Control Software targets water treatment industry.

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MANTRA Time of Day Pumping optimizes and schedules pumping activity to minimize total utility cost while assuring adequate water supply for demand and safety requirements. Program monitors tank levels and usage rates on-line and optimizes pump schedules every 15-30 minutes. Operating in real-time, software recognizes and compensates for local control or shutdown of pumps. It handles arbitrary number of utility cost rate segments, and calculates power cost savings for last 12 months.



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Controlsoft Inc. Releases New Advanced Control Solution For Reducing Power Utility Costs In Water Distribution And Transmission Systems



ControlSoft Inc. announced the availability of the latest addition to their suite of advanced control solutions for the water treatment industry. MANTRA Time of Day Pumping (MANTRA TDP) minimizes power costs for pumping water into distribution networks and reservoirs. MANTRA TDP optimizes and schedules pumping activity to minimize total utility cost while assuring adequate water supply for demand and safety requirements. Previous studies indicate that Time of Day Pumping reduces the power costs for water transmission and distribution by 25% to 60% over demand based pumping schedules.

Time of Day Pumping takes advantage of water storage capacity to schedule water supply pumping to time periods with the lowest power cost, while smoothing water movement requirements to reduce peak power demand surcharges. MANTRA TDP monitors tank levels and usage rates on-line and optimizes pump schedules every 15-30 minutes. Sudden demand changes, such as a drawdown due to a fire, are quickly identified and new pumping schedules implemented to accommodate the new demand minimizing costs, while maintaining adequate pressures and safety requirements.

"What differentiates MANTRA TDP from other pump schedulers is that MANTRA TDP is a dynamic optimizer which is simple to configure and flexible to address varying system configurations," said Alireza Haji-Valizadeh, Technology Development Manager and inventor (patent pending). "TDP is layered on our established MANTRA advanced process control system software. The solution is built using modular function blocks through an easy-to-use graphical configurator. Maintenance and modifications are easily implemented by the user."

ControlSoft's MANTRA® advanced process control system uses model predictive techniques to improve profitability and product quality. MANTRA is applied as supervisory control over the existing SCADA or control system using our suite of standard interfaces. The complete library of control functions and logic are available to allow incorporating other advanced control solutions, such as chemical injection optimization. Faceplates, also selected from the built-in library, can be used standalone or embedded in the existing Human Machine Interface (HMI).

Key Features of MANTRA TDP:
o Finds the lowest power cost solution within the specific network constraints.
o Builds a customized solution for your specific water distribution system using modular functional blocks. Definitions of network, storage, sources and complex demand forecasts are unlimited.
o Runs real-time and interfacing with SCADA or control system.
o Generates a rich set of configurable alarms for each tank and pump. Monitors and displays the working condition of each pump.
o Tracks history of daily water demand and forecasts the next daily demand.
o Recognizes and compensates for local control or shutdown of pumps.
o Handles an arbitrary number of utility cost rate segments and calculates power cost savings for last 12 months.
o Issues diagnostic messages for the system.

About ControlSoft Inc.
ControlSoft specializes in advanced control solutions for the process industries.

A leader in model-based control for process applications, ControlSoft Inc. was founded in 1985, and is headquartered in Highland Heights, Ohio.

ControlSoft provides two proven software products which are PC-based and work with existing control systems: INTUNE for process control monitoring, tuning, online diagnostics and automatically reporting poor performance; MANTRA for advanced process control systems, using model predictive techniques to improve profitability and product quality. MANTRA® and INTUNE® are registered trademarks of ControlSoft Inc.
For further information, send an e-mail to info@controlsoftinc.com or call 440-443-3900.

ControlSoft offers custom services, including onsite tuning, consulting, studies, and training in control loop optimization and control strategies. ControlSoft provides innovative solutions for the process control market worldwide.

ControlSoft Inc., 5387 Avion Park Drive, Highland Heights, OH 44143
contact: Paul Botzman -- pbotzman@controlsoftinc.com
phone 440-443-3900, ext. 101

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