Water Meter Test Systems - Mobile Test Systems


MARS Mobile Meter Test System

Mobile Water Meter Test Systems

The Truck, Van or Trailer-Mounted Test System is designed to fit on a utility vehicle, pickup truck, van or on/in a trailer, supplied by the customer (unless specified). The test unit is based on comparison meter technology and is fully linearized and calibrated to avoid inherent test meter accuracy curves, providing clients with the ability to test meters in the field without removing them from service.

MARS Test Bench Systems are designed to meet / exceed American Water Works Association (AWWA) recommendations, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 44 Specifications, ISO Specifications and other standards and requirements.

Revenue Recovery

Understanding how your meters perform in the field will allow you to reduce unaccounted for water in your system.

Increase Confidence

Designed to operate using Volumetric technology and to meet/exceed AWWAand NIST specifications.

Simplify Operations

Automation is available with MARS M3 Meter Management Software integrations.

Typical Applications

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Water utilities or water meter manufacturers requiring the testing of meters in the field.

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Tests meters of all lengths and types

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Where testing to a higher standard of accuracy and repeatability is required

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Where improvements to revenue, manpower utilization, efficiency, and safety are needed

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Tests meters without requiring the meter(s) to be taken off-site

Standard and Optional Features

Available on every configuration of MARS Mobile Test Systems.
* Denotes Optional Items, contact MARS for details.

Comparison Meters

Comparison meters are precision high accuracy turbine type meters. Meters to be installed in pipe manifold with correct up-stream and down-stream straight pipe in accordance with manufacturers specifications

Corrosive Protection

Corrosive Protection (polyester coated steel bench frame).

Control and Automation with M3

MARS M3 Meter Management Software is required to operate MARS Mobile Test Systems.

This includes control over all line select valves and metering devices while providing data entry and collection using a controlled process.

MARS Calibration Certification*

With MARS Certified, you can protect both MARS and selected third-party equipment with technical assistance, software upgrades, preventative maintenance, spares management and on-site maintenance. 

Not only is the equipment upkeep essential, but ensuring all operators are fully trained on meter testing practices and procedures is critical.

Accessory Hardware*

Supplemental Hardware, such as hoses or a MARS ThrustBuster, can be ordered along with a MARS Mobile Test System


Standard System Specifications

Specifications are subject to change at any time.  Please contact MARS for the latest specifications.

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MARS Mobile Water Meter Test Systems

NOTE: Companies / Utilities that test meters should have several years of experience, a working knowledge of AWWA M6 recommendations for meter testing and be certified and trained by the manufacturer of the test equipment used. These operators should show proof of training and/or compliance with a training certificate. 

The electronics package is 120-volt AC designed to control the test sequence automatically. Units come equipped with a CPU installed with the MARS M3 testing software and a Panasonic Toughbook, designed to handle dual stage shut down and to accept test quantities as required by the test technicians. Meters are calibrated and linearized through a linearization circuit designed to eliminate the normal error curve of the test meter. The electronics package is protected by a NEMA 4 enclosure which folds down when the unit is not in use and draws power from the on-board customer supplied inverter unit. 

Additional Specifications for this Series

 
Intrinsically safe

Designed to minimize physical fatigue

Built to withstand any forces applied within the scope of its use

Easy to operate controls to minimize operator errors

Electronic Controls

Package is protected by a NEMA 4 enclosure

Designed to fold down when the unit is not being used and then covered to avoid the elements

Grey enamel finish

120VAC designed to operate all test system functions

Equipped with computer and PLC designed to handle dual stage shut down and accept batch quantities as required by technicians

Meters are linearized through a ten-point linearization circuit designed to eliminate the normal error curve of the test meter

Powered by an on-board generator/inverter (provided by customer - must be fully protected from low or high voltage spikes)

Equipped with Emergency Stop and Power On switch

Industrial momentary and multi-position selector switches

Strainer

A bronze z-plate strainer is installed on the supply end to filter out debris and polish the flow profile of the water for accuracy

Constructed of B-62 Bronze in accordance with AWWA C-701 standards

 
Frame

Constructed of 1-1/2” 14-gauge fabricated steel tube

Welded in accordance to standard industry practices and certifications

Pipe work is mounted to the frame at three points

Equipped with three lifting eyes, allowing the tester to be removed safely without damage to the test unit or the vehicle

Stainless steel load bearing surface at side rails

Coating

Polyester Coating in MARS Blue

Minimum of 20 years resistance to corrosion

High impact resistance

All steel is fully sandblasted and treated with Atochem rust proof primer before being coated for total bonding 

Frame is not touched by human hands within at least 2 hours of drying

Coating is applied using the electrostatic method, then placed in an oven at 495 degrees F until fully bonded 

The frame is electrostatically spark tested to detect defects

Pipework

Main Piping (high flow line) consists of 4” diameter schedule 40 fitted steel pipe with 2 ½” fire hose inlet and outlet fittings

High flow line has a maximum flow rate of 1000 gallons per minute

Piping is powder coated to prevent corrosion as outlined above

Medium flow line is a 1” diameter brass pipe with a maximum flow rate of fifty gallons per minute

Low flow line is a ½” diameter brass pipe with a maximum flow rate of seven gallons per minute.

4” line is supplied with a straightening vane in-line before comparison meter to ensure maximum accuracy.

 
Comparison Meters

Comparison meters are precision high accuracy turbine type meters with correct up-stream and down-stream straight pipe

Meters constructed of 304 stainless steel body, 316 stainless steel hydraulically balanced rotor, stainless ball bearings

Meter designed for linearity: +- .5% over specified flow range, repeatability: +- .10% over specified flow range

High flow maximum pressure loss of 4 PSI at maximum flow range, suitable for operating pressure of 3000 PSI 

3/8” meter with flow range .75 to 7 GPM and male NPT end connections

1” meter with flow range 7 to 50 GPM and male NPT end connections

4” meter with flow range 50 to 1250 GPM and male NPT end connections

 
Ball Valves

Chrome plated ball with Teflon seat

Full port

3-piece stainless steel body

150 PSI rating

Butterfly Valves

Lug style butterfly valves with electric actuators

Valve body is cast or ductile iron with EPDM or Buna-N liner

Valve disc is stainless steel 

Valves are operated by electric actuators

Electric Ball Valve Actuators

Nema-4x enclosures, zinc plated, two-part polyurethane Open/Closed Angle position indicator and 
       90-degree operation from full open to full close in 6-15 seconds (dependent on valve size)

Manual override hand wheel

Mechanical travel stops

Internal heater

Ball bearing 110 VAC motor with thermal protection

Temperature range –4 to 158 degrees F

Life cycle: 100,000 operations minimum


Is your Meter Shop Certified?

With MARS Maintenance Calibration Certification (MCC), you can protect both MARS and selected third-party equipment with technical assistance, software upgrades, preventative maintenance, spares management and on-site maintenance. Not only is the equipment upkeep essential, but ensuring all operators are fully trained on meter testing practices and procedures is critical.

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