Automation provides the opportunity to monitor a system remotely and maintain the highest levels of efficiency. In the wake of COVID-19 automation upgrades will likely be an even higher priority to help empower teams to be more resilient and allow greater accessibility.
Technology is everywhere and continues to evolve and provide opportunities for how we manage water. Automation helps facilities make better use of labor, time and resources; ultimately saving money.
With recent changes in how we work, automation has become even more important. It allows efficient monitoring of equipment while maintaining distancing requirements. When it is not possible to visit a plant in person, automation technology offers the opportunity to conduct virtual service visits to ensure maximum efficiency.
Watertech’s process controls, automation solutions, and data management application WTeService, combine hardware and software to monitor changes and store data that can be accessed using any device with an internet connection.
What are some top reasons for water treatment automation?
- Energy savings
- Labor savings
- Better process control
- Remote monitoring
- Better data access
- Immediate notifications of alarm conditions
What automation equipment and services are available?
Below is a range of solutions that can offer facilities greater accessibility:
- Flow Meters – Flow measurement technology helps companies measure and control water usage.
- WT-Link Cellular Modems – Provides secure 24/7 remote access to water treatment controllers for complete system visibility.
- eControllers – Offer the most advanced cooling and boiler water control methods on the market. They are connected to the internet, and have the ability to send status updates, data log reports, and alarms via email or text message.
- WTeService – Watertech’s 24/7 online service for recording, tracking, trending, and reporting all automated data from our smart water treatment systems; manually collected data is also included. It monitors all of the crucial real-time conditions of a water treatment system and is checked regularly by a water treatment specialist. It instantly sends alerts for conditions that may require immediate attention and a corrective action. If something does go wrong, a Watertech specialist is ready to support the facility operator and resolve the issue.
Is it costly to set up an automation package?
It is often a misconception that automated controls require heavy upfront costs. In reality there are a wide range of options and solutions to fit every budget, and in the end the cost of an automation package is almost always offset by efficiency savings. How does Watertech leverage data from WTeService to service accounts?
WTeService provides 24/7 access to system data. Smart controllers communicate with WTeService performing regular data dumps of important information like conductivity, pH, ORP, PTSA and chemical levels. In many cases, customers are also logging their own test data into WTeService on a daily or weekly basis.
This stored data can be leveraged for analysis, critical system checks, and overall health assessments of a system. Watertech consultants can review system trends, history, and components. They rely on this data to conduct a "virtual" service visit.
What types of reports can be generated?
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If you want to achieve better visibility into your water treatment, reach out to your Watertech consultant to set up a traditional or virtual introduction. 24/7 we've got you covered!