Tough environments call for tougher instruments
Harsh process conditions require tough, durable mass flow instrumentation. Each Alicat instrument is custom built to handle specific process requirements, with minimal need for repairs and replacements.
Devices can be built with the following:
- High temperature electronics
- IP67 ingress protection rating
- Conformal coating
- Humidity resistance
- Corrosion resistance
- CSA/ATEX certifications for hazardous environments
- Drop resistance
High temperature electronics
Standard devices can flow gases up to 60°C. For higher operating temperatures, high temperature (HT) electronics can be used instead of the standard circuitry. These devices can flow gases up to 100°C and operate at ambient temperatures up to 85°C.
It is important to note that our integrated displays are incompatible with high temperatures. An HT device is therefore only available with a remote display or no display.
IP67 ingress protection rating
Most instruments can be built with ingress protection up to a rating of IP67. This means if a little water gets into the system, the device will not immediately fail and can be dried out later.
Frequent temperature shifts can lead to condensation which can interfere with some instruments. For applications where this may be a problem, a conformal coating can be applied to the internal electronics to protect the device.
FP-25 flow meters are IP67 rated and contain internal sensors that are accurate from -30°C to +60°C and up to 95% relative humidity. These devices are specifically tailored for ambient air monitoring applications, where measurements must often be taken in hot and humid air.
For processes flowing corrosive gases such as ammonia or sulfur dioxide, many of our instruments can be made with FFKM or EPDM elastomers and stainless steel components. These devices are able to flow 130 gases (98 standard gases + 32 corrosive gases). Anticorrosive instruments can be customized to include 316L stainless steel sensors, flow bodies, and/or valves.
Hazardous environments – CSA/ATEX certification
For processes and environments that are potentially explosive, most Alicat instruments can be built with a CSA Class 1 Division 2/ATEX Zone 2 area certification. CSA/ATEX certified devices feature locking industrial connectors for power and communications.
Alicat devices are made to resist impact and drops, an important consideration especially when using portable meters. Our instruments are able to take a hit, and continue to flow with the same accuracy.
In the demonstration below, we drop test a portable mass flow meter from progressively higher heights onto concrete. Even after falling from heights of 3 feet (typical carrying height) to 12 feet, the measurements remain within 0.6% of reading.