Total life cost of a flowmeter
Initial purchase price is only one aspect of the costs of running a flowmeter. A simple turbine flowmeter will be inexpensive to purchase and install but the true costs may need to be considered over several years of operation. How often will your production line have to be down while that simple turbine is being re-calibrated? It may well be that a non-intrusive solid state flow meter will be more cost effective in the long term despite the initial financial outlay. In situations where a consumer product, with a design life of only a few thousand hours, incorporates a flowmeter – a more inexpensive device would be appropriate. It is important to remember that flowmeter selection is part of your overall project design and costing.