Controls & Automation

Pharmaceutical Plant’s Efficiency Improves After Correcting Boiler Issues

After working with their water treatment vendor for three years, a Southern United States pharmaceutical plant was unable to identify the source of boiler scale and low condensate return rate. The boiler scale and a low return rate were causing increased fuel and operational costs. U.S. Water conducted a plant survey to uncover the boiler system issue. Within a week of the initial plant survey, U.S. Water had [...]

Power Plant Water Treatment System Restored After a Decade of Non-Use

After ten years of inactivity, a midwestern combined cycle power plant needed to bring its water treatment system back into operation. The previous equipment had been sitting idle after the previous owner went bankrupt, and required major cleanup and upgrades. While other water treatment companies were offering a chemical exclusive program, it was evident the plant would require a complete integrated solution to once [...]

An Emerging Dichotomy in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Despite industry utilizing the internet for communications to “things” far before the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) terminology, much focus was put on the consumer market as the general IoT began to develop. This could be due to innovators focusing on the perceived higher volume of “things” required for the consumer market or the ability for the average innovator to have a deeper [...]

U.S. Water Featured as Guest Columnist on Water Online

Just Published! U.S. Water's Director of Digital Solutions, Mike Henk, was published as a guest columnist on Water Online . In his article Mike introduces the Industrial Internet of Things, explaining what is it and its benefits in the industrial market. Read the full article on www.wateronline.com .

Custom Plant Controls Upgrade Optimizes Aging Ethanol Facility Performance

Multiple Midwestern ethanol facilities within the same organization were experiencing controls failure due to aging PLC and HMI equipment. Current plant control equipment was more than ten years old and had reached end of life. The outdated equipment caused plant shutdowns and a loss in production, which can cost up to $10,000 per hour. U.S. Water recommended an integrated controls upgrade solution to prevent future [...]

Networking 101

For decades now, the ubiquity of the internet has been essential to modern life. Services like email, Google, and Amazon have connected us to each other, the vast collective knowledge of humankind, and brought literally whatever we desire to our doorsteps with just a few motions of our fingers. Like any widely adopted technology, the internet’s popularity relies on the principle that users need not know how it [...]

An Introduction to Industrial Use of Technology for Non-Techies

It’s increasingly obvious to me that the gap in the general understanding of technology is continuously increasing with those that are not working in the space every day. I am referring to industrial technology versus the general consumer technology market. The consumer technology market has made our lives easier, simplifying tasks and adding entertainment with intuitive technology that most [...]

Boiler Automation Programs Ensure System Protection & Reliability

Monitoring and controlling a boiler’s internal treatment program is one of the best ways to prevent system downtime and avoid major repair costs. Common equipment problems, such as corrosion, scale and deposition can result in over $60,000 in repair costs and 2-3 days of downtime. Implementing a boiler automation program offers facilities the system protection and reliability required to run efficiently and [...]

Minnesota Power, U.S. Water Team Up to Save $35,000 in Annual Maintenance Costs

Minnesota Power's Arrowhead High Voltage Direct Current Terminal was experiencing scale and white rust build-up inside their cooling tower condenser tubes, creating obstacles cooling the inverter. If left untreated, the built-up could result in a costly asset replacement and unscheduled down-time. At the same time, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) was instituting new phosphate discharge limits and [...]

The Internet of Things and its Benefit to U.S. Water Customers

There is a lot of talk in the technology market about the Internet of Things (IoT). But, what does that mean and how does it affect water treatment technologies? As people living in a modern world, technology is the center of nearly everything we do. Human nature constantly drives us to improve our “things” through newly engineered technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) is about using technology to [...]

Monitoring and Automation Program Minimizes Manpower and Chemical Needed in Large Water Feature

A theme park located in the southeastern U.S. was managing a large decorative water feature through ORP control and daily testing. Effectively controlling free halogen and pH in large volume systems with various turnover rates can cause varying free oxidant levels throughout the day, requiring frequent manual testing. The testing often showed poor results and inconsistent chemical usage, even with ORP control. The [...]

Plant Reliability: Updating Outdated Controls & Equipment in Aging Facilities

With the ongoing advancements in controls & automation solutions, most the ancillary equipment in aging facilities are beginning to show signs of age that could potentially contribute to plant shutdown. Too many of the existent controls and automation on ancillary equipment are band-aided together due to discontinued models and/or insufficient tech support knowledge of the existing operating platforms. In most [...]

Simplifying Reverse Osmosis Operations with U.S. Water’s SMART Care for Membranes

Membrane systems provide significant value to operations by lowering cost of additional water treatment, saving energy in utility operations, or meeting various purity needs for process applications. Membrane systems' impurity removal is further defined by application need and the membrane technology being utilized. Micro filtration (MF) and Ultrafiltration (UF) will effectively remove most suspended solids and [...]

U.S. Water Establishes Treatment Program for the University of Texas at Austin’s Reclaimed Water Cooling System

The University of Texas at Austin power plants provide heating and air conditioning for two hundred buildings totaling over one-hundred million cubic feet of air space in offices, lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories, kitchens, cafeterias, and dormitories. The air conditioning is derived from six miles of underground chilled water loops. Texas has been under moderate to severe drought conditions. The [...]

Legionella Prevention: New York Takes Unprecedented Steps to Battle Legionnaires’ Disease

The recent regulations put forth by the State of New York  and New York City  will incorporate extraordinary measures for cooling tower disinfection, bacteria testing, increased inspections and operational management of cooling water systems. Water Treatment and Tower Maintenance Properly maintained cooling towers and evaporative condensers should have a comprehensive water treatment and [...]

Automation in Cooling Towers Reduces Water & Saves Hospital Thousands

With the State of California initiative to reduce water usage by 20% by the year 2020, many plants are focusing their responsibility to become a more environmentally friendly facility. One such facility included a large California hospital seeking to reduce the water treatment costs for their HVAC system. The hospital has three (3) individual cooling tower systems that service three (3) centrifugal chillers which [...]

Reduce Operating Costs Using Industrial Cooling Tower Automation

Efficiency, sustainability and conservation are all topics that must be considered in today’s business regardless of the industry. At the core of many businesses utility operations are cooling requirements that call for the use of a cooling tower. If allowed to operate in an uncontrolled environment, the water and energy efficiencies in cooling towers can be costly. Furthermore, an uncontrolled cooling tower [...]

Benefits & Myths of Industrial Automation Uncovered

Did you know that most modern water treatment controllers are capable of communicating remotely to U.S. Water? In fact, most controllers can also communicate directly into the web based reporting software U.S. Water Reports™. Enabling remote notifications and, in some cases, remote control have a significant beneficial impact on your water treatment program. Some people are concerned that when using [...]

U.S. Water Reports™ – A Web Based Reporting System

In our continuous effort to assist our customers in maximizing the potential of their water treatment systems, U.S. Water completed a major upgrade to the web based U.S. Water Reports system. The modernized look and feel not only provides a more efficient experience to users, but it also provides a platform to build upon in the future. U.S. Water Reports is a user friendly website designed to securely [...]