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  • Understanding the Mass Flow Meter and Mass Flow Controller Flow Body – Why it Matters.

    Understanding the Mass Flow Meter and Mass Flow Controller Flow Body – Why it Matters.

    When it comes to mass flow meters and controllers size matters. Not all flow meters are the same. It’s like choosing a car. All cars are designed to move you from point A to B. However, if you live high up in the mountains you might ...

  • Accuracy In Adversity

    Accuracy In Adversity

    It is a fact of the industry that oil and gas companies are required, by various rules and regulations, to routinely perform gas sampling to establish gas composition, flow rates and gas properties. In order to comply with regulations, gas sampling ...

    Matthew Olin;Scott Rouse

  • Sierra helps biotech firm build their competitive edge

    Sierra helps biotech firm build their competitive edge

    Challenged by their outdated gas mixing systems, budgetary constraints and a turbulent economy, a leading US biotech firm, who depends on precision gas mixing and blending to maintain synthetic air environments for research, sought out Sierra to ...

  • Achieving accurate gas flowmeter calibration

    Achieving accurate gas flowmeter calibration

    The calibration of gas flowmeters and/or flow controllers is one of those important, inescapable tasks that can be something of a nuisance to the engineer responsible for getting the job done. Sending flowmeters back to the manufacturer for ...

    John G. Olin;David M. KorpI

  • Your complete flow energy solution is here

    Your complete flow energy solution is here

    Flow meter technologies designed, built and calibrated in California by Sierra. For what we call our Big-3, Sierra has become a recognized expert in thermal mass (QuadraTherm®), vortex shedding (InnovaMass®), and transit-time ultrasonic ...

  • Thermal Mass Flow Meters Improve Efficiency in Wastewater Treatment Plants

    Thermal Mass Flow Meters Improve Efficiency in Wastewater Treatment Plants

    Every municipality throughout the country has a wastewater treatment plant to safely treat water that enters back into our environment. This doesn’t mean they are immune to problems. One of the biggest problems for US wastewater treatment ...

  • How to Specify the Best Mass Flow Meter or Controller for Your Application

    How to Specify the Best Mass Flow Meter or Controller for Your Application

    A question we get a lot from our customers is how to determine which Sierra mass flow meter or mass flow controller is best for their application.  Followed up by: What’s the difference between an economical mass flow controller ...

    Scott Rouse

  • Flare gas mass flow metering innovations promise more economical choices

    Flare gas mass flow metering innovations promise more economical choices

    INTRODUCTION As the drive towards energy independence in the United States continues at full speed, oil and gas companies are turning to hydraulic fracturing to increase production. Increasingly stringent state and national regulations for flare ...

    Matthew Olin

  • The advantages of multivariable Vortex flowmeters

    The advantages of multivariable Vortex flowmeters

    Faced with less time and personnel to devote to an increasing range of control and measurement problems, engineers must often weigh the cost of inaccuracy against the initial and maintenance costs of flowmeters. This demand for higher accuracy and ...

    Andy Dieball

  • A Tale of Two Thermals: Capillary & Immersible

    A Tale of Two Thermals: Capillary & Immersible

    About: The Core Technology White Paper Series is a four part series detailing the flow technologies that allow Sierra to offer a flow solution for nearly any gas, liquid and steam application. Part 1 focuses on Sierra’s two types of thermal ...

    Scott Rouse;mark mcmahon;Mark McMahon

  • Take control of your facility flows - A Sierra flow energy field guide

    Take control of your facility flows - A Sierra flow energy field guide

    WHEN YOUR FLOWS ARE RUNNING GOOD, YOU’RE RUNNING GOOD. To achieve your goals, you want to make your facility as efficient and productive as possible and know you are in control of costs. Accurate flow measurement is one great way to make this ...

  • Delivering mission critical for NASA – Case Study

    Delivering mission critical for NASA – Case Study

    Early developments in the evolution of mass flow meters in the 1950’s were largely driven by the need for highly accurate readings. Over the last 50 years the demand for substantially reduced margins of error has only intensified. For the ...

  • Gas mixing and blending equipment – Case Study

    Gas mixing and blending equipment – Case Study

    How They Work A specific gas blend within a chamber must be produced by a procedure known as ideal gas mixing (or gas blending). In this example, synthetic air composition is maintained at a mix ratio of 78% N2, 21% O2 and 1% Ar. A miniature ...

  • Fiberglass manufacturing requires precise gas ratio control – Case Study

    Fiberglass manufacturing requires precise gas ratio control – Case Study

    Fiberglass insulation manufacturing is almost akin to making cotton candy!  A mixture of silica and other components are melted and passed through a spinning extruder, then rapidly cooled with compressed air. As older fiberglass ...

  • High voltage switchgear SF6 maintenance – Case Study

    High voltage switchgear SF6 maintenance – Case Study

    Just like the main circuit breaker in your home, city grids have main on/off switches called switchgears. When these high voltage switchgears open or close, huge "lightning-like" arcs of electricity are created. If not maintained correctly, these ...

  • Reducing the cost of emissions testing – Case Study

    Reducing the cost of emissions testing – Case Study

    In the early 1970¹s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed in response to growing concern about air quality. The EPA developed emissions regulations that targeted the carcinogenic impact of engine exhaust, and set tough ...

  • Capturing biogas from landfills – Case Study

    Capturing biogas from landfills – Case Study

    Each day, millions of tons of municipal solid wastes are disposed of in sanitary landfills and dump sites around the world. Over 1,200 landfills worldwide collect landfill gas, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and accrues emissions credits ...

  • Mass flow controllers give pin point accuracy – Case Study

    Mass flow controllers give pin point accuracy – Case Study

    According to Dr. James Barry, a Benthic biologist and senior scientist at Monterey Bay Research Institue (MBARI), about a third of the human CO2 gas emissions in our atmosphere is absorbed by the ocean, making the ocean 30% more acidic than just ...

  • Introducing ozone to water purification – Case Study

    Introducing ozone to water purification – Case Study

    Traditionally, chlorine has been used to disinfect water for drinking. Unfortunately, chlorine produces carcinogenic by-products called trihalomethanes (THM’s) when it reacts with organic substances in surface waters. The recent adoption of ...

  • Reducing cost of water usage analysis – Case Study

    Reducing cost of water usage analysis – Case Study

    Large regional water companies, like California American Water Company, which services the central coast of California, have already invested in high performance flow measurement instrumentation to better understand its usage. Most Americans ...