FLOWROX has introduced a new product to the market designed for the precise measurement of scale in pipelines and other fluid control environments.

Called the Flowrox Scaling Watch, it is a wafer thin piece of pipeline engineered for insertion between two flanges for a precise fit that allows the detection of scale, often the result of the hardened mineral deposits that can reduce the flow of fluids through a pipeline.

The company’s solution to scaling, which is a common problem in the oil and gas, minerals and power plant industries, uses electrical capacitance tomography (ECT) technology, which allows operators to see inside piping systems without stopping the process or opening up the pipeline.

The device also enables 3D-imaging and measurement of non-conductive media inside process pipelines and tanks.

It also uses algorithm that creates a 3D image of the process fluid in the piping and generates trend data as well as show free volume inside the pipe and the growth rate of the scale over time.

Among other features, the Flowrox Scaling Watch can show the scale thickness, scale profile, growth rates over time, composition, and free f low volume—all of which allow engineers to understand areas where pipes are prone to scaling.

The Flowrox Scaling Watch is a predictive device—rather than reactive—and allows its operators to address scale issues before they reach critical levels that can cause downtime or costly damage.

Flowrox said the Flowrox Scaling Watch further enhanced its product line to allow the measurement of scale in pipelines.

Designed to be manufactured in diverse metals, the Flowrox Scaling Watch is manufactured in carbon steel, type 316/316L stainless steel and titanium to meet the needs of industries with intense scaling issues that can result in high costs of maintenance.

Scale is often a major reason for a decrease in production and revenue in oil wells, affecting valves, pumps and tubing, among other pipeline components. Installing the Flowrox Scaling Watch can help lower pumping costs, lead to fewer unexpected shutdowns of the process and reduce chemical usage or optimisation of chemicals.

“This is completely new technology which has very little competition,” Flowrox North American president and chief executive Todd Loudin said.

The technology behind the Flowrox Scaling Watch was invented by Rocsole, of which Flowrox purchased a portion and assumed the responsibility for global sales, marketing and manufacturing of the device.