In today's technology-centric world, routine updates, upgrades, and outright replacements seem to be the prevailing wisdom…at least as communicated by the techno-jargon laden marketing communications which assault us every day. Just trying to understand the difference between 3G versus 4G cell phone service can be daunting.
When it comes to ever more sophisticated industrial equipment, such as flow computers, the decisions become even tougher. Most flow computer manufacturers routinely upgrade their equipment and often release completely new generations of products with increasingly more powerful processors, more memory, expanded input/output (IO), enhanced communications capabilities, etc., and often while holding the line on costs. Their newer lower-end units may now be able to handle multiple meter runs and/or ancillary inputs, while their high-end units typically also offer significantly enhanced monitoring and control functionality.
But technology refreshment (i.e., equipment replacement) does not necessarily need to be the order of the day. Carefully assess your true needs, then compare this with your current capabilities. If your needs are largely (or fully) being met, then simply continue to routinely review your operations…perhaps with some simple, inexpensive interim updates such as a firmware flash. However, if you have not implemented full lease monitoring and automation in the past because of cost, now may be the time to research your options, especially if multiple wells are metered from the same location.
"Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it,
he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it." ~ Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss writer and poet