Panametrics ISX878 Intrinsically Safe Flowmeters from RS Hydro

Panametrics ISX878 intrinisically safe flow meter

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The Panametrics ISX878 is an Intrinsically Safe ultrasonic flow meter, loop powered, clamp-on flow meter suitable for Zone 1 and Zone 2 areas. The ISX878 is suitable for the measurement of hydrocarbons, petroleum, oils, diesel fuels, chemicals, water and other fluids. Any pipe size can be measured, from 1/2 inch to 16 inches (15 to 400mm) diameter. The ISX878 ultrasonic flow meter also boasts the following features:

  • Low power consumption
  • Six button keypad
  • Large integral display
  • Simple meter and transducer installation and set up
  • Velocity, volumetric and totalised flow
  • Economical non-intrusive flow measurement
  • Suitable for use in hazardous locations
  • Option for dual channel version.

The use of ISXDR transducers has reduced the drive voltage by a factor of ten, only made possible by developments in ultrasonic technology. The cost of purchase and installation are also reduced by the ISX878, as there is no need for explosion-proof boxes or conduit. The DigitalFlow ISX878 uses an available twisted pair of instrument cables, fed through a safety barrier, to power the unit. The flow meter is completely non-intrusive so there is no need to shut down the flow, nor to modify the pipe work. As there are no moving parts, there is no wear and tear. This significantly cuts down on maintenance costs. If selected, the dual channel versions facilitates the measurement of two pipes simultaneously.

How Does It Work?

The ISX878 intrinsically safe flow meter uses transit time technology, with a pair of transducers. Each transducer sends and receives ultrasonic signals through the fluid. When there is a flow, the signal transit-time downstream is shorter than the upstream signal, and hence the difference between the two is proportional to the flow rate.

Manufactured by: GE Panametrics
Model: Panametrics ISX878 intrinisically safe flow meter

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Zone 2 Intrinsically Safe Applications
Low-Cost - Loop powered


Operation and Performance
Fluid Types Acoustically conductive fluids, including water and most hydrocarbon liquids. Maximum void fraction depends on
transducers, interrogation carrier frequency, path length and pipe configuration.
Pipe Sizes 1/2 in to 16 in (15 mm to 400 mm) and larger
Pipe Wall Thickness Up to 0.5 in (13 mm)
Pipe Materials All metals and most plastics. Consult GE for concrete, composite materials, and highly corroded or lined pipes.
Flow Accuracy (Velocity) • Pipe ID≥6 in (150 mm); ±1% to 2% of reading typical
• Pipe ID≤ in (150 mm); ±2% to 5% of reading typical
Accuracy depends on pipe size and whether measurement is one-path or two-path. Accuracy to ±0.5% of reading may be achievable with process calibration.
Repeatability ±0.1% to 0.3% of reading
Range (Bidirectional) -40 ft/s to 40 ft/s (-12.2 m/s to 12.2 m/s)
Rangeability (Overall) 400:1
Specifications assume a fully developed flow profile (typically 10 diameters upstream and 5 diameters downstream of straight pipe run) and flow velocity greater than 1 ft/s (0.3 m/s).
Measurement Parameters Volumetric flow, totalized flow and flow velocity
Flow Measurement Patented Correlation Transit-Time mode
Enclosure Epoxy-coated aluminum weatherproof Type 4X/IP67
Dimensions (h x w x d) 8.8 in x 8.2 in x 3.6 in (220 mm x 210 mm x 90 mm)
Weight 3.9 lb (1.77 kg)
Display 128 x 64 pixel LCD graphic display
Keypad Six button external keypad
Power Supply 15 to 30 VDC loop power
Power Consumption 700 mW maximum
Memory FLASH memory; field upgradable
Operating Temperature -4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
Storage Temperature -4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C)
Standard Inputs/Output One 4 to 20 mA on power loop
Recommended Safety Barrier 28 VDC, 300 Ω, 93 mA for 4 to 20 mA
Digital Interface RS232
European Compliance System complies with EMC Directive 89/336/EEC
Clamp-On Flow Ultrasonic Transducers
Temperature Range -40°F to 194°F (-40°C to 90°C)
Mounting Stainless steel strap
Certifications Intrinsically safe (Ex) II 1 G EEx ia IIC T4
Transducer Cable Integral transducer cable up to 100 ft (33 m) with transducers