New type portable ultrasonic flow meter is developed on the basis of APP on mobile phone by an USA company and related app can be downloaded in APP stores of Android or IOS. This design makes full use of mobile hardware facility and just provide a necessary clamp-on flow sensors. The portable ultrasonic flow meter can be installed on the outside of pipe and sense flow in closed pipe. Then by related APP, your mobile phone can display measurement data with less hassel and in less time. As have no main converter, it features of no wire, no clamps, no bulky electronic box around, then you can do job easily, quickly and lightly.
The APP (name is Orcas) can guide users to input and set and make them know how to set flow meter. The portable ultrasonic flow meters feature as below:
1. Reliable. No moving parts, no maintenance and can work for long-term.
2.User friendly. The App can remember location and the related parameters and you just need to set one time for the same test point.
3.Truly portable. Because with main converter, its full set is lightweirght.
4. High affordable. With related advantages, the ultrasonic flow meter is priced competitively with comparable devices.
From the items above, the portable ultrasonic flow meter is worth to purchase. But as experienced engineer in flow meter industry, i think the key point for flow meters are robust, simple, stable, and accurate. Though mobile phone can install the related APP, but for mobile phone, it is suitable for the key point above,e.g. Android phone is open system which means Android phone has a poor safety management. So Android phone is not reliable. Then Apple phone, though IOS is close operation system, IPHONE doesn’t look so strong.
Thus, whether such portable ultrasonic flow meter will have a prospect, it has no final say, but as technology development, ultrasonic flow meter’s price is always lower and lower. In fact, for such design, it is not a new thought. In the past, several companies have installed related software in PDA or other intelligent device, then used to replace main electronic converter, but such design didn’t cover much more market yet.