Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Badger Meter Launches New Cost Effective Turbine Flow Meter

Badger Meter has recently released the B1500 series, a turbine flow meter suitable for dispensing various clean liquids such as water, light oils and chemicals.

The B1500 series are a cost-effective option for highly accurate and reliable flow measurement and are the ideal solution for clean, liquid flow applications in industrial processes, such as batching, blending, monitoring and general flow measurement. The new B1500 turbine series are best suited for automotive, chemical, aerospace and general industrial application’s, however these turbines are extremely rugged and also perform well in the harsh environments found in the oil and gas sector.

An optional B3000 flow monitor can easily be integrated onto the turbine to provide an economical, flow metering solution with multiple visual and system integration options. Presented on the powerful LCD display are flow rate and totals with various signal outputs and the option to transmit data to a user interface via Modbus RTU. A remote swivel mount can be specified which is capable of rotating 180 degrees for ease of viewing. Basic, advanced and solar-powered models provide users with the flexibility of options to meet the requirements of their unique applications.
This turbine range displays exceptional mechanical linearity, resulting in minimized temperature induced viscosity influence and increased useable flow range. Due to the precision helical rotor design, B1500 meters provide exceptional speed-of-response to step changes along with a significant reduction in press drop.

The rotor design utilizes ceramic ball bearings are lighter, more tolerant to extreme temperatures and produce less friction than stainless steel ball bearings which are commonly found in most turbine meters. The ceramic ball bearings are able to tolerate adhesive wear and they perform well in non-lubricating liquids that are usually found in cryogenic fluids and water.

The B1500 can be installed in any position without affecting the performance, turndown range or calibration.  For enhanced application specific performance, recalibration of the meter can be completed on-site using a calibrated vessel or weigh-scale or metering skid. For best performance and longevity, upstream filtration is advised to prevent bearing contamination and to avoid rotor blade damage. The B1500 series turbine flow meters come with a 10-point calibration, traceable to NIST standards.

Available in sizes from ¼ to 2 inches, the B1500 flow meter has a high measuring accuracy of 0.25%, when linearized with a B3000 flow monitor and an accuracy of 0.5% using a single-point averaged
K-factor. Flow ranges are from 0.95 – 946 L/min (0.25 to 250 gpm) depending on the model chosen and the maximum operating temperature range is up to +300°C.

Models are constructed from 316 stainless steel and are available with either ANSI flange or national pipe thread (NPT) end fittings. Internal component materials include the rotors, which are made of 17-4 stainless steel, rotating on ceramic ball bearings. The supports, hangars and all other turbine assembly parts are made from 300 series stainless steel.

Bell Flow Systems are the representatives for Badger Meter in the UK and provide their industry-leading products at competitive prices. For more information about Badger Meter products visit or call free on 0800 027 786.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

*Product of the Month*

Qalcosonic Flow Meters

The Qalcosonic Flow meter is an ultrasonic water flow meter designed for measuring water in domestic applications. It includes a long battery life and an 8-digit LCD display giving information on the total volume, current flow rate as well as historical data.

The Qalcosonic meter range offers a variety of signal outputs and communication options including pulse, M-Bus, ModBus and RF. Models are available for measurements of hot and cold water applications and vary in sizes from DN15 to DN100 with wide flow ranges and the units are all MID certified.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Fit for Purpose

Bell Flow Systems were recently approached by a mechanical and electrical building services company for a water and heat measurement project. Based in Edmonton, The Gym required the measurement of heat energy consumption as part of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, along with the monitoring of cold and hot water services.

The application called for a simple solution to record the flow rates and temperatures of the water used at this large health centre and the equipment used was requested to be compliant with the requirements of the RHI scheme.The client also required the data from the heat and water meters to be available off site, therefore allowing the customer to view live data from the devices without the need for local data collection.
For this project we commissioned a VuAqua multi-jet water meter with optional pulse output facility which is WRAS and MID approved. Also provided was a MID Class 2 approved VuHeat meter which is RHI compliant and contains a pulse and M-Bus output as standard for remote data logging.

Due to the client’s request to view live data, we supplied an Aqualink II, battery powered data logger that transmits data over WiFi or GPRS or SIM card to a cloud based M2M monitoring platform. The stored data from the Aqualink II is automatically sent to the webserver giving immediate access to the information needed.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Fork Lift Truck Course

Four of Bell Flow System’s employees recently undertook a three day Lift Truck Operator course where they renewed their reach truck licences. The intensive course covered all aspects of lift truck operations within the modern warehouse environment and the all-important safety procedures involved. Each employee passed with flying colours and are eager to put their newly gained fork lift skills to practice! 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Badger Meter Vision 3000 Turbine Meter

WRAS approved Vision Turbine Meter 3000
Badger Meters Vision series of turbine flow meters have been examined, tested and found to comply with the requirements of The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme which is also known as WRAS.
The low cost turbine meters from the Vision series are well known on the market. A new addition to the series is the Vision 3000. The Vision 3000 is a good choice for applications ranging from 2 to 60 l/min. It is great for the exact measurement of small quantities of liquid as well as measuring low flow rates.
The Vision 3000 turbine flow meter is entirely made out of Trogamid which is low-priced, transparent and ultra-light. All materials used are compliant with the requirements of the drinking water approval.The product can be used with a variety of liquids such as water, fuels, ink and weak acids and is resistant to ethanol and methanol.
The meter has an accuracy of ±3% of actual flow. The Vision 3000 is available in DN12 in G 3/4" and NPT 3/4", with DIN plug connector, different or customized cable connections. The power supply ranges between 5 to 24 VDC or between 2 to 5,5 V when battery-powered.
Thanks to best technical properties, there are various applications that the Vision turbine flow meters can be used for. They are best suited for industrial applications like in cooling plants, dosing, irrigation and dispensing systems, or in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industry.