The needs of system operators in the water and wastewater industry have changed drastically – there is a trend for higher packing density in the control cabinet and consequently ever narrower components. It is a characteristic of the water and wastewater treatment industry to have numerous networked processes – between field level, management level, and subsections that are usually far apart. The requirements on planners, installers, and operators of the systems are increasing steadily. Failsafe concepts are becoming more important due to the increasing implementation of electromechanical and electronic components, systems and solutions, as well as the networking between them.
Optimally equipped for present and future requirements
In recent years, progressing urbanization – that is, the use of river-adjacent flood zones as residential areas or the sealing of city surfaces – has combined with climate change and repeatedly resulted in significant flood damage. Furthermore, sewers and wastewater treatment plants are not designed for such natural events, nor can they be usefully designed to handle them. Erecting rain drainage structures offers a remedy.
The basis for an open, flexible, and future-proof controller generation
In recent years, automation technology has undergone rapid change. Examples of this include the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrie 4.0 or the constantly growing threat posed by unauthorized access attempts and malware. But what does this mean for manufacturers and users? And what opportunities could arise from such technological developments? The new PLCnext Technology for the up-and-coming controllers from Phoenix Contact provides practical answers.
Whether modern climate and ventilation systems in building technology or compact controllers in classic industrial applications, intelligent automation structures require functionally embedded systems. This poses a challenge to device manufacturers to develop universally operational solutions for specific tasks and ambient conditions. SKEDD direct connection technology revitalizes PCB connection technology.
Energy costs have been drastically reduced
In the New York City Transit system, heating elements are used to keep snow and ice off the electrified third rail, ensuring that the subway continues to run reliably during the winter. A wireless SCADA solution based on Trusted Wireless technology helps reduce the energy costs involved.
System safety must meet stringent requirements in process technology – reliability and availability play an important role in the continuous production process. A top priority here is the prevention of damage to equipment and the environment, as well as the prevention of hazardous situations. Being able to monitor whether the device used in surge protection is in proper working order is also useful.
How can surge protection be inspected?