Asset Health Management: IoT solutions for real-time monitoring of water systems

IoT solutions for real-time monitoring of water systems

The asset health management of equipment in the water industry has become a necessity in recent times. Smart solutions are playing a critical role in improving the productivity of systems and processes in equipment handling. Internet of things (IoT) solutions have also gained importance since the equipment used in the industry such as pumps, valves and seals requires close and consistent monitoring, in the absence of which failures or disruptions in the system may take place. In order to avoid such events, real-time asset health monitoring is accurately guided by smart solutions.

Challenges

The efficient treatment of contaminated water and a robust treated water supply network are necessary to ensure safe and secure distribution of water to all cities. The monitoring of water quality requires mechanised surveillance and not manual since manual monitoring is more time-consuming with room for mistakes. It would also be unaffordable and unsustainable in large-scale set-ups. Also, irregularity in the water supply system could lead to water shortfall, causing major disruptions in the overall city water network. Digital initiatives aid in seamless operations. These include the deployment of intelligent water management applications, which reduce the chances of errors. An advanced and well-equipped smart water level monitoring solution is also deployed for monitoring the real-time volume of water tanks.

The proper functioning of equipment also requires real-time management. This is not possible in the case of manual monitoring of industrial plants. Any anomaly in operation, if not traced at the right time, would lead to failure of the concerned equipment, creating an impact on the repair expenses and lowering productivity.

IoT solutions help in efficiently tracking the functioning of the equipment with the help of four types of modules in the system. The first one is a sensor layer module, which collects real-time data. A malfunction at this stage can lead to the reporting of poor water levels. This data is communicated to a centralised gateway module, which establishes a connection bet­ween a de­vice and the cloud, two devices and two networks. Further, through an internet network, the data is transferred or uploaded on a cloud services module. Here, the data is easily visualised, structured and processed by experts. The analytic insights are then uploaded on a website/application-based portal also called the user interface module, which can be used to get timely updates.

RedRaven technology

RedRaven is one such end-to-end solution created by Flowserve Corporation, a machinery industry company that enables real-time asset health monitoring through its two service divisions. These services are predictive analytics and condition monitoring. They help in integrating old-age product knowledge into a digital platform to ensure the efficient output of machinery and proper functioning of equipment. A monitoring centre undertakes 24×7 remote live monitoring 365 days in a year. This facility is also responsible for generating weekly reports on trends, developments and asset performance.

As of March 24, 2022, Flowserve Corporation entered into a non-exclusive partnership agreement with Gradient, which delivers water and wastewater treatment facilities to address the challenges in the sector. The partnership aims to upgrade the digital applications and support their sustainable development in new locations. With this collaboration, they also look to enhance the adoption of clean water solutions.

RedRaven solutions have been extended to valves for monitoring of their health and identifying the issues before downtime. By tracking their performance, the technology alerts users if there is any deviation from the normal operating conditions. For manufacturers, this solution can monitor several valves across large industrial facilities without expensive infrastructure, additional hardware or installation costs. The solution provides easy working with issues related to ageing equipment, complex datasets, maintenance personnel and limited equipment-specific expertise.

With inputs from a presentation by

Deepak Sivanandan, Head of IoT, APAC region, Flowserve, at a recent India Infrastructure conference