Measuring the flow of a fluid or gas is essential to many industrial processes. Many technologies exist to measure flow including Electromagnetic, Ultrasonic, Turbine, Vortex, Positive Displacement, Coriolis, and Thermal Mass flow meters. The ability to monitor the flow rate and flow totals from various flow meters wirelessly enables users to avoid costly conduit runs from the point of the flow measurement back to a central controller.
Lighting can be an issue for remote sensor control systems, especially in the upstream oilfield. Sensors located on top of 20 – 24 ft. steel tanks become ideal targets for lightning. One unfortunate strike can take out a sensor or the entire telemetry system.