For the past 3 years, Navionics Research has partnered with French Gerleman (St. Louis MO, Quincy IL, Columbia MO, Kansas City MO, Springfield MO, Washington MO) and Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley to offer premium VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) solutions to our rural water customers.   Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley PowerFlex-Series Premium VFD’s… Through Rockwell’s PowerFlex-series VFD’s, we are Read More →

Water Utility Pumping Stations and Filtration Plants are heavily reliant upon the electric power grid, and therefore it is often desirable to closely monitor the quality of the incoming power.  As a general rule, NRI has always offered basic power fault tracking at all Telemetry-monitored stations.  However, at certain critical stations, it is desirable to Read More →

Historical Data Presentation is one of the primary functions of a SCADA System. Today, I am excited to introduce a significant upgrade that extends the usefulness of the History Database Module of your SCADA System! — a new, powerful Data Export Module that provides the Operator and his Civil Engineers with access to raw, time-stamped data. The exported Read More →

Navionics Research Inc. Is Pleased to Introduce a Premium Online/Double-Conversion Battery Backup System. NRI’s new online Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with LCD control panel and sine wave output is offered as a power safeguard for SCADA Servers, RTU’s, and any communication/networking hardware that requires seamless power correction. Traditional (Standby) UPS Technology:  In a traditional (standby) UPS, Read More →

Valve Automation at Potable Water Districts Valve Automation serves a vital role in Potable Water Telemetry Control System Integration.  Valves are used in a variety of applications, which broadly include OPEN/CLOSE applications for ON/OFF flow control, as well as MODULATING applications for variable pressure and flow control. This article will address an interesting problem that we recently Read More →

When NRI’s VFD & Energy Analytics is implemented in a water plant or pumping station, VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) fault alarms are passed as numerical codes to the SCADA system via an industrial communication protocol (e.g. Modbus, DF1, EtherNet/IP, etc.) and then to the operator. A code of ‘0’ (zero) signifies no fault condition, whereas a non-zero code signifies that a fault Read More →

In the Rural Water Industry, when a pressure or flow regulation valve is needed, the traditional choice for many years had been the diaphragm-type valve.  In 2002, however, we introduced a new and improved flow and pressure regulating valve/telemetry technology: the electronically-controlled, high-performance butterfly valve. The High-Performance Butterfly Valve offered many advantages over the diaphragm valve, especially in Read More →

I am very appreciative of all the positive feedback that I’ve received over the past few days as a result of this 3-part series of articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.  I am glad that I was able to convey how the latest VFD technology — when leveraged to its full capability and coupled tightly with our new VFD & Energy Analytics Telemetry Software — is Read More →