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Clamp-On Flow Meter

Clamp-on flow meters are a type of ultrasonic flow meter. They are also known as “non-intrusive” or “non-invasive” flow meters because they do not come in direct contact with the fluid flow they are measuring. Instead, they are attached, or clamped on, to the outside of the pipe.

Typically, clamp-on flow meters come in single and dual-sensor versions. To make the former, manufacturers plant piezoelectric transmit and receive crystals in the same sensor body. To connect the sensor to the pipe, manufacturers use a coupling compound. The latter version, on the other hand, features the transmit crystal in one sensor body, with the receive crystal in the other.

Once clamped on, the flow meter sensor(s) send and receive ultrasonic pulses. This information is collected and sent to a readout for interpretation. Usually, this is a digital readout, but it can also have relay outputs, analog outputs, binary + RTD inputs, or a combination therein.Read More…Request for Quote

Clamp-On Flow Meter Clamp-on flow meters are a type of ultrasonic flow meter. They are also known as “non-intrusive” or “non-invasive” flow meters because they do not come in direct contact with the fluid flow they are measuring. Instead, they are attached, or clamped on, to the outside of the pipe.
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Monterey, CA  |  831-373-0200

Sierra manufacturers high performance mass flow meters and controllers for nearly any gas, liquid or steam. Customers choose Sierra when they need an accurate and repeatable flow measurement, short delivery lead times, expert flow advice and long term support. When it matters, choose Sierra. Visit www.sierrainstruments.com.

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Sierra Instruments $$$

Sturtevant, WI  |  262-886-2695

SIKA is a developer and manufacturer of flow control products and a wide variety of other measuring and monitoring systems. Our inventory includes flow sensors, flow meters, flow switches, and many more. We know that flow solutions aren't one-size-fits-all, which is why we provide consultation and flow management solutions that are individualized and customized to your requirements. When you choose SIKA, you will receive efficient, durable products and customer service tailored to your needs.

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SIKA USA $$$

Tucson, AZ  |  888-290-6060

We are manufacturers of Internally Compensated Laminar (ICL) mass flow meters and mass flow controllers. Flow rates as low as 0.5SCCM full scale, as high as 1500SLPM full scale. Standard features: local display, 14-gas calibrations per unit, digital and analog communication, 100:1 turndown.

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Alicat Scientific, Inc. $$$

Itasca, IL  |  888-539-3623

Keyence is a leading supplier of flow meters and many other automation components. Our flow meters are compatible with everything from compressors to receiving tanks to machine drop points, while measuring both overall usage and costly leakage amounts. Additional features include multiple numerical and graphical data displays. Visit our website to find out more about our products.

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Keyence Corporation of America $$$

Wilmington, NC  |  910-392-2490

Since 1984, Eastern Instruments has been engaged in the development of solid particle mass and airflow measuring and control systems for clients in the food, petrochemical and agricultural industries. Many of the “legend” companies use Eastern Instruments’ in-processes, making brands that touch the lives of millions every day.

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Eastern Instruments $$$
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Clamp-on flow meters are popular for use with very dirty fluid and highly corrosive liquids. This is because, since they do not actually touch the fluid, their sensor heads are not in danger of corrosion or other damage. They do not, however, work well with pipes that are lined, especially linings of concrete, fiberglass, plastic, or copper. This is because the lining interferes with transmit and receive signals, making the flow meter readings inaccurate.

Industries that make use of clamp-on flow meters include: wastewater management and water treatment, HVAC, power, mining, pulp and paper, food and beverage and pharmaceuticals.

Because they are not inserted into the flow, clamp-on flow meters offer the advantages of: undisturbed flow, undistorted readings and a lack of pressure drops; these benefits make them ultimately more reliable and more cost-effective than other flow meter types. In addition, you do not have to break open your piping system in order to install them. Not only does this save you time and money, but it also reduces the likelihood of leaks or flow contamination. Plus, you can easily remove them and use them on a different pipe when you’re done.

Clamp-on flow meters are available in a wide range of pipe sizes, usually up to 10 meters or more, making them ideal for nearly any piping application. They are also available with different sensor materials, such as polyetherimide, stainless steel or aluminum, and different temperature tolerances. To learn more about your clamp-on flow meter options, reach out to an experienced flow meter manufacturer with your specifications.

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