium battery supply which means the user can simply install the sensor in their application without the need to connect a power or a communications cable to the device. Configuration of the device is simple, using a wireless dongle called a Wiji the user can connect to their device via a laptop and view live level data, stored level data from the unit’s internal data logger and / or make changes to the sensor configuration. If operating multiple LNU sensors the user can also connect to each device individually from a central location.
Data from the LNU can also be collected using a Wiji radio access point. This device will collect information from the LNU on a timed basis and report the information via a RS-485 signal to a PLC or data collection system. Alternatively if the site is remote, data can be collected by the device and transmit via a GSM / GPRS signal to our web based data portal.

As well as level, the LNU also features integrated flow rate and volume conversions so that you do not need to carry out secondary calculations to derive these values.

Typical applications for the LNU include water/waste water, CSO monitoring, remote level, flow volume monitoring solutions, flood warning systems and tank level monitoring. Contact Bell Flow Systems for more information on the LNU range 0800 027 7786.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Hinkley Point Power Station Application

Bell Flow Systems were recently asked to provide a meter suitable for accurately measuring and recording the flow of sea water being pumped across a beach at Hinkley point.

Hinkley point in Somerset is the site for a new nuclear power station, the first in the UK for a generation. As the 10 year construction scheme begins there are many environmental factors to be considered at each phase. One of these is to ensure that enough water is pumped from the sea to areas where it is required to help preserve marine life following the temporary construction of a new jetty and sea wall, built to allow materials for the construction of the power station to be delivered by sea.

To provide evidence of sufficient pumped water supply, Bell Flow Systems were required to provide a suitable flow sensor to meet the demands of the application. The flow meter must be compatible with sea water and designed to cope with the challenging weather conditions found on this beach side installation location. It must also be internally powered and capable of accurately logging the volume of water pumped. The ModMag M5000 from Badger Meter was the ideal solution.


The M5000 electromagnetic flow meter is battery powered giving up to 20 years battery life, making it suitable for applications where power is not available. The robust amplifier has IP67 or optional IP68 ingress protection, making it suitable for harsh operating environments and the meter its’s self measures with an accuracy better than ±0.4% of reading. The M5000 also benefits from an integral data logger, able to record and store the volume measured at programmable time intervals which can be downloaded to PC software via the IrDA or RS232 ModBus communication ports.

Electromagnetic measuring technology is maintenance- free and operates without mechanical moving parts, prolonging the life of the meter and allowing it to be used with fluids that may contain solids including sand and organic solids. The available choices of meter liner and electrode materials, makes it an ideal choice for various corrosive and aggressive fluids including sea water.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Portable Ultrasonic Flow Meter Installation for Aquatic Exhibits Specialists

Bell Flow Systems were recently approached by a company who specialize in the set up and maintenance of aquatic exhibits in zoos around the UK.

The company required a flexible, portable metering option, which would allow their engineers to measure the flow rate in a variety of pipe sizes without having to interrupt the flow or disturb the animals.



With inherent advantages over traditional in-line flow meter technologies, the cost-effective BFU-100-H handheld portable ultrasonic heat meter was chosen. The ultrasonic flow meter was supplied, as it allowed the engineers to use the same meter at various zoos, on a wide range of pipe sizes and materials, without having to cut into the pipe and cause potential contamination issues.

The BFU-100-H is a battery powered, non-invasive meter which clamps on to the outside of virtually any pipe material, from 25mm to 700mm in diameter, and is accurate to ±1%. Featuring a flexible installation in which the meter can be mounted both horizontally or vertically, if required.

 BFU-100-H

This meter was used to ensure the efficiency of their filtering and pumping systems for aquatic exhibits, for a wide range of creatures from jellyfish to penguins, to ensure the water quality was good enough to keep them all healthy and happy!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

BK Diaphragm Gas Flow Meters from Elster

BK Diaphragm gas flow meters utilise a precision multi-chamber measurement design offering long term accuracy and stability with maintenance free operation. 

The Elster BK range of gas meters feature robust steel construction and are suitable for metering natural gas, town gas, Propane and LPG in most domestic & commercial applications. MID approval ensures these meters have guaranteed low flow performance and EN1359 certification ensures UK safety compliance.

All models feature an integrated mechanical totaliser, providing a clear meter reading, although they can be fitted with an IN-Z61 pulse transmitter enabling data to be viewed remotely.

Available in a range of sizes from 20mm to 100mm with a maximum compliant working pressure of 0.5 bar and with UK standard connection centres and BS746 threads with coupling options.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Bespoke Fuel Management Solution

Effective fuel management is essential to any organisation wanting to successfully monitor their fuel levels and prevent fuel thefts occurring especially in third world countries. When completed properly, it can make a vitally important contribution to the profitability of such organisations. The cost of fuel and its usage is a significant overhead for any commercial establishment.

Bell Flow Systems were approached by Telecomms specialist, Alan Dick Company in Africa to provide a unique solution to a range of problems, surrounding supply, delivery, remote reporting and security that they were facing. There was currently no one single solution on the market to help them and so they commissioned Bell Flow Systems to supply various integrated products and services. The company successfully installed oil flow meters, remote telemetry equipment, fuel management hardware and software plus accessories and commissioning for this bespoke fuel monitoring project in Gabon, Africa.


Operating a network of mobile telephone communications masts within the Congo which provides vital Cell-phone infra-structure to widespread rural communities in this third-world country, Alan Dick Company has been facing an ongoing struggle to keep the masts’ diesel fuel based electricity supplies running. Fuel theft and generator fuel supply failure have become increasing problems to the company in recent times, leading to frequent network outages.

The client required a reliable monitoring system to remotely provide information on the generator fuel levels at fourteen of their sites to ensure fuel re-supply was accomplished at the correct intervals. They suggested that these deliveries should be recorded using tamper resistant equipment as it was suspected that the delivery drivers were not delivering all of the fuel documented.

                 

Bell Flow Systems successfully developed a lockable and rugged enclosure based system, housing an accurate supply line Macnaught fuel flow meter, an independently powered local volume display register for back-up verification and the AquaLink II; an autonomously powered remote telemetry device providing M2M data transfer over WiFi/GSM/GPRS to the head office. Access is via a cloud based portal with monitoring, reporting and alarm based functionality.

Another problem the client faced was frequent fuel theft, potentially from current employees. The client required the facility at all of his sites to dispense this stored fuel securely and accurately into containers by approved users. Logging all transfers and recording this information locally as well as reporting this information remotely to the head office. The current manual transfer ‘trust based’ system was open to abuse by corrupt or negligent staff so a new secure solution was desperately needed.
A secure fuel management system was installed for each of the sites featuring lockable cabinets, hard wired fuel and data lines, remote telemetry over GSM/GPRS and independent user access logging via RFID key fobs controlled by the system administrator. The Gespasa MINI 88K fuel management system was an ideal solution for this particular application, providing simple installation and operation and rugged stainless steel construction. The use of these user allocated key fobs, unique to each user has prevented unwanted fuel dispensing by unauthorised individuals.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Bell Flow sales team invited to product training session

Our technical sales team recently spent two days training at the factory where our flow monitors are manufactured. The training consisted of learning about new and upcoming products as well as customer case studies and success stories.


The team were able to witness our flow monitors in action at a local brewery as well as experiencing some local food and drink. Staff were also able to improve their existing knowledge by adjusting and building the flow switches and were given an informative tour of the factory and workshops.