Remote Access and Control for Water Treatment
Water treatment management has always depended on equipment to control and monitor feed and bleed. A multitude of information has been used, from water meters and feedback sensors–all kinds of information can allow for variations allowing for the equipment to react to all kinds of conditions. Control has also relied on extensive routine testing. Both of these functions are critical to maintaining a scale-free and corrosion-free environment in many types of systems.
Today much of the monitoring can happen remotely, thanks to the magic of the internet. Controllers can capture multiple data points from multiple sensors, such as:
- Input from water meters: This can be used to track water in and water out, to track mass balances for out of parameter control.
- Controllers can be continuously monitoring everything from flow, inhibitor level and conductivity and pH to ORP, and free chlorine.
- Levels sensors can ensure chemicals are being consumed at the proper rates, comparing their use to other data being collected.
Thanks to today’s sophisticated monitors, partnered with real-time tracking, operators can monitor actual treatment levels in real time. They can even monitor inventories of chemicals, and track how they relate to water consumption.
Remote Access and Control Are Game Changers
Remote access and remote controller capabilities have proven to be a game changer in this industry. Automated sensors and controllers can issue alarms to the operator and/or the water treatment rep, empowering them to deal with small problems before they become big problems.
Recent technological advances have given operators even more freedom to take control of their systems. Thanks to this technology, a remote operator has easy access to all the necessary data and controls.
Password protection and other cloud security protocols are observed, which enables operators or reps to monitor, troubleshoot and adjust processes remotely and securely. They can also customize tracking graphs remotely.
With all this automation, operator involvement has changed and been lessened, but do not fall prey to the idea that automation has eliminated operator testing and engagement altogether. Tracking the systems on site with real testing is still necessary to confirm the data being reported by automated electronic controls. We encourage any system to transition to more comprehensive automation tracking and tools, however, don’t be silly and think control equipment is infallible and think it’s okay to go 100% remote. Operators still need to test and be sure that systems are being protected. Failure of a probe or meter can have a huge impact if operators don’t do their own testing to make sure the sophisticated equipment does its job as prescribed.
Upgrade Your System with Chemtex
The combinations of technology, communication and metering capabilities are virtually endless, so it can be overwhelming to evaluate all the options as you seek the correct solution for your facility.
Since cooling tower controllers are largely non-proprietary, Chemtex urges our clients to choose an option is which is capable of broad-scope expandability. Don’t tie yourself to one company with your controller.
Your Chemtex representative is here to help and will work with you to determine the best options for your system, for today and with an eye on the future. Chemtex works with multiple vendors and multiple brands in the industry so we can assist with any system we come across.
If you have a question about your current system or would like to look at options to upgrade, please contact your local Chemtex rep for a custom solution to your individual automation and monitoring needs.