Pinch Valves Play Vital Role at Modern Water Treatment Plant

Pinch Valves for Water Treatment

Tampa Bay Water supplies wholesale drinking water to more than 2.5 million people in the Florida counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. The Tampa Bay Water Regional Water Treatment Facility, located in Clearwater, is considered one of the country's most modern water treatment facilities. This showcase water treatment facility is home to over 60 Onyx Valve pinch valves, which regulate everything from the precise flow of chemicals into the water to the water flow entering and exiting the facility.

Image courtesy of Onyx Valve.

Onyx Pinch Valves are relied upon for controlling the flow of disinfectants and water purifiers into the water system. These are critical applications that make it possible to deliver a high-quality drinking water supply to each of the homes in the city of Tampa Bay and surrounding suburbs.

Onyx Valves for water treatment
Manually operated pinch valves and electrically (AUMA) operated pinch valves.
Images courtesy of Onyx Valve.

For more information about Onyx Valve in Florida, contact Instrument Specialties. Call them at 407-324-7800 or visit their website at https://isisales.com.

Schools and Universities Turn to Portable Wastewater Samplers for Coronavirus Outbreak Tracking

Teledyne ISCO Portable Refrigerated Samplers

Wastewater testing, or "wastewater quality indicators," are broad descriptions for the various testing methodologies used to measure water quality.  Wastewater testing analyzes the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of wastewater, which now includes the novel virus, SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes Covid-19. 

SARS-CoV-2 is known to invade the gastrointestinal tract and, consequently, is extracted in human sold waste. The recently demonstrated ability to reliably identify and measure COVID-19 genetic material in untreated wastewater is one of the most exciting advances in Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE).

As schools and universities work to arrest the spread of Covid-19 and care for those infected, some university campuses use wastewater testing as a possible method for identifying and predicting outbreaks of Covid-19 in their facilities. This advance has put a powerful new tool in the hands of those trying to defeat the virus, giving schools the ability to detect potential outbreaks weeks earlier than conventional population monitoring.

Schools using wastewater-based epidemiology methods have shown the potential to detect COVID-19 in wastewater samples well in advance of an outbreak compared to individual students' testing. The information discovered by WBE can then be a trigger for the required mitigation initiatives and response plans by schools and universities, such as testing individuals, contact tracing, and quarantine.

Teledyne ISCO is paving the way with the use of portable refrigerated samplers to identify hot spots. The portable analyzer takes daily aliquots at sensitive locations to determine the characteristics and presence of the Coronavirus in parts per million quantities. By assessing the presence of SARS-CoV-2, researchers can predict COVID-19 flareups through a "Virus Radar" system.

Teledyne ISCO offers two popular portable samplers used on schools and campuses today: the portable Avalanche with powered refrigeration that is perfect for genetic material preservation and the Glacier with its 12-volt deep-cycle battery 48 + hours of unpowered refrigerated composite sampling.

Wastewater-based epidemiology efforts, using wastewater testing or wastewater quality indicators that incorporate these kinds of sampling instruments, are valuable in keeping schools open and keeping students safe.

For more information about Teledyne ISCO portable samplers in Florida, contact Instrument Specialties. Call them now at 407-324-7800  or visit their website at https://isisales.com.

The MSA Chillgard 5000 Refrigerant Monitor

Chillgard 5000

Monitoring of the presence of leaked refrigerant in HVAC machinery spaces is motivated by compliance, economic and safety issues. Refrigerant gas in enclosed spaces can displace oxygen and contribute to an unbreathable atmosphere. Refrigerants are costly on the economic front, and leakage needs to be replaced. Also, steadily leaking coolant would potentially result in system charge levels that harm the system's operation and efficiency.

The MSA Chillgard 5000 Refrigerant Monitor, capable of detecting refrigerant gas down to 1 ppm, is designed to track up to eight remote areas and be fully programmed to detect either a single refrigerant or a group of refrigerant gases.

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For more information about MSA fixed gas detection products in Florida, contact Instrument Specialties, Inc. Call them at 407-324-7800 or visit their website at https://isisales.com.

AUMA PROFOX - One Solution for Gate, Butterfly, Ball, Plug and Globe Valves

AUMA 's smart and lightweight PROFOX series is designed for applications requiring quick and precise positioning, maximum versatility and future-proof interfaces for all industries, including water treatment.

Programmed-in intelligence makes PROFOX ideal for open-close and modulating applications. The PROFOX includes adjustable motor speed, ensuring quick and precise positioning without overrun, soft-start and soft-stop functionality that improves valve life. PROFOX - compact actuators with intelligent functions – a platform concept for tailored automation solutions at three levels:
  1. Valve - PROFOX is available as multi-turn, part-turn or linear actuator Wide performance range with just a few sizes
  2. DCS - PROFOX masters a large variety of communication technologies and supports easy integration
  3. Future-proof - PROFOX is optimally prepared to face the challenges of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Firmware upgrades allow adaptations to future requirements.

PROFOX-Q part-turn actuators

  • Torques between 32 Nm and 600 Nm Range enhancement under development between 8 Nm and 1,000 Nm

PROFOX-M multi-turn actuators

  • Torques between 10 Nm and 100 Nm Range enhancement under development between 4 Nm and 100 Nm

PROFOX-L linear actuators

  • Under development Operating forces between 6 kN and 15 kN
For more information about AUMA PROFOX actuators for municipal water and wastewater use in Florida, contact Instrument Specialties, Inc. Call them at 407-324-7800 or visit their website at https://isisales.com.

The LaserFlow® Open Channel Velocity Sensor by Teledyne ISCO

The Teledyne ISCO LaserFlow velocity sensor remotely measures flow in open channels with non-contact Laser Doppler Velocity technology and non-contact Ultrasonic Level technology. The sensor uses advanced technology to measure velocity with a laser beam at single or multiple points below the surface of the wastewater stream.

The sensor uses an ultrasonic level sensor to measure the level and determines a sub-surface point to measure velocity. The sensor then focuses its laser beam at this point and measures the frequency shift of the returned light.

During submerged conditions, flow measurement continues without interruption with optional continuous wave Doppler Ultrasonic Area Velocity technology.

With its specially designed mounting bracket in place, the LaserFlow can be deployed and removed from street level. This avoids the risk and expense of confined space entry. A variety of communication options enable programming and data retrieval from a remote location. Information about data quality can be recorded and transmitted with the flow data.

For more information about Teledyne ISCO products in Florida, contact Instrument Specialties. Call them at  (888) 388-6446, or visit their website https://isisales.com.

The Flowserve Valtek Compressor Anti-Surge Valve

The Flowserve Valtek Compressor Anti-Surge Valve is a groundbreaking approach to anti-surge control by combining accurate control with exceptional responsiveness in a simple, reliable package. It is designed to address common challenges seen in compressor applications, where the surge of compressors can cause equipment failure and downtime. 

By providing rapid response, driving the valve open when required, and providing steady-state positioning when recycling, the Valtek Compressor Anti-Surge Valve solution protects the compressor from catastrophic surge damage. The Valtek Compressor Anti-Surge Valve also provides the benefits of fast and simple set-up as well as easy maintenance. In addition, to existing installations, the Logix 3800JF positioner is easily retrofitted.

For more infomration about Flowserve Valtek products in Florida, contact Instrument Specialties. Call them at 407-324-7800 or visit their website at https://isisales.com.

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