Smart Maintenance and Diagnostics in Flow Measurement and Control

Maintenance represents a key issue for many organisations due to the ongoing digitisation of production processes. Today's instruments are increasingly future-proof and 'intelligent'.

In addition to the rise of condition-based maintenance, we are also seeing a shift towards predictive maintenance, which helps reduce unscheduled downtime and wastage. Regulations also have a growing impact on maintenance, with numerous markets introducing more and more instrument maintenance requirements.

Bronkhorst digital flow meters and controllers offer a range of parameters for extended measurement, control and diagnostics functionality. The internal microcontroller primarily supports the flow measurement and control purpose of the device including digital or analog communication. Additional parameters are implemented for the purpose of diagnostics. Bronkhorst instrument parameters can provide valuable information for effective integration into maintenance systems, obtaining optimal reliability and providing the lowest downtime.

Currently, extensive diagnostic information is provided by Bronkhorst instrument parameters, e.g. by monitoring fluid temperature, valve voltage, the relation between setpoint and measured value, and the ability to measure the fluid density when using Coriolis mass flow meters or controllers. The parameter list is extended regularly with new insights and requests from customers. All instrument parameters are continuously available with any digital interface. The implementation of digital interfaces by Bronkhorst is built up according standard profiles for ultimate compatibility and convenience.

Recently, Bronkhorst launched a new app called FlowSuite to monitor and service their digital flow meters. The software is versatile with many useful features, such as a display with multiple graphs, easy device configuration and real-time logging of measured instrument parameters in a CSV file. The modern user interface is adaptive and available in English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. FlowSuite is available from the Microsoft store and is therefore easy to install and update.

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We develop and manufacture smart, sustainable and customer-specific low flow fluidics handling solutions from our vibrant base in Ruurlo in the Achterhoek region of the Netherlands. Our precise and reliable mass flow meters and controllers for liquids and gases find their way in laboratories, test-benches, machinery and a wide variety of industries. Bronkhorst ...