White Paper

Ifm and Aerofloat, protecting Australia’s water source

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As the world’s driest inhabited continent, Australia has always faced challenges in terms of meeting its water consumption needs.

The Productivity Commission noted in a 2021 report that drought conditions are likely to become more frequent, severe and prolonged in some regions, owing to climate change, and that reduction in water supply should be expected alongside growing demand due to population increase.

In this context, the provision of safe drinking water is a key challenge and more sophisticated and effective methods of treating water are crucial.

Ifm has been working with water treatment companies with sensor and control systems for many years, including Australian wastewater treatment specialist Aerofloat.

A new white paper outlines how ifm’s sensors and IO-Link connectivity solution has saved time and costs for Aerofloat’s customers.

IO-Link is a short distance communications network that connects smart sensors and actuators – components responsible for moving and controlling a mechanism or system – back to an industrial control system, allowing for more transparent monitoring of data, as well as doing away with complex physical wiring processes.

There is just one channel where all the information pertaining to what’s going on inside an operation – variables such as pressure, temperature, level, and flow – is gathered in one place. IO-Link allows transition from traditional 4-20mA analogue data collection methods to a more digitalised process that ensures a continuous flow of accurate and lossless data.

Tim McCann, Operations Manager at Aerofloat, says that the ifm relationship has been key for Aerofloat.

“ifm are well known for reliable and high quality products, so having their brand associated with Aerofloat is a great selling point for us,” Tim says.

“Technologically speaking, ifm’s IO-Link technology suits us as a business perfectly because it saves us and our customers on time and wiring costs. We also gain more visibility in terms of data collection than we’d otherwise have with traditional instruments.”

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