• Standard: One channel

• Optional: Two channels (for two pipes or two-path averaging)


Two independent software-configurable 64- x 128-pixel backlit LCD graphic displays


39-key tactile feedback membrane keypad

Standard Inputs/Outputs

Two 0/4 to 20 mA isolated outputs, 550 W maximum load Namur NE043 compliant

Panametrics Ultrasonic Liquid Flowmeter

The DigitalFlow DF868 is a full-featured, fixed-installation liquid flowmeter designed to meet all your flow metering and energy measurement needs. Its patented Correlation Transit-Time™ digital signal processing provides drift-free measurements in ultraclean and most "dirty" liquids. This includes fluids with gas bubbles and entrained solids that have previously required Doppler-type meters.

Dual-Channel Version Reduces Costs and Improves Performance

The optional dual-channel/dual-path model can be user configured for a variety of applications. It can be set up to measure flow in two separate pipes with one meter to reduce the cost-per-measurement point. To minimize the effects of flow profile distortions, flow swirl, and cross flow, and to provide maximum accuracy, two sets of transducers can be installed on the same pipe.

Measure Flow from Outside the Pipe

Using clamp-on flow transducers, the DigitalFlow DF868 measures flow rate through metal, plastic, or even concrete-lined pipes without penetrating the pipe wall. To hold clamp-on transducers in place, a variety of clamping fixtures are available to accommodate different pipe sizes, transducer types and attachment methods (e.g., chain, wire rope, Velcro® strap, or a magnetic, bolt-on, or weldable steel yoke with a metal band). Our universal clamping fixture includes ruled slide tracks to simplify transducer spacing for accurate flow measurements. There’s even a special small-pipe clamping fixture with miniaturized transducers to simplify flow measurement on 0.5 to 2 inch (15 to 50 mm) lines.

Automatically Adjusts to Changing Fluid Properties

Our unique Automatic Tracking Window™ (ATW™) feature, standard in all DigitalFlow DF868 meters, ensures accurate flow measurements even when fluid properties are unknown or changing. Like the seek mode on a car stereo, ATW dynamically sweeps the receiver window whenever the sound speed of the fluid changes. This powerful feature enables flow measurement when the fluid sound speed is unknown, when it is changing due to large temperature shifts, or when a new liquid starts to flow in a multiproduct pipeline.

ATW works for both clamp-on and wetted transducer applications by searching for a reliable ultrasonic receive signal. It does this by varying the time between the transmit signal and the receive signal window until the receive signal is found. The tracking window automatically sweeps through a range of time intervals based on the minimum and maximum expected sound speeds programmed by the user.

The window moves (tracks) in response to changes in the fluid sound speed. Once the optimal signal is found, ATW locks onto it until another large change in sound speed occurs. When this happens, ATW returns to the seek mode until the optimal signal is found again.

Operation and Performance

Fluid Types

Acoustically conductive fluids, including most clean liquids, and many liquids with entrained solids or gas bubbles. (Maximum void fraction depends on transducer, interrogation carrier frequency, path length and pipe configuration.)

Pipe Sizes

• Using clamp-on transducers: 0.5 to 300 in (12.7 mm to 7.6 m) and larger

• Using wetted transducers: 1 to 200 in (25.4 mm to 5 m) and larger Pipe Wall Thickness Up to 3 in (76.2 mm) Pipe Materials All metals and most plastics. Consult GE for concrete, composite materials, and highly corroded or lined pipes.

Pipe Wall Thickness

Up to 3 in (76.2 mm)

Pipe Materials

All metals and most plastics. Consult GE for concrete, composite materials, and highly corroded or lined pipes

Rangeability (Overall) 400:1

Specifications assume a fully developed flow profile (typically 10 diameters upstream and 5 diameters downstream of straight pipe run) and flow velocity greater than 1 ft/s (0.3 m/s).

Measurement Parameters

Volumetric flow, totalized flow and flow velocity

Flow Measurement

Patented Correlation Transit-Time mode


• Standard: Epoxy-coated aluminum weatherproof Type 4X/IP66 Class I, Division 2, Groups A,B,C&D

• Optional: Stainless steel, fiberglass, explosion-proof, flameproof Dimensions (Standard) Weight 11 lb (5 kg), Size (h x w x d) 14.24 in x 11.4 in x 5.1 in (362 mm x 290 mm x 130 mm

Dimensions (Standard)

Weight 11 lb (5 kg),

Size (h x w x d) 14.24 in x 11.4 in x 5.1 in (362 mm x 290 mm x 130 mm)

Starting at $5600


• Economical, nonintrusive flow measurement

• Hazardous (classified) location certification

• Simple setup and installation

• Suitable for a wide range of pipe sizes and materials

• Two-channel/two-path version available

• Energy measurement option

• Large backlit LCD display

• Velocity, volumetric and energy flow rates

• Totalized flow and trend data

​Dual-LCD Display, Datalogger and a Wide Variety of I/O Options

Whether single-channel or dual-channel, all DF868 meters feature two independent, user-programmable, graphic LCDs, giving you simultaneous access to more data. There is complete flexibility to display any parameter on either LCD in a variety of numerical and graphic formats. Examples include numerical display of real time flow measurements, real time flow graphs and diagnostic waveforms, and numerical/graphic display of data from the meter’s built-in 43,000 point datalogger. Up to 12 isolated 4 to 20 mA outputs, up to six hermetically sealed or standard alarm relays, and up to 12 frequency/totalizer outputs can be added.

Built-In Energy Measurement Capability

Another feature that makes the DigitalFlow DF868 meter such a powerful and versatile flowmeter, is the energy measurement software included in every meter. The DigitalFlow DF868, with optional RTDs and input boards, extends the benefits of ultrasonic flow measurement to energy measurement. Benefits include measurement of flow and temperature without pipe penetration, and compatibility with pipes from 1 to 200 in (25.4 mm to 5 m) in diameter. The DigitalFlow DF868 meter measures energy flow in water and water/glycol heating and cooling systems with temperatures from -4°F to 410°F (-20°C to 210°C). Consult FGM for use with other liquid systems.

To ensure compatibility with existing or preferred temperature instrumentation, the DigitalFlow DF868 meter is available with three analog input boards. The analog input board provides 24 VDC loop power and two isolated 4 to 20 mA inputs for transmitters. For applications requiring direct RTDs, the RTD input board provides two isolated, three-wire RTD inputs for temperatures from -148°F to 662°F (-100°C to 350°C).

Panametrics DigitalFlow DF868 Ultrasonic Liquid Flowmeter


The DF868 liquid flowmeter is a complete ultrasonic flow metering system for measurement of:

• Water and wastewater

• Hot/chilled water

• Water/glycol solutions

• Refined hydrocarbons

• Petroleum products

• Crude oil

• Lubricating oils

• Diesel and fuel oils

• Solvents

• Chemicals

• Other liquids

​Wetted Transducers for Maximum Accuracy

Obstructionless wetted transducers are readily available for maximum performance. After proper installation, transit-time accuracies of better than 1 percent are achievable in most applications, matching the performance of expensive factory-calibrated meters. Measurement range is 0.1 to 40 ft/s (0.03 to 12.2 m/s) for a turndown ratio of 400 to 1 in pipes from 1 to over 200 inches in diameter. Measurement is noncontaminating, obstructionless and causes no pressure drop. The DigitalFlow DF868 is all digital so measurements don’t drift, and it doesn’t need regular maintenance since there are no moving parts to wear out or orifices to clog.

The DF868 Flowmeter Uses the Transit-Time Flow Measurement Technique

The transit-time technique uses a pair of transducers, with each transducer sending and receiving coded ultrasonic signals through the fluid. When the fluid is flowing, signal transit time in the downstream direction is shorter than in the upstream direction. The difference between these transit times is proportional to the velocity of the flow. The DigitalFlow DF868 measures this time difference and uses programmed pipe parameters to determine flow rate and direction.  

Flow Accuracy (Velocity)

±0.5% of reading (achievable with process calibration)

Typical Clamp-On Flow Accuracy (Velocity)

• Pipe ID>6 in (150 mm): ±1% to 2% of reading

• Pipe ID<6 in (150 mm): ±2% to 5% of reading

Typical Wetted Flow Accuracy (Velocity)

±1% of reading

Accuracy depends on pipe size, installation and whether measurement is one-path or two-path.


±0.1% to 0.3% of reading

Range (Bidirectional)

-40 to 40 ft/s (-12.2 to 12.2 m/s)


Power Supplies

• Standard: 100 to 130 VAC, 50/60 Hz or 200 to 265 VAC, 50/60 Hz

• Optional: 12 to 28 VDC, ±5%

Note: For DC-powered meters, Class 2 rated supplies must be used for the line power.

Power Consumption

20 W maximum

Operating Temperature

-4°F to 131°F (-20°C to 55°C)

Storage Temperature

-67°F to 167°F (-55°C to 75°C

Is Built to Be Economical and Stay Economical

To be of real value, a flowmeter must be as economical to own and operate as it is capable in the field. Using the latest microcircuit and manufacturing technologies, the DigitalFlow DF868 flowmeter is built to stay in service for many years. Completely solid state, the DigitalFlow DF868 rarely wears out or needs servicing, resulting in little downtime and low maintenance costs.

The DigitalFlow DF868 will continue to save money by streamlining the measurement process and trimming labor costs.

DF868 Specifications