Flow Sensors

Flow sensors or flow indicators are flow meter devices used to measure the amount of liquid, gas or vapour that passes through them. They can also be known as flow gauges or liquid meters. Flow sensors are available as time measuring units (these measure flow rates over a set time period) or they can be totalising flow meters that continually measure the medium passed through.

Flow sensors consist of a primary medium connection device, transducer and transmitter. The transducer senses the fluid that passes through the primary device. The transmitter produces an output signal from the raw transducer signal.

Types of Flow Sensor

Paddlewheel Flow Sensors or Turbine: One of the most common types of flow sensor. The sensors are connected to a pipe with liquid passing through and turning a paddle wheel, the primary device calculates the speed as the paddle is turned. This simple structure is compact and can perform a large-capacity measurement. Disadvantages are clogging and maintenance is required to cope with the axial wear otherwise the paddle needs replacing.

Variable Area Flow Sensors also known as Rotaflow meters: identified by their tapered tube and float designs. Widely used for gases and liquids flow measurement because of its low cost, simplicity, low-pressure drop and linear output.

Magnetic-Inductive Sensors: This type of sensor detects three process categories, volumetric flow quantity, consumed quantity and medium temperature.

Applications for Flow Sensors

Each type of flow sensor has its own specific applications and installation constraints. There is no one size fits all flow meter. The way to select the right flow meter is to think about the application as a guide, not the technology. Many of the technologies work well on many applications. Starting with the application will help to select the technology based on accuracy, cost, durability and reliability, rather than trying to make the technology fit the application you have. Can include the following applications:

  • Water treatment
  • Cooling systems
  • Industrial Washing Systems
  • Irrigation

Things to consider:

  • What is the fluid being measured, if not water what is its viscosity?
  • Rate measurement or summation?
  • Display or signal output?
  • What is the minimum and maximum flow rate, process pressure and process temperature?

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RS Stock No. 407-574
Mfr. Part No.AWM3100V
BrandHoneywell
TWD3,776.00
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Dry Gas Amplified -200 sccm 200 cm³/min 15 V dc 0.2 in - 25psi Plastic - - -25°C +85°C -
RS Stock No. 446-8292
Mfr. Part No.173037-C
TWD3,152.00
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Liquid Turbine 1 L/min 10 L/min 5 → 24 V dc 3/8 in 3/8 BSP 200psi Nylon 12 - - -20°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 395-6912
Mfr. Part No.155485BSPP
TWD7,766.00
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Liquid RotorFlow Electronic 15 L/min 75 L/min 24 V dc 1/2 in 1/2 BSP Female 6.9bar Polypropylene -29 °C +82°C -29°C +82°C -
RS Stock No. 407-596
Mfr. Part No.AWM3300V
BrandHoneywell
TWD3,776.00
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Dry Gas Amplified -1000 sccm 1000 cm³/min 15 V dc 0.2 in - 25psi Plastic - - -25°C +85°C -
RS Stock No. 907-3978
Mfr. Part No.155485
TWD10,282.00
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Liquid RotorFlow Electronic 1.5 gal/min 20 gal/min 24 V dc 1/2 in 1/2 NPT Female 6.9bar Polypropylene - +21°C -29°C +82°C 20 mA @ 24 V dc (No Load), 35 mA @ 24 V dc (Load)
RS Stock No. 907-3969
Mfr. Part No.155481
TWD5,743.00
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Liquid RotorFlow Electronic 1.5 gal/min 20 gal/min 4.5 → 24 V dc 1/2 in 1/2 NPT Female 6.9bar Ploypropylene - +21°C -29°C +82°C 8 mA
RS Stock No. 123-7148
Mfr. Part No.ASF1430
BrandSensirion
TWD9,325.00
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Air, Gas Flow Meter -400 sccm 400 sccm 7 → 18 V dc 5 mm RS-232, SPI 2bar PBT 0 °C +60°C 0°C +70°C 19 mA
RS Stock No. 510-0571
BrandRS PRO
TWD7,022.00
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Liquid Piston Inline 0.5 L/min 3 L/min 200 V ac 1/4 in 1/4 BSP 300bar Brass - +100°C - +120°C 1 A
RS Stock No. 446-8286
Mfr. Part No.173936-C
TWD2,774.00
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Liquid Turbine 0.5 L/min 5 L/min 5 → 24 V dc 3/8 in 3/8 BSP 200psi Nylon 12 - - -20°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 446-8315
Mfr. Part No.173940-C
TWD1,323.00
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Liquid Turbine 2 L/min 30 L/min 5 → 24 V dc 3/8 in 3/8 BSP 200psi Nylon 12 - - -20°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 395-6827
Mfr. Part No.155420BSPP
TWD2,653.00
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Liquid RotorFlow Electronic 2 L/min 20 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 BSP Female 6.9bar Polypropylene -29 °C +82°C -29°C +82°C -
RS Stock No. 446-8309
Mfr. Part No.173939-C
TWD3,152.00
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Liquid Turbine 1 L/min 15 L/min 5 → 24 V dc 3/8 in 3/8 BSP 200psi Nylon 12 - - -20°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 508-2704
BrandRS PRO
TWD4,746.00
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- - - 0.05 → 10 L/min 4.5 → 24 V dc 8 mm - - - - - -25°C +125°C 8 mA
RS Stock No. 744-0717
Mfr. Part No.PFM750S-C8-A-W
BrandSMC
TWD9,153.00
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Dry Air, Gas Integrated Display 1 L/min 50 L/min 24 V dc 8 mm One-Touch Fitting 750kPa PBT 0 °C +50°C 0°C +50°C -
RS Stock No. 395-213
Mfr. Part No.AWM5104VN
BrandHoneywell
TWD4,381.00
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Dry Gas Amplified 0 sLpm 20 SLPM 15 V dc - 1/4 NPT 50psi Plastic - - 0°C +50°C -
RS Stock No. 448-7451
Mfr. Part No.MR3A17BVBN
TWD3,046.00
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Gas Variable Area 4 L/min 50 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS Stock No. 395-7173
Mfr. Part No.020-0315
TWD5,113.00
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Liquid Piston 0 L/min 55 L/min 220 V 3/8 in 3/8 BSP 0.3bar Brass - - - +90°C -
RS Stock No. 395-6861
Mfr. Part No.155481BSPP
TWD4,362.00
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Liquid RotorFlow Electronic 15 L/min 75 L/min 4.5 → 24 V dc 1/2 in 1/2 BSP Female 6.9bar Polypropylene -29 °C +82°C -29°C +82°C -
RS Stock No. 395-7202
Mfr. Part No.020-3491
TWD9,357.00
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Liquid Shuttle 7.5 L/min 30 L/min 250 V 1 in 1 BSP 27bar Bronze - - -20°C +80°C -
RS Stock No. 448-7445
Mfr. Part No.MR3A16BVBN
TWD3,003.00
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Gas Variable Area 2 L/min 30 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -