Proven Result: Monroe County Waste Treatment Facility Brings Stranded Flow Measurements On-Line

Proven Result: Monroe County Waste Treatment Facility Brings Stranded Flow Measurements On-Line
WATER AND WASTEWATER INDUSTRY
SMART WIRELESS GATEWAYS
Monroe County Waste Treatment Facility Brings
Stranded Flow Measurements On-Line
RESULTS
• Reduced operator rounds
• Improved reporting
• Improved odor control
• Improved safety
APPLICATION
Stranded Mag Flow measurements and totalization
CUSTOMER
Monroe County Pure Waters, Van Lare plant in Rochester NY and the
Northwest Quadrant (NWQ) plant in Hilton, NY. These wastewater
plants are located on the south shore of Lake Ontario. Van Lare dates
back to 1916 and is the largest treatment plant in Monroe County with
a rating currently at 135 million gallons a day with a capability of
handling 660 million gallons a day.
CHALLENGE
Monroe County Pure Waters had “stranded” flowmeter readings on
three lines that were important to monitor, for both instantaneous and
total flow. “The flow measurements were located in a separate building
in this mile-long plant,” said Helfer. “Operators would go take readings
once an hour, come back and write down the instantaneous flows, and
manually totalize the flows. We wanted to significantly reduce these
rounds, as well as eliminate manual recording and totalization.”
The meters were too far away to wire into the PLC. There was no
conduit, and there was also the problem of the I/O rack being full when
the SCADA system was first installed.
SOLUTION
The plant purchased three Wireless THUM Adapters for the three
magnetic flowmeters that needed to be brought on-line. At the same
time, a Wireless Gateway and three vibration transmitters were
purchased, building an infrastructure for the wireless network. “The
THUMs and gateway were easy to install,” said Helfer. “They started up
and linked within minutes. I was shocked that they could communicate
through steel reinforced concrete and glass.”
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“We significantly reduced operator
rounds, as operators were going out
24 times a day to record these flow
measurements. We eliminated
paperwork for recording of the
instantaneous and total flows, and
also eliminated manual flow
totalization. We have much more
accurate reporting now, and have
better odor control.”
Jeff Helfer
Instrument Technician
Monroe County Pure Waters, Rochester and Hilton, NY
WATER AND WASTEWATER INDUSTRY
He also noted, “The THUMs talk to any HART device, and have enabled us not only to
bring in the required flow measurements, but also the tube and transmitter diagnostic
information.”
Now the plant has instantaneous flows that operators can monitor from the control
console. This is important for flows like the chemical recirculation loop in the scrubber.
“Odor control is important in our plant, for public relations,” said Helfer. “The
recirculation flow of the chemical we use in the scrubber must maintain a specified flow
rate. If a unit tripped out, the operators wouldn't know if the flow stopped, and we could
have an odor release.”
Reaction to these wireless measurements has been positive. “We significantly reduced
operator rounds, as operators were going out 24 times a day to record these flow
measurements. We eliminated paperwork for recording of the instantaneous and total
flows, and also eliminated manual flow totalization. We have much more accurate
reporting now, and have better odor control,” Helfer concluded.
RESOURCES
Emerson Process Management Water/Wastewater Industries
http://www2.emersonprocess.com/en-US/divisions/power-water/Pages/powerwater.aspx
Emerson Smart Wireless Gateways
Wireless THUM Adapters bring stranded
flow measurements on-line, and eliminate the need for manual totalization.
http://www2.emersonprocess.com/en-US/brands/rosemount/Wireless/Wireless-Gateways/Pages/
index.aspx
Smart Wireless THUM™ Adapter
http://www2.emersonprocess.com/en-US/brands/rosemount/Wireless/THUM-Adapter/Pages/
index.aspx
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