November 2020 News
New instrument sales were made to Anglian Water Services, for continuous process monitoring at three points across a large water recycling facility. Wessex Water progressed further purchase orders for final effluent turbidity and ammonia measurement. Severn Trent Water also purchased two additional Proam ammonia monitors for final effluent measurement. Northumbrian Water deployed the analytical trailers with PPM’s assistance, to gain valuable insight at their waste water recycling works. Further sales of our Protoc TOC analyser analyser were made to an existing UK client for industrial waste water measurement. Overseas sales included our Proam ammonia monitor, supplied to Taiwan for a waste water semi-conductor application.
Protoc 300 commissioning at a UK consumer goods manufacturing plant
A new Protoc 300 TC monitor was commissioned as part of an initial set up on a new waste water treatment plant in the north of England. The UK company who manufactures a large range of cleaning and cosmetic products are looking to have the new plant fully operational in the New Year. The analyser will play a vital role in monitoring and controlling the outlet from the plant. In the event of a high TC concentration, the Protoc 300 will activate divert valves to re-circulate the outlet sample for further treatment.
Northumbrian Water deploy mobile analytical trailers engineered by PPM
Further development on the mobile water quality trailers has taken place through the joint collaboration venture between Pollution & Process Monitoring Ltd and Northumbrian Water. These analytical trailers are playing a key part in accessing waste water treatment plants, and allowing Northumbrian Water to fully assess the impact of varying loads entering the water recycling works. With remote GSM communication Northumbrian Water are able to log in and monitor ‘Real Time’ continuous data of a whole suite of parameters. Waste Water Inlet monitoring can be very challenging, but thanks to engineered sample system from Pollution & Process Monitoring Ltd., reliability of sampling has been achieved.
Proam sale to Taiwanese Semi-conductor plant
Atlas Technology of Taiwan has taken delivery of a Proam ammonia monitor for their client, Advanced Microelectronic Products (AMP), Inc. for a waste water monitoring application. Located in Hsinchu City, AMP is engaged in research, develop, design and manufacture of specialist semiconductor components such as high-end OEM wafers. The manufactured wafers are for components such as metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS), power metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) and high-voltage CMOS. The company's products are widely used in IT, home appliances, communications and consumer electronics.
October 2020 News
We are pleased to report that we have successfully completed our ISO9001:2015 recertification audit which was conducted by Sira. The external UKAS accredited body scrutinised the effectiveness of our Quality Management System, how our processes are implemented and maintained, and assessed the overall performance of our organisation. The associated annual customer survey also took place to provide important feedback on recent project work. Once again, we are very thankful for the positive commentary received. Site work took place to complete the usual routine service contracts and but also to commission a number of bespoke water quality builds.
Two of the three TOC analyser kiosks at Luton Airport are now operational providing baseline data before any de-icing takes place at the Airport. Additionally, a visit to Affinity Water took place to commission a new TriOS installation which will continually monitor raw water quality abstracted for treatment, from the River Thames. TriOS have also launched a new module especially suited for applications where power consumption needs to be preserved at remote locations powered using solar recharging technology. Product sales includes a Proam ammonia monitor to Severn Trent Water for a final effluent monitoring application, WTW instrumentation to Wessex Water and Chemitec pH instruments for several surface water quality projects. We have also supplied our Protoc 300 TOC analyser technology for a waste water monitoring application within the brewery sector.
Once again - excellent feedback from our ISO9001:2015 Customer Questionnaire Survey
In preparation for our ISO9001:2015 audit, we conducted a comprehensive customer survey. We asked our customers who had procured instrumentation from us during the past twelve months, for their feedback on all aspects of their experience. We are pleased to report that we received very positive responses which covered product supply, servicing and technical support. Once again, the quality of our customer support and technical knowledge was detailed as one of our key strengths. We also scored very highly with regards the value and quality of recent project delivery.
Our customers reported they were 100% satisfied with the overall performance provided. We also scored extremely highly when compared to the service provided by our competitors, with an average comparative score of 88%. We would like to take this opportunity to thanks everybody who took part and for the very positively commentary received.
Large UK Brewery places order for an additional Protoc TOC analyser
An additional Protoc 300 TOC analyser has been purchased by an established UK brewery, to monitor a waste stream from their brewing process. The Protoc 300 TOC analyser will be configured 0-7,000mg/L TOC and will be installed with our Paper Band Filtration system, inside the brewery. The instrumentation will provide continuous measurement of the dissolved organic carbon in a waste stream from a clarity enhancing process. The Protoc instrument reports in real time and enables proactive effluent stream control and compliance to the site trade discharge consent.
TriOS launch SDI12 interface to support their optical sensor technology
TriOS have just developed and launched a new low cost module to accept the digital communications from one of their optical water quality sensors and transmit the signals using a SDI12 protocol. SD112 (Serial Digital Interface at 1200 baud) is an asynchronous serial communications protocol for intelligent sensors that monitor environment data. These instruments are typically low-power, are used at remote locations, and usually communicate with a data logger or other data acquisition device. The Environment Agency will utilise the blind interface to communicate with their sensors which are reporting nitrate concentrations in remote locations powered using Solar PV technology
September 2020 News
With a number of purchase orders already in the system, this has given us an opportunity to progress a number of important bespoke system builds. We finalised the three TOC monitoring kiosks for Luton Airport and made delivery to site; commissioning is scheduled for October.
Additionally, we have completed a bespoke monitoring station for Northumbrian Water and also started on fabricating a TOC analyser kiosk for Unilever. Wessex Water placed orders and took delivery of dissolved oxygen and conductivity instrumentation. We also supplied two combined pH and turbidity monitoring on final outfalls, to a site in Oxford which was commissioned to operate in conjunction with an automatic valve system to arrest non-compliant site discharge, all powered by a PV solar power configuration.
We also received a significant purchase order to supply eight portable UVT instruments to a major water company needing to verify the performance of their on-line instruments, controlling the UV disinfection process. Severn Trent Water also progressed a purchase order for a further Proam ammonia monitor intended for final effluent measurement. Additionally, we also undertook our ISO9001 quality assurance audit using COVID safe virtual communications.
Unilever place purchase order for their Ninth Protoc TOC analyser monitoring system
We have progressed the build of the ninth Protoc TOC analyser for Unilever and commence the pre-installation within a dedicated GRP reinforced kiosk along with our Paper Band Filtration system. The compact analyser kiosk has been mounted on a metal frame to ensure the instrumentation is at an appropriate height for subsequent operation and maintenance. The pre-installation of the instrumentation reduces the installation time on site and allows PPM to pre-test the monitoring system before our site commissioning visit. Internal lighting and frost protection have been integrated within the GRP kiosk. Each appliance is protected by it’s own dedicated fuse spur.
All the internal kiosk plumbing is pre-formed using rigid solvent weld pipework. Once finished, the bespoke monitoring system will be installed to provide continuous effluent measurement with signals connected to the sites BMS system.
August 2020 News
A quieter August has allowed us to progress a number of bespoke kiosk builds. We have finished three TOC analyser kiosk builds for Luton Airport which will be installed to continuously measure surface water quality. Purchase orders have been received for turbidity measurement at a Gloucester Paper Mill and final effluent ammonia monitoring within Wessex Water.
Unilever has purchased their ninth Protoc TOC analyser which will be pre-installed by PPM within a GRP analyser kiosk and configured for waste water monitoring. Northumbrian Water has placed a purchase order for additional water quality monitoring instruments at Warkworth WTW. Four Proam ammonia monitors have been supplied to Taiwan to a semiconductor manufacturing plant.
Severn Trent Water final effluent Proam installations
Northumbrian Water has purchased additional instrumentation for the continuous measurement of pH, DO, turbidity and conductivity, to measure abstracted raw water quality. The individual sensors will be installed within a PVC sample break tank which will be pre-mounted along with the instrumentation onto a PVC wall board to simplify site installation.
The integration of flow sensors with alarm outputs within the sample tank, will provide confidence that the correct sample flow rate is being maintained to the monitoring system. The latest instrumentation is an enhancement to an existing setup previously bespoke engineered by PPM and helps to standardise the monitoring approach now used for intake protection. The water quality data will be communicated using a Modbus protocol as specified by the client, allowing for remote, real time access of measurement data.
Four Proam ammonia monitor sales to Taiwan
Taiwan is one area of the world that has escaped the worst of the Covid pandemic and associated lockdown measures, allowing them to operate normally without significant impact on new project work. Our Distributor, Atlas Technology Inc., has capitalised on this normality and has placed an order for another four ProAm ammonia monitors.
This project is for the newly completed FAB plant for Micron industries - a renowned DRAM chip manufacturer. The manufacturing plant is located in the centre of Taiwan at the Taichung Science Park. All four analysers will be monitoring the manufacturing plant waste water, within a standard configuration range of 0-500 mg/l as N.
July 2020 News
A range of new purchase orders and progression of project builds, has kept PPM busy during July. Severn Trent Water has progressed two separate purchase orders for Proam analysers intended for final effluent, continuous ammonia measurement. Replacement instruments for ammonia and turbidity have also been supplied to Wessex Water.
The bespoke build of a battery powered, portable logging system has also been completed and delivered to Wessex Water. The instrumentation for Affinity Water comprising optical probe technology from TriOS for dissolved organics, suspended solids and colour measurement has also been pre-configured ready for delivery. Having already shipped two Proams for a petrochemical application, our Taiwanese distributor placed a further order for two additional Proam ammonia monitors, intended for a new Semiconductor plant in Taiwan.
Severn Trent Water final effluent Proam installations
The Proam ammonia monitor is extensively installed throughout Severn Trent Water for final effluent ammonia measurement. The instrument provides continuous analysis of treated effluent quality before it is discharged to the local water course. The latest instruments were ranged 0-20mg/L as N and programmed to calibrate daily against two known calibration standards, to self-validate measurement performance and maintain repeatability.
One of the instruments was configured to operate at 5rpm to conserve reagents and allow for monthly site attendance. The ability to extend the maintenance interval especially at remote sites or at un-manned treatment works, has proved popular with a number of the Utilities. Additionally, the cost of ownership is minimised by reducing the reagent consumption and the number of planned maintenance visits, so this is also an added benefit.
Another two Proam analysers supplied to TSMC semiconductor plant in Taiwan
Atlas Technology of Taiwan has placed an order for two Proam ammonia analysers for their client, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, a long-time end user of PPM's instruments. The analysers are to be used to monitor the waste water coming from the new Fab 18 plant which is the fourth 12-inch GigaFab wafer manufacturing plant in Tainan City.
From a recent TSMC news bulletin: "Opened by Chairman Dr. Morris Chang, the new Fab demonstrates TSMC's ongoing commitment to investing in Taiwan as well as to environmental sustainability, and marks another milestone in TSMC's 30-year history and its competitive advantage in technology leadership, manufacturing excellence, and customer trust. TSMC will continue applying its high standards of green fab design to Fab 18, with comprehensive measures for energy saving, water conservation, pollution prevention and waste reduction. The design includes an ecological green space, which both preserves habitats of native species and provides a pleasant environment. "TSMC has recently overtaken Samsung to become the world's largest chip company by market capitalization.
June 2020 News
Due to the current COVID19 situation, a quieter period has allowed PPM to progress the build of a number of bespoke measurement systems and analyser sales. Additionally during June, Wessex Water purchased a portable, battery powered water quality logging system and a final effluent turbidity monitor.
We also finished the build of the second towable trailer for Northumbrian Water which was delivered to the NE of England. Other bespoke builds included a pH & turbidity monitoring system for a UK mineral production site. International sales included a purchase order from our Irish distributor who purchased our Protoc analyser technology, for a cooling water application.
Wessex Water purchase battery powered water quality logging system
A bespoke, data logging system has been supplied to Wessex Water for waste water quality monitoring. The system comprises a water proof case containing the data logging instrument and the lithium ion battery pack. Two external 7.0m sensor cables, which have a universal sensor connectors are provided. Initially, the system is configured for ORP measurement. Oxidation Reduction Potential is useful on crude sewage, to indicate septicity and within anoxic zones to monitor anaerobic digestion. A second cable with hanging bracket has also been integrated (but blanked off with a water proof blanking socket). The second sensor (ammonium) may be simply connected when required on a future monitoring project. All of the digital IQ sensors use the same water proof connector, making the system very versatile. Additionally, the ability to field exchange a spare battery pack and to house the instrumentation within a pad-lockable, water proof enclosure were also key considerations.
The portable unit can be quickly deployed to profile treatment works, with measurement intervals from one minute. In many instances this approach replaces discrete sample collection and the need to wait for subsequent laboratory analysis. Main power supply, typically required to support this type of robust process instrumentation, is no longer an issue for short term deployment. The lithium ion battery powered system, is an invaluable tool for reactive and planned site investigation. The data is logged to the instrument’s memory and easily transferred to a USB data stick. Alternatively, a GSM communications system can be connected to obtain real time field data.
Turbidity, pH & Temperature measurement at a UK mineral production facility
Following a detailed consultation with site staff, PPM prepared a proposal, received a purchase order and built a bespoke process waste monitoring system for a Staffordshire based mineral supplier. Process waste leaving the plant will be continuously measured for pH, turbidity & temperature. Digital probes measuring these key water quality parameters will be mounted in a purpose built sample tank, with internal baffle plates to aid sample degassing. A sufficiently high flow rate will be set to enable a fast response, to any process changes.
In the event of a high excursion on any parameter, a relay from the controller will activate a valve to divert the flow and recirculate the waste back to the start of the treatment process This control functionality will ensure the production plant remains within their discharge consent at all times. PPM has pre-mounted the instrumentation within a small secondary enclosure for the client, to simplify site installation. We also integrated the provision for automatic cleaning of the sensors using site air should this need to be implemented, at a future date.
Another Protoc 300 TOC analyser sold for Cooling water project in Eire
Ntron our Irish distributor, has secured another project sale which includes a Protoc 300 TOC analyser. The instrument is ranged 0-50ppm for cooling water monitoring application and has been supplied with a membrane panel filter system complete with automatic air scour cleaning. A sample break tank was also built and supplied by PPM to take a client’s pH probe. All the equipment was to be installed in to an existing GRP kiosk, located on site.
May 2020 News
Whilst we are still implementing safe working practices to mitigate the risk of the pandemic, we continue to support our customers by performing critical routine servicing and providing remote technical support. These are difficult times, affecting normal business activity. However, the possibility to video conference using various digital platforms rather than conduct face to face meetings, is a way forward which is also environmentally friendly and may indeed become the future norm.
Please let us know if you have the need to set up a video conference call to provide technical guidance or discuss any measurement applications in detail. Sales continue to hold up. Within the UK, Wessex Water has purchased three water quality measurement systems for final effluent turbidity and ammonia measurement. Additionally, two replacement final effluent monitoring ammonia sensors have been supplied. We have also despatched an automatic sampler to a leading frozen food manufacturer who has previously installed continuous turbidity measurement, on the final discharge to trade. Construction of the second mobile trailer for Northumbrian Water has taken place and is now ready for delivery to site. Internationally, we have supplied a further two Proam ammonia monitors to Taiwan for a semiconductor application. A significant purchase order was also received for seven Protoc TOC analysers for India and the instruments have now undergone witness testing.
FOOD MANUFACTURER PURCHASES MCERTS AUTOMATIC SAMPLER
After recently supplying a final effluent turbidity monitor to replace one that failed to reliably measure the final effluent quality, a leading frozen food manufacturer contacted PPM to ask for advice about a suitable replacement automatic sampler. A simple, compact vacuum-pressure sampler that meets the MCERTS standard was selected and supplied to automatically collect samples on an hourly interval to form a daily composite. The existing refrigeration system has been reutilised to maintain the sample integrity of the collected sample without incurring additional cost. The instrumentation was delivered within two weeks of receiving the purchase order despite receiving the purchase order during the pandemic lockdown period.
TWO ADDITIONAL PROAM AMMONIA MONITORS SUPPLIED TO A SEMICONDUCTOR PLANT IN TAIWAN
This month our distributor Atlas Technology located in Taiwan, placed an order for two additional Proam ammonia monitors. The on-line instruments are to be installed for continuous waste water quality monitoring at a Semiconductor plant. The Proam analyser has been extensively installed throughout Taiwan for this purpose and our distributor has been building on their previous success in this market place. These instruments as usual, will undergo a full function and performance test before being despatched. They will be configured for the application with measuring ranges set to 0-50mg/L and 0-100mg/L as N.
SEVEN PROTOC 300 TOC ANALYSERS SUPPLIED TO INDIAN REFINERY
We have completed a build of seven Protoc 300 TOC analysers for Forbes Marsha of India. The instruments are destined for a Refinery in the north of India, monitoring cooling and condensate return lines for contamination. The purchase order was subject to the client’s Quality Assurance Procedure (QAP). All the instruments have undergone strict performance and functional tests, with one instrument being Third Party Inspected. The TPI was performed in a cordoned off area of the factory and with strict social distancing measures in place. The Lloyds inspector and our test engineer where able to complete the full inspection in a Covid safe manner. All the paperwork was reviewed and stamped as necessary. A full report and inspection release note were emailed to Forbes Marshall for approval from the client. Once approval was received, the instruments have undergone export packing ready for collection, arranged by our distributor.
April 2020 News
Despite a very difficult period, with the pandemic affecting normal business activity, we have continued to provide service support to critical UK installations requiring routine preventative maintenance. Additionally, with skeleton office staffing in place, the supply of instruments and spares has also not been adversely impacted. To observe social distancing guidelines and minimise the risk to our workforce, where possible we have implemented remote working and scheduled office attendance, to minimise the risk of infection transmission between employees. We are pleased to report that this practice appears to have worked well whilst still maintaining a high level of support to our customer base. Sales have also held up very well in the UK and Internationally.
Affinity Water have purchased two TriOS water quality measurement systems for two water intake protection installations are their Chertsey and Walton water treatment sites. Additionally, they have also purchased three additional MTOL turbidity instruments. Wessex Water has purchased three Proam ammonia monitors and taken delivery of four Proam instruments pre-mounted within secondary enclosures. A Proam instrument has also been supplied to Severn Trent Water for final effluent monitoring. Our Irish distributor has secured a project requiring our Protoc TOC analyser with a sample break tank to contain pH instrumentation. The delivery of the first mobile trailer for Northumbrian Water has taken place and the build of the second trailer is now underway.
AFFINITY WATER PURCHASE TWO TRIOS WATER MONITORING SYSTEMS
Two TriOS water quality measurement systems have been purchased for the Chertsey and Walton Sites, to provide continuous analysis of raw water abstracted from the River Thames. The Tribox touch screen controller, with local display and telemetry outputs, will interface with the OPUS optical probe providing DOC, nitrate and turbidity measurement and also with the Lisa-C optical probe, providing colour measurement. The use of two separate probes, each with different path lengths will optimise the quality of measurements. A 5mm pathlength has been selected for the dissolved organics and nitrate measurement whilst a 50mm pathlength has been selected to obtain the best possible resolution for the colour determination. Both probes will be installed in a bespoke sample tank and will feature automatic compressed air cleaning of the optical windows, to maintain their integrity.
WESSEX WATER REPLACE TWO PROAM AMMONIA MONITORS AT MARSHFIELD WRC
Wessex Water has placed a purchase order for another two continuous ammonia analysers. The Proam ammonia monitors manufactured by PPM, will be installed on two sample streams to measure water quality and the nitrification process. The instruments will be installed in conjunction with PPM's membrane filtration system, to remove suspended solids and biology. Sample preparation improves the reliability of measurement and reduces analyser maintenance. The instruments will be connected to Scopex using an analogue 4-20mA output so data can be continuously reported, enabling Scientists to proactively monitor the treatment process.
AFFINITY WATER PURCHASE THREE ADDITIONAL MTOL TURBIDITY INSTRUMENTS
Affinity Water use the MTOL turbidity instrument at their Clay Lane water treatment works and neighbouring sites. Three additional instruments have been purchased and this order follows many years of using the former microtol technology. The competitively priced instrument is small, compact and simple to operate. The turbidity meter is used throughout key stages of the water treatment process including final treated water to ensure compliance to the Drinking Water Directive. The latest MTOL model incorporates many new features including continuous ultrasonic cleaning and data logging as standard.
March 2020 News
CoronaVirus (Covid-19) Impact
The escalation of the CoronaVirus across the globe has caused major disruption in normal business activity and the way everybody conducts their day to day activities.
First and foremost, the Health and Safety of our workforce and our clients is a key priority.
We have increased our safety measures in line with government guidance, to minimise the risk of infection. We are currently maintaining a skeleton staffing of the head office to enable critical spares to be dispatched to our clients. Where possible our staff have been asked to work from home and engineers attending site have been issued with guidelines on best practises to stay safe at work, during this time.
Our staff have been issued with information regarding identifying symptoms related to COVID-19 and what to do if they (or anyone they have had contact with) does begin to show any of the symptoms. Our service engineers are logging their temperature and have been advised to cancel/rearrange visits as appropriate, if indicative symptoms materialise. We have also prepared guidance on best practices related to vehicular travel. We have reviewed our service attendance to ensure we can work in isolation and reduce our visits to those only deemed critical. Even so, we have had some very positive feedback with comments like "We appreciate your support in what are Extraordinary circumstances!"
We have also reviewed our supply chain and increased stock holding where appropriate. We shall try to maintain a stock holding of critical spares and key instruments, to allow us to continue to provide the best service possible. We have asked our customers to review their critical spares holding for the instrumentation they have purchased from us, to ensure that should a component failure occur they holds the necessary parts as a precautionary measure.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their continued support and wish everybody the very best, over this difficult period.
Stay well and stay safe.
February 2020 News
UK sales included two bespoke trailer builds for Northumbrian Water and four conductivity, two pH and a final effluent turbidity instrument to Wessex Water. Severn Trent Water has purchased a Proam ammonia analyser, for continuous final effluent monitoring. Additionally, three very different UK industrial sites have purchase pH instrumentation:- a major UK car manufacturer, a specialist textile mill and a major Somerset diary. We have also been busy this month completing bespoke analyser kiosks builds for Wessex Water. Five Proams ammonia analysers, pre-mounted into secondary enclosures have been completed in addition to a walkin analyser kiosk with the Proam analyser technology for installation at a trade effluent site.
Another analyser kiosk containing our Protoc TOC technology for Kelloggs was also completed. Site commissioning in Wessex Water included two Proam analyser kiosks for Charlton Horethorne WRC, two Proams ammonia monitors with turbidity measurement at Thingley WRC and a Protoc 300 TOC analyser, continuously monitoring final effluent quality at Shepton Mallet WRC.
Northumbrian Water purchase two bespoke analytical trailers
A significant purchase order has been received for two towable trailers designed for proactive analytical measurement of waste water. The trailers can be towed to site and quickly deployed where required, to investigate the performance of site treatment. One of the trailers will be intended for temporary installation on the inlet to a waste water recycling plant, measuring crude sewage. The trailer will be equipped with a comprehensive array of instruments complete with associated sample delivery & preparation systems, automatic air purging of sample lines, sample pipework, electrical isolation, lighting and heating. Parameters measured include pH, redox, conductivity, temperature, turbidity, ammonia, alkalinity, iron, total phosphate and COD. The second trailer will be intended for installation on the treated final effluent discharge to river and will incorporate the same parameters with the exception of redox and conductivity that can always be added if later required. All the outputs signals from the instruments will be wired to a common signals box, to enable remote interrogation.
Wessex Water Charlton Horethorne – Proam ammonia monitoring kiosks
Two of three Proam analyser kiosks have been commissioned at Charlton Horethorne WRC. One kiosk was located at the inlet to the works monitoring crude sewage to capture high strength influent primarily from a local commercial dog kennel. The Proam ammonia monitor’s measuring range was extended by incorporating a sample dilution system. A special sampling system with compressed air back-purging was installed to maintain sample supply and minimise fouling, at this location. A second Proam ammonia monitoring kiosk was installed measuring final effluent quality. A submersible sample pump was used at this location to deliver sample to a membrane filtration system, preparing sample for continuous analysis. A third monitoring kiosk was also engineered for installation at an intermediate location but has not been commissioned at this time. All the analyser kiosks were supplied by PPM with the instrumentation pre-installed complete with lighting and frost protection, sample and electrical distribution.
Wessex Water Thingley WRC - final effluent monitoring kiosk
A further final effluent monitor was commissioned within Wessex Water at Thingley WRC. The instrumentation will provide continuous measurement of final effluent quality to automatically control discharge to a local stream under normal conditions or redirection to a neighbouring works should the quality not meet strict criteria. The Proam ammonia analysers with membrane filtration were pre-installed within a GRP enclosure along with turbidity measurement, receiving a pumped final effluent sample. A flow switch was also integrated to provide an alarm for loss of sample supply. The enclosure includes frost protection, LED lighting, individual fused spurs, forced ventilation and preformed rigid pipework. The inclusion of a common signals box allowed for a single armoured cable to be terminated, to transmit all analogue and digital signals.
January 2020 News
The new year has started well. We have received a number of important domestic purchase orders. Wessex Water has placed orders for a total of five Proam ammonia monitors pre-mounted into secondary enclosures. Additionally, Wessex Water has purchased replacement instrumentation for a number of sites including new optical dissolved oxygen and ammonium probe technology. A significant purchase order has also been received for the supply of three Protoc TOC analyser kiosks, for surface water monitoring at a London International Airport.
A specialist textile manufacturer has also purchased pH instrumentation, to support their existing trade effluent monitoring system. Additionally, we commissioned two oil film detection systems monitoring surface water quality at a major UK car manufacturing plant. International sales have included four Proam ammonia analysers sold for a new semi-conductor plant in Taiwan.
Wessex Water place order for three Proam ammonia analyser kiosks
Wessex Water have placed a significant purchase order with PPM to pre-engineer five Proam ammonia monitoring enclosures, with direct sample preparation using membrane technology. Two instruments are intended for installation at Harding Mandaville WRC and the other three will allow for fast deployment.
The enclosure includes a peristaltic sampling system, frost protection and electrical isolation. The Proam technology is widely deployed, especially for final effluent monitoring applications because it has proved to be reliable and simple to maintain. The automatic calibration and chemical cleaning routines have ensured the instrument reports accurately and the internal diagnostics notify operators when maintenance is required.
UK car manufacturer installs two surface water oil film detectors from PPM
Two oil film detection systems have been installed and commissioned at a major UK manufacturing plant. The OFD instrumentation, manufactured by PPM has been installed to continuously monitor the surface water quality entering two site lagoons. The holding lagoons receive surface water runoff from the hardstanding around the site. The non-contact laser measurement at both locations will provide continuous measurement and alarm the ingress of hydrocarbon contamination should it occur in real time.
A solar charging panel with battery backup was installed to power the system removing the need to trench a power supply to each location. A small secondary enclosure was provided by PPM provide weather protection and house the transmitter with local display and the GSM communications system.
Semi-conductor plant in Taiwan orders four Proam ammonia analysers
Our distributor Atlas Technology has taken delivery of four Proam ammonia analysers. The end user is the Micron Memory Taiwan Co., and the instruments are destined for a new manufacturing plant located in Taichung. The semi-conductor plant is set to produce the next generation DRAM chips for applications in the Internet of Things, automotive electronics and emerging 5G technology. Two of the Proam analysers have high measuring ranges with an integrated sample dilution system allowing measurements up to 20,000 PPM as N. These two instruments will be installed at the inlet to the site treatment plant. The internal sample dilution considerably extends the normal measuring range of the ion selective electrode so the same technology can be deployed throughout the process, to provide continuous analysis which is very beneficial. The remaining two instruments are configured for a much lower measuring range. These instruments will be installed on the final discharge from the treatment plant, to demonstrate site compliance.
For further information on how PPM can support your instrumentation requirement please contact:
Pollution & Process Monitoring Ltd
Tel: 01732 882044
Fax: 01732 780190