Designing and manufacturing a flow computer system has lots of overlap with the design of other IT systems. The focus of any design is bespoke decision making for the needs of the business. Here we explore the significant decisions needed to create the most effective flow computer system for you.
What is a flow computer system?
A flow computer is an essential component of a larger system. Most companies that require a flow computer will have multiple flows that need to be continuously monitored, analysed, and managed. A flow computer will automate this data collection and management and allow operators to see a system status snapshot. They can then quickly act on the information provided. Indeed, a flow computer system can also interpret the data and compensate, for instance, changing pressures to sit within expected parameters.
Consequently, it is easy to appreciate why the design and manufacture of a flow computer system must meet a client’s needs. Is the computer to measure a complex system of multiple flows? Is the computer to collect data that can be examined by an operator, or does it need to analyse and then make changes to variables? Does it need to offer an overview of a larger system or sit as a component within a process?
The design decisions
When working with a designer, there is no set starting point for where the design begins. Much relies on the criteria a client presents. For instance, it might be that the computer’s shape and size is a limiting factor and other decisions are then dependent on this. If the flow computer system sits in a confined space in a work area, the design must consider these logistics.
Placement of computers also defines the connections styles; whether it is fixed function or modular, how the technology will need to be designed resilient to the operational environment and offer Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) if required.
Yet, for other clients, the priority may well be processing power, the logging processes for the data and then how this data can be accessed. How much RAM is needed? What programming and setup are required, and should data be accessed by USB, ethernet or display? If the demands on the flow computer are complex, with multiple flows and a requirement to act on variables, then the starting point for design will be in the technicalities of the processor, operating system, and configuration.
Each client will come with a set of calculations that need to be complete and what actions to perform. The flow computer will need to perform successfully within the operational environment and with a PSU compatible with the facility. The role of a flow computer designer and manufacturer is to understand these priorities and offer a solution.
The team at Ex~i Flow has a shared experience of more than 60 years in this field. Our designers are skilled listeners and will determine the best product for your needs. If you would like to discuss the design and manufacture of your flow computer system, contact us today.