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How to Supercharge the SmartTrak Mass Flow Controller with Compod


Jun 12, 2017
Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager
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Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager

Streamline, simplify and save time and money by plugging the innovative Compod upgrade into the face of any SmartTrak 100 mass flow meter or controller. SmartTrak is not only a true multi-gas digital mass flow controller, it can control your process too. If you need more functionality to control a positive shutoff valve, have a pulse output, or […]

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Flow Tip Video: Learn Why Ease-of-Use is Critical for Flow Meter Selection


Apr 17, 2017
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Many times scientists and researchers spend more time setting up equipment and instrumentation for their experiments than conducting actual experiments to gather important data. This holds true for flow meters and controllers to measure and control gases to experiments. Some flow meters are very cumbersome with no display, can only measure one gas, low value for price, and limited application flexibility.  And if you need application […]

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[Minute Flow Tip Video] Mass Flow Versus Volumetric Flow Technology


Mar 28, 2017
Jim Oswald, Technical Support Manager
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Jim Oswald, Technical Support Manager

When engineers and systems integrators need to measure gas flow rate in an industrial process or scientific research, there are many types of technologies to choose from.  This makes selecting the right gas flow meter a challenge. In addition to technology, engineers must consider many other parameters: price for value, cost of ownership, size of footprint, application flexibility, calibration method, accuracy […]

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Direct Mass Flow or Volumetric: The Thermal Flow Meter Technology Advantage!


Nov 18, 2016
Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager
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Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager

In today’s world where everyone is watching the bottom line, you need high performance, cost-effective instrumentation—and capillary thermal mass flow meters and controllers have been proven to meet this criteria in a wide range of process applications. Thermal mass flow technology is an industry standard for mass flow control of gases because it measures flow directly, […]

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The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Mass Flow Controllers


Oct 31, 2016
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Did you ever wish your mass flow controller could do it all? You’re not alone. End users ranging from machine builders to laboratory researchers are often faced with the challenge of needing flow measurement and control equipment for a wide variety of applications. Many customers call the SmartTrak 100 mass flow controller the “Swiss Army knife” of MFC’s.  […]

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Primary Standard Gas Flow Calibration—The Only Guarantee of Accuracy


Sep 19, 2016
Jim Oswald, Technical Support Manager
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Jim Oswald, Technical Support Manager

At Sierra, we have a saying: “An instrument’s accuracy is only as good as its calibration.” The accuracy of your mass flow controller (MFC) is essential in assuring the efficiency, performance, and quality of your flow meter. In many cases, if your instrumentation is not calibrated, then a decline in performance is possible due to sensor drift from the factory […]

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Gas Mass Flow Control: Why Thermal Mass Flow Technology is Recommended for Best Accuracy


Aug 26, 2016
John, Chief Engineer
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John, Chief Engineer

It’s no secret. Price, but perhaps more importantly, performance, drive every new product acquisition you make. How important is measurement accuracy and control to your lab experiment or industrial process? It’s critical. If your flow readings are off or the flow is not controlled with precise accuracy your research is compromised, product quality suffers, and […]

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How to Achieve Precise Air-Fuel Ratio Control in Burner Control Applications


Aug 12, 2016
Kam Bansal, Dir. of Engineering
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Kam Bansal, Dir. of Engineering

Mass flow control is all around us. One common application for industrial mass flow control is air-fuel ratio control of burners in industrial heating processes for manufacturing and other industries. For burner control in manufacturing, precise mass flow control of the air-fuel ratio to the burner keeps melt temperatures constant which produces quality products including […]

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Minute Flow Tip! Don’t Settle for “Good Enough”


Jul 15, 2016
John, Chief Engineer
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John, Chief Engineer

There are so many options for mass flow controllers out there that are “good enough.” Why compromise when making an investment in a mass flow instrument? Discover the Swiss Army Knife of mass flow controllers in this Minute Flow Tip. The capillary thermal technology used in every SmartTrak mass flow controller measures flow directly, at […]

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New Video: Master Your Mass Flow Control Challenges


Jun 22, 2016
Matthew Olin, President & CEO
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Matthew Olin, President & CEO

For over 40 years, Sierra has pioneered the development of precision gas mass flow controllers. Today, our high-performance SmartTrak lineup, with over 100,000 successful installations, proves we’ve never let up. For Lab Researchers and Systems Integrators/OEMs, SmartTrak is often called the Swiss Army Knife of gas mass flow controllers. Find out why in our new video. The SmartTrak Advantage: A […]

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Tuning Your Boiler for EPA Boiler MACT Compliance


May 12, 2016
Matthew Olin, President & CEO
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Matthew Olin, President & CEO

The EPA’s Boiler MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) regulations are heating up. Boiler MACT is an EPA rule to limit hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from commercial and industrial boilers and process heaters. Originally published in 2011 as a mandate driven by the Clean Air Act,  the rules are Area Source Boiler MACT 40 CFR 63, subpart JJJJJJ for smaller […]

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Providing Precision Flow Control Solutions for Critical Biomolecular Research


Apr 29, 2016
Scott Rouse, Product Line Director
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Scott Rouse, Product Line Director

When scientists at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Biomolecular Sciences (CBS) in the United Kingdom needed instrumentation to control the flow of gases in their research, they turned to Litre Meter, a UK distributor for Sierra Instruments, and the SmartTrak 100 series mass flow meters and controllers. The working relationship between Litre Meter and the […]

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Sierra Website: Wide Selection, 1-Day Lead Times, Flow Meter Configurator


Dec 16, 2015
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Find it in 2-Clicks When designing our new website, the mantra of our software engineers, designers, and marketing team was “put the customer first” and allow any type of customer to research, specify, or configure any flow meter in just two clicks. Check out www.sierrainstruments.com With over 15 user tests, multiple interviews and a deep dive into our […]

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Perfect Beer Foam with Modern Flow Meters


Oct 23, 2015
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

We talk a lot about the use of flow meters in flare gas, waste water and sub-metering applications, but Sierra’s innovative flow meters are utilized by a wide variety of industries. You’ll find our flow measurement and control devices orbiting the earth, assisting with the creation of oceanic atmospheres in research facilities and even improving […]

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4 Ways to Make Flow Calibration Easy for You


Oct 16, 2015
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Our flow experts here at Sierra are committed to ensuring your flow meter is accurately calibrated and returned quickly so downtime is kept to a minimum. Sierra’s latest flow meter service and calibration brochure, “Precision Delivered”, details that level of commitment, showcasing four key components of our approach to flow calibration service. Assuring your flow […]

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Sierra’s Precision Control Valves Offer Customers Proven Solution


Jun 01, 2015
Matthew Olin, President & CEO
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Matthew Olin, President & CEO

What took us so long! Since the ’80s Sierra has been a leader in designing and manufacturing electromagnetic control valves used in our flagship SmartTrak mass flow controllers and legacy 800 series. The catch is that in the past customers had to buy the mass flow controller to capitalize on our precision control valve. Now, after 30+ years […]

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Ultra-High Pressure 5000 psig (345 barg) Gas Mass Flow Control…No Easy Task!


Sep 22, 2014
Max Waterstone, Engineer
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Max Waterstone, Engineer

Overall, Sierra wants better accuracy and control of high pressure gas mass flows across industry in general, leading to better efficiency, and vastly reducing gas losses to save time and money for our customers.  But, how is it possible to accurately measure and control gas mass flow rates at pressures up to 5000 psig (345 barg)? This is […]

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How to Manage Your Flow Calibration Risk


Aug 08, 2014
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Precision measurement instrumentation, like mass flow meters, are only as good as their calibration. No one knows this better than the facilities managers and process engineers who have to keep up with the yearly calibration of sometimes thousands of instruments. Because managing instrument calibration is such a time-consuming, but necessary reality of facilities management, industry […]

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Best Practices for Mass Flow Controller Manufacturing


May 29, 2014
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

In Part 1 of our mass flow controller best practices series, Best Practices for Mass Flow Controller Selection and Installation,  Sierra’s Chief Engineer John Smitherman compiled a comprehensive list of best practices for the selection, installation and operation of mass flow meters and controllers. With so many flow measurement products and technologies on the market, […]

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Understanding Flowmeter Recalibration Traceability…


May 19, 2014
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Customers often ask if they need to have their flow meter instrumentation calibrated annually. Along with calibration-related questions, traceability is another area that garners its fair share of inquiries. In this week’s post, I’ll share the answers to these commons questions you may have been wondering about. Do I need to have my mass flow […]

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How to Save Time & Money by Calibrating Flow Meters Onsite


May 01, 2014
Scott Rouse, Product Line Director
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Scott Rouse, Product Line Director

If you have hundreds of mass flow controllers and meters or just a few in your lab, facility, or manufacturing process, how do you keep up with the demands of annual recalibration? Most flow meters and controllers need to be recalibrated yearly to meet stringent ISO quality standards. This requires technicians to remove the mass flow meters from the […]

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Best Practices for Mass Flow Controller Selection & Installation


Apr 07, 2014
John, Chief Engineer
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John, Chief Engineer

As scientists, facilities managers and manufacturing engineers, specifying equipment is a part of our daily work life. What product do I need? What’s the best price for the value? How do I install the product once I get it? The more information about best practice principles, the easier the job is of specifying and buying […]

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Ammonia Gas Flow Measurement Challenges & Solutions


Jan 20, 2014
Jim Oswald, Technical Support Manager
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Jim Oswald, Technical Support Manager

Measuring and controlling ammonia can be tricky. One mistake during the transition from gas to liquid and your instrumentation is ruined. In the video below, Glen Coblentz, Vice President of North American Sales, gives some tips for successful mass flow measurement and control of ammonia. It could mean the difference between success and a costly mistake! […]

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SmartTrak MFC Highlighed on NOVA TV Program


Jan 13, 2014
Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager
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Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager

It’s alive! No, I’m not talking about Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. But you’d be surprised by what researchers have discovered in the area of therapeutic hypothermia, or using hydrogen sulfide to slow the body’s demand for oxygen. A recent episode of NOVA, “Making Stuff Colder,” highlights research being conducted by Mark Roth, a biochemist for the […]

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4 Things to Look for in an Online Industrial Flow Meter Store


Aug 16, 2013
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

As the e-commerce business model grows to include the mass flow meter market, there are some online players that have emerged. Over the last decade, companies like Instrumart, Omega, and others have entered the light and heavy industrial e-commerce game. Tech savvy 30-somethings are coming of age and embracing online buying as the norm rather […]

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Biogas Energy Production: Why Accurate Flow Measurement Is Critical


Jul 25, 2013
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

The buzz around biogas continues to grow and with good reason. Efforts to find renewable sources of energy are in full swing, and harnessing energy from landfill gas or digester gas into biogas is a promising solution to the problem of high oil prices. In the July 2013 issue of Biomass Products & Technology, Sierra’s […]

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2013 Laboratory Equipment Winner: SmartTrak 100 Is Flow Meter of Choice


Jul 17, 2013
Scott Rouse, Product Line Director
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Scott Rouse, Product Line Director

While there are many mass flow meters and controllers on the market, we believe our SmartTrak 100 stands out from the crowd, and the readers of Laboratory Equipment agree. The SmartTrak 100 has been named the best device in the Meters, Monitors and Gauges Category in the 5th annual Laboratory Equipment Readers’ Choice Awards. The […]

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New Technical Resources: Power Supply and Cabling Options


May 22, 2013
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Believe it or not, many times selecting the correct power supply and cable for your product is the most challeging part of specifying and installation. To make these decisions easy, we have developed our new Technical Resources: Power Supply and Cabling guide to help you choose the best power supply and cable for your meter […]

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Video: How to Configure Your Set Point on Your MFC


May 16, 2013
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Mass Flow Controller video series! Here at Sierra Instruments, we pride ourselves on great customer service, and this series is just another example of how we’re here for you every step of the way. From initial set-up to power options to our last video on “How to Configure Your Set […]

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New Video: MFC – How to Set Up, Mount & Leak Test


Apr 26, 2013
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Jim Oswald, our technical support guru, has had some great response from our new videos. He gets call all day about mass flow control installation questions, so we hope these step-by-step videos can help you set up quickly and get to your work at hand. Our last technical support video walked you through the unpacking process […]

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New Video: Unpacking, Labels & Quick Installation


Apr 18, 2013
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

We are excited to support our customer service team with the technical support resources to give you easy access to product set-up, installation, and troubleshooting information.  You’ve made the right choice in selecting one of our Mass Flow Controllers—designed to control the flow of air, and all inert gases and mixtures. Let Sierra’s Technical Support […]

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New Video: Best Practices for Leak Testing Inlet & Outlet Fittings for Your MFC


Apr 05, 2013
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Have questions about your mass flow controller or flow meter? We’ve got answers. We’re excited to unveil a brand new series of “how-to” videos answering your most frequently asked questions about mass flow controllers and flow meters on Sierra Instruments’ YouTube Channel and in our video section on our website. It is industry best practice to always leak […]

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Impossible, Right? MFC Next Day Shipment!


Mar 20, 2013
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Buyers of high-performance mass flow controllers or any flow instrumentation for that matter, have come to expect long product delivery lead times as an industry standard. It is accepted that many high-performance flow instruments need to be customized and calibrated for a specific application. And this takes time. Sometimes lead times are up to 4-6 weeks. But, for practical business […]

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Sierra Offers 10% Flowmeter Discount at Pittcon 2013, Booth 829


Mar 15, 2013
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Special Pittcon Offer: Visit  booth 829 and get a 10% discount coupon for online store purchases. Offer valid until March 28. I love the buzz in the air of “all things science” at Pittcon each year: laboratory equipment, life science and biomedical research technology, just about any lab gadget you can imagine. There’s no shortage of the […]

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Under Pressure, Part 6: Size Matters with Flowmeters and Pressure Regulators


Oct 04, 2012
Morgan Zealear, Engineer
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Morgan Zealear, Engineer

In this final post on pressure regulation and flow meters, I’d like to present a case study. A customer was convinced that our unit intermittently lost control for given flow rates. It turns out that as they increased flow rate, the outlet pressure of the regulator (inlet to the mass flow controller) was drooping below […]

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Under Pressure, Part 5: Flowmeters on the Ragged Edge of Pressure Drop


Oct 02, 2012
Morgan Zealear, Engineer
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Morgan Zealear, Engineer

Think about it. It’s pretty much impossible to make a controlled pressure drop without burning up some energy as heat. Therefore, the outlet pressure and flow rate cannot be linearly proportional at 1:1, but rather, must have some positive loss of X:1, where X is greater than 1. So, for a given regulator setpoint, the outlet pressure […]

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Under Pressure, Part 4: More on Pressure Regulator Droop and Flowmeters


Sep 27, 2012
Morgan Zealear, Engineer
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Morgan Zealear, Engineer

If my previous post on droop, the least apparent pressure regulation issue, wasn’t enough of the low down for you, let me share some more about this common issue that arises with flowmeters. Droop is the difference between the outlet pressure at low inlet pressures and at high inlet pressures along the ‘operating range’ of the […]

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Under Pressure, Part 3: How to Avoid ‘Droop’ (Hysteresis) with Flowmeters


Sep 25, 2012
Morgan Zealear, Engineer
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Morgan Zealear, Engineer

If you’ve been reading my series on pressure regulation, you know my goal is to help you achieve the best possible gas mass flow control with your flowmeter. Previously, I’ve discussed undersizing and seat-drop lock. Now I want to move onto something that can really get you down – “droop.” Regulators may exhibit hysteresis, also known as droop. Droop is […]

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Under Pressure, Part 2: Don’t Run a Flowmeter Regulator into the Mud!


Sep 20, 2012
Morgan Zealear, Engineer
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Morgan Zealear, Engineer

Proper line regulation, be it supply pressure regulation, or back pressure regulation, is fundamentally key to a properly tuned flow system process. All instruments operate most accurately under steady-state conditions, so awareness of regulator behavior and proper tuning will save you time and money on avoiding waste during transient conditions. In my continuing tutorial on mass flow […]

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Pressure Regulation Can Be a Sticky Wicket with Flow Meters


Sep 17, 2012
Morgan Zealear, Engineer
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Morgan Zealear, Engineer

In the world of mass flow control, it sometimes surprises me how often issues with mass flowmeters can be attributed to improper sizing of pressure regulators. But given all the intangibles with mass flow, I do get it. So, if you are building a flow system that requires precision gas mass flow control, this is the […]

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Precise PVD with Mass Flow Meters


Aug 03, 2012
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Developers and manufacturers of solar photovoltaic installations have seen a dramatic increase in business in recent years. If you’re part of this industry, you know that solar energy now generates power in more than 100 countries and continues to be the fastest growing type of electricity generation in the world. Due to the growing demand, manufacturing […]

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SmartTrak® 140 Ultra-Low ΔP Mass Flow Controllers


Jul 12, 2012
Scott Rouse, Product Line Director
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Scott Rouse, Product Line Director

Get Incredible 4.5 psid (310 mBard) at Flows up to 500 slpm. When you need precision gas mass flow control of expensive process gases, where minimal pressure drop is a key consideration for cost savings and efficiency, the SmartTrak® 140 flow meter controls up to 500 slpm with an ultra-low ΔP of 4.5 psid (310 […]

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Sierra Brings World-Class Flowmeter Calibration to China


Jul 05, 2012
Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager
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Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager

If you are a researcher, manufacturer or industrial manager in China or another Asia-Pacific region, you can now access today’s most advanced flow meter calibration services faster than ever before. That’s because we’ve opened a new flow calibration laboratory in Shanghai, Pudong. Called the Sierra Flow Center of Excellence, this cutting-edge facility joins our other certified calibration […]

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Assess Your Flow Meter Options with Simple Selection Charts


Jul 02, 2012
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

There are many mass flowmeter and mass flow controller options available. As you sort through the wide variety of styles, sizes and prices, you may be wondering which flow meter is the right fit for your application. In reality, more than one may meet your flow range needs. Now what? Let me introduce you to […]

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Economic OEM Mass Flow Controller for PVD Applications


Jun 01, 2012
Mark Blackbourn, Engineer
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Mark Blackbourn, Engineer

Those of you who work in the solar energy and semiconductor industry will be familiar with physical vapor deposition (PVD) or sputtering that is commonly used for creating films of material on a substrate in the solar energy and semiconductor industry. In the PVD process, a negatively charged electrode is slowly disintegrated by molecular bombardment. […]

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Flow Meter Do’s and Don’ts with Ammonia


Apr 25, 2012
Scott Rouse, Product Line Director
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Scott Rouse, Product Line Director

At the recent Pittcon 2012 Tradeshow, we had many engineers and researchers stop by our booth wanting to measure and control ammonia. We’ve got a perfect product for the application, but there are a couple of precautions that you have to take. Some of the customers who have stopped by have run into the problem of ammonia […]

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Buy a Customized Mass Flow Controller Online!


Apr 09, 2012
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

After reading Kam’s last post about how Sierra’s OEM and Custom Solutions Group can help you customize a flowmeter for your application, I got inspired to share a way you can custom configure our mass flow controllers and actually buy the flow meter online. Lets say you need a SmartTrak 100 digital air flow sensor for […]

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Customize Your Flow Meters


Apr 04, 2012
Kam Bansal, Dir. of Engineering
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Kam Bansal, Dir. of Engineering

Did you know Sierra has a special team called OEM & Custom Solutions Group?  This team of engineers and technicians is dedicated to meeting the need for custom products. By utilizing nearly 40 years of  flow meter design experience, we modify any existing product to meet original equipment manufacturer (OEM), private label or general customer special […]

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Pittcon Trends: All Things Science


Apr 02, 2012
Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager
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Maryadine Washington, Mar-Com Manager

I never imagined walking through the vast halls at the annual Pittcon trade show that scientists had so many gadgets for making their experiments and data come to life – from rocking test tubes to sophisticated gas and ion chromatography devices. One common passion is evident through all this disparate equipment: scientists love their experiments […]

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Choosing a Flow Meter as Tough as Corrosive Gas


Mar 23, 2012
Matthew Olin, President & CEO
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Matthew Olin, President & CEO

One of the interesting trends we have seen in the Bio/Pharm and general scientific research markets is the many people who want to measure and control corrosive gases. This has always been a tough application, but there are a few ways that we can help you be successful. The ideal flowmeter is the SideTrak 840, built […]

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Riding the Waves of Climate Change, Part 1: Flowmeters Help Change the Way Research is Done


Feb 28, 2012
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Back in December, I shared how the Sierra Smart-Trak flowmeter traveled to Antarctica in 2006 with Stanford University researcher David Mucciarone. As a critical component of his data collection efforts, the flow meter helped him measure the breakdown of inorganic carbon during the Antarctic summer bloom. This important R&D work directly correlated with studies on global […]

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Part 2: Capillary Thermal Flow Meters vs. Differential Pressure Devices


Jan 26, 2012
Scott Rouse, Product Line Director
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Scott Rouse, Product Line Director

In my last post on capillary thermal flow meters, I talked about volumetric flow and how it must be temperature and pressure corrected to obtain mass flow. Wouldn’t the world be a simpler place if we could simply measure mass flow directly? In fact, we do! Capillary thermal is likely the most ideal technology for accurately and […]

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Part 1: Capillary Thermal Flow Meters vs. Differential Pressure Devices


Jan 24, 2012
Scott Rouse, Product Line Director
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Scott Rouse, Product Line Director

The most common technology in use today for measuring flow is differential pressure “dP or ΔP” (orifice plates, pitot tubes, venturis and the like).  Indeed, that was the only flow measurement method I was taught in engineering school.  Well, things have come a long way in the 28 years since I picked up my degree. […]

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For Complex Applications, Have Your Mass Flow Controller Adjusted Remotely


Jan 12, 2012
Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe
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Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe

The days of simple analog mass flow meters with no variables but a zero pot are gone. Now you can get great flexibility with advanced digital mass flow controller technology like our Smart-Trak 100. But, because of this virtue, the flow meter also has many communication variables. We try to keep it simple by minimizing the need […]

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Breaking the Ice: Antarctica Researcher Meets Sierra’s ‘Smart’ Mass Flow Meter


Dec 13, 2011
Scott Rouse, Product Line Director
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Scott Rouse, Product Line Director

Working here along California’s Central Coast in Monterey, I don’t often get to experience a White Christmas or snowball fights or even the excitement of schussing down the slopes (unless I travel 4 hours to Lake Tahoe, Northern California). So, it’s really tough for me to imagine the frigid, barren conditions of the coldest place […]

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Suspended Animation: Perfect Gas Flow Measurement Required!


Nov 28, 2011
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

Over the years I’ve worked at Sierra Instruments, I’ve had the opportunity to chat with many R&D professionals, including several who focus on medical research – a field that’s becoming more complex and sensitive all the time. Medical researchers who need to control the gas flow rate during experiments continue to demand higher and higher […]

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Precision Gas Flow Control is Key to R&D Instrumentation


Nov 11, 2011
Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager

If you’re a scientific researcher, few things are as important as your ability to accurately control experimental research variables. Data – more specifically, precise data – is king! When you need gas flow rate measurement and control instrumentation, the ability to derive statistically sound and repeatable data is the key driver. Over the past several […]

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Gas Mixing & Blending: A Focus on Dilution


Oct 21, 2011
Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe
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Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe

Dilution is a special application in the world of gas mixing.  Basically, you are diluting a concentration of gas in an already existing gas mixture. Let’s say you have a gas mixture of 10% Ar/90% N2 and you really need 5 Ar/95% N2 for your application. The solution is to add more N2 to the the mix, […]

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Gas Mixing & Blending: ‘Kwik Kalucations’ with K-Factors


Oct 18, 2011
Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe
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Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe

‘Kwik Kalucations’ with K-factors make gas mixing with a single gas mass flow meter simple. If you’re looking to improve flexibility and save money when it comes to gas mixing and blending applications, consider applying a “K-Factor.” A dimensionless numerical relation of a specific gas vs. air or nitrogen, a gas K-factor never changes. If K-factors will work in […]

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Accuracy in Gas Mixing & Blending


Sep 13, 2011
Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe
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Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe

In my last post, I discussed the important question of Mass or Volume flow measurement.   Today, I will discuss accuracy and the need to size your mass flow controller properly to assure the highest quality gas mixing and blending. Mass flow controllers are devices that have an accuracy of % of full scale (%FS).  That means […]

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Wireless Networks for the Digital Flow Meter, Part 1


Sep 06, 2011
Kam Bansal, Dir. of Engineering
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Kam Bansal, Dir. of Engineering

Last time I wrote about unified communications, which is the ability to use discrete communications protocols within a protocol network. This time I want to expand on the physical aspects of the network as it relates to flowmeters, including mass air, oxygen, pipe, water and other types. Let’s assume you’ve just purchased another five flow […]

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Gas Mixing & Blending: Mass or Volume?


Jul 29, 2011
Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe
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Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe

Mass or Volume: Important question! In my first blog post on gas mixing and blending, we saw that combustion is an important gas mix application. Combustion or burning is a chemical process, a reaction between molecules. To quantify the gas used we should count these gas molecules and not the space between these gas molecules. […]

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Capillary Thermal, How Exactly Does it Work?


Jul 20, 2011
Mark Blackbourn, Engineer
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Mark Blackbourn, Engineer

I get many questions from customers about how a Capillary Thermal Mass Flow Meter, like our Smart-Trak 100, works. So, I decided to do a brief overview of the principle of operation to accompany the video below. https:// The total flow through a tube or piping system enters the CTFM where it passes through a Laminar Flow Element […]

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Very Low Pressure Drop, High Flows: This Beast Has Wings!


May 05, 2011
Morgan Zealear, Engineer
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Morgan Zealear, Engineer

Meet the MFC we proudly call “Hammer-Trak”… What if you require very low pressure drop across your mass flow controller and need to control higher flows? Case in point: I had a customer asked me to design an MFC to handle medium-to-high flows (100-500 slpm Air), with at MOST 1.0 PSIG delta across the unit.  To solve this difficult probelm […]

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Gas Mixing & Blending: Why Do It?


Apr 27, 2011
Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe
Written By:
Paul de Waal, Managing Dir., Sierra Europe

Gas Mixing & Blending: Who, what and why? I am passionate about helping my customers obtain perfect gas mixing and blending!  I have been helping customers do this for over 25-years.  In this six part blog,  I want to discuss many of my experiences and aspects of gas mixing related to thermal mass flow controller technology. I want this blog to be […]

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