Powelectrics Solution Helps Major Food Plant Switch Between Private & Mains Water Supply Whilst Maintaining Continuous Production

Posted on 16 Jul 2018

Powelectrics have delivered a connected sensor solution for a global food company, which supplies food ingredients and flavour products to customers in more than 140 countries worldwide.

One UK manufacturing plant has access to a private water reservoir, situated a couple of miles from the plant. Our customer needed to know the level in that reservoir, so that if supplies were running low, they could switch to a chargeable mains supply quickly, without interrupting production.

Powelectrics designed and installed an M2M solution which allows them to integrate water level readings directly into their plant SCADA system.

A Powelectrics SPS level sensor feeds data into a solar-powered radio telemetry system. Data is transmitted every 15 minutes, directly into their plc network and the plant’s SCADA. Radio telemetry was ideal for this project, as the remote & hilly location meant than the local GSM signal was unreliable. It was also simple to integrate radio telemetry into their existing SCADA systems.

Powelectrics provided a complete service from site survey to commissioning. Our versatility was demonstrated yet again, as there was no vehicular access to the reservoir and it took a full day for two men to physically haul the cabinet, complete with telemetry, solar cell and lead acid battery, up a steep and muddy hillside to the reservoir dam!

Now our customer can see near real time and historic level data and switch to an alternate water supply with no disruption to their mass production.

Radio telemetry is well-established. Whilst there are many other technologies available, it can be the most reliable and practical alternative for specific applications. Powelectrics offer over 25 years’ experience in radio telemetry. We have designed, supplied, installed, commissioned and supported systems from Ilkley to Istanbul!

Powelectrics act as a connection between the world of sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) operating at the centre of the ‘connected sensor’ community. We offer extensive understanding of sensors and manufacture the award-winning Metron range of GSM telemetry. We are approved partners for Sigfox technology, which is fully integrated to Powelectrics MetronView data platform. We are expert in a range of communication technologies and would be delighted to discuss your application in detail.

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