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SIPOS’ Pivotal Role at Polish WTP

Posted: Monday 8th December 2014

SIPOS Aktorik’s actuation technology plays a pivotal role in a two million Euro modernisation programme at Rakowice Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Poland. As a result of the upgrade, the station, supported by SIPOS’ electric actuators, will be designed to be maintenance free.

A complete overhaul of actuation technology at the plant has resulted in a suite of SIPOS actuators replacing all existing valve control devices.

Due to the scale of the scheme, with just under 100 drives, SIPOS PROFIBUS DP enabled actuators were selected to manage the valve control automation processes. A primary reason for the adoption of SIPOS’ actuators was the device’s integrated frequency converter which enables the actuator speed to be adjusted in-situ to precisely meet the scheme’s process requirements.

The commissioning of the actuator installation including sales, service and support was managed by SIPOS’ local partner, AUMA Poland. Commenting on the significance of the contract, AUMA’s Kamil Gawel said:

“This is a prestigious WTP scheme which is a primary plant for the area. The modernisation initiative is a major investment which has required the most advanced automation solutions and the co-ordination of a large number of suppliers. The installation is therefore a flag-ship project which illustrates the capabilities of the actuators, the skills of the local team and the working synergies between AUMA and SIPOS.”

Rakowice WTP, which has been in operation since 1961, is the primary plant for the area. Together with the Modlowa station, the WTP, which comprises 14 filter tanks, provides 90% of the region’s water. The WTP features 13 active wells with an average depth of 30 meters: four wells have been newly constructed, and five have been modernised.

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