Replacing Analogue Flow Meters with Ultrasonic Technology for Fire Sprinkler and Hydrant Pump Testing

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In the realm of fire safety, the accuracy and reliability of flow meters are paramount. Traditional analogue flow meters have long been used for fire sprinkler and hydrant pump testing, but they come with limitations such as susceptibility to mechanical wear, calibration drift, and the need for intrusive installation. Ultrasonic flow meters, like Coltraco’s Portasonic and Permaflow range, offer a compelling alternative.

Let’s delve into how these advanced devices outshine analogue counterparts and revolutionize fire safety testing.


How do the Accuracy and Reliability of Ultrasonic Flow Meters compare to Analogue Flow Meters?

One of the primary advantages of ultrasonic flow meters is their superior accuracy and reliability. Unlike analogue meters that rely on mechanical components prone to wear and tear, ultrasonic devices utilize cutting-edge technology to measure flow rates with exceptional precision. Coltraco’s Portasonic and Permaflow flow meters employ advanced ultrasonic sensors that provide accurate readings without the need for intrusive pipe modifications or frequent recalibration. This ensures consistent performance over time, giving users confidence in the integrity of their fire safety systems.


What are the Key Differences in Installation?

 This non-intrusive approach minimises downtime and ensures uninterrupted operation of fire sprinkler and hydrant pump systems during testing.


Flexible and Versatile Across a Wide Range of Pipe Sizes

Another key advantage of Ultrasonic flow meters is their versatility and flexibility. These devices are compatible with a wide range of pipe sizes and materials commonly used in fire safety applications. 

  • accommodate various pipe diameters and materials
  • seamless integration into existing infrastructure
  • rely on the versatility of ultrasonic technology to deliver accurate and reliable flow measurements.



Saving You Cost in the Long-Term

While the initial investment in ultrasonic flow meters may be higher than analogue counterparts, the long-term cost savings outweigh the upfront expenses. With their durable construction and minimal maintenance requirements, Coltraco’s Portasonic and Permaflow flow meters offer excellent value over their lifespan. 

  • Eliminates the need for costly pipe modifications
  • Reduces downtime
  • Providing accurate measurements without recalibration,
  • Optimise their fire safety testing processes
  • Minimise Operational costs in the long run.



In summary, Coltraco’s Portasonic and Permaflow flow meters provide:

  • Accurate, non-invasive, user-friendly, and downtime-free solutions
  • Unparalleled reliability and efficiency
  • Ensuring integrity and performance
  • Minimising costs and disruptions.


Coltraco’s Portasonic and Permaflow range exemplify excellence in ultrasonic clamp-on flow measurement technology. The Portasonic flowmeter stands out for its portability, lightweight design, and user-friendly interface, making it ideal for field use. With advanced ultrasonic technology, it delivers precise measurements with unmatched accuracy, ensuring reliability in critical applications. On the other hand, the Permaflow flowmeter offers permanent installation capabilities, providing continuous flow monitoring without frequent removal. Engineered for durability and resilience in harsh industrial environments, the Permaflow flowmeter guarantees long-term reliability and reduced maintenance costs. With optional data recording and exporting features, users can access real-time flow data from anywhere, enhancing operational visibility and control.

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