Selecting the proper flow meter will take an operator through a fairly typical vetting process, including consideration of capital expenditure (CAPEX), O&M requirements, effectiveness, and durability. Manufacturers of all meter types (e.g., Venturi meters, magnetic flow meters (magmeters), cone meters, etc.) will surely claim to excel in these categories, but can they back up the claim?
During a recent discussion with Nick Voss of McCrometer Inc., I challenged him to get specific on the performance aspects of the V-Cone differential pressure (DP) flow meter. For those unfamiliar with the functionality of a cone meter, his answers to the key decision-making parameters — cost, maintenance, and reliability — may provide food for thought as you analyze your options.