With many existing water treatment plant control systems using aging equipment and operating beyond recommended life expectancy, new upgrades are often required to avoid costly breakdowns and loss of service.
However, deciding when to upgrade or if you should upgrade at all, is an important decision that can be overlooked at times and considered too difficult, which then places unnecessary risk on equipment and personnel.
One of the main factors for determining when to upgrade your plant is the motivation generated by the increased performance and reliability that operators can experience and come to expect from a new control system.
Water industry authorities are continuing to face major challenges including reduced operating and maintenance costs, increased security, government regulations and regulatory compliance.
By implementing an enhanced process control system with advanced networking and diagnostic capabilities such as Rockwell Automation’s PlantPAx solution, you can now tackle all of these challenges while providing sufficient return on investment to justify your upgrade.
Plant wide access to process data and secure remote access solutions are just some of the features that will enable superior visibility and control for better preventive and predictive maintenance.
Furthermore, the reliability and efficiency of your plant can be significantly improved through the real time access to data and intelligent motor control solutions.
These features allow users to identify operation and performance trends to ultimately make better use of assets all while reducing energy consumption.
In addition to this superior performance and efficient modernisation of control assets, system upgrades will also result in lower overall plant operating costs, minimised downtime and reduced maintenance costs.
However, the performance of your automation solution is only as strong as the weakest implemented link.
The means of enclosing and protecting your field equipment is just as important to ensure critical systems such as pumping stations, treatment plants and remote access services continue uninterrupted.
In a harsh corrosive environment, enclosure solutions have typically been constrained by a trade-off between high initial investment such as stainless steel or cheaper alternatives but with shorter lifetimes and increased maintenance.
Utilising the latest technology of a unique blend of Glass-Reinforced Polycarbonate, NHP is able to offer the ARCA enclosure range that provides comparable strength (IK08), corrosion and UV resistance (15+years) as stainless steel at half the weight and cost.
Not only is the ARCA range corrosion free but it is also perfect for remote access with your antenna and equipment fully sealed within the enclosure.
From your complete process control system to the enclosure protecting it, NHP is a trusted local partner that can help you and your site experience the full benefits of a system upgrade.
For more information on how you can implement a complete solution providing reliability, efficiency and superior performance contact your local sales representative, call 1300 NHP NHP or visit www.nhp.com.au.