Valmet signs service agreements for sludge solids measurements with Turun seudun puhdistamo and Tampere Water in Finland

Valmet Oyj's trade press release on February 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. EET

Valmet has signed service agreements with Turun seudun puhdistamo and Tampere Water in Finland for sludge solids measurements in wastewater treatment. The agreements ensure reliable operation of the measurement equipment throughout its entire lifecycle in complicated dewatering processes.

The Kakolanmäki wastewater treatment plant, owned by Turun seudun puhdistamo and located in Turku, has all together six Valmet Total Solids Measurements (Valmet TS), Valmet Low Solids Measurements (Valmet LS) and Valmet Dry Solids Measurements (Valmet DS).

"These measurements are important to us for the optimization of our sludge drying process. We're targeting good and reliable equipment performance. Our small organization focuses on process operations, while service providers are responsible for equipment maintenance. The equipment manufacturer has the best know-how in measurement service. It is a question about asset management, too. When expensive equipment is serviced regularly, its lifetime is longer, and it keeps its value," says Jyrki Haapasaari, Automation Manager at Turun seudun puhdistamo.

Owned by Tampere Water in Tampere, the Viinikanlahti wastewater treatment plant has a total of seven Valmet Total Solids Measurements (Valmet TS), Valmet Low Solids Measurements (Valmet LS) and Valmet Dry Solids Measurements (Valmet DS). For sludge dewatering, the plant also uses a Valmet SDO Sludge Dewatering Optimizer to optimize the energy and chemicals consumed in centrification.

"The measurements have to be reliable and continually available in order to be beneficial for us. We do not have the expertise that is needed to service this equipment, whereas Valmet as an equipment supplier has," states Ari Oksanen, Machine Maintenance Engineer at Tampere Water, about the service agreement with Valmet.

Preventive and predictive maintenance

According to the service agreements, Valmet draws up a maintenance plan that includes regular maintenance for the solids measurement equipment twice a year. In problem situations, the customers have access to Valmet's technical support by phone. Valmet's technology experts are also able to examine fault diagnostics via a remote connection. If necessary, a Valmet expert will come to the site.

In Tampere, Valmet's experts have a remote connection to the Valmet SDO application at the Viinikanlahti wastewater plant. This allows them to monitor measurement performance remotely and, among others, predict equipment faults based on trends.

Even better reporting and proactive measures with cloud services in the future

"In the future, we will develop our services offering further and utilize the data collected by the measurements from the process even more. We are currently developing remote diagnostics and management of a customer's equipment with our Fleet Management solution based on the Industrial Internet. For example, calibration and diagnostics data from the customer's entire installed base will go directly into the cloud and can be analyzed and used for proactive maintenance and reporting," says Heli Karaila, Business Manager, Wastewater Solutions, Automation, Valmet.

Information about the customers Turun seudun puhdistamo Oy ja Tampere Water

Turun seudun puhdistamo Oy is a service provider that is owned by 14 municipalities and offers high-quality wastewater treatment services to its owners and other customers cost efficiently. The company is responsible for the operation and treatment results of the Kakolanmäki wastewater treatment plant. The plant processes the wastewater of almost 300,000 residents in the Turku region in addition to the region's industrial wastewater.

Owned by city of Tampere, Tampere Water takes care of the water supply management for more than 200,000 people within its operating area. It is responsible for the supply, treatment and distribution of clean water; the construction and maintenance of networks; the conveyance of wastewater, rainwater and meltwater; the maintenance of the sewer system; and the treatment of wastewater. Additionally, it treats the region's industrial wastewater.

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For further information, please contact:
Heli Karaila, Business Manager, Wastewater Solutions, Automation, Valmet, tel. +358 40 543 4724

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