Products and Services: Meters & AMR

July 1, 2002
FirstPoint's TDS-2 and TDS-4M Telemetry Interface Units (TIU) are data recording devices designed to communicate and deliver interval and time-of-use data, and current (demand) reads.

Telemetry interface unit

FirstPoint's TDS-2 and TDS-4M Telemetry Interface Units (TIU) are data recording devices designed to communicate and deliver interval and time-of-use data, and current (demand) reads. The low-cost universal 2-port and 4-port TIUs have extensive data logging, power outage and independent port/meter tamper capability. Customers can read any combination of encoded or pulse output meters automatically at intervals of 5, 10, 15, 30 or 60 minutes and daily.

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FirstPoint Energy Corp.
Portland, OR
Tel: 888-422-8484

Radio-read systems

RamarRegistered is a supplier of automatic meter reading systems for water, gas and electric utilities. Its portfolio of radio-based meter reading products allows utilities to read meters in a variety of ways: through a hand-held unit, from a vehicle, or across a wireless fixed network. The company's technology is based on an open system philosophy. Therefore, the products interface with other system components.

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Ramar Inc.
Research Triangle Pk., NC
Tel: 919-991-9924

Dual-mode AMR

Itron has launched two new dual-mode AMR endpoints that are compatible with meters from all leading manufacturers: the 50W ERT module for indoor sets and the 50W-1 module for pit-set meters. The units can operate in either "wake-up" or "bubble-up" mode. In wake-up mode, the ERT receives a radio wake-up signal from an Itron handheld, vehicle-based or network data collection system before transmitting consumption and tamper data.

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Itron Inc.
Spokane, WA
Tel: 800-635-8725

Residential water meter

Severn Trent Services has introduced the SmartMeter™, an all-electronic residential water meter with no moving parts. At the heart of the new meter is a fluidic oscillator, a non-mechanical flow chamber, which is combined with patented sensing technology to provide accuracy over the meter's full dynamic range.

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Severn Trent Services
Fort Washington, PA
Tel: 866-646-9201

Metering systems

Master Meter offers a variety of metering and meter-reading systems. The company offers Multi-Jet Meters for residential applications, Turbine Meters for high volume utility measurement and Compound Meters for utility applications. Its Dialog®meter reading systems for utilities include automated electronic on-site reading, automatic telephone and direct-connect (LAN) reading and fixed network RF systems.

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Master Meter Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
Tel: 800-765-6518

No-lead water meters

Water meters from Neptune Technology Group are manufactured with EnviroBrass II, a high-copper brass alloy that exceeds current AWWA material specifications and is approved by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), listed in ASTM B584.

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Neptune Technology Group Inc.
Tallassee, AL
Tel: 334-283-7308

AMR systems

Invensys Metering Systems, formerly Sensus Technologies Inc., is a supplier of automatic meter reading systems. The company's AMR systems include the TouchRead, RadioRead, PhonRead and SubMetering systems, all of which incorporate absolute-encoder registers. Its Windows-based AutoRead Software provides transfer of meter-reading data into a utility's billing system.

Invensys Metering Systems
Raleigh, NC
Tel: 919-870-4700

Low flow metering

The Research Control® Mag from Badger Meter is designed for municipal applications requiring extremely low flow metering such as verifying outputs of metering pumps. Typical applications are sodium hypochlorite, sodium silicate and other caustics used for pH control of potable water. Chlorine, fluoride and sodium aluminate are other water treatment chemicals that need verification.

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Badger Meter Inc.
Tulsa, OK
Tel: 800-364-9876

Encoder register

Hersey Meters' new Translator™Encoder Register is now available on the company's entire line of water meters, in 5/8 in. through 12 in. sizes. The new register is a true absolute encoder. Combined with the TransPondIT™Radio Frequency Meter Interface, the register provides error free meter reading.

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Hersey Meters
Cleveland, NC
Tel: 704-278-2221

Single-jet meters

The Spectrum Single-Jet Meter from Metron Farnier is the widest range single measuring element meter available to U.S. utilities. The meters have been designed to replace compound type and turbine type meters for commercial services. The meters feature a 1000:1 turndown ratio and superior low flow registration.

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Metron Farnier Inc.
Bolder, CO
Tel: 800-763-8766

Meter reading systems

ABB offers utilities a choice of meter reading technologies. The company partners with the leading reading systems manufacturers to complement its metering products with state-of-the-art electronic technologies. ABB encoder technology, launched in 1985, enables absolute interrogation of the register by hand-held readers or RF systems and offers the industry's only true six-digit encoding, with four-digit encoding also available.

ABB Water Meters Inc.
Ocala, FL
Tel: 352-732-4670


Bermad's Model 910-P Hydrometer combines a vertical turbine water meter and a diaphragm actuated hydraulic control valve in a single valve body. This marriage meters fluid flow and provides a pulse output for computerized data capture and control while simultaneously providing the control valve functions of closing, opening and modulation for pressure control.

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Bermad, Inc.
Anaheim, CA
Tel: 800-821-6825

Flow measurement

The new PROline Prosonic Flow 90/93W from Endress+Hauser is designed for volume flow measurement of liquids in water/wastewater applications. The system operates on the principle of transit time difference; an ultrasonic signal transmitted bidirectionally from one sensor to another.

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Greenwood, IN
Tel: 800-428-4344

Signal conditioner

The SCADALink FSC420 Frequency Input Signal Conditioner from Bentek Systems is designed to convert low level turbine flowmeter and tachometer input signals to 4-20 mA or k-factor scaled digital output suitable for PLC and RTU systems.

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Bentek Systems Ltd.
Calgary, Alberta
Tel: 403-243-5135

Wireless AMR

The WA-TX family of wireless transmitters for water utility applications are the end-point units for the NexusData automated meter reading system. The modules operate in the company's Fixnet™, a wireless wide area fixed network. Transmitted messages contain meter reading data, status and online alerts. Readings can be transmitted in pre-selected intervals, typically daily.

NexusData, Inc.
Tel: 866-398-7267
Grapevine, TX

Flow transmitter

The principle behind Panametrics' new AquaTrans™ AT868 Ultrasonic Flow Transmitter is to combine a low-cost flow transmitter with the company's ultrasonic flowmeter technology for water and wastewater applications. The microprocessor-based flowmeter's software is specifically designed for simple installation and reliable operation. The NEMA 4X, low-profile meter can be positioned in an accessible location close to the measurement point by mounting it either on a wall or a two-inch pipe stand. The two-line, 16-character, LED backlit, LCD display shows up to four flow parameters in sequence.

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Panametrics, PCI Div.
Waltham, MA
Tel: 800-833-9438

Flow sensor

McMillan's Model 104 Liquid Flo-Sensors measure flow rates of fluids as low as 13 mL/minute, and are designed as an electronic alternative to ball-and-tube rotameters. Stainless steel construction guarantees compatibility with many chemicals used for water treatment.

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McMillan Co.
Georgetown, TX
Tel: 800-861-0231

Streaming current meter

The Streaming Current Meter from Micrometrix is a coagulant dose control instrument designed for the water treatment industry. The instrument measures ionic and colloidal charge to determine the optimum chemical dosage. High and low alarms alert operators to overdose or underdose conditions and prevent plant upsets. A digital display, 4-20mA output signal, and low maintenance sensor are standard features.

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Micrometrix Corp.
Suwanee, GA 30024
Tel: 770-242-7118

Magnetic flowmeter

The Magnum series sensor style magnetic flow-meter for water and wastewater applications is used in pipes from 3 in. to 100 in. It is an inexpensive, yet precise alternative to many traditional measurement methods. The meter, from MSR Magmeter, is available with an optional data-logger and high pressure insertion/retraction mechanism.

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MSR Magmeter, Ltd.
Edmonton, Alberta
Tel: 780-662-2171

Hand-held computer

Northrop Grumman Information Technology (formerly Logicon) offers meter reading equipment and systems. Its VersaTermRegistered CE is a water-proof and shock-resistant hand held computer built to military specifications. The hand-held uses Windows CE as its operating system, which allows utilities to run several types of applications from meter reading to service order applications on the same route.

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Northrop Grumman Info.Tech.
San Diego, CA 92121
Tel: 800-884-1336

Telephone AMR

The TL401 and TL402 Telereaders® from Nertec are designed for residential, commercial, and industrial water Automated Meter Reading (AMR) applications. Based on inbound (call-in) telephone technology, the units use the telephone infrastructures as their meter-reading data conduit to the AMR Station. They can read a majority of water meters equipped with an encoder, a pulse, or an auto-generator signal device.

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Nertec Inc.
Richardson, TX
Tel: 888-463-7832

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