We are developer, manufacturer and supplier of measurement systems for the water industry. Since more than 50 years NIVUS is active in the field of flow and level metering and is one of the worldwide leading companies in this area. It is our claim to provide the best flow meters with the highest accuracy required for our customers` applications. A selection of various flow measurement technologies combined with individual advice based on comprehensive expertise enables us to provide our customers the optimum systems for the specific measurement site.

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Im Taele 2 , Eppingen , 75031 Germany
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Water Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
10,000,000 - 100,000,000 €

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Application of Flow Metering Systems

Flow metering systems are mainly used where flow is to be measured in water, wastewater and other media. Measurements are often required to monitor and control processes or for billing purposes for according flow rates. Moreover it is often necessary to record discharge volumes e.g. during rainfall events in order to assess environmental incidents accordingly. Our systems measure within the medium or contactless from outside the medium. The selection of flowmeters allows measuring in part filled and full pipelines as well as in part filled and full sewer systems featuring either rectangular or many other basic shapes. A very wide range of flow sensors for different transmitters completes the product portfolio. Thus we offer to our customers very high flexibility when it comes to choose the best possible measurement method.

Metering Products with highest Accuracy

Apart from instruments for flow metering and flow velocity detection our product portfolio comprises also systems for level measurement and water quality. Moreover we provide software for recording, archiving and evaluation of measurement data. An extensive process control system completes the product range. Flow metering systems cover the main field of activities of NIVUS GmbH. We provide measurement systems for fixed permanent installation as well as for portable or temporary installation. Experience and company know-how not only influence development and manufacturing of our products but are also the basis for our services such as the implementation of complete measurement campaigns. We also provide installation and commissioning of NIVUS metering systems as well as competent support regarding operation of systems for analysis, level measurement and flow metering.

Searching for the best possible measurement systems right from the start
When Udo Steppe established his company in 1967, no one could have imagined the face of the world a few decades later. Searching for the best possible solution has always been the key impetus of Udo Steppe and his team right from the start. By now we can look back to a couple of milestones we have set in the world of level measurement and flow measurement.

None of our successful past and our international growth, however, have changed our ambition to provide the best possible measurement systems. Quite the opposite, it is what we achieved in the past that spurs us most for the future. Even today we spare no effort to provide the best technology for the future. You can count on it.


Extension of the company building for research, service department and training


Introduction of a new innovation team


2015 New web-based process control system NICOS 2.0 with remote data transmission


Development of contactless Radar flow measurement


Development of the hydrophone test rig in cooperation with the University of Ulm. This test rig for the first time allows a realistic visualisation of ultrasonic waves.


Foundation of NIVUS Korea


Foundation of NIVUS Middle East in the United Arab Emirates


Introduction of GPRS technology for wireless data transmission in Ex areas

Expansion of the management team: Ingrid Steppe, Udo Steppe and Marcus Fischer manage the company.

Establishment of the Water Expert Days as branch summit for instrumentation in the water industry


Introduction of ultrasonic measurement systems for full pipelines as sustainable alternative to EMFs


Introduction of a further development of ultrasonic transit time method (time of flight) using signal correlation by audio signature


Opening of NIVUS U.K.

Extension of the parent company building. Development and construction of the 10m test rig.


NIVUS  introduce the patented ultrasonic cross correlation technology. For the first time it is possible to create flow profiles featuring a spatial allocation within a range of millimetres.


Foundation of the subsidiary in France


Opening of NIVUS Poland.

Development of a process control system for the water industry and industry under Windows


Foundation of a subsidiary in Austria


Move to the new company building with large seminar and training rooms.


Foundation of the subsidiary NIVUS AG in Switzerland


Development of data acquisition system for stormwater treatment plants


Development and introduction of the first microprocessor-driven level measurement device to the German market


Incorporation of NIVUS GmbH


First developments of flow measurement based on the ultrasonic Doppler principle


Pioneering work by Udo Steppe in the field of ultrasonic measurements. Introduction of ultrasonic technology for industrial level measurement applications.


Udo Steppe founds the company

State of the Art Technology, Quality and best Consultance
The task we face is simply formulated: we want to provide you with the perfect measurement solution for your application.

One of the most important key aspects for ideal measurement solutions is a good quality of advice right from the start. Our team has many years or even decades of experience to provide you with the best possible advice.
Simply the best measurement technology for your application

The most important points are the measurement and your individual requirements. Our experts do not only listen exactly to what is important for you, but furthermore they ask the right questions to get a comprehensive overview on your requirements.

Apart from the specific installation situations, our advisors moreover consider a system’s lifetime total operating cost for assessment and can therefore offer the best possible measurement system. What looks at first sight to be the cheapest solution is very often not the most cost-efficient one. To maintain the quality of advice at its high current level, our employees are regularly trained and continuously educated attending in-house and external training programs.

Our ambition to provide you with the best measurement systems in terms of handling, reliability, variety and accuracy is pushing us to constantly improve our existing solutions.

On the one hand we moreover develop existing systems further and on the other hand we already prepare the next generation of devices. In addition, many of our developers research basic technologies for the device generations to come. The development team does not work independent, but incorporates your desires and demands in close cooperation with service department and customer service team.

The complete product range gives you the opportunity to choose the best measurement for your application. Our portfolio comprises flowmeters using cross-correlation technology, transit time (time of flight) method, Doppler method and also hydraulic methods. Our level measurement systems utilise ultrasonic, hydrostatic as well as various other methods.

Moreover our service team is at your side even after the purchase, making sure to sustainably operate your measurement without any problems. Whether it be commissioning, maintenance or repair after many years or even decades of use, we are ready to get your measuring operation to continue smoothly.

In the end our whole team strives to offer you the perfect measurement and the best service. From the first contact to on-time shipping, from initial advice to regular maintenance – we put the focus on you and your requirements.

With our own research and development division
New things never come out of nothing. Those who want to achieve progress need to step ahead. This is why our team of physicists, engineers and technicians is committed to integrating our customer’s requirements into their daily work. This is where the course for tomorrow’s measurement technology is set.
Test lab – test rig

State-of-the-art test equipment
Our precision in the area of research and development is well known. State-of-the-art test systems specially built allow to perform extensive test series for new technologies. For example, a hydrophone test rig specially designed in close cooperation with the university of Ulm/Germany permits to visualise ultrasonic beams.

This allows even more efficient alignment of transmitter and receiver modules. Improved adjustment as well as options to align components transmitting ultrasound even more accurate provides high-quality measurement results which could not be achieved using previous methods. 

A custom-built test channel with a length of 10 m and a flow capacity of 200 l/s is used to research flow conditions and hydro-dynamic relations. This is where we simulate hydraulic conditions just as they occur in reality on site. Gaining a better understanding of the processes within systems conducting water is paving the ground for developments providing crucial benefits in practice.

NIVUS regularly invest in the future of the in-house test labs. Not least, this is why we at NIVUS are a worldwide technology leader in the field of contactless ultrasonic measurement systems.

Approvals and concrete applications
Thanks to holding a large number of permits and approvals (e.g. Ex, IEC Ex, MCerts, UL / CSA) our measurement systems enable us to create highly customised solutions.

Apart from merely developing sensors, electronic components and software we are particularly interested in the specific conditions prevailing on site. The result is a constant flow of new ideas, improving the performance of existing products or allowing new technologies to make their breakthrough.  

Facing future demands is a constant source for new tailored solutions in close cooperation with international universities and high schools.

Continuous improvement is our incentive.

  • We are convinced: a company cannot be forced into quality management.
  • Top quality will arise only as soon as the idea of quality is shared by everyone: managers, employees and the suppliers. That is what we live.
  • To scrutinise our products and operating processes in order to get better day by day is a challenge we meet with pleasure.
  • This is why we are looking at things the way our customers and users do to make our products even better. At this stage the direct contact our customers as well as the continuous cross-departmental dialogue in-house and in the supply chain is very helpful.
  • High-quality measurement – starting from the level measurement in difficult hydraulic conditions – however is just one brick in paving the way to the best measurement results.
  • It is rather expert advice combined with application-specific measurement systems which make an optimal measurement solution.
  • Certification according to ISO 9001 since 1995, ATEX certification since 1999 as well as our long-time customer relations all over the world show that we put this understanding of quality into practice on a daily basis.
  • Since then, the M-CERTS certificate and the IECEx scheme have been added.

We know about our responsibility
We are working in an environment, which is characterised by sustainability and sustainable business. Our measurement instruments guarantee an optimal allocation of resources, used for efficient treatment of wastewater or the reliable fresh water supply.

It is really close to our business, not only producing and selling products for sustainable processes, we are working to a minimum of CO2 emissions. But a sustainable business is more than this. Beside the environmental idea we care about our social responsibility. This covers responsibility for our employees, our customers, our suppliers and the further social area. We want to act within this ethical correct. We have fixed this in our Code of Conduct. It is our duty to act in the requirements made by law and operate in compliance with it.

Environmental protection
Efficient usage of resources – save the environment with the ISO 14001

It is our desire to pass our eco system under best possible conditions to the next generations. We are maintaining a saving and responsible use and dealing with the necessary resources. To use resources efficient, we are focused on latest technologies and process, using less resource and recycled material. The purchase is searching for alternatives-not only for a better quality of our products-but also for a future-looking ecological balance. Starting at waste separation and the usage of 100% electricity of renewable resources, leading to LED lighting at the headquarter.

Furthermore resource-saving usage is an important aspect at the first steps of development. There is a material saving of 50% to 99.5% with our cross-correlation system in comparison to the merchantable magnetic flow meters. On the same accuracy our measurement technique is benefiting due to a minimal material usage, by the installation and by the transport. It is our principle to beware of hazardous substances or use the smallest amount. We care on this subject at the development.

Our range of products is still these days conforming to the RoHS directive. Furthermore we are not using any material which is subject to the obligatory documentation of the REACH regulation.

NIVUS is focused on environmentally friendly and ecological technologies to target on maximal sustainability in its supply chain. The introduced continues improvement processes is checking our processes with the target to save our environment which leads not only to better but also more sustainable products for our customers.

Success and permanent motivation for our environmental efforts is the certification according to the ISO 14001:2015.

Social responsibility

We focus on people
The social responsibility in all areas of the NIVUS's business has a long tradition. NIVUS do feel more than just obliged, it is a wish of the owner family to care about social responsibility. Regarding this NIVUS cares about values, fosters the employees and encourages deprived.

The employee's health is an important issue for NIVUS. Next to ergonomic work places, NIVUS offers training courses, check-ups and events for free regarding to health issues. Furthermore NIVUS encourages sportive activities.

Intra-departmental and inter-divisional events power social contacts, aid to prevent conflicts and lead to a good cooperation. A childcare in the summer holidays will help mainly lone parents in this time without school.

NIVUS endorses educational institutions. There are cooperation with local schools, events which give an insight into the world of business and the themed world of measurement and data technique. NIVUS deploys that there is a platform of know-how exchange between NIVUS and international Universities and vocational schools, further there is supply with gadgets and professional content.

As well we know about our responsibility of deprived. We do this national and international. The important issue is that the supported people get access to most necessary goods. This is the base of a self-determined life planning. We meet in the obligation to donate a part of our earnings to deprive. The centre of our activity is the individual.