The key factor behind investment in wastewater treatment is cost reduction. This requires the use of sophisticated measurement and process control technology.
The use of Fieldbus communication technologies has boosted the monitoring of factors such as instrument status, maintenance and diagnostics. Profibus has become crucial in several sectors of industrial automation. It is now a $60 billion market.
Pentair Flow Control Pacific - Profibus International Competence Centre has been accredited by Profibus International. It is the first such centre in Australia.
Nick Smith, Manager, Pentair Process Automation Division points out, "The demand for high-tech automation in the water sector continues to grow rapidly in Australia and throughout Asia Pacific."
One of Australia’s most comprehensive applications of the Profibus philosophy is at the Kwinana Water Reclamation Plant.
Water Corporation has been running Profibus DP and PA networks in its water and wastewater treatment plants for over five years now. Such networks will play an important role in its water treatment plants over the next five years.
In coming years, The PICC will look to continue to:
- Support companies in design, implementation, and new product development
- Provide a comprehensive range of certified training programmes
- Provide technical support for Profibus manufacturers and users
- Allow demonstrations of interoperability of products