posted on December 11, 2013 08:21
At a fantastic themed annual awards ceremony hosted at Cardiff's Glamorgan Cricket Club, Pulsar Process Measurement's Flow Pulse non-invasive flow monitor won Dwr Cymru Welsh Water's (DCWW) Innovation Award, bringing them this prestigious award for two of the last three years. Flow Pulse was designed and tested with the help, support and commitment of DCWW's in-house innovation team.
Pulsar were nearing completion of development of their unique non-invasive flow monitor, and needed a partner to help them to finish the project and ready the Flow Pulse for launch. DCWW appreciated that there was a real need for a device like Flow Pulse and saw the many benefits that would come from a compact flow monitor that was simply strapped on to the outside of a pipe. They saw that they would be able to check on pump performance, look at the performance of non-return valves, log flow rates and perform a host of other diagnostic tests. DCWW made test sites available to Pulsar, and supported and made recommendations as the product was finalised. They helped to match and refine performance requirements, discussing real-world performance and testing the equipment on the wide variety of pipes and applications that would be encountered.
The Innovations Team are continuing to work alongside Pulsar. The Flow Pulse was launched as a fixed unit with digital RS232/485, relay switch or analogue output, and the option of a locally mounted display and programming unit, Flow Monitor. DWCC and Pulsar have now developed the concept further, launching the Flow Pulse Handheld Controller, a battery-powered controller with in-built display and on-board logging, perfect for conducting flow surveys, either using pre-installed Flow Pulse units or a mobile installation.
The Innovations Awards are part of the National Institute of Water Awards, and Pulsar have now been put forward to the National Final, the winner to be announced in May 2014.
This is a first class example of collaborative Innovation between supply chain and end user client. DCWW and Pulsar have developed a technology that can benefit both the water industry and wider industry.