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Most Common Causes of Flow Meter Errors

Most Common Causes of Flow Meter Errors

Trickier than finding the solution to problems with your industrial pipe is figuring out the most common causes of flow meter errors. In addition to knowing how to use your flow meter, you should know how to recognize when it is malfunctioning. Common issues that affect pipes can also damage your flow meter. Keep reading to find out which problems are most likely to affect your meters.


The most common reason industrial flow meters malfunction is due to scaling. Ions or mineral deposits in groundwater—such as calcium, magnesium, and sodium—attach to the inner walls of pipping and build up. The buildup narrows the pipes and restricts the flow. Scaling can attach to flow meters too, and pieces can break off and clog your pipe.


Sludge is the grime that enters a fluid stream. It comes from the impurities in your flow and may result from grinding in a previous process. A buildup of sludge can slow down the flow of fluids as they become thicker with grime.


The worst thing for metal is rust; it corrodes metal pipes and can damage your flow meter, especially if they don’t have a protective covering. Rust will gradually eat through metal, not only disrupting your flow but resulting in expensive repairs.


Like sludge, slime is living matter that comes through water and builds up on your pipes. Mostly microorganisms, it thickens and slows down the flow. The consistency of slime is gooey and may result in clogged pipes in addition to an inaccurate read from your meter.

Air bubbles, improper installation, vibrations, and a pulsating flow are other most common causes of flow meter errors. Further, you may have the wrong meter for your operations. Talk to your distributor to ensure you are acquiring the correct tool for the job.

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