Buyer guide: Micro Motion 2200S and Proline Promass F 200
“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” applies to meter shopping, too. You should choose the right flow meter for your application not only to serve your needs but also to prevent problems. Today, we’ll talk about two Coriolis flow meters, Emerson’s Micro Motion 2200S and Endress+Hauser’s Proline Promass F 200, that can do a lot to help in both areas.
Micro Motion 2200S
Emerson has had a long history with Coriolis flow meters, so you know this company backs its Micro Motion devices with a lot of experience.
The Micro Motion 2200S comes with a compact design and user-friendly interface, much like its brother, the 2400S. Unlike the 2400S, the 2200S makes you open the housing to set it up. Why? Inquiring minds want to know!
Anyway, the display doesn’t show much, just one process variable, the measuring unit, and an optional alarm. Navigating the menu with the scroll and enter buttons takes a minute, but the clear menu makes that chore easier.
As for integration, the 2200S offers analog and HART – no FOUNDATION Fieldbus (FF), PROFIBUS, or Ethernet, which limits the applications you can use this device in. And if you want remote access, then you’ll need to buy an extra display. But the housing comes in polyurethane-painted cast aluminum or 316 stainless steel, which helps a little.
The Micro Motion 2200S measures mass flow, temperature, density and volume. It comes with sensors such as the ELITE, for top-of-the-line performance, and the H-series, for hygienic processes. We’ll spec out with the ELITE for simplicity.
It can use sensors between an eighth of an inch up to six inches and provides an accuracy of 0.1 percent in liquid and 0.30 percent in gas. Also, it can handle -240 to 204 degrees Celsius and 100 to 413 bar.
The 2200S comes as a loop-powered device with a difference, a standard output of 12 to 20 milliamps (mA) instead of 4 to 20. Weird, huh? If you’re on 4-20 mA, you’ll need an adapter-barrier between the control system and the device.
This oddity could cause resolution issues. Yes, you can work around it, but why bother when plenty of other devices make it easier? Well, maybe you’ll like its list of approvals for hazardous and harsh areas. You can also run advanced diagnostics and check performance through the PROLINK or a field communicator.
Let’s welcome Endress+Hauser’s player on the field, the Proline Promass F 200. This device has a few tricks up its sleeve! Curious? Then scroll down for more.
The Proline Promass F 200 sports a typical design that builds familiarity, creating a better user experience. The beefy display flaunts four illuminated lines plus graphics, and best of all, you can pick the data you want displayed.
You can do the local setup either with the buttons or the touchscreen panel. But buttons = open housing, so I prefer the touchscreen. Or you could choose the remote display, but if you want that, then you need to go with the FHX50.
The F200 offers sweet integration options – analog+HART, FF, and PROFIBUS PA. That should keep most folks happy.
It measures mass flow, density, temperature, volume flow, corrected volume flow, and reference density – an impressive list! But it could use a better range of sensors. It’ll only fit an F sensor between three-eighths and three inches. Then scale down to the E, and you’ll only get between three-eighths and two inches.
The F sensor has a mass flow error of 0.1 percent, volume flow of 0.1 percent, and density of 0.0005 grams per square centimeter. And in gas, you’ll get 0.35 percent. Pretty nifty, huh? Plus it supports -50 to 150 degrees Celsius in the standard version and -50 to 205 degrees Celsius in the special.
Endress+Hauser’s HistoROM and Heartbeat features add a little sweetness to the pot. The HistoROM gives you an internal memory to save your configurations. The display saves configuration data too, so you have backups all over the place!
And Heartbeat tracks your sensor and transmitter health. Heartbeat Verification lets you use the display or a handheld to check things out, and FieldCare will print the report for you!
Table of comparison
|Category||Micro Motion 2200S||Proline Promass F 200|
|1||Unboxing||decent design; compact LCD with push buttons; acceptable user experience||larger LCD with good resolution, four illuminated lines, and graphics; push buttons as well||Promass F 200|
|2||Measurement and sensors||mass flow, volume flow, temperature and density; multiple sensor options such as ELITE, F-series, and H-series||mass flow, volume flow, density, corrected volume flow, and reference density; but only two sensors, F and E||tie|
|3||Protocol||12-20 mA (4-20 mA systems need adapters) and HART||analog+HART,|
FF, and PROFIBUS PA
|4||Performance||0.1 percent in liquid, 0.35 in gas, 0.0005 g/cm3 in density; -240 to 204 degrees Celsius and 100 to 413 bar||0.1 percent in liquid, 0.35 in gas, 0.0005 g/cm3 in density; -50 to 150 degrees Celsius; no data on pressure||2200S|
|5||Features||sensor diagnostics||Heartbeat and HistoROM||F 200|
|6||Information and documentation||responsive website, clear data; more info in blogs||difficult site, but new Applicator works well and looks good||2200S|
They look pretty even, don’t they? If you want easy integration, then go for the F 200. If you need more range, go for the 2200S. Either will cover plenty of applications to satisfy most users.