In virtually every manufacturing facility in the world, in hundreds of industrial control applications, compressed air systems are used as power sources for tools and equipment. In addition, purified shield gases such as argon, carbon dioxide and nitrogen are widely used in welding applications to blanket the weld site and prevent oxidation and other reactions with atmospheric gases that are detrimental to weld quality.
The expense of purified gases is considerable. And, compressed air is one of the most expensive sources of energy in a plant – 7 to 10 times more expensive to use than electrical energy. In the US alone, compressed air systems account for $1.5 billion per year in energy costs. Despite the costs, many companies do not monitor their compressed air usage to check for leaks or monitor a gas flow rate which will determine the quality of a weld.
ifm offers meters that detect the flow rate of specialty gases and meters that monitor air leaks which can occur at any part of the compressed air system, typically at joints and connections. With an integrated pipe available in multiple diameters, proper mounting and installation depth are insured.
The meter features a 4-digit numeric display and pushbutton setup. Three display options are available: scfm, scfh and scf. The 24 VDC unit provides switching, analog and pulse output options.
The technology behind the efector metris is based on the calorimetric flow sensing principle.
To contact a field sales engineer for a demonstration, call 800-441-8246.
To learn more and shop online visit the ifm flow meters page.