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Sewer networks for reliable waste disposal

Wastewater plant

Important for the water cycle

Needing to cope with strong rainfall and reliably remove domestic and industrial wastewater for treatment – sewer networks perform an important function in the water cycle. With in-depth process expertise, extensive experience and proven products, systems and solutions, we work with you to develop an efficient design and control system for your networks – to ensure you are perfectly equipped to master the challenges that wastewater removal involves.

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Highlights

Ensuring reliable waste disposal

Whether in major cities or rural regions, sewer networks ensure that wastewater is reliably disposed of. In most cases, that means wastewater is directed via pumping stations to the waste water treatment plants. It is typical for the various plant units, stations and treatment plants to be separated by long distances and they are often unmanned as a consequence. It is therefore important to ensure that the components used are as sturdy and reliable as possible, and work together perfectly – from the process control technology to the drive and automation technology, process instrumentation and power supply.

A fully networked system

A fully networked system

Information about pump performance, current flow measurement and fill levels is important for staying up to date with the status of the components being used. Efficient operation and observation of system processes are key factors in being able to enjoy secure system operation and provide a swift and targeted response in the event of a breakdown. Telecontrol technology is used to comprehensively connect the local stations to the plant-wide automation, regardless of how far they are from each other.

Central control

Central control of water capacities

Today, wastewater streams in sewer networks are basically controlled on-site on the basis of locally available information. Although this method is associated with minimal investment costs and rapid implementation, its effectiveness is limited when it comes to reducing or preventing water pollution due to combined sewage water discharge. The way to prevent such discharge is through a targeted, centralized sewer network control system that eases the burden on the sewer network and compensates sewer system influx by utilizing the storage volume of components contained in the network. The goal of interventions into running discharge and storage procedures in drainage systems is to optimize operation of the sewer network and treatment plant. This is done by controlling valves, pumps and locks on the basis of current measurements of precipitation, water level and discharge.

SIWA leak detection system

Optimizing thewastewater network with the SIWA leak detection system

The performance and efficiency of water transport and distribution systems is heavily dependent on the reliable and rapid detection and localization of leakages. A rapid localization of the leakage is critical for the prevention of potential secondary damage such as damage caused by the undercutting of foundations. Leaks do not only lead to the loss of drinking water that has been purified at high cost, but may also result in substantial economic losses. With SIWA Leak, Siemens offers a system to detect major leakages as well as small, gradual water losses in wastewater networks.

Products, solutions, and services throughout the entire plant lifecycle

The parallelization and automation of work processes, their simplification and standardization, as well as digitalization and electrification are all important factors for improving the efficiency of your plant. Competing in the international market requires constant innovative strength and efficiency as well as increased productivity and quality – throughout the entire plant lifecycle. With our customized solutions, products, and services we help you achieve integrated plant management.

Planning phase

Efficiency throughout the plant lifecycle starts with planning

It is vital to be working as cost-effectively as possible right from the planning phase. Innovative software and tools are important factors in speeding up the planning phase. Make optimal use of this potential, because saving time means saving money.

Reducing configuration time and effort

Reducing configuration time and effort

Operators of sewer networks are constantly facing new challenges due to growing time and cost pressures.

The planning and further development of an innovative, high-quality system landscape requires system-specific, easy-to-use planning tools. With ProTime PCS 7, you can convert your individual requirements and existing quantity structure into SIMATIC PCS 7 plant configurations that can then be ordered. This not only enables you to improve the quality of your system design but also significantly reduces the time required.

Fault-free configuration of automation engineering

Fault-free configuration of automation engineering

Errors in the selection of system components when automating a sewer network can result in delays and even disposal problems at the time of commissioning. Using the TIA Selection Tool, you can ensure error-free configuration without expert knowledge. You not only save time but also money. The TIA Selection Tool is free. The desktop and cloud versions permit cross-team cooperation with maximum flexibility.

Totally Integrated Automation

Planning the automation of a water transport plant

Uninterrupted operation, high water quality, and reduction of plant costs are just some of the challenges in the water industry. Automation plays a key role in resolving these issues. Our automation engineering allows you to respond quickly to changes in the supply network. It stands for user-friendliness, high system availability, investment protection, future-proof technology, and reduced total cost of ownership.

Planning drive engineering

Planning drive engineering

With perfectly coordinated components such as enclosure, bearings, active parts, ventilation, and cooling system, we offer you the right motor and converter for every need. We thus ensure high plant availability, security of supply with high material quality through innovative processing, and low energy consumption.

Planning the electrification of a sewer network

Planning the electrification of a sewer network

Our comprehensive range of power supply products permits a reliable, secure and efficient power supply with software and hardware products, systems and solutions for all voltage levels of your sewer network.

Service & Support

Take advantage of our expertise

Our comprehensive technological know-how, proven industry expertise, and a global network of service experts are just some of the ways we can support you in the planning of your sewer network.

Engineering phase

Integrated Engineering: shorter time from planning to operation

Competing in the international market today requires constant innovative strength and efficiency, faster commissioning – and uncompromising quality from the very start. The solution: Enjoy the benefits of digitalization as early as the engineering phase through our Integrated Engineering concept, based on consistent software tools.

COMOS Software

Parallelization of work processes

Growing international competition is making it increasingly important for planners and operators of water and wastewater plants and systems to increase productivity and quality. Severe time and cost pressures also make it necessary to parallelize work processes. This requires constant innovation and consistent data management. Life Cycle Engineering with our future-oriented COMOS software enables comprehensive management throughout your plant’s entire lifecycle – and thus the realization of your goals.

Totally Integrated Automation

Consistent, end-to-end automation

Uninterrupted operation, high water quality and reduction of plant costs are only some of the challenges in the process industry. Automation plays a decisive role in resolving these issues. Our automation engineering allows you to respond quickly to changes in the supply network. It stands for user-friendliness, high system availability, investment protection, future-proof technolog, and reduced total cost of ownership.

Efficient drive technology

Efficient drive technology

With perfectly coordinated components such as enclosure, bearings, active parts, ventilation, and cooling system, we offer you the right motor and converter for every need. We thus ensure high plant availability, security of supply with high material quality through innovative processing, and low energy consumption.

Modular water management system

Modular water management system

The SIWA water management system provides you with a modular solution for pipelines, drinking water and wastewater networks. Depending on the requirement, they will help optimize processes, identify and locate leaks, and dynamically simulate pipeline systems. The benefits are obvious: in addition to improved security of supply, you can reduce energy consumption and thus your costs as a system operator.

Service & Support

Take advantage of our expertise

Our comprehensive technological know-how, proven industry expertise, and a global network of service experts are just some of the ways we can support you in the planning of your sewer network.

Operating phase

Optimal plant operation for high availability

Optimal plant operation is primarily based on high availability with minimal costs. Among other things, it requires data transparency and reliable equipment. Innovative software and proven products are valuable aids to profitable plant operation.

Certified energy management for a more efficient sewer network

Certified energy management for a more efficient sewer network

Company-wide energy management across sites can be a genuine challenge. With SIMATIC Energy Manager PRO, you can quickly display energy costs per generator set, machine, plant area, day, week, month or year. When integrated into the automation system, it lets you link energy and production data as well as plant information. Instead of having to analyze complex raw values, SIMATIC Energy Manager PRO combines the values and makes them accessible to you as meaningful indicators. TÜV certification of the solution makes it easier for you to comply with legal requirements in accordance with ISO 50001 and enables the energy- and cost-efficient operation of your sewer network.

Reliable measurement values

Reliable measurement values

To meet the continuously increasing demands on the safety and quality of wastewater disposal, all relevant process information has to be recorded precisely and made available in the distributed control system. Our process instrumentation and analytics portfolio has the right solution for any measurement task, whether it is making processes more efficient or complying with regulatory guidelines and quality standards. All measurements can be transmitted wirelessly.

Prevent faults and breakdowns in extreme ambient conditions

Prevent faults and breakdowns in extreme ambient conditions

Mechanical loads, chemical and biological substances, condensation and temperature fluctuations reduce the durability of your sewer network. SIPLUS extreme technology protects your products against the resulting corrosion, dendrite and whisker formation and other harmful deposits, thereby preventing faults and downtimes. The expansion of the temperature range to -40°C and +70°C allows SIPLUS extreme products to be used even where the standard range is no longer sufficient.

Safe integration of distributed plants

Safe integration of distributed plants

Because sewer networks are often set up decentrally with many distributed external stations, centralized control is important. With telecontrol, you can control your plant remotely and easily communicate with the individual parts of the plant that are separated in terms of space or locality. Using the telecontrol units you can, for example, detect leaks, monitor pumping and storage stations, and check the levels in the tanks.

Protect plants against unauthorized access

Protect plants against unauthorized access

With the growth of digitalization, comprehensive security in automation becomes increasingly important. Our Industrial Security concept includes all security levels and provides plant and network security as well as ensuring system integrity, thus providing comprehensive protection for the productivity of your sewer network.

Improving efficiency in the sewer network

Improving efficiency in the sewer network

The SIWA Network Management System is designed for the specific requirements of the water industry. It helps network operators in the water industry to achieve their economic and technological optimization potential in the areas of energy and system reliability. The SIWA Management System for sewer networks is modular based and offers all essential management functions like optimization, simulation, prediction and monitoring of leaks. The system modules are coordinated with each other and easy to operate since the user interface is matched with SIMATIC WinCC / PCS 7 control technology.

Totally Integrated Automation

Consistent, end-to-end automation

Uninterrupted operation, high water quality and reduction of plant costs are just some of the challenges in the process industry. Automation plays a key role in resolving these issues. Our automation engineering allows you to respond quickly to changes in the supply network. It stands for user-friendliness, high system availability, investment protection, future-proof technology and reduced total cost of ownership.

Efficient drive technology

Efficient drive technology

With perfectly coordinated components such as enclosure, bearings, active parts, ventilation, and cooling system, we offer you the right motor and converter for every need. We thus ensure high plant availability, security of supply with high material quality through innovative processing, and low energy consumption.

Electrification over all voltage levels

Electrification over all voltage levels

Our comprehensive range of power supply products permits a reliable, secure, and efficient power supply with software and hardware products, systems, and solutions during the operating phase of a sewer network.

Reliable telecontrol technology

Reliable telecontrol technology

With our telecontrol technology, you can efficiently connect and control individual process stations via remote networks.

Comprehensive water management system

Comprehensive water management system

Optimized operations management requires that plants and infrastructures in the waste water industry be intelligently controlled and managed. Our smart solution is the SIWA water management system – a modular solution for water networks.

Service & Support

Take advantage of our expertise

Comprehensive technological know-how, proven industry expertise, and a global network of service experts are only some of the ways in which we can support you throughout all the lifecycle phases of your sewer network.

Maintenance

Optimal maintenance for minimum downtime

Minimum downtime and optimal use of staff and resources are key to sustainable success. With technology-based services throughout the entire plant lifecycle, in-depth knowledge of technologies, and industry expertise, we create the conditions for greater productivity, flexibility, and efficiency – reliably, globally, and around the clock. Thus we enable you to perform predictive maintenance for optimal operation and minimum downtime.

Service & Support

Ensuring a high level of availability throughout the entire lifecycle

Profitability and high plant availability both play a decisive role for operators of sewer networks. The value of their investment needs to be maintained by constantly adapting to new requirements – for example, increased efficiency. To safeguard plant operation and ensure plant availability over its entire life cycle, we offer a service program that supports and supplements the operator’s maintenance processes, optimizes the efficiency of plant components and guarantees plant safety.

Reliably monitor the plant state

Reliable plant monitoring

High availability of the automation concept is extremely important for properly safeguarding the supply. A SIMATIC System Audit provides transparency of the current status and serviceability of your SIMATIC automation system. It thus provides a crucial basis for ensuring intelligent design and service strategies as well as efficient implementation of system upgrades and updates.

Introduce a preventive maintenance concept

Introduce a preventive maintenance concept

Outages in a water supply network can lead to serious problems in the area it covers. With our comprehensive range of preventive services, we help you avoid unplanned downtime by planning and implementing suitable maintenance measures in advance. Preventive maintenance also helps you to make the most of hidden potential through continuous optimization, thus improving your long term efficiency.

References

Greater efficiency – thanks to perfectly tailored solutions

Worldwide references for the water industry
Wastewater treatment plant, Kelowna, Canada
Hefei Sanli Automation Engineering
Siemens Magazine

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Your plant is our concern

Any questions about the challenges or lifecycle of your plant? Are you looking for products, solutions, or specialized knowledge? Let our water industry experts help you to find the optimal solution for your specific requirements.

Individual consulting and customized solutions
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