- January 2012
Update on Flow, Temperature, and Pressure Measurement from Flow Research
Dr. Jesse Yoder; Volume
13, Number 1 - ISSN 1350-7204
by customer request, we’ve decided to break up our popular ultrasonic
study, The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 4th Edition,
into three parts: Core Study: The World Market for Inline Ultrasonic
Flowmeters; Module A: The World Market for Clamp-on and Insertion
Ultrasonic Flowmeters; and Module B: Worldwide Market View.
doing this, we can improve the granularity and accuracy of the data and
provide increased segmentation. We feel it will be clearer to separate
data for the higher priced inline meters from the lower cost clamp-on
great deal of attention is currently being focused on ultrasonic
flowmeters. Much of the research and development effort is currently
going into these meters, perhaps at the expense of other meters such as
vortex and turbine. However, there is good reason for this.
The ultrasonic flowmeter market is the fastest growing market, and
end-users are replacing their turbine and differential pressure (DP)
flowmeters with ultrasonic for some applications. There is, in
particular, a great deal of attention being paid to the ultrasonic market
for custody transfer, both of liquids and natural gas.
have made significant progress in enhancing the accuracy and reliability
of ultrasonic flowmeters. This has mainly been done by, in some
cases, increasing the number of paths, thereby increasing the number of
measurement points, and also by adding greater diagnostic capability.
The enhanced diagnostic capability, it is claimed, can reduce the need for
upstream piping, and also increases the ability of the ultrasonic meter to
determine sources of error. While much progress has been made in
ultrasonic meters for custody transfer of natural gas, lately new and more
accurate meters have been developed for custody transfer of petroleum
liquids as well.
the gas front, Cameron introduced its eight-path ultrasonic LEFM 380Ci
natural gas flowmeter in October at the International North Sea Flow
Measurement Workshop in Norway and at an event in Canada. The
flowmeter is part of the Caldon family of LEFM meters that claim to
provide the petroleum industry with an option that is durable and stable
with a low cost of ownership. Cameron also released a brochure earlier in
the year featuring the new model. At the Norway show,
Elster-Instromet also showed off its 2011 offering in
ultrasonic flowmeters, the 6-path, 16-chord Q.Sonic Plus for custody
transfer of natural gas. Like KROHNE’s ALTOSONIC V12 introduced in 2009
and SICK’s FLOWSIC600, the Q.Sonic Plus has increased diagnostic
capability, which reduces the need for upstream piping.
three volumes of The
World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 4th Edition are scheduled for release in Q1/Q2 2012. For more information, please visit
Don’t miss out on our megastudy, The World Market for Natural Gas and
Gas Flow Measurement. Now shipping!
two years of research, three trips to the Mideast, and more than 10 trips
to conferences and customers in Europe and the U.S., our unprecedented
series of studies on the natural gas and gas flowmeter markets is now
available. In the course of our research, we realized how important it is
to understand the natural gas market and its producers to really grasp the
flowmeter market. If you had a full time analyst working for months on the
gas market you’d be hard-pressed to get even some of this natural gas
information together in one place, never mind the exclusive information
and data we’ve unearthed in our globetrotting and other research.
We’ve put together 2600+
pages of material on the natural gas markets and gas flowmeter usage
around the world, by regions and countries, plus an analysis of what all
of it means for you. We offer our exclusive data on the flowmeter
market and insights from more than 15 in-person interviews with Mideast
oil & gas companies. If you haven’t already purchased the studies,
we hope you’ll consider doing so now. The timing couldn’t be better to
understand the fast-growing worldwide market for gas flowmeters, which we
found totaled $1.3 billion in 2010, with a projected compound annual
growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1 percent through 2015.
The series features a Core
Study and five standalone Modules:
The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement, 2nd Edition,
682 pages, published in June, gives the size of the worldwide gas flow
measurement market by technology type. It includes trends in gas flow
measurement and profiles of the largest gas flowmeter suppliers. www.GasFlows.com
A: An Analysis of the Regional Gas Flowmeter and Natural Gas Markets,
854 pages, which shipped in September, drills down into regional and
country breakouts on gas flowmeter usage and the natural gas market
itself. It is oriented towards companies that want to enhance their
instrumentation sales worldwide. This study is published in four
separate books. www.WorldNatGas.com
B: A Strategic Approach to Doing Business in the Gas Flowmeter and Natural
Gas Markets in Mideast/Africa,
which shipped in November, is based on extensive research – including
onsite interviews with 15 natural gas producers in the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman – to better understand gas
flow measurement trends in this region. We asked companies what kinds of
flowmeters they are using and what their expectations are for the future.
The result provides a clear picture of flowmeter usage in the Mideast.
Module C: The World
Market for Custody Transfer of Natural Gas,
410 pages, published in July, determines worldwide market size and market
shares for custody transfer in 2010, forecasts market growth for all types
of custody transfer flowmeters through 2015, and identifies industry and
application growth sectors. www.CustodyTransfer.com
Module D: Strategies,
Industries, & Applications, 348
pages, shipped in August, provides strategies for companies already in the
flowmeter market as well as for those considering joining.
Company strategies apply to the entire
flowmeter market, as well as to individual product lines. www.GasFlows.com
Module E: The World
Market for Multiphase Flowmeters,
shipping in January, focuses specifically on one of the newest types of
flowmeters to enter the market, multiphase flow. www.FlowMultiphase.com.
open your doors for an avalanche of important data in the next few months.
We’re now finalizing our turbine and positive displacement studies, and
gearing up for a new series of studies on oil flow measurement:
Builds on the 1st Edition study with
updated and expanded segmentation and new profiles for the many turbine
flowmeter companies. Flow Research is the only company that consistently
follows the turbine flowmeter market.
Detailed segmentation on the PD flowmeter market, including water, gas, oil, and industrial liquids.
A timely and comprehensive look at this hot
market will include a core study and five standalone modules.
becoming a Founding Sponsor for these studies, you not only participate in
the research but also receive a significant discount.
Benefits of Multiphase Flowmeters
of the studies shipping this month, Module E: The World Market for
Multiphase Flowmeters, focuses specifically on the newest types of
flowmeters to enter the market, multiphase flowmeters. We’ve found that
multiphase flowmeters have multiple advantages. They:
Save on platform space and make
it possible to drill with a smaller equipment footprint.
Because they reduce or eliminate the need for dedicated test separators by
measuring flow at the wellhead, they reduce the need for hardware
installed on topside (onshore), offshore, and subsea.
Reduce or eliminate the need
for separate well-testing lines.
Multiphase flowmeters make it unnecessary to individually test the
performance of each individual well with test separators, since the data
from a multiphase meter can provide similar data. This is especially
important for subsea applications where the well testing flowlines can be
Provide important data about
the well itself. Changes in the
gas/oil ratio can be detected more quickly in a realtime basis, as opposed
to test separators that provide slower response with fewer data points.
Simplify allocation metering,
where the produced fluids must be commingled and sent to a processing
facility. Without multiphase meters, the fluid from each well has to
be sent through a test separator before being sent to the processing
Module E is part of our not-to-be-missed megastudy, The World Market for Natural Gas and Gas Flow Measurement. (See above.) For more information visit
Industry News: Badger Meter to buy Racine Federated Inc. (RFI)
Badger Meter, Inc.
announced on January 3 that it has signed a definitive agreement to
acquire Racine Federated, Inc. of Racine, Wisc., and its subsidiary
located in Thetford, England, for approximately $57 million in cash.
Racine Federated manufactures and markets flowmeters for the water
industry, as well as various industrial metering and specialty products.
According to Richard A.
Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter,
the acquisition of Racine Federated gives Badger Meter several new flow
measurement technologies, strong brands, a robust distribution channel,
and skilled employees. Badger Meter offers turbine, ultrasonic,
magnetic, positive displacement, and compound meters. RFI, through
its various divisions, offers Coriolis, magnetic, turbine, positive
displacement, variable area, and vortex flowmeters, along with primary
elements. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of
6. TASI Group acquires
Litre Meter and Vögtlin Instruments
The TASI Group acquired
Litre Meter in November and Vögtlin Instruments AG in September.
The Litre Meter acquisition
means that the company now has close links with a number of TASI companies
in the flow and control sector, including AW Lake, KEM and TRICOR. Vögtlin
Instruments, now a member of TASI Flow Division, manufactures thermal mass
flow instruments and variable area flowmeters for gases.
Look for the proposal for The
World Market for Coriolis Flowmeters, 4th Edition, coming soon to your
inbox. This study is due out in Q1 2012. www.FlowCoriolis.com.
Also, please remember to submit
your questionnaires for our new MFC study due out in Q1, The World
Market for Mass Flow Controllers, 2nd Edition. www.FlowMFC.com
The World Market for Coriolis
Flowmeters, 4th Edition
– Q1 2012 www.FlowCoriolis.com
Worldwide data from 2011, forecasts through
2016. This study will focus on the substantial growth in the market,
and on large line size Coriolis meters.
The World Market for Mass Flow
Controllers, 2nd Edition
– Q1 2012 www.FlowMFC.com
Questionnaires have already gone out for this
study, which will include worldwide data from 2011, and forecasts through
2016. This study will take an in-depth look at the industrial markets and
also contains a great deal of new segmentation.
New flowstudies.com website provides links to all our study descriptions
To make it easier for you to see the studies we have, we are pleased to announce a new website: www.flowstudies.com.
This website lists all
our studies by category, and also provides direct links to the latest
editions of those studies
New flowarticles.com website provides article links to Flow Research
articles by category
We now have a new website that lists most of the articles published by Flow Research in the past 15 years: www.flowarticles.com.
We have recently updated
the articles listed on many of our flowmeter-specific websites. The
also lists many of these websites, and provides direct links to the
articles page on them. So, for example, if you want to see articles
on Coriolis flowmeters, click on Coriolis on the website and you will
immediately have access to 45 articles on Coriolis flowmeters.
Now there are two ways to
access articles: find them on FlowResearch.com by publication date at www.flowarticles.com,
and also within individual WorldFlow websites by relevant topic.
Some of the websites that
contain new, on-topic article links are:
more. Check for the Articles link on each home page for the most
up-to-date articles on that topic!
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