ABB AquaProbe Insertion Meter for Water Flow Measurement in Pipes

AquaProbe Insertion Flow Meter

  • Accurate For temporary or semi-permanent flow logging to meet monitoring needs
  • Economical Measurement For Flow Eliminates the need for using full bore meters
  • Easy Installation No need for major excavation or alteration to pipework, fixes to existing pipelines
  • RENTAL Fleet available Experienced engineers available for support or installation
Product Options


Accurate probe for temporary or semi-permanent flow logging.

  • Flow Range 0-10m/sec
  • Accuracy ±2% of rate
  • Pipe Size: 200-5000mm
  • Fluids: any electrically conductive fluid >50mS/cmGeneral

Insertion meters are an economic alternative to full-bore metering and can be temporarily or permanently installed to meet flow monitoring needs. Insertion meters can be used as a portable survey too where occasional measurement at many points is required or to improve knowledge of the distribution network. They can be used for the measurement of flow in large diameter pipes more economically than using full bore meters.

Their high sensitivity and versatility also enables flow profiles to be measured within a pipe. A gauging rod is used to determine the exact position of the head in the pipe. This is ideally, but not necessarily, in the centre of the pipe, for example with large diameter pipes. Insertion and removal can be carried out on live mains, without disruption to the supply, by fitting suitable gate valves at the tapping points.

Key Features

  • Permanent or temporary deployment
  • Economical measurement of flow - especially in large diameter pipes
  • Useful for surveying and network analysis
  • Bulk meter calibration application
  • Can be used for flow profiling
  • Easy to install and use
  • Can be inserted and moved under pressure
  • Can be used with any pulse/4-20mA datalogger


The AquaProbe insertion meter comprises an electromagnetic sensing head mounted on the end of a support rod. The whole assembly can be installed in existing pipelines without the need for the major excavation or alteration to pipework associated with full bore meters. It can also be fitted without interruption to the flow and can be easily removed for periodic calibration or inspection, or inserted at a second location through the provision of tappings and valves on the supply pipelines.

Key features are the wide flow range, with minimum velocities well below insertion turbine or DP devices, and no moving parts, resulting in increased reliability and reduced maintenance. The AquaProbe insertion meter meets the widest variety of site requirements and applications, from permanent monitoring through to site surveying. The transmitter is fully submersible, thus enabling it to be locally mounted in chambers, which are liable to flooding or up to 200m remote from the probe.

The AquaProbe insertion meter is the ideal solution where there is no external power. User-replaceable batteries provide up to 2 years of battery life. Flow Range 0-10m/sec Accuracy ?2% of rate or ?2mm/sec, whichever is the greater.

Manufactured by: ABB
Model: AquaProbe Insertion Flow Meter

Services offered for this product

  • Sales
  • Rental
  • Installation
  • Calibration
  • Maintenance


Distribution flow monitoring
Temporary flow monitoring projects
Battery powered


Maximum insertion length 300mm (12 in.), 500mm (20 in.), 700mm
(25 in.) and 1000mm (40 in.)
Pipe sizes 200mm to 8000mm (8 in. to 320 in.)
nominal bore
Max. pressure 20bar (295 psi)
Pressure tapping provision 1/8 in. BSP (1/8 in. NPT)
Connection 1 in. BSP, 11/2 in. BSP (1 in. NPT)
Flow condition Fully developed profile in accordance with
ISO 7145-1982 (BS1042 section 2.2.)
Conductivity >50µS/cm
Velocity ±2% of Rate or ±2mm/s (±0.08 in./s )
whichever is the greater
Volume Refer to ISO 7145-1982 (BS 1042 section
2.2) for details
Materials of construction Wetted parts: stainless steel, PVC (UKWFBS
Seals Nitrile rubber (UKWFBS listed)
Terminal box Aluminium alloy
Environmental data
Storage -20°C to +70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
Operation -20°C to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Fluid (water) 0°C to +60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Mechanical data
Mounting Directly into the pipeline through a
fitting or valve with 25mm (1 in.) minimum
Protection IP68/NEMA6 [for submersion to 10m
(30 ft) indefinitely]
Weight < 3.5kg (7.7 lb)
Maximum flow The maximum velocity depends upon
the actual insertion length; typical
insertion lengths are 1�¢??8 and 1�¢??2 pipe
diameter. The graph gives an approximate
indication of the maximum
allowable velocity for different insertion
Mounting Remote only
Battery life Typically 21/2 years (2 batteries)
1 year (1 battery)
Pulse outputs Isolated ±35V d.c. 30mA - two bidirectional
solid state switches with common
Output 1- Forward only, or forward
plus reverse pulses
Output 2 - Reverse pulses or direction
Pulse output - 50 Hz maximum, 50%
nominal duty cycle
Serial data
Local Port (option) - RS232 compatible
via ABB lead
Remote Port (option) - RS232 with RI,
RTS and CTS handshaking
Response time
a.c. and d.c. units <1s
Default 3s
Battery units - 15s
Materials of construction
Enclosure Aluminium alloy, glass window
Electrical connections 20mm glands (plastic or armoured),
or accepts 1/2 in. NPT threaded or
military style plug and socket
Sensor cable ABB supplied - 80m max. separation.
Special - 200m separation (on application)
Supplied and potted in lengths of 3, 10
and 30m (10, 30, and 100 ft) as standard
Optional plug and socket connection
Armored cable also available
Power supply  
Type AC
Voltage range (V)
absolute rating
85 to 265
3.6 (Lithium)
Frequency (Hz) 47 to 440
VA <10
Environmental data
Operational temperature
limits of battery
for above specified battery life)
0°C to 50°C (0 to 122°F)
Temperature Storage -20°C to +70°C (-4°F to +158°F).
Ambient - 20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F).

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Yes, the ordering process is very easy. Orders can be made via purchase order or by credit/debit card. Once we have the paperwork we can delivery next day to any location in Europe. Provided with the equipment is a quick start guide, and if you need extra support, the technical support engineers can be contacted via phone call.
No, all of our flowmeters are competitively priced and rental is an ideal option for cutting costs to a fraction of a full priced new flowmeter.
No problem. The quick start guide is designed to make installing the flow meters a simple task. Everything you require for set up will be found in the peli-box supplied with the flowmeter.
Every flow meter is tested upon shipping and return as part of our ISO9001 procedure. Also, as part of this procedure, the flow meter is calibrated once a year. If a copy of the calibration certificate is needed let us know.
The flow meters typically provide an accuracy of ±1 to 2% of rate, so if you are measuring 100l/sec then the accuracy is between 98-102l/sec.
We are here to help. If the self-help and quick start guides do not help, then call one of our technical support engineers on +44 (0) 1527 882060. We have supplied and supported many clamp on rental installations throughout Europe.
First, contact us for a quote. If you are happy with the quote then send us a purchase order. Or alternatively call us with credit card details and fill out and send us a rental agreement form.
If the stock is permitting, and all paperwork is received by 12pm then flow meters can usually be available the next day.
The minimum hire period for flow meters is one week.
Once you have the meter you can rent it for as long as you need it. However, it would help if you can let us know that you wish to extend the rental period. Upon return the meter is off-hired and once checked and tested, an invoice will be issued to you. Also, if you extend your rental past a 4, 8 or 12 week rental threshold, then you are entitled to a discount.
You are only charged for the period of time for which you have the flowmeter. So, if a flowmeter is returned 3 days late you are only charged for 3 extra days, and each of these days is charged at one fifth of the weeks hire cost.
Normally, you will use your own courier but if you have any problems let us know and we can arrange a pick up the day after you notify us, but you will be charged for the carriage and this cost will be added to the invoice.
Without exception, all our flow meters are tested. If you need a 110v plug instead of the standard 230v plug let us know.
All of our standard transducers will do -40degC to +150degC, but this will depend on your application.
  • Liquid: below 50mm CFLP transducers are required, 50-1000mm CRS-402 transducers and 150-8000mm CRS-401 transducers. All the bits you need can be supplied, and delivered with the meter.
  • Gas: below 80mm CRS-402 is required, for 80-300mm the CRS-401/CRV-310 and for above 300mm the CRW-312 transducers are required.
  • High temperatures: For liquid we can measure +450degC for liquid and for gas/steam +250degC. But please consult RS Hydro.
Of course, we make a small surcharge for each set of transducers. Most applications only require one set, but on occasion some people may require two, for more diverse pipe sizes and applications.
An ultrasonic wall thickness gauge, that measures to within 0.05mm, is provided as standard with all flow meter rental packages.
The screendump facility on the integrated dataloggers on all our flow meters, allows you to photograph any screen and download it to your pc.
After the equipment has been shipped, it is the responsibility of the hirer. However, in our experience it is rare that any of our flow meters are damaged. Our flow meters are tough, as well as accurate, and reliable.
We have hired more ultrasonic clamp on flow meters than any other company in Europe. We are now one of the world's largest distributors of GE Panametrics flow meters. We always review your application before hire so no unwanted surprises are encountered. Every effort has been made to make your flow meter hire and enjoyable experience: quick start guides to help you set up with ease, online videos for further help, rugged packaging for extra durability anywhere, and real flow engineers available for online/telephone support.