Flow Meters & Metering Systems

Tackling Steam Measurement in Educational Institutions

Countless schools seek to accurately track, and then bill internally for the use of steam usage in individual buildings as part of a broader effort to upgrade resource management. However, traditional technologies used for steam metering provides a less than ideal choice.

In many cases, campus steam meters must be placed in building basements where room for piping is limited. That may lead to issues because flowmeters tend to require significant upstream and downstream straight pipe runs for the meter to work effectively.

Administrators may come across issues by attempting to measure the use of steam during the summer when demand is relatively low. Typical vortex meters perform better at higher flows. When it comes to low flows, however, it is possible for them to stop working entirely. Differential pressure (DP) flowmeters also have to grapple with straight-run pipe demands.

There are considerable consequences for steam system operators when the generation of a product passing through a meter fails to be measured. Commonly referred to as low flow cutoff, these losses are a function of a flow meter’s turndown ratio. This can wreak havoc on campus because the demand for steam during cooler weather can be extremely high.

The McCrometer ExactSteam V-Cone is DP-like flow meter able to work with short straight-pipe runs, so it addresses the limited spaces issues faced by colleges and universities. It can measure steam across the full range, able to perform better in low flows and it features McCrometer’s established V-cone flow meter to assist with the downward adjustment of the turndown ratio.

The Avanti Company was founded in 1977 by Paul and Justine Devlin and is headquartered in Avon Park, FL. We provide water meters, metering systems, AMI support, on-site flow meter testing, sewer flow monitoring, inspection and assessment services for the water, wastewater, agricultural, petroleum and industrial marketplaces. Avanti represents products from McCrometer, Itron, Badger Industrial, Hach Flow, Honeywell/Elster, 64 seconds, Infosense, Nicor, Aclara, and others. Please visit our website at www.avanticompany.com, email us at info@avanticompany.com or call us at 863-453-5336 for assistance with all of your flow meter and metering system needs.

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