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Beyond Flowmeter Selection: Consider Some of the Most Overlooked Criteria

By Jerry Spindler, Endress + Hauser, Inc. |

  The whole-product-lifecycle approach presented here encompasses more than basic selection Typical discussions of flowmeter selection address specifications, technologies, accuracies and performance, but there are many other steps that are not normally considered. This article focuses on these often overlooked criteria, which inevitably have far-reaching and costly implications over the life of the flow-measurement instrument chosen. Figure 1.  Choosing the best flowmeter for the application is important, but it is only the first step in proper selection In the current economic environment, every aspect of a flowmeter that impacts an organization’s bottom line must be given consideration, even if it does not appear to affect the original purchase price. There are several less-than-obvious issues to review with any supplier you are doing business with that have cost-saving implications. Failing to pay attention to these factors early in the discussion could lead to greater costs in the long run. It pays to take the time up front to ensure you have made the proper selection. The selection process proposed here involves a whole-product-lifecycle approach to flowmeters that takes into account several steps from engineering…
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