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South Staffs Water 

Automated sludge blanket measurement improves reliability and efficiency for South Staffs Water.

As part of a major refurbishment at Seedy Mill treatment works, South Staffs Water wanted to investigate what efficiency savings and operational improvements could be made, including automating the measurement of the sludge blanket. Historically, monitoring the sludge blanket had been a manual process, with technicians having to physically inspect the accelerator at regular intervals.

Endress+Hauser supplied South Staffs Water with its ultrasonic interface sensor Turbimax CUS71D on trial with a process guarantee. The CUS71D provides fast and continuous measurement of any sedimentation zone directly to the user’s data acquisition system. “It’s been very good, very reliable,” says Senior Technician Darren Compton. “We’re really impressed!”

Having such a reliable measurement improves product quality and reduces wastage, as it can be used to control how often the accelerator is de-sludged. And being able to monitor it remotely is a huge benefit because the shift controllers don’t need to leave the desk to physically inspect the sludge blanket.

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Less risk

to site through remote monitoring

Reliable measurement

improves product quality and reduces wastage

Remote monitoring

reduces the need for physical inspection

Cost saving

by reducing the need for desludging

What our customer said

“We can de-sludge the newly refurbished accelerator less frequently because the guys can keep a much closer eye on the blanket. They don’t have to walk over there every hour or so to physically have a look at it so they feel more confident in pushing the de-sludging out a bit more; that’s a big cost saving.”

Darren Compton
Senior Technician, Northern Production Unit 

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