New York flood waters test performance of Krohne flow meter

While Krohne's AQUAFLUX electromagnetic flowmeter was designed to provide extreme accuracy and durability for various applications, not even the manufacturers at Krohne realized the full extent of the product's damage-resistant capabilities until recently, when the AQUAFLUX was put to the test due to flooding in June 2006 in Village of Windsor, NY. The unit, installed three years earlier in a water pump house that was submerged below floodwaters, performed through the event...

PEABODY, MA, Jan. 10, 2007 -- While Krohne's AQUAFLUX electromagnetic flowmeter was designed to provide extreme accuracy and durability for various applications, not even the manufacturers at Krohne realized the full extent of their product's damage-resistant capabilities until recently, when the AQUAFLUX was put to the test in the Village of Windsor, NY.

Ron Harting, who is the Deputy Mayor of the Village of Windsor and also the Technical Director at O'Brien & Gere Engineers, had invested in an AQUAFLUX flowmeter from Krohne in March 2003. It was placed in the village's water pump-house to perform its intended function; measuring the volumetric flow rate of electrically conductive liquids in water, wastewater and environmental engineering applications.

In June of 2006, the Village of Windsor was hit by a major flood, and, according to Harting, "The meter was totally submerged in the river flood water for a period of three days." After the three-day flood finally recessed, Harting was able to re-enter the pump house. What he found, after merely wiping off the mud and silt on the AQUAFLUX meter transmitter's face, was a fully-functioning display. Somehow, the meter had performed flawlessly while under the noxious flood waters, even though submersible capabilities had not been one of the intended qualities of AQUAFLUX's original design.

Harting said, "On behalf of the Village of Windsor, NY, I would like to express our extreme satisfaction with the meter assembly." He added, "Normally, we design systems to avoid this situation at all costs, since submergence typically equates to equipment failure. I have witnessed countless magmeters and similar instruments fail when subjected to submergence."

Harting concluded that "purchasing Krohne's AQUAFLUX flowmeter was an investment that delivered results beyond his expectations: "Although the flow tube and transmitter were purchased as NEMA 4X, the inherent IP 67 rating provided by Krohne was a feature and benefit we gained without additional cost or effort."

Krohne (www.krohne.com/northamerica) is a worldwide technological leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of accurate, reliable and cost-effective measuring instruments for the process industries. Krohne focuses on forming partnerships with its customers to provide them with the most reliable and innovative solutions available in the marketplace.

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