Fox Thermal Model FT4X Thermal Gas Mass Flow Meter

Model FT4X Insertion, Inline & Retractor

The Fox Thermal Model FT4X, is the newest Thermal Gas Mass Flow Meter offered from Fox Thermal.

The Model FT4X measures gas flow rate in standard units (MSCFD, SCFM, NM³/hr, LBS/HR, KG/HR & many more) without the need for temperature and pressure compensation.

A free software tool – FT4X View™ - is available for the Model FT4X that allows the user to connect to and configure the FT4X using a PC or laptop.

Explore the links to the right to learn about the new advanced features available on the Model FT4X.


The free FT4X View™ software from Fox Thermal is a great way to connect to the Model FT4X from a PC or laptop to access the meter settings in a quick and visually appealing way. This software offers:

  • Quick access to all configuration parameters using pop-up windows and pull down menus
  • Selection of measurement units, flow and temperature ranges, alarm settings, and more
  • Gas-SelectX® Gas Selection Menu
  • CAL-V™ Calibration Validation Certificate
  • View Logs for 40 24-hour daily totals and events/alarms
  • Data collection to a Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet
  • Display of alarm codes
  • Storage of meter configurations to a file that can be archived
  • View raw data that can be used to diagnose or troubleshoot your meter

Note: For FT4X View™ software to function, please be sure to have a working version of Microsoft® Office installed on the PC before installing FT4X View™.

USB Driver and the Fox Thermal FT4X View™ Software
A USB driver is needed for FT4X View™ to run. If the USB drive does not install automatically, you will need to download it by following this link. Instructions are included on how to install it correctly.

The CAL-V™ test is used for Calibration Validation on the Model FT4X. This test does the following:

  • Tests the functionality of the sensor and its associated signal processing circuitry
  • Checks for build-up on sensor that could affect calibration
  • Ensures that the meter still retains its original NIST-traceable calibration at zero flow
  • Checks thermal conductivity (heat transfer) repeatability of the sensor

Use this test according to the manufacturer’s instructions in order to validate the calibration of the meter.

The Gas-SelectX® feature is a revolutionary new feature that allows the user to have a meter capable of measuring different gases accurately. The user can choose from the list of gases below or mix any to create a custom gas mix specifically for their application! Every FT4X flowmeter is pre-programmed for:

Pure Gas Menu

  • Air
  • Argon
  • Butane
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Helium
  • Hydrogen
  • Methane
  • Natural Gas*
  • Nitrogen
  • Oxygen
  • Propane

Mixed Gas Menu

  • Air
  • Argon
  • Butane
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Ethane
  • Helium
  • Hydrogen
  • Methane
  • Nitrogen
  • Oxygen
  • Propane

Oil & Gas Menu

  • Methane (C1)
  • Ethane (C2)
  • Propane (C3)
  • Iso Butane (C4)
  • Normal Butane (C4)
  • Pentanes (C5)
  • Hexanes (C6)
  • Heptanes (C7)
  • Octanes (C8)
  • Nonanes+ (C9+)
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Nitrogen

The Gas Mixes are programmable in 0.1% increments and any number of the gases listed in the Mixed gas and Oil & Gas Menus can be mixed to create a custom gas mix. The Gas-SelectX® feature can be used in the field anytime and is accessed through the front panel of the meter or by using the free FT4X View™ software tool.

*Natural gas refers to pipeline-quality dry natural gas, whereas naturally occurring gas from oil fields constitutes a special mixed gas requiring a special calibration. This gas not available for gas mixes. Contact Fox Thermal for further information.

New Standard Data Logger with Date/Time Stamp

Every Fox Thermal Model FT4X comes equipped with an advanced intrinsic Data Logger for advanced record-keeping and data retention. Data logging is commonly used in applications such as flare and waste gas monitoring, gas studies, gas royalties and allocation, and gas flow research.

To record flow, the Data Logger must be activated upon installation and setup. It can be activated quickly and easily through the flow meter’s front panel keypad. The date and local time must be set for accurate records.

The Data Logger records flow rate totals and other events and alarms. The advanced features of the Model FT4X Data Logger include:

  • 40 daily totals (24-hour totals)
  • Settable Contract Time defines Contract Day
  • Time/date stamped alarm & event logs; 7 year history
  • Power off totalizer; power failure creates event log entry

The logs in the Model FT4X Data Logger also give information about the meter’s settings and functionality:

  • View the meter’s gas or gas mix composition
  • View the meter’s configuration and other meter settings
  • View Calibration Validation historical test data
  • View and print logs of events and alarms

The Data Logger can be accessed with a RS485 MODBUS MS/TP communication option and the free FT4X View Software.


More Info

Common Features for Fox Thermal Model FT4X Flow Meter:

  • Measures process gas flow rate/total and temperature
  • Insertion probes (for 1.5" - 70" pipes); Inline flow bodies with NPT ends (1.5" - 3" pipes); Inline 150# & 300# Flanged flow bodies (1.5" - 6" pipes)
  • Equipped with the 2nd Generation DDC-Sensor™ (Direct Digitally Controlled)
  • Gas-SelectX® expanded gas selection menu. Choose from available list of gases/gas mixes to measure flow. NIST-traceable calibration
  • Advanced Data Logger with Real Time Clock and 40 24-Hour daily totals
  • Settable Contract Time defines Contract Day
  • A USB connection is standard (free FT4X View™ Software); Optional HART and RS485 Modbus communication protocols
  • Standard on-board display and configuration panel
  • Two standard isolated 4-20mA outputs: Channel 1 configured to indicate flow, fault indication per NAMUR NE43. HART communication option; Channel 2 configured to indicate either flow or temperature
  • One isolated open collector output for pulse/alarm
  • One switch input to reset total
  • Click the Approvals tab for Model FT4X Agency Approval details
  • Calibration Validation with the CAL-V™ test
  • NIST-traceable calibration
  • Wide measurement range
  • Flow Accuracy for air: ±1% R ±0.2% FS; Flow accuracy for other gases: ±1.5% R ±0.5% FS
  • 24 VDC in local or remote enclosures
PLEASE TURN YOUR DEVICE TO LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION.

FT4X Flow Meter Specs

Technical Specifications
Fox Thermal Model FT4X Thermal Mass Flow Meter & Temperature Transmitter
Performance Specs
Type
Insertion
Inline
Flow Accuracy:
Air: ± 1% of reading ± 0.2% of full scale.
Other Gases: ± 1.5% of reading ± 0.5% of full scale.
Accuracy specification applies to customer's selected flow range
Maximum range: 15-60,000 SFPM (0.07-280 NMPS)
Minimum range: 15-1,000 SFPM (0.07-4.7 NMPS)
Straight, unobstructed pipe requirement:
15 diameters upstream; 10 downstream.
8 diameters upstream; 4 downstream.
 
 
 
Flow Repeatability:
± 0.2% of full scale
Flow Response Time:
0.8 seconds (one time constant)
Temperature Accuracy:
± 1° F (± 0.6° C)
Calibration:
Factory Calibration to NIST-traceable standards
CAL-V™: In situ, operator-initiated calibration validation
Operating Specs
Type
Insertion
Inline
Flow Units (field selectable):
SCFM, SCFH, NMPS, NM3/M, NM3/H, NM3/D, NLPS, NLPM, NLPH, MCFD, MSCFD, SCFD, MMSCFD, MMSCFM, SM3/M, SM3/D, SM3/H, LB/S, LB/M, LB/H, LB/D, KG/S, KG/M, KG/H, SLPM, SFPM, MT/H
Flow Rates:
Maximum range: 15 to 60,000 SFPM (0.07 to 280 NMPS)
Minimum range: 15 to 1,000 SFPM (0.07 to 4.7 NMPS)
Turndown:
up to 1000:1; 100:1 typical
Flow Ranges:
Pipe Size SCFM MSCFD NM³/HR
1.5" (40mm) 0 - 840 0 - 1,220 0 - 1,325
2" (50mm) 0 - 1,400 0 - 2,020 0 - 2,210
3" (80mm) 0 - 3,100 0 - 4,440 0 - 4,890
4" (100mm) 0 - 5,300 0 - 7,650 0 - 8,360
6" (150mm) 0 - 12,000 0 - 17,340 0 - 18,930
8" (200mm) 0 - 20,840 0 - 30,020 0 - 32,870
10" (300mm) 0 - 32,800 0 - 47,250 0 - 51,740
12" (300mm) 0 - 46,600 0 - 67,180 0 - 73,500
Pipe Diameter SCFM MSCFD NM³/HR
1.5" (40mm) 0 - 840 0 - 1,220 0 - 1,320
2" (50mm) 0 - 1,400 0 - 2,020 0 - 2,224
2.5" (63mm) 0 - 2,000 0 - 2,880 0 - 3,150
3" (80mm) 0 - 3,100 0 - 4,440 0 - 4,890
4" (100mm) 0 - 5,300 0 - 7,650 0 - 8,360
6" (150mm) 0 - 12,000 0 - 17,340 0 - 18,930
Note: To determine if the FT4X will operate accurately in other pipe sizes, divide maximum flow rate by the pipe area. The application is acceptable if the resulting velocity is within the velocity range above.
Note: Consult factory for flow ranges above those listed. Inline meters above 5,000 SCFM (7,900 NM3/H) air may require third party calibration.
Gas Pressure (max):
w/o Retractor: 740 psig (51.02 barg)
with Retractor: 150 psig (10.3 barg)
 
NPT: 500 psig (34.5 barg)
150# Flanges:230 psig (16 barg)
300# Flanges: 600 psig (41.4 barg)
Check with factory for higher pressure options.
NOTE: When teflon ferrule option ordered, gas pressure is 60psig (4.1 barg) maximum.
Relative Humidity:
90% RH maximum; non-condensing
NOTE: Condensing liquids contacting the sensor can cause erratic flow indication.
Temperature:
DDC-Sensor™: -40 to 250°F (-40 to 121°C)
Enclosure: -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)
Remote Sensor Enclosure: -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C) Note: Display dims below -4°F (-20°C); function returns once temperature rises again.
Input Power:
Input power: 12 to 28 VDC, 6 watts max. (CE requirement)
Full input power input range: 10 to 30 VDC.
Inputs/Outputs
4-20mA Channel 1:
  • Standard isolated 4-20mA output configured to indicate for flow; fault indication per NAMUR NE43. HART communication option.
  • The 4-20mA load resistance must be 125 ohms or less when operating on 12 volt power and 600 ohms or less on 24 volt power.
4-20mA Channel 2:
  • Standard isolated 4-20mA output configured to indicate either flow or temperature.
Pulse/Alarm:
  • Isolated open collector output rated for 5 to 24VDC, 10mA maximum load, 0 to 100Hz (the pulse output can be configured to either transmit a 0 to 100Hz signal proportional to flow rate or an on/off alarm).
Remote Switch Input:
  • Can be configured to reset the flow totalizer and elapsed time.
Port:
Micro USB communication port is standard.
Software:
The free PC-based software tool - FT4X View™ - provides complete configuration, remote process monitoring, and data logging functions.
Optional serial communication:
HART or RS485 Modbus RTU.
4-20mA and Pulse Verification:
Simulation mode used to align 4-20mA output and pulse output (if ordered) with the input to customer’s PLC/DCS.
Physical Specs
Type
Insertion
Inline
Sensor Material:
316 stainless steel standard.
Enclosure:
NEMA 4X (IP67), aluminum, dual conduit entries with ¾" FNPT conduit entries.
Cabling to remote enclosure: 8-conductor, 18 AWG, twisted, shielded, 100 feet maximum.
Installation:
Fox Thermal-supplied compression fitting connects to customer-supplied 1" female coupling welded to pipe.
Compression fitting included with flow body.

FT4X Approvals

CE: Approved

  • EMC Directive; 2014/30/EU
  • Electrical Equipment for Measurement, Control and Lab Use: EN61326-1:2013

FM (U.S.) and FMc (Canada): Approved

  • Class I, Div. 1, Gps B, C, D;
  • Class II, Div. 1, Gps E, F, G;
  • Class III, Div. 1; T4, Ta = -40°C to 70°C;
  • Class I, Zone 1, AEx/Ex db IIB+H2 T4; Gb Ta = -40°C to 70°C; Type 4X, IP67

ATEX (FM16ATEX0013X): Approved

  • II 2 G Ex db IIB+H2 T4; Gb Ta = -40°C to 70°C; IP67
  • II 2 D Ex tb IIIC T135°C; Db Ta = -40°C to 70°C; IP67

IECEx (IECEx FMG 16.0010X): Approved

  • Ex d IIB+H2 T4; Gb Ta = -40°C to 70°C; IP67
  • Ex tb IIIC T135°C; Db Ta = -40°C to 70°C; IP67

ATEX and IECEx Standards:

EN 60079-0:2012 + A11:2013
EN 60079-1:2014
EN 60079-31:2014
EN 60529:1991 + A1:2000

IEC 60079-0:2011
IEC 60079-1:2007
IEC 60079-31:2008
IEC 60529:2001

Optional items available for the Model FT4X Flow Meter:

Talk with our application specialist or a rep near you for sizing and materials requirements

  • FT4X Power Supply
  • Flow meter cleaned and bagged for Oxygen service
  • Certificate of Conformance
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Extra Instruction Manual
  • USB Cable
  • Teflon Ferrule Kit
  • Stainless Steel Tags
  • Retractors
  • FC10 Flow Conditioners (1.5”-10” sizes)

FT4X Downloads

Model FT4X Information to View and/or Download
Model FT4X Datasheet
FT4X Model Codes
FT4X Flowmeter Features
FT4X Procurement Specifications
FT4X Instruction Manual
FT4X Troubleshooting Guide
TBA
CAL-V™ Certificate
TBA
Gas-SelectX® Datasheet
FT4X Power Supply Datasheet
TBA
Model FT4X View™ Information to View and/or Download
FT4X View™ Software v. 1.1.98
FT4X View™ Datasheet
FT4X View™ Manual
VCP Driver (for FT4X View™ Software)

Note regarding VCP Driver: If the PC is connected to the Internet and running Windows® 7, 8, or 10, the PC will try to automatically load the VCP driver. If the driver does not load automatically, we have supplied a link above.

Other Downloads

FT4X Dimensional Drawings

FT4X Insertion Models
Local electronics, probe without retractor
Local electronics, probe with retractor
Remote electronics, probe without retractor
Remote electronics, probe with retractor
FT4X Inline Models
Local electronics, NPT end connections
Local electronics, 150# flange end connections
Local electronics, 300# flange end connections
TBA
Remote electronics, NPT end connections
Remote electronics, 150# flange end connections
Remote electronics, 300# flange end connections
TBA
Fox Thermal Model FT4X Flow Meter

The Fox Thermal Model FT4X is the newest Thermal Gas Mass Flow Meter offered from Fox Thermal.

The Model FT4X measures gas flow rate in standard units (SCFM, NM³/hr, LBS/HR, KG/HR & many more) without the need for temperature and pressure compensation.

A free software tool – FT4X View™ - is available for the Model FT4X that allows the user to connect to and configure the FT4X using a PC or laptop.

Common Features for Fox Thermal Model FT4X Flow Meter:

  • Measures process gas flow rate/total and temperature
  • Insertion probes (for 1.5" - 70" pipes); Inline flow bodies with NPT ends (1.5" - 3" pipes); Inline 150# Flanged flow bodies (1.5" - 6" pipes); Inline 300# Flanged flow bodies (2" - 6" pipes)
  • Equipped with the 2nd Generation DDC-Sensor™ (Direct Digitally Controlled)
  • Gas-SelectX® expanded gas selection menu. Choose from available list of gases/gas mixes to measure flow. NIST-traceable calibration
  • Advanced Data Logger with 40 daily totals with date/time stamp
  • A USB connection is standard (free FT4X View™ Software); Optional HART and RS485 Modbus communication protocols
  • Standard on-board display and configuration panel
  • One standard isolated 4-20mA output configured to indicate for flowor temperature
  • One isolated open collector output for pulse/alarm
  • One discrete input to reset total
  • Click the Approvals tab for Model FT4X Agency Approvals
  • Calibration Validation with the CAL-V™ features
  • NIST-traceable calibration
  • Wide measurement range
  • Flow Accuracy for air: ±1% R ±0.2% FS; Flow accuracy for other gases: ±1.5% R ±0.5% FS
  • 24 VDC in local or remote enclosures

For complete specs please see the Fox Thermal Model FT4X Flow Meter Datasheet.

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