4210 Flow Meter from ISCO for non-contact ultrasonic flow measurement


  • Non Contacting Sensor There is no need for scheduled maintenance
  • Built in Flow Conversions Conversions for the majority of applications, including Manning formula, data points or equations if needed
  • Internal Memory Ability to store over 2 months of flow, rainfall, sample and parameter data at 15 minute intervals
  • Automatic Gain Adjustment In response to echo strength. Maximises performance in the presence of foam, stem or turbulence
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The 4210 Ultrasonic Flow Meter from ISCO is designed to provide open channel flow measurement in a flume or over a weir, with automatic compensation for changes in atmospheric pressure to ensure accuracy. The non-contact ultrasonic sensor transmits a pulse of sound that is reflected by the surface of the liquid and the time elapsed between sending and receiving determines the level of the liquid in the channel.

As the ultrasonic level sensor does not contact the flow stream, long-term stability is achieved without the need for scheduled maintenance. The 4210 is also not affected by harsh chemicals, grease, silt or suspended solids in the flow.

Stored data can be retrieved with an on-site laptop PC, and Isco 581 Rapid Transfer Device, or remotely using an optional modem. Isco's Flowlink software is required for advanced graphing, reports and analysis of data.

Standard Features

  • 160 character backlit LCD
  • Built-in flow conversions for most applications including data points, Manning formula, or equations if needed.
  • Accurate on-site printouts using built-in dot matrix printer.
  • Large internal memory can store 2 months of flow, parameter, rainfall and sample data taken at 15 minute intervals.
  • Possible false echo problems caused by obstructions such as manhole rungs are eliminated using Variable Blanking Distance.
  • Automatic Gain Adjustment - in response to echo strength. Maximises performance in the presence of foam, stem or turbulence
  • Provides interface for sampler activation - connection to multi-parameter water quality sonde and alarm outputs.

Manufactured by: Teledyne ISCO
Model: ISCO 4210 Flow Meter (DISCONTINUED)

Services offered for this product

  • Sales
  • Rental
  • Installation
  • Calibration
  • Maintenance


Permanent and portable flow measurement for weirs and flumes
Monitoring stormwater runoff
Permit enforcement
Pretreatment compliance
Combined sewer overflow studies
Flow monitoring in sewers
Wastewater plant operations
River/stream gauging
Inflow and infiltration studies


Size (H x W x D) 17.0 x 11.5 x 10.5 in. (43 x 29 x 26.7 cm) (without power source)
Weight 17.3 lbs (7.8 kg) (without power source)
Material High-impact molded polystyrene structural foam
Enclosure NEMA 4X (iP65)
Power 12 to 14V DC, 24 mA average at 12.5V DC
Typical Battery Life (printer set at 1 in/hr, 1 minute level reading interval)
934 NiCad Battery 7 to 8 days
946 Lead-Acid Battery 10 to 12 days
948 Lead-Acid Battery 2 to 2½ months
Program Memory Non-volatile, programmable flash. Updateable without opening enclosure.
Display Backlit LCD, 2-line, 80-character (5.5 mm high x 3.2 mm wide)
Level-to-Flow Rate Conversions
Weirs V-notch, rectangular with and without end contractions, Cipolletti
Flumes Parshall, Palmer-Bowlus, Leopold- Lagco,Trapezoidal, H, HS, HL
Manning Formula Round, U-channel, rectangular, trapezoidal Data Points Four sets of 50 level-flow rate points Equation Two-term polynomial
LCD 9-digit, floating decimal point, resettable
Mechanical (optional) 7-digit, non-resettable
Inputs and Outputs
Rain Gauge Input Contact closure, normally open. Resolution 0.01 or 0.004 in ( 0.25 or 0.1 mm)
Parameter Inputs pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and temperature (with optional YSI 600 sonde); pH and temperature (with optional Isco 201 Parameter Module); or dissolved oxygen and temperature (with optional Isco 270 Parameter Module)
Sampler Activation Conditions Enabled, disabled, AND and OR combinations of any two of level, flow rate, rainfall, pH, DO, conductivity, and temperature
Sampler Pacing Output 12V pulse
Sampler Input Event mark, bottle number
Recording Modes Up to 3 graphs of level, flow rate, pH, DO, conductivity, and temperature vs time; includes totalized flow. Rainfall and sampler events (time and bottle number) are also recorded
Speed Off, 0.5, 1, 2, 4 in/hr (1.25, 2.5, 5, 10 cm/hr)
Recording Span User selectable with multiple over-ranges
Resolution 1/240 of recording span
Reports Printed Flow meter program, 2 independent time interval reports, flow meter history, sampler history
Interval Report Contents Site number; time interval; total flow; minimum, maximum, and average flow rate, level, pH, DO, conductivity, and temperature, and time of occurrence; interval flow; total rainfall; number of samples, flow meter history and sampler history
Character Size (HxW) 0.09 x 0.07 in (2.4 x 1.7 mm)
Paper 4.5 in. wide x 65 ft. (11.4 cm x 19.8 m), plain white paper, replaceable roll
Ribbon 19.7 ft. (6.0 m) black nylon, replaceable
Data Storage Memory
Capacity 80,000 bytes (approx. 40,000 readings) divided into a maximum of 12 memory partitions. Equal to 100 days of level, rainfall, pH, DO, conductivity, and temperature readings at 15 minute intervals, plus 3,000 sample events. Optional expansion to 473,000 bytes (approx 236,500 readings)
Setup and Data Retrieval IBM PC or compatible computer with Isco Flowlink 4 for Windows
Communication Direct connection, optional internal 2400 baud telephone modem with voice messaging
Data Retrieval (optional) Isco 581 Rapid Transfer Device (RTD)
Voice Messaging (with optional internal modem) Calls up to 5 telephone numbers with programmable delay between calls, activated based on AND and OR combinations telephone of any two of level, flow rate, rainfall, pH, DO, conductivity, and temperature
Analog Outputs (optional) Up to 3 isolated internal outputs, 0 to 20 mA or 4 to 20 mA, scaleable based on level, flow rate, pH, DO, conductivity, or temperature, into a maximum of 750 ohms each
Relay Outputs 2 form C relays with field selectable trip points based on flow rate (with optional High/Low Alarm Relays)
Serial Output Current status and readings, in response to command or automatically at selectable time intervals, ASCII comma separated values at 1200, 2400, 4800, or 9600 baud
Storage Temperature -40° to 140°F (-40° to 60°C)
Operating Temperature 0° to 140°F (-18° to 60°C)
Ultrasonic Sensor
Length x Diameter 6.9 x 3.6 in (17.5 x 9.1 cm)
Cable Length x Diameter 25 ft x 0.3 in (7.6 m x 0.8 cm)
Weight (incl cable) 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Enclosure NEMA 4X, 6; IP67
Frequency 40 kHz
Range (distance from sensor to liquid) Minimum 2 ft (0.6 m); Maximum 12 ft (3.7 m)
Span 0 to 10 ft (0 to 3 m)
Blanking Distance 2 to 12 ft. (0.6 to 3.7 m)
Level Measurement Accuracy - at 22°C (72°F), still air, 40 to 70% humidity. Head change is actual change in vertical distance from ultrasonic sensor to liquid surface)
for head change <1.0 ft (<0.31 m) maximum error is ±0.02 ft. (±0.006 m)
for head change of 1.0 to 10 ft (0.31 to 3.05 m) maximum error is ±0.03 ft. (±0.009 m)
Temperature Coefficient Maximum error over compensated temperature range (per degree of temperature change) ±0.000047 x D per °F (±0.000085 x D per °C) where D is the distance from the transducer to the liquid surface
Operating Temperature -° to 140°F (-30° to 60°C)
Compensated Temperature -22° to 140°F (-30° to 60°C)
Materials Sensor housing is Xenoy 6120; Cable jacket is Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)



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.