From the earliest days of human society there has been a need to measure
things. It is how people buy and sell things or how resources are
assigned. The measuring of liquid flow dates back to these early days when
irrigated water was metered out to various farming operations or other
places that required water. This water was usually divided by some
community governing force to ensure all received water as was available
Even the measuring flow of gasses became important when navigators had to
monitor wind conditions to steer their ship. It into mans history that gas
was measured for lamp fuels through a system of pipes and measuring the
pressure of these gasses became important.
Flow meters have been around for many years but in today's world they have
so many other very important uses. Use of flow measuring devices are still
used to measure water to farming communities using the same methods as
before but often up the line the newer technology is at work to ensure a
steady supply. Other places you may see flow meters at work is the
gasoline pumps, water meter for your home, gas meter, electric meter.
Flow meters are also used in manufacturing and other industrial operations
for a number of purposes. Some of these include monitoring coolants to
various components such as drill bits, milling bits and other
manufacturing tools that can overheat. Industrial flow meters can also be
used to monitor lubricants to gears or other moving parts.
Flow meters are often used as complex systems where the flowmeter reports
to other electronic components that are attached to switches, monitors or
other equipment. A good example of flow meter use in complex systems is
the modern automobile that uses a cooling system, lubricant delivery
system and a fuel delivery system. Each of these systems employ flow
measurement and even have warning systems in the dash such as the oil
light, fuel gauge and temperature gauge. In the past few years all these
system tie into a complex computer system.
The Internet provides a great way to find more information about flow
meters. It used to be that to find out product specs a person would have
to order spec sheets and other liturature from manufacturers or
distributors. Today most companies selling flow meters, sensors and other
measuring tools have websites where you can easily access any
specifications you might need.