Flow meter reliability critical for on-line analysers

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Titan Enterprises’ Oval Gear (OG) flow meters have been an intrinsic component within Icon Scientific’s on-line analysers for over ten years.

Serving the oil and gas industries, Icon Scientific is a specialist designer and manufacturer of physical property on-line analysers used in refineries, crude oil processing, LNG, LPG and offshore applications. The real-time analysers are connected to a process and measure certain physical properties, such as colour, viscosity, distillation, flash point, vapour pressure, cold properties, etc.

Innovative online analytical instruments permit continuous process control, enhancing process efficiency, increasing productivity, improving product quality and safe storage, and enabling real-time decision-making.

Dave Thompson, Icon Scientific’s Engineering and Development Director, commented: “Our on-line analysers offer highly reliable, accurate and automated measurement solutions, adhering to international standards.”

“The challenge”, Dave suggested, “was Icon needed a liquid flowmeter that was highly reliable to operate within our precision analysers. We chose Titan’s OG1 model with the reed switch sensor that interfaces with our advanced software and we enclose this within an explosion proof casing.”

Titan’s OG Series flow meters are designed to give reliable, high performance across a wide range of applications. Almost immune from the effects of varying liquid viscosity, density and temperature, the measurement performance of these oval gear flowmeters improves as liquid viscosity increases, making them ideal for the chemical, biofuel and petrochemical industry.

Neil Hannay, Senior R&D Engineer with Titan Enterprises said: “Titan’s oval gear flow measuring devices are an ideal low-cost component for OEM applications, combining durable materials, robust design and proven technology to ensure they will have a long product life with reliable, accurate operation throughout.”

“We’re a tightly focused organisation,” added Dave, “pushing the boundaries of what’s achievable in our field and so working with a comparable organisation such as Titan with the same outlook, is very desirable.”

As software capabilities and technological advancements continue for these sophisticated online process analysers, the demand for flow monitoring devices that perform well with a variety of fluid viscosity levels and at lower flow rates increase. “Although Titan’s 800 series turbine flowmeters and our Atrato ultrasonic meter range are ideal for low flows down to 2ml/min, they are not explosion proof,” explained Neil. “Working with OEMs such as Icon, our R&D team are pushing the flow range boundaries of our oval gear meters with the aim of adding a more compact, lower flow unit to our oval gear range.”

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