• Hydro Flow

    CHEMTROL® Controllers help Hydro Flow manage multiple sites water quality

     

    Client: Hydro Flow

    Facility: Commercial buildings and Industrial sites

    Equipment: CHEMTROL® CT110 Programmable Controller


    Hydro Flow, a water treatment solutions provider with a national presence, approached us looking for a fully featured controller to help them manage a range of facilities across the country.

    They were impressed by our controllers user friendly interface and fully programmable feature set, something they struggled to find in others brands on the local market. They were also attracted by the precision of the probe readings, advanced chemical feed programs and warranty, as well as the remote access capability of the controllers – which offer true duplex operation for remote monitoring, troubleshooting and real-time control.

    “The ability to expand from your entry level controller, without making major changes to current setup, is a big drawcard for us”


    We caught up with Chris Balfour, Hydro Flow’s National Business Development Manager to find out more about his experience of the controllers.

    Tell us about your operation and some of the challenges you face

    Hydro Flow has installed multiple CHEMTROL® systems across Australia, ranging from commercial properties to heavy industrial sites.

    One of our clients in Western Australia had recently upgraded their chillers and overhauled their cooling towers. As Perth potable water is high in hardness, Hydro Flow recommended the implementation of pH control to better protect their critical equipment from scaling related events. We recommended upgrading the chemical dosing and control system to include remote communications and pH control. Our client also required ModBus for their BMS system, which the CHEMTROL® unit offers as an additional connection feature.

    Another client in Sydney’s CBD, was having issues with Legionella and Bacteria control. Hydro Flow were engaged to take over the water treatment management onsite, and part of that start-up was to recommend new chemical control and dosing systems for the Main HVAC and Tenant Cooling Tower systems. CHEMTROL® systems were again recommended to improve the water quality onsite.


    How were these systems set up?

    The cooling towers on both sites service the chillers and a tenant computer loop for the communication rooms throughout the buildings. With the new dosing systems installed, we draw water from the cooling tower basins through a common suction line. It passes through the new 2 pass corrosion coupon rack with rotameter and into the controller manifold. It then returns via a common return line into the cooling tower basins.  


    What were you looking for in a controller?

    We wanted a chemical dosing and control system with the latest technology to help us better protect our clients assets from corrosion, scaling and microbiological related events. Our clients have specific requirements for the new controllers and the CHEMTROL® system met all of Hydro Flow’s and our clients needs. The easy to use controller interface also allows our field engineers to make necessary changes to settings quickly and easily, either onsite or remotely via the CHEMTROL® portal.

    “We wanted a chemical dosing and control system with the latest technology to help us better protect our clients assets”


    What features did you find useful?

    The CHEMTROL system has many great features. The user friendly interface allows our field engineers to make changes quickly and easily. Having the ability to expand on this controller with only making minor changes is a great benefit to us and our client. The remote communication package and ModBus connection allows us to monitor the system remotely and via the building BMS system.

    “The remote communication package and ModBus connection allows us to monitor the system remotely and via the building BMS system”


    What controllers did you install?

    We installed the CHEMTROL® model CT110 programmable control system.


    What technical aspects do you appreciate?

    The CHEMTROL® system can be expanded to include many additional features, such as Total Chlorine or Free Bromine (ppm) probes, without making major changes to the existing controller. Having this ability allows us to fine tune our water chemistry programs without having an impact on our clients bottom line. The quality of the controller, pumps and probes gives us confidence in their accuracy. The extended warranty periods also puts ours and our clients mind at ease.

    “The ability to expand from your entry level controller, without making major changes to current setup, is a big drawcard for us”


    CHEMTROL® CT110 Programmable Controller

    The CHEMTROL CT110 programmable controller is designed for industrial applications – including cooling towers, boilers, and other industrial applications. It has 6 relay outputs to control conductivity (Total Dissolved Solids), pH, ORP and Total Chlorine or Bromine residual in parts per million (ppm) measurement.

    An easy-to-use but sophisticated programmable controller comprised of 5 designated chemical feed programs. These include: Manual, Cycle timer, Automatic bleed, Percent of flow, Daily schedule and 2-week schedule. The programs accommodate chemical additives such as inhibitors, biocides, dispersants, etc. This controller has a 5 year electronics warranty.


    Hydro Flow is an Australian company staffed by a team of engineers and scientists who are dedicated to providing world-class water treatment programs to industrial and commercial sectors. Our chemical programs are designed to combat problems encountered in cooling towers, boilers, chilled water circuits, process water, trade waste and effluent water systems. Typical problems prevented by these programs include corrosion, scaling, fouling, biofouling, incidence of legionella and compliance issues.

    A rigorous Research & Development program ensures we remain at the forefront of technical capabilities and innovation. Hydro Flow has developed business partnerships with many of Australia’s leading companies and global manufacturers.


    Get in touch for advice on the best controller for your needs. Our cooling tower selection chart can also help you decide what features you need and which CHEMTROL® controller is right for your application.