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Water solution delivers an affordable upgrade and future-proof control

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“It is always crucial to find the right balance between price and performance of the hardware and software… we found that balance with M580 and Unity Pro 8.0.”
—Morten C. Jorgensen, Water Center South

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Water solution delivers an affordable upgrade and future-proof control

  1. 1. Kværndrup Waterworks Funen, Denmark Solution delivers an affordable upgrade and future-proof control www.schneider-electric.com/m580 Modicon M580 ePAC upgrade strikes perfect balance between price & performance for water plant
  2. 2. August 2015 | 2schneider-electric.com/customerstory The challenge The statutory requirements for water companies are growing. These requirements are the same for everyone - regardless of size – which creates some challenges, especially for the smaller, privately owned water companies like Kværndrup Waterworks on the Danish island of Funen. With limited resources, it can be difficult to maintain financial viability when the plant’s system management must be upgraded to meet the requirements of a modern, optimized operation. Kværndrup Waterworks has five wells and four pumps. Its SCADA system was not up to date, so there was a clear need for an upgrade to both the hardware and software, according to electrical engineer Morten C. Jorgensen of Water Center South, the company helping Kværndrup Waterworks manage their upgrade. Modicon M580: The affordable solution Until recently, the SCADA system was powered by Schneider Electric’s Premium PLC, with its PL7 software. This has now been replaced by the new Modicon M580 ePAC and Unity Pro 8.0 software in a project that is very affordable for Kværndrup Waterworks. ”It is always crucial to find the right balance between price and performance of the hardware and software that control the pumps and collect data about water quality. We found the balance with M580 and Unity Pro 8.0,” explains Jorgensen. The Modicon M580 ePAC is ideal for simple upgrades of existing installations. It offers lower installation costs because its built-in support for Modicon Premium I/O means you can easily migrate to M580 and reuse the existing I/O platform, instead of replacing all the I/O modules and installing new cables. August 2015 | 2schneider-electric.com/customerstory “It is always crucial to find the right balance between price and performance of the hardware and software… we found that balance with M580 and Unity Pro 8.0.” Morten C. Jorgensen Electrical Engineer, Water Center South Unity Pro 8.0, the Modicon configuration software, provides full overview, single management and increased transparency for the installation.
  3. 3. August 2015 | 3schneider-electric.com/customerstory The benefits One of the advantages of the Modicon M580 is its built-in support for Modicon Premium I/O. The customer can easily migrate to the M580 ePAC and reuse the existing I/O platform, instead of incurring additional expenses by replacing all I/O modules and installing new cables. “We have also taken the opportunity to make a few optimizations, with a focus on energy optimization. Now, the controller automatically lowers the pressure at night, when there is less demand, saving the waterworks energy and money,” says Jorgensen. Schneider Electric’s innovative Modicon M580 is the world’s first PAC with Ethernet built directly into its core. This makes it significantly easier to integrate third-party equipment and achieve full transparency at all levels of application. Jorgensen has no doubts about the benefits offered by this technology. “It looks really exciting,” he says. “We have a lot of sensors and measuring equipment in our facilities, so it’s a major advantage that they can be integrated deeper and with more transparency in management.” The increased security offered by the M580 is also an important improvement to the waterwork’s system. The Kværndrup Waterworks upgrade was Morten C. Jorgensen’s first project using the Modicon M580 ePAC, but it certainly won’t be his last. “The unit has worked flawlessly at Kværndrup Waterworks, and we have already ordered three more for other major upgrading projects we are overseeing.” “It looks really exciting. We have a lot of sensors and measuring equipment in our facilities, so it’s a major advantage that they can be integrated deeper and with more transparency in management.” Morten C. Jorgensen Electrical Engineer, Water Center South Kværndrup Waterworks can now manage and monitor its SCADA system via PC, tablets and smart phones. Goal Replacing the PLC and upgrading software to manage water facility Solution Modicon M580 ePAC Unity Pro 8.0 software Results Updated control management Cost effective solution: State-of-the-art Modicon M580 ePAC is compatible with existing I/O system, eliminating need for new investment in I/O and wiring New Unity Pro 8.0 configuration software, supporting customer’s new Windows platform Full transparency throughout the application Easy integration of third-party measurement equipment Future-proof application - can be accessed from PCs, as well as tablets and smart phones Integrated security, both on the hardware and software levels
  4. 4. 30, August, 2015 ©2015 Schneider Electric. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks are owned by Schneider Electric Industries SAS or its affiliated companies. This document has been printed on recycled paper Schneider Electric Head Office 35 rue Joseph Monier 92500 Rueil Malmaison Cedex- France Tel.: +33 (0)1 41 29 70 00 www.schneider-electric.com

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