We offer the widest product range of low-flow (mass) flow meters and controllers on the market. Numerous styles of both standard and bespoke instruments can be offered for applications in laboratory, machinery, industry and hazardous areas.
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Bronkhorst instruments are used for numerous applications in many different markets. In this section you will find an overview of the main markets for our equipment, illustrated with some typical examples of applications.
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Making coffee, an everyday action for many people, has a technical background. In fact, it is an extraction process where hot water releases aromatics and flavourings from powdered coffee beans by dissolving these compounds. The coffee filter is used to retain the coffee bean parts that are not solved, and you can drink the dissolved compounds as a cup of fragrant hot beverage.
An essential part of modern coffee machines is the control valve that supplies hot water to the coffee powder - be it inside a capsule or as 'real' powder. Wandfluh Produktions AG is a manufacturer of these valves, and as such a supplier to coffee machine manufacturers. Originally, as part of the quality control for the valve manufacturing, the company tested their control valves with water. However, these measurements appeared to be too inaccurate. A manual test setup using air and a mechanical valve solved this issue, but they would like to have this setup to be automated. Therefore, the company requested the help of Bronkhorst.
To test the performance of their control valves, the customer requested a continuous and preferably maintenance-free control of a low air flow in a pressure range up to 20 bars.
A Bronkhorst EL-FLOW Select mass flow controller with a typical air mass flow of a few litres per minute did the trick. The flow controller was successfully able to supply the desired low air flow at a high pressure range continuously. As part of the solution, the mass flow controller was connected to the customer's PLC using the RS-232 communication protocol, to control the air supply in an automated way.
Shortly after Wandfluh informed Bronkhorst about their urgent problem, a sales representative went to the Wandfluh site with a demo mass flow controller, with the approximate flow rate that they requested. A test was conducted on-site with good result - the only remark was that the air flow rate was a little too high. By buying a device with a slightly lower flow rate, they had the ideal solution for their problem.
In the previous manual air supply solution using a mechanical valve, it was difficult to control an accurate air flow. Moreover, no constant air flow could be obtained in case of temperature fluctuations. Replacing the mechanical valve by Bronkhorst 's thermal mass flow controller solved both issues.
The use of the Bronkhorst device improved the quality of the valve testing, and made the plant process-safe. In the current setup, Wandfluh now really knows that a 'wrong' valve is indeed a 'wrong' valve, so there are no more false rejections.