Posts

Showing posts from 2017

Positive Displacement Meter for Grain Driers Solution

Image
Bell Flow Systems have recently been approached for a grain driers application in Saudi Arabia. The customer needed a robust meter, with a local display to show total usage only, which would withstand the ambient temperature and require minimal maintenance. The meters were required to measure the diesel used to fuel the grain driers.

The Badger Meter RCDL Recordall flow meter was selected, in bronze with a mechanical accumulating totaliser. The positive displacement meter was ideal as it has very low pressure loss and a wide flow range, meaning there was no risk of the meter starving the drier, and the wide flow range meant that if the drier was only on at half power, the meter would still measure the flow accurately.

The mechanical display has an accumulated non-resettable total, and can handle the ambient temperature. In a location where the weather can hit an average temperature of 43⁰C in the summer months, this was an important factor to consider.

The series is best suited for me…

Tuthill Introduces ATEX In-line Digital Turbine Meter

Image
Tuthill is pleased to announce a game-changer in the in-line meter market. Tuthill has introduced an all new, 100% made in the USA, in-line digital meter that has +/- 1% accuracy, global certifications and simple, preset calibrations making it the clear winner in the most sought after customer wants for this meter category.

These new digital meters have many advantages over competing brands. First, they are accurate to +/- 1%, whereas many other brands are only accurate to +/- 5%. Second, they come out of the box with 18 factory calibration presets making it fast and easy to setup for first use. Plus, it measures in gallons, litres, quarts, pints and ounces. It also has global certifications including UL for US and Canada, ATEX, IECEx and CE. These certifications are on the entire meter, not just the electronics.

The meter is designed for use in-line or at the end of the hose so users can easily install it where it is most convenient. It has simple, four button operation and a rubber b…

New Cost-effective Level and Temperature Sensor for Ground Water

Image
Bell Flow Systems are now proud to introduce the new Leveline water level logger to their ground water measurement range. The Leveline sensor is a cost effective solution for those looking to monitor water level applications in ground water, estuarine and surface water applications.

Available in both absolute and gauge options the level sensor can be deployed with either Kevlar cord if using the absolute versions, or with rugged cable if looking to use a vented sensor or require surface data collection. The Leveline also offer a titanium body as standard making the sensors highly durable for harsh environments and long term deployments.
Battery life for the device is up to 10years with an internal data logger offering collection of 500,000 data sets. A fast logging interval also means that readings can be collected as fast as 10 records per second. Programming of the Leveline can be achieved using a simple PC software or via the GPS Leveline meter. Readings from the device can be als…

Competitively Priced Itron CF-Echo Heat Meter

Image
The Itron CF Echo II is an ultrasonic compact heat energy meter with on-board electronic signal processing to provide high levels of precision. These Heat meters are UK RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) compliant and European MID approved to class 2 standards, enabling them to be used in both domestic and non-domestic RHI heating and cooling measurement applications.

All pertinent measuring data is presented on a multi-functional LCD display. The display enables easy reading, providing fast and clear data access. These meters provide a range of features such as advanced data-logging, 12 year battery lifetime, IP67 Ingress protection and simple installation.


As standard, these heat meters are supplied with a pulse output and M-BUS communications with optional GPRS facilities. Available in sizes DN15 to DN50, these models can be installed either vertically or horizontally depending on the application type. Flows can be measured from qp 0.6 to qp 15m3/h dependent on model size with reliable…

Mag Meter Installation in London Brewery

Image
Weird Beard Brew Company, a London based brewery who specialise in hand-crafted beers came to Bell Flow looking for a flow meter to use in their brewery. The requirement was for a high accuracy meter, with minimal wear and tear to ensure longevity and minimal maintenance, allowing more time to make delicious beer!

The Badger Meter MIDF Hygienic electromagnetic flow meter was chosen and was to be used with both beer and water in the process, so it needed to be hygienic and have sanitary fittings. In this case, tri-clamp connections as these were already in place throughout the brewery, so this would allow easy installation with minimal interference and would allow the meter to be easily removed and put into a different line if needed.


The hygienic mag meter features a food safe PTFE liner, 304 stainless steel body, and tri-clamp connections. The tri-clamp connections enables the meter to be easily removed from one line and put into various points within the process to measure water goi…

Area Velocity Flow Meter Range – Water & Waste Water

Image
Open channel monitoring and measuring equipment from Bell Flow Systems utilise the area-velocity measurement technique, providing a continuous or time-sample measurement of water flow. The Mainstream high performance series are designed for users wanting to measure water velocity, level and flow in open channel and partially-filled pipe applications.
Mainstream products available include; AV-Flow Transmitter, Velocity Transmitter, Compact fixed AV-Flowmeter, Premier fixed AV-Flowmeter and the Portable AV-Flowmeter. This range of meters are relatively quick and simple to install without the requirement of a flume or weir and offer a high level of sensitivity ensuring suitability for various flow measurement applications.

Featuring a variety of outputs including 4-20mA signal, scaleable pulse output and GPRS data transmission options. The meters include a bi-directional velocity range for forward and reverse velocities of 10mm/s to 5m/s. ATEX hazardous area sensors are optionally avail…

Mac R6 Data Logger from Plum

Image
Now available from Bell Flow Systems, the MacR6 is a user friendly, low cost solution for monitoring water consumption and pressure within water distribution networks and many other flow metering applications.

Data is collected automatically by picking up a pulse from a flow meter or an input from another single device. Data is transferred to a central server for analysis once a day or more frequently if required via the integral GPRS modem.

The MacR6 is internally powered and housed in a fully waterproof IP68 enclosure, making it ideal for remote areas where power is not available and where the meter will be exposed to harsh weather or installed submerged. It also has a local display allowing the data to be viewed at the measuring location.

A fantastic feature of the MacR6 is its simplicity in installation. It is programmed via Bluetooth with free downloadable Android applications using the OptoBTEx optical head allowing you to simply connect to the device without the need for any tools…

New FMT 3 Innovative Digital Flow Meter

Image
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 …

Ultrasonic Level Measurement Goes Truly Wireless!

Image
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 mult…

Hinkley Point Power Station Application

Image
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 mus…

Portable Ultrasonic Flow Meter Installation for Aquatic Exhibits Specialists

Image
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 …

BK Diaphragm Gas Flow Meters from Elster

Image
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.

Bespoke Fuel Management Solution

Image
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 n…

Bell Flow sales team invited to product training session

Image
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.

Diver Level Loggers Used for Water Monitoring Project

Image
A number of Eijkelkamp Diver water level loggers have been used in a ground water monitoring application in Romania. For this project, research is conducted into the feasibility of underground storage for water during periods of severe drought or heavy rainfall.

Water supports organisations in the Dutch water sector with international ambitions have been involved in innovative, international projects, such as the project in Romania in which the so-called MARS technique is applied. MARS stands for Management of Aquifer Recharge and Storage. In this increasingly applied technique, the available storage options for water in the soil are used to their full potential. Due to the geological and climatic characteristics, Romania is the perfect place for this type of water storage.

The MARS project aims to reduce the risks and dangers of drought and flood, and to contribute to a more efficient water management and water delivery method in Romania. Due to the changing climate, the worldwide de…

Insertion Flow Meters from Impeller

Image
The Impeller series from Badger Meter - USA is a range of insertion style flow sensors designed to measure water and chemicals via insertion through the pipe wall.

Fitting an insertion meter is simpler, faster and cheaper than cutting a section from the pipework to install a full-bore flow meter.

Featuring a closed, six-bladed impeller design, using a proprietary, non-magnetic sensing technology, these meters offer high repeatability at lower flow rates. Sensors can be interchangeable, eliminating the need for recalibration after service or replacement.



Impeller flow meters are available in a choice of construction materials and a variety of sizes and outputs or LCD displays. With an accuracy of +/-1% and flow rates up to 9 m/s and up to 69 bar, depending on model, the Impeller series makes an ideal choice for use with corrosive and non-corrosive fluids even at higher system pressure.

Mechanical flow meters are back!

Image
After Forty years of manufacturing in Sydney- Australia by Macnaught Pty , a decision to stop production of M-Series mechanical display flow meters in favour of digital models was taken last year. This has now been reversed for 2017 following a review of global distributor feedback and resurgence in customer demand.

Oval gear meters are widely recognised as one of the most versatile principles of flow measurement, with their ability to accurately meter a broad range of low to high viscosity fluids without the need for flow conditioning. Incorporating this unique oval rotor principle into its design has enabled M-SERIES positive displacement flow meters from Macnaught to offer proven reliability and excellent levels of accuracy and repeatability.



Including a rugged design that minimises the number of wearable and replaceable parts and extends product life, easily fitted and operated mechanical registers, flexibility of installation options; meters can be mounted horizontally or verticall…

Siargo MF5700 Thermal Mass Meters

Image
Measuring flow utilising the leading MEMS technology, MF5700 thermal mass flow meters from Siargo are a cost-effective choice for gas flow monitoring, measurement and control in general purpose flow applications. The meters are designed for use with non-explosive and clean gases such as air and nitrogen.

The MF5700 features a rotatable LCD display showing instant flow, SLPM, accumulated flow and battery status. The compact and portable design makes the meter an ideal choice for various applications where a power supply is unavailable.


Specifications on this range of mass flow meters include: hygienic and oxygen safe copper body, an accuracy reading of +/-3% and a flow range of 0 – 25 SLPM, depending on the model selected. A choice of Pulse, 4-20mA and RS485 outputs are available.

Rugged Digital Pressure Gauge From APG

Image
The PG10 indoor/outdoor digital pressure gauge from APG is well suited for use in applications where visibility, functionality and stability are of primary concern. Key features of the PG10 include a large 5.5 in. display casing, a full five-digit display with characters at 0.68 in. tall, and a 270° digital “dial” or radial bar graph that shows a user-selectable pressure range from 0 to 100%. Combined with four large set-up buttons, the result is a robust pressure monitoring solution that is fairly simple to set-up and operate, with true at-a-glance readability.
The digital pressure gauge features an operating temperature range, from 0° to 160° F, benefits from a ±0.25% accuracy of full scale, and features pressure ranges from vacuum to 500 psi, or 0 to 10,000 psi. Outputs are 0-2 VDC for battery-powered units, 4-20mA for loop-powered units, and 0-5 VDC for externally powered units. Built in data logging provides the user with local access to the latest 60 readings.

With an IP65 rated …

Axis Heat Meters installed in the skyscrapers of Dubai

Image
More than 1,500 ultrasonic cooling energy meters were installed in the 55-story Juma Al Majid Tower which is nearing completion in the centre of Dubai. Both luxury apartments and commercial spaces will be created within the tower block. The building is rising alongside the Burj Khalifa, which, at 828 meters, is the world's tallest skyscraper.

The Juma Al Majid Tower installation package features the MID Approved Qalcosonic-Heat 1 product, which are the most popular ultrasonic heat meters produced by Axis Industries in Lithuania. They can measure both heating and cooling thermal energy supplied and are available from Bell Flow Systems Ltd, partners to Axis Industries in the UK.

Currently, specialists working with Kimans Inc, in the United Arab Emirates, are finishing the installation of these heat meters in the Tower and connecting them to a remote data collection system to facilitate energy monitoring and management throughout this state of the art building.

“The successfully complet…

New for 2017 - Aquadis+ Water Meter Range

Image
The Itron Aquadis+ range of mechanical water flow meters are suitable for both primary and secondary domestic billing due to their approval to the OIML R49 standard and European MID - Directive 2004/22/EC. The working principle of Aquadis+ is based on the established rotary piston design which is magnetically coupled to a hermetically sealed counter mechanism.

The range is manufactured from high performance thermoplastic materials offering user benefits including corrosion resistance, reduced size and weight as well as long-term mechanical stability. This composite design is durable and water resistant to IP68, it is also approved to the UK national drinking water approvals scheme –WRAS standards.



Aquadis+ is provided pre-equipped for Itron’s Cyble technology, making it possible to mount plug-and-play Cyble communication modules when required . This facilitates connection to a range of Automatic Meter Reading systems (AMR) such as Radio walk-by systems, radio fixed data collection sys…

Water Quality Products from ECD

Image
Introducing a comprehensive selection of water quality instruments from Electro Chemical Devices (ECD) including the popular T80 Transmitters and the new S80 Sensors, now available from Bell Flow Systems.

The S80 Intelligent Sensor range includes pH Sensors, ORP Sensors, Ion Selective Sensors, Dissolved Oxygen Sensors, Conductivity Sensors and Resistivity Sensors.
The Sensor works by converting the analog signals from the electrode sensor cartridge into a digital protocol which allows for two way communications with the transmitter.

When connected to an ECD T80 the sensor’s information is uploaded to the analyser. This automatically configures the display and outputs of the transmitter to the values appropriate to the measurement range and type.



Sensors benefit from a long life replaceable electrode cartridges, lowering the operating cost and are available in a range of materials and sizes. Various process fittings with adjustable insertion lengths including threaded fittings, sanita…

*Product of the month* Ljinus Level Sensors

Image
The LNU range of wireless ultrasonic level sensors are designed for water level monitoring and flow measurement and are suitable for a range of applications including water and waste water, CSO monitoring, remote tank monitoring, flood warning systems and bin management.

These ATEX approved level sensors feature a replaceable lithium battery and a large memory which can record up to 500,000 measures. Multiple wireless communications options are available allowing for easy remote data collection and viewing, including Avelour wireless software or the ljitrack web platform using GSM/GPRS.


Available with a range of different options including Modbus, 4-20mA, pulse and digital outputs, these sensors feature a measuring range of up to 10m, depending on the model. Housing material includes ABS 20% FV with an IP68 enclosure protection making the sensors ideal for use in hazardous environments. Models feature an operating temperature of up to 85°C, dependent on model.