2015 Flow Control Innovation Award Winner:
Mass Flow Converter App — By Teledyne Hastings Instruments

Flow measurement operators will eventually face moments when they need to understand how changes in reference temperature, process gas, or flow units correlate. Teledyne Hastings Instruments’ mass flow converter app allows the operator to have real-time access to that information without performing tedious calculations. Or, it can be a cross check for those tedious calculations you performed in the office but need on the floor or across the world right now.

Providing cost-effective and timely results is a goal for all process engineers. It is not uncommon to ask the question, can I make a change to the process with my current equipment? Can I reclaim a thermal mass flowmeter from a previous project for my current work? Understanding the impact of changes in process gas or reference temperature on a process is instrumental in helping flow operators with applications as varied as coatings and leak testing quickly evaluate how to get the most from their instruments.

Doubts about process performance can lead to costly downtime as units are taken out of commission for evaluation and analysis. For the calibrator, the mass flow converter app from Teledyne Hastings Instruments is a diagnostic tool. The app allows the calibrator to confirm if two flow instruments with different reference temperatures correlate.  Understanding this simple correlation helped a manufacturer keep its new equipment up and running when switching from a flow instrument standardized to a different reference temperature. The correlation between different units of measure is seen with a flick of the wrist.

Innovation is defined as the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value. As an operator of a coatings processor pointed out, “I wish I had known about this app last week, I could have saved myself a lot of time.” Is anything of more value than our time?

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