GE introduces loop-powered, clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter

Billerica, MA—GE Industrial, Sensing has launched its UTX878 loop-powered, clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter.

By Control Engineering Staff August 2, 2005

Billerica, MA— GE Industrial, Sensing has launched its UTX878 loop-powered, clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter. UTX878 reportedly provides all the advantages of clamp-on flow metering in a convenient, low-power design. The firm says UTX878 is accurate, easy to install, causes no pressure drop, does not require calibration, and needs virtually no maintenance.

UTX878 also features a patent-pending low-powered design that requires as low as 60 mW of power. UTX878 achieves and maintains it’s low power consumption by using new ultrasonic transducer technology, which reportedly requires much less excitation energy than conventional transducers, while still providing exceptional, high-performing ultrasonic signals.

Even though UTX878 is loop-powered, GE adds its functionality far exceeds that of a simple transmitter. UTX878’s low-profile, NEMA 4X package features a 128 x 64-pixel LCD display for easy local viewing of flow rate information and a full-featured, six-button external keypad for accessing the instrument program and for verifying meter diagnostics. UTX878 transducers can cover pipe sizes ranging from 0.5 in. up to 8 in. in diameter.

“Users have always wanted a loop-powered clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter because of the simplicity and cost savings it provides in installation,” says Chris Frail, GE Industrial, Sensing’s flowmeter product line manager. “The low-powered design of the UTX878 makes this possible.”

GE Industrial, Sensing’s instruments and systems measure temperature, pressure, liquid level, humidity, gas concentration, and flow rate for applications ranging from environmental, medical and pharmaceutical to automotive, aerospace, chemical and petrochemical. Using technologies, such as infrared detection, ultrasonics and MEMS, GE Industrial, Sensing helps customers monitor, protect, calibrate, control and validate their critical processes and applications. GE Industrial Sensing includes Panametrics, Druck, General Eastern, Kaye, NovaSensor, Thermometrics, and Ruska divisions.

Control Engineering Daily News DeskJim Montague, news