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  • Indefensible Data The Thread That Can Quickly Unravel
    been made there Equally important has been the advent of software and other technology including laboratory information management systems LIMS which are now more like comprehensive enterprise level data management platforms that gather monitor and manage all laboratory data and records Simply put the technology exists The means are there The industry is heading in the right direction This is fortunate since regulation will only get more onerous not less Real World Example Few water laboratories are without a gas chromatograph But it s not just a lone workstation in a lab Cascading from a single instrument are so many steps inputs dependencies and other variables that influence defensibility Fortunately some smart software engineers conceived of a way to capture all this in software making the necessary outputs available to the right people when how and in whatever form it s needed Today we simply call this system a LIMS A LIMS is a workhorse in a lab but its role in defensibility is may be less understood Let s change that Considering the chromatography example there are two areas where the LIMS really shows its worth to the average water industry laboratory staff performance and technical quality assurance Staff Performance Even with the best intentions humans make mistakes More often than not these mistakes stem from poor training failure to follow processes and errors during data entry If there s no way to mitigate the frequency and risk of these mistakes it is likely that data produced by staff will not be defensible Poor Training Instruments are updated and swapped out Workflows change and new ones are added Staff are redirected to unfamiliar processes As this all happens every detail must be documented and this must inform refresher training A LIMS is set up to simplify this by collecting and organizing all this in one place Staff records can be quickly accessed including whether they are up to date on certification and are therefore qualified to run a test in the first place Process inattention Multistep processes have multiple failure points Corners are cut and distractions can cause staff to miss a small detail But a LIMS can store and in some cases automate SOPs so that staff can follow analytical and operational process As staff progress through steps of an SOP the system prompts them to confirm completion in order creating an audit trail as they go Some labs enable their LIMS to report deviations from processes to a lab manager in real time so that problems can be fixed before they escalate Data entry errors Many labs are moving toward automatic data capture avoiding the critical error point of manual data entry A LIMS can automatically collect and aggregate lab instrument data for use by others or elsewhere in the workflow A vendor agnostic LIMS is particularly important here because it s capable of interfacing with a broad range of instruments from multiple vendors Technical Quality Assurance The quality of a result starts with vendors outside the

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  • Know By 'Heart' Flow Meter Technology Of The Future
    Petroleum Refining Produced Water Power Generation Water Reuse Utility Management AMR AMI and Metering Asset Management Consumer Outreach Funding Labor Resiliency SCADA Automation Source Water All Source Water Contamination Desalination Water Scarcity Water Reuse Regulations and Legislation Providers YSI a Xylem brand Hach Company Schneider Electric Neptune Technology Group Inc Evoqua Water Technologies Veolia Water Solutions Technologies ABB Measurement Products Aclara Jacobi Carbons Endress Hauser Inc KROHNE Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers Q A December 3 2015 Know By Heart Flow Meter Technology Of The Future As the eyes and ears of a treatment plant few tools are as crucial in the water industry as sensors It follows suit that any advantage you can get in sensing technology is one worth pursuing To get the latest on the Promag 400 line of electromagnetic flow meters featuring specialized sensor technology Water Online spoke with Endress Hauser s Nathan Hedrick flow product marketing manager and Alan Vance environmental industry manager The two served up details on the sensors web capabilities proprietary Heartbeat Technology and advanced safety features Endress Hauser Inc Contact The Supplier Contact Details Company Profile MORE FROM Endress Hauser

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  • Latest Insights on Drinking Water Measurement Documents on Water Online
    90 worldwide entrants to its Water Data Challenge Here s a brief overview of each company and what they offer The Instrumentation Life Cycle And Instrumentation Systems Within The UK Water Industry From Concept To Replacement 1 12 2016 The water industry in the UK faces a turning point in the use of instrumentation with the advent of TOTEX capital expenditures CAPEX operating expenditures OPEX within the current Asset Management Period the sixth since it privatized in 1989 Source Water Protection There s An App For That 12 21 2015 In Oregon a mobile toolkit helps promote healthy ecosystems and protect community drinking water Indefensible Data The Thread That Can Quickly Unravel 12 18 2015 Not all data is good data Businesses know this or at least should and it effects how they make decisions about sales marketing and R D Know By Heart Flow Meter Technology Of The Future 12 3 2015 To get the latest on the Promag 400 line of electromagnetic flow meters featuring specialized sensor technology Water Online spoke with Endress Hauser s Flow Product Marketing Manager Nathan Hedrick and Environmental Industry Manager Alan Vance The two served up details on the sensors web capabilities proprietary Heartbeat Technology and advanced safety features Monitoring Water Quality With UVC LEDs 11 2 2015 Rapid detection of changes in water quality is critical in water delivery systems wastewater treatment and industrial plants for process optimization environmental regulatory requirements and consumer health In The BREW Tank Everyone s A Winner 10 26 2015 The BREW Tank was a series of brief product pitches in the vein of television s popular reality competition Shark Tank Where Utilities And AMI Can Live In Perfect Harmony 9 21 2015 While advanced metering infrastructure AMI may seem like the wave of the future there

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  • Xylem Analytics Portfolio Expanded With Tideland Acquisition
    analytics solutions in the coastal and ocean management sectors sold under the Tideland and IMT brands With navigation and analytical products and services used by ports and harbours marine authorities offshore oil and gas and wind power installations Tideland generated revenue of approximately 48M in 2015 The Tideland acquisition demonstrates Xylem s commitment to acquire attractive businesses that complement our global portfolio and enable us to provide solutions to the tough water challenges our customers face every day said Colin Sabol Xylem s Senior Vice President and President of Analytics and Treatment Tideland s products services and long standing customer relationships will extend our reach within the ocean and coastal market and provide us scale in the environmental monitoring systems business We re proud to have the Tideland team join ocean and coastal experts from Xylem representing brands like HYPACK SonTek Aanderaa and YSI About Xylem Analytics Xylem s analytics businesses are leading manufacturers of premium field portable laboratory and online analytical instruments used in water and wastewater environmental food and beverage pharmaceutical and life science applications The company s meters sensors analyzers and related consumables are used every day by thousands of end users worldwide to analyze and control quality in countless applications where precise measurement is required Xylem Analytics started with the core brands of WTW SI Analytics Aanderaa Data Instruments Global Water Instrumentation ebro and Bellingham Stanley and has grown through a series of successful acquisitions including OI Analytical YSI MJK Automation and most recently HYPACK For more information visit www xylemanalytics com About Xylem Xylem XYL is a leading global water technology provider enabling customers to transport treat test and efficiently use water in public utility residential and commercial building services industrial and agricultural settings The company does business in more than 150 countries through a

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  • Smart Water Technology Makes A Splash And Wins International Prize
    for demonstrated excellence in the key areas uniqueness business potential and long term vision and elected Austrian Vienna Water Monitoring Solutions VWM GmbH as First Place Innovator in the Industrial Water Sector It takes only 15 minutes to get a result on the actual bacterial contamination of water using VWM s ColiMinder technology Traditionally a classical lab test on bacterial contamination takes 24 to 72 hours to deliver a result VWM s newest technology for the first time in history provides an extremely important parameter of microbiological water quality as an online parameter for quality monitoring process control and early warning All sectors of water industries as well as agriculture aquaculture and the food production chain will benefit from this new technology With their decision the jury is recognizing the enormous potential of this technology Through high resolution measurements the ColiMinder provides a hidden insight view to enable the improvement of existing methods and development of new water treatment processes This technology contributes to a sustainable resource efficient and secure future water supply and food production In contrast to classical lab methods which are utilizing bacterial growth to detect contamination VWM ColiMinder is measuring the specific metabolic activity of target organisms This metabolic activity is always detectable in a sample containing target organisms therefore there is no need to wait for organisms to grow This approach enables a reliable fast and fully automated measurement of microbiological water quality At present time three different microbiological contamination groups can be addressed using the ColiMinder device the fecal indicators E coli and coliform bacteria as well as total bacteria which is the most important parameter in process and cooling water applications The Jury members Alan Thomson Managing Director Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company Dr Hanifa Taher Assistant Professor Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical

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  • EndressHauser Introduces Cleanfit Retractable Sensor Assemblies
    Cleanfit CPA875 is ideal in applications in the pharmaceutical and food and beverage industry where sensors must be removed for cleaning calibration or maintenance on a regular basis while the CPA871 sensor is ideal for applications in the water and wastewater and chemical industries The retractable assemblies permit removal and installation while protecting both the process and operating personnel In hygienic or sterile processes the CPA875 assemblies are protected against contamination in accordance with international standards including EHEDG ASME BPE FDA ATEX Directive 94 9 EC CE PED EC VO 1935 2004 and Biological Reactivity USP Class VI In pneumatic operating mode the CPA871 meets ATEX and CE PED standards The CPA875 assemblies along with their service chambers and process adapters are certified by EHEDG for cleanability and sterilizability This certifies that residual media is not only destroyed but is also removed completely from the service chamber and the sealing surface The service chamber and sealing surface thus remain free from product residue and microorganisms The design of the service chamber allows liquid media to drain freely and completely The alignment of the inlet and outlet as well as the flow configuration ensures that solid built up deposits are loosened and removed when cleaning It is also possible to clean and sterilize the seals contact surfaces This ensures the sensor is free from contamination when it is reinserted into the process The CPA875 assemblies are available with single or dual service chambers The front chamber in the double chamber system can also be used as a protective barrier to the process This chamber can be continually rinsed with water for injection which ensures the cleaning solution cannot enter the process even if the process seal is damaged At the same time this front chamber can be used to isolate the service chamber temperature from the process The sensor can therefore be checked replaced calibrated adjusted and cleaned with hot water or sterilized all without influencing the process The Cleanfit CPA875 assembly has seals process connections and couplings that make it suitable for use in food pharmaceutical life sciences and specialty chemical applications while the CPA871 has similar options for the water wastewater and general chemical industries Materials in contact with the process medium are all stainless steel while seals can be EDPM FMP or Viton FFKM depending on the application The immersion tube process connection and service chamber can be stainless steel titanium Alloy C22 PEEK or PVDF again depending on the application Both sensor assemblies are available with a manual or an automatic drive The manual drive has a self retaining thread to hold the sensor in any intermediate position and can be used for process pressures up to 116 psi The pneumatic drive can be used for process pressures up to 232 psi In assemblies with a pneumatic drive the service and measuring positions of the sensor are detected and reported to connected monitoring and control systems For more detailed technical information on the Cleanfit CPA875 for food

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  • Internet Of Things Could Help Gulf States Solve Water Woes
    their water supplies say UK specialists Philip Stockdale from UK company AquamatiX will be explaining the potential of WaterworX software and cloud based control systems in the United Arab Emirates later this month The Surrey based company will take part in the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi from 18 21 January 2016 at the invitation of UK industry body British Water Mr Stockdale who is director of Business Development at AquamatiX said We are delighted to have been invited to take part in this summit which is the biggest in the Middle East and is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week The United Arab Emirates has a commitment to increasing water conservation sustainability and resilience Arabian Gulf countries already have the highest per capita rate of domestic water consumption in the world and the demand is expected to double in the next two decades Groundwater levels are falling and a heavy reliance on desalination means water production is highly energy intensive Mr Stockdale says AquamatiX has pioneered the use of the Internet of Things in the water industry By using cloud based control systems M2M communications system analytics and smart sensors it is possible to create an intelligent network which uses water and energy as efficiently as possible Minimising wastage and making the best use of energy is particularly important in water stressed areas of the world so this is a great opportunity to demonstrate our ideas to delegates from the gulf states where conserving water is such a crucial issue Lila Thompson International Director of British Water said We are excited to be bringing Aquamatix to Abu Dhabi as part of our UK Pavilion at the event British Water is an industry body which represents the UK water industry at home and abroad There are a great many

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  • Algorithm Helps Utilities Monitor Water Networks
    Feature January 14 2016 Algorithm Helps Utilities Monitor Water Networks By Sara Jerome sarmje European researchers are designing a set of software tools to help water utilities improve service and run their networks more efficiently The French German project SMaRT OnlineWDN is focused on creating tools that enable water utilities to respond quickly and in an emergency to initiate countermeasures to protect the population according to a release from Fraunhofer Gesellschaft an applied science research collective in Europe One development is a mathematical model for simulating the drinking water supply network Based on numerous simulations it can identify the optimum locations for sensors in order to ensure early detection of impurities the announcement said If an alarm does go off the online simulation model can help pinpoint the source of the contamination The scientists have created an algorithm for accomplishing these tasks It localizes the contamination and calculates where the impurity will spread in the next few hours the announcement said Creating the model was tricky because the flow of water can vary within the system according to Thomas Bernard a specialist for flow models at Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics System Technology and Image Exploitation in Karlsruhe It changes depending on the pressure in the pipes their diameter and geometry and the number of users And turbulence and chaotic flows occur in places where the pipe system branches he said One concern is that the alarm might sound constantly The software considers such factors as opacity temperature pressure chlorine and oxygen content pH value and the amount of bacterial contamination of the water to gauge whether the alarm should sound When critical values are reached the system doesn t immediately sound the alarm instead it first looks for possible causes Has a different water source just been tapped Was a

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