LINAK’s automating facilities have the potential to cut the cost of water treatment in the U.S.

The actuators that LINAK supplies range from butterfly valves, knife gate valves, and sluice gates, among others

The growing population and aging wet facilities and infrastructure in the United States (U.S.) are now forcing utilities to look at new technologies to handle the distribution of water and wastewater treatment. And one way utilities can meet the growing demand from a burgeoning population is to turn to data-based automation that can make production more energy and cost efficient, as well as environmentally-friendly. To that end, five Danish companies will be at WEFTEC 2017 to showcase their solutions to the water issues the U.S. is facing.

“Many American utilities operate with outdated equipment that consumes a lot of energy and is hard to maintain. Also, American water treatment plants also operate on full capacity 24/7, even though they may only need to use three quarters of this capacity. These result in inefficient and costly operations,” Ilse Korsvang, Head of Danish Water Technology Group, Denmark’s largest network for suppliers to the water industry and organiser of the Pavilion of Denmark at WEFTEC, said.  “By investing in new equipment, that can regulate capacity according to demand, American utilities will be able to cut energy consumption and thereby costs – and become more environmentally friendly at the same time.”

The five Danish companies who will be exhibiting at WEFTEC from the 30th of September to the 4th of October in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., offer solutions for a wide range of issues related to water distribution and wastewater treatment, including making the processes more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly.

One of the companies is LINAK, a supplier of actuators in Denmark that can automatically open and close valves while collecting data at water treatment facilities.

“As of the present time, American utilities have equipment for opening and closing valves, but it is large and bulky. Our actuators are smaller and more energy efficient, which makes them easier to maintain. Case studies in Denmark have also shown that our actuators can provide savings on control systems of up to 50 per cent,” Jordan Emily, Marketing Specialist at LINAK U.S. Inc., said. “Furthermore, our actuators are operated automatically as opposed to manually, which is what most utilities do now. This is an important step towards automation, where valves are operated centrally to make all systems cooperate better and thus save energy and cost on the entire operation.”