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FCI publishes Best Practices Engineering Guide for flow

FCI publishes Best Practices Engineering Guide for flow
San Marcos, CA - November 8, 2007 - Instrumentation, process control and plant engineers with challenging air or gas flow measurement applications will find the new Best Practices Engineering Guide, Installation Recommendations for FCI Single-Point, Thermal Dispersion Flow Meters from Fluid Components International provides succinct data addressing actual field conditions. The Best Practices Engineering Guide is free and can be found on the company’s web site.

The Engineering Guide’s detailed information and diagrams are based on FCI’s 40 plus years of experience designing and engineering flow instruments. The Guide provides recommendations and engineering practices for optimizing flow meter installations to ensure performance and accuracy in commonly found conditions and line sizes. The Best Practices Guide solves an industry-wide issue for all flow meter customers - wide variations in actual field conditions. Conditions that are significantly different from the ideal conditions under which their flow meter was originally calibrated.

The most common installation constraint for all flow meters is inadequate straight-run. FCI’s new Guide recommends engineering practices with diagrams and specifications for straight-run, installation orientation and depths. The Guide also details the use of flow conditioners as an engineering solution for FCI single-point thermal dispersion flow meters. Additional installation aid provided in the Guide includes Installation Orientation for Various Fluid Conditions and Optimizing Accuracy and Repeatability Performance.

With the world’s largest installed base of thermal dispersion flow meters, FCI has earned its reputation as a leader in the design and production of flow and level instrumentation. The company’s highly reliable products find wide applications in a variety of industries that include: chemical, electric power generation (nuclear and coal-fired), food/beverage, oil/gas, pharmaceutical, pulp/paper, water/wastewater and more.

FCI’s products are requested by name in some of the world’s most demanding environments for flow instrumentation. They are recognized for their precision accuracy and repeatability in harsh conditions, where their high performance ensures both end-product quality and operational safety. The company offers a broad range of solutions from off-the-shelf devices to custom-engineered systems.

Flow meters from FCI are available with either Coriolis or thermal dispersion mass flow sensors. FCI’s advanced flow meters combine precision flow measurement accuracy with a rugged design that is compatible with caustic, corrosive, humid and high temperature environments. They are highly reliable, easy to install, require virtually no maintenance and are designed for long-life.

FCI flow switches feature an advanced no-moving parts thermal dispersion flow sensor that makes them ideal for a wide range of point-level process applications. Their versatile design also allows them to measure flow or level or temperature.

Custom designed flow and level sensors for OEM applications from FCI are ideal for use in a wide range of industrial equipment where monitoring, high/low alarming, metering, switching and totalizing are required. Suitable for air, liquid or gas applications, these devices feature advanced micro-electronics for direct mass flow measurement in a rugged, no-moving parts design that offers exceptionally high reliability and long-life.

Flow conditioners developed by FCI’s Vortab Company provide a low pressure loss solution to correcting flow profile irregularities that affect the accuracy of flow instrumentation. In today’s crowded plants, elbows, valves, blowers and other devices in the pipeline can disrupt flowing media, which reduces measurement accuracy. Vortab flow conditioners eliminate these flow disturbances to ensure accurate data.

For more than 40 years, FCI has been a pioneer in the development of thermal dispersion sensors and more recently coriolis sensors for direct mass flow measurement in a variety of media. The company’s advanced technologies include mechanical design, advanced materials, metallurgy, electronics, communications and more.

Fluid Components International is a global company committed to meeting the needs of its customers through innovative solutions to the most challenging requirements for sensing, measuring and controlling the flow and level of air, gases and liquids.
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