These systems come with catalytic or electrochemical sensors to monitor for methane, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide and oxygen deficiency. They have a stand-alone design with built-in alarms and relays, automatic zero and span calibration, standard 4-20mA and RS485 Modbus digital ports, remote access and adjustment features, and a full-featured display with status indicators. They are made for monitoring pump rooms, screen chambers, wet wells, grit pump and wash areas, chlorine storage and metering area, and other work areas in wastewater treatment plants.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.