LABOR SOLUTIONS & INSIGHTS FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • Math Solutions: Additional Pump Performance And Efficiency Calculations
    Math Solutions: Additional Pump Performance And Efficiency Calculations

    Wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”) closes the loop on pump performance.

  • Testing The Waters: SCADA Simulator Updates Operator Training
    Testing The Waters: SCADA Simulator Updates Operator Training

    It might seem straight out of Space Camp, but  there is an increasingly common scene in water and wastewater municipalities where supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) simulation training offers hands-on experience to usher in the next generation of operators.

  • Math Solutions: Flow Velocity Calculations
    Math Solutions: Flow Velocity Calculations

    Flow velocity is defined in fluid dynamics as the specific distance (feet, yards, or miles) fluids such as water and wastewater travel in an exact period of time including seconds, minutes, or hours. In managing your water/wastewater, applying this tool can be very useful.

  • Operator Certification Training: Hope For The Future Of Water
    Operator Certification Training: Hope For The Future Of Water

    As the anticipated retirements of an aging utility workforce are raising concerns among water utilities nationwide, the issue of attracting, training, and retaining qualified replacements grows more urgent. To help water industry managers, employees, and prospective employees protect the public welfare, the industry offers a variety of certification guidance and assistance to get utilities where they need to be.

  • Math Solutions: Simulating Jar Test Results
    Math Solutions: Simulating Jar Test Results

    Water Online’s “Math Solutions” series, presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), instructs operators on specific math solutions for operator certification exam preparation.

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UTILITY MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

SIMATIC PDM Maintenance Station V3.0 SIMATIC PDM Maintenance Station V3.0

Efficiently service and maintain intelligent field devices
Field devices are the eyes and ears of automation. The failure of a valve positioner, temperature, flow or pressure sensor can quickly lead to serious malfunction of the process. With SIMATIC PDM Maintenance Station V3.0, Siemens offers the right solution for efficiently monitoring the condition of smart field devices, irrespective of the automation and control systems used

PI System PI System

From data to knowledge to transformation
Move from complexity to simplicity, from asset and process intelligence to operational intelligence with the PI System. Its highly scalable, open data infrastructure empowers enterprises in real time, transforming operational data into actionable knowledge and business transformation.

Digital Solutions For Water Digital Solutions For Water

ABB uses digital solutions to drive outcomes. Engaging customers to demonstrate tangible results that scale.

ABB Ability&trade; Symphony<sup>&reg;</sup> Plus For Water And Wastewater ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus For Water And Wastewater

The new generation of ABB’s total plant automation: DCS and SCADA for the power and water industries.

ABB Ability™ For Water Facility Service ABB Ability™ For Water Facility Service

Reduced operational costs and downtime through seamless distributed control system integration.

ABB Ability™ For Pumping Stations ABB Ability™ For Pumping Stations

Real-time control of a 360km water distribution system through an advanced distributed control system.

ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission

Improved water reliability and lifecycle costs through total control of a one hundred mile transfer system.

ABB Ability™ For Water Desalination ABB Ability™ For Water Desalination

100% available water in the driest of deserts through highly efficient desalination.

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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGEMENT

  • A 14-Point Checklist For Choosing The Right Water Utility Network
    A 14-Point Checklist For Choosing The Right Water Utility Network

    Mass market access to the internet through a combination of hardwired, Wi-Fi, or cellular communications channels has conditioned many people to think that “a network is a network is a network.” When it comes to water utilities, however, the nature of the application environments and requirements dictate a closer look at how to satisfy the specific requirements most efficiently. Here are 14 checkpoints to consider before selecting a new network option or revamping an old one.

  • Answering Aeration’s Big Dilemma — Repair Or Replace?
    Answering Aeration’s Big Dilemma — Repair Or Replace?

    In wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), repair vs. replace considerations are an ongoing dilemma. How much money is it sensible to spend repairing an older piece of equipment vs. upgrading to the best overall replacement option for current operating conditions? Even if the underlying hope is for a quick and easy repair, the answers are not always cut-and-dried. Before making the default decision to repair, evaluate key points that can pay dividends both immediately and over the long run.  

  • Quantifying The Benefits Of High-Volume Meter Testing
    Quantifying The Benefits Of High-Volume Meter Testing

    “I know that (blank) is good for me; I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet!” Most of us can fill in that blank with any number of tasks — modifying diets, exercising, or monitoring commercial and industrial (C&I) water meter accuracy at our largest utility accounts. If that last item is still on your “to-do” list, here are several good reasons why you should do it and how to make it happen soon.

  • Rightsizing Blower Installations For Optimum Performance
    Rightsizing Blower Installations For Optimum Performance

    In regulated wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) environments, which require 100 percent blower system redundancy to satisfy the most extreme operating conditions, it can be easier to meet demanding physical thresholds than it is to refine energy performance to the ideal minimum. Here are some guidelines for covering all the bases — estimating the potential payback of balancing blower type, size, and turndown capacity while making the evaluation exercise worth the effort.

  • Gas Processing Data Analysis From Afar
    Gas Processing Data Analysis From Afar

    Unmanned well sites in remote locations present operational challenges. Data must not only be collected, but it also must be monitored to uncover any discrepancies, and ideally predict any problems before they occur. Advanced analytics software, coupled with a sophisticated data collection system, can address these issues, and also provide additional benefits.

  • Optimize Process Unit Results With Advanced Analytics For Condition-Based Monitoring
    Optimize Process Unit Results With Advanced Analytics For Condition-Based Monitoring

    Businesses rely on process units meeting or exceeding their operational plans. To ensure that operational plans are achieved, it is important that equipment operates as designed (i.e., delivers the required performance) and continues to operate in an optimum manner (i.e., remains reliable, in a good condition). The most common causes of missing operational plan targets are equipment failure, which results in unplanned downtime, and low quality or yields from production processes.

  • Industrial IoT-Enabled Remote Monitoring Improves OEM Service Performance
    Industrial IoT-Enabled Remote Monitoring Improves OEM Service Performance

    The prime reason most industrial plants still have internal, on-site maintenance staffs is to reduce repair times and unplanned downtime, which negatively impact revenue, customer satisfaction, cost, and other key business metrics. In most plants today, contracting with the equipment manufacturer for maintenance usually results in unacceptably long periods of downtime for critical equipment while waiting for a technician to arrive – particularly with the typical two passes required for inspection and repair.

  • Leveraging IIoT Technologies To Reduce Unplanned Downtime
    Leveraging IIoT Technologies To Reduce Unplanned Downtime

    At ARC Advisory Group’s 20th Annual Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida, Shawn Anderson, Senior Research Specialist for Fisher Valves, a division of Emerson Process Management, gave a presentation on how the company is leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to help end users reduce valve-related unplanned downtime.

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