News | February 10, 2016

ABB Adds More Smart Tools To Coriolis Flowmeter Series

Source: ABB Measurement & Analytics
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Expanded ABB CoriolisMaster mass flowmeter family includes a new electronics platform that features self-configuration, on-board Verification & Diagnostics, built-in batch control, and many others

ABB’s Measurement & Analytics business announces the latest expansion of the field-proven CoriolisMaster Coriolis mass flow meter series, the FCB400. A new standard electronics platform offers users up to five configurable communication outputs via optional plug-in modules. The entirely digital internal communication system ensures maximum accuracy for compact and remote devices without requiring special or proprietary cabling.

Using the innovative sensor and application technology called "SensorApplicationMemory," the FCB400 flowmeter saves all calibration data as well as all user-configuration data and totalizers, which are linked to the sensor in a non-detachable way. This automatic function synchronizes configuration data in the sensor and the transmitter after power has been switched on. It duplicates configuration data, storing it in a permanent memory. This ensures safe data synchronization during maintenance, as when the transmitter is replaced.

Application-specific software packages considerably expand the range of uses of the FCB400 flowmeter. In filling processes a "FillMass" function directly controls the downstream valve via a special digital output. Another function, "DensiMass," uses predefined characteristics of such liquids as alcohols and sugar or starch solutions, enabling the precise determination of mixture concentrations via high-precision density measurement. The packages can determine the net mass or volume flow rate as well.

Another innovation is the on-board verification function called "VeriMass.” Using this feature, the FCB400 performs continuous self-diagnostics that test whether the flowmeter is still operating within the specified range. VeriMass detects and alerts the user to possible erosions or coating inside the sensor without removing the device or even interrupting the measurement. This ensures permanent monitoring of the health of the meter—it detects reduced measuring accuracy, optimizes test cycles, and prevents critical conditions at an early stage. The results are decreased plant shutdowns, increased safety, and assured long-term accuracy.

The proven, common and intuitive operation concept of all ABB meters enables great ease of use and commissioning. The robust design expands usability at ambient temperatures of -40°F to +158°F (-40°C to +70°C) and desensitizes the device to excessive vibrations.

The FCB400 CoriolisMaster flowmeter features exceptionally low pressure loss and an extremely compact design. It's about 50% lighter and smaller than many similar devices on the market. The compact metering tube and design sets new standards for device dimensions and weights, solving many space constraints within the process industry. Of course, all relevant Namur recommendations are fulfilled as well as SIL2 requirements.

The FCB400 model is optionally available in a hygienic design--named the FCH400 flowmeter--for applications in the food and beverage industry.

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SOURCE: ABB Measurement & Analytics