Customers usually opt to test the WIT anode current measurement system (or any other system of interest) on one or two pots/cells first. Installation is preceded by a plant visit (one or two engineers) to determine important dimensions and discuss the customer’s needs. This is also an opportunity to discuss how the measured data will be stored, processed, displayed and ultimately incorporated into a control system.
Production and Testing
After fabrication, each sensor is assembled and rigorously tested at WIT headquarters in Oakland, California. Undergoing over a month of programming, calibration, testing, and assembly, each WIT sensor is individually processed and handled to assure product quality and reliability.
Depending on the size of the installation but generally 6 weeks after the initial site visit, WIT staff return to the plant to install sensors and receivers. Upon arrival at the plant, each sensor is installed by customer staff with guidance from WIT engineers.
Various options are available for handling the data produced by WIT sensors. One option is to have the data sent directly to the customer’s intranet, and only to there. This assures maximum security for the data. Another option is for the data to be sent only to WIT (or to both customers and WIT). At WIT the data are stored in cloud computers and can be processed, e.g. to provide custom displays, available by password from anywhere in the world, that highlight process parameters that are useful to operators, engineers and managers. Typically a “dashboard” is provided so that bot customer and WIT personnel can select what is to be displayed in a real-time plot or table. Because the data are password protected, security is also high with this option. This second option allows WIT personnel to check on the performance of both WIT’s system and the customer’s process in order to detect anomalies. That monitoring can even be automated so that there is constant surveillance for process upset. Furthermore, this option provides much smoother rectification of any problems occurring with the WIT installation as diagnostic tests can easily be run remotely from WIT.
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