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Top Features To Look For In A Well-Designed Thermal Mass Flow Meter

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From gases like propane and methane to fluids like water and oil, thermal mass flow meters can measure flow rates of multiple gases and fluids and serve a valuable purpose for certain industries. If you are looking for the best flow meters, it is best if you know what attributes to watch for. Here are a few to keep in mind.

Adjustable with Digital Communications

Having the ability to control the thermal mass flow meter with your smartphone or with a connected computer can make things so much easier. You can log into the controller through an app and adjust the sensitivity of the reading functions or make other necessary adjustments without actually having to be near the controller. In areas where many meters are in use and must be closely monitored, this digital communication function can be invaluable and highly convenient. 

OLED Display Screen 

OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode, which tends to be the better solution in outdoor settings, but always ensures you get maximum readability regardless of the lighting conditions. You will find a lot of mass flow meters that have basic, digitized screens, which serve the purpose but will mean you will have a difficult time reading the screen in certain lighting conditions. You may have to pay a bit more to get an OLED screen, but it is completely worth the extra expense. 

Coincides with Wide Temperature Ranges 

Thermal mass flow meters that do not adapt to temperature changes can pose a lot of issues. For example, the accuracy of the readings you get can be affected if high temperatures are interfering. Look for a flow meter that has a good operational temperature range. This will ensure you get accurate readings regardless of the temperature of the gas or fluid flowing through, regardless of the temperature in the environment where the unit is placed. 

Adjustable Response Time 

Adjustable response time is one of those features of mass flow meters that is easy to overlook as important. However, you will want to be able to adjust the response time according to whatever readings it is that you are trying to achieve. For example, if you do not want a reading until the unit has been measuring flow rates for a few minutes, you will be able to do so and get more accurate readings based on the general flow rate instead of that initial burst of flow.