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Gas & Liquid Flow Computer for CompactLogix

The MVI Liquid & Gas Flow Computer Module is a CompactLogix backplane compatible module that allows CompactLogix processors to easily support flow applications with 8 meter runs performing measurement of hydrocarbon gases or liquids using AGA 3, 7, 8 and API 2540 measurement standards.

Features and Benefits

The MVI69-AFC is an in-rack Liquid & Gas Flow Computer Module for the CompactLogix platform. The MVI69-AFC Flow computer module supports 8 meter channels for the measurement of hydrocarbon gases and liquids using currently accepted industry measurement standards.

The module calculates flow rates, accumulated volumes, accumulated mass and accumulated energy (heating value). The calculation results are transferred back to the Processor memory for use in the application ladder program or for transfer back to a SCADA host.

The MVI69-AFC Flow Computer package contains built-in support for system configuration, monitoring, documenting, and overall management such as:

  • System configuration via a user-friendly MS Windows-based AFC Manager
  • Ability to manage multiple site installations as separate projects saved on a PC
  • Option to access archives online and print/save to a spreadsheet compatible file
  • Option to generate, print, and save configuration and on-line management reports
  • Ability to monitor the meter runs on-line
  • Password protection for preventing unauthorized configuration changes


The MVI69-AFC module is the ideal solution for the many applications where hydrocarbon flow and SCADA communication must be added to the CompactLogix platform. Applications using the MVI69-AFC module can be found mainly in the oil and gas industrial sectors.

Functional Specifications

The AFC module operates as a powerful flow computer module, augmenting the operation of the CompactLogix processor by providing a dedicated and accurate set of flow calculations; the results of which are easily available to process monitoring and control applications developed in the CompactLogix.

The module is highly-configurable, allowing each of the 8 meter runs to be individually setup to meet the specific requirement of an application. Some of the configurable parameters include:

Configurable options

  • Gas analysis concentrations for any or all 21 components
  • Physical data for all meter runs including, orifice and pipe diameters, selection of type of taps and tap location etc.
  • Reference pressure, temperature and local atmospheric conditions
  • Default process and operating parameters like DP threshold for flow cutoff etc.
  • Metric or imperial units
  • User selectable units for totalizers and flow rates on a per channel basis
  • Resettable and/or non-resettable totalizers for every meter channel
  • Process I/O: analog inputs (pressure, temperature, diff pressure) from analog modules and pulse inputs from pulse/frequency input modules in CompactLogix I/O rack
  • Number of meter channels: 8 differential (AGA3) or linear (AGA7) Gas; MPMS 12.2 Liquid
    • Calculation methods
    • AGA3-199
    • AGA 7
    • AGA8-1992 (detailed characterization method)
    • API MPMS Ch12.2 API 2540
    • Meter scan time under 1 second for all 16 channels
  • Product measurement: hydrocarbon gases and liquids
  • Data archiving: For each meter run, hourly for two days (48 records) and daily for one month (35 records) under default configuration, with optional extended archives up to 1440 hourly (60 days) and 1440 daily. Archive size and contents are fully configurable. All archived data is available in the onboard Modbus memory.
  • Each record consists of nearly 20 process and other variables. All archived data is available in the onboard Modbus memory map (archive size and contents are fully-configurable)


  • Event log report for all security sensitive configuration data (for example, orifice diameter) are date and time stamped and mapped to the local Modbus memory map. This data can be imported into any spreadsheet program and saved to disk or printed as hard copy.
    • Hourly and daily archive reports mapped to local Modbus memory. This data can be imported into any spreadsheet program and saved to disk or printed as hard copy.
  • System configuration which can be downloaded or uploaded from the module, can also be printed for hard reference or archiving.

Modbus interface

  • The two Modbus slave ports allow the unit to be used as a SCADA interface and to broaden access to the AFC module's data table.
  • Either port may be configured for RTU or ASCII Modbus mode.
  • Both Modbus slave ports provide access to all configuration and measurement data mapped to the Modbus table.
  • Modbus table may be re-mapped for user assigned contiguous register polling from a SCADA master (up to 20,000 registers.)

Hardware Specifications


Standard 1769 Single-slot module

Current Load

800 mA max@ 5 VDC (Serial)
Power supply distance rating of 2 (L43 and L45 installations on first 2 slots of 1769 bus)

Operating Temp.

0 to 60 Deg C

32 to 140 Deg F

Storage Temp.

-40 to 85 Deg C

-40 to 185 Deg F

Relative Humidity

5 - 95% (w/o condensation)

LED Indicators

Power and Module Status

Application Status

Serial Port Activity

Serial Activity and Error Status

CFG Port

RJ45 (DB-9M w/ supplied cable)

RS-232 only

No hardware handshaking

App Ports (P1, P2)

RJ45 (DB-9M w/supplied cable)

RS-232 handshaking configurable

500V Optical isolation from backplane

Shipped with Unit

RJ45 to DB-9M cables for each port

6-foot RS-232 configuration Cable

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Featured Wireless Whitepaper | As the international standard for power substation automation systems, IEC 61850 defines the communication between devices in the substation and related system requirements. It supports substation automation functions as well as their engineering. Unlike earlier protocols, the technical approach makes IEC 61850 flexible and future-proof. [...]

Oil Well Status Monitoring

Here is the story of how one company, Arizona Automation, working with Cogent Real-Time Systems, used the OPC DataHub in a last-minute effort to avert disaster. [...]

Applying Wireless to EtherNet/IP Systems

Featured Wireless Whitepaper | Ethernet for industrial communications is growing rapidly in factory automation, process control and SCADA systems. The ODVA EtherNet/IP network standard is gaining popularity as a preferred industrial protocol. [...]

Sending end-of-shift reports by email

It is easy to create well formatted reports that show the most recent data from your processes. This removes the errors associated with manual data entry and guarantees that reports will always be completed on time. [...]

A Platform for Meaningful Business Intelligence

The Activplant family of products provides a strong foundation for manufacturers who need to focus on strategies for moving their enterprise forward. Data—in itself—does not provide Business Intelligence. [...]

Advantech 19” panel for marine and industry applications

Constructed from marine grade aluminum with a UV protected powder coating, FPM-8192V ensures reliability even in harsh outdoor conditions. [...]

EK32 & EK26 Industrial Ethernet Rack Switch

These rugged rack-mount switches offer high port counts, flexible configurability and enterprise class performance. [...]

Advantech Introduces 802.11b/g Industrial Wireless Access Point

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces the EKI-6311G 802.11b/g Wireless Access Point, Client Bridge and Repeater, which offers standards-based and license-free wireless connectivity for industrial devices, equipment, and applications. [...]

8-Port Industrial Ethernet Gigabit Switch

The SL-8MG is an industrial Ethernet managed switch with 8 ultra-fast Gigabit ports that is rugged, reliable, real-time and secure. [...]

Advantech’s New Fanless Industrial Panel PCs

Advantech's new fanless Industrial Panel PCs feature a 15" XGA /17" SXGA TFT LCD, and an Intel Celeron M 1GHz CPU. [...]

eNetMeter™ DN brings network diagnostics to a new level

eNetMeter DN provides extremely accurate measurements of the network parameters using high-speed sampling. By comparing acceptable baseline measurements of a "good" network, it can predict imminent failures down to individual devices. [...]

New Inspect 5.0 comes with new features to reduce defects and drive costs down

Rapidly flush out and contain defects with Inspect 5.0. This is a step up from Inspect 4.1, the main engine behind ASI DataMyte's Defect and Rework Tracking Solution. Using the solution ensures that prototype schedules become focused and shortened, significantly accelerating product launch cycles and time to market. And, the scrap and rework cost savings combined with the efficiency gains translate into substantial dollar returns, and, of course, a higher quality product. [...]

ProSoft announced new version of the 802.11abg Industrial Hotspot

ProSoft Technology® is pleased to announce our new and improved version of the 802.11abg Industrial Hotspot™ (RLXIB-IHW), now featuring Power over Ethernet (PoE) and serial encapsulation. [...]

Kepware to supply device communications to Columbia Weather Systems

Kepware Technologies was selected as the primary provider of device communications by Columbia Weather Systems. [...]

Videos Prove Popular with Industrial Automation Market

Systems and design engineers, machine builders, and others in the industrial automation industry are finding great value in a series of online videos from Opto 22, as a tool to help them understand, source, select, and apply control, monitoring and data acquisition technologies, products, and applications. [...]

China Ministry of Railways Selected Wonderware to Modernize Railway Stations for Enhancing Visitor Travel During Olympics

LAKE FOREST, Calif., 2008 – The Chinese government’s Ministry of Railways has selected Wonderware software to manage the customer service system and monitor assets at its four major railway stations. The railway stations provide service between Beijing and Tianjin and served as the key transportation corridor for visitors attending the Olympic Games in August 2008. This is the first high-speed railway established in China connecting these two major cities and is approximately 100 miles long. [...]

"Perfect Plant" Vision: SAP to acquire Visiprise, enhancing MES capability

SAP AG announces its intent to acquire Visiprise, a provider of manufacturing execution system (MES) software. The buy seeks to expand on SAP's “Perfect Plant” strategy to complement existing applications and solutions with smart purchases that offer innovative technologies and capabilities to discrete manufacturers. [...]

Unique EU Project: Osram Lamps for India

The emerging market of India is now also switching to energy-saving lamps. The research magazine Pictures of the Future reports that Osram has become the world’s first lamp manufacturer to participate in a United Nations climate protection program that involves exchanging used light bulbs for energy-efficient lighting units. [...]

Opto 22 Partners with Kepware for Communications

Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that Opto 22 has partnered with Kepware to develop and deliver the world's best drivers for Opto 22 products. [...]

OPC DataHub connects new and existing systems

BP Pipelines - USA (Case Study) BP Pipelines operates one of the largest networks of pipelines in the United States, transporting over 450 million barrel-miles of petrochemicals per day. Their control center in Tulsa, Oklahoma is responsible for the transport of oil and natural gas from South-Central and Midwest oil fields to locations nationwide. [...]

Advanced OPC Bridging

OPC bridging is a way to connect an OPC Server to another OPC Server on the same computer. Using the OPC DataHub you can bridge between OPC Servers to integrate data from different systems. [...]

Case Study: Distributing Data from Remote Plants

Fielding Chemical Technologies, the largest solvent and refrigeration reclamation company in Canada, is using the OPC DataHub to distribute the process data from their new Pervap project across the corporate network and the Internet. "The OPC DataHub is an amazing piece of technology," said Robert McGregor, Pervap project researcher. "It is reliable, secure, easy to use, and it does exactly what we need." [...]

3 Easy Steps to View Your OPC Data on the Web

Now, with the streaming AJAX technology available in the latest version of the OPC DataHub, you can view data from any of your OPC servers, without doing any web programming. [...]

Plant Engineering Magazine Readers Give Brad and Woodhead Two Nods for 2007 Products of the Year

Every year, Plant Engineering Magazine honors and recognizes the most innovative products developed for use in manufacturing environments through its “Product of the Year” award. We are pleased to announce the following products have been awarded the Top Honor of “Gold” in their respective categories. [...]

Connect to up to 16 DeviceNet Scanners Remotely Using Ethernet!

Traditionally when running a PC control application, one PC installed with one network interface card was required for each DeviceNet™ network. [...]

Kepware Brings Weather Data, Both Live and Forecast, as Real Time Input to Automation Systems

Kepware Technologies announced that it has signed an agreement with WeatherBug, a leading source for real-time weather information, for the purpose of licensing weather information through Kepware's KEPServerEX OPC technology, to the Automation industry. [...]

ProSoft Technology Introduces RadioLinx Water Resistant / Dust-Proof 802.11abg Industrial Hotspot

Field applications exposed to severe conditions, whether it be an oil rig or the wash down area of a manufacturing plant, can now benefit from the latest addition to ProSoft Technology's RadioLinx wireless product family. [...]

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