Proteus Industries provides a reliable flow measurement solution to any oil, gas, liquid or steam operation. The quality of our flow meters can truly be seen at gathering facilities where a custody transfer of millions of gallons of products is required for transfer from one place to another on a daily schedule.
An example of this is crude oil. A gathering station pumps up to 10,000 gallons of crude oil every minute. If a flow meter had a measurement error of just 0.02%, it will result in a loss of 68 barrels every day. A single barrel costs $40, so this will translate to a loss of $1 million every year.
Taking steps to ensure that you are getting a reliable flow measurement solution is key to avoiding disastrous mistakes. One of accomplishing this is by taking steps to prevent measurement inaccuracy. This can be achieved by ensuring that instrumentation is calibrated properly before it enters operation.
In today’s market, companies have access to numerous types of measurement devices. Some of these are Rota meters, vortex, ultrasonic and Coriolis flow meters. All these types of flow meters are advanced technologies. However their benefits can only be gained if they are put to use properly. Most errors in reliable flow measurement solution occur during preoperational phases. This will eventually lead to complications down the road; incurring very high maintenance costs and next-to-no downtime.
Since flow meters are in continuous operation, drifting (a very serious issue) is highly possible. Periodic proving of your flow meter is essential to identify the drift and correct it. A flow meter will calculate volume by producing pulses in relation to the quantity of fluid passing through it. When there are more pulses, it means the volume is higher. This is meter proving and it is a form of calibration that relies on this concept to maintain accuracy by making comparisons between known liquid volumes that traverse the prover to the volume shown by testing flow meter. Data that is obtained during a proving test may be used to calculate corrections. This enables the operator to alter meter readings so that they represent real flow rates.
Routine calibration or meter proving helps to protect against inaccurate measurements occurring from natural mechanical wear and tear, pipe blockages, product build up and changes in the proeprties of the product over time.
Proteus Industries’ flow meters provide a reliable flow measurement solution, time and time again. Give us a call today to learn more.