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AW-Lake flow monitors helping National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration measure ocean salt content

Jan. 31, 2023
Monitors detect clogged pumps, which lead to inaccurate data.

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 pumps clogged while taking in salt water as part of its measuring process. Different types of sea plankton and natural sea water debris congested pumps, creating inaccurate sea-water readings.  

An AW-Lake MX 9000 Panel Mount Process Monitor not only tracks the amount of sea water flowing into the pump, but integrates output into the ship’s data-gathering computer. The monitor is calibrated to trigger an alarm on the ship if water-flow rate drops 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,” said AW-Lake General Manager Mark Iverson. “In many applications similar to NOAA, it’s imperative that process operations run more smoothly and efficiently.”