Test and measurement professionals use a flowmeter in a variety of different applications. Some common industries that require it are Aerospace, Agriculture, HVAC, Energy and Utilities, Water Management, and Pharmaceutical.
A flowmeter is an instrument that is used to measure linear, nonlinear, mass, or volumetric flow rate of a liquid or a gas.
There are several determining factors in the maintenance requirements and the life expectancy of a flowmeter. The major factor is matching the right instrument to a particular application. Poorly selected devices will cause problems.
Flowmeters with no moving parts will require less attention than units with moving parts. However, eventually, all flowmeters will require maintenance. Specifically, they will all require calibration.
Regular calibrations will assure that the flowmeter measurements are accurate. Even the best flowmeters will fall out of calibration. Dirt or corrosion can also affect flowmeters by the media that flows through them. They also can be damaged by impact, variations, or by the installation.
Standard best practices in calibration apply to flowmeter calibration as they do for all test equipment, flow calibration also has some specific best practices to keep in mind.
Repair and calibration services help extend the life of your flowmeter. They can go out of tolerance. By testing them regularly by an ISO 17025 accredited lab will pinpoint any problems before the situation is unfixable. So rather than having to get a completely new piece of equipment, you can repair or recalibrate the one you already own.
Look for a company that has an ISO 17025 accredited lab that can meet all the requirements of your flowmeter. The ISO 17025 accreditation is an internationally recognizable standard. The lab’s accreditation comes from an outside independent agency. Research their best practices and turnaround time. The coordination and handling of your equipment is critical when your industry depends on the equipment.