GAOTek Ultrasonic Flow Meter with In-Built Data Log (Accurate)

This Ultrasonic Flow Meter with In-Built Data Log (Accurate) is designed to measure the fluid velocity of liquid with several types of transducers options.

 

GT00YX00ZR

Description

Overview

GAOTek Ultrasonic Flow Meter with In-Built Data Log (Accurate) is designed to measure the fluid velocity of liquid with several types of transducers options and pipe size ranging from DN 0.59 in (15 mm) to DN 236.22 in (6000 mm). It employs a patent balanced lower voltage multi-pulse igniting circuit which increases the anti-interference ability to work more precisely in demanding industrial environments. The signal receiving circuit of this ultrasonic flow meter features self-adapting performance so as to ensure that the user can easily operate the instrument without any adjustment. The built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery can work continuously for more than 20 hours without recharging. The ultrasonic flow meter also features a built-in mini thermal printer with instant and timing print function which enables the user to print more than 20 kinds of measuring results.

Key Features

  • High measuring accuracy of ±1 %, linearity: 0.5 % and repeatability: 0.2 %
  • Non-contacting measuring: The ultrasonic flow meter will be adsorbed on the outside of pipe, and then finish the measuring.
  • Non-intrusive, clamp-on transducer with no pressure drop and no pipe disturbance
  • Small and light weight with easy operation, and outstanding reliability
  • User-friendly software interface
  • Wide measuring range: Several types of transducers for selection and measuring pipe size ranging from DN 0.59 in (15 mm) to DN 236.22 in (6000 mm).
  • Large capacity battery: Built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery provides over 20 hours of continuous operation
  • Built-in mini thermal printer with instant and timing print function which enables the user to print more than 20 kinds of measuring results if set in advance
  • Built-in data logger is able to uplink over 20 sets of measuring data to computer or internet.

Technical Specifications

Flow Velocity Range ± (0 m/s ~ 30 m/s)
Interface RS485
Transducer options Pipe Size Liquid Temperature
Small Size Transducer (Magnetic) DN 0.59 in ~ 3.94 in (15 mm ~ 100 mm)

≤230 °F (110 ℃)

 

Medium Size Transducer (Magnetic) DN 1.97 in ~ 39.37 in (50 mm ~ 1000 mm)
Large Size Transducer (Magnetic) DN 11.81 in ~ 236.22 in (300 mm ~ 6000 mm)
Liquid types Water, sea water, industrial sewage, acid and alkali liquid, various oils etc. liquid which can transmit sound wave.
Printer Mini thermal printer with 24 line character output
Keypad 4 x 4 + 2 pushbutton keypad
LCD 2 line x 20 character LCD with backlight
Accuracy  Better than ±1 %
Power Supply  Built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery (for 20 hours operation) or AC 220 V
Power Consumption  1.5 W
Weight 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg) (main unit)
Working Temperature -13 °F ~ 76 °F (-25 ℃ ~ 60 ℃)

Additional Information

Applications

1. Water, industrial sewage, sea water 10. Operation and maintenance of ship
2. Acid & Alkali Liquid 11. Monitoring and management of water saving
3. Various oil 12. Papermaking and pulping
4. Feed water and drainage 13. Leak detection
5. Detection of water resources 14. Heating
6. Petrochemical 15. Manufacturing of pump, boiler, cooling tower
7. Food and pharmaceutical industry 16. Management of flow and heat、control network system
8. Power plant 17. Patrol, tracing and collection of flow
9. Metallurgical mines 18. Measurement and balance of heat

 

Optional Transducers

Optional Transducers Model Description Measuring range Temperature
Small Size Transducer GT00YX00ZR-S Magnetic DN 0.59 in – 3.94 in (15 mm-100 mm) -40 °F ~230 ° F (-40 ℃~110 ℃)
Medium Size Transducer GT00YX00ZR-M Magnetic DN 1.97 in – 39.37 in (50 mm-1000 mm) -40 °F ~230 ° F (-40 ℃~110 ℃)
Large Size Transducer GT00YX00ZR-L Magnetic DN 11.81 in – 236.22 in (300 mm-6000 mm) -40 °F ~230 ° F (-40 ℃~110 ℃)
High-temperature small size transducer GT00YX00ZR-HTS DN 0.59 in-3.94 in (15 mm-100 mm) -40 °F ~320 ° F (-40 ℃~160 ℃)
High-temperature medium size transducer GT00YX00ZR-HTM DN 1.97 in-39.37 in (50 mm-1000 mm) -40 °F ~320 ° F (-40 ℃~160 ℃)

Optional Accessories

Optional Accessories Description Measuring range Accuracy
Ultrasonic thickness meter Measure tube wall thickness, increase accuracy 0.047 in ~8.86 in (1.2 mm ~ 225.0 mm) ±1 %H± 0.0039 in (0.1 mm) (H is measuring thickness)
Lengthen cable 32.80 ft (10 m) ×2 Suit for long distance connection between pipe and main unit
Lengthen stretcher 19.68 ft (6 m) ×2 Suit for fixing of transducer over 1000 mm pipe
Thermal print paper 98.42 ft (30 m)

Principles of Measurement

The ultrasonic flow meter is designed to measure the fluid velocity of liquid within a closed conduit. The transducers are a non-contacting, clamp-on type, which will provide benefits of non-fouling operation and easy installation. It utilizes two transducers that function as both ultrasonic transmitters and receivers. The transducers are clamped on the outside of a closed pipe at a specific distance from each other. The transducers can be mounted in V-method where the sound transverses the pipe twice, or W-method where the sound transverses the pipe four times, or in Z-method where the transducers are mounted on opposite sides of the pipe and the sound crosses the pipe once. This selection of the mounting method depends on pipe and liquid characteristics. The flow meter operates by alternately transmitting and receiving a frequency modulated burst of sound energy between the two transducers and measuring the transit time that it takes for sound to travel between the two transducers. The difference in the transit time measured is directly and exactly related to the velocity of the liquid in the pipe, as shown in Figure.

Ultrasonic Flow Meter Description

Front View

Left View

Built-in Battery

The instrument can operate with the built-in Ni-MH chargeable battery, which will last about 20 hours of continuous operation when fully recharged.

The charging uses intelligent charging method; users can insert one end of the supply line into the AC220 port, and the other end into power socket, then the charging is finished. When it connected, the red indicator light “CHARGE” on the keyboard flashes, shows that it is charging, when the red light is changed into green, it means charging is finished.

The back-up battery uses CR2032 button battery. Its functions are: first, to keep the data not miss; second, to keep the running of real- time clock. If there is no battery, when the external power supply is cut, the real-time clock will not run, and the data of time accumulation will lost.

Even though the external supply is cut, the reserve battery can keep the data and clock running for about 100 thousand hours. The voltage of back-up battery is 3V. When the battery is depleted, users can change it by themselves

Power On

Press the ON key to switch on the instrument and press the OFF to turn off the power.

Once the flow meter is switched on, it will run a self-diagnostic program, checking first the hardware and then the software integrity. If there is any abnormality, corresponding error messages will display.

Generally, there should be no display of error messages, and the flow meter will go to the most commonly used Menu Window Number 01 (short for M01) to display the Velocity, Flow Rate, Positive Totalizer, Signal Strength and Signal Quality, based on the pipe parameters configured last time by the user or by the initial program.

The flow measurement program always operates in the background of the user interface. This means the flow measurement will keep on running regardless of any user menu window browsing or viewing. Only when the user enters new pipe parameters will the flow meter change measurement to the new parameter changes.

When new pipe parameters have been entered or when the power has been just switched on, the flow meter will enter an adjusting mode to make the signals magnified with proper amplification. By this step, the flow meter is going to find the best threshold of receiving signal. The user will see the progress by the number 1, 2, or 3, which are indicated on the right lower corner of the LCD display.

When the transducers have been adjusted on the pipe by the user, the flow meter will re-adjust the signal automatically.

Any user-entered configuration value will be retained into the NVRAM(Non-Volatile Random Access Memory) of the flow meter, until it is modified by the user.

Keypad

The keypad for the operation of the flow meter is shown by the diagram.

  • Keys 0 ~ 9 and “.” are keys to enter numbers
  • Key ▲ /+ is the going UP key, when the user wants to go to the upper menu window. It also works as “+” key when entering numbers
  • Key ▼ /- is the going DOWN key, when the user wants to go down-sided menu window. It also works as the “–“key when entering numbers.
  • Key ◄ is backspace key, when the user wants go left or wants backspace the left character that is located to the left of the cursor.
  • Key ENT is the ENTER key for any inputting or selections.
  • Key MENU is the key for the direct menu window jump over. Whenever the user wants to proceed to a certain menu window, the user can press this key followed by 2-digit numbers. The MENU key is shortened as the ‘M’ key afterward when referring to the menu windows.
  • The ON key is for the power on.
  • The OFF key is for the power off

Steps to Configure the Parameters

The following parameters need to be configured for a proper measurement:

  1. Pipe outer diameter
  2. Pipe wall thickness
  3. Pipe materials (for non-standard pipe materials, the sound speed for the material must be configured too).
    Standard pipe materials and standard liquids refer to those with the sound parameters that have already been programmed into software of the flow meter, therefore there is no need to configure them
  4. Liner material and its sound speed and thickness, if there is any liner.
  5. Liquid type (for non-standard liquids, the sound speed of the liquid is also needed)
  6. Transducer type adapted to the flow meter. Generally the Standard M1 clamp-on transducers will be the selected option.
  7. Transducer mounting methods (the V-method or Z-method is the common option)
  8. Default Settings.

For standard pipe materials and standard liquids, the following detailed step-by-step setup is recommended.

  1. Press keys MENU 1 1 to enter M11 window to input the digits for the pipe outer diameter, and then press ENT key.
  2. Press key ▼/- to enter M12 window to input the digits for the pipe outer diameter and then press ENT key.
  3. Press key ▼/- to enter M14 window, and press ENT key to enter the option selection mode. Use keys ▲ /+ and ▼/- to scroll up and down to the intended pipe material, and then press ENT key.
  4. Press key ▼/- to enter M16 window, press ENT key to enter the option selection mode, use keys ▲/+ and ▼/- to scroll up and down to the liner material, and then press ENT key. Select “No Liner”, if there is no liner.
  5. Press key ▼/- to enter M20 window, press ENT key to enter the option selection mode, use keys ▲/+ and ▼/- to scroll up and down to the proper liquid, and then press ENT key.
  6. Press key ▼/- to enter M23 window, press ENT key to enter the option selection mode, use keys ▲ /+ and ▼/- to scroll up and down to the proper transducer type, and then press ENT key.
  7. Press key ▼/- to enter M24 window, press ENT key to enter the option selection mode, use keys ▲ /+ and ▼/- to scroll up and down to the proper transducer mounting method, and then press ENT key.
  8. Press key ▼/- to enter M24 window to install the transducers on the pipe, and then press ENT key to go to M01 for the results.

The first-time users may need some time to get familiar with the operation. However, the user friendly interface of the instrument makes the operation quite easy and simple. Before long, the user will configure the instrument with very little key pressing, since the interface allows the user to go to the desired operation directly without any extra steps.

The following tips will facilitate the operation of this instrument.

  1. When the window display is between M00 to M09, press a number key x, the user will go directly to the M0x window. For example, if the current window displays M01, press 7 and the user will go to M07.
  2. When the window display is under M00 to M09, press the ENT key and the user will go to M90; press ENT key to return. Press the dot key to go to M11
  3. When the window display is under M25, press ENT key to go to M01.

Transducers Mounting Allocation

The first step in the installation process is the selection of an optimum location in order to obtain a more accurate measurement. For this to be completed effectively, a basic knowledge about the piping and its plumbing system would be advisable.

An optimum location would be defined as a straight pipe length full of liquid that is to be measured. The piping can be in vertical or horizontal position. The following table shows examples of optimum locations.

Principles for the selection of an optimum location

  1. Choose the straight pipe section full of liquid, e.g. the vertical segment of the pipe or the horizontal segment which is full of liquid.
  2. Make sure that the temperature on the location does not exceed the range for the transducers.
  3. Take the pipes fouling into consideration. Select a straight length of a pipe with no fouling, if the condition is not satisfying; consider the fouling thickness as part of the liner for a better result.
  4. Select the pipe whose material is homogeneous, compact, and easy to transmit ultrasonic wave.

Transducers Installation

The ultrasonic flow meter uses different colors to distinguish the upstream and downstream transducers. Upstream: red; downstream: blue.

The wiring of transducers uses customized twisted pair, it is determined by the sending and receiving circuits which employ balanced lower voltage multi-pulse igniting circuit, the advantage of twisted pair is to increase the anti-interference ability magnificently. If we use the single-shielded HF cable or double-shielded cable, the performance of flow meter may degrade, and cannot measure when external interference is strong.

It is suggested that customers use special cable, because it has small signal impairment and high anti-interference ability, so that guarantees flow meter long-term and reliable work.

Steps to the installation of the transducers

  1. Locate an optimum position where the straight pipe length is sufficient, and where pipes are in a favorable condition, e.g., newer pipes with no rust and ease of operation.
  2. Clean any dust and rust. For a better result, polishing the pipe with a sander is strongly recommended.
  3. Apply adequate coupler to the spot where the transducers are to be installed and leave no gap between the pipe surface and the transducers.

Extra care should be taken to avoid any sand or dust particles left between the pipe outer surface and the transducers. To avoid gas bubbles inside the upper part of the pipe, the transducers should be installed horizontally by the side of the pipe.

Transducers Spacing

The spacing value shown on menu window M25 refers to the distance of inner spacing between the two transducers. The actual transducers spacing should be as close as possible to the spacing value.

V-method Installation: V-method installation is the most widely used mode for daily measurement with pipe inner diameters ranging from 0.79 in to 11.81 in (20 mm to 300 mm). It is also called reflective mode.

Z-method Installation: Z-method is commonly used when the pipe diameter is from 3.94 in to 236.22 in (100 mm to 6000 mm), as a matter of fact, we suggest that you can use it over 7.87 in (200 mm).

W-method Installation: W-method is usually used on plastic pipes with a diameter from 0.39 in to 3.94 in (10 mm to 100 mm).

N-method Installation: Rarely used method.

Installation Checkup

Through the checkup of the installation, one can check the receiving signal strength, the signal quality Q value, the traveling time difference of the signals, the estimated liquid speed, the measured traveling time of the signals and the calculated traveling time ratio. Therefore, optimum measurement result and longer running time of the instrument can be achieved.

Signal Strength

Signal strength indicates the amplitude of receiving ultrasonic signals by a 3-digit number.
[000] means there is no signal detected and [999] refers to the maximum signal strength that can be received.

Although the instrument works well if the signal strength ranges from 50.0 to 99.9, stronger signal strength should be pursued, because a stronger signal means a better result. The following methods are recommended to obtain stronger signals:

  1. Relocate to a more favorable location, if the current location is not good enough for a stable and reliable flow reading, or if the signal strength is lower than 70.0
  2. Try to polish the outer surface of the pipe, and apply more coupler to increase the signal strength.
  3. Adjust the transducers both vertically and horizontally while checking the varying signal strength, stop at the highest position, and then check the transducers spacing to make sure the transducers spacing is the same as what the M25 shows.

Signal Quality

Signal quality is indicated as the Q value in the instrument. A higher Q value would mean a higher Signal and Noise Ratio (short for SNR), and accordingly a higher degree of accuracy would be achieved. Under normal pipe condition, the Q value is in the range 60.0-90.0, the higher the better.

Causes for a lower Q value could be:

  1. Interference of other instruments and devices such as a powerful transverter working nearby. Try to relocate the flow meter to a new place where the interference can be reduced.
  2. Bad sonic coupling for the transducers with the pipe. Try to apply more coupler or clean the surface, etc.
  3. Pipes are difficult to be measured. Relocation is recommended.

Total Transit Time and Delta Time

The numbers displayed on the menu window M93 are called total transit time and delta time respectively. They are the primitive data for the instrument to calculate the flow rate inside the pipe. So the flow rate indication will vary accordingly with the total time and delta time. The total transit time should remain stable or vary just a little. If the delta time fluctuates more than 20 %, it means there are certain kinds of problems with the transducer installation.

Time Ratio between the Measured Total Transit Time and the Calculated Time

This ratio would be used to check the transducer installation. If the pipe parameters are entered correctly and the transducers are installed properly, the value for this ratio should be in the range of 100±3. If this range is exceeded, the user should check:

  1. If the pipe parameters are correctly entered.
  2. If the actual spacing of the transducers is right and the same as what the window M25 shows.
  3. If the transducers are installed properly in the right directions.
  4. If the mounting location is good and if the pipe has changed shape or if there is too much fouling inside the pipes
  5. Other poor conditions.

 Inspection Item after Installation

Check out the tube wall parameter and confirm whether each item is corrected, take record of the flow meter sequence number and other parameter, as well as the signal strength together kept for inspection;

  • Check out the M 90, judge whether the signal strength and Q value is over 70;
  • Check out the M 91, judge whether the signal transit ratio between 97-103
  • Check out the M 60, judge whether the date and time is correct. If not, please adjust it to correct, otherwise date function, power-on and power-off function cannot work regularly
  • For fixed application situation, pressing M26 the first item can back up the current input parameter, which make sure the parameter storage when powered off or battery running out.

How to judge if the instrument works properly

  • Enter into M08, if ‘R’ is displayed on the screen, the instrument is working properly,
  • If ‘E’ is displayed, the current loop output is over-ranged. Increasing the range setting in M57 will make the ‘E’ letter disappear. If you do not use current loop output, you may ignore this error.
  • If ‘Q’ is displayed, the frequency output is over-ranged. Increasing the range setting in M69 will make the ‘Q’ letter disappear. If you do not use frequency output, you may ignore this error.
  • If an ‘H’ flashes on that place, there could be poor signal received. Please refer to the chapters on diagnosis.
  • If ‘G’ is displayed, the flow meter is adjusting system gain. This is normal as far as it does not last long time.
  • If an ‘I’ is displayed, it means that there is no signal detected.
  • If ‘J’ is displayed, there is hardware problem. Turn off the power, then, turn on the power again.

 How to judge the liquid flowing direction

  1. Make sure that the instrument works properly
  2. Check the flow rate for the indication. If the displayed value is POSITIVE, the direction of the flow will be from the A transducers to the B transducers; if the displayed value is NEGATIVE, the direction will be from the B transducers to the A transducers;

How to change between units systems

Use menu window M30 for the selection of unit system in English or Metric system.

How to select a required flow rate unit

Use menu window M31 to select the flow unit first and then the timing unit.

How to use the totalizer multiplier

Use window M33 to select a proper totalizer. Make sure that the totalizer pulse is appropriately speeded. It should not be too fast and neither too slow. A speed of producing a pulse in several seconds or minutes is preferable.

If the totalizer multiplier is too small, there can be a loss of accumulation pulse because the output device can output only one pulse in a measurement period (500 ms)

If the totalizer multiplier is too large, the output pulse will be too fewer for the devices that are connected with the instrument for a quicker response.

How to open or shut the totalizers

Use M34, M35 and M36 to turn on or turn off the POS, NEG, or NET totalizer respectively.

How to reset the totalizers

Use M37 to reset the proper totalizer.

How to restore the flow meter with default setups

Use M37, when the ‘selection’ message is displayed. Press the dot key first and the message ‘Master Erase’ will display, then press the backspace key ◄.

The master erase step will erase all the parameters entered by the user and setup the instrument with default values except “instrument factor” and “network identification number” parameter.

How to use the damper

The damper acts as a filter for a stable reading. If ‘0’ is entered in window M40, that means there is no damping. A bigger number brings a more stable effect. But bigger damper numbers will prevent the instrument from acting quickly. Numbers 0 to 30 are commonly used for the damper value. Default value is 10 seconds.

How to use the zero-cut off function

The number displayed in window M41 is called the lower flow rate cut-off value. The flow meter will replace these flow rate values that are absolutely less than the low-cutoff value with ‘0’. This means the flow meter will avoid any invalid accumulation when the actual flow is below the zero-cutoff value. Generally the default value is 0.03 m/s

The low-cutoff value does not affect the flow measurement when the actual flow is absolutely greater than the low-cutoff value.

How to setup a zero point

There exists a ‘Zero Point’ with certain installation which means the flow meter will display a non-zero value when the flow is absolutely stopped. In this case, setting a zero point with the function in window M42 will bring a more accurate measurement result.

Make sure that there is no liquid running inside the pipe, and then run the function in window M42 by pressing the ENT key.

How to get a scale factor for calibration

A scale factor is the ratio between the ‘actual flow rate’ and the indicated value by the flow meter. The scale factor can be determined by calibration with flow calibration equipment. You may change the scale factor in menu window M45.

How to use the system locker

The system locker provides a means of preventing inadvertent configuration changes or totalizer resets. When the system is locked, menu window browsing can be done without affecting any change, but any modifications are prohibited. The system can be locked without a password or with a one 1 to 4 digit password. With a no-password locking, directly press the ENT key in M47.

How to use 4-20 mA current loop output

The accuracy of the current loop output is better than 0.1 %. It can be configured to different mode, such as 4-20 mA mode, 0-20 mA etc. Mode selection can be made in menu M55. In order to use the 4-20 mA output function, you need not only select the mode to be 4-20mA in M55, but also set the flow rate values which correspond to the minimum current (4 mA) and the maximum current (20 mA). Enter the two values in M56 and M57.

Example A: flow rate range is 0-500 m3/h. Just enter 0 in M56 and 500 in M57.
Example B: flow rate range is -500-0-1000 m3/h. If flow direction is not an issue for you, you may select 20-4-20 mA mode in M55. Then, enter 500 in M56 and 1000 in M57. If flow direction is an issue, you may select 0-4-20mA mode in M55. This means that the current loop will output 0-4 mA when flow rate is negative and 4-20mA when flow rate is positive. Enter -500 in M56 and 1000 in M57.

You may need to calibrate and test the current loop output before using it. Just go to menu M58 and do the following:

  • First, connect an ammeter to the current loop output.
  • Press MENU 5 8, then ENT to enter into menu M58.
  • Use ▲/+  and  ▼/-  to  display  “0mA”,  “4mA”,  “8mA”,  “16mA”,  “20mA”  orderly,  record  the corresponding reading on the ammeter. Calculate the differences between the readings and the selected ones. For instance, when 4mA is selected, the actual output current shown on the ammeter is 4.01 mA. Then, the difference is 0.01 mA.
  • If the differences are not within tolerance, calibrate the current loop
  • The present current loop output is displayed in Window M59. It changes along with flow rate change.

 How to use the Frequency Output

There is a Frequency Output in the flow meters. This frequency output signal, which represents the flow rate, is intended to connect with other instruments.
The Frequency Output is totally user-configurable. Generally, four parameters should be configured for the setups. Enter the lower flow rate value in window M68 and the higher flow rate value in window M69.
Enter the frequency range in window M67.
For example, assume that the flow rate varies in a range 0 m3/h to 3000 m3/h, and an output signal is at a maximum frequency of 1000 Hz, the minimum of 200 Hz is going to be required for other instrumentation. The user should enter 0 in M68 and 3000 in M69, and enter 200 and 1000 in window M67.
Please note that the user has to make the selection with OCT setups in window M78.

How to use the Totalizer Pulse Output

The totalizer output will produce a pulse output with every unit flow of the totalizer.
The totalizer pulse output can only be realized by mapping the pulse output to the OCT or BUZZER hardware devices.

For example, assume that the POS totalizer pulse output is needed, and every pulse should represent 0.1 cubic meter of liquid flow; the pulse output will be mapped to the internal Buzzer so that with every 0.1 cubic meter of flow the BUZZER will beep for a while.

The following setups should be taken/ performed:

  1. Select the unit Cubic Meter under window M32.
  2. Select the Multiplier as ‘2.X0.1’ under window M33.
  3. Select the output option ‘9. POS INT Pulse’ under window M77. (INT stands for totalized)

How to produce an alarm signal

There are 2 types of hardware alarm signals that are available with this instrument. One is the Buzzer, and the other is the OCT output.

Both for the Buzzer and OCT output the triggering sources of the event include the following:

  1. Alarms on when there is no receiving signal
  2. Alarms on when there is poor signal received.
  3. Alarms on when the flow meter is not in normal measurement modes.
  4. Alarms on reverse flow.
  5. Overflow occurs at the analogue output by 100 % or more
  6. Overflow occurs at the frequency output by 120 % or more.
  7. The flow rate is out of the specified range which is configured in windows M73 and M74 for Alarm #1, and in windows M75 and M76 for Alarm #2.

Example A: assume we need the Buzzer to start beeping when the flow meter is not ready in normal measurement. Switch to M77, select item “2. Abnormal Measurement State”

Example B: assume we need the Buzzer to start beeping when the flow rate is less than 300 m3/h and greater than 1000 m3/h. The following setup steps would be recommended:

  • Enter flow rate lower limit 300 in M73 for #1 alarm,
  • Enter flow rate upper limit 1000 in M74 for #1 alarm,
  • Select item ‘6. Alarm #1’ in M77.

Example C: assume we need the OCT output to activate when flow rate exceeds 100~500 m3/h and  the relay output to activate when flow rate exceeds 600~1000 m3/h. The following setup steps would be recommended:

  • Enter flow rate lower limit 100 in M73
  • Enter flow rate upper limit 500 in M74
  • Enter flow rate lower limit 600 in M75
  • Enter flow rate lower limit 1000 in M76
  • Select item ‘6. Alarm #1’ in M78
  • Select item ‘6. Alarm #1’ in M79.

How to use the built-in Buzzer

The built-in buzzer is user-configurable. It can be used as an alarm. Use M77 for setups.

How to use the OCT output

The OCT output is user-configurable, which can be performed by selecting the proper input source such as pulse output. Use M78 for the setups.
Please make sure that the Frequency Output shares the OCT.
The OCT output shares pins with the RS-232C interface, and the terminal is at Pin 1 and 8.

How to modify the built-in calendar

No modification on the built-in calendar will be needed in most cases. The calendar runs on insignificant amount of power supply. Modification will be required only in such cases as when the battery is totally consumed, or when the changing of the battery takes a long time.

Press the ENT key under M60 for Modification. Use the dot key to skip over these digits that need no modification.

How to view the Date Totalizers

Use M82 to view the date totalizers that are comprised of a daily totalizer, a monthly totalizer and a yearly totalizer.

How to use the Working Timer

Use the working timer to check the time that has passed with a certain kind of operation. For example, use it as a timer to show how long a fully-charged battery will last.

Under M72, press ENT key and then select YES to reset the timer.

How to use the manual totalizer

Use M28 for the manual totalizer. Press ENT key to start and stop the totalizer.

How to know how long the battery will last

Use M07 to check how long the battery will last.

How to check the ESN and other minor details

Every set of the ultrasonic flow meter utilizes a unique ESN to identify the meter. The ESN is an 8-digit number that provides the information of version and manufacturing date.The user can also employ the ESN for instrumentation management.The ESN is displayed in window M61.Other details about the instrument are the total working hours displayed in window M+1, and the total power-on times displayed in window M+4.

How to use the data logger for scheduled output

Use menu window 51 to setup the time of scheduled output, including start time, time interval and how many times of output. Then use menu window 50 to turn on data logger and select the items you want to output.

How to output analog voltage signal

Parallel a 250 W resistance to the terminal of the Current loop output (No.21, 22), then you can change the 4-20 mA output to analogue voltage output.

How to adjust the LCD display

You may use menu window 70 to setup the LCD display backlight and menu window 71 to adjust contrast it.

How to use RS232/RS485

Use menu window 62 to set up RS232/RS485. All the devices connected with flow meter should have matched serial configuration.
The following parameters can be configured: Baud rate (300 to 19200 bps), parity, data bits (always 8), and stop bits (1).

How to use automatic amending function for offline compensation

Use menu window 83 turn on or turn off this function. When the function is enabled, the flow meter will estimate the average flow uncounted (or ‘lost’) during the offline session and add the result to the totalizer.
This function is not recommended. The user should manage to avoid the offline time to keep precision of the measurement result.

How to use batch controller

Please do the following to use the batch controller:

  • Go to menu window 80 to select the trig signal.
  • Go to menu window 78 (OCT output) or 79 (relay output), select “8 Batch Control”.
  • Use menu window 81 to set the flow batch value (dose).

How to adjust the analog output

Every set of meter is adjusted before delivery. Unless you find the current indicated in menu 58 is different with the actual current output, please do not do this operation.
Press keys MENU ▼/- 0, use the password “4213068” to enter the window. Note: the window will close after power off and the password will become invalid then.
Press keys MENU ▼/- 1, to adjust the 4mA current output: use precision ammeter to measure the output current, at the same time, use ▲/+   ▼/- to adjust the digital on the flow meter until the ammeter indicate 4.00. Then press ENT to enter the window of adjusting the 20 mA output.
When finished adjusting, you have to use menu window 26 to store the result into the flash memory, so that it will be solidified and will not be lost even the reserve battery removed.

How to solidify the parameters

There are three kinds of parameters:

  1. Current parameters, the parameters are stored in the RAM. They will be lost when one cut the power or remove the reserve battery.
  2. Solidified parameters, you may use menu window 26 to store the parameters in the Flash memory and they will not be lost even power off. This menu window is also a switch for the parameters in flash memory to be loaded when power is turned on. The default option is that the parameters will be loaded. So if the parameters are very stable, you may need this option.
  3. User frequently-used parameters, you can use menu window 27 to store or restore from the internal Flash memory, as many as 9 different pipe parameter configurations.

How to enter the parameters of user-type-transducer

If a user-type-transducer is selected in menu window 23, you need proceed to enter additional 4 user-type-wedge parameters that describe the user transducers.

If the PI-type transducer is selected, you need enter additional 4 PI-type transducer parameters that describe the PI-type transducers.

How to use the circular display function

When entering menu window 95, the circular display function will be started automatically. The following windows will be displayed one by one, each window will stay for 8 seconds: M95>>M00>>M01>>M02>>M02>> M03>>M04>>M05>>M06>>M07>>M08>>M90>>M91>>M92>> M93>> M94>>M95. This function allows the user to visit all the important information without any manual action.

To stop this function, simply press a key. Or switch to a window other than M95.

How to enter into the linearity correcting and How to enter into the data

When the product leaved the factory, the function is closed. The menu can realize almost 12 parts linearity correcting. The user can choose from two points to twelve points to execute the linearity correcting according to user actual condition.

In order to explain the usage method of the menu, we suppose that we get the following table data through calibration the meter.

Reference standard equipment flow (m3/h) Instrumented show flow (m3/h) Correction coefficient  (standard /show value)
1.02 0.0998 1.02
5.11 5.505 0.93
10.34 10.85 0.95
20.45 19.78 1.03
50.56 51.23 0.99

In order to revised the flow exceed the scope of the above table, without mutations of correction factor, we add two points on the basis of the above five points, (0 m3/h, 1.0) and (100000 m3/h, 1.0). (0 m3/h, 1.0) is called the minimum flow of the amendment point, this set of data is used to facilitate to generate an appropriate correction factor when Instrumented show flow under 1.02 m3/h. (100000 m3/h, 1.0) is called the maximum flow of the amendment point, this set of data is used to facilitate to generate an appropriate correction factor when Instrumented show flow above 50.56 m3/h. So that we get the following data sets from small to large.

(0            ,           1)

(0.0998   ,      1.02)

(5.505     ,      0.93)

(10.85     ,      0.95)

(19.78     ,     1.03)

(51.23     ,     0.99)

(100000,        1.)

The total is seven sets of data. The next step is to put seven sets of data entered into the Instrument. Pay attention to the input order in accordance with from small to large.
To enter the menu M48, then input the data set number “7”, to be followed in the above seven sets of data, we revised the setup of a multi-segment linearity correcting.
If you need to cancel linearity correcting, simply enter “0” in the menu M48.
Decommissioned linearity correcting, you just need to enter in the menu M48 data point. (in this case, is “7”).
Note: Before the calibration of the instrument, you must first close the linearity correcting function. If under the condition that the linearity correcting function has not closed, the calibration data sets arising from the amendment must be dealing with the reverse curve of the data following the original amendment, then input to the Instrument. Reverse amendment is very complicated, and should be avoided.

How to save / restore frequently-used pipe parameters

You can use menu window 27 to store or restore from the internal Flash memory, as many as 9 different pipe parameter configurations.

Menu Window Details

Menu Windows Arrangement

  • M00~M09 windows for the display of the flow rate, velocity, date time, totalizers, battery voltage and estimated working hours for the battery.
  • M10~M29 windows for entering the pipe parameter.
  • M30~M38 windows for flow rate unit selections and totalizer unit selections.
  • M40~M49 windows for response time, zeroing, calibration and modification password setup.
  • M50~M89 windows for the printer output, RS-485 output, OCT output, current output, frequency signal output, sound alarms, and date totalizer etc.
  • M90~M94 are diagnostic windows for a more accurate measurement.
  • M97~M99 are not windows but commands for the outputting of display copying and pipe parameter setups.
  • M+0~M+9 are windows for some additional functions, including a scientific calculator, viewer on records such as total working hours, turn-on and turn-off times, dates and times when the flow meter has been turned on or turned off.
  • There are menu windows which have no functions, or functions were cancelled because they are not applied to this version of the software.

Menu Window Details

Menu

window

No.

Function
M00 Display flow rate and net totalizers
M01 Display flow rate, velocity
M02 Display date time and positive totalizer
M03 Display net flow rate and totalizer
M04 Display date and time, flow rate
M05 Display total energy and energy rate
M06 Display temperatures,T1,T2
M07 Display the analog inputs, converted value and current value for AI3, AI4
M08 Display all the detailed working status
M09 Display today’s total flow
M10 Window for entering the outer perimeter of the pipe
M11 Window for entering the outer diameter of the pipe

0 in to 708.66 in (0 mm to 18000 mm) is the allowed range of the value

M12 Window for entering pipe wall thickness
M13 Window for entering the inner diameter of the pipe
M14 Window for selecting pipe material

Standard pipe materials (that the user need not know the speed ) include:

(0) carbon steel   (1) stainless steel  (2) cast iron   (3) ductile iron

(4) copper  (5) PVC   (6) aluminum  (7) asbestos

(8) fiberglass

M15 Window for entering the pipe material speed only for non-standard pipe materials
M16 Window for selecting the liner material, select none for pipes without any liner

Standard liner materials that the user need not know the speed include:

(1) Tar Epoxy    (2) Rubber       (3) Mortar      (4) Polypropylene

(5) Polystryol    (6)Polystyrene    (7) Polyester    (8) Polyethylene

(9) Ebonite      (10) Teflon

M17 Window for entering the liner material speed, only for non-standard liner materials
M18 Window for entering the liner thickness, if there is a liner
M19 Window for entering the ABS thickness of the inside wall of the pipe
M20 Window for selecting fluid type

For standard liquids that the user need not know the liquid speed include:

(0) Water        (1) Sea Water     (2) Kerosene        (3) Gasoline

(4) Fuel oil      (5) Crude Oil     (6) Propane at -49 °F (-45 °C) (7) Butane at 32 °F (0 °C)  (8)Other liquids   (9) Diesel Oil     (10)Caster Oil       (11)Peanut Oil

(12) #90 Gasoline (13) #93 Gasoline (14) Alcohol     (15) Hot water at 257 °F (125 °C)

M21 Window for entering the fluid sonic velocity, only for non-standard liquids
M22 Window for entering the viscosity of the non-standard liquids
M23 Window for selecting the proper transducers

There are 20 different types of transducers for selection.

If the user-type-transducer is selected, system will prompt anther 4 user-type-wedge parameters to be input.

If the π-type transducer is selected, the system needs also another 4π type transducer parameters

M24 Window for selecting the transducer mounting methods

Four methods can be selected:

(0) V-method  (1) Z-method   (2) N-method  (3) W-method

M25 Display the transducer mounting spacing
M26 A switch for the parameters in flash memory will be loaded when power is turned on. The default option is that the parameters will be loaded. If this switch is not turned on, the system will try to use the parameters in the system RAM, if these parameters are ok or the system will load the parameters in flash memory.

Function to store the current parameters into the flash memory.

M27 Entry to store to or restore from the internal Flash memory, as many as 9 different pipe parameter configurations
M28 Select YES or NO for the instrument to determine whether or not to hold (or to keep) the last correct value when poor signal condition occurs. YES is the default setup
M29 Pipe empty setup. Enter a value ranging from 00 to 99, 0 is the default value. The flow rate will be set to 0 if the signal strength is below the entered value.
M30 Window for selecting unit system. Default value is ‘Metric’. The change from English to Metric or vice versa will not affect the unit for totalizers.
M31 Window for selecting flow rate that will be used by the instrument afterward.

Flow rate can be in

0. Cubic meter short for (m3)

1. Liter (l)

2. USA gallon (gal)

3. Imperial Gallon (igl)

4. Million USA gallon (mgl)

5. Cubic feet (cf)

6. USA liquid barrel (bal)

7. Imperial liquid barrel (ib)

8. Oil barrel (ob)

The flow unit in terms of time can be per day, per hour, per minute or per second. So there are 32 different flow rate units in total for selection.

M32 Window for selecting the totalizers’ working unit
M33 Select totalizer multiplier

The multiplier ranges from 0.001 to 10000

M34 Turn on or turn off the NET totalizer
M35 Turn on or turn off the POS totalizer
M36 Turn on or turn off the NEG totalizer
M37 (1) Totalizer reset

(2) Restore the instrument to the default parameters as the manufacturer did by pressing the dot key followed by the backspace key. Take care or make note on the parameters before doing the restoration

M38 Press-a-key-to-run or to stop totalizer for easier calibration
M39 Interface language selection .

This selection could also be changed automatically by the system, if English LCD display is used as the display device.

M40 Setup for local segmental LCD display. Enter 0 or 1 for the non-auto-scan mode; Enter 2~39  for  the  auto-scan  mode,  in  which mode  the  display  will  automatically  scan  displaying  from  00  to  the entered number of the local segmental LCD display.
M41 Flow rate damper for a stable value. The input range is 0 to 999 seconds.

0 means there is no damping. Default value is 10 seconds

M42 Lower flow rate cut-off to avoid invalid accumulation.
M43 Zero point setup under the condition when there is no liquid running inside the pipe.
M44 Clear the zero point set by the user, and restore the zero point set by the manufacturer
M45 Set up a manual flow bias. Generally this value should be 0.
M46 Scale factor for the instrument. The default value is ‘1’.

Keep this value as ‘1’, when no user calibration has been made.

M47 Network environment Identification Number. Any integer can be entered except 13(0DH, carriage return), 10 (0AH, line feeding), 42 (2AH), 38, 65535.

Every set of the instrument in a network environment should have a unique IDN. Please refer to the chapter for communication.

M48 System locker to avoid modification of the parameters by mistake
M49 Entry to linearity correct data inputs. There are as many as 12 point-data can be input
M50 Displays the input contents for the serial port
M51 Switches for the built-in data logger. There are as many as 22 different items can be chosen
M52 Time setup for the data logger
M53 Data logging direction control. If ‘Send to RS-485’ is selected, all the data produced by the data logger will be transmitted out through the RS-232/RS-485 interface

If ‘To the internal serial BUS ‘ is selected, the data will be transmitted to the internal serial bus which allows a thermal printer,4-20mA analog output module

M54 Display the converted value and current value for analog input AI5
M55 Pulse width setup for the OCT(OCT1) output
M56 Analog output mode selection. 9 modes to be chosen
M57 Setup for the value via 4 mA of the analog output
M58 Setup for the value via 20 mA of the analog output
M59 Analog output checkup
M60 Current output form the analog output
M61 Calendar. Press ENT for modification. Use the dot key to skip the digits that need no adjusting.
M62 Display Version information and Electronic Serial Number (ESN) that are unique for the ultrasonic flow meter.

The users may employ the ESN for instrumentation management

M63 RS-232/RS-485 setup. Baud rate can be 300 bps to 19200 bps
M64 Communication protocol selection. Default is for protocols which have ASCII format, such as MODBUS-ASCII, Meter-BUS,  Extended Protocol, and various protocols. The other select is for MODBUS_RTU
M65 AI3 value range inputs, two values which are presented by the 4 mA and 20 mA current should be input
M66 AI4 value range inputs
M67 AI5 value range inputs
M68 Input the frequency range for the frequency output. The biggest range is 0 Hz-9999 Hz. Default value is 0 Hz – 1000 Hz
M69 Enter a flow rate value that corresponds to lower frequency
M70 Enter a flow Rate value that corresponds to higher frequency
M71 LCD display backlight control. The entered value indicates how many seconds the backlight will be on with every key pressing.
M72 LCD contrast control. The LCD will become darker or brighter when a value is entered.
M73 Working timer. It can be cleared by pressing ENT key, and then select YES.
M74 Enter Lower Flow Rate value that will trigger the #1 Alarm. There are two virtual alarms in the system. By “virtual” we mean that the user must redirect the output of the alarms by setup the output hardware in M78 and M77
M75 Enter the higher flow rate value that will trigger the #1 Alarm.
M76 Enter the lower flow rate value that will trigger the #2 Alarm.
M77 Enter the higher flow rate value that will trigger the #2 Alarm.
M78 Buzzer setup.

If a proper input source is selected, the buzzer will beep when the trigger event occurs

M79 OCT (Open Collect Transistor Output) setup

By selecting a proper input source, the OCT hardware will close when the trigger event occurs

M80 Relay or OCT2 setup

By selecting a proper input source, the hardware will close when the trigger event occurs

Note: in order to make the user interface compatible with the instrument, the name RELAY was used other than OCT2. But in fact it is an OCT output.

M81 Signal selection for the built-in batch controller
M82 The built-in batch controller
M83 Date totalizer by day, by month and by year
M84 Automatic total flow correction switch
M85 Energy unit select
M86 Temperature select
M87 Specific heat select
M88 Energy totalizer switch
M89 Energy multiplier
M90 (1) Display the temperature difference.

(2) The window to set the lowest temperature difference.

M91 Display signal strength, signal quality Q value

Signal strength is presented by 00.0 to 99.9, the bigger the value, the bigger the signal strength will be, and more reliable readings will be made.

Q value is presented by 00 to 99, the bigger the better. It should at least be great than 50 for normal operations.

M92 Displays the Time Ratio between the Measured Total Transit Time and the Calculated time. If the pipe parameters are entered correctly and the transducers are properly installed, the ratio value should be in the range of 100 ± 3 %. Otherwise the entered parameters and the transducer installation should be checked.
M93 Displays the estimated fluid sound velocity. If this value has an obvious difference with the actual fluid sound speed, pipe parameters entered and the transducer installation should be checked again.
M94 Displays total transit time and delta time(transit time difference)
M95 Displays the Reynolds number and the pipe factor used by the flow rate program.
M96 Display the positive and negative energy totalizers

Entry to start the loop-displaying windows from M00…M08 to M90…M95. The loop-displaying will stop when any key pressed.

M97 Command for the thermal printer to advance 5 lines of paper
M98 Command to record the pipe parameters entered by the user. The printing data can be directed either to the internal serial bus or to RS-232C serial interface
M99 Command to print the diagnostic information. The printing data can be directed either to internal serial bus or to RS-232C serial interface
M+0 Command to copy the current display. The printing data can be directed either to the internal serial bus or to RS-232C serial interface
M+1 Browse the 32 recorded instrument power-on and power-off date and time with the flow rate at the time of power on and off
M+2 Displays the total working time of the instrument
M+3 Displays the last power-off date and time
M+4 Displays the last power-off flow rate
M+5 Displays how many times of instrument has been powered on
M+6 A scientific calculator for the convenience of field working.

All the values are in single accuracy.

M+7 Enter a number as the velocity of the liquid for the system to determine if another kind of liquid is running
M+8 Displays total flow for this month (only for the time past)
M+9 Displays total flow for this year (only for the time past)
M-0 Not working total time in seconds. It include the time when power off, if the back-up battery is applied.

 Troubleshooting

Power-on Error Displays and Counter-Measures

The ultrasonic flow meter provides an automatic power-on diagnosis for the hardware problems. When any message (with the power on) in the following table displays, counter-measures should be taken.

Error message Causes Counter-measures
ROM Testing Error

Segment Test Error

Problem with the software 1. Power on again

2. Contact with factory

Stored Data Error The parameters entered by the user lose integration. When this message displays, the user should press ENT key, and all the configuration will be restored to the default state.
Timer Slow Error

Timer Fast Error

Problem with the timer-keeper or the crystal oscillator. 1. Power on again

2. Contact with factory

Date Time Error Number

errors  with

the calendar

Initialize  the  calendar  by  menu window M61
Reboot repetitively Hardware problems Contact the factory

Error Code and Counter-Measures

The ultrasonic flow meter will show Error Code in the lower right corner with a single letter like I, R etc. on menu windows M00, M01, M02, M03, M90 and M08. When any abnormal Error Code shows, counter-measures should be taken.

Error code

 Message displayed on M08

Causes Counter-measures
R System Normal No error
I
  1. Detect No Signal

1. No Signals detected

2. Transducers installed improperly

3.Too much fouling

4. Pipe liners are too thick.

5.Transducer  cords are  not properly connected

1.     Relocate

2.     location

3.     Clean the spot

4.     Check the cords measuring

J Hardware Error Hardware problem Contact the factory
H PoorSig Detected 1.     Poor signal detected

2.     Transducers installed improperly

3.     Too much fouling

4.     The pipe liners are too thick.

5.     Problem with transducers Cords

1.     Relocate measuring place

2.     Clean the spot

3.     Check the cords

4.     Check the coupler

Q Frequ OutputOver The actual frequency for the Frequency  Output  is  out  of the range set by the user Check  the  value  entered  at M66,M67,M68 and M69, and try to enter a larger value on M69
F System RAM Error

Date Time Error

CPU or IRQ Error

ROM Parity Error

  1. Temporary problems with RAM, RTC
  2. Permanent problems with hardware
(1) power on again

(2) contact factory

1

2

3

Adjusting Gain

Instrument is in the progress of adjusting the gain for the signal, and the number indicates the progressive steps

K Empty pipe (1) No liquid inside pipe

(2) Setup error on M29

  1. Relocate where the     pipe is full of liquid.
  2. Enter 0 on M29

Other Problems and Solutions

  1. When the actual flow inside the pipe is not standstill, but the instrument displays 0.0000 for the flow rate, and ‘R’ displaying signal strength and the signal quality Q (value) has a satisfactory value?
    The problems are likely caused by the user who has used the ‘Set Zero’ function on this non-standstill flowing pipe. To solve this problem, use the ‘Reset Zero’ function on menu window M43.
  2. The displayed flow rate is much lower or much higher than the actual flow rate in the pipe under normal working conditions.
    a.There is probably an offset value wrongly entered by the user in M44. Enter ‘0’ in M44.
    b.Problem with transducer installation.
    c.There is a ‘Zero Point’. Try to ‘zero’ the instrument by using M42 and make sure that the flow inside the pipe should be standstill.
  3. The battery cannot work as long as the time period as indicated by M07
    1. Battery should be replaced due to the end of the service life.
    2. Newly changed battery does not fit the battery estimating software. Customizing the battery with the software should be taken. Please contact the factory.
    3. The battery has not been fully recharged or the recharge has been stopped too many times halfway.
  4. There is indeed a time difference between the actual working time and the estimated one, especially when the terminal voltage is in the range 3.70 V and 3.90 V.

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