Ultrasonic meters have replaced mechanical meters as the principal gas measurement device for pipeline transmission applications, both for custody transfer and system balancing. Today, the upstream segment is able to take advantage of this technology to quickly identify operational anomalies and reducing the lost and unaccounted for gas.

“Ultrasonic measurement really gained a foothold in the late 1990s. There was a primary focus on gas transmission measurement. Larger volumes and throughput and relatively clean, dry gas moving through the meters,” said Duane Harris, Market Product Manager at SICK USA. “Since this time, we have seen technology continue to expand in a way that we’re able to apply ultrasonic measurement in upstream applications.”

As an industry leader, SICK’s FLOWSIC600XT and its predecessor, the FLOWSIC600 (Classic) are well-known front-runners in the transmission gas measurement market. Today the FLOWSIC600 DRU, FLOWSIC600 DRU-S, and FLOWSIC500 provide unprecedented opportunities to streamline upstream operations and reduce unaccounted for gas loss.

"The heart of SICK’s ultrasonic meters is the transducer. SICK is the leader in several sensor technologies, including ultrasonic technology,” said Irvin Schwartzenberg, Market Application Engineer at SICK USA. “Our sensors are robust and extremely efficient at getting sound energy into the gas and then sensing at the receiver to provide accurate ultrasonic measurement.”

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