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VeriCal System for FCI ST100 air/gas flow meter

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The advanced ST100 Series Thermal Mass Flow Meter from Fluid Components International (FCI) with FCI’s VeriCal In-Situ Calibration Verification System combines precise air/gas measurement capability with the convenience of in-situ calibration verification.

A live demo of the ST100 Flow Meter with the VeriCal In-Situ Calibration Verification System will be available at the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in FCI Booth 11500. This industry unique system reduces flow meter operating costs in flare gas applications aboard offshore platforms, at land based oil/gas facilities and in petrochemical plants.

The ST100 Flow Meter with the VariCal In-Situ Calibration System is designed to comply with the US Materials Management Service (MMS) mandate per final rule, 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart K, Section 250, stipulating that all domestic US offshore rigs processing more than an average of 2000 bpd must install flare/vent gas flow meters. These regulations are intended to protect the environment through the monitoring of greenhouse gases (GHG).

Validating flow meter calibration to meet regulatory requirements is no longer labour intensive, costly or challenging with this system. It verifies flow meter calibration in minutes without removing the meter from the pipe or process. In the past, flow meters had to endure the cost and hassle of being pulled from the process, then returned to the manufacturer or a calibration lab for testing and then shipped back for re-installation.

The ST100 Series Flow Meter sets a new industry benchmark in process and plant air/gas flow measurement, offering the most feature rich and function rich electronics available. The ST100’s performance delivers unsurpassed adaptability and value to meet plant gas flow measurement applications for today and tomorrow.

The user friendly ST100 stores up to five unique calibration groups to accommodate broad flow ranges, differing mixtures of the same gas and multiple gases and obtains up to 1000:1 turndown. Also standard is an on board data logger with an easily accessible, removable 2 GB micro SD memory card capable of storing 21 million readings.

The ST100 can be calibrated to measure virtually any process gas, including west gas, mixed gases and dirty gases. The basic insertion style air/gas meter features a thermal flow sensing element that measures flow from 0.25 – 1000 SFPS (0.07 NMPS to 305 NMPS) with accuracy +/10.75% of reading, +/-0.5% of full scale.

Designed for rugged industrial processes and plants, ST100 flow meters include service up to 850°F (454°C) and are available with both integral and remote (up to 1000 ft [300 m]) electronic versions. The ST100 is agency approved for hazardous environments, including the entire instrument, the transmitter and the rugged, NEMA 4X/IP67 rated enclosure. Instrument approvals in addition to SIL-1 include ATEX, IECEx, FM, and FMc.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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