Dynasonics wireless flow meters save water
The system was employed by the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company (MVIC) in Cortez, Colorado, U.S., to save water in the arid region. As much as 60% of the water that enters an open ditch irrigation canal is wasted via evaporation, seepage and losses at the end of the canal. By replacing five miles of open irrigation ditches with closed polyethylene pipe and flow control, MVIC is saving 1,000 acre-feet of water per year.
Each branch turnout from the main header to a farm has a Dynasonics ultrasonic flow meter and two butterfly valves. The meter measures the amount of water passing through the turnout. The first butterfly valve is controlled by the MVIC and is used to set flows according to the number of shares of water allocated to that particular farmer. The second butterfly valve can be used by an owner to shut off or reduce water volume.
Flow control and measurement is implemented via a wireless supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. The SCADA system consists of a telemetry receiver and master control center in the main office connected to field equipment via a wireless data link.
Each flow meter is either solar or battery powered, providing substantial savings by eliminating power wiring. This green feature not only saved on installation, but will also provide ongoing savings in the form of lower energy use. The key component of each branch turnout is the flow meter.
The closed pipe network project has been so successful that the US Bureau of Reclamation is providing $2.1 million in stimulus grants to the MVIC for construction of a second similar 7-mile pipeline project.
Download the application story from http://www.dynasonics.com/news/IrrigationCaseStudy.pdf
Dynasonics manufactures a complete line of ultrasonic flow measurement equipment, including portable, fixed position and multi-channel transit time and Doppler flow meters. These meters are ideal for full pipe, liquid flow applications; they are non-invasive and provide a high degree of accuracy (better than +/- 1% in many cases). Suited for a wide range of pipe materials, in pipe diameters from 1/4 (6.35 mm) to over 120 (3,048 mm), these meters are designed for long service life and low maintenance cost. Additional Dynasonics products include insertion magnetic and heat flow meters.
MORE CASE STUDIES
SKF automates factory with Egemin automated storage system
With the new system, SKF can organize the logistics of its bearings, lubricants and seal products more efficiently and economically. The completed...
Sensor Concepts chooses Acromag's XCOM-6400 for InfiniSCAN measurement systems
Although the original intent was to use the power management system to reduce processor throughput and keep the board operating under 20 watts per...
Rotork actuators support environmental improvement at Aberthaw Power Station
Through the use of automation that includes Rotork valve actuation, Aberthaw can efficiently generate around 1555 MW of electricity for the...
MAVERICK uses DCSNext solution to move DCS migration project to final phase
DCSNext capabilities allow INEOS Styrolution to avoid any additional downtime during migration and leverage the complete benefits of the latest...
Axiom automates B2C Europe with 100 destination packet mail sorter
The new sorter has automated B2C Europe's parcel and pack sortation, enabling the company to sort up to 8,000 packets an hour. This has given the...
Valin announces acquisition of Thermal Solutions of Texas
The acquisition expands Valin’s process heating portfolio and was made effective on August 15, 2016. Thermal Solutions of Texas provides service...
FieldComm Group's End User Seminar focuses on integration and the IIoT
Technology presentations on FOUNDATION Fieldbus, FDI, HART and WirelessHART will focus on recent enhancements and their role in the digital...
Measuring Bearing Vibration Levels
By CAS Dataloggers
The diagnosis of bearing damage in roller bearings is an integral part of servicing and maintenance tasks. This whitepaper...
Real World Results When Demand-Driven Production Planning and Scheduling is Synchronized
By Thomas R. Cutler and John Maher
In today’s complex manufacturing environments, the physical processes of manufacturing involve so many moving...
Best Industrial Networking Practices of Machine Vision Systems
In order to provide smooth production processes with critical machine vision applications, building a rugged Ethernet network is...