Water Online Radio: Real Tech Introduces Next-Generation Instrumentation
Dan Shaver of Real Tech Inc. talks about the company’s market expansion, its latest instrumentation, and why real-time measurement is in high demand.
A sampling of Water Online Radio’s Q&A with Dan Shaver follows…
What kind of applications do you have?
We’re really seeing a diverse use of our instrumentation, from just municipal applications to industrial process control. We’ve got anybody from a drinking water utility to a wastewater utility to industrial customers who are looking at optimizing their process.
Those types of applications are really where the Real Tech technology, which is designed for real-time contaminant monitoring, can actually provide valuable instrumentation and information.
What new products are you launching?
All of our instrumentation in the past has been designed around as a bypass instrument. What we’ve got now is the ability to measure UV254, measure transmittance in an open-channel environment where we can actually take our instrument and use it as a submersible probe.
Although bypass instrumentation works really well in a lot of applications, there was still a demand for that submersible instrument. With a bypass instrument, there may be some applications where it’s not quite robust enough to service the need, so the 254 probe is really going to round out our product portfolio.
What problems does this product solve?
Where a bypass instrument might be really great for pretreated water or water that doesn’t have a lot of solids in it, a submersible probe allows us to go into an environment where you can actually put this thing right in the water. All of a sudden, issues that might come from suspended solids or turbidity going through a bypass analyzer are not an issue anymore, because we’re able to put that instrument right in the water. There’s no pumping involved. It’s taking a direct reading out of the channel.
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