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GE invests US$1m in world-class flowmeter calibration centre

GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies has announced a US$1 million investment to expand its Odelzhausen, Germany facility, which designs and manufactures Rheonik coriolis flowmeters used in the oil and gas and power generation sectors.

The expansion will create a world-class flowmeter calibration centre to test and calibrate ultrasonic and coriolis flowmeters, helping to ensure accurate measurement and performance.

The project will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2010.

“The calibration centre in Odelzhausen is a symbol of our investment in and commitment to expanding our global infrastructure, providing high-tech products and services for our customers,” said GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies general manager of measurement solutions, Tim Povall.

GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies acquired Rheonik in 2008, expanding its flowmeter portfolio to include coriolis technology. The meters measure flow from 0.5 grams per minute to 1,500 tonnes per hour and offer a competitive advantage for the end-user by providing temperature stability and increased safety in corrosive environments, according to GE.

Rheonik’s products serve high-pressure applications and can operate with relatively large amplitudes, a critical requirement for highly viscous liquids or low flow, the company claims.

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