Product Review: Promass F 200
I’ve lost count of how many times I checked a flow meter because the operator thought it wasn’t working properly. Depending on the application, you can usually check the measurement using a clamp-on ultrasonic meter. The clamp-on should tell you whether the inline meter is correct.
Certain situations wouldn’t allow the use of a clamp-on, which made things more complicated. Some old flow meters had external tools to check conditions and report on your status. You could also check other points of the application, such as installation, zero, and whatever.
Today, flow meters have advanced diagnostics that make checking easier and faster to boot. Some even let you use your laptop or a handheld; it’s up to you and the brand you choose for your application.
In this review, we have one of our biggest flow riders! Yep, Endress+Hauser has returned. Let’s say welcome to the Proline Promass F 200, a device with a lot of tricks! Let’s find all of them.
Are you ready to dive into the features? Good. See you on the other side!
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?
The Promass F 200 has a cool design with a good-sized display, and best of all, the local setup option! Also, notice that it has lines similar to many level and flow devices. A similar design builds familiarity, creating a better user experience. And Endress+Hauser didn’t pinch pennies on the display. It has four illuminated lines plus graphics. Better still, you can choose what data to display.
You can set up the device either with the buttons or a touchscreen panel. Using the buttons means opening the housing, so I vote for the touchscreen, but you may like buttons better. Either way, the intuitive navigation makes the setup pretty painless. And unlike some competitors, it has a remote display as an option. Of course, if you want that, then you need the FHX50 module.
As for seamless integration, the Promass F 200 has a nifty list – analog+HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus (FF), and PROFIBUS PA. I have to point out that they all use loop power, a feature I love. Moreover, you have additional options such as pulse, frequency, and switch output. Sweet!
What can it do?
The F 200 can measure mass flow, density, temperature, volume flow, corrected volume flow, and reference density. Not bad at all!
Don’t get too excited yet, though. You have limited sensor sizes you can use with this meter. You can have an F sensor between three-eighths and three inches, and if you want a cheaper sensor like the E, you’ll need one between three-eighths and two inches.
The F sensor will give you nice accuracy. The liquid measurement has a mass flow error of +-0.1 percent, volume flow of +-0.1 percent, and density of +-0.0005 grams per square centimeter. Plus, the mass flow error in gas measurement is +-0.35 percent.
Finally, the F sensor supports a middling temperature range from -50 to 150 degrees Celsius in the standard version and -50 to 205 degrees Celsius in the special version. Oh, and it comes with a list of wetted material parts that should have something to fit your process.
Why should I care?
Because the Promass F 200, as a two-wire device offering analog, FF, and PROFIBUS PA protocols, brings both economy and range of application to the table. Most companies across the globe will use one of those protocols, and all companies jump for joy when you save them money. Okay, maybe they don’t, but they still like it.
Moreover, the F 200 brings additional features that can make your life easier. First, the HistoROM technology gives the transmitter an internal memory to save all configurations. If you have a problem with your sensor, then replace it, and the memory in the base will send the configuration data to the new sensor. Next, the display can save the configuration as well, to transfer to a similar device or the same sensor if someone changes the configuration.
Last but not least, Heartbeat Technology can check the sensor and transmitter health. Heartbeat Verification lets you use the display or a handheld to see if the sensor is working correctly. Later, you can use FieldCare to print the report. And Heartbeat Monitoring, as the name says, constantly monitors the sensor and provides this information online. Fancy and useful!
The Promass F 200 gives you a lot of bang for your buck. If you can fit it in your application, then you should definitely put it on your candidate list for scaling out. Good luck!