High Technology Measurement Instrumentation and Digital Connectivity
Of course flow measurements have become much more accurate in the centuries since the Roman Empire, with today’s leading ultrasonic flow meters accurately delivering results within 0.15% error, but the technology isn’t stopping there.
The GE Sentinel LCT4 ultrasonic flow meter uses its innovative design to tell the user much more than just the flow rate. The patented transducers in the flow meter produce extremely sensitive ultrasonic signals that travel through the fluid multiple times per second. Once received on the other side of the pipe, these signals are translated into useful diagnostic data that can identify potential process issues and provide an overall health-check of the flow meter itself. This data provides a seemingly endless list of benefits to the end user.
Take an oil pipeline for example - pipelines typically use flow meters as critical instrumentation in their leak detection systems. In the past, flow meters were often very sensitive to transient conditions in the oil pipeline, triggering false leak alarms and forcing operators to shut down and investigate a leak. Unfortunately, these older flow meter technologies could not be monitored remotely, and did not provide any insight into the pipeline other than the flow rate. Utilizing the advanced ultrasonic diagnostics and remote connectivity of the Sentinel LCT4, we are now able to provide users with real-time data that helps them differentiate true leaks from normal transient process conditions. This allows pipeline operators to avoid costly shutdowns and manual inspections, all the while upholding their high operating standards that protect the safety of the public and the environment.
We’re just beginning to realize the benefits that the marriage between high technology measurement instrumentation and digital connectivity can bring across multiple industries and applications. The IoT is here in reality, empowered by GE Ultrasonic Flow Meters.