Flow Sensors

Flow sensors or flow indicators are flow meter devices used to measure the amount of liquid, gas or vapour that passes through them. They can also be known as flow gauges or liquid meters. Flow sensors are available as time measuring units (these measure flow rates over a set time period) or they can be totalising flow meters that continually measure the medium passed through.

Flow sensors consist of a primary medium connection device, transducer and transmitter. The transducer senses the fluid that passes through the primary device. The transmitter produces an output signal from the raw transducer signal.

Types of Flow Sensor

Paddlewheel Flow Sensors or Turbine: One of the most common types of flow sensor. The sensors are connected to a pipe with liquid passing through and turning a paddle wheel, the primary device calculates the speed as the paddle is turned. This simple structure is compact and can perform a large-capacity measurement. Disadvantages are clogging and maintenance is required to cope with the axial wear otherwise the paddle needs replacing.

Variable Area Flow Sensors also known as Rotaflow meters: identified by their tapered tube and float designs. Widely used for gases and liquids flow measurement because of its low cost, simplicity, low-pressure drop and linear output.

Magnetic-Inductive Sensors: This type of sensor detects three process categories, volumetric flow quantity, consumed quantity and medium temperature.

Applications for Flow Sensors

Each type of flow sensor has its own specific applications and installation constraints. There is no one size fits all flow meter. The way to select the right flow meter is to think about the application as a guide, not the technology. Many of the technologies work well on many applications. Starting with the application will help to select the technology based on accuracy, cost, durability and reliability, rather than trying to make the technology fit the application you have. Can include the following applications:

  • Water treatment
  • Cooling systems
  • Industrial Washing Systems
  • Irrigation

Things to consider:

  • What is the fluid being measured, if not water what is its viscosity?
  • Rate measurement or summation?
  • Display or signal output?
  • What is the minimum and maximum flow rate, process pressure and process temperature?

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Description Price Media Monitored Device Type Minimum Flow Rate Maximum Flow Rate Supply Voltage Pipe Diameter Range Connection Type Maximum Pressure Material Minimum Media Temperature Maximum Media Temperature Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature Current Rating
RS stock no. 198-2919
Mfr. Part No.MR3A14BVBN
R 1,519.15
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Gas Variable Area 0.4 L/min 5 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 198-2896
Mfr. Part No.MR3A12BVBN
R 1,890.75
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Gas Variable Area 0.05 L/min 0.5 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 198-2997
Mfr. Part No.25102A14BVBN
R 2,153.48
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Gas Variable Area 0.4 L/min 5 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 448-7467
Mfr. Part No.MR3A18BVBN
R 1,899.12
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Gas Variable Area 10 L/min 100 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 198-2931
Mfr. Part No.MR3A15BVBN
R 1,505.25
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Gas Variable Area 1 L/min 10 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0199
Mfr. Part No.2530A4L69BVBN
R 4,092.52
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Liquid Variable Area 0.8 L/min 9 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0228
Mfr. Part No.2540A5L60PI
R 5,889.68
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Liquid Variable Area 4 L/min 36 L/min - 1 in 1 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0234
Mfr. Part No.2540A5L61PI
R 5,455.82
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Liquid Variable Area 5 L/min 75 L/min - 1 in 1 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0161
Mfr. Part No.2530A4A72BVBN
R 3,758.41
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Gas Variable Area 14 L/min 140 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0177
Mfr. Part No.2530A4A70BVBN
R 4,091.98
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Gas Variable Area 30 L/min 280 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0262
Mfr. Part No.2540A5A54PI
R 5,889.68
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Gas Variable Area 100 L/min 1400 L/min - 1 in 1 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 198-2981
Mfr. Part No.25102A13BVBN
R 1,634.43
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Gas Variable Area 0.1 L/min 1 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0212
Mfr. Part No.2540A5L59PI
R 5,571.52
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Liquid Variable Area 1 L/min 19 L/min - 1 in 1 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0278
Mfr. Part No.2540A5A55PI
R 5,889.68
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Gas Variable Area 400 L/min 4000 L/min - 1 in 1 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0206
Mfr. Part No.2530A4L71BVBN
R 4,105.30
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Liquid Variable Area 1.5 L/min 20 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 198-2903
Mfr. Part No.MR3A13BVBN
R 1,504.54
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Gas Variable Area 0.1 L/min 1.2 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 198-2969
Mfr. Part No.MR3L11BVBN
R 1,505.43
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Liquid Variable Area 20 ccm 300 cm³/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 198-2953
Mfr. Part No.MR3L10BVBN
R 1,538.09
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Liquid Variable Area 5 ccm 110 cm³/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 448-7451
Mfr. Part No.MR3A17BVBN
R 1,523.38
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Gas Variable Area 4 L/min 50 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.9bar Polycarbonate - +65°C - +65°C -
RS stock no. 361-0256
Mfr. Part No.2540A5A53PI
R 5,455.82
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Gas Variable Area 100 L/min 700 L/min - 1 in 1 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -