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SeVein "goes with the flow" Using Kepware's Industrial Automation

SeVein "goes with the flow" Using Kepware's Industrial Automation

Vineyard Water Supply Connects Plant Controls to Enterprise Information Systems for Real-Time Flow Visibility and Management

Portland, ME

9/18/2012 8:00 AM

Kepware Technologies, the leader in advanced automation for communications, today announced a major water supplier for an Oregon winery is now driving industrial automation with its comprehensive communications platform. Helping SeVein Water Association "go with the flow," Kepware is providing a system to help manage the water supply for more than 2,700 acres in Walla Walla Valley, OR. View the complete case study.

SeVein Water Association owns and manages the water delivery system and infrastructure for some of the most technologically advanced vineyard properties in Oregon. Tapping more than 1,000 feet below the surface for water, the association owns, operates and maintains wells, pumps and motors responsible for delivering water to each vineyard owner's property.

"Water flow is the lifeblood of our business," said Larry Wondra, SeVein Water Association. "It quickly became clear that — to be successful — we needed to significantly streamline well management — ensuring all levels, flow totals and pressures are measured accurately. If there's any miscalculation in delivery, it can kill a whole grape-growing season."

The water association set out to manage supply of approximately 5 GPM per irrigated acre, to each site, at any given time. Complicating matters was the large distances and dramatic elevation changes across each parcel. During the development process, the group estimated there was approximately 740 feet of total elevation change between highest and lowest points in the vineyard that needed water. As SeVein began to build the irrigation infrastructure, it put in place a delicate balance of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) to handle data integration and archiving, a wireless infrastructure to ensure off-site communications, and a centrally-controlled PC as the foundation. When putting the infrastructure in place, the need for a comprehensive communications system immediately became clear.

"The ability to bring together these disparate devices into one communications system for irrigation management is critical. After exploring many options, we felt Kepware was the right choice to provide a single, scalable communications platform — effectively addressing the delicate balance of water supply and demand," continued Wondra. For SeVein, the answer was found in Kepware's KEPServerEX. The solution is specifically engineered to connect disparate devices and applications — from plant control systems to enterprise information systems. The flexible and scalable software is able to easily manage, monitor and control diverse automation devices and software applications. Communications are managed through a robust platform that supports an array of open standards. Further building out the system, the association installed solar-powered flow meters communicating via wireless RF at each site. All flow data is sent back to the command center — permitting water usage to be closely monitored. Adapting to the constantly changing demand for water, the team also installed Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) pump systems to ensure necessary flow. A system for real-time alerts and alarms was enabled, and a centrally located station was constructed to feed information on weather patterns.

"When you have so many disparate elements in place, there needs to be a foundation for integrated communications," Wondra stated. "Despite our highly complex system, Kepware was able to drive interconnectivity and ensure real-time communications across our entire water production and management lifecycle. This gave us the edge — warning us far ahead of time before any significant issues arose."

With Kepware, SeVein Water Association now has deeper insight into irrigation monitoring and control data. The organization significantly streamlined data delivery, creating a major reduction in operational costs. Today, the water infrastructure is considered a model for the industry — consisting of three deep basalt wells interconnected with five reservoirs and more than 10 miles of buried mainline. This offers capacity of 11,000 gallons per minute, with speed pumps, boosters and motors delivering 5 GPM per irrigated acre to each vineyard property.

"For a variety of industries, Kepware continues to be the 'go-to' solution to meet all of their industrial automation and communications needs," said Tony Paine, President and CEO of Kepware Technologies. "Our solutions are built specifically to address the unique challenges encountered by customers such as SeVein. That's why so many companies often consider our technology to be the backbone of their communications infrastructure."

Learn the full details. Download the complimentary SeVein Water Association case study to read additional terrain challenges and connectivity insights as well as benefits derived: https://www.kepware.com/industries/case-studies/sevein-water-monitors-vineyard-irrigation/.

About Kepware Technologies:
Kepware Technologies is a private software development company headquartered in Portland, Maine. Kepware provides a portfolio of software solutions to help businesses connect diverse automation devices and software applications. From plant floor to wellsite to windfarm, Kepware serves a wide range of customers in a variety of international vertical markets including Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Building Automation, Power Distribution, and more. Established in 1995 and now distributed in more than 100 countries, Kepware's software solutions help thousands of businesses improve operations and decision making. Learn more at www.kepware.com, and take an inside look at the company and its culture through the Kepware Corporate Overview video available here.

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