1st September 2010
Watersavers strike the right note using Jazz PLC
UK company Watersavers is using the Jazz combined HMI and PLC from i4 Automation
Ltd for their new WLDS series of water leak detection controls. These meet the need
to monitor water useage and detect major leaks in buildings such as schools, offices
and commercial premises. The Jazz HMI terminals satisfy a long list of requirements
including powerful control functions, a 2 line by 16 character LCD display with
numeric keypad, smart modern appearance combined with IP65 protection.
The WLDS controls which have been designed with BREEAM guidelines in mind are connected
to one or more pulse water meters to monitor the water flow into the building and
will raise an alarm and/or shut off the supply should the flow rate exceed pre-set
parameters. The integral keypad and LCD display of the Jazz enable these parameters
to be easily adjusted by the user to allow for different conditions.
By employing this technology major leaks caused, for example, by burst fittings
or vandalism can be detected and rectified potentially preventing large scale water
damage and the waste of large volumes of water.
Watersavers worked with i4 Automation to find a suitable controller for their products
and the Jazz from Unitronics was chosen as it offered excellent levels of flexibility
together with free, easy to use programming software and readily accessible support
all at a very attractive price. Stuart Richards, Director of Watersavers says
“working with i4 Automation was a good decision as their engineers have an excellent
knowledge of the technology involved and understood my requirements”.
Stuart continues “much of our business involves producing controls tailored to specific
customer requirements and the Jazz terminal lends itself perfectly to this due to
its flexibility and ease of programming. In addition the Jazz has excellent real
time clock features and can also be upgraded using a GSM modem to enable remote
access and SMS text messaging. We see ourselves working with i4 Automation in future
projects where their complementary skills and expertise can rapidly help bring innovative
new products to the market place”.
Watersavers frequently works with architects and mechanical designers to produce
custom engineered solutions. All design and manufacturing work including programming,
printed circuit board layout and manufacture is carried out at the company’s UK
factory in Norwich. The wide range and in-depth stocks of Unitronics HMI and PLC
controls from i4 Automation help enable Watersavers to deliver their products to
their customers on time, every time - which has been one of their core business
i4 Automation Ltd
Engineered solutions for automation applications using established leading edged
technology – that needn’t cost the earth.
UK design, manufacture and export of water and energy conservation controls. Pioneers
of infrared urinal flushing controls, shut off valves for BREEAM credits and major
leak detection controls.