Flow Confirmation Monitor


Flow Confirmation Monitor
Flow Switch
Flow/No Flow Switch
Liquid Flow Indicator
Gas Flow Indicator

Application Background:

Confirming the flow of product either liquid or gas in a process pipe is desirable for monitoring and control purposes. Typically flow monitors and indicators are simply flow switches installed in the process piping.

Application Solution:

There are many liquid and gas flow monitoring technologies including: site glasses, paddle/flapper types, turbine, capacitance, vibrating forks, ultrasonic, and conductance probes. All have proven to work with varying degrees of success. Some rely on operator’s time and attention, while some have mechanical parts and are prone to wear, hang-up, and failure. Still other electronic type probes require conductive fluids or fluids of specific capacitance.

A better solution for liquid or gas flow detection at a specific point in a process line is the Thermal Differential Switch. The TD switch has two thermal sensing devices (RTD’s) encased in stainless steel tips. One sensor detects the temperature of the liquid or gas while the second has a small current applied to create a thermal differential above the fluid temperature. The differential temperature between a fluid flowing and not flowing is different. Therefore the detection of flow at the sensor probe is a simple, reliable technique for a point flow monitor.

With a single process connection into a pipe line either through a MNPT or flange fitting, a TD probe can be strategically located to monitor for flow of the process fluid. When the probe detects the fluid, the TD switch activates a relay output to confirm that flow is occurring.

Any of the Delta M Corporation microtuf® and Versa-Switch® flow switch product models can provide the solution in this application. The dual channel Versa-Switch® has the added feature of a second relay contact for a Failure Alarm (FA) option to watchdog the unit for power failure or interrupt, sensor failure, electronics failure, etc. This combination provides for the best security and assurance that the point flow switch is ready at all times to provide for the flow confirmation.

Fire Suppression System Monitor

For full details of how the Failure Alarm Option can provide a “Watchdog” feature for your Flow Confirmation Monitoring application see Section 10.2 of the VS5100 Series manual

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VERSA-SWITCH® - Failure Alarm – VS5100
VERSA-SWITCH® - Failure Alarm Premium Flow or Level
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  • User Selectable Power – 110/220VAC/24VDC
  • Optional Remote Electronics for easy setup
  • Nearly any Process Connection - Custom or Common
  • Wide operating temperature range up to 850F
  • 2nd Channel for Detection of Unit Diagnostics
  • Two year workmanship warranty