Thursday, 11 September 2014

Blancett Meters Help Hydraulic Fracturing Companies

Blancett meters help hydraulic fracturing companies keep the environment safe and meet government regulations.

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a process used to extract underground natural resources from below the Earth’s surface. These resources include oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, and even water. The process includes pumping fracturing fluid at high pressures into a well, sometimes drilled thousands of feet deep. The pressure of the fluid creates cracks in the underground rock, allowing trapped resources to flow up the well.

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration

Since the fracturing fluid contains chemicals and consumes water, companies are required by the law to maintain accurate records of process fluid injected into and recovered from wells. The laws help ensure environmental and public safety.

With high accuracy and a rugged design, Blancett 1100 Series meters in up to 10" line sizes are an ideal solution for measuring process liquid in hydraulic fracturing operations; often mounted on the pump trucks that deliver and recover the process water. Blancett meters maintain high accuracy while withstanding on-truck vibration and harsh conditions.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Badger Meter's James O. Wright Innovation Center

With over 20,000 square feet of research and development space, Badger Meter’s James O. Wright Innovation centre is dedicated to the development and perfection of new products. From basic mechanical functionality to network connectivity, products undergo a rigorous testing and improvement process using extreme and strict standards to ensure exacting, reliable operation.

The state of the art facility, named in honour of former chairman and CEO, James O. Wright, includes 10 areas where the company’s engineers and technicians run comprehensive product tests that replicate field conditions including;

Hydro Lab
Nine operational test stands using gravimetric calibrated standards test metering product accuracy. The lines accommodate a variety of meter sizes, ranging from 0.25 to 12 inches. There are 21 stainless steel water tanks with capacities between 12 and 12,000 gallons and a reservoir under the concrete floor that supplies up to 125,000 gallons of potable water.

Model Shop
Advanced CAD systems design products, while CNC machines further automate the prototype creation process. Prototypes then undergo thorough evaluation and testing.

Electronics Lab
Because electronics play a key role in the Badger Meter automated meter reading system portfolio, transmitters, receivers, and radios are tested in the Electronics Lab. A specially designed RF Shield Room blocks 99.9% of external RF signals creating a controlled area to accurately test radio frequencies.

Automotive Fluid Meter Test Lab
Badger Meter manufactures several lines of meters designed specifically for the automotive industry. These meters dispense engine oil, engine coolant, automatic transmission fluid, and wiper fluid. This lab tests for durability and accuracy to ensure user safety.

Pilot Lab
Ensures manufacturing integrity before products hit the plant floor.

Life Test Lab
Evaluates meter accuracy and reliability throughout the product lifecycle. Accelerated endurance testing measures product performance and accuracy over time.

Environment Test Lab
Appraises product performance under extreme air temperatures, from −4ºC to 65ºC, and humidity levels up to 95% relative humidity.

Cycle/Burst Test Lab
The cycle test subjects meter housings to thousands of pressure cycles ranging from 75 to 300 psi. Hydrostatic burst tests increase the water pressure in the meter until the housing bursts, enabling engineers to study weak points.

High/Low Test Lab
Tests meters using extreme water temperatures, from 1.5ºC to 82ºC to gauge meter precision.

Mechanical Test Lab
Duplicates and measures mechanical influences and stress on meters and metering systems.

Take a virtual tour of the James O. Wright Innovation Center at Badger Meter.

The James O. Wright Innovation Center underscores Badger Meter’s commitment to producing the highest quality and most accurate flow measurement products and technologies. This one-of-a-kind research and development facility will enable Badger Meter to bring innovation and progress to the flow measurement industry for years to come.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Macnaught Flow Meter Resources

Australian-owned company, Macnaught, has established a strong reputation for designing and manufacturing innovative, high quality, durable products since the company was founded by Colin Macnaught in 1948.

Macnaught has been a leading designer and manufacturer of lubrication and fluid management solutions for nearly 60 years. Their products are sold into agricultural, industrial, automotive, mining and transport industries providing quality lubrication and fluid management solutions to over 60 countries worldwide. 

Macnaught manufacture their products in-house to maintain control of product quality, with state of the art facilities including their own inspection lab, Macnaught can maintain their ISO 9001 high quality standards much more easily. The video below features a brief overview of the company.

Macnaught manufacture one of the most dynamic ranges of oval gear flow meters on the market, The MX Series. The MX Series is a comprehensive selection of models and sizes with a choice of materials, connection types and signal outputs suitable for measuring a diverse range of clean fluids with viscosities of up to 1000cps as standard and to 1,000,000cps with optional high viscosity rotors, temperatures to 150°C and pressures to 138bar. The video below shows the different display options available. 

The MX series of flow meters are available in ¼” (6mm) up to 4” (100mm), with flow ranges from 0.5 l/hr to 1200 l/hr and an accuracy of ±1%. ATEX rated and high pressure models are also available. They are equipped with Macnaught’s versatile M-Lock mounting system, allowing the pulse modules and displays to be installed and exchanged in less than 15 seconds. See the MX range here. Watch an introduction to the MX Series below.

Macnaught has developed a comprehensive set of web based resources in order to support customers throughout the entire process of selecting, applying and maintaining the MX Flow meter range. Including; service videos which you can find a selection of on our YouTube Channel, a specification tool and meter selection tool to help you choose the right meter for your application.

We are the sole representative for Macnaught in the UK, if you would like more information on Macnaught products visit our dedicated webpage, call +44 (0)1280 817304 or email