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The iSeries Has Arrived! Webinar #1: InnovaMass 240i/241i Product Launch (3-Part Webinar Series)

Thank you for joining us for our webinar to announce our new game changing mass vortex flow meter-InnovaMass 240i/241i!   This amazing new product marks an historic turning point for Sierra and for your sales growth.

As the excitement builds in the coming months for our InnovaMass iSeries, please use the recorded webinar 1 to review key product differentiators, Raptor II OS & SIP advantages, and pricing strategy. Please share with others in your organization that may have missed it. Re-watch the webinar footage by clicking the links below.

We are energized by your support and enthusiasm of our new product and look forward to hearing the compelling sales stories you will create! It’s yours. Let’s grow together!

If you have any questions about the material or would like additional materials, please contact Maryadine Washington at m_washington@sierrainstruments.com

Watch Webinar #1: InnovaMass 240i/241i Introduction & Overview

InnovaMass Key Resources
Watch iSeries Product Video
InnovaMass Brochure
InnovaMass Family Page
View NEW iSeries Online Sizing Program

 

InnovaMass iSeries Webinar #2: Sales Training (Part 2 of 3 Webinar Series)

Our second webinar in our InnovaMass webinar series was a huge success! We had over 200 Sierra representatives & distributors around the globe join us to dig deeper into our price list, new sizing program, and sales/pricing strategy.

As the excitement continues to build in the coming months for our InnovaMass iSeries, please use the recorded version of Webinar 2 to review our 2020 vision, key product differentiators and pricing strategy. Please share with others in your organization that may have missed it. Re-watch the webinar footage by clicking the links below.

We are energized by your support and enthusiasm of our new product and look forward to hearing the compelling sales stories you will create! It’s yours. Let’s grow together!

If you have any questions about the material or would like additional materials, please contact Maryadine Washington at m_washington@sierrainstruments.com

Watch Webinar #2: InnovaMass iSeries Sales Training 

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InnovaMass Key Resources
Watch iSeries Product Video
InnovaMass Brochure
InnovaMass Family Page
View NEW iSeries Online Sizing Program

 

The New Vortex iSeries has Arrived!

InnovaMass. Reinvented. I am proud to announce on behalf of our entire development team, our completely re-designed, next generation InnovaMass 240i and 241i vortex volumetric flow and multivariable mass flow meter product line. Learn more…

The all new iSeries InnovaMass 240i inline and 241i insertion vortex flow meters are manufactured at our brand new assembly and calibration facility in Monterey, California. I think you will find this new product exemplifies on our tradition of innovation with improvements and features like:

  • New Raptor II OS operating system “Flow Engine”
  • 10x faster processing speed
  • It has Apps like: FloPro, qMix, Dial-A-Pipe, Dial-A-Fluid
  • Easy field setup, meter tuning and instrument validation
  • Field firmware upgrades
  • And much more

Learn more… Reduced Cost of Ownership: With five high accuracy measurements available from InnovaMass, total cost-of-ownership plummets. Lower initial cost, less complex installation, and reduced maintenance costs contributed to significant overall savings. Did You Know?  In 1997, Sierra was the first to design and introduce a multivariable mass vortex flow meter to the world with InnovaMass. Today, multivariable mass vortex units are an industry standard. InnovaMass is a Registered Trademark of Sierra Instruments, Inc., Monterey, California

It Has Apps! Our New Vortex Flow Meter Empowers You

Sierra’s next generation InnovaMass “iSeries” features a new hyper-fast microprocessor, robust software apps, and an automated state-of-the-art manufacturing and flow calibration facility to assure the highest level of quality and delivery.

It Has Apps! The InnovaMass iSeries features flow management apps driven by our new Raptor II OS that will empower your process and save you time and money.

  • ValidCal Diagnostics™ for field calibration verification and meter health checks
  • FlowPro™ vastly improves low flow measurement accuracy
  • MeterTuning™ cancels noise, improves accuracy
  • Dial-A-Pipe™ allows you to quickly change pipe sizes in the field
  • Dial-A-Fluid™ measures a variety of fluids whenever you choose
  • qMix™ makes/measures custom mixtures
  • Many more apps to come…

Watch iSeries Product Video       View iSeries Sizing Program

InnovaMass iSeries Training & Tutorial Videos

Below is a series of InnovaMass tutorial videos taken from the InnovaMass iSeries Webinars to help you learn more or just get a quick refresher about how InnovaMass iSeries Works.

InnovaMass Training Video 1 | Introduction: Raptor II OS & SIP

InnovaMass Training Video 2 | Connecting to InnovaMass: Hook It Up

InnovaMass Training Video 3 | Home Screen Introduction: Meet The SIP

InnovaMass Training Video 4 | Initial Meter Setup: Dive Into the SIP

InnovaMass Training Video 5 | ValidCal Diagnostics: Dive Into the SIP

InnovaMass Training Video 6 | Meter Tuning: Dive Into the SIP

InnovaMass Training Video 7 | Field Firmware Restore/Upgrade: Be up-to-date

InnovaMass Training Video 8 | Local Display / Interface: Navigate Manually

 

 

 

Reducing Costs of Steam Flow Measurement

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Traditionally, steam flow has been measured with a differential pressure device. This is typically an orifice plate. However, such devices are inherently volumetric flow measurements.

As we have discussed in previous blog posts, changes in pressure and temperature will change the mass flow rate of steam. Even a “small” change of 10% in steam pressure will result in a 10% error in non-compensated mass flow. This means that, in a typical differential pressure measurement installation, the volumetric flow rate measured by the device must be compensated by measuring temperature and pressure, and then these three measurements (ΔP, T and P) integrated with a flow computer to calculate mass flow.

Putting it all together, a “traditional” installation looks like this:

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Costs of a Traditional Steam Flow Measurement Installation

  1. Pressure and temperature are not measured at the same point as flow. This will lead to errors in the mass flow. Remember a 10% error in pressure equals a 10% error in mass flow. If you are selling the steam in a custody transfer application, inaccuracies of 10% will cost you 10% of your profit!
  2. High installation costs. You must buy a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor, the differential pressure device, and a flow computer. Multiple pipe penetrations are required, along with wiring and packaging the measurement system.
  3. High maintenance costs. The pressure sensing ports are prone to plugging, the orifice plate may wear out, and all the individual sensors will need periodic recalibration. Furthermore, troubleshooting such a complex system isn’t easy.

Choosing the Right Tool

In view of the above, the ideal tool for measuring steam flow would be a meter that has one pipe penetration, thus measuring temperature, pressure and volumetric flow at the same point, and has onboard processing to calculate mass flow. Sierra’s InnovaMass® iSeries vortex flow meter does exactly that.

Vortex is the ideal flow technology for gas, liquid, and steam measurement. Sierra’s InnovaMass vortex flow meters can be specified to measure up to five process variables with one process connection: volumetric flow, mass flow, density, pressure, and temperature. With this multivariable capability, it’s easier to maximize your steam productivity and reduce cost-of-ownership.

Sierra’s next generation InnovaMass iSeries (240i inline and 241i insertion) features a new hyper-fast microprocessor, robust software apps, and an automated state-of-the-art manufacturing and flow calibration facility to assure the highest level of quality and delivery.

So what is the bottom line? The cost of measurement for a traditional ΔP meter adds up quickly:

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Learn more about reducing the cost of steam flow measurement today. Sierra’s InnovaMass iSeries inline version can be acquired for as little as $2,400 for a single unit and well under $2,000 if multiple units are needed.

The First Vortex Flow Meter with Apps Wins Innovation Award!

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Thank you to the readers of industry publication, Flow Control Magazine, who voted for Sierra’s InnovaMass 240i/241i iSeries multivariable and volumetric vortex flow meters in Flow Control’s 2016 Innovation Awards. Sierra was awarded an honorable mention. Sierra’s tradition and spirit of innovation spanning over 40 years drives everything we do, we are happy that the readers of Flow Control have recognized the InnovaMass as one of the most truly innovative products around.

What Makes InnovaMass iSeries Innovative?*

Simply put, it has Apps!  The InnovaMass 241i iSeries vortex flowmeter has been specifically designed for precise flow energy management to reduce costs and increase productivity in steam, compressed air, natural gas and water applications. The key innovation versus traditional vortex meters is Sierra’s Raptor II OS, which enables software Apps like Sierra’s FloPro and Dial-A-Fluid,
ValidCal Diagnostics, and Meter Tuning.

FloPro is used to improve point-velocity accuracy. Dial-A-Pipe and Dial-A-Fluid are used to change pipe size and fluids without loss of accuracy.  ValidCal Diagnostics makes field calibration and meter health validation easy, and Meter Tuning cancels out external noise to improve accuracy.

InnovaMassImagesOther key features include an insertion version for 2 inches (50.8 mm) up to 72 inches (2M); inline version to 8 inches (DN 200); Accuracy as god as 0.7 percent of reading; temperature to 392°F (200°C); pressure to 1500 psig (103 barg); volumetric or multivariable measurement of gases, liquids, and steam with a single pipe insertion point.

InnovaMass iSeries vortex flow meter measures up to five process variables with one process connection: volumetric flow rate, mass flow, density, pressure, and temperature, which is ideal for highly accurate steam flow measurement. By compensating for temperature and pressure variations, you get true mass flow to maximize your steam productivity and reduce cost-of-ownership.

Again, thanks to the readers of Flow Control for their vote and the confidence in Sierra.

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*Official Flow Control Innovation Award write up from the September 2016 Flow Control issue.

Sensor Probe Insertion/Retractor Simplifies Installation of Steam Flow Meters in Hot Tapping Applications

retractor-equation-2jpgAccurately measuring fluid flows like steam in large ducts or pipes is a challenging application. Large ducts and pipes often have swirl or turbulent flow which makes accurate flow measurement difficult. Not to mention, installation of steam flow meters can be extremely challenging since in many cases you will need to shut off the steam flow to install the meter. This is just not practical.

For many facilities, “shutting the steam down” for flow meter installation is cost prohibitive due to the loss of energy allocation or halting critical process.  One common practice to install steam flow meters into the active flow is to “hot tap” the flow meter into the pipe without shutting down at all.

As you can imagine, due to high temperatures and pressures hot tapping in large pipes is an application that very few flow measurement devices can handle.

Sierra’s insertion retractor for the InnovaMass Vortex Flow Meter, however, can be easily “hot tapped” into any size pipe with process connections from 150 lb. flange up to 600 lb. flange with its newly re-designed retractor.

Watch our “how-to” video demonstrating the newly designed, compact, ergonomic InnovaMass iSeries vortex flow meter insertion/retractor which makes hot tapping into large pipes easy, no matter the pipe orientation. It has a 180 degree rotation and works well in tight spaces. The video also shows how to install the retractor, how to find the centerline of the pipe, and how to actuate up and down. Use one retractor for multiple products!

Already have a 241i with a retractor? What are your thoughts?

Need additional information? Visit our guide to the InnovaMass 241i.

Preventable Mistakes with Vortex Flow Meters

Vortex flow meter technology is an ideal technology for many applications particularly saturated and supersaturated steam, volumetric water applications as well as flow energy management (natural gas, compressed air, steam, water) in facilities and large campuses. In some of these applications, vortex installations can be tricky and take flow expertise for the most successful installations. Kam Bansal, the Director of Engineering, has some useful tips for successful vortex installations and common mistakes to avoid to get the most out of your vortex flow meters in your application.

Vortex Flow Meter Mistakes to Avoid

#1 – Water Hammer

If you’ve ever turned on your shower and the pipes made a loud bang, you’ve probably experienced the phenomenon called water hammer. Most commonly caused by opening or closing a valve too quickly, it occurs when a mass of water zooms through a pipe with enough momentum to pack a serious punch.

Commercial pipelines often allow these “water hammers” to reach such high speeds that they can damage the flow meter sensor. To alleviate the “water hammer” phenomenon,  try to avoid condensation in steam systems by opening and closing valves gradually to equalize pressure.

#2 – Incorrect Range or Pipe Size

Vortex flow meters are highly specialized devices, and each one is made-to-order based on customer application specifications. This means an out-of-the-box meter will only work for the original order’s conditions. Usually, you can’t make any changes once the meter is installed in the field. However, the software apps offered by Sierra’s InnovaMass iSeries allow you to change variables in-the-field with dial-a-pipe, and tune meter factors in-situ to fit your needs.  You can also adjust your vortex meter via the local pushbutton display interface. In addition, if you think your application may approach the meter’s maximum pressure or temperature, it’s better to buy a higher-rated meter than risk overheating or over pressurizing.

Now that you are aware of these preventable mistakes, think about your vortex meter installation process and specification process.

If you need a refresher, watch this short video by Director of Engineering, Kam Bansal, for an in-depth explanation on how to solve some of the common vortex installation mistakes.

Have technical questions? Comment below or contact us.

ACHEMA 2018: An Eye On the Future

The spirit of ACHEMA 2018 can be summed up in three words: reimagine, capitalize, and prepare for the future. ACHEMA was all about seizing the potential opportunities that Industry 4.0  or IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) can bring to the chemical and process industries. Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies – a mix of cyber-physical systems, IIoT, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Simply put- new levels of analysis to provide a truly productive process.

ACHEMA 2018 BoothACHEMA was both a validation and confirmation that Sierra is going in the right direction. Sierra is already moving on all of these trends, Sierra no longer just builds a “thing.” We believe flow measurement solutions need to “live” and communicate with all other devices around the facility site to create value for our customers.

While not all flow meters are industry 4.0 ready yet, the industry is getting there fast. At heart, some of the newest flow meters and controllers are fulfilling the promise of Industry 4.0 with their ability to talk to the manufacturing process and automate their key function- measuring and control of gas flow- and then communicating that information so that a plant monitors (perhaps someday even the plant’s AI, the Artificial Intelligence) can make informed decisions about the process.

To that end, we showcased our Big-3™ one flow energy solution for optimizing and measuring nearly every critical and costly flow found in the chemical and process industry. An integrated solution to measure all flow data points of your facility. 

The Big-3 features QuadraTherm 640i/780i thermal flow meters, InnovaMass 240i/241i vortex flow meters, and the InnovaSonic 207i ultrasonic flow meter. The Big-3 share the same revolutionary Raptor firmware and many of the same software apps. They are a complete flow energy solution for flows like compressed air, natural gas, steam, and hot and chilled water. Together, they set a new standard in ease-of-purchase, performance, accuracy, reliability, and ease of use.

We look forward to the opportunities Industry 4.0 brings and continuing to provide innovative solutions to our customers in the years to come.