Independent Meter Testing Service Launched By MWA

MWA Technology Limited, an independent metering supplier based in Birmingham, has launched a meter testing service for any brand of rotary or turbine meter with flow rate capacities from one cubic metre per hour to 650 cubic metres per hour.

MWA has invested in a new sophisticated test rig and installed it at its Birmingham headquarters to enable the company to offer customers the service. The test rig determines whether meters currently in service should be serviced or replaced.

MWA director, Martin Wardell said: "Generally check meters are produced with bearings that are 'sealed for life' unlike primary billing meters, which generally have provision for lubricating bearings. It is usually recommended by manufactures that turbine check meters are serviced and verified for accuracy every 10 years.

"Rotary meters (RPD) need routine maintenance - including oil level checks - and will operate in excess of 20 years without variation in accuracy. Generally UK manufactured diaphragm meters also have an estimated service life in excess of 20 years without any maintenance.

"This is why MWA Technology holds a stock of a variety of meters that can be hired out to customers whilst their meters are being checked and calibrated," explained Wardell.

The MWA test rig features three reference meters, a rotary meter and two turbine meters. The rig is able to test flow rates to an accuracy of + or - two percent.

Martin Wardell said: "UK customers have very limited choice when it comes to having their meters checked. There are probably only six such test rigs in the country and meter manufacturers own four of these. Often the manufacturers restrict their testing service to their own branded meters.

"We felt that there was a need for an independent service and the early reaction to our new service is very encouraging," explained Mr Wardell.

For more information on the MWA Independent Meter Testing Service, contact MWA Technology Limited, 2 Wharton Street Industrial Estate, Wharton Street, Birmingham B7 5TR, Email: or telephone 0121 327 7771.

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