Water Usage Wireless Technology Monitors Water Usage at GlaxoSmithKline in Ireland

Editor: Marion Henig

Smart Wireless technology is enabling GlaxoSmithKline to monitor water usage at its Cork plant in Ireland. Installation of wireless flow and pressure transmitters on two new storage tanks has provided an opportunity to better understand water usage throughout the plant.

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The Smart Wireless Gateway is strategically positioned on the control room roof (Picture: Emerson)
The Smart Wireless Gateway is strategically positioned on the control room roof (Picture: Emerson)

Cork, Ireland – “GlaxoSmithKline is continuously looking to improve plant performance by increasing the number of parameters measured,” explained Emmett Martin, Site Services & Automation Manager, GlaxoSmithKline. “Water is a considerable overhead to the plant so it is important that we monitor flow rates to manage consumption, and to help identify any usage trends.”

The Cork site is a strategic manufacturing plant that produces a range of bulk active ingredients for use in the formulation of prescription drugs. The existing water storage facility was too small and had no measurement instrumentation in place. Two new storage tanks were installed along with a new pipework infrastructure. The tanks are located around 300 metres from the main control room and there was no existing cabling in place. A wired installation would have required new power and data cables to be buried in trenches. By adopting a wireless solution these significant costs were avoided.

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