Triple Red: Micronics Portable Flow Meter aids energy saving in healthcare industry
It is increasingly important in all sectors of industry to save energy, both for cost as well as environmental reasons. This is not least the case in the healthcare industry where monitoring the flow of water plays a vital part in this ambition. Buckingham-based Triple Red are specialists in laboratory equipment and a major supplier of equipment and servicing for water purification in the laboratory and healthcare sector. They were contacted by a blue chip pharmaceutical company for help and advice on an ongoing energy saving project. The company’s technical personnel had identified the need to replace a 22kW pump on a pure water distribution system that operated continuously. Ron Griffiths, Triple Red’s Project Manager made a site visit and formulated a plan to remove the pump and replace it with an inverter-driven, 5.5kW pump. However, it was vital to ensure that the new pump achieved the required flow rate but the existing system was fitted with five stainless steel loops and no means of measuring the flow of water through the pipes.
Jeremy Allen, Technical Manager, researched the market and identified a number of products which might fulfil the requirement. He decided to select the Micronics Portaflow 220 because Micronics is a UK based company which would ensure good, local product support and aftercare. Furthermore, the unit’s simplicity and economy of operation were attractive. The unit simply clamps onto the pipe without any need to cut into the pipe and therefore the time to verify flow rates around the system were minimal and the potential disruption to the running of a very busy research facility was minimal.
Jeremy was pleased with his selection: “I attended the site with an engineer to test and validate the Portaflow 220 and found it simple and straightforward to use with a good, menu-driven setup. I was impressed with the product design and build and am sure that it will prove to be a useful addition to other instrumentation we use out in the field.”