Reducing costs is a strong driving force behind any investment in the water management and processing industry. Mitsubishi Electric’s life-cycle management solution specifically supports efficiencies by reducing management complexity. Markedly, it addresses both current and future issues.
Rising energy prices and the increasing cost of maintenance work force water and waste water companies to find new solutions. Ones that do not drain financial, personnel and material resources. Operators must be able to see their assets whether it is a pump or an entire processing facility. Only then can they benchmark performance and start to make measurable improvements.
Miles of piping was the only thing connecting many control valves, pumping stations and processing facilities. This caused problems for operators needing to harmonise system pressure to avoid leakage. It prevented each station is working as efficiently as possible.
Scalable water management systems
Mitsubishi offers effective control over water supply and distribution networks using a database software package. It helps operators optimise the energy use of a complete water distribution network. Additionally, network visualisation allows the precise control and monitoring of every asset.
It uses software functions based on artificial intelligence, to help optimise multiple assets. It allows their simultaneous management and eliminates leakage due to pressure fluctuations. Furthermore, it reduces callouts and maintenance costs, and avoids damage by lowering stress on assets.
For applications needing process management and visualisation, Mitsubishi offers a decentralised control system (DCS). It enables control via Mitsubishi Electric PLC platforms to be integrated this with advanced visualisation. It is ideal for upgrading control systems, for example at water management and treatment facilities. Topological line colouring allows users to create system diagrams with dynamic on-screen functions. They are easy to understand and give operators a process overview and precise control. Moreover, the software supports fast maintenance and management decisions, increasing system performance.
Smart inverters increase OEE
Inverter drives are in wide use in energy saving applications for fan and pumps motors. They also provide opportunities to reduce capital expenditure in water control. Mitsubishi’s FR-F800 inverters use integrated Ethernet to improve performance of pumps or motors utilising their built in PLC software. Having PLC functionality means the inverter can control and co-ordinate a complete process without using additional PLCs.
Predictive maintenance improves water control
Using predictive maintenance, operators responsible for improving equipment availability can minimise unscheduled downtime. This helps control costs and ensures meeting customer service targets for water availability. Widely used in manufacturing, Mitsubishi’s Smart Condition Monitoring (SCM) kits enable users to monitor the condition of their assets and warn of impending problems. It minimises over servicing plant, reduces emergencies and improves maintenance planning.