Smart Sensors Work Harder!
Today’s advanced water treatment sensors can enhance any industrial cooling system. New inline sensor products utilize technologies like RS-485, Modbus, and Bluetooth connection. Along with these technologies are great features such as wireless calibration, self-cleanliness diagnostics, and color and turbidity interference compensation, to boast accurate dosage levels at an affordable price. Advanced sensors are available in a variety of chemical grade materials. Brands even offer a combination of sensor configurations like PTSA + Tagged Polymer, or a pH/ORP sensor that can measure both levels simultaneously through one unit. These upgrades mean less sensors to maintain, greater accuracy, and peace of mind knowing your sensors are clean and working properly. Traditional Conductivity, pH, ORP, and PTSA sensors can take a back seat to these newer alternatives!
Looking to level the playing field?
Take the headache out of calibrating and configuring chemical tank level sensors. Brands have developed free mobile apps to wirelessly connect and configure devices in seconds. Chemical tank level sensors are a great option for continuous monitoring of chemical levels in open or enclosed tanks, and traditional totes and drums. These level sensors thread into most bunged tote, drum, or tank configurations. Turn the sensor on, open the app and the sensor and app will link via Bluetooth automatically. Use the user-friendly App to add a few height and gallon requirements and the level sensor is ready to go to work!
Ultrasonic Level Sensor
Dosing over Traditional Pumping
Not to be left out of the “Smart” category of Chemical Feed Equipment are the Dosing Pumps. Typical Chemical Feed Pump Applications are a simple on/off operation. Whether chemical is fed based on a timer or flow, the pumps pretty much do what you tell them to do. But what if your pump could talk back to you?
With the ever-evolving technology, Chemical Feed Dosing Pumps of today have smart features that their predecessors could only dream about. Microprocessors are a main advancement in Chemical Feed Technology and along with nano technology, pumps today have more computing power than the Apollo 13 space capsule!
Flow Control – While most Chemical Feed pumps have the capability to feed based off an input signal, todays Smart Pumps can feed the correct dosage based on the applications PPM requirements. The pumps smart features allow the pump to calculate the pumps output as well as the flow rate of the media being pumped into to determine the correct dosage. Other features such as weekly dosing timers help automate even the simplest of systems.
Smart Digital Dosing Pump
Pressure Sensing – Is your pump primed? Did it lose prime? What if your pump told you its lost prime! Some Pump Manufacturers offer Smart pumps with Auto-Prime features that are based on pressure in the pumps head. It can detect even the smallest air bubbles being present, run pump at full speed to clear the air bubbles and eventually send an alarm if the condition doesn’t clear itself in a set timeframe.
Flow Measurement – One of many benefits to having a Smart Pump is the ability to monitor how much chemical you have pumped. The Pump along with a controller can totalize the chemical pumped over a selected timeframe. This not only tells you how much chemical you have pumped but can also be used to verify that the pump is pumping chemical. A second line of defense to ensure that your system is continuing to be protected.
The Smart Pumps of today help water treatment professionals across the US continue to evolve and come up with better ways to stay connected and in tune with your water system.
Are you looking to improve system performance?
There are many cutting-edge equipment solutions that can help improve performance and save money. To learn more, reach out to Watertech for a Site Survey and one of our technical engineers will be in touch.
Jake Morrison | Equipment Product Manager
Jake is part of Watertech's equipment and applications team. The equipment group focuses on sourcing best-fit equipment solutions to improve water management and efficiency. He has a BS degree from the University of Milwaukee in Conservation and Environmental Science.
Dave Kerr | Application Specialist
Dave Kerr has been part of the Watertech applications team for over 7 years, providing equipment design, build out, and support. He has over 20 years experience in the water treatment industry.