SCADA & AUTOMATION CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

City Solves Reliability And Maintenance Problems For WTP Hypo Feeds

A municipal water quality manager reports replacement of sodium hypochlorite (hypo) vacuum feeder units with a more advanced type at one water treatment plant (WTP) has helped allow for continued reliability for chlorination.

  • Three Steps For Reducing Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO) In Pumping Systems
    Three Steps For Reducing Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO) In Pumping Systems

    Energy costs have become an increasing contributor to pumping systems Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In fact, energy cost represents 40% of the TCO of a typical pump. It is possible to reduce the electrical consumption by at least 30% utilizing Variable Speed Drives while decreasing maintenance costs associated with the mechanical driven system. This paper explains how to reduce TCO with a limited investment focused on three key areas: energy efficiency management, asset management, and energy cost management.

  • Reliable M2M Communication And Networking Technology Connects Wastewater Facilities
    Reliable M2M Communication And Networking Technology Connects Wastewater Facilities

    As the world becomes increasingly connected, the integration of smart devices and tools, such as sensors, process control devices, security cameras, for example, have increased the need for well-established, secure machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and networking solutions. Many companies depend on effective communication technologies to reduce overhead costs and improve their bottom lines. By Paul Mercier, Regional Manager for OEM, Utility and Energy Markets, FreeWave Technologies, Inc.

  • Identifying And Estimating The Value Of SCADA And Smart Metering Systems In Water Distribution Networks
    Identifying And Estimating The Value Of SCADA And Smart Metering Systems In Water Distribution Networks

    Considering the invaluable service provided to the society by the water companies, it is imperative to ensure their sustainability. To achieve this objective, these organizations must be allowed to fulfill their mission with effectiveness and efficiency. Information and communication technologies are especially important tools in this pursuit of enhanced performance.

  • Make Your SCADA Feel Young Again
    Make Your SCADA Feel Young Again

    When the Village of Romeoville underwent a major upgrade to their SCADA system, they also decided to move to the latest version of the monitoring & control software that they had used successfully for many years. This version included features designed specifically for the water/wastewater industry. In this article, a former Head of the Water Department (*) explains why the utility continues to push for the latest HMI version and how this helps them overcome many of the issues related to maintaining a long-running SCADA system. By Christopher Little

  • SCADA Alternatives For Remote Monitoring
    SCADA Alternatives For Remote Monitoring

    In addition to managing operational efficiency and customer usage, utilities are driven by demanding regulations for improved quality, safety, and security. For remote monitoring applications, data acquisition systems (DAS) can provide an enhanced understanding of network operations through detailed documentation. This white paper presents the advantages of remote DAS over SCADA, including the ability to measure data even when communication channels fail or computers crash. By Barry Ceci

  • Cooling Electrical Panels In Waste Water Treatment Applications
    Cooling Electrical Panels In Waste Water Treatment Applications

    Over the past few decades, the use of sophisticated electronics for automation and process controls as well as transformers, VFDs and PLCs have become commonplace in NEMA enclosures. The thermal management and related costs of these electronic enclosures has become very important considerations in managing these valuable assets.

  • AZ Utility Breaks New Ground In Water Reuse With Help From VTScada Software
    AZ Utility Breaks New Ground In Water Reuse With Help From VTScada Software

    The Fountain Hills Sanitary District (FHSD) provides wastewater treatment for over 13,000 homes and businesses. In addition to supplying the town’s namesake fountain, its treated water irrigates local golf courses and parks. In 2000, the utility developed an innovative way to make up the short-fall during the dryer less populated summer. By Christopher Little

  • Wireless Lift Station Monitoring Application Note
    Wireless Lift Station Monitoring Application Note

    Lift stations are remote pumping facilities that move wastewater from lower to higher elevation. Monitoring lift stations is important to collection system operators.

  • Water Distribution System Wireless Monitoring Application Note
    Water Distribution System Wireless Monitoring Application Note

    Providing water distribution monitoring solutions since 1987, Telog continues to offer the industry’s leading remote data acquisition system including the most comprehensive family of battery powered, environmentally rugged wireless monitors available from any single supplier.

  • Wireless PRV Monitoring Application Note
    Wireless PRV Monitoring Application Note

    Pressure reducing valves (PRVs) are used throughout water distribution systems to reduce pipeline pressure to a predetermined set point. This decreases water loss and prevents pipe breaks.

  • Hydrant Pressure Monitoring Application Note
    Hydrant Pressure Monitoring Application Note

    One of the most popular uses for the Telog Hydrant Pressure Recorders (HPRs) is to monitor and analyze customer pressure complaints. The HPR is ideally suited for this application because it is rugged, highly portable, and can give a complete, time stamped picture of the pressure differential between the customer’s water pressure and the water pressure being delivered by the utility.

  • DCS Versus PLC: A User's Guide To Selecting The Most Effective Control Platform For Your Application
    DCS Versus PLC: A User's Guide To Selecting The Most Effective Control Platform For Your Application

    Distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are not mutually exclusive technologies. When the end-use application serves as the basis for making a sound decision, the selection process becomes more efficient, and a more effective outcome results. This white paper provides general guidelines and highlights key considerations when choosing a control system platform. While the details of each application are critical to the selection process, use the following as a guide when designing, specifying, and implementing controller technology. By Jim Hazelwood and Bill Butler, Revere Control Systems

Continuous Monitoring And Control System Improves Communication, Operating Efficiency

In the early 1990s, the Borough of Ridgway purchased several separate systems to control their water treatment and five bay filtration processes. Through the years, technology obsolescence led to difficulties in obtaining support and spare parts for all the systems. At one point, the existing systems completely failed, leaving Ridgway employees to manually operate the plant for several months. A new, more efficient system was desperately needed.

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SCADA & AUTOMATION PRODUCTS

<B>xpswmm</b>, Dynamic Storm Water & Wastewater Model

xpswmm, Dynamic Storm Water & Wastewater Model

xpswmm is a comprehensive software package for dynamic modeling of stormwater, river systems, floodplains and  sanitary or combined systems.  It combines one-dimensional (1D) calculations for upstream to downstream flow with two-dimensional (2D) overland flow calculations so that you can see what truly happens to your stormwater or sewer system when waters flow, populations increase or catastrophic events hit.

Vijeo Citect™ SCADA Software

Vijeo Citect™ SCADA Software

SCADA Expert Vijeo Citect has now joined Schneider Electric's StruxureWare software applications and suites, supporting company- wide optimization. SCADA Expert Vijeo Citect features new simplified templates designed to deliver a more modern application. SCADA Expert Vijeo Citect also continues to enhance its object based referencing abilities.

Sanitaire Solids Inventory Management System (SIMS) by Xylem

Sanitaire Solids Inventory Management System (SIMS) by Xylem

Controlling system biomass is a key component to meeting consistent, high quality effluent in the activated sludge process. Of the available strategies for activated sludge process control, maintaining a constant sludge age or solids retention time (SRT) is a very effective tool.

Mi.Host Utility Interface

Mi.Host Utility Interface

Within the Mi.Net System--Mueller Systems' fixed 2-way AMI system--the Mi.Host server collects data from and controls all Mi.Hub fixed-location, data collectors.

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SCADA AND AUTOMATION VIDEOS AND PODCASTS

Identifying Power System Problems At The Plant— What You Need To Know

Identifying Power System Problems At The Plant— What You Need To Know

Power management is an often overlooked segment of the water industry. But plants require electrical power, and power systems come with their own set of challenges.    

How To Improve Utility O&M With Fewer Personnel

How To Improve Utility O&M With Fewer Personnel

Time is money, and the value proposition from Siemens Process Industries and Drives is to save both for utilities.

How The Internet Of Things Relates To The Water Industry

How The Internet Of Things Relates To The Water Industry

System reliability and intelligence are critical for ensuring your operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Automation &mdash; The Future Of The Industry?

Automation — The Future Of The Industry?

Some of the biggest challenges that municipalities are facing are an aging infrastructure and an aging workforce. Tom Schaefer, Industry Manager, and Christa Bankay, Global Marketing Lead, at Rockwell Automation, joined Water Online Radio for an interview to share some of their companies’ solutions.

What Has Your SCADA System Done For You Lately?

What Has Your SCADA System Done For You Lately?

Back in the early 1990s, SCADA systems could log data every couple of minutes or so. Today, hundreds of thousands of records are being created every minute.

See Data Run: Utilities Catch Up With Infrastructure Data Modeling

See Data Run: Utilities Catch Up With Infrastructure Data Modeling

Technology has the capability to bring people and information together in ways that weren’t possible in years past. Disconnected information has long been a pain point at utilities, but that is being overcome by infrastructure data modeling.

Latest Features of VTScada 11 Monitoring and Control Software

Latest Features of VTScada 11 Monitoring and Control Software

This video highlights some of the new features embedded in the VTScada 11 Monitoring and Control software solution from Trihedral. Features include high resolution and tiled page displays and enhanced features for overlays, styles and shapes. Two hundred widgets are available to bring your SCADA data to life.

Next-Level Meter Reading And Customer Service

Next-Level Meter Reading And Customer Service

As data collection becomes more popular, management of that data — what information is actionable, and what actions should be taken — becomes an important consideration. DataZeo is dedicated to refining meter reading, field operations, and customer communication.

Distribution System Monitoring: How To Collect Data In Remote Locations

Distribution System Monitoring: How To Collect Data In Remote Locations

Consistent and reliable data acquisition is recognized as essential to efficient operations and asset management. But collecting data outside the plant can be difficult, especially when no power is available.

Valve Automation At Water Treatment Plants

Valve Automation At Water Treatment Plants

Valve automation is growing in the municipal water market fueled by increasing regulations and cost savings. It’s particularly prevalent in reverse osmosis, UV, desalination and ultra-filtration plants where there is a high concentration of process valves and pneumatic actuation taking place.

VTScada 11 Tutorials - Getting Started

VTScada 11 Tutorials - Getting Started

In this video, VTScada software trainer and technical writer Andrew Harvie quickly gets you started using the powerful new features now available in VTScada version 11.

Browser-Based Application Trends In The SCADA Industry

Browser-Based Application Trends In The SCADA Industry

A presentation for the Maritime Provinces Water and Wastewater Association 34th Annual Training Seminar by Trihedral's Blair Sooley, MBA, P. Eng.

Happy Fourth Of July From The VTScada Team!

Happy Fourth Of July From The VTScada Team!

A fun way to use the intuitive, graphic development tools found in the VTScada Idea Studio.

Hydro-Guard® Automatic & Programmable Flushing Systems Overview

Hydro-Guard® Automatic & Programmable Flushing Systems Overview

Hydro-Guard® S.M.A.R.T.™ Automatic Flushing System proves itself the smart choice for saving time, money and water to maintain quality over conventional hydrant flushing. Flush automatically with precise timing and frequency to maximize results with less water used via two-way communication over secure web link or existing SCADA. Receive real-time updates and residual analysis results remotely without fielding personnel.

Pilot Actuators Offer Remote Management Benefits

Pilot Actuators Offer Remote Management Benefits

Sometimes water systems are constructed in hard to reach areas that are dangerous for human operators, such as high rise buildings. In this video, Wes Caudle from Singer Valve explains how installing a pilot actuator as a remote management tool for control valves both solves this problem and offers additional benefits.    

SCADA Systems Provide Insight To Increase Efficiency

SCADA Systems Provide Insight To Increase Efficiency

Glenn Wadden, President of Trihedral, explains how today’s SCADA systems are intuitive to learn for remote plant operators and capable of providing feedback that can reduce cost and increase efficiency.

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