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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RS Stock No. 510-0616
BrandRS PRO
£215.53
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Gas, Liquid Piston Inline 0.5 L/min 3 L/min - 8 mm 1/4 BSP Female 16bar Aluminium - +100°C - +120°C -
RS Stock No. 511-3909
BrandRS PRO
£239.12
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- - - 2.5 → 30.0 L/min 4.5 → 24 V dc 1/2 in - - - - - -25°C +125°C 10 mA
RS Stock No. 446-8315
Mfr. Part No.173940-C
£70.10
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Liquid Turbine 2 L/min 30 L/min 5 → 24 V dc 3/8 in 3/8 BSP 200psi Nylon 12 - - -20°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 256-578
£50.44
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Liquid Control Valve 3 L/min 6 L/min 240 V ac 22 mm - 10bar - +5 °C +85°C +5°C +70°C -
RS Stock No. 740-6424
Mfr. Part No.SM7000
£571.31
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Liquid Magnetic-Inductive 0.2 L/min 50 L/min 19 → 30 V dc - 3/4 BSP 16bar PBT, Stainless Steel -20 °C +80°C -10°C +60°C -
RS Stock No. 198-2997
Mfr. Part No.25102A14BVBN
£74.58
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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. 395-6827
Mfr. Part No.155420BSPP
£59.00
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Liquid RotorFlow 2 L/min 20 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 BSP Female 6.9bar Polypropylene -29 °C +82°C -29°C +82°C -
RS Stock No. 256-562
£36.57
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Liquid Control Valve 3 L/min 6 L/min 240 V ac 15 mm - 8bar - +5 °C +85°C +5°C +70°C -
RS Stock No. 256-297
Mfr. Part No.S.800002
BrandParker
£85.45
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Liquid Variable Area 1.5 L/min 10 L/min - 3/4 in 3/4 BSP 10bar - - - - +60°C -
RS Stock No. 623-7933
Mfr. Part No.AWM720P1
BrandHoneywell
£109.85
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Dry Gas Compensated/Amplified - 200 SLPM 15 V dc 22 mm 4-Pin 25psi Plastic - - -25°C +85°C -
RS Stock No. 198-2919
Mfr. Part No.MR3A14BVBN
£69.57
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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. 446-8286
Mfr. Part No.173936-C
£70.10
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Liquid Turbine 0.5 L/min 5 L/min 5 → 24 V dc 3/8 in 3/8 BSP 200psi Nylon 12 - - -20°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 198-3007
Mfr. Part No.25102A15BVBN
£73.86
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Gas Variable Area 1 L/min 10 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 6.89bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS Stock No. 740-6433
Mfr. Part No.SM8000
£659.09
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Liquid Magnetic-Inductive 0.2 L/min 100 L/min 19 → 30 V dc - 1 BSP 16bar PBT, Stainless Steel -20 °C +80°C -10°C +60°C -
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Mfr. Part No.MR3A18BVBN
£69.75
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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. 395-7173
Mfr. Part No.020-0315
£119.39
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Liquid Piston 0 L/min 55 L/min 220 V 3/8 in 3/8 BSP 0.3bar Brass - - - +90°C -
RS Stock No. 198-2975
Mfr. Part No.2510A2A12BVBN
£72.39
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Gas, Liquid Variable Area 0.04 L/min 0.5 L/min - 1/8 in 1/8 NPT Female 7bar Acrylic - +65°C - +65°C -
RS Stock No. 395-6849
Mfr. Part No.142541BSPP
£91.20
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Liquid RotorFlow 2 L/min 20 L/min - 1/4 in 1/4 BSP Female 13.8bar Brass - - -29°C +100°C -
RS Stock No. 395-6940
Mfr. Part No.166701
£35.80
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Liquid Piston - 0.2 L/min 120 → 240 V ac/dc 1/4 in 1/4 BSP 10bar Noryl - +100°C - +100°C -
RS Stock No. 395-7224
Mfr. Part No.020-3499
£286.40
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Liquid Paddle 15 L/min 125 L/min 250 V 1 in 1 BSP 55bar Stainless Steel - - -18°C +100°C -