A longtime customer of IFM often experienced issues with its water system with short well pump life and pressure problems. The problems stemmed from very large pressure tanks becoming water logged and causing short pump cycle times. IFM working with Jamison Well Drilling submitted designs for upgrading the well pump controls from motor starter to Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s) and pressure transducers to maintain pressure.
VFD’s are gaining popularity due to their dropping price in technology, improved life and duration and economic savings from reduced power consumption primarily associated with pump stop and starting. VFD’s often extend the life of pumps and motors due to the ramp up and soft start features.
IFM oversaw the design, permitting and installation performed by Jamison Well Drilling. The large 200 gallon pressure tanks were replaced with one 85 gallon FRP pressure tank since the VFD’s can offset the need for large pressurized storage. IFM also provided a remote monitoring system that tracks flowrate (gpm), pressure, free and total chlorine levels. Utilizing Siemens RD 500 remote date management system, which is networked to our main office in McClure OH via cellular modem and bridging, IFM can view and receive daily datalogs automatically.
This system has improved consistent flow and pressure to the Travel Center, while allowing more data to be tracked for monthly operating EDWR reports to the Ohio EPA when staff are not available.
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