Next-generation gas flowmeter

Jon Lawson

Sick recently released its next generation of ultrasonic gas flowmeter, the Flowsic600-XT, to offer even greater reliability, measurement accuracy and ease of use for mid-stream gas revenue, custody transfer and storage operations.

Since its introduction more than 15 years ago, the Flowsic600 ultrasonic gas meter has become highly popular, with more than 15,000 installations worldwide. New technology developments to the Flowisc600-XT have enhanced performance and achieved even higher resistance to distorted flow profiles. The upgrade also includes new user-friendly Flowgate software that is backwards compatible with existing Flowsic600 models.

“For all sectors of the industry, from exploration down to end customer billing, accuracy and consistency of measurement is extremely important; margins are very tight and minute percentages make all the difference,” points out Andrew Wrath, Sick UK industrial flow measurement specialist.

“Onshore or offshore, ultrasonic technology offers the most reliable measurement for billing of gas. Ultrasonics perform well in noisy signal environments and overcome contamination.

“With the Flowsic600-XT we have reduced the possibility for signal degradation even further and signal availability is ensured under all operating conditions. Intelligent application diagnostics provide a detailed but easily understood overview that alerts the engineer of possible problems, and how to solve them, and it can be interrogated from all over the world.”

New algorithms deliver an up to 12dB improvement in signal-to-noise detection, so measurement is secure even in noisy, vibration-affected, industrial environments. With the optional addition of pressure and temperature sensors, geometrical effects can be automatically corrected even when changing from calibration to application conditions.

The new model has the same footprint and in-built robustness as the previous generation and is delivered pre-calibrated from the factory for immediate installation and use.

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