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Rotometers

Rotometers are flow meters named for the rotating float which functions as the meter’s indicating element. A float moves up and down a tapered tube according to the rate of flow.

Rotometers are typically used to measure low flow rates and are an economical method of indicating and controlling gas and liquid flow for several applications.

Typically, rotometers are used to measure smaller flows and the reading is usually done locally, although transmission of the readings is possible. Read More…Request for Quote

Rotometers Rotometers are flow meters named for the rotating float which functions as the meter's indicating element. A float moves up and down a tapered tube according to the rate of flow.

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Monterey, CA  |  800-866-0200

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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Roselle, NJ  |  800-899-0553

Assured Automation supplies economical durable, compact, high precision digital fluid flow meters through its Quick-Ship program for fast delivery. Its industrial flow meters measure both rate and totals for liquids, including water, fuel, LPG and caustics. A wide variety of flow meters are available, providing cost-effective solutions for each industrial application.

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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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Most rotometers are made of glass with markings on the outside so that flow readings can be taken visually, similarly to flow indicators; however, metal rotometers are also available. Rotometers are advantageous due to the simplicity of the device and the constant pressure drop they offer. Also, rotometers do not require straight pipe runs for installation so installation can be performed almost anywhere.

The selection of the appropriate rotometer for a particular application requires attention to a few key details. These include which gas will be used, the required flow rate, the number of streams to be measured and whether a metering valve is included.

Rotometers are favorable for their simplicity, versatility, accuracy, and ease of use. For all these reasons, rotometers are the flow meter of choice for many industries. Rotometers consist of a float that moves vertically through a slightly narrowing tube. As fluid enters the bottom of the rotometer, the float is forced upward until the force is balanced by gravitational forces.

Like peak flow meters, graduations are marked on the tube so that the level of the float can be aligned with a gradient to provide an accurate, fast and easy-to-understand flow rate reading. Rotometer tubes are read directly in standard cubic feet per hour of air. Rather than using a constant restriction area and a variable pressure differential, rotometers use a variable restriction and a constant pressure differential to measure flow.

Rotometers may be designed to measure the flow rate of single or multiple streams. Single tube rotometers are usually mounted directly on the piping and they are used with non-corrosive materials.

Single tube rotometers are used if there are special conditions for the measurement or when a basic flowmeter will suffice. Multiple tube rotometers are mounted to a tripod base plate with feet to level the assembly. They may also be bench or wall mounted. This kind of rotometer takes measurements for flow rates of more than one stream of gas or liquid. Other variations are also available.

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