SCADAmetrics is pleased to introduce a technique that fosters meter-reading harmony between a water utility and its major commercial & industrial customers… The vast majority of Water Utility customers consist of homes, apartments, and small businesses. However, within every water district there exist a set of customers who, due to the size or nature of Read More →

Regional Water Utilities deliver and sell wholesale water to their Satellite Districts through networks of distribution mains and custody transfer meters.  The consumption data from these custody transfer meters — the “cash registers”, so to speak — are of vital interest to both parties; and regulations generally require that their readings be collected daily — Read More →

When measuring water consumption at major commercial facilities, the gold-standard meter reading is that which is derived from the water meter’s encoder signal; and that signal could previously only be collected by the water utility utilizing specialized AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) instrumentation. Therefore, if the commercial facility (water purchaser) also desired to collect a similar Read More →

Due to requests from several customers, SCADAmetrics is pleased to introduce an enclosure option for the EtherMeter® as a value-added convenience option! The new enclosure is listed in the “Accessories” section of our eStore, and it offers the following specifications: Dimensions: 15.68″(H) x 11.73″(W) x 6.30″(H) Polycarbonate/ABS Plastic Blend Materials NEMA 4X and IP66 Ratings Read More →

The UltraMag, by McCrometer (Hemet, CA), is an excellent Magnetic Flowmeter for water and wastewater applications; and this article illustrates the installation and commissioning of a 3 inch UltraMag, which is then tied into the host SCADA System through a SCADAmetrics EtherMeter® using the Modbus/RTU (RS-485) protocol. The venue is a custody-transfer valve & metering station, Read More →

Although the EtherMeter® is designed primarily as a SCADA gateway for water meters equipped with absolute encoder signals, it also provides support for dry-contact pulse output flow meters.  These can include gas meters, electric meters, water meters, wastewater meters, steam meters, hot water meters, and many others. When interfacing with mechanical pulse meters, a common Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to report that the EtherMeter has been verified compatible with the ELINX absolute encoder water meter register offered by Master Meter Inc. (Mansfield, TX). ELINX Water Meter Register Data Sheet. The ELINX features an internal microprocessor, transmits a high-resolution 8-digit consumption message, and is internally-powered with a 20-year battery.  Also, the ELINX is also offered in Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to report that the EtherMeter has been verified compatible with the ETR absolute encoder water meter registers offered by Zenner USA Meter Company (Addison, TX). Zenner ETR (Encoder Type Register) Data Sheet. The ETR features an internal microprocessor, transmits a 6-digit resolution consumption message, and is internal battery-powered.     When connected to a Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to report that the EtherMeter has been verified compatible with the TOMAHAWK absolute encoder water meter register offered by RG3 Meter Company (Longview, TX). TOMAHAWK Water Meter Register Data Sheet. The TOMAHAWK features an internal microprocessor, transmits a high-resolution 8-digit consumption message, and is internally-powered with a 20-year battery. When connected to a SCADAmetrics EtherMeter, the Read More →

During the period 2014 through 2016, McCrometer Inc. (Hemet, CA) rolled out AMR communication modules for its entire line of propeller-based and magnetic flow meters.  To date, SCADAmetrics has performed validation testing on these meters, and compatibility has been verified 100%. Models include all Propeller-Type Meters and all Magnetic Flow Meters with the AMR communication option, Read More →

Many industrial flow metering applications feature the use of Insertion-type paddle wheel sensors.  (See Figure 1 below.)  Internally, these meters feature a paddle wheel that rotates in the near vicinity of a magnetic pickup, similar in principle to a string pickup in an electric guitar.  The signal output from this type of meter is a low-level sine wave, Read More →

In 2011, SCADAmetrics introduced the Radio-Read Filter — the device that enables two AMR devices to read a single water meter simultaneously.  This instrument serves a vitally important function in situations where both the water seller and buyer are interested in tracking water consumption. One example might be a utility-owned water meter in a commercial building.  In such a case, the water Read More →

Telemetry, SCADA, and Building Automation System Integrators have wrestled for decades with totalization errors associated with pulse-output flow meters. The EtherMeter was designed to eliminate these errors.  We call the result: Revenue-Grade-Accurate Flow Metering. By leveraging absolute-encoder AMR technology — which is offered as a low-cost option by all of the major AWWA-type water meter manufacturers — the Read More →

Many petroleum industry flow metering applications feature the use of magnetic-pickup-type turbine meters.  (See Figure 1 below.)  Internally, these meters feature a steel turbine that rotates past a magnetic pickup, similar in principle to a string pickup in an electric guitar.  The signal output from this type of meter is a low-level sine wave, whose frequency and amplitude both increase as Read More →

In recent months, we’ve been receiving regular requests from non-industrial-controls clients who wish to build an AMR System around the EtherMeter.  Examples include owners and managers of commercial properties, such as apartment buildings and strip malls.  In most cases, this category of client works in the commercial sub-metering realm, and therefore does not have prior Read More →

In order to track and minimize utility costs, a growing number of forward-thinking, modern factories have initiated efforts to monitor utility usage in realtime — including electricity, water, and natural gas. And such monitoring does not only occur at the utility-owned meters, but within the factory itself so that a breakdown of the utility costs Read More →

In this article, we introduce a novel method of quantifying pump station energy efficiency. For an automobile, everyone is familiar with Miles-Per-Gallon or MPG.  Today, we are going to introduce an equivalent measure of pump station efficiency that every water utility Telemetry/SCADA system should include: GPK.   Automobile Efficiency… Have you ever calculated the average gas mileage for your Read More →

SCADAmetrics is pleased to report that the EtherMeter has been verified compatible with the new high-resolution, absolute-encoder water meter registers offered by Badger Meter (Milwaukee, WI). Badger’s new register family — the HR-E (High Resolution Encoder) — offers vastly improved resolution over its legacy absolute encoder, the 6-Digit ADE. The High Resolution Encoder is offered in two variations: Read More →

When totalizing the total accumulated flow through a non-absolute-encoder flow meter, it is generally preferable to interface with a pulse-per-volume signal (eg. 1 pulse per gallon). However, certain flow meters only offer a 4-20mA signal that is proportional to rate-of-flow. Examples include certain Parshall Flume-Type Wastewater Flow Meters, Differential-Pressure Flow Meters, WH Power Meters, and many Read More →

In addition to its ability to read most encoder-type flow meters, the EtherMeter also features pulse-input support. The following Application Note details the procedures for connecting a Sensus High-Speed Pickup (Pulse) Register to an EtherMeter; and it also describes an example of modified Setup Menu parameters for the High-Speed Pickup: http://scadametrics.com/PDF/App_Note_014.pdf Note that the Sensus Read More →

Recently, an interesting project was completed at the water custody-transfer point between Williamsville (IL) and Springfield (IL), where Williamsville purchases bulk water from Springfield and transmits it through a system of water towers, pumping stations, and distribution mains. In the scope of this project, Williamsville installed EtherMeters into their existing distribution SCADA system for the purpose of automated report Read More →

The Preciseline Pressure Transducer (manufactured by Keller-America ), like our EtherMeter, offers a digital Modbus-based solution to a water telemetry problem that was previously solved by analog (4-20mA) instrumentation. In the case of the Preciseline, the water pressure signal is converted into Modbus; whereas in the case of our EtherMeter, error-free totalization and flow-rate data is collected Read More →