FS10i flow switch/monitor lowering energy costs in packaging machinery

AMS Instrumentation and Calibration presents the FS10i flow
switch/monitor from Fluid Components International (FCI), designed to monitor compressed
air in packaging machinery and lower energy costs.

Machinery manufacturers and plant engineers relying on the pneumatic
control of automated assembly lines and end-to-end packaging equipment can
reduce their operational compressed air energy costs significantly with the
highly repeatable and dependable FS10i flow switch monitors. Compressed air is
frequently used by automated assembly lines and packaging machinery to perform
embedded processes in a wide range of industries. Manufacturers and operators of
these types of machinery recognise that the production of compressed air is a
significant contributor to their equipment’s operating costs.

By accurately measuring the compressed air flow lines, the FS10i switch/monitor
can provide valuable information to the equipment’s control system, which helps
to optimise the air flow and reduce operating energy costs. Through excellent detection
of air leaks, which can occur due to failures of process piping, tubing or
compressor seals, the flow switch/monitor can alert the operator to take
remedial action.

Key features of the dual function FS10i flow switch/monitor include 4-20
mA flow monitoring output ideal for trending the rate of air flow; relay output
for low flow trip point detection; simple, tactile feedback buttons allowing
technicians to set trip point and flow range in the field under actual
operating conditions; wide flow range from 0.076 MPS to 122 MPS; repeatability ±0.5%
of reading; and simple insertion into threaded tees in 13mm or larger diameter

By simply simulating a high and low flow while in the calibration mode,
the FS10i will range the 4-20mA output signal over that span and provide
reliable indication of flow. The flow monitor’s fast response (under four
seconds) and high repeatability to both increasing and decreasing changes in
flow rate allow engineers to adjust compressed air levels to variable
production line demands.

The FS10i switch/monitor features a top/front mounted 10-LED array,
which provides a visual indication to plant technicians that the trip point has
been exceeded (LED flashes on/off), as well as relative flow rate (10 percent
increments) across the flow range.

FCI’s FS10i flow switch/monitor provides best-in-class features for long
life with no routine maintenance in manufacturing plant environments. Its
wetted parts are 316L stainless steel with the flow sensor’s thermowells
constructed of highly corrosion resistant Hastelloy C-22. It operates in
measured air temperatures up to 121¡C and at pressures up to 138 bar. The
electronics are contained in a stainless steel body and protected aluminium end
cap, carrying IP65/66/67 protection ratings.

To ensure best performance and installation ease, the FS10i switch/monitor
is available in a choice of three flow element lengths (insertion depth) and
process connections: a 50mm length with a 0.25 inch NPT (M); or a 6 inch (150mm)
length, variable depth, with 0.5 inch NPT (M) compression fitting, with either
a Teflon or metal ferrule.

Designed for reliability and dependable measurement, the FS10i flow/switch
monitor is the only instrument of its type and in its price range to carry a
SIL 2 compliance rating. With no moving parts to clog or foul, it doesn’t require
routine maintenance, helping save time and expense over any mechanical technology
based flow switch.

For further
information, please visit the AMS
Instrumentation and Calibration website www.ams-ic.com.au
or call 03-9017 8225, or Freecall (NZ) 0800 442 743.

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