Micronics portable flowmeters used extensively by developer of CVD systems
A developer of all types of Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) systems needed to prove the flow rates in a cooling system in a customer’s factory. Paul Worley, Project Manager for Buckinghamshire based Archer Technicoat originally searched in early 2019 for cost effective flow meters on the internet and discovered the Micronics website. Upon investigation he was convinced that they would be a reliable supplier. Because of the sensitivity of the customer who is engaged in research and development for the nuclear fission industry the flow meter had to perform consistently and to extremely high standards. Paul Worley had no hesitation in using the Micronics Portaflow 220, which he had used previously to prove the flow conditions on the furnace cooling circuits being used during a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for a customer project and had also used it to calibrate flow conditions on the fluid supply to the sealing liquid on a customer’s vacuum system.
The Portaflow 220 is a specialist Micronics product, which is used for clean liquid monitoring. Because it provides non-invasive measurement, meaning that no pipe work needs to be cut into during installation it represents critical savings on installation costs and less disturbances to the customer’s operation than when installing an alternative in-line meter, a very important factor when supplying the nuclear industry. The fact that this clamp-on flowmeter for liquids is portable and easy to use means that the investment in its purchase can be amortised over multiple projects. It not only offers continuity and long term reliability; it is robustly constructed and, above all provides a quick and reliable means of measuring flow accurately. It was vital, because of the nature of Archer Technicoat’s customer’s 24/7 operations that only limited downtime is necessary to install and use the Portaflow due to the fact that it is non-invasive.
Paul Worley is a loyal advocate of Micronics flowmeters “I selected the Micronics Portaflow originally due to its ease of installation and the maintenance and service benefits delivered by this non-contact technology. In addition, there is no overhead for additional fittings, plant modification, or retro-fit expenditure making it very cost effective. Also there is no contact with fluid so there is no risk of contamination of the process fluid and possible exposure of the monitoring equipment to corrosive or toxic liquids. I have been so satisfied with its operation and the data it provides that Archer Technicoat has continued to use it on numerous occasions, including to prove systems in other fault finding and calibration tests.”