Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New Product Alert: UM33A Digital Indicator with Alarms

UM33A Digital Indicator with Alarms
UM33A Digital Indicator with Alarms
The Yokogawa UM33A is an updated, newly-released digital indicator that can receive, process, and sequentially display data from up to eight process sensors. The enhanced UM33A is an easy to install and cost effective solution that enables the monitoring of data from multiple field sensors.

The previous version UM33A digital indicator was limited to accepting data from a single temperature, pressure, or flow rate sensor. It would then convert that data into digital signals, alarms and visual display. Adding multiple inputs to the older version was expensive as additional equipment was required. Yokogawa redesigned the UM33A to satisfy the needs of customers who want a lower cost, simpler solution to check measurement data from multiple sensors.

The enhanced UM33A supports the master function and the data monitoring function of the Modbus/RTU communication protocol, and is able to connect with up to eight sensors and sequentially display data from those devices. The UM33A is thus able to monitor data from multiple field sensors without requiring the installation and engineering of a separate device with user interface and controller functionality. It can also function alongside already installed systems that employ such specially configured hardware. With its ability to remotely connect with multiple sensors throughout a site, the enhanced UM33A makes it easier for plant personnel to check measurement data from these devices.

In plants, progress is being made in the introduction of field digital solutions that rely on digital communications between intelligent field devices and control systems. Field digital solutions allow the transmission of significantly greater amounts of data, including not only data on process parameters but also instrument status information, and the ability to monitor this information online improves maintenance efficiency. Thanks to its functional enhancements, the enhanced UM33A can handle both digital and analog communications with sensors, and is thus well positioned to facilitate the introduction of field digital solutions at plants.

Intended Markets:
  • Electrical equipment
  • Process equipment
  • Chemical processing applications
  • Food processing applications
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Automobile manufacturing
For more information on the UM33A digital indicator, contact Flow-Tech by visiting https://flowtechonline.com or by calling 804-752-3450 in Virginia.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

How Thermal Energy Meters Reduce Costs at University Campuses

Installation under 4 hrs.
Step 1: Cut insulation where
transducers and
RTD will be located.
The cooling and heating of a university campus is one of the primary areas where better energy management, including improved efficiency and energy reduction, brings some of the highest returns.

Every university to some extent is now engaged in this process, and one of the first things that has to be addressed is the metering of distributed thermal energy. To effectively begin energy reduction initiatives, accurate and reliable thermal energy metering has to be in place.

Today, there is high priority for understanding that we need to be better stewards of energy consumption. Poor energy consumption harms the environment and creates much higher operating costs. Universities have become very involved in the move toward greener energy. Many universities began metering long ago while some are just beginning. Most are in the middle of the process.

Step 2: Install stainless bands around
pipe under insulation.
There are many different types of meters, and often, many of these choices turn out to be unreliable. In order to achieve real accountability for energy usage at campus buildings, energy managers at leading universities are applying a “utility model.” In the utility model, building managers responsible for campus buildings are billed at utility grade costs for the thermal energy consumed. This creates an environment where focus falls to thermal energy conservation. It’s also vital that inefficiencies are identified and corrected through metering.

You can’t manage what you don’t measure!

Many universities have gone through an evolution of trying to meter thermal energy consumption throughout their campus. The success of these ventures can be elusive when the meter chosen for the job doesn’t live up to expectations. Examples include insertion meters that over time will foul and meters that cannot respond to low velocities that are prevalent during off-peak metering.

Step 3: Install
transducers and RTD.
On proven alternative is FLEXIM’s Thermal Energy / BTU Flow Meter. The technology, based upon FLEXIM's ultrasonic clamp-on meters, do not require shutdown and are very cost effective to install.

Clamp-on ultrasonic meters have been doing the job of BTU-metering for decades and the Flexim thermal energy meters are leading the effort towards more energy efficient buildings and facilities.

Step 4: Cover transducers and RTD
with insulation and tape.
More than 150 colleges and universities throughout the country are using the FLEXIM product as their preferred thermal energy meter and attest to FLEXIM’s performance, reliability and support.


For more information on Flexim thermal energy products, contact Flow-Tech by visiting https://flowtechonline.com or by calling 410-666-3200 in Maryland or 804-752-3450 in Virginia.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

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