Ultrasonic Flowmeter Ideal Tool for Pump Condition Monitoring
Jan 01 2009 Read 939 Times
In the past the idea of repairing a pump before it needed fixing was standard practice. More recently however, the demands made upon an engineer’s time have meant that in many cases equipment breaks down before anyone has the chance to do anything about a problem. A pump which is suffering from wear or damage will continue to push fluid down a pipeline, but it will be doing this in a far less efficient manner than it should. This increases the risk of serious or irreparable damage to the appliance and also causes an increase in the energy usage.
Failing to generate the correct flows through the pumps not only places greater loading on the boilers or chiller units but can also cause them to malfunction. In the case of industrial boilers, low flow rates can be a directly contributing factor to overheating or hot spots, which can damage the system.
For applications where the requirement to measure the pump output is only temporary, the Katronic portable flowmeter provides a truly flexible solution. One of the greatest advantages is that the meter will display and log flow rates, total flow and flow velocity information – essential for properly evaluating pump performance. The large datalogging capacity of the Katronic instrumentation means that the flowmeter can simultaneously log flow and velocity information without the requirement of a costly external datalogger. All the measured information can then be neatly presented through the Katronic KATdata+ dedicated software, or by using a standard Windows-based spreadsheet.
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