Quantum 3 Brings Integrated Flow Monitoring to Pumping Station Management

Pulsar FlowPulse sensor installed at Northumbrian Water
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July 08, 2021 | Case Studies

Pulsar's Quantum 3 Pump Controller & FlowPulse non-contacting sensor work together for diagnostic flow monitoring

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Northumbrian Water has installed Pulsar Measurement’s Quantum 3 Pumping Station Controller which features, apart from a suite of advanced pump control functions based on Pulsar’s non-contacting ultrasonic level measurement, the ability to link in up to four FlowPulse non-invasive flow monitors. Northumbrian Water has used the system to increase station efficiency by identifying underlying issues in the station infrastructure.

Pulsar Measurement has led the way in the introduction of pumping station control systems, and the latest Quantum 3 unit has taken another step forward with the integration of Pulsar Measurement’s unique, non-invasive flow sensor, FlowPulse. The introduction of the sensor has allowed users to add another important dimension to the control of a site, that of diagnostic flow monitoring.

Northumbrian Water installed a fascia mount Quantum 3 controllers at its Layland Beck SPS in Skelton, with a FlowPulse sensor connected to the 450 mm (17.72 in) rising main. The displays on the Quantum 3 were configured to show the changing sewage level and the flow rate as monitored by the FlowPulse. With three pumps of similar types installed, the control routine was set up to rotate the duty pump each cycle. When pump 3 came on duty, it was clear that there was a different flow rate, a variation of over 20% compared to the other pumps. Staff at the site suspected that there was a problem with a non-return valve, and the Pulsar Measurement system proved that was indeed the case.

Pulsar Measurement FlowPulse sensorQuantum 3 can accept signals from up to four FlowPulse sensors, so a number of flows, pumps, or mains can be monitored at the same time, with individual alarm points being set for each one. The versatile FlowPulse sensor is a unique non-invasive flow sensor that simply straps to the outside of a pipe. FlowPulse can be operated as part of a control system with digital or analog output, as a stand-alone instrument with a local display, or as a roving system when used with Pulsar Measurement’s HandHeld Controller. 

For more information on the Quantum 3 Pump Controller, click here.

For more information on FlowPulse Sensors, click here.

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