March 12, 2014

Upgraded Controls Provides Reliable Communication Network

As older municipal systems become outdated, Metropolitan Industries of Romeoville, Ill., is at the forefront in providing innovative solutions to upgrading controls for high-rise building automation systems, streamline industrial production systems and monitoring vital municipal pumping stations. Metropolitan has the knowledge and experience to design, integrate and maintain a custom SCADA system to fit every site’s requirement.

Metropolitan Industries has been working with SCADA systems since the technology’s inception and has provided customers with the most up to date solutions for monitoring equipment. During tough economic climates, SCADA systems are wise investments that pay for themselves with improved allocation of resources for system maintenance, scheduling and troubleshooting.

Metropolitan has implemented a new and improved level management system, the LMS II, into several lift stations, including installations at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The LMS II is a pre-programmed, transducer-based level controller with a color touch screen operator interface. Users can seamlessly alter pump sequencing and transducer options providing access to basic SCADA features at a cost-effective price.  Each unit comes complete with integrated help screens, making system operation easy and intuitive. The LMS II is a menu-configurable, constant speed, pump down level controller, allowing for the control of one to three pumps, with optional pre-programmed configurations for single/dual level transducers, 0-20 mA flow meter input, and an optional, completely redundant float backup controller.

In an effort to prepare for future city improvements, communities like Rock Falls, Ill., have also made upgrades to their methods of communication. These upgrades have provided a more efficient operation for SCADA systems and have helped owners save money they may have otherwise spent.

A renovation to the Rock Falls Water Reclamation Facility brought an opportunity to upgrade the city’s lift stations as well. After having supplied new Control Panels to all ten of Rock Falls’ lift stations, the city turned to Metropolitan to provide an efficient and more versatile controller to one of the city’s older lift stations as well.

Upgrading below ground pump stations with above ground solutions protects both the investment of systems and the well being of operators. Metropolitan’s upgraded control solutions have helped eliminate much of the excessive labor associated with the design, engineering and programming of controls.

These updated systems have the capability to expand from 1 to 3 pumps in a single station while providing a more reliable communication network, which is the most vital aspect of a SCADA system.

Problems inherent to difficult pumping applications like water supply, storm water management and wastewater collection are solved with a comprehensive package of pumps, controls, treatment and distribution, instrumentation equipment, emergency power and often Metropolitan’s computerized SCADA control systems. Metropolitan has also implemented a cost-effective level or pressure switch controller into many applications as well. Using microprocessor technology, Metropolitan’s Intellipump is a simple and effective pump controller, alternating two pumps with the ability to detect alarms and provide the operator with diagnostic help in troubleshooting the cause of the alarms.

Whether an upgrade to a simple sump and sewage application or a more sophisticated program for a lift station, Metropolitan has provided customers with single source responsibility, which allows issues to be solved quickly and end-users can eliminate the need to consult with multiple vendors.

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