Three Control Panel Technologies to Help You Manage Your Plant Better

Three Control Panel Technologies to Help You Manage Your Plant Better

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Control and electrical panels are integral to the efficient and reliable operation of water and wastewater treatment plants. These panels serve as the brains behind the automation and control of various processes, ensuring optimal performance, energy efficiency and compliance with regulatory requirements. With features ranging from human-machine interfaces to data logging capabilities and even screen protectors for sunlit environments, control panels have evolved to meet the diverse needs of the industry. Here, we delve into some of the most advanced options available in the market.

Smith & Loveless SHADE AIDE 
The SHADE AIDE from Smith & Loveless is a human-machine interface screen protector that easily installs onto a variety of control panels so that operators can see their HMI no matter how sunny of a day. It collapses when not in use and is fully lockable. It also protects the display from the harmful effects of constant UV ray exposure, saving the maintenance budget from replacement HMI costs due to excessive sun exposure. The product is compatible and customizable to fit every HMI screen sold today, with custom sizes available. 800-922-9048;

Orenco Controls OLS Control Panels
OLS Control Panels from Orenco Controls come with the choice of either integrated starters or variable-frequency drives that optimize system operation. These panels are suitable for a variety of pumping applications such as lift stations, stormwater pump stations, water boosting, dewatering or sludge pumping. They can also be used as a SCADA patch, connecting peripheral equipment to future or existing SCADA systems. Parameters can be configured via a human-machine interface and include a user-friendly startup wizard. Engineers can preprogram user interfaces to the site-specific needs of an installation, making the panel virtually plug-and-play. Maintenance staff can easily adjust settings and monitor the system remotely. These weatherproof control panels are UL 508A listed and include service-rated circuit protection, phase and voltage protection, and level controls. 877-257-8712;

SJE Rhombus EZ Series In-Site CL
The EZ Series In-Site CL data logging control panel from SJE Rhombus offers wireless Bluetooth connection for smart devices. There is no need to open the panel for configuration, viewing status or downloading data using the EZ Connect Mobile App. The Bluetooth smart module eliminates the need for a PC to enable safe and secure access in all weather conditions. The panel utilizes the C-Level sensor for continuous level monitoring and records up to 4,000 system events, including pump run times, pump cycles, alarm conditions, HOA settings, power outages and service calls. The In-Site software formulates system data for you, creating reports quickly and easily so system conditions can be identified and corrected. Single phase simplex or duplex models are available. This panel can be easily converted to demand or timed dose in the field. 888-342-5753;


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