Flow Sensors & Indicators

Flow sensors and flow indicators are flowmeter devices used to measure the amount of liquid, gas or vapour that passes through them. They can also be known as flow gauges or liquid meters. Flow sensors are available as time measuring units, that measure flow rates over a set time period, or they can be totalising flow meters that continually measure the medium passed through.


Flow sensors consist of a primary medium connection device, transducer and transmitter. The transducer senses the fluid that passes through the primary device. The transmitter produces an output signal from the raw transducer signal.


Types of Flow Sensors and Indicators


Paddlewheel Flow Sensors or Turbine: One of the most common types of flow sensor. The sensors are connected to a pipe with liquid passing through and turning a paddle wheel, the primary device calculates the speed as the paddle is turned. This simple structure is compact and can perform large-capacity measurement. Disadvantages are clogging and maintenance is required to cope with the axial wear otherwise the paddle needs replacing.


Rotaflow or Variable Area Flow Sensors: Rotaflow meters are a tapered tube and a float. It is most widely used for gases and liquids flow measurement because of its low cost, simplicity, low pressure drop and linear output.


Magnetic-Inductive Sensors: This type of sensor detects three process categories, volumetric flow quantity, consumed quantity and medium temperature.


Applications for Flow Sensors


Each type of flow sensor has its own specific applications and installation constraints. There is no one size fits all flowmeter. The way to select the right flowmeter is to think about the application as a guide, not the technology. Many of the technologies work well on many applications. Starting with the application, will help to select the technology based on accuracy, cost, durability and reliability, rather than trying to make the technology fit the application you have. Can include the following applications:


  • Water treatment

  • Cooling systems

  • Industrial Washing Systems

  • Irrigation

Things to consider:


  • What is the fluid being measured, if not water what is its viscosity?

  • Rate measurement or totalisation?

  • Display or signal output?

  • What is the minimum and maximum flowrate, process pressure and process temperature?

  • Size of the pipe

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Description Price Media Monitored Device Type Minimum Flow Rate Maximum Flow Rate Supply Voltage Pipe Diameter Range Connection Type Maximum Pressure Material Minimum Media Temperature Maximum Media Temperature Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature Current Rating
RS Stock No. 508-2704
BrandRS PRO
MYR711.47
Each
units
- - - 0.05 → 10 L/min 4.5 → 24 V dc 8 mm - - - - - -25°C +125°C 8 mA
RS Stock No. 123-7151
Mfr. Part No.SFM4100 Air
BrandSensirion
MYR713.30
Each
units
Gas Digital Mass 0 slm 20 slm 3.5 → 9 V 15.35 mm 2-Wire I2C 6 bar, 10 (Over Pressure) bar Aluminium (Coated), Epoxy, Gold, Nickel Plated Brass, Nitrile, Nylon, Oxygenoex, Pa-12, Si, Si3n4, Siox, Stainless Steel, Viton® 0 °C +50°C -20°C +80°C <12.5 mA
RS Stock No. 395-6849
Mfr. Part No.142541BSPP
MYR614.72
Each
units
Liquid RotorFlow 2 L/min 20 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 BSP Female 13.8bar Brass - - -29°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 448-7445
Mfr. Part No.MR3A16BVBN
MYR456.45
Each
units
Gas Variable Area 2 L/min 30 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS Stock No. 511-3971
BrandRS PRO
MYR2,448.08
Each
units
Liquid Turbine 0.5 L/min 15 L/min 4.5 → 24 V dc 1/2 in 1/2 BSP 10bar Stainless Steel - - -25°C +125°C -
RS Stock No. 361-0206
Mfr. Part No.FR4L71BVBN
MYR1,125.01
Each
units
Liquid Variable Area 1.5 L/min 20 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS Stock No. 511-3965
BrandRS PRO
MYR1,571.40
Each
units
Liquid Turbine 0.25 L/min 6.5 L/min 4.5 → 24 V dc 1/4 in 1/4 BSP 10bar Stainless Steel - - -25°C +125°C -
RS Stock No. 395-9337
Mfr. Part No.142542BSPP
MYR614.72
Each
units
Liquid RotorFlow 15 L/min 75 L/min - 1/2 in 1/2 BSP Female 13.8bar Brass -29 °C +100°C -29°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 511-4772
BrandRS PRO
MYR241.43
Each
units
Liquid Beverage 0.6 L/min 10 L/min 4.5 → 24 V dc 43315 in 3/8 Push On 10bar PVDF - - 0°C +125°C 10 mA
RS Stock No. 198-2975
Mfr. Part No.FR2A12BVBN
MYR478.36
Each
units
Gas, Liquid Variable Area 0.04 L/min 0.5 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 7bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS Stock No. 907-3953
Mfr. Part No.155421
MYR704.20
Each
units
Liquid RotorFlow Electronic 0.1 gal/min 5 gal/min 4.5 → 24 V dc 1/4 in 1/4 NPT Female 6.9bar Ploypropylene - +21°C -29°C +82°C 8 mA
RS Stock No. 395-6827
Mfr. Part No.155420BSPP
MYR397.68
Each
units
Liquid RotorFlow Electronic 2 L/min 20 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 BSP Female 6.9bar Polypropylene -29 °C +82°C -29°C +82°C -
RS Stock No. 446-8292
Mfr. Part No.173037-C
MYR472.50
Each
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Liquid Turbine 1 L/min 10 L/min 5 → 24 V dc 3/8 in 3/8 BSP 200psi Nylon 12 - - -20°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 257-149
BrandRS PRO
MYR221.81
Each
units
Liquid Radial Flow Turbine 0.25 L/min 6.5 L/min 4.5 → 16 V dc 15 mm - 20bar Acetal Copolymer - - -40°C +70°C 10 mA
RS Stock No. 286-298
Mfr. Part No.EF.7731114291
BrandParker
MYR1,954.32
Each
units
Liquid Variable Area 10 L/min 150 L/min 240 V ac 1 in 1 BSP Female 10bar PET - - +5°C +60°C -
RS Stock No. 198-2969
Mfr. Part No.MR3L11BVBN
MYR450.51
Each
units
Liquid Variable Area 20 ccm 300 cm³/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS Stock No. 361-0199
Mfr. Part No.FR4L69BVBN
MYR1,125.01
Each
units
Liquid Variable Area 0.8 L/min 9 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS Stock No. 361-0256
Mfr. Part No.FR5A53PI
MYR1,613.68
Each
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Gas Variable Area 100 L/min 700 L/min - 1 in 1 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS Stock No. 740-6424
Mfr. Part No.SM7000
MYR3,368.00
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Liquid Magnetic-Inductive 0.2 L/min 50 L/min 19 → 30 V dc - 3/4 BSP 16bar PBT, Stainless Steel -20 °C +80°C -10°C +60°C -
RS Stock No. 198-0711
Mfr. Part No.FM.26 322 229
BrandParker
MYR2,953.82
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Liquid Variable Area 10 L/min 110 L/min - 3/4 in 3/4 BSP - Brass - - - +90°C -