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

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

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

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AUMA Electric Actuators for Water Distribution and Wastewater Treatment

Drinking water abstraction and distribution, as well as sewage disposal and purification, are basic prerequisites for community infrastructure development. Security of supply is crucial for any modern water industry.

Piping of different lengths and nominal diameters must be automated with a multitude of valve types. From potable water production and distribution, to sewage treatment, to water treatment systems, AUMA actuators automate valves of any size and design. AUMA has been building electric actuators and valve gearboxes for over 50 years, and is one of the leading manufacturers in the water industry. AUMA is well implanted due to their broad product portfolio including multi-turn, part-turn, and linear actuators. In combination with high corrosion protection, they guarantee a long service life, low in maintenance.

For more information about AUMA electric actuators in water distribution and wastewater treatment, contact Instrument Specialties. Call them at 407-324-7800 or visit their site at

Coronavirus is Proving We Need an Early Warning System to Test Wastewater

Wastewater testing coronavirus
Wastewater testing, or “wastewater quality indicators” are broad descriptions for the various test methodologies to measure water quality.  These tests analyze the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of wastewater.

As countries and individual healthcare organizations work to arrest the spread of Covid-19 and to care for those who are infected, officials in some geographic locations are using wastewater testing as a possible method for identifying levels of Covid-19 in their communities.  The testing goal is to detect evidence of the Covid-19 genetic material, ribonucleic acid (RNA), in fecal matter in sewage and wastewater.

The novel virus, SARS-CoV-2, is the virus that causes Covid-19. It is known to invade the GI (gastrointestinal) track in some patients, and so the virus is extracted in their fecal matter. 

Looking at the amount of viral matter in waste water from a community could uncover the level of Covid-19 spread in the population.  This information can then be a trigger for the required mitigation initiatives and response plans, such as testing individuals, contract tracking, and quarantine. It also allows for information to be gathered on a cross section of the population, allowing for a way to monitor public health solutions for large groups.  

Scientists from around the world are setting up pilot programs to test waste water.  The Netherlands has successfully performed a Covid-19 test for waste water and additional programs are launching in Singapore, Zurich, Lausanne,  Milan, Rome, Australia, and in parts of the US, such as Colorado, Ohio, New York, and Wyoming.  Scientists in these regions have been able to identify the novel Coronavirus at low concentrations in waste water, pointing to an early warning systems for communities.  

In April, 2020, the scientific journal, Nature, listed that over a dozen groups around the globe were doing research analyzing waste water for Covid-19, and that evidence of the virus was already found in the United States, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Teledyne ISCO is paving the way with use of water samplers in the effort to identify the virus evidence in sewage.   Their automatic sampler readings analyze the characteristics and presence of the Coronavirus in parts per million quantities and can be laid against the population numbers of a geographic area to ascertain the existence and amount of virus existing in the waste water. 

For more information about the use of Teledyne ISCO water samplers for SARS-CoV-2 monitoring in wastewater contact Instrument Specialties, Inc. Call them at 407-324-7800 or visit their website at

The MSA ULTIMA® X5000 Gas Monitor

The ULTIMA® X5000 Gas Monitor is the future of gas detection for oxygen, toxic and combustible gases. MSA XCell® gas sensors with TruCal® technology offer calibration cycles up to 18 months (local calibration respected). The gas transmitter's advanced, multi-lingual OLED display is easy to read and the unique touch-screen interface makes it simple to navigate.
  • X5000 Gas Monitor Features:
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Check status and get alerts up to 75 ft. (23 m) away 
  • Modify settings/setpoints/alarms
  • Initiate calibration and view progress
  • Reduce setup time by at least 50%
  • Up to 1.5 YEARS between calibrations!
  • Adaptive Environmental Compensation (AEC)
  • 12+ Patents
  • 5 Yr. Expected Life
  • 3 Yr. Warranty

For more information on the ULTIMA® X5000, contact Instrument Specialties, Inc. Call them at 407.324.7800 or visit