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Achieve smarter operation and maintenance in water applications

04 February 2019

Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) operators are increasingly supporting better decision-making by utilising the digitalisation capabilities available through instrumentation and plant management systems.

David Lincoln for ABB Measurement and Analytics in the UK, explains how these capabilities can help to boost plant and process performance by providing the data needed for smarter operation and maintenance.

In recent years, a growing array of digital functions have found their way into measuring instruments and analysers that have helped to transform efficiency, particularly in the areas of diagnostics and maintenance.

Successful adoption of digitalisation starts with identifying the right balance of tools and systems. Maximising the value, however, is as much about exercising a mind-set of efficiency as it is about tracking raw numbers.

At the most basic level, WTP/WWTP managers implement digitalisation to improve their snapshot view and understanding of what’s happening in their current operations. At the highest levels, they leverage it strategically for improving customer satisfaction, balancing allocation of capital, and supporting better decision-making in day-to-day business, financial, and water-treatment activities. In all cases, digitalisation provides a platform for enabling more consistent operations without getting users bogged down in the overhead or technicalities of a large data processing structure. 

Read the full article in the February issue of DPA

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