Having been in the instrumentation and controls business for over 35 years I’ve seen my share of revolutionary and evolutionary instruments come to market. Every so often I have the distinct privilege of representing a company that comes up with a truly game changing innovation whose selling proposition, or owning proposition, depending on which side of the table you’re sitting on, is so compelling the customer finds the justification to owning the product a no-brainer.
Good examples from the past are: Fluid Components' Thermal Mass flow meter, which was introduced to the market in 1981; American Sigma’s (now owned by Hach Flow) area x velocity flow meter, which was introduced to the market in the early 90’s; Robicon’s (now owned by Siemens) Perfect Harmony Medium Voltage variable frequency drive introduced to the market in 1994, and Hach’s Luminescence Dissolved Oxygen (LDO) analyzer, which came to market in the early 2000’s, to name a few. These products all caused quantum jumps in performance and reliability in their respective applications.
Well, I must be living right because Ponton Industries now has the opportunity to bring not just one, or two, but three different products to market that I believe have those same game changing characteristics.
This month’s Pontificator will address just one of those products The Entech Design, Echo Smart interface level and turbidity analyzer. We’ll leave you in suspense as to the other two products until the next editions of the Pontificator.
Entech’s product combines two relatively well established technologies in to one simple, but ingenious instrument for optimizing the performance of gravity filters. Gravity filters are most commonly used to final treat potable water before it is sent to the distribution network. We are also seeing an increased use of these same media filters for tertiary treatment of recycled water.
The key to the product’s performance is the combination of sonar level combined with a turbidity analyzer in one sensor. The instrument can optimize media expansion, i.e., prevent media from escaping the backwash cycle, and measure real time turbidity in the filter, thus optimizing the backwash cycle times. The cost savings are enormous when compared to backwashing on a timed basis so the ROI is just months, and sometimes as short as just a few weeks!
I invite you to check out this link for more information.
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Next month – Clearwater Technology’s “DERAGGER”