Orifice Plate Flow Meter

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Orifice Plate Flow Meter

Orifice plate flow meters, or simply orifice plates, are devices that are used to measure the rate of flow within a system.

This type of flow meter provides data of the volumetric or mass flow rates of a fluid depending on the reading that is taken from the orifice plate.

Orifice plate flow meters utilize the same principles as venturi flow meters as it uses the relationship between the velocity of a liquid and the pressure of the liquid to determine what the velocity of the flow of liquid actually is.

For example, if the pressure of the liquid decreases, then you know that the velocity of the flow has increased. Read More…Request for Quote

Orifice Plate Flow Meter Orifice plate flow meters, or simply orifice plates, are devices that are used to measure the rate of flow within a system.

This type of flow meter provides data of the volumetric or mass flow rates of a fluid depending on the reading that is taken from the orifice plate.

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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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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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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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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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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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These flow meters are made from a thin plate, the orifice plate which has hole drilled into it. This plate is then inserted into a pipe or other section of the liquid flow system. Once the fluid goes through the orifice it builds up pressure a bit before the orifice, it does this because the velocity of the flow is decreased as things must slow down in order to get through the smaller opening in the plate as opposed to freely flowing through the pipe.

Once the flow has passed through the hole in the orifice plate the pressure decreases as the velocity increases again. In order to find the rate of flow, these flow meters assess the difference between the fluid pressure that is upstream of the orifice plate and the fluid pressure that takes place downstream of the orifice plate. As stated earlier, orifice plate flow meters are commonly found in piping systems that contain a single stream, well-mixed, continuous flowing liquid.

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Because of this, the orifice plate flow meter can be used in a wide range of industries as long as the criteria are met within the application. Another use of these flow meters is to simply slow down the rate of flow or even restrict it, in these applications the orifice plate flow meter is often referred to as a restriction plate. If you are interested in learning more about orifice plate flow meters, consult a trusted flow meter manufacturer and see if they can provide a solution for your application.

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