Tuesday, 27 May 2014

New Warehouse Manager

Tom Purr, New Warehouse Manager at Bell Flow Systems
Tom Purr, New Warehouse Manager at Bell Flow Systems

We have another new recruit... Tom Purr is our new Warehouse Manager in Buckingham. Tom has had previous experience managing warehouses including production and assembly line operations. Having undertaken a Business Improvement Techniques course, Tom hopes to put his continuous improvement skills into action. In his spare time Tom enjoys watching sports and spending time with his friends and family. Welcome to the Bell Flow team Tom.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Video: Fluid Power Systems Exhibition

We recently exhibited at the Fluid Power Systems at the NEC, Birmingham. The exhibition is the UK's only event for fluid power technologies. The event comprised of world-class companies displaying and demonstrating the latest range of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.

The video below shows our Technical Director, Tom, talking about the innovative products we were exhibiting such as the new Macnaught quarter turn oval gear flow meters, our Cortex digital displays and our range of Hedland hydraulic and compressed air flow meters.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

How They Work: Hedland Hydraulic & Pneumatic Variable Area Meters

As the leading manufacturer of hydraulic flow measurement solutions, the Hedland product line features over 15,000 inline, variable-area flow meters to measure hydraulic oils, compressed air and many other liquids and gases. This large range of meters ensures that there is a meter suitable for most industrial applications that require hydraulic and pneumatic measurement.
Hedland Hydraulic Flow Meters
Operating Principle
Hedland flow meters are variable area instruments, as the hydraulic oil or compressed air enters the meter, it is directed around a contoured metering cone located within the piston assembly. The pressure differential created by the flow around the cone causes the piston to move against the spring. The piston assembly carries a cylindrical PPS/Ceramic Magnet that is magnetically coupled to an easy-to-read linear flow scale that moves precisely, in direct response to movement of the piston for a quick visual indication to confirm systems are operating correctly. Click the image below to enlarge.

Hedland Hydraulic Flow Meter Operating Principle

Hedland flow meters are manufactured of aluminum, brass or stainless steel and are accurate to ±2% of full scale, their rugged construction enables them to work under a wide range of pressure (up to 6000 psi/414 bar), temperatures (260°C/500°F) and rigorous conditions encountered in industrial applications. The meters are also inherently less sensitive to shock and vibration than other variable area flow meters and the magnetic coupling also eliminates the need for mechanical linkages that wear, loosen and leak over the functional life of a typical variable area meter.

Because Hedland products do not require flow straighteners, have no special piping requirements and may be installed in any orientation, the meters are suitable for both new and retrofit installations. The meters are available with end fitting options of SAE threads, NPTF threads, BSPP threads, and code 61/62 flanges in sizes from ½” to 3” (6mm to 76mm). Hedland’s unique design also allows the visual linear scale to be rotated 360° to optimise readability even after permanent installation.

Product Background
Racine Federated is now a division of Badger Meter Inc. USA. Founded in 1905 and now employing more than 1500 people worldwide. Badger Meter Europa GmbH was founded in 1972 and is located in Neuffen, Germany. Bell Flow Systems Ltd is working in partnership with Badger Meter Europa to offer sales and support of the many recognised brands of Racine Federated which have been sold in the UK for many years.

We are the UK agent for Badger Meter which includes Hedland Variable Area Meters. If you would like further information on Hedland meters get in contact with us.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

New Addition to Badger Meter M-Series

Badger Meter recently introduced the M1000 electromagnetic flow meter as an addition to its high-performance ModMAG M-Series family. Combining a general-purpose detector with an amplifier, the M1000 is available in an easy-to-use, "no frills" package with a streamlined feature set for use in a wide range of industrial applications.

The electromagnetic flow meter achieves an accuracy rate of ±0.3%, and its rugged design ensures reliability in demanding environments. The meter features a non-intrusive open-flow tube that virtually eliminates pressure loss. With no moving parts to impede the flow stream, maintenance is kept to a minimum – even in less than ideal fluid conditions.

The M1000 also offers vibration resistance when mounted on vehicles. A wide selection of liner and electrode materials provides maximum fluid compatibility and minimum maintenance over a long operating period.

"The M1000 electromagnetic flow meter was specifically developed for industrial water/wastewater, machinery plants, commercial vehicles and batching process applications," said Badger Meter's Brooke Lange. "Its measuring pipes are lined with material approved for use with drinking water per the NSF-61 standards. Plus, rugged construction and resistance to vibration make the meter ideal for truck-mounted operation for process fluid in the hydraulic fracturing industry."

The M1000 electromagnetic flow meter is available in 1/4" up to 8" sizes and has a flow range of 0.03 to 12 litres per second. The amplifier includes an LCD display and is housed in a weather-resistant enclosure that can be integrally mounted to the detector or remotely.

Bell Flow Systems Ltd is the UK representative of Badger Meter, for more information on the new M1000 electromagnetic flow meter get in contact with us.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Case Study: Bespoke Panel Building

We recently collaborated with a leading pneumatic and fluid handling company to undertake a project for a global leader in packaging, who manufacturer and supply a broad range of packaging products to various industries.

Inefficiencies within the packaging company’s current printing system meant that it could not detect when the solvent based ink had run out, every time this would happen the ink containers had to be switched over manually and consequently the speed and reliability of the whole process was reduced.

We were set a challenge of creating a bespoke system that would detect and switch over the flow of the solvent based ink from one industrial bulk container to another, whilst keeping in mind the flammability of the ink. A system that could allow the whole process to be automated, reduce the risk of dangerous spills and ultimately speed up the process.

This required a number of different components to be selected in order to create a bespoke panel capable of solving the company’s current printing transfer complications. We developed a control panel that featured three panel mount XDF Cortex controllers specified for this delivery, a series of galvanic isolators to ensure a safe switch over and signal detection, LED lamps for visual monitoring and various pilot solenoid valves to control pneumatic pumps and actuators. A number of high accuracy Macnaught S025 oval gear meters and ATEX pressure switches were also features of this bespoke package.

Bespoke Panel Building at Bell Flow Systems

One of the key products to this system was the Cortex XDF display; with its DIN panel mount design it features a four-line backlit colour display that is capable of mass calculations, batch control and more importantly for this application ‘intelligent digital filtering’ (IDF) to respond rapidly to dynamically changing flow rates. This allowed the Macnaught positive displacement flow meters to have consistency and accuracy when coupled with double diaphragm pneumatic pumps.

Cortex XDF Digital Display
Once the panel had been built and tested in house, the next stage was for the installation and commissioning to take place. This then lead to further refinement of the programming and configuration to enable the products to work together as a complete system and ultimately a solution for the client.

We pride ourselves on product knowledge, adding value to our diverse range of products by using this knowledge is at the core of the our values.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Our New Recruits!

New Recruits, Amy and Mel

Amy Ballinger and Mel Crooks are the latest additions to the expanding team in Buckingham. Joining us in the position of Apprentice Admin Assistant, Amy will be completing a NVQ level 2 in Business & Administration whilst developing her practical skills within the workplace. Mel joins us as a Digital Marketing Assistant, Mel has a BA (HONS) Marketing degree from Bournemouth University and will be supporting us with our marketing activities online.

We welcome them to the Bell Flow Team!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Now Open!

Householders can now also benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a world first financial support scheme for renewable heat that has been up and running for the non-domestic sector since November 2011.

Designed to revolutionise the way heat is generated and used in homes across Great Britain, RHI intends to increase the uptake of renewable heat technologies, help cut carbon emissions and reduce energy bills. 

The RHI provides financial support to participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy such as; GSHP, ASHP, biomass boilers and PV thermal panels to heat their homes. All domestic RHI installations are to be carried out by Microgeneration Certificate Scheme (MCS) installers with householders being reimbursed up to £230 per year for the cost of the meter installation over the seven years of RHI payments.

“Where heat metering is required, a heat meter that is MID Class 3 or higher is critical, the RHI claim will not be processed without meeting this standard as a minimum.”

The new Minocal® C5 RHI Compliant range of heat meters from Minol will be able to cover all applications with a variety of technologies available.

The Minocal® C5 range consists of three meters:

Greg Barker, Energy and Climate Change Minister said: “Investing for the long term in new renewable heat technologies will mean cleaner energy and cheaper bills. Domestic RHI is a big step forward in our drive to get innovative renewable heating kits in our homes”.

We have been dealing with non-domestic RHI since the outset and we can now provide all of the required elements and meters for domestic RHI too including those with GPRS or Wifi technology. We also carry a range of heat meters for larger pipes (14") if required. 

For any enquiries please contact us and for more information on the Domestic RHI and how to apply visit the
ofgem guidance and portal.