Buyer guide: ALTImass TypeU and Badger Meter RCT1000
We all like bling, don’t we? Is that a problem? Not when that bling does something for you. And in this industry, features equal bling! But why pay more for cool features if you don’t use them? Focus on what you need and how a device will support that before getting distracted by the bling.
Today’s guide has some decent entry-level devices from a couple of little-name brands. So let’s give a Visaya welcome to OVAL’s ALTImass TypeU and Badger Meter’s RCT1000 and see what these devices offer!
OVAL presents the ALTImass TypeU, a good starter device. Let’s learn about its features and see whether it’ll suit your process and pocketbook.
Now is it just me, or does the TypeU resemble Cameron’s CamCor CT series? So odd. Anyway, it offers a hefty LCD display with setup buttons right out front and a choice of orange or white backlight. And its green and red LEDs will let you know when things go wrong.
No loop power here, just 85 to 264 volts in alternating current and 20 to 30 in direct. But you get protocols like HART over analog, Modbus RTU, Foundation Fieldbus (FF) and PROFIBUS PA (PB), and those cover most applications. You also have pulse, status, or frequency for analog outputs, whatever floats your boat.
The TypeU can measure mass and volume flow, density, and more. It also offers some decent ranges for sensor sizes and wetted materials, so check those datasheets for the stuff you need.
The CA003 to CA150 models have an accuracy of 0.1 percent. If you need one of the high-temp versions, CA15H to CA250, then they’ll net you 0.1 percent with zero stability error. ALTImass claims 0.2 percent for models CA00A, CA001, and the high-pressure service model. And gas accuracy hits 0.5 percent with zero stability error.
In density, the CA003 to CA150 models yield an accuracy of 0.0005 grams per milliliter (g/mL), and models CA00A, CA001, and the high-temp version have 0.003 g/mL. Finally, the high-pressure model does 0.004 g/mL.
As for wetted materials, the device has 316L stainless steel, Alloy C, and 316L + Alloy C. If any of those do it for you, then keep reading!
The TypeU has a vast range, from 0 to 2.8 million kilograms per hour throughout the 16 models, so one of them should work for you.
And now, time for temps! The standard sensor handles -200 to 200 degrees Celsius, the high-temp sensor -40 to 350, and the low-temp sensor -200 to 50.
Along with a few self diagnostics, this device has a handful of approvals for most harsh and hazardous areas. So if you have some grueling conditions, then check the datasheet and see if you’re covered.
Badger Meter RCT1000
Badger badger badger badger badger – mushroom mushroom! Does anyone remember that? Okay, never mind. Let’s discuss Badger Meter’s RCT1000. This little company has built a big portfolio in its time, so let’s check out the features on this device to see if it can fit your process!
In the RCT1000, we have a compact device with an LCD display, white backlight option, and local setup using the push buttons provided. So-so so far.
But this device throws some weight in the protocol ring, with Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP/IP, HART, and EtherNet/IP. It doesn’t support Foundation Fieldbus (FF) or PROFIBUS (PB), but maybe one day.
And for the output, it has frequency, pulse, analog, and pulse width modulation (PWM).
The RCT1000 can measure mass flow, density, volumetric flow, concentration, and temperature with its U-type sensor in sizes from one-sixteenth of an inch to three inches.
It can handle -40 to 200 degrees Celsius and up to 237.86 bars of pressure. The device has good precision, 0.1 percent and 0.0005 grams per cubic centimeter. I couldn’t find the gas accuracy in the manual, but it claims to work for gas. If you know anything about that, then drop us a line!
The wetted parts come in 316L stainless steel and that looks like it. Again, if you know more, then let us know!
The RCT1000 has a USB port, which you can use for the RCT Consoles software to read data and run diagnostics. It also has a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller. So if you have a batch control system, then it can organize all of your batch elements, a rare but useful bonus!
Finally, you can choose local with display, local without, or remote for your setup. Oh wait, one more thing! It comes with all the necessary approvals for hazardous areas in petrochemical, oil and gas, and chemical industries. So what do you think?
Table of comparison
|Category||ALTImass TypeU||Badger Meter RCT1000||Verdict|
|1||Unboxing||large LCD display with orange or white backlight; local setup through buttons||simple and compact; 4-line, 20-character LCD display with white backlight; local setup through buttons||tie|
|2||Ranges and materials||multiple sensors; ⅜ to 3 inches; -200 to 200 degrees Celsius; wetted parts in 316L steel, 316L+Alloy C, and Alloy C||multiple sensors; 1/16 to 3 inches; -40 to 200 degrees Celsius and 237.86 bars; wetted parts in 316L steel||TypeU|
|3||Field protocols and outputs||Modbus RTU, HART, PROFIBUS PA, and FF; frequency, pulse, analog, and status||Modbus TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP, and HART; frequency, pulse, analog, and pulse width modulation||tie|
|4||Performance||accuracy 0.1 percent of reading, 0.05 percent in gas, and 0.0005 g/mL in density||accuracy 0.1 percent of reading, and 0.0005 g/mL in density; no data on gas||TypeU|
|5||Fancy features||self-diagnostics and LED alerts||USB port for device setup and diagnostics; batch control||RCT1000|
|6||Information and documentation||weak website and mobile platform; documents need better editing||clear website with easy navigation; okay mobile platform; documents need work||RCT1000|
So it looks like these devices finish up almost neck and neck. While the ALTImass TypeU doesn’t come with many fancy features, it offers great integration. On the other hand, the Badger Meter RCT1000 works out well overall, although it could use PB or FF protocols. If neither of these options trip your triggers, then check out some of the others in the device page. Good luck!