Product Review: CamCor CT Series Coriolis flow meter
With so many flow meters out there, how do you know which will suit your process best? By thinking smart when scaling out!
Vendors will sell you features and more features – protocols, output, diagnostics, backlights, stuff like that. But the right meter for you could be a simple one without any such features, just performance that fits your requirements perfectly.
Still, some features can improve your application’s performance. But can your company handle them? Gotta warn you, if your company isn’t ready, you should make those changes happen soon! Changing habits is hard, but the sooner you do it, the faster you and your company can make the most of these features.
And what happens if you don’t move with the times? I’ve seen many plants that implemented innovative solutions without changing team mindset, only to get the same results. No improvement, just business as usual. By not exploring benefits correctly, they damaged their chances to achieve better performance, maintenance, and reliability.
And that’s why we do our product reviews! We can’t review performance (yet?), but we can tell you whether a device has features that might benefit you. Maybe the simple device will be the one for you.
Today, we have a new company in this game! Cameron has arrived at Visaya with the CamCor CT Series Coriolis flow meter! With that complicated name, this crew will fit right in with our other vendors. The brand as an instrumentation provider isn’t global or even strong, but it comes with vast experience in meter systems.
I’m ready to dive into this feature pool and see how the CamCor can support new applications. How about you?
Disclaimer: This product review examines only features, not performance. If you’ve used this device, feel free to share your experience in the comments.
Whatcha got there?
First visual impression – positive! It has a good design and a display that can catch attention, although it could use a larger screen. The CamCor has a U sensor, which you may love or hate. On the up side, it loses less pressure than other Coriolis sensors. But on the down side, it takes up more space. You may find that annoying, inconvenient, or even unworkable, so you might want to get out your tape measure and check.
The LCD display is a feature to highlight here, available in white and orange with a size of 128 x 68 dots. It shows all process data, diagnostics, and other items in a size you can read even without a magnifying glass. It also has an infrared light sensor, so you can set it up without opening the housing, and two LEDs (green and red) to signal additional information. You can do the local configuration through two primary infrared sensors, where you can navigate and select options. The first time may take an extra minute or two to adjust to the style, but then it’s smooth sailing from there.
It uses the traditional four wires for its power connection, so you source AC or DC voltage through two cables to power up and communicate through the other two. You have the standard analog+HART setup plus an RTU Modbus. Cameron sells this flow meter for custody applications, so these protocols make sense, although you can use this device for more than custody applications. And you have pulse and status input and output as options.
What can it do?
You know my answer, right? Yup. As a standard Coriolis flow meter, the CamCor can measure temperature, mass flow, volume flow, and density! Nothing new here, but you always want to know if you’ll get the usual features.
Cameron has two types of Coriolis meter, or at least that was all I could find. We’re reviewing the high-level one, but they have a simple one called the CamCor Pro Series, just in case you want to crank it down a notch. The CT Series has a long list of sensors with nominal connections from ¼ inch to 10 inches. It also has plenty of wetted materials, depending on the sensor; you’ll find SUS316L, C22 alloy, and more! Oh, and the housing is SUS304.
The CamCor CT has a flow rate accuracy in liquid of +-0.1 percent, in gas +-0.5 percent, and a liquid density of +-0.0005 grams per milliliter. For process temperature, you have three options, standard from -20 to 90 degrees Celsius, high from -20 to 350, and low from – 40 to 55. The flange rating (ANSI 150#, 300#, 600#, 900#, RTJ, DIN, threaded, etc.) and wetted materials dictate the pressure, so you’ll need to check those yourself.
Last but not least, the transmitter can work in temperatures from -40 to 55 degrees Celsius, and you can have a local integrated option or remote. Also, it has ratings of IP66 and IP67, which is not bad at all.
Why should I care?
Even though the CamCor CT looks like a simple option compared to devices from larger competitors, it has a few tricks that add enough value to give the big guys something to watch out for.
This device has a huge list of approvals, but of course, custody transfer meters usually need those. You can read its diagnostics through the display or the remote protocol. Furthermore, the self-diagnostic will run a complete verification of the device on everything from the probe to the drive coil. The pipeline vibration check at zero flow can tell you if your flow meter has external interference or noise that can alter the measurement. And the pipeline oscillation check can do the same but with flow running through the meter.
The CamCor CT Series Coriolis flow meter is a nice option for you to scale out. No idea about the price, but a friendly chat with a Cameron rep should get you an estimate for your process. If you decide to get one, let us know how it does!