The Value of Water Treatment

From the marshes and wetlands to the streams to the rivers to the lakes to the oceans, water covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface.  Water is essential to mankind’s survival; therefore, water is the most important resources that needs to be properly managed. 

In the water industry, water moves from wells and/or lakes to the treatment plants to the distribution system to the homes.  In the wastewater industry, the water moves from the homes to the collection system to the wastewater treatment plant to the rivers.  Each step in both industries can be complicated as technical equipment is required to properly work to ensure that the water is handled correctly.

Vector Controls and Automation Group along with our business partners are ready to team up with you to reach this objective.  Our experience in the water and wastewater industry comes from years of hands on work in the field and in the plants. From simple applications like a pressure gauge to a complex water analysis system like dissolved oxygen and nitrification control, Vector Controls can help you in the management of any water system.

Interested in learning more? Check out our water solutions page for more information.

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ICON Scientific awarded Analysis Innovation Division Award

At the 63rd ISA 2018 Analysis Division Symposium ICON scientific was awarded the prestigious innovation award for its Cetane Number analyzer.  Peers within the industry recognize ICON scientific analyzers have intuitive intelligent design high accuracy and a user friendly operational approach.  “I’m happy to congratulate ICON,” said Bryan Sullivan, Vice President Analytical Solutions with Vector Controls, “Their innovations in the analyzer business help Vector be a better all-around competitor in the market place. They deserve this recognition from the industry.”  Contact Vector Controls for more information on the Cetane Number analyzer.

Are you Hurricane Ready for 2018?

Have you ever considered the catastrophic effects a hurricane may have on your business and your employees? Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. 

Do you have a written plan? Writing a preparedness plan and training employees to implement it is critical. Here are few tips keep in mind when developing that plan:

1.  Review insurance policies to ensure that there is adequate coverage.

2.   Compile an Emergency Contact List with 24-hour telephone contact numbers of essential employees.

3.   Identify and protect vital records such as accounts receivable, customer records, tax records, and other personnel and administrative documents.

4.   Develop a staffing policy that identifies essential employees and which of them, if any, must remain at the facility during the hurricane. Also outline responsibility for maintaining the facility including IT and computer support.

5.  Identify a plan to notify employees when to return to work according to staffing schedule.

Lastly make sure that you have a plan for the protection of plant assets and equipment. Vector Controls has an extensive line of Endress+Hauser product available and ready to ship. Partner with us to be Hurricane Ready.  Contact your local representative for more information.

 

Happy Fourth of July- 10 safety tips

Vector Controls would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe 4th of July. Fireworks have become the main part of many celebrations and we ask that you take this time to take precaution when using fireworks.  The main ingredient in fireworks is black powder, also known as gunpowder, therefore making fireworks dangerous.

Here are 10 easy safety tips to remember when using fireworks:

 

  1. Always buy fireworks from an established retail outlet.
  2. Always read and follow label directions and only light one at a time.
  3. Always have an adult present and never give them to small children.
  4. Only ignite fireworks outdoors in cleared areas away from houses, buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  5. Keep water handy for fires and emergencies.
  6. Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks; soak them in water and throw away.
  7. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  8. Never throw fireworks at another person or carry them in your pocket.
  9. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers and consider wearing eye protection when shooting fireworks.
  10. After shooting them, soak fireworks in water before putting them in the trash.

Make it fun. Make it safe. And finally be sure to check with your local authorities or HOA about restrictions in your neighborhood regarding shooting fireworks. Happy Fourth!

More information on safety and fireworks can be found on the OSHA website.

Endress+Hauser brings e-Commerce to www.us.endress.com!

The new e-Commerce platform offers customers a personalized shopping experience with a wealth of new features! Features include the ability to access RFQs, quotes and orders all in one place. Customers now can easily add products to a shopping cart and see their own pricing details.

The new experience streamlines customer procurement processes both online and offline. It’s easy for customers to check the status of their current orders and see order history. They can sign up for their own account at www.us.endress.com/register and can visit www.us.endress.com/e-commerce to learn about more benefits!

 Vector Controls is your local contact for all Endress+Hauser products. And contact us today to set your online account.

Looking for a new opportunity in Oklahoma?

Vector Controls LLC, dba Vector Controls and Automation Group (CAG) was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.  Interested in joining us? We are looking for the right person to join our organization as an account manager for the Oklahoma area. Create the future you want!

Make your membrane filtration water treatment more efficient

Membrane based processes need to be monitored closely in order to ensure quality and availability

Provided by Endress+Hauser: Seawater desalination, water reuse and other modern processes use membrane filtration water treatment technologies. They have proven to be highly reliable and are more frequently being implemented commercially. Economically speaking, the task is to find the right balance in order to obtain longer filtration system cleaning cycles all while avoiding irreversible membrane blockages or damages.  Read more on the value of these technologies here.

Vector Control and Automation Group provides systems integration for reliable water solutions. Learn more about our offerings here.

Application Success – Refining – Flow

Refineries that use liquid phase Raman analyzers typically have a need for a flow meter. The standard flow meter on an analyzer system would be a FCI flow instrument. These devices do not work for low flows. Typically, between 3-20gpm, and on smaller analyzers it could be lower too like 10-20GPH. In addition to the ability to accurately and reliably measure these low flows, one can also strip the secondary, and tertiary variable to get density, and temperature which are important to verify that the sample coming into the analyzer is up to specification.

By being able to offer a full range 4-20mA signal on loop powered meters we give the user a better solution while others only broadcast a 12-20mA output; losing the lower or upper end of the range, depending on set up. If the site is not utilizing HART then they would need use another transmitter to get multiple 4-20mA for flow, density and temperature. Our small footprint and the ability to have a VCO fittings are other reasons the Promass is beneficial.

More information on this flow meter can be found on the Vector website. Contact us if you any have questions regarding flow meters specific to the Oil and Gas industry.

 

Great beer with the right instruments

How does a brew master align themselves with the right instruments to make the perfect beverage?

What are your big plans this weekend? Are you going to be enjoying some sort of cold beverage by the pool or possibly going to a friend’s house? Either way many of us are deciding what type of beer to purchase and enjoy.

How do we mix the enjoyment of a great beer and the art/science of creating it?  Brewing is a combination of art and science and great brewers are blessed with a little of both. The artist chooses the ingredients and balances the flavors and aromas of the finished product. While the scientist understands and carefully orchestrates a symphony of chemical reactions between the grain, the water, the hops, and the yeast.

The idea is simple for great beer: roast and steep your barley, boil it in water and flavor it with the right amount of hops.  But what about the right instrumentation for inventory monitoring? How do you make sure that you tank level is correct? Or even the batching concentration between your ingredients? Products like the Proline Promag H electromagnetic flowmeter provide real-time monitoring and control which helps reduce cleaning time and offers full traceability. The meters also include a temperature and conductivity output in addition to flow value.  Temperature plus flow generate beer production that cost effective and tastes great.

Proline Promag H electromagnetic flowmeter

 

The brew master also must consider pH balance when devising the perfect brew. Start with the right hydrogen ion concentration and your solution has the beginnings of an awesome beer.  With a various mix of water and hops brew masters need a simple technology like the Digital pH sensor Orbisint CPS11D for accurate measurement and accountability. This also enables predictive maintenance due to the storage of sensor and process-specific data so brew masters don’t have to guess every time they create a new concoction.

 

Digital pH sensor Orbisint CPS11D

There are many pieces to the creation and development of beer. Whether it’s the art or the science it still comes down to the correct instruments for reliability safety and accuracy. Using a single source or complete provider for all your relevant processes is probably your best choice for your next brewery endeavor.

Read more on the food and beverage solution from systems integrator Vector Control and Automation.

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August 15th Coriolis Mass Flow Technology Course

 

Interested in learning more about Coriolis Mass Flow Technology? Vector University now offers a one day course specific to maintenance engineers and technicians. During this one day course some key points you will learn:

Understanding the Coriolis principle

Learn about new Coriolis flow technology now available 

Best Practices for troubleshooting and repair

Real hands on training with a working process skid and on-line instrumentation

Lastly all of our classes are taught by a factory trained instructors with process industry experience. Classes fill up quickly so register today!