Xylem's Flygt SmartRun Wins 2016 RIONED Innovation Award

March 3, 2016
RIONED Foundation is center of expertise in sewer management, urban drainage in the Netherlands

Xylem has announced that Flygt SmartRun’s cleaning function has won the 2016 RIONED Innovation Award. The RIONED Foundation is the national center of expertise in sewer management and urban drainage in the Netherlands and the Innovation Award recognizes cutting-edge advancements in the field of urban water resilience and management.

Flygt SmartRun was recognized with the award for its pump cleaning function, which handles pump, pipe and sump cleaning and facilitates soft starts and stops, delivering reliability and efficiency in an easy-to-install solution. The intelligent pump controller’s advanced cleaning function, optimized for use with the Flygt N-impeller, detects abnormal blockages of the impeller and triggers an automatic cleaning sequence by momentarily reversing the impeller direction. Costs associated with unplanned maintenance are thereby reduced as clogging is instantly resolved when it occurs.

Working in tandem with Xylem’s Flygt Experior wastewater pumping solution, Flygt SmartRun can significantly reduce a pump station’s costs due to a combination of energy savings of up to 50% and a reduction in unplanned maintenance call-outs typically required to address clogging. Xylem has introduced a two-year clog-free guarantee when SmartRun is used with the Flygt N-pump.

As SmartRun is pre-programmed, costly engineering work associated with pump station commissioning is eliminated. The intelligent pump controller solution intuitively finds the most energy-efficient pump speed for a specific application to ensure optimum efficiency. Start and stop ramps enable smoother, less abrasive pump operation, reducing wear and tear on the valves and increasing the lifetime of the pump. SmartRun can generate the same amount of torque as a direct online connected pump, which ensures a reliable start even in the toughest wastewater conditions.

Commenting on the award, Tomas Brannemo, senior vice president and president of transport at Xylem said, “At Xylem we are committed to developing smart and sustainable solutions that solve every day water challenges and advance the more efficient use of water around the globe. We are honored that Flygt SmartRun’s cleaning function has been recognized with the RIONED Innovation Award. SmartRun is redefining wastewater pumping by offering an effective solution that is reliable and efficient. Our recent report, Powering the Wastewater Renaissance, demonstrated the important role that proven technologies such as SmartRun can play in increasing energy efficiency in wastewater management and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.”

Xylem’s Powering the Wastewater Renaissance report provides an analysis of energy efficiency in the wastewater management industry and assesses how the global water sector can reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions with existing, proven technologies. Increasing energy efficiency through the adoption of readily available wastewater management technologies can slash related emissions by nearly half.

Source: Xylem

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