Product News: Fluid & Gas Flow Equipment

Linearized CANbus Pickoff is available for turbine flowmeters.

Press Release Summary:

Dec 12, 2012 - Compensated for temperature, viscosity, and density, microLinK smart turbine flowmeter pickoff provides linearized flow output via configurable pulse output and CANbus digital communication. Up to 3 fluid density/viscosity profiles can be stored, letting user switch between fluids on the fly. With approximately less than 20 msec response time and temperature rating of -40 to 125°C standard, pickoff will handle full range of flow applications and allow for under-the-hood applications.

Original Press Release

Flow Technology Announces microLinK CANbus Smart Pickoff for Turbine Flow Meters

Press release date: Dec 01, 2012

Pickoff delivers temperature/viscosity/density compensated flow output in ‘micro’ package.

TEMPE, Ariz. – Flow Technology, Inc. (FTI), a leading manufacturer of precision flow meters, systems and calibrators, today introduced the microLinK smart turbine flow meter pickoff. With an enhanced amplifier design, this pickoff offers better overall performance to standard pickoffs.

FTI's microLinK pickoff may be the worlds smallest & most compact temperature/viscosity/density compensated linearized CANbus turbine pickoff. With approximately less than 20mS response time and a temperate rating -40 C to 125C standard, this pickoff will handle the full range of most flow applications and allow for ‘under the hood’ applications.

A linearized flow output (mass or volume) is provided via a user configurable pulse output as well as via CANbus digital communication. Up to three fluid density/viscosity profiles can be stored in microLinK enabling the user to seamlessly switch between fluids on the fly.

The microLinK is easily configured and all data is available using Windows®-based Visual LinK™ programming software. Using Visual LinK™, the user can easily connect the microLinK to a PC, configure or download existing parameters into the device and save with user tags.

Users are able to utilize the pickoff even if they choose not to use the CANbus communication. The microLinK may be used as a four-wire device that provides a 0-5 VDC pulse output representing a compensated mass or volume flow rate. The raw frequency can also be used for calibration and troubleshooting.

The microLinK CANbus was designed using CANopen protocol in accordance with CiA 301 v4.0.2. CANbus users are able to integrate the flow meter(s) into a larger sensor network. Using Process Data Objects (PDO), real-time data transfer can occur in regular intervals from 20mS to 65s. This is available for volume and mass rate data as well as raw frequency and temperature data. The user is able to query items via Service Data Objects (SDO) such as tagging information, programming and calibration information, and the flow meter calibration curve.

The microLinK is available in three configurations: MS connector, flying leads with NPT and flying leads without NPT.

For more information about the microLinK smart pickoff, go to or call 1-800-528-4225.

About Flow Technology, Inc.
With 50+ years of flow measurement experience, Flow Technology, Inc. maintains the highest standards of quality in its design, manufacturing and service. Its product line includes a wide range of turbine, electromagnetic, positive displacement and ultrasonic flow meters, flow calibrators, flow controllers and ancillary electronics. Typical applications are found in the aerospace, automotive, industrial, metrology, oil & gas markets. In addition, the company maintains one of the world’s largest primary standard flow meter calibration laboratories, and provides complete flow meter calibration, service and repair. Flow Technology, Inc. is registered to ISO 9001 and AS9100, and is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and ANSI Z 540. Visit them at