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Reliably monitoring water transport

Drinking water – wherever and whenever it’s needed

Drinking water – wherever and whenever it’s needed

It isn’t unusual for pipelines to extend for hundreds of kilometers. Through desert landscapes and rough terrain, through mountains and valleys, they are essential for transporting water and thus supplying millions of people with potable water. With in-depth process expertise, extensive experience and proven products, systems and solutions, we work with you to develop the best solution for water transport and optimized pipeline operation – to ensure you are perfectly equipped to master the challenges of the global water industry.

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Highlights

Always well supplied

In some locations, water can be directed to where it will be used by taking advantage of the natural gradient, while others require the use of pumping stations. It is typical for plant units, stations or treatment plants to be separated by long distances, and they are often unmanned as a consequence. The components that are used – from the process control technology to the drive and automation technology, process instrumentation, and power supply – therefore have to be sturdy and reliable, and work perfectly together.

Overview of the entire pipeline

Overview of the entire pipeline

Whether it’s monitoring water pipes, controlling pipeline shutoff valves or recording flow data that helps identify leaks – to ensure efficient water transportation it is essential to have relevant information at all times. Efficient operation and observation of system processes are crucial for ensuring secure pipeline operation and enabling a swift and targeted response in the event of a breakdown. Telecontrol technology is used to comprehensively connect the local stations, such as wells in distant source regions, to the plant-wide automation, regardless of how far they are from each other.

Water transport pipeline

Quickly identify leaks

The efficiency and cost-effectiveness of water transport and distribution systems is crucially dependent on the fast and reliable detection of leaks and on their accurate location. The amount of time before a leak is detected is critical for the prevention of potential damage, such as undermining of buildings or roads. Leaks not only result in a loss of valuable drinking water that has been purified at high cost, but may also lead to substantial economic losses. Just how much action is needed becomes clear when we consider that about one-fourth of the world’s drinking water is lost through leakage. SIWA LeakControl for complex water distribution networks and SIWA Leak for water transport pipelines are modules made available by Siemens for intelligent leak monitoring.

SIMOTICS electric motors

Full energy transparency and optimization

Energy consumption is one of the main cost factors in water transport. Identifying and eliminating big energy consumers are among the main challenges in optimizing your system. Our intelligent products, solutions and services help you gain transparency with regard to your energy needs and to cut costs substantially.

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 water transport facilities 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 water transport pipeline can result in delays and even supply problems during 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 matched 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 water transport facility

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 water transport facility.

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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 water transport facility.

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.

Parallelization of work processes

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

Integrated 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 matched 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, it 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 water transport facility.

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

Certified energy management

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 water transport facility.

Reliable measurement values

Reliable measurement values

To meet the continuously increasing demands on the safety and quality of water supply, all relevant process information has to be recorded precisely and made available in the distributed control system, 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 your water transport facility’s durability. 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 water transport facilities 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 tank levels.

Increasing efficiency in water transport

Increasing efficiency in water transport

The SIWA Pipeline Management System is designed for the specific requirements of the water industry. It helps network operators to achieve their economic and technological optimization potential in the areas of energy and system reliability. The SIWA Management System for drinking water and wastewater transport is based on modules and offers functions such as 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.

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 water transport facility.

Totally Integrated Automation

Integrated 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 matched 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 throughout the operating phase of  a water transport facility.

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 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 water transport facility.

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

Ensure high availability throughout the entire lifecycle

Both profitability and high plant availability are key for operators of water transport plants. The value of their investment must be maintained by constantly adapting to new requirements, for example by increasing efficiency. To safeguard plant operation and ensure availability throughout the entire plant lifecycle, 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 transport system can lead to serious supply 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 efficiency over the long term.

References

Greater efficiency – thanks to perfectly tailored solutions

Worldwide references for the water industry
The Magazine
Telecontrol solution makes water supply reliable
Automation of the Oguz-Gabala-Baku Water Pipeline

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Want to learn more about Siemens solutions for water transport? Download our topic brochures or find out about our range of products – from the efficient planning of your plant to individual services.

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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.

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