Mon. May 20th, 2024

Flow sensors are a type of industrial sensor that measures the speed or volume of fluid moving through pipes, valves or pumps.

They’re commonly used in industries like water treatment, food processing and waste management – but they’ve also found their way into many other types of operations, including oil refining and wastewater treatment plants.

As you can imagine, it’s important for these systems to be operating at peak efficiency. So, it’s crucial to make sure your flow sensors are set up right!

Here are five common mistakes you should avoid when using flow sensors:

  • Improper Installation

The first mistake to avoid when using flow sensors by Applied Measurement is improper installation. Flow meters are an important part of many industrial applications and can be costly, so it’s important that you get yours installed by trained professionals who know what they’re doing.

To avoid making this mistake, make sure your installer has the proper certifications and experience with the type of flow meter you need installed. You may also want to ask them about their past projects or references from satisfied customers before signing off on any contracts or contracts with them.

In addition, make sure that your installer follows all manufacturer instructions carefully during installation so that everything goes smoothly when they place your new equipment in place (and keep tabs on them while they do so).

  • Not Calibrating the Sensor

Not calibrating your industrial sensor is a big mistake. Calibration ensures that it’s working properly and gives you accurate data, which is important for many applications.

How often you should calibrate depends on how often you use the flow meter and how critical its accuracy is to your application. In general, though, it’s best to keep sensors calibrated at least once per month or as needed if there are any issues with readings reported by the sensor.

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If possible, try using a standard calibration device when calibrating so that all of your sensors match up with one another in terms of accuracy levels.

  • Not Selecting the Right Type of Sensor

It’s important to select the right type of sensor for your flow application. If you use a positive displacement sensor with a liquid, it will get damaged and might not work properly.

Vortex sensors are used for measuring the flow rate of liquids only; they have no moving parts and are therefore less likely to break down over time than other types of flow sensors.

  • Ignoring Maintenance

The most common mistake people make when using flow sensors is to ignore maintenance. This can lead to your sensor not working as efficiently, which in turn leads to inaccurate readings and wasted time for you.

The first thing you should do after using a flow sensor is clean it thoroughly with fresh water or alcohol (make sure you’re using the right kind–not rubbing alcohol). If there’s any dirt left behind after cleaning, use compressed air to remove it.

You should also make sure that there aren’t any leaks in your system before turning on the pump again; if there are leaks, they will cause inaccurate readings from your sensor and may damage other components of your setup as well!


As you can see, there are many ways to avoid common mistakes with flow sensors. By taking the time to consider what you’re doing and make sure it’s done correctly, you’ll be able to ensure that your sensor will last for years without needing any maintenance or repair work done on it.