Clamp-On Flow Meter

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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.

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West Valley City, UT  |  800-316-5342

HydraCheck offers everything needed to service, maintain and troubleshoot hydraulic systems at prices you can afford. We manufacture and distribute diagnostic test kits, flow meters, pressure gauges, tachometers, etc.

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HydraCheck $$$

Orangeburg, NY  |  800-866-3837

Aalborg Instruments & Controls is a globally recognized manufacturer of precision instrumentation for flow measurement and control. We offer variable area flow meters, thermal mass flow controllers, and more. Since our founding in 1972, it has been our commitment to develop, produce and deliver the highest quality products and services, as well as consistently meet or exceed customer requirements. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified.

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Aalborg Instruments & Controls, Inc. $$$

Concord, CA  |  925-687-8363

As a custom flow meter manufacturer, it is our goal at RCM Industries to be your number one source for flow meters. All flow meters are suitable for measuring water, oil, and most low viscosity liquids, and are available in Monel, stainless steel, and bronze alloys. With every application, we aim to improve productivity, reduce cost, and protect the most sensitive equipment and processes.

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RCM Industries, Inc. $$$

Kent, WA  |  800-975-8153

SeaMetrics, a flow meter manufacturer, produces turbine flow meters, paddle wheel flowmeters, insertion flow meters, low-flow meters, water flowmeters, pulse flowmeters, flow sensors and electronic controls.

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SeaMetrics, Inc. $$$

Blythewood, SC  |  803-714-2000

Spirax Sarco is an established manufacturer of a variety of flowmeter products for liquid, gas and steam applications for a wide range of markets. Spirax Sarco is able to provide its customers with a family of products capable of measuring and controlling most liquids and gases.

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Spirax Sarco, Inc. $$$
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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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