Monday, February 6, 2012

A Flow Meter for Your System Can Lower Operating Costs

It has been my experience that an investment in a flow meter from $500 to $1000 can often be paid back in less than a year. That is, the direct cost of the meter; not to mention the wasted electricity that you won’t waste anymore.

A flow meter can verify actual output of your compressor to make sure it is performing correctly. It can check your air system usage on a day to day basis to make sure that there is not any abnormal increase due to misuse or equipment issues. A flow meter can check leaks when your plant is down to see if there is any increase. And, you will be able to plan for any future air use by knowing what you are using today.

Technology combined with smart design has allowed the CDI flow meter to be installed in a matter of 10-20 minutes by simply drilling two small holes and clamping the unit onto the pipe in an appropriate location. Recording can be done through an optional flash card and downloaded to a computer plotting program. This allows you to easily see what is going on in your system on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

If you run a 25 HP compressor 4,000 hours a year paying .15/KW, you will spend approximately $12,900 in power. The flow meter with monitoring done a monthly basis can easily save 10 percent or approximately $1,300 per year by seeing what is really happening in your air system. You pay for the flow meter in less than a year!

Give us a call for additional information on these meters as well as a system review to see where it might be appropriate to install in your plant. You may contact Frank Lederer at 508-351-1817 or email for additional information.