ylem (XYL) is a global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world's most challenging water and wastewater problems.
Xylem provides products and services which move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building service settings.
Xylem is a provider of Industrial IoT infrastructure as a service (iaas), functional applications, networks and connectivity, sensors, and automation and control technologies, and also active in the cities and municipalities, electrical grids, telecommunications, and utilities industries.
Xylem’s Technology Stack maps Xylem’s participation in the infrastructure as a service (iaas), functional applications, networks and connectivity, sensors, and automation and control IoT Technology stack.
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Power Industry Brings About a Step Change in Water Quality
A high-quality water supply is central to the overall health of the agricultural economy, the viability of cities and rural communities, and the environmental well-being of the landscape. Zebra mussels pose a significant threat to the Great Lakes area, negatively impacting the aquatic biodiversity of the area and causing serious problems for power plants and industries that rely on the local water supply by rapidly coating water intake pipes with colonies as large as 700,000 mussels per square meter.Mussel infestations have been estimated to cost the power sector in the Great Lakes region several million dollars annually. The most common methods of managing invasions include chemical treatment, such as chlorination, and non-chemical treatment such as ultraviolet light treatment. However, these treatments are not without their own issues. There are concerns that extensive chlorine use in rivers and lakes could be harmful to non-target organisms.The oxidizing properties of chlorine can also corrode metal surfaces, damaging water cooling equipment. For a cogeneration power plant operating in the New York region, this treatment has caused a corrosive attack on the copper tubing of its heat exchanger, which utilized river water to cool oil for a turbine. The corrosive degradation resulted in the leaking of lubricating oil into their water-cooling stream which was subsequently discharged back into the local waterway.The leaking oil was having a resulting effect on the whole ecosystem, endangering native species, threatening supplies of clean drinking water, and polluting irrigation efforts. The region is known for its bountiful and diverse agricultural production, occupying over a third of the land area of the Basin, and supporting 7 percent of American and nearly 25 percent of Canadian farm production. When polluted water is used to irrigate agricultural lands there is a risk of polluting the food chain that serves so many.The plant still needed to use the river water but had to ensure it wouldn’t damage its equipment in the process. It needed a water-cooling system that could withstand the corrosive, chlorine-treated river water to guarantee continuity of service, avoid costly downtime and protect the local water supply.
Artificial Intelligence Based Risk Solution Reduces Replacement Costs
With water main breaks increasing, utility customers were experiencing unpredictable service outages, costly repairs, and highly disruptive road closures. To improve its reputation and customer service, the utility wanted to be more proactive in its water infrastructure management and prioritize pipes that needed the greatest attention.
Risk-Based Asset Management Approach
LHPWSS constructed the original Lake Huron Primary Transmission Main in 1965. The main is comprised of a prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) that is 1200 millimeters (48 in) in diameter.The pipeline experienced failures in 1983 and 1988. Due to these failures, LHPWSS undertook a major capital project to create redundancy along the pipeline by twinning it in three high-pressure areas. Then, in 2010 and 2012, the transmission main failed again in sections that were not twinned.These failures disrupted the supply of drinking water to a significant portion of southwestern Ontario. The failures also caused serious flooding. Soil erosion and deposition across multiple farms affected approximately 70 hectares (173 ac) of prime agricultural lands.LHPWSS decided to take an innovative, proactive approach to manage risks associated with the Lake Huron Primary Transmission Main.
Advanced Analytic Solutions
In the past, Air Selangor used a variety of techniques to identify leaks and bursts. However, there was still a need for a quicker response to minimize the runtime of leaks/bursts and the disruption caused. Historically, the utility faced a long runtime of leaks before discovery, often due to the remote geographical location of its trunk main network. Furthermore, pressure transients were known to be an issue within the network, but without information on their sources or causes.Air Selangor also noticed that leaks often recurred on the same pipelines, causing concern and harming the utility’s reputation. Air Selangor actively sought innovative ideas for continuous monitoring to identify leaks and pressure surges earlier, reduce NRW and improve customer relations.
Siemens is the largest engineering company in Europe. With their positioning along the electrification value chain, Siemens has the knowhow that extends from power generation to power transmission, power distribution and smart grid to the efficient application of electrical energy. Featured Subsidiaries/ Business Units: - Digital Factory - Siemens Technology to Business (TTB)
Schneider Electric is a leading global manufacturer of equipment for electrical power distribution and for industrial control and automation. The company helps power generators distribute electricity; designs automation systems for the automobile and water treatment industries; builds electric networks and utility management systems for energy, water treatment, oil and gas, and marine applications; and manages electric power in residential, industrial, and commercial buildings.Year founded: 1836Revenue: $26.0 billion (2014)EPA: SUFeatured Subsidiaries/ Business Units:- Avantis- Wonderware
Silver Spring Networks (Itron)
Silver Spring Networks is a leading networking and solutions provider for the Internet of Things. Silver Spring’s pioneering IPv6 networking platform provides connectivity for a range of applications to some of the world’s leading utilities and major cities. Silver Spring’s open-standards platform enables multiple applications and services to leverage a common network, control, and data platform. With over 23.6 million devices connected on five continents Silver Spring’s platform supports a wide range of customers, including leading utilities such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, Consolidated Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Progress Energy, and Singapore Power, and cities such as Copenhagen, Glasgow, and Paris.Year founded: 2002
Itron is a global technology company that has been delivering IoT solutions to utilities for decades that help optimize energy and water. Our broad product portfolio includes measurement and control technologies; communications systems; software; and professional services for the utility industry, IoT and smart cities. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 customers, we have deployed over 155 million communication modules in more than 100 countries. Itron empowers the responsible and efficient management of energy and water resources. Join us in creating a more resourceful world.