Solenis (Hercules Chemicals, which was later purchased by Ashland and is now called Solenis) is an international chemical company with two centers, one in Europe and the other in the United States. The U.S. center is responsible for all North American activity and the European center is responsible for activity in Europe and the rest of the world (particularly in South America and Asia).
The company provides, among other things, a water treatment system for paper-manufacturing plants around the world (hundreds of factories), and is responsible for operating them and for the regular supply of chemicals for these systems.
The project’s key challenge was to enable full control of a large number of systems located around the world with minimal manpower and maximum uniformity, so that each constituent (product managers, region managers, sales managers and technical personnel) could see and operate their areas of responsibility easily and simply.
After examining the alternatives on the market, RealiteQ was selected to provide the system to all of the company’s facilities around the world.
This project's distinction is that the RealiteQ system is the command and control component of the Solenis water treatment facility, and in effect constitutes part of the product Solenis provides to the end customer (the paper plant). In this case RealiteQ serves as a provider of technology to the manufacturer of industrial water treatment facilities.
The energy efficiency challenge requires high capabilities and reliability in the real-time monitoring and control of complex systems. In order to meet the challenge, a number of different companies have contacted RealiteQ to provide the remote supervisory and control system on these systems, in order to enable regular remote maintenance of the systems, which will preserve a high level of energy efficiency.
RealiteQ provided the communications, the integration and the systems’ operating screens. RealiteQ connected to controllers that operate systems for cleaning scale without the use of chemicals in cooling tower pipes, thus significantly reducing the electricity consumption in the cooling facility processes. In addition to controlling cleaning and washing actions, RealiteQ also provided data on the quality of water in the towers.
In this project, RealiteQ is effectively serving as an OEM supplier of the remote monitoring and control technology implemented in the scale-cleaning system supplied by the manufacturer to the cooling towers.
The distinction of the RealiteQ solution is that it provides maintenance personnel with the ability to remotely access the various systems deployed around the world. The systems are connected to various customers such as public institutions, industries, etc., with the internet connection achieved by various means (cellular and other). No outside software is used and all activity takes place through the RealiteQ portal.
The system enables users to know in real time how much money was saved as a result of the energy savings achieved thanks to the cleaning actions.
Summary and Results:
Today RealiteQ is OEM supplier for various manufacturer of energy saving systems in cooling towers. Dozens of such systems installed around the world currently, using RealiteQ technology for remote system monitoring and control.