RotorFlow Sensors Provide Visual Indication, Continuous Sensing and Accurate Switching

RotorFlow Sensors Provide Visual Indication, Continuous Sensing and Accurate Switching
RS stock no to Gems Part No. Cross-reference
RS Stock No.
Gems Part No.
RS Stock No.
3956827
155420BSPP
3956855
3956833
155480BSPP
3956861
3956849
142541BSPP
3956877
Gems Part No.
155421BSPP
155481BSPP
156261BSPP
RS Stock No.
3956883
3956906
3956912
Gems Part No.
156262BSPP
155425BSPP
155485BSPP
RS Stock No.
3956928
3956934
3959337
Gems Part No.
156265BSPP
156268BSPP
142542BSPP
RotorFlow Sensors Provide Visual Indication, Continuous Sensing
and Accurate Switching
GEMS generation of RotorFlow sensors, the RF-2500 Series, have been totally re-engineered with
a one piece composite rotor, stronger uni-body construction, ceramic shafts and better sealing.
The results are greater durability with broader chemical, temperature and pressure capabilities.
Today’s RotorFlow Series are state of the art and offer you more options, better performance and
durability than ever before...all at an affordable price geared for high volume, OEM applications.
Select the RotorFlow sensor that is right for your application by choosing one of our three
distinct configurations.
High Resolution or High
Visibility Rotors
1/4-Turn
Locking Lens
Select the RotorFlow sensor that is right for your application by choosing one of our three
distinct configurations.
Shaft
RFI - RotorFlow Indicator Types: For those who want simple visual confirmation of flow,
RotorFlow RFI indicators provide the durable, low-cost answer. A bright, orange spinning
rotor provides visual flow confirmation at a glance.
RFO - RotorFlow Output Types: For flow rate monitoring or metering applications. RotorFlow
RFO Type sensors provide a pulsed or analog DC voltage output that is proportional to
the rate of flow. The operating range of 4.5 to 24 VDC pulsed output is easily integrated
into all digital logic families.
RFS - RotorFlow Switch Types: For specific flow setpoint switching, RotorFlow RFS type
switches are one of the most reliable flow switches available. Setpoints are fully
adjustable over the specified flow range. The dynamic operation of the rotor guards
against jamming and false actuation.
Installation and Maintenance
Heavy Duty, Buna N
O-Rings
Brass, Stainless Steel or
High Performance,
Polypropylene Bodies
Flow range from 0.4 to 225 l/min
Bright, visual indication
Choice of pulsed analogue DC output or
adjustable 1 amp switched output
Available in high performance plastic, brass or
Stainless Steel housing
Panel Mounting
A proper installation will enhance RotorFlow sensor performance. Install using standard pipe
fitting tools; horizontal fluid lines are recommended. For further installation and maintenance
recommendations, refer to one of the following instruction bulletins: RFO Types - Part Number
157258; RFI Types - Part Number 157259; RFS Types - Part Number 157261. Since their
function is to monitor dynamic fluid flow, naturally the rotor will react to turbulence, pulsation,
entrained air, and other flow anomalies induced in the flow stream by other process hardware.
For optimum performance, install RotorFlow units where nominal flow conditions exist with ports
located at the top. Incoming flow may be placed to either port; a minimum of 20 cm of straight
pipe on the inlet side is required. When operating in the low flow range, the supplied Low Flow
Adapter must be installed in the incoming port.
Any RotorFlow sensors may be panel mounted using
holes integrated into the bodies.
Two (2) mountings ears are provided at the body centre
line to receive 3.5mm ø self tapping screws (e.g. DIN
7971-B 3, 5 x 19) to accommodate panel mounting of
the plastic RotorFlow units. See recommended panel
preparation diagram (Fig. 2).
Note: ANSI T type 23 self-tapping screw are
recommended. They may be replaced with standard
machine screws if reinstallation should be required.
Min. 200mm
63.5mm
Incoming flow
Ø 3.6 mm
Low Flow Adaptor
May also be fitted
into adaptors used
for plastic units
RotorFlow sensors connect to piping via NPT mating thread forms. The use of an appropriate
thread sealant is necessary to assure a leak-tight connection. Permatex “No More Leaks” or 2
wraps of Teflon tape are the only sealants recommended for GEMS flow sensors. 150 micron
filtration is recommended. However, should foreign particles enter RotorFlow sensor,
accumulation is easily cleared by removing the lens from the body. The lens is removed by
turning its centre rib 45° counter-clockwise, and then pulling it out. To reinstall the lens, simply
reverse the process.
Important: In either case, pressure must be relieved from the system prior to sensor clean-out.
Low Flow Applications
A low flow adaptor is supplied with all Rotorflow units. It is used to produce accurate response at
low flow rates. Install the adapter, as shown above, in the port selected for incoming flow.
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FLOW SENSORS
RotorFlow - RFI-Types, Visual Indicators
Typical Applications
This is RotorFlow in its most basic form – a bright orange rotor turning with fluid flow. Simple,
direct and reliable.
Flow rate is estimated, or simply confirmed, by viewing the speed of the turning rotor. Either port
may be used for incoming flow, and new bayonet mounting lens is easily removed for quick
cleanout. RFI Type RotorFlow sensors are easy to see, easy to install and easy to afford.
Plastic injection moulding equipment
Visual flow confirmation on heat exchangers
Polypropylene Bodies
Operating Principle
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1. As liquid passes through the RotorFlow body the rotor spins at a rate proportional to flow.
2. RotorFlow Indicators may be mounted with flow entering either port. At low flow rates,
performance is optimized by positioning ports at the top of the unit, in a horizontal plane.
Specifications
35
78
Max. Operating Temperature
Typical Pressure Drop
125
Adaptors, See Note 1
Metal Bodies
H
Rotor Pin
Rotor
Lens
O-Ring
Adaptor
Max. Operating Pressure
Polypropylene (Hydrolytically Stable, Glass Reinforced),
SS or Brass
Ceramic
Moulded Nylon, Colour: High Visibility Orange
Polysulfone
Buna N
Acetal
Polypropylene Body:
7 bar
Metal Body:
14 bar
Polypropylene Body:
80 °C
Metal Body:
100 °C
T
See Graph (Page RFS)
8
63.5
Order Numbers
Body
Material
Port
Size
8
20
63.5
Wetted Materials
Body
T
P
D
W
Flow Ranges (l/min)
Low Range* Standard Range
1/4”
0.4 to 4.0
2.0 to 20.0
1/2”
6.0 to 45.0
15.0 to 75.0
1/4”
0.4 to 4.0
2.0 to 20.0
Brass
1/2”
6.0 to 45.0
15.0 to 75.0
3/4”
--7.5 to 112.5
1”
--15 to 225
9/16 x 18 UNF
0.4 to 4.0
2.0 to 20.0
Stainless Steel
1/2”
6 to 45
15.0 to 75.0
3/4”
--7.5 to 112.5
1”
--15 to 225
* With use of low flow adaptor supplied, see page 22
Polypropylene
Order Number
BSP
NPT
155420BSPP
155480BSPP
142541BSPP
142542BSPP
180392BSPP
181681BSPP
N/A
173138BSPP
181682BSPP
181683BSPP
155420
155480
142541
142542
180392
181681
174596
173138
181682
181683
T
W
H
D
P
1/4
77
60
35
20
1/2
77
60
35
22
3/4
100
66
51
27
1
100
66
51
27
Notes:
1. Adaptors are supplied fitted to plastic units, sealed using Teflon (PTFE) tape.
2.
If NPT thread is required for plastic units discard adaptor.
3.
For pressure drop curves see RFS page.
Panel Meter for use with Rotorflow and FT-110
For data see Page 55
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High Resolution
Black Rotor
RotorFlow - RFO and RFA Types
4.5 - 24 VDC Pulsed Output
0 - 10 V, 4 to 20mA Linear Output
GemsSensors popularized the Rotor-Flow’s paddlewheel design by combining high visibility
rotors with solid-state electronics that are packaged into compact, panel mounting housings.
They provide accurate flow rate output with integral visual confirmation ... all with an
unprecedented price/performance ratio.
Ryton composite. Each
of the six rotor arm is
magnetized
Typical Applications
Signal Output
Ensure proper processing, blending and dispensing operations on:
Output signal for RFO Types is an on/off pulse of the DC
voltage supplied to the unit, it is compatible with all
digital logic families. Input voltage range is 4.5 to 24
Vd.c.
Frequency of the output pulse is proportional to the
flow rate and ranges from approximately 25 Hz at low
flow to 225 Hz at high flow. See order number for more
information.
Water Purification/Dispensing Systems
Ice Making Machinery
Chemical Metering Equipment
Water Injection Systems
Water Sampling
Proof of Delivery Systems
Operating Principle:
1. As liquid passes through the RotorFlow body the
magnetic rotor spins at a rate proportional to flow.
This causes a series of magnetic fields (the rotor
vanes) to excite the Hall Effect sensor, producing a
series of voltage pulses.
2. The output pulses are at the same voltage level as
the input (4.5 – 24 Vd.c.) with a frequency
Hall-Effect-Sensor sends a voltage pulse
proportional to the flow rate. The output signal
with each pass of magnetic field
can be utilized by digital rate meters (see opposite
page) totalizers or other electronic controllers.
3. RotorFlow Indicators may be mounted with flow entering either port. Performance is optimized
by positioning ports at the top of the unit, in a horizontal plane.
Low Flow
+VDC
12
0
HighFlow
12
Specifications
+VDC
Wetted Materials
Body
Polypropylene (Hydrolytically Stable, Glass Reinforced),
Stainless Steel or Brass
Rotor Pin
Ceramic
Rotor
Ryton Composite, Colour: Black
Lens
Polysulfone
O-Ring
Buna N
Max. Operating Pressure
Polypropylene Body: 7 bar
Metal Body:
14 bar
Max. Operating Temperature Polypropylene Body: 80 °C
Metal:
100 °C
Electronics (Both Bodies)
65 °C Ambient
Max. Viscosity
45 cSt
Input Power
4.5 to 24 Vd.c.
Output Signal
4.5 to 24 Vd.c. Pulse, Pulse Rate dependent on Flow Rate,
Port Size and Range
0 to 10 V, 4 to 20mA available (RFA model), consult Sales Office
Max. Current Source Output 70 mA
Frequency Output Range
25 Hz (Low Flow) to 225 Hz (High Flow)
Electrical Termination
AWG 22 PVC-Jacketed Cable, Length 60 cm
Colour Code: Red = + Vd.c., Black = Ground, White = Signal output
Typical Pressure Drop
See Graphs (Page RFS)
0
* With use of Low-Flow-Adapter supplied. See page 19
for more information.
Gems Sensors caters to OEM needs with special
configurations for potable water and enhanced
chemical capabilities. Please consult factory for
further details.
For dimensions see page RFS
Please consult factory for detailed flow rate / frequency curves.
Order Numbers
Body
Material
Polypropylene
Port
Size
1/4”
Flow Ranges (l/min)
Low Range*
Standard Range
0.4 to 4.0 (±7%)
1/2”
6.0 to 45.0 (±7%)
1/4”
0.4 to 4.0 (±7%
Brass
1/2”
6.0 to 45.0 (±7%)
3/4”
--1”
--9/16 - 18 UNF
0.4 to 4 (±7%)
1/2”
6 to 45 (±7%)
Stainless Steel
3/4”
--1”
--* With use of Low-Flow-Adaptor supplied, see page 22
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Output (Hz)
Approximate
RFO
BSP
NPT
2.0 to 20.0 (±7%)
15-180
155421BSPP
155421
15.0 to 75.0 (±15%)
2.0 to 20.0 (±7%)
15.0 to 75.0 (±15%)
7.5 to 112.5 (±15%)
15 to 225 (±15%)
2 to 20.0 (±7%)
15.0 to 75.0 (±15%)
7.5 to 112.5 (±15%)
15 to 225 (±15%)
20-190
15-180
20-190
15-130
15-130
15-180
20-190
15-130
15-130
155481BSPP
156261BSPP
156262BSPP
180393BSPP
181684BSPP
N/A
165075BSPP
181686BSPP
181687BSPP
155481
156261
156262
180393
181684
165071
165075
181686
181687
FLOW SENSORS
Switch Set Point Calibration With LED
Signal (RFS Type)
RotorFlow - RFS Types
Flow Setpoint Switching
RotorFlow Switches build an extra level of reliability and protection into your equipment. By
principle of operation, the rotor cannot be deceived into indicating a positive flow situation when
no flow actually exists. Once set to a desired actuation point, RotorFlow will switch to a ‘no-flow’
condition should the rotor stop for any reason.
Typical Applications
Protect expensive electronic equipment from coolant flow failure on:
Lasers
Medical Equipment
X-Ray Tubes
Computers
Robotic Welding Equipment
Operating Principle
With the unit installed in the line and power supplied,
complete the following steps to calibrate switch
actuation point with proper flow rate. A small flat-blade
screwdriver is the only tool required.
1. Adjust liquid flow in the line to the rate at which
switch actuation is desired.
2. Insert screwdriver into opening on backside of
housing and fit blade into the potentiometer
adjustment screw inside.
3. If LED is not illuminated, slowly turn screwdriver
counterclockwise and stop as soon as LED
illuminates.
4. If LED is illuminated, turn screwdriver clockwise until
LED light goes out. Then, slowly turn screwdriver
counterclockwise and stop as soon as LED
illuminates.
1. As liquid passes through the RotorFlow body the magnetic rotor spins at a rate proportional
to flow. This causes a series of magnetic fields (the rotor vanes) to excite the Hall Effect
Sensor, producing a series of voltage pulses.
2. RFS Type switches incorporate state-of-the-art circuitry to compare the frequency of
incoming pulses to an adjustable, preset frequency. When the pulse rate meets or exceeds the
preset value, the SPDT relay closes. When the pulse rate falls below the preset value, the
output relay opens. This unique design eliminates the possibility of a RotorFlow switch from
remaining in a ‘switch actuated’ mode, if the rotor jams accidentally.
3. RotorFlow Indicators may be mounted with flow entering either port. Performance is
optimized by positioning ports at the top of the unit, in a horizontal plane.
LED
SCREW
Specifications
Wetted Materials
Body
Rotor Pin
Rotor
Lens
O-Ring
Max. Operating Pressure
Polypropylene, Brass, S Steel (Hydrolytically Stable, Glass Reinforced)
Ceramic
Ryton Composite, Colour: Black
Polysulfone
Buna N
Polypropylene Body:
7 bar
Metal Body:
14 bar
Max. Operating Temperature
Polypropylene Body:
80 °C
Metal Body:
100 °C
Electronics
65°C Ambient
Max. Viscosity
45 cst
Input Power
12 Vd.c., 24 Vd.c. or 110 Va.c. (230 V a.c. on request)
Relay Contact Ratings (SPDT)
1A, 24 Vd.c. Resistive 0,5 A, 110 Va.c. (230 V a.c. on request)
Repeatability
2% max. Deviation
Set Point Accuracy (Factory Set) ± 5%
Hysteresis
max. 15%
Electrical Termination
22 AWG PVC-Jacketed Cable, Length 60 cm,
Colour Code: Red = +Va.c./Vd.c., Black = Ground, White = N.O.,
Brown = N.C., Green = Common
Typical Pressure Drop:
See Graphs
Order Numbers
Body
Material
Port
Size
Flow Ranges (l/min)
Low Range*
Standard Range
1/4”
0.4 to 4.0
2.0 to 20.0
1/2”
6.0 to 45.0
15.0 to 75.0
1/4”
0.4 to 4.0
2.0 to 20.0
1/2”
6.0 to 45.0
15.0 to 75.0
3/4”
---
7.5 to 112.5
1”
---
15 to 225
9/16” - 18UNF
0.4 to 4
2.0 to 20.0
1/2”
6 to 45
15.0 to 75.0
3/4”
---
7.5 to 112.5
1”
---
15 to 225
Polypropylene
Brass
Stainless
Steel
Input
Power
Order Number
BSP
NPT
12 VDC
24 VDC
110 VAC
12 VDC
24 VDC
110 VAC
12 VDC
24 VDC
110 VAC
12 VDC
24 VDC
110 VAC
12 VDC
24 VDC
110 VAC
24 VDC
110 VAC
24 VDC
110 VAC
24 VDC
110VAC
24 VDC
110 VAC
24 VDC
110 VAC
155424BSPP
155425BSPP
155876BSPP
155484BSPP
155485BSPP
155886BSPP
156264BSPP
156265BSPP
156266BSPP
156267BSPP
156268BSPP
156269BSPP
180394BSPP
180395BSPP
180396BSPP
181688BSPP
181689BSPP
N/A
N/A
165077BSPP
165078BSPP
181691BSPP
181692BSPP
181693BSPP
181694BSPP
155424
155425
155876
155484
155485
155886
156264
156265
156266
156267
156268
156269
180394
180395
180396
181688
181689
165073
165074
165077
165078
181691
181692
181693
181694
* With use of Low-Flow-Adapter supplied, see page 22.
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Pressure Drop Typical RFO and RFS Types
bar
0.8
0.6
1/4”
1/2”
0.4
0.2
3/4”
0
0
20
40
60
80
100 (l/min)
bar
0.6
0.4
1/4”
1/2”
0.2
0
0
2
4
12
20
40
60 (l/min)
Dimensions - RFA, RFO, RFS
Polypropylene Bodies
60
T
63.5
78
20
RFA, RFO, RFS DC - 61
RFS AC
- 115
125
Adaptors, See Note 1
H
Metal Bodies
T
P
63.5
78
D
T
W
H
D
DC models
D
AC models
P
1/4
77
60
61
114
20
1/2
77
60
61
114
22
3/4
100
66
75
121
27
1
100
66
75
121
27
Notes:
1. Adaptors are supplied fitted to plastic units, sealed using Teflon (PTFE) tape.
2.
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If NPT thread is required for plastic units discard adaptor.
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