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Ultrasonic Heat Meters for THERMOSS Project

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Bell Flow Systems have recently been working closely with a large global specialist in energy management and automation, to supply non-invasive energy monitoring systems to multiple sites across the EU. The units will be supplying data to be used in the EU commissioned THERMOSS project for energy efficient buildings, under its HORIZON 2020 programme. The project will last for 42 months, and will involve the collaboration of 12 partners from the EU and Switzerland.

The aim of the THERMOSS project is to contribute to the wider deployment of advanced heating and cooling technologies in buildings throughout the EU. This project includes addressing 30% energy consumption reduction in buildings and 20% in districts.

The development process consists of five steps: technology database creation, technology packages refinement, technology package sizing toolbox, thermal energy flow algorithm, integration and validation. The study will be implemented across several key sites in the UK, Finland, …

Product Training at Gespasa, Spain

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Last month two of Bell Flow’s employees went to visit our supplier Gespasa in Spain for some product training.

Gespasa Headquarters

Gespasa’s factory is located in Balaguer (Lleida) in Spain, about an hour and a half from Barcelona. They manufacture fuel pumps and flow meters for diesel, petrol, oil, and adblue.

Here they toured the factory, workshops, and offices, learned about the new products available, and were trained on how to use the Diesel Plus software and the GK Suite. Both of which being software to manage the fuel and fleet supply of vehicles, and can also be applied to other types of applications such as water, chemical or most other fluid supplies.

The control tools, like the supply lists by users and vehicles, enable instantaneous readings of the exact expenses of each unit, and determine whether there is any irregular consumption or not. The software gives different tools to manage the product stock, the suppliers, the vehicles and its maintenance, the users, among oth…

New, iSonic 4000 Ultrasonic Meter

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Introducing the new iSonic 4000, a versatile ultrasonic flow meter for open channels and partially filled pipes as well as measuring volumetric contents of liquids in tanks.

Suitable for clean water and waste water applications the iSonic 4000 can be used in combination with weirs or flumes using one of its’ pre-programmed tables, or a 35 point calibration table may be used instead. This model can display values and control applications with a selection of outputs and data-comms options, as well as recording readings to the internal data logger with a capacity for approximately 130,000 readings. Data can be downloaded using the ‘Flow Meter Tool’ PC software which also allows the user to programme all parameters. The user PC can be connected via USB interface or Ethernet interface.

The programming menu, featured on the large graphic LCD display, offers a wide variety of primary flow element options such as flumes and weirs and displays the flow rate of partially filled pipes and open cha…

Cheers Sir Bob - BLFT Turbine Installation

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Bell Flow Systems has recently supplied a Stainless Steel Turbine Meter to Awash Winery in Ethiopia. Not only is this winery the largest in the country, but it is also part owned by UK equity firm chaired by Sir Bob Geldof.

Awash currently bottles seven million litres of wine annually. It plans to boost production under 12 brands, including the well-known Axumite, Awash and Gouder names.

Gouder is a national brand Geldof first tasted in 1984, when he got back from areas of drought in the north that had taken the world by shock. The 1984-85 Ethiopian famine had prompted many such as Geldof to galvanize the international community for help. He is known to be a force behind a LiveAid concert, a phenomenal event that was the first to get broadcast live across the world for the first time, and as a result raised over 100 million dollars for charity

Geldof says he decided in 2013 to get involved in the winery hoping to see the factory expand and improve in order to provide additional employme…

M5000 Battery Mag Flow Meter

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The M5000 IP68plus is a battery operated electromagnetic flow meter designed for water metering and management. It is designed to meet the highest demands of water metering applications assuring the user of reliable and accurate measurements with low maintenance. The meter comes certified to OIML R49 and MID MI-001 providing a meter that conforms to the requirements throughout Europe and the world.

With many water metering applications it is often found that the meter will be submersed and it is essential that the meter will still work in these situations. The M5000 IP68plus as its name suggests is IP68 rated suitable for continuous immersion and the integral model can still be operated whilst immersed.


Another constraint can be the lack of power supply in remote areas, but the M5000 is battery powered and offers up to 20 years life allowing the meter to work without the worry of regular maintenance. With many meter technologies there is a requirement for straight sections of pipe bef…

EM21 Energy Meters from Carlo Gavazzi

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Carlo Gavazzi EM21 Series are general purpose three phase energy meters, suitable for both active and reactive energy metering for cost allocation, as well as for main electrical parameter measurement and retransmission. These meters are CE approved and also meet approval of Class B according to EN50470-3 (class 1 of EN62053-21) and Class 2 according to EN62053-23.

EM21 series meters are compact and extremely simple to install, due to their application-oriented programming procedure, downloadable setup software and wrong phase-sequence warning. Meters benefit from a flexible installation, featuring a multi-use housing, for both DIN-rail and panel mounting applications.



Technical features include a high accuracy reading of ±0.5% and a robust IP50 protection rated housing. The innovative design contains a detachable LCD unit which displays a full set of instrumentation values (Voltage, Current etc).

As standard these meters are provided with a pulse output for active energy transmissio…

AdBlue - The use and importance of it

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AdBlue is becoming increasingly more commonplace. Sometimes known as Urea, which makes up of 32.5% AdBlue, it is used to reduce the harmful NOx emissions produced by diesel vehicles. It is injected into the selective catalyst reduction (SCR) system to cause a chemical reaction converting the NOx into nitrogen and water vapour, harmless, naturally occurring chemicals.

European legislations have been coming into force since 1993 to reduce emissions from engines on commercial vehicles and improve air quality. The emission standards have become increasingly stringent and in 2005 the limit of NOx meant AdBlue was being increasingly used in diesel vehicles and the most recent legislation, Euro 6 which came into force in 2014 meant that the SCR system and AdBlue was required in diesel vehicles and by January 2015 this applied to newly delivered cars too.

AdBlue is not hazardous, but is corrosive and therefore it is important that specially designed equipment with compatible materials is used…