MudMax™ uses advanced technology to deliver a first-of-its-kind bed-level monitoring system that provides 360-degree bed-level measurement inside thickeners and clarifiers.
Multiple sensors located in the active bed-level area directly detect and accurately measure bed levels. With a simple design that attaches to the rake arm, this practical, long-term solution uses a series of pipe-mounted differential-pressure sensors that continuously measure and wirelessly transmit the drag forces of compacting solids as the rake arm moves through the bed’s operating zone.
A bridge-mounted receiver uses the sensors’ data to calculate the bed level. It then sends its continuous, real-time measurements to the plant’s distributed control system (DCS), enabling automated bed-level control. The MudMax supports a variety of platforms and systems to meet each plant’s particular needs.
Although the thickening process is straightforward, plant operators must maintain the right balance between the amount of water at the top of the thickener and the density of settled solids at the bottom. When bed levels are too high, solids can spill into the launder. Low bed levels can result in water loss.
MudMax provides the accurate bed-level measurements that plants need to perform this challenging balancing act. By optimizing thickener performance, plants can reduce flocculant usage and increase water reuse. Because water and flocculant represent two of the biggest operational expenses that thickeners incur, and because it enables automation that saves operators’ time, MudMax helps plants reduce their operational costs.
Municipalities and industries worldwide have long needed an accurate and reliable tool that provides in-tank bed-level visibility. With MudMax, WesTech again illustrates its passion for solving problems and providing customers with not merely solutions, but with the best solutions.
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