Whilst manufacturing in France, Italy, Austria and Greece is seeing a decline in activity, the UK joins Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany and Spain in being a country where manufacturing is experiencing growth. According to Markit/CIPS Manufacturing PMI, October saw British manufacturing a 53.2, a three month high and second only to Ireland which was 56.6.
Whilst there are still issues with companies across the EU being able to access finance for investment and build consumer confidence within the export market, a reduction in oil and therefore energy prices is having a positive effect.
Advice from EEF Manufacturing suggests that UK manufacturers need to invest in technology that will further boost production and increase efficiencies in order to ensure continued growth. They are also asking the Government to establish tax breaks that incentivise capital expenditure.
The vast majority of goods in our homes and workplaces are manufactured and in a high percentage of manufacturing processes, liquids are utilised. In some cases, the liquid may be an essential ingredient in the product being produced. In other cases, the liquid is used in other ways, such as cleaning, cooling or heating the product.
The ability to accurately monitor and control the volume of liquid used in manufacturing can be critical for process control and in order to meet quality standards. In some industries high levels of accuracy are essential for the end product to comply with regulations.
As environmental awareness grows, it is becoming increasingly important for all industries that use liquids to monitor input and output volumes. There are pressures on companies to reduce the water consumption and improve the management of waste liquids. As a much greater incentive, if an industry can lower its use of water or other liquids through efficiencies that don’t compromising the production process, there can be significant cost savings.
Ultrasonic Flow Meter Technology
An ultrasonic flow meter is a cost effective device that can be applied to most industrial applications in order to provide accurate monitoring of liquid flow through a process. The ultrasonic flow meter is installed on the exterior of the pipe in which the liquid travels. This makes it as easy to retro fit into existing processes, as it is to install in a new factory.
An ultrasonic flow meter transmits a signal, which passes through the liquid and is then picked up by a receiver on the other side. It uses transit time to provide an accurate calculation of the flow of liquid. The data is then presented on an easy to read screen that is connected to the device.
With ultrasonic flow meter monitoring, many industrial processes have been better able to manage their process control and quality standards. It allows engineers to run processes at optimum liquid levels, which improves efficiency and reduces waste batches. This in turn lowers production costs and quickly provides a return on the flow meter investment.
Each ultrasonic flow meter can be specifically calibrated for the liquid being monitored. It can act as an early warning system, as it will detect when the flow is too fast or slow. This could be an indication of a blockage, leak or fault in another part of the process.
As an ultrasonic flow meter is attached to the exterior of the pipe, it can be used to monitor volatile dirty or hazardous liquids. It won’t interfere with the liquid flow and isn’t prone to being clogged up, damaged or wearing out in the same way as internal flow meters. Its external location means that the device is also easy to install, maintain, replace or remove without affecting the production process.