OMEGA Engineering's (Stamford, CT) recently introduced FTB790 Series turbine meters feature microprocessor-based electronics in a ruggedized, compact package for precision fluid measurement. The large, six-digit LCD display provides total flow and flow rate indication in a two-point floating decimal format for totals ranging from 0.01 to 999,999.
Flow Engineering Manager Hilda Burke notes the FTB790 is aimed at "Customers who say they are looking for a unit that will have rate and total that they can just walk right up to and read. Then if someone has a future application where there is a need to record values, they can get an accessory with an analog output for a recorder." Burke highlights the meter's flexibility, thanks to the microprocessor technology which was key to doing rate and totalization on a local flowmeter and allowing the optional output. She says such flowmeters are targeted for applications such as chemical processing, material batch processing, and water utility uses including wastewater management.
A user accesses all functions on the turbine meter via simple two-button operation. Twin lithium batteries power the device and its display, providing upwards of 4,000 hours of operation. The meter also features percent reading accuracy, signal output capability, the ability to read gallons or liters per minute (which must be ordered separately), and is FM approved. The device can be reset, or a user can lockout the reset function. Basic unit price is $486.
Additional Details...OMEGA Engineering, (203) 359-1660; www.omega.com, or Enter 508.
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