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AW-Lake Flow Monitor Helps NOAA Measure Ocean Salt Content

Compact unit is ideal for industrial flow measurement where remote monitoring is required

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 11:58

(AW-Lake: Oak Creek, WI) -- AW-Lake is supplying flow monitors to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for use on its research vessels as part of a process to measure the temperature and salt content of the world’s oceans.

NOAA previously was unaware when a pump clogged while taking in saltwater as part of its measuring process. Different types of plankton and natural seawater debris clogged the pump, creating inaccurate seawater readings.

An AW-Lake MX 9000 panel mount process monitor not only tracked the amount of seawater flowing into the pump but integrated output into the ship’s data-gathering computer. The monitor was calibrated to trigger an alarm onboard the ship if water flow rate dropped below a specific level.

“Whether it’s out on the open ocean or the open road, our products are helping different industries measure and monitor flow rates,” says AW-Lake general manager Mark Iverson. “In many applications similar to NOAA, it’s imperative that process operations run more smoothly and efficiently.”

The MX-9000 panel mount process monitor is ideal for any industrial flow measurement application where a simple, compact, and easy-to-use remote flow monitor is required.


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