Regulation Updates For Utility Management

  1. Eaton Expands Online Training With New Online Commissioner Classes

    To help customers use variable frequency drives (VFDs) to enhance safety and reliability, Eaton is offering eLearning courses for VFD technology to support product, installation and commissioning and service knowledge. The robust online training program helps electrical distributors, contractors and industrial customers optimize the performance of VFDs.

  2. What Happens When Your SCADA Server Buys The Farm?

    Scenario 1: It is 3 am and you are fast asleep at home in your bed. At your office across town, the server that monitors and controls your critical water and wastewater infrastructure goes offline. Maybe, the hard drive failed or the power supply died. Perhaps it just lost connection to the network. Regardless, all polling, logging, monitoring and alarming have ceased. What happens next?

  3. Enhanced Data Analysis To Plug Knowledge Drain As Baby Boomers Retire

    One of the greatest challenges faced by our nation’s water departments is replacing the retiring baby boomer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that water/wastewater system employees will retire at a faster rate than the national average, estimated at 25 percent through 2024.

  4. Is Remote Monitoring Right for Me?

    Budgetary constraints and the challenges of maintaining and upgrading aging infrastructure have water utilities looking for ways to operate more efficiently, even as customer service expectations and regulatory demand for more sophisticated reporting and usage information are on the rise. Fortunately, many water treatment plants have found a solution to these seemingly contradictory requirements in remote monitoring systems, which allow utilities to conserve water, operate efficiently, and ensure that the assets within their network are performing well.

  5. Tracking Chemical Use To Optimize Quality, While Saving Money

    What technology is available to monitor and optimize my plant operations?

  6. Do You Pay 300 Times What You Could For Water?

    On January 1st 2017, Philadelphia’s controversial “soda tax” went into effect, adding a 1.5-cents-per-ounce on sugary beverages sold in the city. Several cities across the U.S. have enacted similar taxes in a bid to battle diet-related diseases such as obesity and fund more healthy activities within their communities.

  7. What Do You Need From A Service Provider?

    When searching for a service provider, you want what’s best for your company. But what does best mean when it comes to service?

  8. Looking Beyond Voice Modems in SCADA Systems

    When I first came to Trihedral, I was surprised to learn that voice modems were still widely used in the HMI and SCADA industries. Though the days of wedging your phone receiver into a foam cradle are long gone, the name still conjures up the sounds of chirps, bleeps, and bongs they make as they translate analog information into digital. As high-speed networks became our preferred method of web surfing, the use of this technology has steeply declined. 

  9. CloudSCADA Helps Prevent Spills In The Bakken

    The environmental and financial impacts of a saltwater spill can be significant.  Unfortunately, the Bakken region of western North Dakota and eastern Montana has seen its share of spills.  One particular produced water gathering system is leading the way with advanced technology that focuses on leak prevention and detection, as well as streamlining operation costs and efficiencies. 

  10. How WWTPs Can Get Greener Grass On The Other Side Of The IIoT

    The next big thing is here and it’s the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). With pundits waxing philosophical on this big breakthrough, it’s hard to cut through the noise and understand what the IIoT actually is and how it applies to individual plants. I offer the following as a definition. The IIoT means collecting, interpreting, and applying data to actively improve processes or operations. To understand how the IIoT applies to a wastewater treatment plant, look no further than your front yard.