Fox Thermal Instruments has expanded its product line with the addition of the state of the art FT3 Thermal Mass Flow Meter. The FT3 is a high-end flow meter, and it features a robust design. Among its advanced features are: CAL-V calibration validation, HART and Modbus fieldbus options, and advanced infrared programming buttons.
The FT3 can be used in any application, but it is ideal for applications requiring FM/FMc /ATEX/IECEx approvals. Typically, these would include installations at refineries, petrochemical plants, and natural gas gathering/processing plants. In addition, with its rugged-design, the FT3 is ideal for heavy industrial applications in metals, paper, glass and ceramics. Other FT3 features are dual 4 to 20mA outputs (one for flow and the second selectable for flow or
temperature) and pulse output (pulses per unit/units per pulse).
The CAL-V feature on the new Fox Model FT3 allows users to confirm that the meter is functioning as per the original factory specification -- with just a simple push of a button. In fact, the Model FT3 is the only thermal mass flow meter that performs a calibration validation test under actual operating conditions - in the pipe and at normal flow.
With CAL-V, FT3 users will be able to extend the interval between recalibration well beyond the typical 12-15 months required for competitive models - this saves considerable time and money.
Expanded Communicat ions Options
A USB connection port comes standard on the new Model FT3 which allows quick and easy access with a laptop to the meter's configuration. Other communications options available for the Model FT3 are HART and RS485 Modbus.
FT3 View also allows you to access and adjust the meter configuration, evaluate transmitter alarm conditions, collect process data, and view measurements from your PC or control station. This software can be used to initiate CAL-V -- and it automatically logs the results of each CAL-V test. If any regulatory submission is required, the software generates a certificate.