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THERMAL MASS FLOW METERS MONITOR NATURAL GAS

February, 2006

THERMAL MASS FLOW METERS MONITOR NATURAL GAS
AT THE PLANT, AT THE DEPARTMENT AND AT THE BURNER

By Bob Steinberg

With rising gas prices, accurately monitoring gas flow rate and consumption in industry is critically important. It is no longer sufficient to depend solely on the billing meter. By also providing a NIST traceable thermal mass flow meter at the entry of the plant in addition to the billing meter, you can track the gas usage within your facility each minute, each hour and each day, and gain critical information about your natural gas demand. Are you maximizing operating efficiencies? Are you wasting energy heating a building with all the doors open? Are you adjusting for peak usage? Are you providing your Gas Broker with an accurate assessment for your next gas allocation?

In addition, to get an even better handle on plant efficiency, thermal mass flow meters can also monitor the gas lines going into different building locations or departments. By sub-metering, you will be able to assess departmental inefficiencies, and assign costs to different operating areas. You will also have an opportu