Water Industry News Day 3 Wednesday June 22, 2016 : Page 1
WATER INDUSTRY NEWS An independent publication not affiliated with any other organization Wednesday June 22, 2016 3 rd EDITION Chicago • FREE Arkansas Water Utility Upgrades to Cyber Secure Bedrock Universal Control System The Russellville Water and Sewer System in Russellville, Arkansas provides sewage treatment and pollution con-trol for a population of nearly 30,000. The utility relies on programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for automatic control of its plant equip-ment, which includes diges-tion blowers, clarifiers, sludge pumps and chlorina-tion chemical feed pumps. But the PLCs it was using were installed many years continued on page 43 ECO BRASS and ECO BRONZE — Fiber Technology Corporation: The Super Alloy of the Future, Now Keeping Clean Water Clean It started in California and eventually legislation spread nationwide; you can no longer use many of the leaded brass alloys that built your business anymore because of AB1953 and S3874 restrictions on lead content in potable water fittings and fixtures. On top of that, disinfection treatments and changing water quality placed a strain on the corrosion resistance of many of the lead-free replacement brasses introduced to meet the new legislation. These changing dynamics have created a need for an alloy that is not only green (100 percent recyclable) and lead-free, but also versatile enough to be used in multiple applications continued on page 46 Article Courtesy of Fiber Technology Corporation What does a Boeing 787 have in common with water storage tanks? Well 50 percent of a Boeing 787 consists of composite materials. Fiber Technology Corporation has been taking advantage of the benefits of composites to manufacture a modu-lar water storage system that negates the disad-vantages that current water storage technolo-gies have. Our FTC FRP Panel continued on page 46 Galvanic Applied Sciences’ Revolutionary New Analyzer Tired of looking at your old rusty analyzer every day? Feeling drained from constantly dealing with compli-cated equipment? Wasting hours of time on mainte-nance to keep it running? Spending a fortune on spare parts? Looking to better use your staff resources? Need greater confidence that your analyzer is always in com-pliance? Eager to reduce costs with multiparameter capabili-ties? Wish there was an ana-lyzer that was easy to use, yet robust enough to handle diffi-cult applications? Hoping for an analyzer that helps you set continued on page 31 Induron Protective Coatings: Mercer Rubber Company Adds Providing Innovative Products Seismic Duct Connectors to Line and Exemplary Service Since 1947 Article Courtesy of Mercer Rubber Company CEO of Induron Protective Coatings, Davies Hood, under-stands the importance of not only supplying the water and wastewater market with state-of-the-art technology, but also providing customers with exceptional support. Q: Tell us about your company. What’s your focus? A: Founded in 1947, Induron Pro-tective Coatings is a family-owned continued on page 31 Mercer Rubber Company, established in 1866, is the oldest U.S. manufacturer of rubber expansion joints. With a full staff of engineers, we have successfully an-alyzed and designed a wide range of products for de-manding applications. Our specialty is developing custom products for a specific job, from a sin-gle, small joint to hun-dreds of large diameter joints. Our latest design is continued on page 43 Nicor, Inc. Article Courtesy of Nicor, Inc. Nicor, Inc.’s business plan is written around assisting utilities in the migration of manually reading water meters to implementing AMR/AMI. Included in this process, Nicor manufactures Read-Rite polymer re-placement meter pit lids, AMR/AMI brackets for mounting virtually any system, and the Hydroconn In-Line Connectors. Currently, Nicor works with all of the meter and AMR/AMI companies to make sure our lids are com-patible with their systems and can function to the op-timal RF performance in any of the 82 different molds Nicor uses for pro-continued on page 28 D110 Type III, Prestressed Concrete Tanks Lead the Way Following years of development, Preload constructed the first wire-wound prestressed concrete tank in 1941, which set the standard for durable, low-maintenance storage tank structures. Then and now, Preload’s designs utilized the basic building materials and concepts of domed con-crete structures constructed hundreds of years ago, which continue to provide service today. Preload combined these time-proven design concepts and materials with advancements in construction and methods to produce the modern wire-wound prestressed concrete tank. After 80 years and thousands of prestressed concrete tanks con-structed, no other continued on page 46
Arkansas Water Utility Upgrades to Cyber Secure Bedrock Universal Control System
The Russellville Water and Sewer System in Russellville, Arkansas provides sewage treatment and pollution control for a population of nearly 30,000. The utility relies on programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for automatic control of its plant equipment, which includes digestion blowers, clarifiers, sludge pumps and chlorination chemical feed pumps. But the PLCs it was using were installed many years ago and were becoming obsolete. So when one of them failed, the search was on for a replacement.
“We wanted to replace it with something that would provide a path to the future. The Bedrock control system from Bedrock Automation, with its high performance, scalability and built-in cyber security protection, offered an ideal solution,” said Steve Mallett, Jr., P.E., general manager of the City Corporation, which is responsible for the Arkansas pollution control facility.
Although the Bedrock control system would perform essentially the same function as the legacy PLC, it is a dramatically different control solution. For one thing, it uses an electromagnetic backplane instead of a traditional pin-based backplane. This eliminates pin corrosion and breakage, improving long-term reliability and reducing significantly the possibility of intrusion by counterfeit I/O modules.
It also creates a galvanic isolation barrier between field wiring and the controller, and provides a high-performance, deterministic I/O update rate to support current functionality and additional planned expansions. The new system is also different from the legacy PLCs in many other ways:
• It runs a military-grade safe and secure real-time operating system, further embedding security into the software and firmware used to control the facility.
• It is a simpler, more robust solution that can operate from 90-260 VAC, 125- 330 VDC or 24 VDC without fans or DIP switches. It also embeds standard open system technologies, including OPC UA, a fully compliant IEC 61131- 3 programming environment, and standard Ethernet support at the control and I/O networks.
• The Bedrock control system consists of only a dozen part numbers, reducing installation and maintenance costs.
• The system is scalable for more advanced control functions, such as serving as a SCADA remote transfer unit (RTU) or distributed control system (DCS).
“We are seeing increased interest in cyber security among municipal utility clients such as City Corporation,” said Dee Brown, P.E. of Brown Engineers. “Many want to control security functions from their tablets and control centers because their networks are getting hammered every day by probes and attempted intrusions. The Bedrock controller gives them another layer of protection beyond firewalls and VPNs. It is unique in that as it powers up, it checks to be sure that all hardware and software components are validated. Regular PLCs just can’t do that.”
The Bedrock controller is part of an integrated plantwide SCADA system at the Russellville facility. Users connect to that system via Ignition software from Inductive Automation, an industrial applications platform that coordinates control and data acquisition for all plant PLCs and remote transfer units (RTUs). Performance of the Bedrock controller has been so successful that plans are now underway to phase in usage across the entire utility.
See the revolutionary Bedrock Control System at ACE16 Booth #358.
For more information, visit www.bedrockautomation.com
Bedrock is a trademark of Bedrock Automation.
ECO BRASS and ECO BRONZE — The Super Alloy of the Future, Now
It started in California and eventually legislation spread nationwide; you can no longer use many of the leaded brass alloys that built your business anymore because of AB1953 and S3874 restrictions on lead content in potable water fittings and fixtures.
On top of that, disinfection treatments and changing water quality placed a strain on the corrosion resistance of many of the lead-free replacement brasses introduced to meet the new legislation. These changing dynamics have created a need for an alloy that is not only green (100 percent recyclable) and lead-free, but also versatile enough to be used in multiple applications that require performance and corrosion resistance. Fortunately, there’s an alloy that meets these challenges and has proven itself in the field for over 15 years, it’s called ECO BRASS.
The extruded and drawn version of ECO BRASS has the alloy number C69300. The cast version is C87850. ECO BRASS is an alloy with a composition that resists corrosion and cracking, it is machinable and can be extruded, forged and cast.
Traditionally, a brass that looks yellow may have created concerns related to corrosion resistance among producers and users whose prior experience with imported yellow brasses may not have met their application requirements. However, ECO BRASS is different. It contains a nominal 76 percent copper, 21 percent zinc, 3 percent silicon, 0.1 percent phosphorus and 0.09 percent max lead (making it RoHS2 and ELV compliant), and each one of those elements has an important purpose.
The role of two of those elements is not typically well understood, silicon and phosphorus. Silicon makes the alloy inherently strong and, in some ways, acts like chromium in stainless steel. That means it can take much more stress than many copper alloys without cracking, either from the applied stress or by the corrosion form of stress corrosion cracking. Phosphorus protects the brass matrix from a corrosion type called dezincification, which is where some alloys lose their zinc selectively when exposed to water with high chloride contents.
The overall effect is an alloy that, since 2000, has proven itself around the world as meeting the needs of the potable water industry in real-world applications, not just in laboratory testing. Over tens of millions of pounds have been extruded, forged or cast into plumbing products.
As a bearing material, ECO BRONZE (another trademarked name for Alloy C69300/C87850) is a great alternative to the standard C93200 leaded bronze alloy, while providing a lead-free option that is engineered for performance to handle challenging requirements, including pump applications. Tests show ECO BRONZE has measurably superior wear resistance, a low coefficient of friction, superior compressive strength and excellent machinability.
If you need a machinable, corrosionresistant, lead-free brass for your potable water products, consider using ECO BRASS as many companies have done worldwide. And, ECO BRONZE is your lead-free, wear-resistant bearing solution. Visit www.ecobrass-usa.com, www.ecobronze-usa.com or stop by Booth #1761 for more information.
ECO BRASS is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi-Shindoh Co, Ltd. and ECO BRONZE is registered trademarks of Chase Brass And Copper Company, LLC.
Fiber Technology Corporation: Keeping Clean Water Clean
Article Courtesy of Fiber Technology Corporation
What does a Boeing 787 have in common with water storage tanks? Well 50 percent of a Boeing 787 consists of composite materials. Fiber Technology Corporation has been taking advantage of the benefits of composites to manufacture a modular water storage system that negates the disadvantages that current water storage technologies have.
Our FTC FRP Panel Type Tanks are manufactured from hot pressed compression molding, resulting in an extremely strong structure that cannot corrode. The material and manufacturing process also have a much lower environmental impact versus steel, making it a much greener product.
The advantages of using FTC FRP Panel Tanks are numerous. They cannot corrode, they have no linings/coatings to maintain, have extremely smooth interior surfaces inhibiting bacterial growth, and are completely opaque, preventing algae growth. Being a modular product, it is economical to transport, quick and easy to assemble, can easily be extended if more storage is required later and has a long service life with the lowest overall life cycle cost.
About Fiber Technology Corporation
Since establishing in 1992 in the state of Virginia, it has grown into a global company over the last 24 years with around 300,000 tank assemblies in 56 countries around the globe. In 2012, when Fiber Technology Corporation was instrumental in getting a new AWWA D121 Standard for the product type, it was the catalyst for growth with us growing into a major player in the U.S. water storage market. Many of the foremost LEED-certified projects are specifying our tanks. Become part of the future and come find out more at Booth #512 or visit www.fiberteccorp.com.
Galvanic Applied Sciences’ Revolutionary New Analyzer
Tired of looking at your old rusty analyzer every day? Feeling drained from constantly dealing with complicated equipment? Wasting hours of time on maintenance to keep it running? Spending a fortune on spare parts? Looking to better use your staff resources? Need greater confidence that your analyzer is always in compliance? Eager to reduce costs with multiparameter capabilities? Wish there was an analyzer that was easy to use, yet robust enough to handle difficult applications? Hoping for an analyzer that helps you set the industry standard for quality?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you need Galvanic Applied Sciences’ latest innovation in process instrumentation: the AccuSeries. The AccuSeries line of liquid analyzers for water and wastewater was designed to make your headaches go away. The NEMA 4X stainless steel enclosure provides maximum ingress protection for process environments. Segmented electronics and fluidics simplify maintenance.
Multistream and multiparameter capabilities guarantee a fast return on investment. Flexible 4-20 mA, Modbus, Ethernet and USB communications give customers total control over their analyzer. Wide-bore tubing minimizes blockages and allows high turbidity samples to be measured with ease. Volume repeatability better than ± 1 percent ensures repeatable results operators can trust.
The AccuSeries helps plants reduce operating costs and better comply with environmental regulations. Operators are better able to identify process issues by alarms going off when there is a problem. This allows them to implement solutions to improve efficiency and reduce downtime. Accurate results also give operators confidence that they are meeting their permit requirements.
The AccuSeries consists of the AccuColor and the AccuSense. The Accu-Color performs colorimetric analyses and color titrations, while the AccuSense performs ISE measurements and potentiometric titrations. Both models can be configured to perform any standard method, such as EPA, ASTM and ISO. All methods are guaranteed to provide accuracy and repeatability of ± 2 percent full scale.
Galvanic delivers more than a simple “off-the-shelf” analyzer. Every system is engineered at Galvanic’s Massachusetts factory and customized for the specific application. Galvanic works closely with customers to determine the most suitable wetted parts for maximum chemical compatibility. Methods of analysis are also selected based on the sample matrix to avoid errors from interferences. Systems can also be configured with sample conditioning and ambient climate control.
Galvanic maintains a speedy delivery time of only six weeks. Galvanic’s factory-trained service engineers provide startup assistance and training to ensure a smooth installation. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, their customers will tell you that most of their analyzers have been running for over a decade. That’s the kind of reputation Galvanic strives for.
Please stop by Galvanic Applied Sciences’ Booth #366 to learn more.
Induron Protective Coatings: Providing Innovative Products and Exemplary Service Since 1947
CEO of Induron Protective Coatings, Davies Hood, understands the importance of not only supplying the water and wastewater market with state-of-the-art technology, but also providing customers with exceptional support.
Q: Tell us about your company. What’s your focus?
A: Founded in 1947, Induron Protective Coatings is a family-owned industrial coatings manufacturer. Specializing in water and wastewater applications, Induron produces unique coatings solutions that protect a variety of assets and infrastructures. From our industry standard ductile iron wastewater pipe lining, Protecto 401, to our unique and proven line of ceramic epoxies, such as PermaClean 100 and Ceramasafe 90, Induron’s high-performance coatings protect nearly any surface in the water industry.
Q: What would you say makes your business unique?
A: Three generations of family ownership and management results in a company that treats its employees, customers and suppliers as true partners and family members. We stand with our customers and behind our products in times of trouble. When the chips are down, nobody wants to go to a job site where everyone is pointing at the guy next to him. As the owner of the company, I realize it’s a lot better in the long run to stand with, not against, our best customers.
Q: What are your greatest challenges in this industry?
A: In many cases, our real competition is status quo. Many people are resistant to change, even if they are offered a ‘better mouse-trap.’ As a result, we are constantly competing with the old adage, ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.’
Q: Are you introducing any new products at the show?
A: We are excited to promote our new AquaClean Epoxy, a NSF Std. 61-approved epoxy for lining potable water storage tanks. We produced AquaClean by slightly tweaking our tried and true Perma-Clean II Epoxy to make it applicable to the potable water market. Using the state-of-the-art technology, AquaClean is uniquely user friendly, good looking and long lasting, which will make it the go-to choice for professional painters and specifiers.
Q: What makes your company different from the competition?
A: Our innovative line of Ceramic Epoxies sets us apart and is, in my opinion, ahead of others in the industrial coatings business. This line of Ceramic Epoxies, which includes Protecto 401, Perma- Clean and PermaSafe 100, Ceramapure, Ceramsafe 90 and TL-70, is proven to provide decades of corrosion protection in the ultra-corrosive water and wastewater markets. Applications include gravity sewer pipe lining, potable water tank lining, and lining for steel and concrete basins in the wastewater treatment industry. These Ceramic Epoxies contain ceramic beads that offer a range of benefits, including unrivaled film build, ultralow permeability, nonablative surface and absolute minimal undercutting.
Q: Who are your end users?
A: We deal exclusively with professional paint contractors, specifically contractors that specialize in lining pipe, painting storage tanks or painting treatment plants. However, because the engineers are directly responsible for the assets that our products protect, we also spend a significant amount of time and energy selling to them.
Q: To what do you attribute your company’s success?
A: It may sound corny, but we really do live by our mission statement, ‘Reliable Protection Through Innovative Coatings.’ When everyone on the team marches to this mission and lives by our core values of integrity, respect, reliability and innovation, we create a corporate culture that provides the best products and service in the protective coatings industry.
Q: How can our readers find out more about your company?
A: Visit our website at www.induron.com, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, stop by Booth #1234 at ACE16 or contact one of our local sales reps.
Mercer Rubber Company Adds Seismic Duct Connectors to Line
Article Courtesy of Mercer Rubber Company
Mercer Rubber Company, established in 1866, is the oldest U.S. manufacturer of rubber expansion joints. With a full staff of engineers, we have successfully analyzed and designed a wide range of products for demanding applications. Our specialty is developing custom products for a specific job, from a single, small joint to hundreds of large diameter joints.
Our latest design is our new Seismic Duct Connector, which has taken us to a new level in the HVAC market. These high-movement connectors will accommodate the flexibility needed in case of an earthquake. This new design has been installed in hospitals and water treatment facilities in the most severe seismic locations.
We have recently added a new, larger autoclave that can accommodate up to 110-foot ID Expansion Joints. This cuts down on curing time, which leads to quicker delivery times, and has the capability to cure a larger quantity of joints at once to keep costs down.
Our experience and willingness to venture into unchartered waters gives us the edge found nowhere else. We’ve built our reputation on solving problems that others thought unsolvable or unprofitable. Moving forward in this fast-paced world is our goal, and we reach out to you to let us help you solve the challenges in the piping and duct industry.
Visit us at Booth #765 for more information on how we can help.
Mercer Rubber Company, “A reputation for quality that stretches around the world.”
Article Courtesy of Nicor, Inc.
Nicor, Inc.’s business plan is written around assisting utilities in the migration of manually reading water meters to implementing AMR/AMI. Included in this process, Nicor manufactures Read-Rite polymer replacement meter pit lids, AMR/AMI brackets for mounting virtually any system, and the Hydroconn In- Line Connectors.
Currently, Nicor works with all of the meter and AMR/AMI companies to make sure our lids are compatible with their systems and can function to the optimal RF performance in any of the 82 different molds Nicor uses for pro duction. Much of the key to Nicor’s success is the understanding of how each of these systems needs to be mounted to perform their best. In addition, the Hydroconn Series III connector provides a disconnect point should the endpoint or its battery fail, which eliminates the need for costly splicing in the field.
These Hydroconn connectors are watertight and can stand up to the most tested environments. Give Nicor the opportunity to show how they can help your utility make this transition work better like they have for hundreds of others. Visit our website at www.nicorinc.net or stop by ACE16 Booth #2400 for more information.
Read the full article at http://pubs.royle.com/article/Nicor%2C+Inc./2506395/310043/article.html.
D110 Type III, Prestressed Concrete Tanks Lead the Way
Following years of development, Preload constructed the first wire-wound prestressed concrete tank in 1941, which set the standard for durable, low-maintenance storage tank structures. Then and now, Preload’s designs utilized the basic building materials and concepts of domed concrete structures constructed hundreds of years ago, which continue to provide service today.
Preload combined these time-proven design concepts and materials with advancements in construction and methods to produce the modern wire-wound prestressed concrete tank. After 80 years and thousands of prestressed concrete tanks constructed, no other type of storage tank has met the bar set by Preload for the highest reliability coupled with the lowest cost of maintenance.
Decades of experience constructing prestressed concrete tanks have led to advancements in the original technology, but the time-proven fundamentals remain. Single-wire prestressing is precisely applied to place the core wall into compression to eliminate cracking, thereby increasing durability and the life of the tank structure. The concrete and shotcrete encased steel shell diaphragm ensures water tightness over the tank’s life. Each of these features set AWWA D110 prestressed concrete tanks apart from other types of prestressed concrete tank structures and assure a low-maintenance structure.
Today, the industry benchmark for prestressed concrete tanks is the AWWA D110, Type III tank. AWWA D110, Type III tanks provide an unmatched level of quality assurance, safety and durability in some of the world’s most unforgiving environments. In fact, no other type of prestressed concrete tank has the proven record of success and longevity. The reinforced, precast concrete core wall sets the Type III tank apart from other types of AWWA D110 tanks.
This method of design and construction employs a minimum of four inches of reinforced concrete between the steel shell diaphragm and the liquid contents. The high-quality concrete protects the watertight steel diaphragm, which in turn provides maximum durability and longevity. Preload’s team of the most experienced engineering and construction personnel in the industry have successfully constructed thousands of prestressed concrete tanks of all Types; however, no other AWWA D110 tank Type has met the standard set by the Type III tank.
As communities expand with outward development, infrastructure that was once hidden has become visible to the public. Aesthetically pleasing structures, which match the character of the community and its environment, are in public demand. Preload offers myriad customized architectural options and treatments to assure that the community’s tank will be a source of pride and a landmark for generations. While some tank structures offer a very limited opportunity for the incorporation of architectural treatment, Preload prestressed concrete tanks can be designed and constructed to fit seamlessly into almost any environment. Decorative arches, brick pilasters, stamped precast panels and modern building cladding systems are just a few of the options available to an engineer and owner for architectural enhancement.
For the best in storage tank structures there is a clear front-runner, the AWWA D110, Type III prestressed concrete tank, and Preload leads the way. For more information, contact Preload at 888-PRELOAD (773-5623), visit them at www.preload.com or at Booth #1209.