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FCI releases FLT93L Series FlexSwitch flow switch

November 222016
FCI releases FLT93L Series FlexSwitch flow switch

November 22, 2016—Engineers at natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation processing facilities will find the FLT93L Series FlexSwitch from Fluid Components International (FCI) to be a solution for process relief valve leak monitoring in this demanding petrochemical process.

The FLT93L Switch accurately monitors the pressure relief valves for escaping flow with a thermal dispersion technology flow sensing switch/alarm. In this application, an inline configuration FLT93L is placed on 0.5- and 1-inch (DN15 and DN 25) diameter pipes. The FLT93L Switch detects leaking or seeping gas in the lines to alert the engineer to over pressurization. It issues a programmed alarm during such events.  For the system to work properly, the FLT93L must detect low flows and yet avoid issuing false alarms that could seriously impact plant operations.

The FLT93L Switch offers advantages at NGL facilities in overpressure monitoring.  Not all gas flow sensing technologies are able to detect the required low levels of leaking or seeping gas, which can cause an overpressure event that puts plant safety at risk.  The opposite situation also can occur where some alternative flow sensing technologies issue nuisance false alarms frequently, disrupting plant operations.

Beyond monitoring, the FLT93L Switch offers other advantages in this application.  IFCI’s voltage output allows user to see into the process and accurately set the desired trip point.  Dual relays are settable by the plant technician for any combination of flow and/or temperature alarms.

FCI’s sensor technology combined with temperature compensation circuitry provides the performance capabilities:  The FLT93L Switch’s flow accuracy is ±2% of the setpoint velocity over a ±50°F [±28°C] temperature range. Repeatability is ±0.5% reading. 

A selection of standard and custom process connections can be provided. The electronic control circuit can be integrally-mounted with the sensing element, or it can be located in a remote location. The standard enclosure is a coated aluminum alloy and is rated for NEMA Type 4X (IP67) environments. Global agency approvals for Ex installations are provided.  It is SIL 2 rated for reliability.

About FCI

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.