Smart flow measurement

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

ABB has expanded its range of Coriolis flowmeters by adding the FCB400, featuring a new electronics platform offering users the option of up to five, freely-configurable communication outputs. Digital, internal communication ensures maximum accuracy for compact and remote devices without the need for special cabling.

Application-specific software packages enable the FCB400 to offer a solution for a range of installations. In filling processes, the ‘FillMass’ function directly controls the downstream valve via a digital output. By means of predefined characteristics e.g. for alcohols, sugar solutions or starch ‘DensiMass’ enables the precise determination of the concentrations of liquid mixtures through high-precision density measurement.

The integrated verification function ‘VeriMass’ allows the FCB400 to carry out a self-diagnosis and can test whether the device is still operating within the specified range. This means engineers can detect possible erosions or deposits inside the sensor without interrupting the measurement and without removing the device. This ensures the permanent monitoring of the metering tube loop, reduced measuring accuracy can be detected, test cycles can be optimised and critical conditions can be prevented at an early stage.

The robust design expands usability at ambient temperatures of -40 to 70°C and desensitises the device to excessive vibrations.

The FCB400 is around 50% lighter and smaller than many similar devices on the market and is also available in a hygienic design variant - FCH400 - for applications in the food and beverage industry.

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