The Universal Duplexer is powered by a single, user-replaceable, made-in-the-USA, CR123A lithium cell. We presently power with either an Energizer(NYSE:ENR, St. Louis MO)-brand cell (EL123AP) or a Panasonic-brand cell. The design of the Universal Duplexer is optimized for battery efficiency.  First, CMOS switching technology was leveraged to ensure that the idle-mode current draw is less Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to announce the completion and introduction of a new firmware release for its flagship EtherMeter®! This latest firmware, dated 28 Aug 2019, provided the necessary modifications to support Neptune Technology Group (Tallassee, AL) flow meters that are equipped with the ProCoder register. The ProCoder register is a high-resolution (8-digit), absolute-encoder-type water meter register Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to announce the completion and introduction of a new firmware release for its flagship EtherMeter®! This latest firmware, dated 28 Aug 2019, provided the necessary modifications to support Metron-Farnier (Boulder, CO) flow meters that are equipped with the innov8 register. The innov8 register is a high-resolution (8-digit), absolute-encoder-type water meter register that is Read More →

SCADAmetrics’ introduction of its new line of water meter signal duplexers— the Universal Duplexer for AMI and the AMI Duplexer for SCADA — has introduced a new term into the water metering industry lexicon: “Co-Metering”. Co-Metering describes two (or more) interested parties accessing a single water meter, each using their respective meter-reading equipment in parallel — Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to introduce a technique that fosters meter-reading harmony between a water utility and its major commercial & industrial customers… The vast majority of Water Utility customers consist of homes, apartments, and small businesses. However, within every water district there exist a set of customers who, due to the size or nature of Read More →

Regional Water Utilities deliver and sell wholesale water to their Satellite Districts through networks of distribution mains and custody transfer meters.  The consumption data from these custody transfer meters — the “cash registers”, so to speak — are of vital interest to both parties; and regulations generally require that their readings be collected daily — Read More →

When measuring water consumption at major commercial facilities, the gold-standard meter reading is that which is derived from the water meter’s encoder signal; and that signal could previously only be collected by the water utility utilizing specialized AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) instrumentation. Therefore, if the commercial facility (water purchaser) also desired to collect a similar Read More →

The UltraMag, by McCrometer (Hemet, CA), is an excellent Magnetic Flowmeter for water and wastewater applications; and this article illustrates the installation and commissioning of a 3 inch UltraMag, which is then tied into the host SCADA System through a SCADAmetrics EtherMeter® using the Modbus/RTU (RS-485) protocol. The venue is a custody-transfer valve & metering station, Read More →

Although the EtherMeter® is designed primarily as a SCADA gateway for water meters equipped with absolute encoder signals, it also provides support for dry-contact pulse output flow meters.  These can include gas meters, electric meters, water meters, wastewater meters, steam meters, hot water meters, and many others. When interfacing with mechanical pulse meters, a common Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to report that the EtherMeter has been verified compatible with the ELINX absolute encoder water meter register offered by Master Meter Inc. (Mansfield, TX). ELINX Water Meter Register Data Sheet. The ELINX features an internal microprocessor, transmits a high-resolution 8-digit consumption message, and is internally-powered with a 20-year battery.  Also, the ELINX is also offered in Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to report that the EtherMeter has been verified compatible with the ETR absolute encoder water meter registers offered by Zenner USA Meter Company (Addison, TX). Zenner ETR (Encoder Type Register) Data Sheet. The ETR features an internal microprocessor, transmits a 6-digit resolution consumption message, and is internal battery-powered.     When connected to a Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to introduce the B202-v.108 Modem — a new release of our non-proprietary modem that is targeted for use within Radio Telemetry / SCADA Systems! This new modem constitutes a major re-design of our first-generation modem, the B202-v103; and it offers the following new features: 100% compatibility with existing telemetry/SCADA systems that presently Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to report that the EtherMeter has been verified compatible with the TOMAHAWK absolute encoder water meter register offered by RG3 Meter Company (Longview, TX). TOMAHAWK Water Meter Register Data Sheet. The TOMAHAWK features an internal microprocessor, transmits a high-resolution 8-digit consumption message, and is internally-powered with a 20-year battery. When connected to a SCADAmetrics EtherMeter, the Read More →

During the period 2014 through 2016, McCrometer Inc. (Hemet, CA) rolled out AMR communication modules for its entire line of propeller-based and magnetic flow meters.  To date, SCADAmetrics has performed validation testing on these meters, and compatibility has been verified 100%. Models include all Propeller-Type Meters and all Magnetic Flow Meters with the AMR communication option, Read More →

In 2012, SCADAmetrics introduced the B202 — an Industrial Bell 202 Modem designed for Radio Telemetry Applications. The B202 is designed to provide external, non-proprietary data modulation/demodulation for a wide range of popular narrowband analog telemetry radios, including models from Ritron, Tecnet/Maxon, GE/MDS, RF Neulink, and Calamp. In many instances, it is desirable to connect Read More →

In 2012, SCADAmetrics introduced the B202 — an Industrial Bell 202 Modem designed for Radio Telemetry Applications. The B202 is designed to provide external, non-proprietary data modulation/demodulation for a wide range of popular narrowband analog telemetry radios, including models from Ritron, Tecnet/Maxon, GE/MDS, RF Neulink, and Calamp. We recently performed extensive laboratory and field validation Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to introduce a new PDF to our Documentation Center: The EtherMeter Pre-Start Checklist:  CLICK HERE TO VIEW This document, which contains a 11-point checklist, was developed to help EtherMeter Project Users with pre-planning before purchase and deployment. If you have any recommendations for improvement to this document, please let us know.  Your Read More →

Many industrial flow metering applications feature the use of Insertion-type paddle wheel sensors.  (See Figure 1 below.)  Internally, these meters feature a paddle wheel that rotates in the near vicinity of a magnetic pickup, similar in principle to a string pickup in an electric guitar.  The signal output from this type of meter is a low-level sine wave, Read More →

In 2011, SCADAmetrics introduced the Radio-Read Filter — the device that enables two AMR devices to read a single water meter simultaneously.  This instrument serves a vitally important function in situations where both the water seller and buyer are interested in tracking water consumption. One example might be a utility-owned water meter in a commercial building.  In such a case, the water Read More →

Many petroleum industry flow metering applications feature the use of magnetic-pickup-type turbine meters.  (See Figure 1 below.)  Internally, these meters feature a steel turbine that rotates past a magnetic pickup, similar in principle to a string pickup in an electric guitar.  The signal output from this type of meter is a low-level sine wave, whose frequency and amplitude both increase as Read More →

In recent months, we’ve been receiving regular requests from non-industrial-controls clients who wish to build an AMR System around the EtherMeter.  Examples include owners and managers of commercial properties, such as apartment buildings and strip malls.  In most cases, this category of client works in the commercial sub-metering realm, and therefore does not have prior Read More →

In this article, we introduce a novel method of quantifying pump station energy efficiency. For an automobile, everyone is familiar with Miles-Per-Gallon or MPG.  Today, we are going to introduce an equivalent measure of pump station efficiency that every water utility Telemetry/SCADA system should include: GPK.   Automobile Efficiency… Have you ever calculated the average gas mileage for your Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to report that the EtherMeter has been verified compatible with the new high-resolution, absolute-encoder water meter registers offered by Badger Meter (Milwaukee, WI). Badger’s new register family — the HR-E (High Resolution Encoder) — offers vastly improved resolution over its legacy absolute encoder, the 6-Digit ADE. The High Resolution Encoder is offered in two variations: Read More →