The sanctity of transaction has long been guarded by the most accurate scales available. With high value goods like oil, it is crucial to get the most accurate measurement so that both buyer and seller come out of an exchange with the confidence to continue in trade. This accuracy is greatly needed in the custody transfer of crude oil. Consistent flow rates, separation of fluids and solids, and vibrations can all affect meter calibration in a detrimental way. In order to get the best reads from a flow meter, it is important to use a state of the art mixer to uniformly mix and stabilize the flow of the liquid.
Komax’s Custody Transfer mixer is the most effective guard of flow meter accuracy. The primary function, which it performs with excellence, is to mix bottom sediment and water into the crude oil completely so there is no layering within the pipe. This mixing also provides the most accurate sampling of crude oil so that the correct proportions of product and byproduct can be identified. Komax’s mixing accuracy promotes both precision flow meter reading and also crude oil sampling.
The Custody Transfer mixer also has secondary effects on the process that lead to accurate flow meter measurements. Komax static mixers produce no noise and vibration, something that can affect Coriolis and ultrasonic flow meters. The mixer also uses a specialized exit-straightening fin to cancel all axial rotation of the flow allowing for a sampler to be located just 2-4 pipe diameters downstream of the mixer.
Providing a uniform distribution and droplet size provide custody transfer with the most accurate metering, best sampling, and fairest transactions. When a .05% in accuracy can mean millions of dollars a day, it is unthinkable to use less than perfect technology.