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- Accurate to ±0.2 fps
- Repeatability at ±0.1 fps
- Simple and Accurate Flow Measurement
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Convert your maintenance hours into minutes with the FP-5300. Should a sensor, rotor, or O-ring need to be replaced, it takes only seconds. Reduce your system downtime substantially with a stand-alone FP-5300 sensor, or simply add a Wet Tap Assembly and eliminate downtime completely. Combined with the FP-5300 during initial installation, the Wet Tap allows sensor removal without system shut-down. Optional local or remote capability lets you place your meter up to 200 feet away without signal amplification, and you can install the FP-5300 in pipe sizes ranging from 1/2 inch to 36 inches without a lot of additional cost, because the price of the FP-5300 increases only slightly for larger pipe sizes.
Available in a choice of chemically resistant, non-contaminating housing materials, the FP-5300 stands up to the harshest environments. The glass-filled polypropylene housing version is lightweight but strong, which makes it ideal for handling a wide range of liquids, including corrosive fluids in chemical processing. For processes involving acids and solvents, the PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) housing version is a tough fluorocarbon that is highly resistant to more severe fluids.
The sensor works on a simple but precise electromechanical principle based on measuring the rate and volume of flow in your pipe. Four permanent magnets, imbedded in the rotor blades, spin past a coil in the sensor body. As the fluid flow causes the rotor to move, a sine wave signal is produced, directly proportional to the flowrate. The patented “open cell” feature of the rotor ensures a linear, repeatable output, up to 20 fps, with accuracy of ±0.2 fps. The result is minimal head loss and no cavitation.
Designed to allow optional conduit installation, the FP-5300 easily lets you comply with local codes requiring conduit protection. For instance, pry off the plug on top of the sensor: underneath, you’ll find a 1/2 FNPT thread. Using an optional conduit adaptor fitting kit, you can connect your conduit FPM-5000-SCAK conduit adaptor kit), and an optional instrument back-cover kit will provide everything you need for quick conduit connection to a meter or controller. Additionally, you can adapt to both rigid and flexible liquid-tight conduits, protecting your system hookup from harsh elements and mechanical damage.
Accuracy: ±1% full scale
Output Signal: 1 V p-p/fps
Output Frequency: 6 Hz/fps nominal
Flow Rate Range: 1 to 20 fps
Source Impedance: 8 k?
FP-5300 Series: 180 psig max @ 20°C (68°F)
FP-5100 Series: 200 psig max @ 20°C (68°F)
Minimum Temperature: 0°C (32°F)
Maximum Temperature: See chart on spec sheet for complete temperature and pressure rating
Pressure Drop: Equal to 2.5 m (8') of straight pipe
Transducer Housing: glass-filled polypropylene or PVDF
Shaft: Titanium or Hastelloy C(PVDF optional)
Maximum % Solids: 1% of fluid volume, non-abrasive, nonmagnetic, <100 micron diameter and length
Standard Cable Length: 7.5 m (25')
Max Viscosity: 1 centipoise (water); up to 5 cp above 5 fps velocity