Katronic clamp-on, non-invasive ultrasonic flowmeters have been supplied to a major biomedical product manufacturer where cleanliness is paramount, making it difficult to cut into process pipelines, and have helped site engineers by significantly reducing project lead time and costs.

There are many processes where clean operation is imperative, for example foods, fine chemicals and biosciences. Clean-downs and changeovers can take a long time. Katronic channel partner and instrumentation specialists WE Instrumentation found that one of their key customers had a real issue gaining permission to install new flow measurement, with typically six months of investigation and effort before permission would be granted to break into site pipework to install new instruments.

Katronic’s Matt Bird visited site and demonstrated the equipment by quickly achieving a good flow measurement using a hand-held KATflow 200 portable flowmeter. One of the key advantages of Katronic equipment is the fact that the ultrasonic processing core of every meter in the range is the same, so a measurement made with a portable meter absolutely mimics the performance of a fixed flowmeter. Installation is also straightforward with Katronic’s unique Audible Positioning Assistant that guarantees accurate sensor positioning. Following the successful demo, an initial order of Katronic fixed systems was purchased, followed with further orders after the first batch had proved to be as successful as the demonstration.

Commenting, WE Instrumentation’s Martin Adams said, “We see this as a great result for both Katronic and WE Instrumentation and proves the important points that clamp-on flow is the only technology that can be retro-fitted and provides a solution where company policies make permission to break into pipes, possibly introducing contamination and disrupting production nearly impossible.”