HWM to supply Severn Trent with wastewater monitoring systems

Project thought to be largest of its kind anywhere in the world

HWM, in partnership with field services expert Enviromontel, has won a contract to supply, install and maintain fixed-point sewer network monitoring equipment for Severn Trent (ST).

HWM has won a contract to supply, install and maintain fixed-point sewer network monitoring equipment for Severn Trent

In what is thought to be the largest project of its kind, ST is targeting better monitoring of its wastewater networks in order to improve performance and customer service, as well as reduce flooding and pollution incidents.

Following a rigorous evaluation process, ST decided that HWM offered the greatest overall value and was best able to help ST achieve its strategic objectives. HWM is due to provide three separate products over a five-year period, all based on the company’s new Intelligens data logger:

  • 700 Intelligens Flow monitoring systems, capable of recording parameters such as velocity and depth.
  • 3,000 Intelligens WW and SonicSens ultrasonic sensors, used to record the level of flow.
  • 1,130 Intelligens Flood Alarm systems, which register that the level in the sewer has risen beyond an acceptable height and transmit an alarm.

The intrinsically-safe (ATEX Zone 0) Intelligens is housed in a rugged IP68 enclosure and fitted with a GPRS modem for remote monitoring and reprogramming. The unit’s advanced power management allows for over five years’ data collection and transmission under standard operating conditions. An alarm regime can be configured for each channel and threshold conditions set to trigger faster logging and accelerated data transmission during alarm conditions.

The data logger and associated interfaces are compatible with a variety of sensors including Doppler-effect velocity, hydrostatic depth, ultrasonic level, radar level and digital inputs from rain gauges or float alarms. This allows HMW to offer complete monitoring systems suitable for permanent or temporary flow surveys, level monitoring or flood level alarm. Typical applications for the equipment include foul, combined and storm water sewers, as well as adopted private sewer monitoring, but it can also be used for open channel or outflow monitoring.

The benefits of long-term monitoring in wastewater networks include a reduction in both the frequency and impact of pollution events. Permanent installation of remote monitoring equipment helps to alert network operators to immediate problem sites. It also improves understanding of network performance and delivers data to assist with the development and testing of advanced network models.

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HWM wins Manufacturing Excellence Award

Company achieves right-first-time rates above 98 per cent

Following significant improvements to several areas of its manufacturing process, multi-utility monitoring and telemetry specialist HWM has won a coveted award from parent company Halma. In Halma’s words, the Manufacturing Excellence Award for 2016 “recognises companies where major changes in manufacturing have resulted in sustainable, improved business performance.”

Halma Chairman Paul Walker presents the Manufacturing Award 2016 to HWM MD Rob Fish

Beating off competition from more than 40 other subsidiaries, HWM took the award thanks to right-first-time pass rates above 98 per cent and on-time deliveries over 95 per cent. The company has standardised product design platforms to reduce work in progress and increase throughput. It has improved its design process, developing novel design validation tests and online test and calibration systems. Achieving ATEX certification has allowed HWM to move into two new markets.

Operations Director Mick Bolton explained: “The whole operation is engaged with continuous improvement – it is now embedded in our daily routine.”

In a separate development, HWM has also received the Halma Innovation Award for 2016 for the PermaNet+ remote leak noise monitoring system. A vote among more than 200 of Halma’s senior executives returned HWM as the winner.

PermaNet+ senses vibration in water distribution networks caused by leaky pipes. The system analyses the acoustic wave signature form produced by the leak sound, decides whether a leak is present and reports the status to a remote user over the GSM network. The remote user can ask for the leak sound file to be transmitted over the network. By listening to and correlating the leak sound a remote expert can conclude whether there is a leak present, exclude the potential for false positives and prioritise field resources.

If two or more PermaNET+ sensors are in leak mode the remote user can request noise waveforms from both sensors and perform remote correlation to conclude that there is a leak and to pinpoint the leak between the two sensor locations.

PermaNet+ is the only system to provide this capability via entirely below-ground architecture, offering customers asset security and the ability to move assets easily.

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HWM unveils new corporate identity

Evolution into multi-utility company prompts rebrand

HWM has unveiled a new corporate identity to reflect its evolution into a multi-utility monitoring and telemetry company.

HWM’s new website streamlines the company’s product range into five groups: water networks, wastewater, gas networks, AMR and facilities

HWM’s primary focus for more than 30 years has been clean water and network distribution system monitoring. But in recent years the company has expanded into new sectors such as gas, water and electricity meter consumption; gas network monitoring; and sewer, river and flood monitoring.

Explaining the reasons behind the company rebrand, Director of Sales and Business Development Mike Tennant said: “The rebrand gives a clear identity to each of our business sectors and is designed to make it easier for multi-industry customers to find solutions for their applications.”

HWM’s new website streamlines the company’s product range into five groups: water networks, wastewater, gas networks, AMR and facilities. The website can be found at www.hwmglobal.com.

HWM’s customers include major UK utility providers and facilities managers. The company is a framework supplier for most UK water companies and many commercial organisations.

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Wireless Monitoring Technology Leader Launches ATEX Gas Logger at ESTA aM&T Show

HWM, the market leading manufacture and supplier of GPRS telemetry data loggers, is launching its new ATEX Zone 0 rated MultiLog LX IS logger for gas and wastewater applications at the ESTA automatic Monitoring & Targeting event 2014.

Certified Intrinsically Safe for use in potentially hazardous environments, it builds up on the success of one of their most popular wireless logger lines by enabling its safe use for gas metering, wastewater monitoring and combined sewer overflow (CSO) applications.

Backed up by the company’s extensive and industry-leading data handling and remote communication expertise, the battery-powered MultiLog LX IS brings reliable wireless datalogging and telemetry to even the harshest environments.

At the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Thursday 27th February, the ESTA aM&T event features a full day exhibition, three conference sessions and five hosted energy clinics, and HWM looks forward to introducing visitors to both this new development and more established products.

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Waterscan Chooses COMLog Wireless Data Loggers for Commercial Water Management

Leading UK water management service provider Waterscan has selected the COMLog wireless datalogger from HWM as the ideal product to help them identify and reduce its clients’ water usage inefficiencies.

Waterscan Chooses COMLog Wireless Data Loggers from HWM for Commercial Water Management

Waterscan Chooses COMLog Wireless Data Loggers from HWM for Commercial Water Management

Waterscan works with companies such as Whitbread, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, BT and New Look to monitor and manage their water consumption – preserving a valuable natural resource, minimising wastage and improving cost efficiencies. With nearly 20 years of experience in water management, the company has tried many different data loggers and logging technologies, and has concluded that the COMLog is the best choice currently available.

Market-leading functionality, features and performance helped the product stand out, with reliable wireless communication a major factor: even where other loggers failed due to poor GSM coverage, COMLog continued to perform with its choice of external antennae and roaming SIM cards noted as especially useful.

In addition to the product’s qualities, Waterscan’s Technical Manager John Larder also noted how impressed the company had been with HWM’s Technical Support services, describing them as: “Excellent, the training session on COMLog last year was great – we were really impressed with HWM’s enthusiasm and professionalism.”

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Wireless Asset Monitoring and Machine-to-Machine Communications at The Energy Event 2013

Partner companies HWM and ASL Holdings will be showcasing the latest wireless communications technologies for M2M and smart metering applications at The Energy Event 2013. Visitors to stands E05 and F04 will be able to see the most advanced, practical and economical telecommunications products to suit almost any application from two of the market’s leading remote data monitoring specialists.

HWM and ASL bring wireless asset and M2M communication to The Energy Event 2013

HWM and ASL bring wireless asset and M2M communication to The Energy Event 2013

HWM manufactures the Radio-Tech brand of radio-based cost-saving water and energy monitoring products, and a range of Radcom battery-powered dataloggers for smart metering applications. With various product combinations available to suit all sizes of application, systems based on HWM technology can function effectively even in the most awkward or difficult environments. ASL Holdings Ltd, which joined HWM in March, has been a leader in machine-to-machine communications technology for over a quarter of a century. Its products are suitable of and already used in a vast range of remote data monitoring applications, including smart electricity and solar power meters. With unparalleled experience in GSM communications, the company currently manages over 200,000 SIM connections.

With HWM and ASL now working together, existing and future customers can expect to see new levels of expertise, ease of use and functionality brought to the facilities management and building monitoring market.

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HWM and ASL Bring Wireless Monitoring and M2M Comms to The Facilities Show 2013

The latest wireless dataloggers, sensors and machine-to-machine (M2M) telecommunication units for building monitoring and smart metering will be on display at The Facilities Show 2013, with both HWM and their newly-acquired partner ASL Holdings exhibiting.

HWM and ASL Bring Wireless Monitoring and M2M Comms to The Facilities Show 2013

HWM and ASL Bring Wireless Monitoring and M2M Comms to The Facilities Show 2013

HWM manufactures cost-saving water management, energy monitoring and smart metering products with a range of wireless communication options to ensure the most appropriate system for any given location or budget. The company’s recently launched COMLog commercial datalogger and OmniColl urban data management system will be on display, with visitors’ attention drawn to the latest innovations in cost management, alarm response and remote programming features.

ASL Holdings Ltd, which joined HWM in March, has been a leader in machine-to-machine communications technology for over a quarter of a century. Its products are incorporated into a vast array of remote data monitoring applications, including smart electricity and solar power meters. With unparalleled experience in GSM communications, the company currently manages over 200,000 SIM connections.

With HWM and ASL now working together, existing and future customers can expect to see new levels of expertise, ease of use and functionality brought to the facilities management and building monitoring market.

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HWM Welcomes Acquisition of ASL Holdings Ltd

HWM-Water Ltd is pleased to welcome ASL Holdings Ltd (ASL) to its group of companies following the acquisition of ASL by Halma plc. HWM-Water Limited, is a global leader in the manufacture of data loggers and leak detection products for the water industry, within Halma’s Environmental & Analysis sector. Existing management will remain in place with Bill Berry continuing in his role as Managing Director of ASL. Bill will join the board of HWM-Water Ltd, led by Rob Fish, to grow the combined operation of HWM and ASL for remotely monitored assets via the mobile telephone network.

ASL, based in Northampton, UK, designs and manufactures machine-to-machine (M2M) communication products which are incorporated into SMART electricity and solar power meters for remote data monitoring and a range of other applications in the utility, transport and retail sectors. ASL currently manages over 200,000 SIM connections.

HWM-Water Ltd, based in Cwmbran, South Wales, produces cost saving water and energy management solutions for a wide range of customers which include the majority of water customers in the UK and around the world. The Radcom data logger within HWM’s product portfolio provides 24 hour flow monitoring via the GPRS mobile telephone network. HWM has recently secured a number of high volume remote telemetry unit framework projects with UK water companies and now has over 30,000 SIM connections sending data up to 96 times per day.

Rob Fish, Divisional Managing Director of HWM-Water Ltd, says “This is a great acquisition for Halma and a good fit with HWM-Water Ltd. Both businesses now have a well-established M2M credibility in their respective sectors and there is great growth potential in existing and new market sectors. I look forward to working with Bill and his team to grow the businesses together and to provide a stronger value proposition for our customers and business partners.”

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HWM Adds New Alarm Response and Remote Access Features to Wireless Dataloggers

HWM has recently introduced innovative improvements to its MultiLog and LX telemetry data loggers that offer new benefits to users, particularly with regard to remote maintenance, programming and alarm response. Once installed, the devices do not need to be physically accessed again for up to 5 years, but can still have settings changed and software updated through their integrated telemetry.

HWM adds 2 way communication, remote programming and alarm response features to dataloggers

HWM adds 2 way communication, remote programming and alarm response features to dataloggers

The two-way communication feature enables customers to update and upgrade their dataloggers remotely. This removes the requirement for expensive and time consuming site visits, and effectively makes the loggers “future proof” by ensuring that customers receive the immediate benefit of any new functionality.

In addition to remote upgrading, users can now reprogram the settings on their HWM loggers from any internet enabled device, again removing the need to physically extract the logger from the ground to do so. Alarm trigger points and reporting intervals can now be changed from the comfort of the home or office, which enables the user to always have the most appropriate settings without spending time or money visiting the installation.

HWM has also introduced an innovative accelerated dial-in feature that responds to an alarm condition. When an alarm is triggered, the logger automatically begins to transmit data more frequently to enable a more detailed analysis of the situation. Alerts can be sent to up 16 specified telephone numbers, which enables prompt and effective action to be taken. This intelligent alarm response can be particularly useful when, for example, the logger is connected to a SonicSens ultrasonic level measurement device over an open channel or sewer overflow. As levels rise above the alarm threshold, the increased data transmission rate will assist the response team in monitoring the rate of increase and potential flood risk during the incident. When the level falls below the alarm trigger threshold, the logger automatically returns to its normal dial-in parameters, as set by the user.

HWM data loggers already play an important role in monitoring the environment and identifying wastage in order to minimise negative environmental impact. By enabling users to upgrade firmware and change settings “over the air” instead of having to drive to the site, and by providing accelerated monitoring in response to alarms, the equipment is now more environmentally friendly than ever before.

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HWM to Showcase New Wireless Commercial Energy Consumption Monitoring Loggers

The new Radio-Tech COMLog wireless data logger for smart metering will be joining the rest of the energy management product range from HWM on show at the upcoming Energy Event (11-12 Sept), Metering, Billing/CRM Europe (9-11 Oct) and Energy Solutions (10-11 Oct) exhibitions.

HWM to exhibit new Radio-Tech COMLog commercial logger for energy consumption monitoring

HWM to exhibit new Radio-Tech COMLog commercial logger for energy consumption monitoring

With over 100,000 dataloggers actively operating worldwide, HWM is the established market leader for wireless GSM/GPRS datalogging and recently introduced the HWM Online platform for even easier data management. The new COMLog is designed to bring the benefits of the company’s experience and expertise to businesses, service providers, asset and facilities managers looking to efficiently manage energy consumption, reduce costs and improve their carbon footprints.

Visitors to the shows can expect to see the new product in addition to the company’s other Radio-Tech wireless energy management offerings such as the popular Economise suite of temperature, humidity, CO2 and building status monitoring devices. With a commitment to innovation, quality and customer satisfaction, all HWM products are designed and built to give the user the functionality and benefits they need and want, with exhibition attendees encouraged to visit the stand to discuss their own requirements.

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