In today’s fast-moving industrial world, the need to maximise efficiency and competitiveness whilst minimising energy and environmental impact are putting growing pressure on companies to have a full picture of what is happening at any given time, in any place and under any given set of operating conditions.
Take water quality, for example. Water utilities engaged in potable and wastewater treatment are expected to meet increasingly high standards for the supply and treatment of water, both to meet public expectations and to satisfy the requirements of ever more stringent environmental legislation.
The same applies to major industrial users of water. They must keep a close eye on both the quality and quantity of the water they are discharging in order to minimise the impact of their operations on surrounding watercourses.
For operators of power generation processes, there is the added need to safeguard against excessive build-up of contaminants, which, if left unchecked, can severely curtail both the efficiency and operational life of key plant components such as the boiler and steam turbines.