As a customer service agent at Sage Metering, I am commonly asked, “What are the benefits of the inline vs insertion flow meter?”
Benefits of Integral Meters
There are two major thermal mass flow meter configurations, the inline and insertion styles. Both are often referred to as integral meters.
What is an insertion flow meter?
The insertion-style thermal flow meter is appropriate for temporary or semi-permanent gas flow measurement. In this configuration, the meter’s probe inserts into the process pipe. One of the key advantages of the insertion-style meter is the ease of installation; additionally the style has an attractive price.
What is an in-line flow meter?
The inline or in-line flow meter includes a flow body that is installed more permanently in a process line. One of the advantages of the in-line meter is that it does not require as much straight run as the insertion-style meter. This meter configuration has a built-in flow conditioner that optimizes the flow profile of the process gas. This allows the end user to cut down the length of the upstream straight run to three pipe diameters, in most cases.
Advantages of Remote Configuration
In a remote-style flow meter, the electronics and display are separate from the sensor. The advantage of this configuration is that the display can be mounted in a convenient location where it is easy-to-read and operate. It is particularly desirable to use when there is insufficient space to get to the meter to read it or configure it.
Our Representatives are Available to Assist You
Our representatives are well-trained and available to help our customers with choosing the right configuration for your applications. To assist you further, call your representative or the factory. You can find contact information for your representative here, or call us at 866-677-7243.