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FlowTimes - June-July 2008

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

Editor: Dr. Jesse Yoder; Volume 9, Number 2  - ISSN 1350-7204

 Welcome to FlowTimes! This issue brings you up-to-date on some exciting new studies we recently published. Chances are good that these are studies are ones you've been waiting for. Besides our two newest studies, Volume X and Steam Flow, we will soon be publishing our new Coriolis study. Be sure to check out the details of an exciting new book, coming in 2009, called The Tao of Measurement: A Philosophical View of Flow and Sensors. See below for more information.. We hope you enjoy this issue of Flowtimes!

Since September 2007, Flow Research has published the following market studies:


The World Market for DP Flow Transmitters (9/07)

The World Market for Primary Elements (9/07)

The World Market for Pressure Transmitters, 2nd Edition (10/07)

The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 3rd Edition (1/08)

The World Market for Steam Flow Measurement (3/08)

Volume X: The World Market for Flowmeters, 2nd Edition (4/08)


Later this June, we will be publishing the following studies:


The World Market for Coriolis Flowmeters, 3rd Edition

The World Market for Mass Flow Controllers


1.      1. We have just completed our new study, Volume X: The World Market for Flowmeters, 2nd Edition.  This study includes 14 flow technologies. This is the most comprehensive flowmeter study we have ever done, and it is still hot off the press. Volume X weighs in at 600+ pages.   For the first time, we have been able to accurately determine the size of the worldwide flowmeter market in 2007 To do this, we put together our data on each of the 14 flow technologies to arrive at a picture of the entire worldwide flowmeter market in 2007.

Our study revealed some very interesting findings.  New-technology flowmeters, especially ultrasonic and Coriolis, have led the way in this fast-growth market.  However, some traditional technology flowmeters, especially differential pressure (DP) flowmeters, have also shown impressive growth.  During this time, the worldwide flowmeter market rode the wave of capital spending and investment that began in early 2004.  Dramatic growth in the energy markets also helped propel this market.

For complete information, go to www.floweverything.com.  Feel free to contact us to learn more.

2. Our new steam flow study includes eight technologies used to measure steam flow.  The World Market for Steam Flow Measurement includes a chapter on each type of flowmeter used for steam flow.  In addition to DP and vortex flowmeters, the study looks at emerging technologies of steam flow: Coriolis and ultrasonic.  Other technologies include variable area, target, and turbine.  Market size for 2007 is included for each flowmeter type, along with forecasts to 2012.  This is the only market study on steam flow that we are aware of.

Rising energy prices are generating a need for more efficiency and accuracy in steam flow measurement.  This study includes a survey conducted by Flow Research of end-users of flowmeters for measuring steam flow.  For more details on this exciting new study, go to www.steamflows.com.  

3. Coming in 2009 The Tao of Measurement: A Philosophical View of Flow and Sensors.  Dr. Jesse Yoder and Dick Morley are collaborating on this exciting new book that combines both a practical and theoretical look at sensors and measurement.  The book will feature a discussion of flowmeters, pressure transmitters, and temperature sensors, along with a more theoretical discussion of the fundamental concepts of time, length, and area measurement.  Hot topics for this book include flowtime, circular geometry, artificial intelligence, and robotics. The Tao of Measurement challenges some of our most fundamental assumptions about measurement, so be prepared to put your thinking cap on.  For more details, including an outline, go to www.TaoOfFlow.com.

4. The price of crude oil rose recently to more than $138 per barrel.  What does this mean?  Flow Research recently published a 50 page White Paper on oil prices, looking at the balance of supply and demand.  This White Paper was published as part of our Energy Monitor, which follows the oil & gas, refining, and power industries.  The White Paper, called Walking the Tightrope of Supply and Demand, looks at the tight balance of supply and demand for oil worldwide and identifies potential crimps in supply and sources of greater demand.  This White Paper provides a very useful and practical framework for understanding rising energy prices.  We are offering a free electronic and color-printed hardcopy of this White Paper with your subscription to Worldflow.  Go to www.worldflow.com for more details.

5. Emerson Sells Brooks Instrument.  This sale was announced on December 31, 2007.  In doing so, Emerson is casting its lot with new-technology flowmeters over the traditional technology meters sold by Brooks.  Brooks Instrument has long been known as a supplier of variable area flowmeters.  On the other hand, Brooks is a leading supplier of mass flow controllers to industrial markets, and also carries a line of Coriolis flowmeters for small line sizes.  The QUANTIM Coriolis meter includes the flowtube and transmitter in an integrated unit. 


6. Flow Research will soon be publishing a new Coriolis study. The Coriolis flowmeter market is continuing to expand. This will be the 3rd edition of our study, The World Market for Coriolis Flowmeters, which was previously published in 2001 and 2003. End-users continue to be attracted to the enhanced accuracy and reliability of Coriolis flowmeters. This study will be a complete update on the market, including straight tube and bent tube meters, line sizes, and progress on gas and steam flow measurement. For complete information on the study, go to www.flowcoriolis.com, or give us a call.


7. Flow Research is conducting a market study on the worldwide mass flow controller market. Mass flow controllers are widely used in the semiconductor industry, but they also have industrial applications. This study will reveal both market size and market shares for the semiconductor and industrial market segments in 2007.  For more information, go to www.flowmfc.com, or give us a call.


8. Get a free trial subscription to the Worldflow Monitoring Service. Our newly expanded 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 jesse@flowresearch.com with your contact information. Please be sure to include your mailing address when requesting a free trial subscription.


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Norm Weeks - norm@flowresearch.com  

Belinda Burum - belinda@flowresearch.com


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