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Non-Invasive Flow Sensor for Industrial Integration
Our OEM non-invasive flow sensor (NIFS) is dedicated to flow rate monitoring and control. When combined with Fluigent pressure controllers, it allows pressure-based flow rate control without fluid contact, no liquid calibration is needed. It allows for accurate and repeatable measurements of a large range liquid flow rates bi-directionally.
High accuracy and precision
With Fluigent’s regulation control technology, the NIFS can measure flow rate with 5% accuracy.
As the non-invasive flow sensor is placed in the pneumatic path, it does not touch the liquid. It is suitable for applications where sterility is required. No cleaning is necessary.
Unlike traditional flowmeters, the NIFS functions independently of the liquid properties.
The sensor is compact and is recognized and integrated in your microfluidic setup by Fluigent software when connected.
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An innovative, non-invasive flow sensor to overcome the limitations of current microfluidic flow meters
Effective microfluidic flow control requires accurate and reproducible flow rate measurement.
Fluigent’s cutting-edge technology enables users to monitor or control the flow rate in the fluidic path. Our contactless flow meter derives it from the air flow rate in the pneumatics at the outlet of our F-OEM / P-OEM / PX controllers. It is completely non-intrusive and eliminates potential contamination or clogging.
Learn more about flow sensing technologies in our expertise review section
Fluigent provides lasting and highly stable flow rate control with the non-invasive flow sensor
Fluigent’s pressure regulation algorithm is based on physical equations and self-learning routines that offer several benefits:
- No overshoot/undershoot – allowing for a responsive, accurate, and stable flow rate
- Adaptable to three reservoir sizes
- Compatible with wide pressure and vacuum ranges
A wide range of flow rates and applications for the non-invasive flow sensor
For applications that require a contamination-free or sterile environment, working with several types of fluids, continuous operation with slow flow response time and flow rates ranging from 100 µL/min to 10 mL/min, we recommend our latest flow sensor, the NIFS. It consists of sensing elements and electronics integrated into a compact case. Standard M3 sized screws can be used for fixing the device.
Including cell culture under flow, blood/plasma perfusion, organ-on-a-chip, single/double emulsions, microparticles or cell-encapsulation.
Many biological experiments require disposable or sterilized components in the fluidic path. The use of NIFS is ideal for these applications.
Microfluidic droplet generation
As there is no calibration needed to manipulate several liquids, the NIFS saves time when users want to generate droplets, a process that involves different fluids (aqueous solutions, oil, surfactants, alcohols…).
Biochemical and molecular analysis
A sterile environment and lack of need for a calibration step are beneficial for drug, enzyme or food analysis through screening with droplet microfluidics.
“Recently, we had the chance to test the NIFS. The setup and the use of it was absolutely straight forward. We could include the system without any previous knowledge into our process and could immediately obtain accurate flow values. The NIFS performed as specified and we are extremely satisfied with the support from Fluigent throughout the complete testing experience.”
Robert Kirchner – Co-Founder / CEO at Heteromerge
|Range||100 μL/min to 10 mL/min|
|Lowest detectable flow increment||5 μL/min|
|Response time||10 s for reading|
10 to 30 seconds for regulation (depends on the volume to control and the setup)
|Dimensions (L*W*H)||99.85 x 45.00 x 33.50 mm|
|Maximum pressure||2 bar|
|Penumatic connector ports||4 mm OD|
|Length of the electrical cable||1 m|
|Products||FOEM: via micro-USB or via USB-A connected to computer|
POEM/PX: via USB-A connected to computer
NOT COMPATIBLE WITH Flowboard OEM
|Accessories||2 mL reservoir + P-CAP screw|
15 mL reservoir + P-CAP screw
50 mL reservoir + P-CAP screw
|Control in real-time, protocol automation, data record and export|
|ver. 2.2.0 or more recent|
Software Development Kit
|Custom software application|
|Invasiveness||Noninvasive: connected to the pneumatic path||Invasive: connected to the fluidic path|
|Calibration||Not required||Required for fluids with different viscosity than water|
|Flow rate range||100 µL/min to 10 mL/min||75 nL/min to 10 mL/min|
|Maximum pressure||2 bar||15 bar|
|Response time||10 to 30 sec*||< 1 sec*|
|Recommended use||– Control of different liquid (no calibration/cleaning steps)|
– Long-term processes that risk contamination or clogging (non-intrusive)
|– Manipulation of aqueous fluids only (no calibration step)|
– Processes with many flow rate changes (excellent response time and stability at low flow rates)
*Depends on the volume to control and the setup
Expertise & resources
Technical datasheets NIFS Technical Specifications Download
User manuals NIFS – Non Invasive Flow Sensor User Manual Download
Technical datasheets NIFS – Non Invasive Flow Sensor Datasheet Download
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