Flow gauges are devices used to measure the rate at which a liquid or gas is flowing through a system. They then relay this information to the operator who can make adjustments based on the readings or choose to continue to monitor the situation.
Flow gauges can be found in a wide range of applications and industries, as measuring the flow of fluid or gas can be a vital part of a lot of different products and systems. Some examples of the industries and applications flow gauges are commonly found in include the medical industry for monitoring medical treatments and the energy industry for measuring fuel usage.
In addition to these applications, flow gauges are an essential part of a lot of manufacturing processes as being able to monitor exact material feed values is a required part of the system.
These flow gauges tend to be grouped into a number of different categories based on the units of measurement that they use, primarily dealing with two specific types mass flow gauges and volumetric flow meters. Obviously, these two types of devices differ in that one measures the rate of flow as a mass per unit time while the other measures the rate of flow as a volume per unit time.
Both of these types of flow gauges utilize the same general operation and mechanisms, but there can be some variation based on the application as the flow can be measured using mechanical operations, pressure based operations, optical operations, and even thermal types of operations. Understanding your application and being able to relay it to your manufacturer is the best way to ensure you receive a flow gauge that is right for your application based on those needs and requirements, especially if you are unsure of which type would add the most value to your current operation.
Whatever your application may be, finding an experienced, trusted, and knowledgeable flow gauge manufacturer is the difference between a good and great flow gauge. Chances are there is a flow gauge manufacturer who specializes in flow gauges for your industry or application, and they will be able to suggest the right type and category of flow gauge for your application.
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