House of Mass: Fancy Coriolis mass flow meters

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Fancy Coriolis mass flow meters

House of Cards in the automation world?

Have you ever seen the House of Cards series on Netflix? Great show. It depicts life backstage in the political world and everything that happens to win campaigns and avoid impeachment and other unsavory ends. I recommend it! Although I shouldn’t, because Netflix has only launched the new season in Germany on Sky. SKY. Hello! Why should I sign up for Sky? I’ll stick around for the new season, though.

The automation world resembles House of Cards, only with fewer impeachments. All these companies compete with each other, but unlike the series, they mostly respect each other. And the battle rages over features, technology and everything that pushes the industry forward. In general, this helps everyone, so I’m cool with it.

How do you decide the right instrument for the right application?

During a meeting, someone asked me how the customer decides which flow meter will suit the application. Good question, and the answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think. The internet has a strong influence on customer behavior, almost as much as segment, position, and other standard factors.

So how do you select the right instrument for the right application? Suppose you want the fanciest Coriolis flow meter on the market. And what do I mean by “fancy” here? That’s shorthand for devices with advanced functionality, such as meter verification or digital protocols, to help you in daily field activities.

I created this list, in no particular order, of fancy Coriolis meters that should improve your process and maintenance. Did I miss a model you think belongs on this list? Then drop a comment below.

Proline Promass 300/500

Courtesy of Endress+Hauser

This new series launched by Endress+Hauser has the 300 (integrated version) and 500 (remote version) to bring you a bunch of cool stuff. We have a product review for the 300 combined with the Promass I sensor if you want more details. By the way, you can combine these transmitters with an alphabet soup of sensors – Promass E or Q or whatever else – for different applications. Below you have a few features in this Coriolis mass flow meter line:

  • Wireless communication: You can set up the transmitter using your phone, tablet, or laptop. The transmitter has optional WLAN communication, which allows you to set up without software.
  • Flexible input/output (I/O): No fixed I/O means you have the freedom to set up as you like with options such as pulse, frequency, and status.
  • Display color: If you have a problem with the device or the measurement, the display color switches to red to warn you.
  • Heartbeat Technology (HBT): You can run device verification directly in your process. Three different options give you information on the condition of your device. We have an article on HBT, too.

If you want to learn more about the Promass 300 and 500, click here.

ROTAMASS Total Insight

Courtesy of YOKOGAWA

The new ROTAMASS Total Insight brings significant improvement to Yokogawa’s line of flow meters. We have a product review on it here. The line offers two transmitters, Essential and Ultimate. In case you couldn’t tell, if you want all the whiz-bang, then pick the Ultimate. If you want just the basics, then go with the Essential. Here you have the most relevant features:

    • Micro-SD card: You can easily save and upload information through your laptop, then read and analyze the data.
    • Tube Health Check: Following the boom of self-diagnostics in flow meters, Yokogawa beefed up with its own version to help you avoid problems and unscheduled downtime. It’ll give you a complete report, too.

Siemens FC430

Courtesy of SIEMENS

While not the top option in the Siemens portfolio, the FC430 is new and therefore brings new technology to save time in the field. So have some highlights:

    • USB port: You can easily get the information from the device using a simple USB stick! This feature is fairly fresh in flow meters today.
    • Micro-SD card: You can store all your data from factory settings to the latest process variables during operations. Great for creating an audit trail, which people always forget about until hit with an audit. Trust me, you want this now, not later. More information

OPTIMASS 6400

Courtesy of KROHNE

The OPTIMASS 6400 is a good Coriolis from KROHNE, so you can have all kinds of bells and whistles here. We already reviewed two models of the OPTIMASS using the same sensor, the MCF 400. Take a look at its list of fun frills:

  • Automatic test: The flow meter has some sort of system that verifies the transmitter and sensor, guaranteeing that both work properly. Too bad I couldn’t find any information on it online.
  • Redundant data storage: You can save the same configuration in two different memory caches. This redundancy gives your data more security.
  • Entrained Gas Management (EGM): This is a big challenge for a lot of mass flow meter vendors. So it’s impressive that the crew from KROHNE developed this technology to ensure continuous measuring even if you have entrained gas in the liquid.

If you want to learn more about the OPTIMASS, you can read our product reviews!

Micro Motion 5700

Courtesy of Emerson Automation Solutions

The new Micro Motion 5700 from Emerson Automation Solutions brings good features and a wide range of communication options for seamless integration. Better yet, you can get the transmitter as integrated or remote. The display is very cool, and Emerson focused on the user experience in the development. Check out the outstanding functions:

  • USB connection: Again, you can use a simple USB stick to download or upload configurations and check diagnostics.
  • Smart Meter Verification (SMV): This feature monitors the condition of the device so you know when to do maintenance or calibration. It also creates a history of all verifications.
  • Flexible I/O channels: You can configure your I/O to current, frequency, pulse, and more.
  • Ethernet protocol: You can integrate the Micro Motion into your system using EtherNet/IP, PROTINET, or Modbus TCP/IP.

You can read our reviews here.

Did I miss a favorite? Then drop me a line and tell me about it. Otherwise, cheers!

Related tags: Coriolis Coriolis flow meter Coriolis mass flow meter Emerson Automation Solutions Endress+Hauser Krohne Mass flow Mass flow meter Siemens Visaya Recommends Yokogawa
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