- August 29, 2018
- FCI - Fluid Components International
August 29, 2018—Machinery manufacturers and plant engineers relying on the pneumatic control of automated assembly lines and end-to-end packaging equipment are now a focus of the FS10i Flow Switch Monitor from Fluid Components International (FCI)
The measurement of compressed air flow lines with the FS10i Switch/Monitor can provide information to the equipment’s control system in order to optimize the air flow. It performs air leak detection monitoring and alarming, which can occur due to failures of process piping, tubing or compressor seals.
The dual function FS10i Flow Switch/Monitor from FCI is suitable for trending the rate of air flow with its 4-20 mA flow monitoring output and includes a relay output for low flow trip point detection. The trip point and flow range are user set in the field by technicians under actual operating conditions using tactile feedback buttons. By simulating a high and low flow while in the calibration mode, the FS10i will range the 4-20mA output signal over that span and provide reliable indication of flow.
FCI’s enhanced FS10i Air Flow Switch/Monitor operates over a flow range from 0.25 FPS to 400 SFPS [0,076 MPS to 122 MPS]. Repeatability is ±0.5% of reading. It is designed for simple insertion into threaded tees in 0.5-inch (13 mm) or larger diameter pipe.
The FS10i is repeatable to both increasing and decreasing changes in flow rate. This capability provides engineers with the ability to adjust compressed air levels to variable production line demand.
The FS10i Switch/Monitor features a top/front mounted 10-LED array. It provides both a visual indication to plant technicians that the trip point has been exceeded (LED flashes on/off)and of relative flow rate (10 percent increments) across the flow range.
FCI’s FS10i Flow Switch/Monitor’s wetted parts are 316L stainless steel with the flow sensor’s thermowells constructed of corrosion resistant Hastelloy C-22. It operates in measured air temperatures up to 250°F/121°C and at pressures up to 2000 psi [138 bar]. The electronics are contained in a stainless steel body and protected aluminum end cap which carries IP65/66/67 protection ratings.
The FS10i Switch/Monitor is available in a choice of three flow element lengths (insertion depth) and process connections: a 2 inch (50 mm) length with a 0.25 inch NPT (M); or a 6 inch (150 mm) length, variable depth, with 0.5 inch NPT (M) compression fitting, with either a Teflon or metal ferrule.
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 flow and level of air, gases and liquids.