Flowmeters and/or Differential Pressure Switches Monitor Vital Purge Gas Flow to Motors, Switchgear, Instruments

To purge motors, generators, switchgear, and industrial instrument cases, Series RM Rate-Master® flowmeters are installed in the supply line to indicate a flow of air, manufactured inert gas, or nitrogen to these devices. The flowmeters (with valves) allow maintenance personnel to set the flow quickly and recheck anytime to make sure proper flow continues. A differential pressure switch can also be used to monitor proper flow on a continuous basis and provide a signal or alarm if purge gas flow fails. Such an optional switch is shown above, monitoring proper flow of purge gas to the switch box as a function of pressure drop across the flowmeter. The purging of electrical equipment in hazardous areas may require more extensive control and monitoring devices.