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OCC helps Tampa water treatment company upgrade fiber optic cabling
July 21, 2017

OCC helps Tampa water treatment company upgrade fiber optic cabling

By Jeff Miller, Optical Cable Corporation (OCC)
Fiber optic cabling upgrade helps fend off lightning strikes, gnawing animals, environmental toxins, and other threats that can interrupt critical communications and control. Concerns of this kind recently drove the Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant to upgrade from PE-89 outdoor direct burial copper cable to fiber optic cable.

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency
June 28, 2017

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency

By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact USA
The challenge of protecting sensitive data and cyber-assets becomes even more daunting as tens of billions of devices are connected globally, creating the Internet of Things (IoT). Cyber-threats take on an even greater significance when the target is critical infrastructure.

Endress+Hauser's Open Integration Program Aims to Boost Multi-Vendor System Interoperability
January 30, 2017

Endress+Hauser's Open Integration Program Aims to Boost Multi-Vendor System Interoperability

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
In today’s industrial world, one of the the most annoying hindrances to effective system integration is the lack of interoperability between products from different vendors. Yet, efforts are being made to close this gap in the industry.

Systems integration for Industry 4.0
November 03, 2015

Systems integration for Industry 4.0

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Group
Connected devices have infiltrated every aspect of our lives, including the most traditional industry sectors. Here arethe challenges connectivity poses for industry, particularly with regard to systems integration and the water industry.

What 35 years in engineering has taught me
October 29, 2015

What 35 years in engineering has taught me

By Brian Booth, NCH Europe
While my generation were classically trained chemists recruited to solve problems with scale, corrosion and bacteria in the water industry, new graduates are now required to have a deeper understanding of general issues affecting the whole industry.

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Clamp-On Flow Measurement Instrumentation Improves Wastewater Treatment
September 30, 2015

Clamp-On Flow Measurement Instrumentation Improves Wastewater Treatment

Pumps & Systems
By Marisa Fedele, Siemens
Proper flow measurement provides an accurate and cost-effective solution for challenging operating conditions.

The advantages of buriable flowmeters
August 24, 2015

The advantages of buriable flowmeters

South African Instrumentation and Control
By ABB
Explains the benefits of buriable electronic meters and how advances in technology are opening up new possibilities in the way operators can collect and manage flow data.

Utilities Expand Personnel Capabilities with Managed SCADA
January 19, 2015

Utilities Expand Personnel Capabilities with Managed SCADA

Pumps & Systems
By Lauryn Colquitt
Many municipalities have addressed the skilled worker shortage by adopting field automation and mobile computing tools, such as wireless SCADA. Wireless SCADA has proven highly effective at increasing worker productivity in the field by broadening access to operational information and diagnostics.

Are food, beverage and primary processors literally pouring profit down the drain?
January 19, 2015

Are food, beverage and primary processors literally pouring profit down the drain?

What’s New in Process Technology
By CST Wastewater Solutions
Hundreds of processing plants around the globe are using anaerobic digestion plants to not only remove nutrients (BOD, COD) from their wastewater and solids waste streams, but also to convert the waste itself into biogas (methane) to replace fossil fuels.

Getting it right the first time: Specifying water treatment equipment and chemistry for new plants
December 15, 2014

Getting it right the first time: Specifying water treatment equipment and chemistry for new plants

Energy-Tech
By Brad Buecker
Even seemingly minor excursions in water chemistry can lead to problems that cause forced outages due to steam generator failure. These failures can cost an owner hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in lost generation and repairs, and a number of failures have caused fatalities. Injury and death are the ultimate cost.

Peristaltic Pumps Handle Abrasive Chemicals in Water & Wastewater Treatment
November 30, 2014

Peristaltic Pumps Handle Abrasive Chemicals in Water & Wastewater Treatment

Pumps & Systems
By Paul Dale, Verderflex
Peristaltic pumps are commonly used to move intravenous fluids through an infusion device, aggressive chemicals, high solid content slurries, and other materials that require isolation of the product from the environment.

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Eight steps in water treatment
November 18, 2014

Eight steps in water treatment

Plant Engineering
By Marc Weaver and Taylor Wilson
Whether for a new food processing plant or to upgrade an existing facility, determining appropriate water treatment is a vital first step to protect and maintain plant systems.

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System Selection Crucial for Long Wastewater Pump Life
September 18, 2014

System Selection Crucial for Long Wastewater Pump Life

Pumps & Systems
By Lars Bo Andersen, Grundfos Wastewater
Life-cycle cost calculations for wastewater installations can produce huge savings over time for wastewater companies. The life-cycle costs summarize the total cost of a wastewater installation, and the pump system plays a major role. It is the key element to ensuring the installation’s long-term cost-effectiveness.

Automation Lessons Learned at Iron Bridge Water Plant
August 18, 2014

Automation Lessons Learned at Iron Bridge Water Plant

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Iron Bridge plant was originally built in the 1980s to treat about 5 million gallons of wastewater per day. After several modifications and upgrades, it can now treat and reclaim up to 40 million gallons in that same 24-hour period. The facilities standardized on Siemens controls, drives, power distribution, and Profibus and PROFINET communications network.

Choosing Valves for New Lead-Free Water System Regulations
August 16, 2014

Choosing Valves for New Lead-Free Water System Regulations

Valve Magazine
By Anne Sophie Kedad, Chambareau
In the U.S., regulations governing lead content of the components of potable water systems have seen considerable changes. This report outlines relevant sections of the law. It then focuses on the choices facing specifiers and purchasers who need to select two¬-way solenoid valves to comply.

Trends in wastewater treatment and level monitoring
July 22, 2014

Trends in wastewater treatment and level monitoring

South African Instrumentation and Control
Today, wastewater level is most often measured using submersible pressure transmitters in developing treatment systems as they are simple to install and will work in environments that few other types of level probes will tolerate.

Fish protection for water intake structures
July 21, 2014

Fish protection for water intake structures

Nuclear Engineering
By Frank Rehnig
Technical solutions for fish protection at water intake plants in rivers, lakes and seas can be split into mechanical and behavioural types.

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SCADA Provides an Organization with Ability to Monitor, Control Treatment
June 27, 2014

SCADA Provides an Organization with Ability to Monitor, Control Treatment

Control
By Ed Melanson, T&M Associates
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) provides a W&WW organization with the ability to monitor and control treatment, collection and/or distribution processes either remotely or from a central location

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Test Equipment Leverages Smart Phones & Cloud Computing
June 20, 2014

Test Equipment Leverages Smart Phones & Cloud Computing

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Fluke recently introduced Fluke Connect, a system which allows maintenance technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smart phones. There is a lot of hype about the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing. To date, from what I have seen on the market, Fluke Connect is the most useful, productivity-increasing industry solution based on these technologies.

The Importance of Flow Rate in Hot Oil Heaters
May 24, 2014

The Importance of Flow Rate in Hot Oil Heaters

Process Heating
By Brian Eley, Heatec
Overheating a hot oil heater can have consequences that range from those dangerous to life and limb to those that simply impede thermal performance and process efficiency. The volumetric flow rate of heat transfer oil circulating through a hot oil heater is crucial.