WATER INSTRUMENTATION WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

In-Situ Calibration: Methods And Pitfalls Of Thermal Mass Flow Meter Sensor Field Validation
In-Situ Calibration: Methods And Pitfalls Of Thermal Mass Flow Meter Sensor Field Validation

Mid-to-large size facilities and campuses inevitably have hundreds of flow instruments to monitor, maintain, and repair. For a reliability engineer, ensuring that all instrumentation meets ISO 9000 or similar standards is a time-consuming responsibility. By Matthew J. Olin, President & CEO, Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Local Support Saves Time And Money
    Local Support Saves Time And Money

    At a water treatment plant that provides drinking water for distribution to a large area of customers, a contractor decided to switch to SITRANS FM MAG 5100W flowmeters. A local representative saved a the contractor time and money by recognizing the need for the magmeter to be isolated from the piping protection before startup, which also saved the customer from added downtime.

  • Rural Water Plant Finds Leak With Clamp-On Flowmeter
    Rural Water Plant Finds Leak With Clamp-On Flowmeter

    A rural water treatment plant in the Southwestern U.S. treats, stores, and distributes 325,00 gallons per day of water to the village it serves. The village consumes an average of 125,000 gallons a day and can store up to 1 million gallons. Unfortunately, the treatment plant was also losing 210,000 gallons a day due to an unknown leak.

  • Engineers Without Borders Uses Siemens Clamp-On Flow Meter To Restore Water Supply In Les Anglais, Haiti
    Engineers Without Borders Uses Siemens Clamp-On Flow Meter To Restore Water Supply In Les Anglais, Haiti

    The Siemens Channel Partner in Oregon, has a customer from an engineering firm who also volunteers for Engineers Without Borders (EWB). The Portland chapter of EWB took on a project in Les Anglais, Haiti, to restore their drinking water supply system that had been disrupted in the Fall of 2008.

  • Township Water Authority Uses Ultrasonic Clamp-On Flow Meters To Avoid Surcharges For Exceeding Peak Limits
    Township Water Authority Uses Ultrasonic Clamp-On Flow Meters To Avoid Surcharges For Exceeding Peak Limits

    A suburban township in the upper Midwest U.S. buys their drinking water from a major municipal water district. The municipality has many customers and has implemented contracts with each of its wholesale customers that limit the peak flows and the time of day in which they may occur. If the wholesale customer exceeds the limit, they are assessed significant surcharges.

  • Louisiana Wastewater Treatment Facility Benefits From Siemens Product Support
    Louisiana Wastewater Treatment Facility Benefits From Siemens Product Support

    A municipal wastewater treatment facility located in Louisiana was having problems with a clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter that was supplied by a Siemens competitor.

  • Bury A SITRANS MAG Sensor? Sure!
    Bury A SITRANS MAG Sensor? Sure!

    A large east coast water supplier faced a number of challenges with one of its pumping stations. It was built more than 35 years ago on a 25’ earth mound (“ant hill”) to protect it from flooding, the pumping station was becoming very expensive and inefficient to operate.

  • An Energy System For Power Generation Relies On Quality Monitoring Instruments From Siemens
    An Energy System For Power Generation Relies On Quality Monitoring Instruments From Siemens

    A U.S. company develops energy technologies that are environmentally sustainable and provides their customers with the ability to use their energy sources in a more practical and cost-effective manner.

  • United Water Solves Big Data Problem With Siemens Magnetic Flow Meter Technology
    United Water Solves Big Data Problem With Siemens Magnetic Flow Meter Technology

    United Water, a division of the global conglomerate Suez Environement, operates regulated water systems in eight states, and provides contract services to over five million people.

  • Meter Technology Used For Verification
    Meter Technology Used For Verification

    The core of Coriolis mass flowmeters are oscillating tubes. As soon as mass is flowing through them, a Coriolis force is affecting the oscillation, creating a phase shift.

  • Boost Your Water Network Operational Efficiency
    Boost Your Water Network Operational Efficiency

    There are many potential issues that can affect a utility’s water network, including leakage and contamination. Having the ability to predict potentially harmful events that could occur can help utilities not only save money, but ensure that clean water is delivered efficiently and affordably. Download the full case study to read more of the story of how one utility found a solution to its growing distribution network problems.

  • Retrofit Membrane System Treats High Turbidity Water
    Retrofit Membrane System Treats High Turbidity Water

    The City of Wilmington, Delaware is situated where the Christina River and the Brandywine Creek flow into the Delaware River.

  • High Turbidity Water Treatment Reached With Mobile Water System
    High Turbidity Water Treatment Reached With Mobile Water System

    Starting in 2010, the drinking water plant in Wellsboro, PA, began experiencing high turbidity and algae in the water which caused emergency notices for citizens to boil their water before use.

The Most Misunderstood Fact Behind Dissolved Oxygen Sensors (It’s The Pressure, Not The Concentration)
The Most Misunderstood Fact Behind Dissolved Oxygen Sensors (It’s The Pressure, Not The Concentration)

A dissolved oxygen sensor ought to be simple to understand. Whether it is membrane or optically based, it gives a signal that is proportional to the concentration of oxygen concentration in water.

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WATER INSTRUMENTATION PRODUCTS

The Emerson Rosemount™ Annubar® Flowmeter Now Gas NSF Approvals The Emerson Rosemount™ Annubar® Flowmeter Now Gas NSF Approvals

Now, the Rosemount Annubar Flowmeter is certified to the NSF/ANSI 372 standard for lead-free plumbing, as defined by the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act. Patented Annubar averaging pitot tube technology offers many advantages that help facilities save time and money: real-time mass and energy flow measurement and integral temperature design help minimize permanent pressure loss and produce energy savings.

InnovaMass Reinvented: 240i Inline/241i Insertion InnovaMass Reinvented: 240i Inline/241i Insertion

Sierra was the first to introduce a combination volumetric vortex and multivariable mass flow meter in 1997. Today, Sierra's completely redesigned InnovaMass® iSeries™ 240i/241i builds on two decades of success measuring five process variables for gas, liquid and steam with one connection. Now, with the latest hyper-fast microprocessors, robust software applications, field diagnostic and adjustment capability, and a new state-of-the-art flow calibration facility, Sierra’s vortex iSeries delivers precision, performance, and application flexibility never before possible.

Service, Training and Rentals Service, Training and Rentals

Siemens Process Instrumentation Service group provides a highly-skilled staff of competent, trained engineers and specialists to provide service and support.

Valve Positioners: Precise and Intelligent Valve Positioners: Precise and Intelligent

For more than 30 years, Siemens valve positioners have provided safe, uninterrupted performance for process industries worldwide. Our valve positioners control a broad range of pneumatic actuated rotary and linear valves and specialty tasks like damper drives with absolute reliability. Siemens positioners meet changing market needs and expectations.

Head Transmitter Head Transmitter

SITRANS TH – the smallest in our family – suitable for everything from simple applications right up to PROFIBUS and Foundation Fieldbus.

Field Transmitter Field Transmitter

SITRANS TF is used where other transmitters can't cope. One main point is its rating of IP67.

Temperature Measurement Temperature Measurement

SITRANS T temperature measurement devices can be connected to many different thermocouples and resistance thermometers, as well as mV and resistance sensors. The SITRANS T temperature transmitters are available as intrinsically safe, explosion proof and non-sparking versions and also as non-hazardous.

Pressure Transmitter Pressure Transmitter

Our SITRANS P transmitters stand for measurement precision, ruggedness and maximum user-friendliness. And of course, when it comes to international approvals or industry standards, our measuring devices reliably meet the demands of the increasingly complex tasks found in the process industry.

Level and Open Channel Flow Measurement Level and Open Channel Flow Measurement

Whether you are measuring liquids, slurries or bulk solids, Siemens provides the ideal level transmitters for every job. Our best-in-class level transmitter devices set the standard in their respective disciplines for water, cement, mining, chemical, petrochemicals, food, beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries.

Vortex Flow Meters Vortex Flow Meters

SITRANS FX300 vortex flow meters provide accurate standard volumetric and mass flow measurement of steam, gases and liquids as an "all-in-one solution" with integrated temperature and pressure compensation for a broad range of industries.

Coriolis Mass Flow Meter Coriolis Mass Flow Meter

Coriolis mass flow meter systems, sensors, and transmitters utilize the latest technology for high performance.

Ultrasonic Flow Meters - Clamp-on Ultrasonic Flow Meters - Clamp-on

Highly accurate clamp-on flow measurement of liquids and gases with no pressure drop or energy loss, and no need to cut the pipe for easy installation and mininal maintenance.

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WATER INSTRUMENTATION PODCASTS

Measuring Flow In A Partially-Filled Pipe Measuring Flow In A Partially-Filled Pipe

Accurate partially-filled pipe measurement is essential when dealing with variable stormwater flows or over-sized community systems built for future growth. In Europe, new stormwater regulations requiring treatment before release are driving a change in measurement that will likely be seen in the U.S. in the not-too-distant future. 

Helping Customers Make Informed Decisions Helping Customers Make Informed Decisions

Badger Meter has 10 metering technologies that exist in the marketplace, so there is a lot of variety in what they do. Brian Kettner, Marketing Manager with Badger Meter, sat down with Water Online Radio to talk about the company, and what they are currently focusing on.

Data Validation: Accurate Measurements Every Time Data Validation: Accurate Measurements Every Time

Swan Analytical USA manufactures water quality analyzers for continuous online monitoring — they cover a wide range of variables ranging from ammonia, fluorides, PHs, and turbidity.

UVT-LED Sheds Light On UV Disinfection UVT-LED Sheds Light On UV Disinfection

Learn why measuring UV transmittance is so important to efficient disinfection, and how LED helps get you there.

OEM Leaders Weigh In On Water’s Future OEM Leaders Weigh In On Water’s Future

By collaborating with so many different companies in the water sector, Revere Control Systems has developed a robust sense of where things are headed.

Instrumentation In The New Era Instrumentation In The New Era

Measuring dissolved oxygen (DO) in the aeration process has gone from a helpful, if vague, step for information gathering to a precise imperative for increased efficiency and reduced costs.

Big Pipe, Big Consequences Big Pipe, Big Consequences

When you go really big on pipe, the stakes get higher. Maintenance and energy costs can easily skyrocket, and failure on components such as valves is not an option.

Reduce Maintenance And Extend Longevity With Dual Tubing Reduce Maintenance And Extend Longevity With Dual Tubing

Bill McDowell, Sales Engineer with Blue-White Industries, sat down with Water Online Radio to discuss the new things happening with their company and their peristaltic pump tubing lines.

Are You Analyzing Water Hardness? Are You Analyzing Water Hardness?

Heyl Brothers is a manufacturer of analyzers that specializes in analyzing some of the more uncommon parameters in water such as hardness, alkalinity, phosphates and polymers. Hardness in particular can be incredibly … well… hard on a plant’s boiler.

Technology Helps Reduce Pressure On Pipes … And Utilities Technology Helps Reduce Pressure On Pipes … And Utilities

Water distribution might sound as easy as passing water through pipes, but good municipal managers know better. With failing infrastructure rampant and an increased focus on operational efficiency, water quality, and conservation, distribution systems demand oversight and optimization. 

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WATER INSTRUMENTATION VIDEOS

Learn How Mueller® Fire Hydrants Are Made Learn How Mueller® Fire Hydrants Are Made

Fire Rescue TV produced a video Mueller Co. that provides a rare look inside the company’s fire hydrant plant in Albertville, Alabama.

Kupferle Foundry - #9800i-GENESIS Turbine Powered Automatic Flushing Device With Chlorine Analyzer

The Eclipse i-Series model #9800i-GENESIS is the newest Intelligent Flushing & Monitoring Station Kupferle offers to maintain safe residual levels and remove DBPs from consumers' water. This permanently installed station incorporates a built-in chlorine analyzer to measure and record disinfectant residual levels based on a programmed sampling schedule.

SITRANS P: Offering 100% Dependability Under Pressure SITRANS P: Offering 100% Dependability Under Pressure

Every process, every infrastructure and every environmental condition brings with it specific requirements. That’s why we provide you a complete device family with SITRANS P pressure transmitters featuring a range of performance levels, load capacities and materials.

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WATER INSTRUMENTATION SUPPLIERS

  • ABB Measurement & Analytics
    ABB Measurement & Analytics

    ABB is the best partner throughout the entire water cycle. From extraction and treatment, to distribution and the management of the wastewater process, ABB supplies an extensive range of reliable measurement products and solutions. With the most expertise in water and wastewater applications worldwide, ABB is the partner to help customers choose the optimal measurement solution precisely meeting their requirements.

  • Emerson Process Management, Rosemount
    Emerson Process Management, Rosemount

    Rosemount Analytical, one of Emerson’s leading process management companies, is the world’s premier supplier of technologies for liquid and combustion analysis, process analysis, gas measurement, and emissions monitoring. With an 80-year legacy of manufacturing liquid and gas analytical products that have revolutionized the process industries, we continue to provide real, quantifiable analytical solutions.

  • Endress+Hauser, Inc.
    Endress+Hauser, Inc.

    Endress+Hauser has more than 50 years of experience in the areas of Municipal Wastewater, Industrial Wastewater, and Portable Water.

  • FLEXIM Americas Corp.
    FLEXIM Americas Corp.

    FLEXIM offers the most reliable measurement system for water production, treatment and distribution.

  • GF Piping Systems
    GF Piping Systems

    George Fischer Piping Systems is the sales, marketing and logistics organization for Engineered Piping Systems, Valves and Actuation, and Signet Instrumentation in the Americas. In addition, GFI provides our customers with a wide range of value add capabilities through the Custom Products group

  • Hach Company
    Hach Company

    For more than 60 years, Hach has been at the crest of the industry - finding solutions that help you best manage your water. Our analytical instruments and reagents are used to test the quality of water in a variety of industries and markets - from around the corner, to around the globe.

  • JCS Industries Inc.
    JCS Industries Inc.

    JCS Industries, Inc. was founded in 2002 as a product development company charged with developing an alternative to the current vacuum feed liquid doser technology for a worldwide manufacturer of water and waste treatment equipment. After one year of design and two years of beta testing, JCS developed the Model 4100 Automatic Vacuum Liquid Feeder.

  • KROHNE, Inc.
    KROHNE, Inc.

    We are committed to providing you with KROHNE's 83+ years of flow and level measurement expertise at your facility.

  • Myron L Company
    Myron L Company

    The Myron L Company, originally founded in 1957 as a Research and Development company, is a privately owned and operated California Corporation

  • Real Tech Inc.
    Real Tech Inc.

    Real Tech Inc. Is dedicated to providing high quality UV photometric and spectroscopic analytical instrumentation for the water and wastewater industry.

  • Schneider Electric
    Schneider Electric

    Schneider Electric’s integrated solutions make water and wastewater management efficient, reliable, and sustainable. From the smallest pumping station to the most complex treatment plant, we are dedicated to serving your requirements, and in turn, the needs of your community. Our solutions can help you save up to 30%in energy and design costs, which is good for the budget, and great for the environment.

  • De Nora Water Technologies
    De Nora Water Technologies

    De Nora Water Technologies is a leading supplier of water and wastewater treatment solutions. We provide our clients with some of the industry’s brightest minds, advanced technologies, and quality products to provide you with truly efficient, cost-effective solutions to your water and wastewater challenges

  • Evoqua Water Technologies
    Evoqua Water Technologies

    Evoqua Water Technologies, formerly Siemens Water Technologies, is a leader in water and wastewater treatment products, systems and services for industrial and municipal customers. We offer a wide range of proven product brands and advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies, mobile and emergency water supply solutions and service contract options.

  • Swan Analytical USA
    Swan Analytical USA

    Swan Analytical Instruments is a leading manufacturer of high quality on-line analytical instruments for water analysis in applications such as high purity water, steam, condensate, cooling water, potable water, and effluent.

  • Thermo Scientific
    Thermo Scientific

     

    Thermo Fisher Scientific offers a full range of water analysis instruments from pH, ISE, conductivity and dissolved oxygen meters, electrodes and solutions, to colorimetry, titration and on-line process monitors.

     

  • Trihedral Engineering Limited
    Trihedral Engineering Limited

    Trihedral is recognized as a leading manufacturer of computer software for SCADA and HMI applications, particularly in the water & wastewater industry. The worldwide appeal of our software is demonstrated by a large and satisfied customer base spanning six continents.

  • WRT - Water Remediation Technology, LLC
    WRT - Water Remediation Technology, LLC

    WRT provides effective processes for removing radium, uranium and other contaminants from water. Our complete package of services includes process equipment, proprietary treatment media, safe exchange of media, and proper handling and disposal of used media

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Process instruments are used widely in water and wastewater treatment plants to monitor the effluent quality. However, their applications are not limited to monitoring effluent quality. These water and wastewater quality monitoring devices can be applied throughout the network of collection, treatment, and disposal

Instrumentation can give guarantee of proficient treatment processes of water quality parameters such as turbidity, pH, ORP, conductivity and dissolved oxygen.  Instrumentation is done in the following aspects.

  • Flow measurement
  • Stage /Level measurement
  • Physical and chemical water quality measurement
  • Biological water quality measurement
  • Water sediment and biota samplers
  • Data storage and management

 

Measurement Techniques include, Gravimetric analysis or, simply, weighing, Colorimetry or spectrophotometry, Titration, and Mass Spectrometry:

 

Platforms on which instrumentation can be carried out include

  • Stationary vertical profilers – Used for in situ sampling.
  • Flow-through systems -Most research ships have built-in flow-through systems that constantly circulate water collected a few meters from the surface.
  • Towed vehicles- towed vehicle such a system is able to provide a continuous series of data points for remote sensing applications where transect lines can follow the flight paths of a remote sensor.
  • Moored platforms - These stationary, or Eulerian, platforms offer data streams synoptically that match with satellite-based imagers.
  • Automated underwater vehicles - Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) afford their own propulsion there by allowing high-resolution sampling of the ocean’s interior in multiple directions.

Some of the instruments used in water management are:

  • Pressure Transmitters
  • General Service Gauges
  • Pressure Regulators
  • Digital Panel Meters
  • Process Calibrators
  • Thermometers
  • Differential Pressure Gauge and Switches
  • Multi-Point Thermocouple Displays
  • HART Calibrator/Communicator