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FlowTimes - August 2010

Your Update on Flow, Temperature, and Pressure Measurement from Flow Research

Editor: Dr. Jesse Yoder; Volume 11, Number 2 - ISSN 1350-7204

Welcome to FlowTimes! This issue updates you on some important new developments in the world of flow. It also brings you up-to-date on some of our new and upcoming market studies. As you will see, the push for energy and the search for oil and gas is having an impact on the world of flow, and it is impacting our projects as well.

This is a very busy time at Flow Research. We have recently completed our study The World Market for Vortex Flowmeters, 4th Edition (see below). Vortex is one of the few flowmeter types that showed an increase in 2009, when many flowmeter markets declined. Vortex flowmeters are increasingly used in the oil & gas and refining industries, and they are also used for steam flow measurement. Vortex flowmeters are one of the most versatile types of meters, and can be used for liquid, gas, and steam flow measurement.

We have an ambitious study schedule planned over the next several months.  We are currently working on the 3rd edition of our classic study, Volume X: The World Market for Flowmeters (www.floweverything.com). .  We are also working on the 2nd edition of our study, The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement (www.gasflows.com).  This study was last published in 2004. It will include three add-on modules that can be ordered separately:

Module A: Natural Gas Producers Worldwide

Module B: Natural Gas Producers in the Middle East

Module C: The World Market for Custody Transfer of Natural Gas

The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement, 2nd Edition, is due out in August, while the add-on modules are scheduled for September.

On a more personal note, that friendly voice at the other end of the line may belong to Leslie Buchanan.  Leslie joined Flow Research in March as a Research Assistant.  She has been in charge of keeping our contact list up-to-date and doing research for some of our flowmeter studies.  An expert on horticulture, we have also put Leslie in charge of maintaining our extensive plant collection at Flow Research, including our 20-year old jade plant. -- Jesse Yoder, President, Flow Research

2. Flow Research’s new study on the worldwide vortex flowmeter market began shipping in early July, and is called The World Market for Vortex Flowmeters, 4th Edition. The study includes market size worldwide and by region, growth forecasts, and market shares for the leading suppliers.  It has a great deal of new segmentation that was requested by vortex suppliers.  The study discusses the impact of the new American Petroleum Institute (API) standard for using vortex flowmeters for custody transfer measurement.  For more information, including an updated study overview, go to www.flowvortex.com. This website also has links to nine articles on vortex flowmeters, including one published in the June 2009 issue of Flow Control. See the website for an overview that details the extensive segmentation in this study.  The website also has complete information about ordering the study.

3. The World Market for Flowmeters, 3rd Edition.  Flow Research is currently hard at work on this study, which includes all types of flowmeters, and will completely update the entire worldwide flowmeter market, including 14 flowmeter technologies. Despite the downturn in the economy, we believe the market has expanded significantly since our last edition of this study was published in 2008.  This study was an “instant classic” when it was first published in 2003, and this edition will be equally valuable. We are working very hard on this study, and we expect to publish this study early in August. For more information on this study, go to www.floweverything.com.

4. Legends of Flow – A New Website

Several months ago, Flow Research inaugurated a new website called Legends of Flow (www.LegendsofFlow.com).  The purpose of this website is to provide information and knowledge about those people who have made substantial contributions to the field of flow measurement. If you know of someone who should be listed here, please contact us at Flow Research.

There are three levels or tiers of people on this site:

  • Pioneers of Instrumentation – Historical figures in flow and instrumentation
  • Legends of Flow – Living or contemporary people who have developed theories or founded companies
  • Movers and Shakers of Flow – People who play an important role in the world of flow today

In addition, the site features technologies and companies that play an important in the flowmeter world:

  • Legendary Technologies
  • Legendary Companies

Check it out!

5. Arkon announces two new magnetic flowmeters:

Brno, Czech Republic (May 2010)—The MAGX2 is an improved version of the Arkon MAGX1. It continues the philosophy of the modular “plug and play” design. It is a flexible device for customizing applications from the most simple, where costs are very important, to the most demanding, requiring a highly technical solution such as GPRS or TCP/IP communication. The transmitter consists of a low-cost basic unit plus optional modules according to the end-user’s requirements. Each module is in fact a small electronic board, the size of a large postage stamp, which can be freely installed or removed from the main board in seconds. 

The MAGB1 is the new Arkon battery powered electromagnetic flowmeter. MAGB1 is claimed to have a ±0.5% accuracy of actual value. This makes it possible to install a reliable flowmeter virtually anywhere without sacrificing accuracy or performance if main power is not available. It is powered by two 3.6V lithium batteries placed inside the transmitter, with a battery life up to 5 years. Communication is done via USB using MODBUS RTU protocol. Compact and remote versions are available (cable length limited to 6 meters for remote version). 

Note: For more information on Arkon’s new magnetic flowmeters, see the Market Barometer for Q2 2010.  For information on the Market Barometer, go to www.worldflow.com.

6. Here is our study schedule for the next several months (drum roll please). By becoming a Founding Sponsor for these studies, you can not only participate in the research but also receive a significant discount:

·         Volume X: The World Market for Flowmeters, 3rd Edition – August 2010 www.floweverything.comA new edition of our classic study that includes all types of flowmeters!


·          The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement, 2nd Edition – August 2010 (www.GasFlows.com)  Note: Includes three add-on modules on natural gas producers and custody transfer of natural gas that are due out in September.


·         The World Market for Liquid Analytical Instruments – Q3 2010 (www.FlowAnalytical.com)


·         The World Market for Turbine Flowmeters, 2nd Edition (www.FlowTurbine.com) – Q3 2010


·         The World Market for Positive Displacement Flowmeters, 2nd Edition (www.flowPD.com) – Q4 2010

7. Stay up-to-date on developments in the flowmeter and energy industries with a free trial subscription to the Worldflow Monitoring Service. Our Worldflow Monitoring Service includes quarterly reports and timely updates:

  •            Market Barometer – A quarterly report on the flow, temperature, and pressure markets

  •            Energy Monitor – A quarterly report on the oil & gas, refining, power, and renewables industries

  •            Flash Reports – Breaking news in instrumentation and energy

  •            White Papers – In-depth analysis of important issues

  •            Worldflow Online – 24/7 access to market data, strategies, and past Worldflow reports going back to 2002

The Worldflow Monitoring Service features a website, www.worldflow.com, which serves as the launching pad for Worldflow Online. To receive a free trial subscription to this valuable service, go to www.worldflow.com and fill out the Free Trial Subscription Form, or send an email to info@flowresearch.com with your contact information. Please be sure to include your mailing address when requesting a free trial subscription.


What do you think of FlowTimes? We welcome your comments! Please send any comments or suggestions to jesse@flowresearch.com

FlowTimes is published by Flow Research, Inc.  


Dr. Jesse Yoderjesse@flowresearch.com 

Associate Editors: 

Belinda Burum – belinda@flowresearch.com

Norm Weeks – norm@flowresearch.com


FlowTimes is published by Flow Research, Inc.


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