Water Management Control and Safety in the Cloud

by | Mar 30, 2022 | Remote Automation, Water & Wastewater

Amy Thibault

Director Marketing, Brand & Communications, Zedi Cloud SCADA Solutions

Remote access with Zedi Cloud SCADA automationWater management companies can make significant safety and control gains with Emerson’s Zedi Cloud SCADA platform that quickly and accurately compiles data from any digital monitoring hardware via gateways that support a variety of protocols.

Emerson provides end-users with a web interface and the ability to push data to third-party platforms, allowing remote control and optimization via cloud-based data access.

Taking advantage of the flexibility of a cloud-based SCADA platform enables you to capture unlimited amounts of data from any digital monitoring hardware and transmit it quickly to the appropriate personnel to access and analyze the data in real-time to make faster, more informed decisions.

Our cloud platform provides evergreen enhancements, a mobile app, alarms, full support, and strict security for remote control and monitoring to make water management more streamlined, safer, and efficient.

Cloud-based data for water management

Water treatment plantAutomating systems allow water operations management to control every step of the process from any digital device anywhere. On top of monitoring and control, every pumping station, feed pump, and critical motor has a digital alarm linked to the cloud-based platform that delivers accurate data into our software as a service.

Recognizing the need for digital transformation helps water management organizations to optimize operations, reduce costs and increase safety, health, and environment.

Digital transformation leverages IIoT technologies, software as a service, automation installation services, and expertise to expand digital intelligence throughout a workforce, augmenting workflows and processes to create new efficiencies and competencies that affect cultural and behavioral change within an organization.

An example of one of the many solutions was working with a water utility company that uses valve stations to control water that flows through their county. The company was having trouble regulating the flow rate downstream, which in turn was affecting the equipment. To properly regulate flow, the flow rate needed to be monitored and adjusted to the desired flow rate safe for equipment operation, leading to reduced costs from fewer equipment breakdowns.

With past solutions proven ineffective and not much room to install the equipment, the customer required a solution that was not too invasive for operations. The solution included the following:

Hardware

  • Valve Positioner: Retrofitting the valve stations with valve positioners that deliver pressurized air to the valve actuator so that the position of the valve stem or shaft corresponds to the setpoint from the control system
  • Field Gateway 600: For Cellular telemetry and the onboard I/O to monitor
  • Upstream pressure
  • Downstream pressure
  • Valve position

Platform Solution

With this cost-effective custom solution, the customer has decreased equipment downtime, and optimized water flow through valve stations.

This is just one of the many ways Emerson can help digitally transform the water management sector and help create stronger running, more efficient operations using the Zedi Cloud SCADA automation, cloud platform, and software-as-a-service solution.

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