ABB enhances AquaMaster 3 flow meter
September 27, 2011 - ABB upgraded its AquaMaster electromagnetic water flowmeter with an expanded range of power source options, making it ideal for water billing applications in virtually any location. Based on ABB’s AquaMaster Explorer transmitter, the AquaMaster 3 offers a choice of mains and battery power options, plus an all-new renewable power version which can draw power from either solar or wind-powered energy sources.
The creation of the renewable power version of the AquaMaster 3 marks a continuation of the high reliability, accuracy and innovation set by its predecessors. A simple DC (6-21V) connection can be hooked up to sources as small as a 5W solar panel or 60W equivalent wind supply. When coupled with its use of super capacitor energy storage technology, this feature totally eliminates the need for either mains or battery power, making the AquaMaster 3 suitable for use in even the remotest locations.
By using electrostatic energy storage, super capacitors offer a reliable alternative to conventional battery technology. Unlike batteries, which experience a chemical reaction whenever energy is stored or discharged, super capacitors can withstand thousands of charging cycles with no degradation.
In the mains-power mode, the SuperCap technology maintains continuous measurement and alarms reporting via SMS for up to seven days in the event of a power failure. This is expanded to up to three weeks for the renewable power mode, with the SuperCap also acting to power the meter during the night.
A development in the battery-only version of the AquaMaster 3 is the additional option of lithium batteries, offering an extended operating life of up to 10 years in standard applications and improved performance in harsh applications above 45°C. Where the cell battery is used, the SuperCap enables the battery to be replaced without loss of logger contents.
The addition of this new technology is part of an ongoing development of the AquaMaster flowmeter since its initial launch in 1999. Since that time, the range has been upgraded with various world-firsts, including GSM/SMS technology which uses the same technology as a mobile telephone to provide access to real-time data using a PC or via SMS messaging to a mobile telephone.
By using ABB’s AutoChart data handling and interrogation software, which is designed to integrate with the AquaMaster’s SMS output, operators can now also gain true anytime, anywhere access to a wealth of powerful flow measurement data. Installing the AquaMaster 3 is made simple by its use of ABB’s ‘fit and flow’ intelligent installation technology. With this technology, all aspects of an installation are stored within the sensor, including the site settings, calibration factors and any serial numbers usually required during installation, maintenance or replacement. When connected to a transmitter, all of this information is automatically uploaded from the sensor, greatly simplifying the installation and commissioning process.
Further installation benefits also arise from the AquaMaster 3’s robust design. Its IP68 fully buriable sensor and terminal box, plus the transmitter’s durable plastic housing, enable the AquaMaster 3 to be fully buried or submerged with no impact on performance, eliminating the time and cost of building an installation chamber. Even when installed under a road, the flowmeter can still be remotely monitored from a convenient roadside location.
In common with every electomagnetic flowmeter, there are no moving parts, so nothing ever wears out, offering users a maintenance-free device that delivers the highest levels of reliability throughout its operational life. The AquaMaster 3’s advanced sensor design, for example, enables an unobstructed flow of water, preventing the build-up of any particles that could cause potential blockages and delivering a negligible pressure loss.
High reliability and accuracy have been ensured by the development and testing of the AquaMaster 3 to all the relevant standards including OIML/R49.
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 130,000 people.
Aventics introduces Smart Pneumatics Monitor for valve electronics
The Aventics electronic module evaluates the data locally and uses it to generate information about the status of the system. Via drag & drop on a...
Rockwell Automation introduces FactoryTalk Batch View software
FactoryTalk Batch View software is well-suited for large industrial facilities that have workstation infrastructure limitations, and require...
AutomationDirect releases Datalogic series of contrast sensors
Designed to detect the difference in the wavelength of the reflected light between a target mark and background, the contrast sensors use RGB light...
igus introduces curved linear guides for drylin W toolkits
This addition to the drylin W toolkit is designed to enhance possibilities in applications including marine, aerospace, and stage technologies.
ABB introduces Model Predictive Torque Control software
The MPTC software was initially developed to ensure the operation of compressor stations during voltage disruptions, caused by lightning strikes,...
Country Maid turns to Rockwell Automation to automate production
Country Maid had to add an additional line to help meet demand. They could either replace their mixer with a larger one, which would require...
Egemin to build automated warehouse for Poco Loco snack foods
The new warehouse is part of a 50 million Euro project that will allow Poco Loco to centralize its storage in one location, giving it even more...
ABB releases update for System 800xA Minerals Library
The latest version expands plant operators’ ability to monitor and control safe production through direct object linking
Phoenix Contact helps Formak automate production
Forpak, an OEM in the food packaging industry, wanted to minimize cabinet space and reduce labor costs. While working with Phoenix Contact, Forpak...
Rockwell to showcase solutions for Water and Wastewater Facilities at WEFTEC 2016
Featuring its PlantPAx platform, Rockwell Automation will demonstrate process and automation solutions for efficient process control, monitoring...