Product Spotlight — Water: January 2022

Product Spotlight — Water: January 2022

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In municipal water treatment applications, there is a constant need to accurately monitor levels in open channels, lagoons, canals, lift stations, sediment tanks, clarifiers and chemical feeding tanks. To make that task easy and relatively hands-off, BinMaster offers BinView, an internet-based application for remote inventory monitoring of solids or liquids contained in tanks, bins or silos.

“What’s unique about BinView is it’s not really a product, but a problem solver,” says Jenny Christensen, vice president of marketing for BinMaster. “It addresses the issues associated with measuring levels in tanks, storage vessels or open-air basins or channels, not with just a single product, but a customizable solution. A lot of suppliers offer level sensors, but not everyone has all the components to build a system specifically to the needs of each treatment plant.”

BinView is compatible with many of BinMaster’s sensors as well as other sensors that have a 4 -20 mA analog output or Modbus RTU. It can be used to manage multiple vessels at multiple locations. Real-time inventory management and automated alerts can be accessed on site or remotely from a smartphone, tablet or PC with a connection to the internet. That allows it to offer both security and control over assets and users of the application, according to Christensen.

Automation brings centralized digital control, minimal human intervention, and faster and timelier responses,” she says. “That means less time on the phone, managing spreadsheets, fewer trips to the control room, and less time doing routine or redundant tasks.”

Administrative users can have the ability to set up and manage locations, gateways and vessels, while other users may have view-only or receive alerts-only privileges. The system can be set up so that some users have access to all sites, while others may only be able to access data for a single location. That simplicity has been a game-changer for users, according to Christensen.

“People like that it’s easy-to-use and you don’t need to have an IT person on your staff to use the system,” she says. “The fact that it’s portable on a phone or tablet doesn’t keep people tied down to an office or control room staring at a screen. Plants are leanly staffed, and they can be on top of what’s going on without a lot of running around. The system tells them where they might have a problem, so they can focus on known issues versus checking up on the status quo.” 800-278-4241; www.binmaster.com



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