Accurate gas flow measurement helps breweries keep their customers happy while controlling costs and meeting environmental compliance requirements. From fermentation vessel steam heating, product kegging or bottling, to CO2 recovery for co-gen power or combined heat and power (CHP) systems to flaring, the emphasis is on product quality and protecting the environment. This article first appeared in the August 2021 issue of Food and Drink business.

The ST75 Air/Gas Flow Meter from Fluid Components International (FCI) measures natural gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), and mixed waste gases in small line sizes to optimise brewing fermentation processes, product quality and overall plant efficiency.

FCI’s ST75 Series Flow Meter helps breweries optimise their complex fermentation tank steam heating processes by accurately measuring the ratio of boiler burner fuel gas to air for efficient combustion. The CO2 gas that is naturally produced during the brewing process and any additional CO2 gas necessary for finishing the beer require accurate measurement within tight tolerances.

Available through AMS Instrumentation & Calibration, the ST75 Flow Meter is equally well suited for low flow and higher flow operations in industrial applications and operates over a wide flow range, from 0.01 to 950 NCMH depending on line size. For variable process conditions, the ST75 is factory preset to a wide turndown range at 10:1 to 100:1. 

With built-in temperature compensation, the ST75 Flow Meter maintains consistent performance in rugged, hot industrial process environments. It features accuracy to ±2% of reading with ±0.5% repeatability over varying process temperatures in line sizes from 6 to 51 mm.

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