Monday, 16 February 2015

Flowmax Group Training

We have hosted various Flowmax group training sessions recently. Our people are recognised for their product knowledge and commitment to ensuring every customer is well served. Our training sessions cover a range of commercial, product and service training to ensure we maintain our reputation.

Bakery In Knead Of RHI Steam Metering

Producing over 1 million loaves of bread each week, a prominent bakery based in the North required a solution to measure their steam generation.

During a recent refurbishment, the bakery installed a number of sustainable heat sources and required steam meters permissible for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). RHI provides financial support to participants who install renewable heating technologies. Where required, metering is used to measure the heat / steam produced by the renewable heat installation.

The large, state of the art bakery required the installation of numerous steam meters so that the heat delivered from the steam boilers could be calculated.  This was achieved using RHI compliant BFVM vortex flow meters suitable for saturated and super-heated steam applications up to +350°C. The BFVM with integral temperature and pressure sensors provides constant measurement of steam mass and steam energy, whilst independently displaying the steam temperature and pressure.

The chosen BFVM model has a stainless steel 304 body, flange connections, was provided in a 6” line size and was supplied with a calibration certificate to provide assurance that the meter is performing within it’s stated accuracy specification of ±1.5%. With the meter incorporating a pulse output we also provided a Cortex XDF remote mount flow computer to perform and display the energy calculation.

The Cortex XDF display allows the steam energy generated to be calculated from either 0°C, which assumes the boiler is blowing down all of the return condensate to waste, or the display can calculate the Delta energy which allows an extra temperature probe fed into the display from the condensate return line to provide the net energy.

In addition to providing the meters we offered advice with regards to installation, orientation and position in the system to achieve effective measurement and ultimately RHI compliance. 

For further information on the BFVM steam meters, Cortex displays or the Renewable Heat Incentive please contact us on 0800 027 7786 or email

Between Flanges- The Quick Insertion Turbine

Over the last 25 years Blancett have built up a reputation for producing rugged and accurate stainless steel turbines which remain popular within the oil and gas industry today. The QuikSert is one of Blancett’s innovative turbines which has been designed for quick installation.

The QuikSert is an in-line turbine flow meter that provides the same high accuracy and rigorous design of the standard Blancett turbine, but in a wafer-style mounting configuration. It’s unique between flanges design eliminates the need for mating flanges, requires less space in the flow line, lowers costs and provides easy, one-man installation.

Turbine flow meters operate by the fluid or gas passing through a turbine, causing the turbine to rotate at a speed proportional to velocity. As each turbine blade passes through the magnetic field generated by the meter's magnetic pick-up, an AC voltage pulse is generated. These pulses provide an output frequency that is proportional to volumetric flow.

The QuikSert in-line turbine flow meter was developed for liquid and gas applications where accuracy and dependability are of concern to the operator. For fluids the meter achieves an accuracy of ±1%, repeatability of ±0.1% and can handle temperatures up to +232°C with high temp pick up and for gas the meter achieves an accuracy of ±2%, repeatability of ±0.5% and can handle temperatures up to +330°C.

The meter features a 316 stainless steel housing and rotor support, CD4MCU stainless steel rotor, and abrasion-resistant tungsten carbide rotor shaft and bearings. For fluid models, precision upstream and downstream flow straighteners ensure a high degree of measurement accuracy. The QuikSert turbine is available in sizes 3/8” to 10” and with optional outputs for remote data logging.

Blancetts QuikSert turbine provides a quick, efficient and cost-effective solution for measurement requirements for flow lines with limited space. QuikSert is available from Bell Flow Systems, a UK representative for Blancett for more information click here.

Datalogger Providing Remote Energy Monitoring

Monitoring energy consumption and taking manual meter readings can be a time-consuming task for energy managers and the need to monitor across several facilities has become standard. Aqualink is a new highly sophisticated datalogger that enables remote online monitoring and management of water, gas, electricity, steam and building occupancy among others.

Combining both hardware and cloud based software, Aqualink is an ideal solution for remote online monitoring of flow, consumption, level, temperature and pressure. The system has been designed to connect to third party utility meters and take real-time readings which are transmitted via Wifi or GSM/GPRS to a user friendly web application where energy consumption can be viewed and analysed.

Supplied in a compact IP68 weatherproof case and with a long life battery, the Aqualink hardware has been designed to withstand less than ideal conditions and can be installed in the most remote locations. The integrated communication options allows for the real-time energy consumption data to be transmitted via SIM card, GPRS or WiFi depending on suitability for the desired application.

Through cloud-based software, collected data can be accessed via a secure M2M server and a personal logging website. Here the user can set SMS alarms and configure the logging parameters of units, view current and historical meter and sensor readings plus capture events in tabular or graphical format as well as downloading to .csv file for export to spread sheet programs from any internet enabled location around the world. 

AquaLink is an ideal solution for those requiring the ability to monitor several facilities and energy sources around the world from a central location or while on the road. For more information please click here.