Versatile instrument measures flow in industrial settings

Versatile instrument measures flow in industrial settings

Dynasonics TFX-500w ultrasonic flowmeter from Badger Meter

In industrial settings, as in municipal wastewater treatment, measuring flow can sometimes be difficult. Some flowmeters require installation inside piping, which can be time-consuming and create additional headaches while those pipes are out of service. Ultrasonic flow measurement, though, sidesteps those issues to provide accurate flow measurement without actual liquid contact. A new entry into that market is the Dynasonics TFX-500w ultrasonic clamp-on flowmeter from Badger Meter.

The TFX-500w is designed for use in building automation, HVAC, potable water and wastewater treatment, agricultural irrigation and industrial discharge. Designed for noninvasive, ultrasonic transit time flow measurement, the new meter is a cost-effective solution for measuring water flow bidirectionally in a variety of applications. As a clamp-on flow measurement instrument, the TFX-500w is ideal for users requiring a high level of applicability, functionality, economy, and performance, according to Cheryl Ades Anspach, marketing manager at Badger Meter.

“The meter resides outside the pipe and is compatible with a wide range of pipe sizes,” she says. “It has no pressure headloss, no contact with internal liquid and no moving parts to maintain.”

With the TFX-500w, ultrasonic waves transmit upstream and downstream through the pipe wall and liquid flowing in the pipe. By measuring the difference in the travel time and knowing the pipe size, the meter accurately determines the rate, total and velocity of water flow. The flowmeter features a large, easy-to-read display; provides Modbus RTU and BACnet MS/TP connectivity; and integrates with the Badger Meter’s BEACON and AquaCUE Advanced Metering Analytics cloud-based software suites. Perhaps the best feature of the unit, though, is its ease of installation.

“The TFX-500w is quickly and easily installed without cutting or tapping process piping, and it can be retrofit in existing installations without shutting down system operations — reducing both installation time and material costs,” Ades Anspach says.

Programming of the meter is through the front panel or USB cable using SoloCUE configuration software. It is available in sizes from 1/2 to 10 inches, and it can handle flows ranging from 0.1 to 9,800 gpm and temperatures ranging from 40 degrees below zero to 250 degrees F, making it a versatile flowmetering device that can be used in almost any industrial environment, according to the maker. 877-243-1010;


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