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Xylem launches the world's first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence

Posted: Wednesday 15th June 2016

Flygt Concertor offers unprecedented flexibility and reduced cost of ownership.

Xylem has developed another breakthrough technology that advances the wastewater sector with a smart, sustainable solution: the world's first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence. This new smart, interconnected wastewater pumping system from Xylem's Flygt brand senses the operating conditions of its environment, adapting its performance in real time and providing feedback to pumping station operators.

"Flygt Concertor represents a step-change in sustainable wastewater management solutions, with unparalleled pumping efficiency and reliability as well as a lower overall cost of ownership," said Tomas Brannemo, President of Xylem's Transport business. "It significantly advances the wastewater pumping sector by simplifying the entire pumping process from selection, installation, commissioning and monitoring with the added bonus of a smaller footprint. Flygt Concertor is a real problem-solver, developed in close collaboration with our customers around the world."

Fields tests conducted around the world validated significant improvements with Flygt Concertor, including:

Energy savings of up to 70 percent compared to conventional pumping system

Reduced inventory by up to 80 percent due to flexible performance

Clog-free pumping operation and clean wet wells saving up to 80 percent in vacuum cleaning costs

Compact design, reducing cabinet size by up to 50 percent

The name Concertor is derived from the Latin 'concentare', meaning 'working together to orchestrate harmony'. Flygt Concertor is suitable for use with wastewater pumps in the range of 2.2 to 7.3 kilowatts (kW) and has a system design that combines IE4 motor efficiency, N-hydraulics, integrated power electronics and intelligent controls. All these features are designed to work in harmony with each other, which results in optimal pumping performance at the lowest cost of ownership.

Flygt Concertor's flexible performance represents a significant change in how pumping systems will be selected and managed in order to accommodate different flow rates. In contrast to the fixed performance curves of conventional pumps, Flygt Concertor offers a wide performance field from which to choose the right operating point. This makes selection extremely simple, facilitates performance fine-tuning and, as a consequence, significantly reduces inventory.

Furthermore, Concertor features a built-in sump and pipe-cleaning features - a first for a wastewater pumping system. Extensive trials show that these features, together with a second generation of Flygt's patented Adaptive N-technology and an integrated pump-cleaning function, minimize vacuum cleaning costs. When tested at a pumping station in Heathrow Airport, the combined performance of these functionalities successfully eliminated regular clogging issues and kept the sump clean.

"Since installing Concertor we have had absolutely no clogging and the sump remains clean," said Ian Jolly, Systems Specialist for Water, Heathrow Airport Water Services Department. "As well as peace of mind, the cost savings are approximately 87.5 percent of the annual costs in cleaning and servicing."

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