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Emerson boosts role in fiscal oil & gas metering with first smart liquid ultrasonic flowmeter family

Emerson Process Management : 30 January, 2007  (Company News)
Emerson Process Management's new family of smart Daniel Series 3800 liquid ultrasonic meters is the first in the industry to use digital intelligence to deliver diagnostics that help users detect and troubleshoot maintenance problems. Beginning with the Daniel Model 3804 liquid ultrasonic meter, the new smart family is designed for use in custody transfer, allocation measurement, and check metering applications in areas such as offshore platforms, crude and refined product pipelines, and marketing terminals.
Oil and gas are precious commodities. The accurate and reliable measurement of oil and gas is critical for fiscal accounting and taxation purposes. This fiscal metering is done by high precision flow meters that measure fluids throughout the value chain from wellheads through crude refinement to marketing terminals.

Emerson's Daniel flow meters are leaders in high performance oil and gas fiscal metering, and the company is extending its technology and expertise to liquid ultrasonic metering. Based on customer research and extensive field trials, the diagnostics in the Daniel Model 3804 liquid ultrasonic meter combine with the unique Daniel capability of internet monitoring to give users the benefit of remotely observing flow profiles, transducer status, and more, to help in detecting and troubleshooting any erroneous measurements.

'The new Daniel ultrasonic meter family extends our digital field intelligence initiatives to today's high growth liquid ultrasonic fiscal metering applications,' commented John Berra, President of Emerson Process Management.

Daniel Model 3804 ultrasonic meter
The first meter in the new series, Emerson's Daniel Model 3804 ultrasonic meter accurately measures a wide range of fluids including crude oil, distillate fuels, and petrochemicals. These fluids are measured with +/- 0.15% accuracy over a 10:1 flow range. The meters feature Emerson's state-of-the-art transducer design that includes a glass matching layer for superior acoustical coupling and waveform detection, enabling more exact measurements.

Emerson's Daniel Model 3804 liquid ultrasonic meter utilizes transit time-based measurement along four chords. The four pairs of integrally mounted transducers allow the meter to maintain high accuracy over widely varying pipeline conditions, including changes in fluids. The meter is designed for reliable measurement and minimal maintenance. The non-wetted, intrinsically safe transducers can be replaced during operation in a matter of minutes, even in hazardous environments, without the need to empty or depressurize the meter.

To help users keep inventory costs low, the entire Series 3800 product line, ranging from 4 to 12 inch line sizes in 150 to 900 ANSI classes, uses the same components. Additionally, this Daniel meter is approved by UL / cUL and ATEX for use in hazardous areas.

With Emerson's proven Daniel Customer Ultrasonic Interface, a Windows based software application, users will find it extremely easy to configure the meter, view flow profiles, record log files, trend data, and troubleshoot installation problems with advanced diagnostic data. The meter's Ethernet compatibility allows multiple users to connect remotely to the meter to obtain real-time data without the need to go into the field. In a matter of minutes, users can download a year's worth of archive logs stored in the meter. Additionally, users will save time sorting through diagnostic data with Daniel CUI's automated reporting functionality.

This new meter family adds to Emerson's existing lines of Coriolis flow meters, flow control instruments, flow computers, and transmitters. It also complements Emerson's Daniel liquid products portfolio of provers, valves, presets, and liquid turbine meters. The family adds to Emerson's technology leadership in providing superior custody transfer products, systems, and services to the oil and gas fiscal flow measurement market. More information about the Daniel Series 3800 Liquid Ultrasonic Flow Meter is available at Emerson's Daniel website,
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