SCADA and Automation

  1. Sensor Maintenance Made Easy With Predictive Diagnosis

    As winter sets in across the country, those trips outside to take a reading or conduct scheduled maintenance on your water quality instruments aren’t quite so invit­ing. But what if your instruments could save you the trip? Predictive diagnosis is set to become the operator’s new best friend.

  2. Top 10 Technologies From WEFTEC

    They did it again. Seemingly every year WEFTEC breaks records for size and attendance, and 2014 in New Orleans was no exception. There was a lot to choose from, but I picked my favorite innovations to highlight in what has become another annual tradition — Water Online’s “Top 10” from WEFTEC.

  3. SCADA Cybersecurity: What Every Water Utility Should Do Now To Prevent An Attack

    Danger isn’t always obvious. Often the worst threats are the ones that go undetected— until they strike. 

  4. Maintaining Data Acquisition Capabilities Through Storms, Cyber Attacks

    Not all technology holds up during a weather emergency. Electricity often fails, communication methods are compromised, and computer networks go offline.

  5. EPA Goes 'Next Generation' With Regulatory Compliance Program

    Inspired by new technology and an evolved philosophy, the EPA changes its approach to pollution-control rulemaking and compliance.

  6. Designing For Process Automation: 5 Keys To Success

    For most water and wastewater treatment plant operators, the words "process automation" are likely music to their ears. Labor requirements are reduced, while processes become more efficient and reliable — all outcomes that make an operator's life easier. But the decision to automate will often fall on the engineer in the design stage of a plant build or upgrade. I wondered what guides an engineer's decision to automate specific processes, so I went to Craig Correia, head of process automation at Festo Corporation, to gain some insight.

  7. Views From The Top: What Every Operator Should Know About Automation

    This Q&A with Craig Correia, head of process automation (U.S.) for Festo Corporation, serves as a good primer for operators just wading into the world of automation.