Hardened Ethernet Switches Serving the Environment
Jul 11 2008 Read 1512 Times
This is a wastewater treatment plant inaugurated in February 2007
capable of operating with a small number of personnel. The WESTERMO switches have made the difference, thanks to their performance in severe environments, their reliability and their recovery time of less than 20 ms.
The Seine Grésillons treatment plant is one of the most modern in the
world. In the event of an alarm, the technicians can connect locally at
any point of the network by wire orWiFi link to the same production management interface to obtain an initial diagnosis.
The entire plant is managed by a redundant ring Ethernet network. All production data are fully archived and stored in real time.
At weekends the plant operates with on-call personnel only. The Seine Grésillons treats effluents from 18 municipalities in Yvelines and Val d’Oise, covering a population of more than 300,000, using the most advanced physicochemical and biological processes. Lead contractor for plant construction was STERAU, which selected ETDE for the electricity, automatic control and supervision work packages. The first construction phase was completed in October 2006, providing a treatment capacity of 1.16 m3/sec, or 100,000 m3 per day. Capacity will be increased to
300,000 m3/d in 2013.
One of the technologies employed is attached growth, in which effluents are treated by physicochemical lamellar settling followed by biological treatment in three biofiltration stages. The modularity of the biofiltration provides reliability and flexibility of operation, thus optimising reagent use. The resulting sludges are dried, substantially reducing their volume.
The plant does not emit any odour: all the steps in the process are contained hermetically, and the air is fully treated before being released odour-free. Water treatment is among the most demanding processes. It requires real-time monitoring of a very large number of equipment units. The first part of the plant already involves over 4500 physical inputs/outputs and 25,000 variables, all handled on industrial Ethernet networks from the control room to the inputs/outputs.
All plant management operations are controlled through a single production management interface, available both in the control room and to on-site operators. Procedures are guided and taken into account in real time over the entire operating system, making the reliability of the switches used of prime importance. “At the time of the call for tenders in 2002 the hardware and automatic control systems were not specified, so we examined the best solutions on the market. For the switches we needed proven, highly-resistant units with short recovery times.
After evaluation, we selected Westermo”, we were told by Louis Claire, ETDE Automatic Control and Supervision project manager. 18 Westermo Lynx redundant-ring switches were chosen. This range has the switch with the shortest recovery time on the market. The switches manage all the monitoring, control and supervision data of the plant and are linked
directly to the six controllers. Their reliability and their rapid reconfiguration are crucial to ensuring optimum operation of the plant.
The Westermo Lynx Ethernet switch family is certified for all demanding environments, including industrial, process, marine, railway, military (M12 connector) and electricity substation, for all network topologies and management modes:
simple, redundant ring with recovery time less than 20 ms, SNMP, IGMP, VLAN.
The Lynx Ethernet switch range includes a total of more than 90 products with unrivalled technical characteristics:
redundant 19-60 VDC power supply, working temperature from – 40 to + 70 °C, IP40 protection, 150-metre long cable specification (Cat5e), reconfiguration in 20 ms after ring break (recovery), support for up to 200 switches per ring, management of four priority queues, auto-negotiation for each port, watch-dog; all implemented in a very robust,
reliable metal case. Determinism provided by layer 2 and 3 priority support enables use for real-time or voice over IP applications when latency times are critical and must be guaranteed. It is the only product on the market to feature such specifications at an extremely competitive price given its performance.
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