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Rotork has supplied more than 250 Profibus network-enabled IQPro intelligent electric actuators for valve control throughout Severn Trent Water’s Minworth sewage treatment works.

Minworth treatment works, which serves around 1.75 million of Birmingham’s population, is undergoing a major modernisation project that will improve the quality of the water put back into the River Tame and significantly upgrade the work’s facilities.

The project is being handled by an alliance comprising Severn Trent Water, North Midland Construction Nomenca and Biwater, with Pick Everard as consultants.

It will create an efficient and technologically advanced large-scale treatment works.

As a member of this supply chain, Rotork has supplied IQPro intelligent electric actuators for the new and refurbished plant areas.

Many of the actuators are installed on the new eight-lane inlet works, the 22 primary settlement tank island and the enlarged activated sludge plant.

In all areas, Rotork IQPro multi-turn actuators operate penstocks to control the flow through the works, while on the activated sludge plant, IQTPro direct-drive quarter-turn actuators are also installed on the air flow control valves that regulate the introduction of air into the treatment tanks.

The actuators are linked on fully redundant Profibus field networks to Allen Bradley PLC platforms at intelligent motor control centres (IMCCs) throughout the site.

These interface with the site’s Rockwell Scada system, which is accessible at local HMI terminals at key site locations.

Feedback from sensors throughout the plant is used to automatically operate the actuators to account for fluctuations in flow, caused, for example, by storm conditions, and to enhance the efficiency of operations.

The software for the Scada system has been written by Saftronics Controls and the whole network has been designed to provide extended information and historical trending for energy management and condition monitoring.

Assisting this function, data loggers in the Rotork actuators store a commissioning ‘footprint’ of valve operating torque and a torque curve for all subsequent valve operations.

This data can be downloaded and analysed with Rotork IQ-Insight software in order to identify and plan valve maintenance requirements.

The technology assists the optimisation of plant utilisation and eliminates the need for over-cautious maintenance scheduling.

As a further assistance to maintenance, all the actuators utilise Rotork’s ‘bumpless’ Profibus interface module, which enables individual motorised valves to be disconnected without disrupting communication with the other devices on the network.

The new Rotork actuators join hundreds that are already installed at Minworth.

Most have been fitted during previous modernisation programmes at the site and supplied through the long-standing framework agreement that Severn Trent Water has with Rotork.

Rotork is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of actuators for isolating, regulating and modulating valve duties, valve control systems, valve gearboxes and accessories, serving the international oil and gas, power generation, water and effluent treatment, processing and environmental industries. Capabilities encompass actuators and control systems for new plants, plant extensions and upgrades. Rotork’s global network of more than 350 offices and representatives provides a localised single source for these products, supported by life-of-plant maintenance, repair and upgrade services.

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