Catalyst: An Option for Flexible Monitoring

Posted by jBrown on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 @ 11:35 AM

For flexible remote communications, RACO offers Catalyst, the first integrated, interactive system for pump station data logging, alarm notification and status checks for water and wastewater treatment plants.

The Catalyst system can monitor up to 256 points at once for data and event logging, storing information on data samples, alarms, channel state changes and configuration changes on five megabytes of memory. Catalyst can communicate that information to up to 96 user destinations through phone, fax, e-mail, or pager, or send it to a central computer. With space for up to 45 minutes of voice messages, the system can easily send alarm notifications that detail location and status to any of the user destinations. For increased efficiency, the operator can set up channel groupings, assigning certain channels to different destination groups to target plant personnel responsible for that area.

Plant personnel also can call the Catalyst system for up-to-the-minute information. Status checks on level, temperature, flow, switches, anunciator panels, motors, pumps, and more help staff anticipate possible problems  and allow them to keep the pump station running at peak efficiency.

Catalyst uses RACO’s Alarmware software, which allows for easy programming, since operators can access the system offsite from any computer or web-enabled device. Since Alarmware upgrades are available for download online, system updates are simple.

Visit the Catalyst product page to see brochures, sample reports and CAD drawings to learn more about the system and all of its options.

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Case Study: Catalyst System Increases Efficiency

Posted by jBrown on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 @ 7:28 AM

In an effort to improve plant efficiency and provide safe drinking water, the Pike Township Municipal Authority installed a RACO Catalyst system at its Curwensville, Pa., water treatment and distribution facility. The authority did this as part of its membership in the Partnership for Safe Water program, which encourages utilities to voluntarily survey plant operations. The treatment plant’s previous monitoring system could only monitor four points at once, leaving 12 points unmonitored. Because the facility is unmanned on nights and weekends, staff members often arrived at work only to f... Continue Reading

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Tip of the Month: Integrating RACO Catalyst with Micrologix PLCs

Posted by jBrown on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 @ 11:27 PM

Interfacing RACO’s Catalyst  system with Allen-Bradley’s MicroLogix PLCs allows Catalyst to use existing wiring for alarm notifications and data logging. The following tips will get you started: 1. Assemble your components: For proper setup, you will need RACO’s Catalyst system and Alarmware software, Allen-Bradley’s MicroLogix PLC and RSLogix software and the coordinating cables from each company. 2. Set up MicroLogix communications: Connect MicroLogix to your PC with the cable, then launch the RSLogix software. Using the software, set the communications driver to Modbus RTU sl... Continue Reading

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Chatterbox: The Reliable Standard

Posted by jBrown on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 @ 10:16 PM

RACO introduced the Chatterbox autodialer in 1985, and it quickly earned a reputation for providing reliable alarm monitoring. During the last 26 years, RACO has continued to update Chatterbox with the latest technology so that it continues to provide reliable, affordable alarm monitoring for water and wastewater operations. The Chatterbox system’s primary function is alarm monitoring. To set alarm parameters and messages, the plant operator can program the system either on-site or by phone. If an alarm condition is sensed, Chatterbox calls a preprogrammed list of phone numbers until it r... Continue Reading

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Case Study: Iron House Sanitation District

Posted by jBrown on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 @ 7:19 PM

The Iron House Sanitation District in Oakley, Calif., uses a RACO Verbatim Gateway  autodialer as backup for its SCADA system. Iron House’s SCADA system monitors the district’s wastewater treatment plant and its 30 lift stations with Opto 22 controllers. The controllers monitor sump level, pump status and power usage and failure, and communicate the data using radio modems. The system uses a PC-based platform, relying on Paragon software engineered by Intec Control of Walpole, Mass. It continually interrogates the controls to get all the necessary information on the system, performi... Continue Reading

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