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Making the Switch to Automated Meter Reading (AMR): Maximizing Benefits with Flow Meter Technology

Flow meters are an essential component of any AMR or Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. The flow meter is the device used to measure and monitor the volume and rate of water, gas, or electricity that is flowing through a pipe or other structure. By accurately measuring the rate of flow, utilities can better manage their energy and water supplies, collect accurate data for billing, and monitor for any unusual changes in consumption.

 

When selecting a flow meter for an AMR or AMI system, there are several factors to consider: accuracy, range of measurement, cost, installation and maintenance, and communication capabilities. It is important to select a flow meter that is compatible with the existing infrastructure and housekeeping protocols. Additionally, the flow meter must be able to accurately measure the desired range of flow.

 

The accuracy of the flow meter makes it an important component of any AMR or AMI system. Without accurate readings, data gathered by the system is rendered useless and can lead to inaccurate billing and inefficient use of resources. Flow meters typically have an accuracy rating that is based on the range of measurement, the type of meter, and the type of fluid being measured.

 

Flow meters also come in different types, including ultrasonic, magnetic, turbine, and vortex flow meters. Ultrasonic flow meters use sound waves to measure the flow rate and are ideal for applications where accuracy is the primary concern. Magnetic flow meters use a magnetic field to measure the flow rate and are well-suited for applications where a wide range of flow rates must be measured. Turbine and vortex flow meters use a mechanical turbine or a vortical effect to measure the rate of flow and are best for applications where a high degree of accuracy is not as important.

 

With the right flow meter, utilities can maximize the benefits of their AMR or AMI system. The flow meter is the key component that can ensure accurate readings and efficient operations. By selecting the right flow meter for their needs, utilities can ensure that they are making the most of their AMR or AMI system.

 

To learn more about the Avanti Company and the services and products we provide, including flow meters and AMR/AMI technical support, please visit us online or call us at 800.284.5231.

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