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Rotameter/Variable Area Flow Meter

Rotameters get their name from the rotating float that is used to indicate the rate of flow.
The float moves both up and down depending on the rate of flow, this means that rotameters are commonly used to measure low flow rates as high flow rates tend to throw off the accuracy of the readings.
These types of flowmeters are great for applications that require an economical solution whether working with gases or liquids across a number of different applications. Read More…Request for Quote

Rotameter/Variable Area Flow Meter Rotameters get their name from the rotating float that is used to indicate the rate of flow.
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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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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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As stated earlier, rotameters work best within applications where a low rate of flow is present, the reading is often done locally although the transmission of readings is an option in certain applications.

These flow meters are most commonly made from glass tubes that have markings along the sides in order to indicate the rate of flow visually. Metal rotameters are also available if that is something that your application requires.

As fluid enters the bottom of the rotameter, the float rises upwards within the tapered tube until gravitational force balances out. Typically, rotameters are read as a standard cubic feet per hour of air, this means that rotameres are not subject to constant restriction areas or variable pressure differentials because of the use of variable restriction and constant pressure differentials in order to measure the flow.

These flow meters can be used for a number of different applications as they can be designed to measure the flow rate of both single streams and also multiple streams of fluid or gases. The single flow meters are often mounted directly on the piping and are most commonly used in special conditions for measurements. Multiple tube rotameters are mounted onto a tripod base plate in order to level the system; they can also be mounted on a wall or even bench mounted.

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Rotameters are popular due to their versatility, simplicity, accuracy, and overall ease of use. It’s no question why rotameters are the go to choice for so many industries.

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