Solar Energy Water Heating System Monitoring

An application story by Advantech

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Challenge:
To build upon  ever changing technology, engineering company PRIREV, needed to be able to monitor the amount of solar energy, the temperatures and of a solar energy water heating system for an Olympic sized swimming pool provided by their newly developed solar water flow panel. They also needed to be able to directly monitor these values and their alarms on LCD panels and have these values saved for future reference.

Solution:
Advantech’s Adam modules provided the customer with a distributed solution that used acquisition modules connected through RS485 and with only a two wire bus for data transfer from all the sensors. This system architecture has two core benefits: the first is that it allows more acquisition module sensors to be added to the system at any time and secondly it’s very easy to add more tags to the software in order to monitor and record those values on a PC.

Conclusion:
The customer needed to record the solar light power, different temperatures of the water and the flow of the water inside the pipes and because of their good quality to price ratio Advantech’s Distributed Acquisition Modules were the simplest and easiest system to achieve this whilst allowing for future expansion of the system. Once installed the customer was able to calculate the efficiency of water being heated through the use of solar energy and automatically create reports.

 

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Water and Wastewater Solution With WAGO

WAGO, the pioneer of CAGE CLAMP® spring pressure connection technology, offer an extensive range of automation solutions such as the fieldbus independent WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM, interconnect and interface technology.

CHALLENGE:

Tough demands are placed on technical equipment in the water and wastewater sector: Toughness in aggressive atmospheres, high resistance to shock and vibration and easy installation and handling for reducing installation and maintenance time are just a few of the modern challenges at hand.

APPLICATION:

WAGO  components equipped with Cage Clamp
Convenient fault detection of decentralized pump stations and a cost-effective connection via radio technology, e.g., from the scraper bridge to the control technology, demand practical and low-maintenance solutions to benefit wastewater plant employees. Reliability, quality and ease of use combine to play a decisive role in processing automation efficiency.

BENEFIT:
Daily, WAGO components equipped with CAGE CLAMP® Spring Pressure Connection Technology prove their value under the harshest conditions. Over the years, WAGO has developed an enviable safety record, including approvals for use in potentially explosive environments, an impressive array of robust components that readily withstand aggressive environments and safe, truly maintenance-free connections.

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sewage Treatment

Tri-Phase Automation is a distributor of Pepperl+Fuchs’ products for waste water treatment facilities. You have at your disposal a wide range of I/O isolators and intrinsically safe barriers for nearly all measurement technology applications, e.g. pressure, differential pressure, temperature, flow, level, positioner, Remote I/O, and much more.

Challenge

The demands on technical equipment and water quality regulations continue to evolve. In addition, the volume of water treatment has grown.  With these changes and growth, important supplemental measuring points need to be set up, particularly in decentralized parts of the sewage treatment plant. A sewage treatment plant can cover hundreds of acres and include multiple buildings. Greater amounts of data need to be recorded centrally, and the effort involved in commissioning and maintenance has to be reduced to service all field devices and drives centrally from the control room over a fieldbus system in network segments.

Application Solution

The field instruments and control is truly distributed throughout the sewage treatment plant. FOUNDATION fieldbus, PROFIBUS, and in many cases Hart technology have solved the problem of centralized control. It is likely that upgrades and retrofitting of drinking water and waste water treatment plants will include fieldbus solutions.

Benefits

Field instruments and control is distributed throughout the sewage treatment plant.

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eWon Success Story: A new generation of pools

To ensure the water quality in swimming pools is correct, there are complex technical processes going on in the background. Thanks to eWON, service technicians can now react quickly, even at weekends, before problems strike.

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Solution: Remote Data

Benefits

  • Fast and efficient remote support
  • More than 100.00 km saved each year
  • New monitoring services based on eWON technology

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Reliable Detection of Gapless Consecutive Boxes Moving on Accumulating Conveyors

Challenge

sensor_tgw_2_medTGW is one of the world’s leading system providers of highly dynamic, automated and integrated materials handling solutions for warehousing, production, order picking and distribution. Together with its American subsidiary, the TGW headquarters in Wels, Austria, has developed a control engineering solution which enables direct handling of carton boxes. The solution comprises a pneumatic accumulation roller conveyor with low dynamic pressure and a corresponding logic module – the CRUZ-Control unit – which enables the user to remove boxes from the conveyor either individually or in a chain. In order to detect the boxes, TGW was looking for a sensor solution which could be integrated into the conveyor segment without taking up much space, required no setting work and could be connected directly to the logic module. By working closely with SICK, they were able to find a suitable solution.

Application Solution

Together with SICK developers, TGW created a miniature photoelectric sensor (Z sensor) for detecting the cartons that fulfilled all of the company’s requirements. Due to its miniature design, the sensor can be optimally installed in defined slots in the roller conveyor segments. The lack of complicated setting options, the minimal need for additional functions and the direct connection to the logic modules, make commissioning much easier, and the sensor much more economically attractive. In operation, the integrated ASIC technology guarantees high detection performance, due to features such as the reliable background suppression and safeguarding against the influence of neighboring sensors. The specific requirements demanded a special design that enabled the optics to turn steplessly in different directions, in a similar way to the human eye.

Benefits

  • Close cooperation during project definition and development leads to optimum realization of the customer’s wishes
  • Miniature and special designs allow space-saving detection solutions to match specific applications
  • Focus on basic functions and direct connection to logic modules reduce procurement and commissioning costs.

The sensors from SICK play an important role in enhancing the performance of the TGW accumulation roller conveyors, as their miniature and special designs enable space-saving detection solutions to match specific applications. Their economical advantages are also impressive: by concentrating on the basic, essential sensor functions and the direct connection to the logic modules, SICK has reduced TGW’s procurement and commissioning costs. The close cooperation between TGW and SICK was also key to the successful solution of the task. Josef Reischl, Product Manager for Conveyor Systems at TGW Mechanics GmbH, confirmed this: “SICK offers an all-round package, from the quality of the products to the scope of services provided, e.g. for new products developed for a special customer or application.” The joint project definition and development meant that the full extent of the customer’s wishes could be fulfilled.

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