Product Review: Proline Prowirl F 200

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Proline Prowirl F 200

Let’s talk about steam flow measurement! On the market we can find plenty of good flow meters for steam. For a long time, the multivariable pressure transmitter was king of this hill. However, today the vortex  offers great benefits that the DPs can’t touch.

So say hello to the Proline Prowirl F 200 from Endress+Hauser! Let’s check out the features of this device. And as always, take a seat, have a read, and draw your conclusions!

Whatcha got there?

The Prowirl F 200 has a lot of tricks. Dare I say it? Of course I do. This flow meter is the Tom Brady of steam flow measurement. In case you don’t watch American football, in Super Bowl LI Brady hauled his team from a 25-point deficit to a history-making overtime and winning touchdown! We have the same here. Just when you think you know it all about the Prowirl F 200, you find a new feature that makes your job twice as easy.

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We’ll start with the interface. As you can see it has the same interface as a level radar from Endress+Hauser, which means you don’t have to figure out a new layout. That also equals same set up and same logic behind the buttons!

As a loop-powered device, the Prowirl uses the same cable for power and communication at the same time. No more tangles! You also have a ton of options for variables like volume, mass flow, energy flow, temperature, and more. Sweeeeet.

It has a great measuring range too. You can get anywhere from 2 to 32 166 meters cubed per hour on steam at 180 degrees Celsius and 10 bar a of pressure. And your error margin in volume flow maxes at +- 1 percent and in mass flow at + – 1.7 percent (steam, gas). That’s tight!

On the down side, I had trouble finding information and documents on the website. When I searched for the wet steam document, I spent way too long looking before I found it in the special documents. Why?

What can it do?

You can apply the Prowirl to many products, but it promises to shine in a steam application. Check it out! First of all, it uses the patented differential capacitance sensor (DCS) to measure the vortex, which is already terrific. But then it also has its own temperature sensor as well – no need for an external transmitter or external sensor! Compact and elegant, so posh.

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Next, which protocol do you want? You can use one of the principal digital protocols on the market like PROFIBUS PA, FOUNDATION Fieldbus or HART. But if you’re still stuck in the past, you can have 4-20 mA, pulse, frequency and switch output. Just choose the one that works best for you, my friend.

Overall, it looks pretty nifty, although I feel compelled to nitpick the cable connection. It seems fragile. I kinda get the feeling that if you don’t read the manual, then you just might have trouble connecting the cable properly. Call it a hunch.

Why should I care?

Because if you have steam, then you want this meter! I saved the best for last. This thing can tell you about the quality of your steam. Would you look at that? Just look. It’s a thing of beauty.

I’m serious, this feature can save you money and improve the safety of your plant. If you have poor steam quality, then you have condensate in the pipe. That’ll make your boiler work harder, and you know what comes next if it gets worse. The Prowirl can show you a decline in your steam quality in time for you to get in there and fix it before it becomes a hassle, or worse, an accident.

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You can choose the simple option, the wet steam detection, and the meter will generate an alarm as soon as the dryness reaches 80 percent or lower. Or you can go with the advanced option, the wet steam measurement, where you can monitor the quality on the local display or remotely. The Prowirl will correct the mass and energy outputs by correcting the condensate. You really need to consider this feature.

Last but not least, the Prowirl offers Heartbeat technology, which means you can monitor the health of your meter with a detailed report about its sensor, electronics and output. All the data, right at your fingertips.

Watch this video to learn more about “the steam specialist!”

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