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Advancements in Instrumentation and Control - Fieldbus Technology

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The objective of this paper is to introduce fieldbus technology to the Municipal Water and Wastewater Industry. Traditional monitoring, control, and wiring methods using analog and discrete communication have been successfully used in the past, and are still being used in most of the facilities. Plant staff, Contractors, Integrators, and Engineers are very familiar with analog and discrete control. With the advent of Fieldbus, a variety of benefits to the Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities are discussed in this paper. To illustrate these, various phenomena in the treatment plants have been compared between traditional and fieldbus communication. An example of the fieldbus design methodology in the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) Southern Delivery Systems (SDS) Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is described, and the results of the design are analyzed. From this paper, it is proved that the utilization of this technology significantly reduces the construction and maintenance costs for the Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2012

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