The Future of Flow-Based Lift Station Operating Systems: VOLUCALC™ by MAID Labs


A wastewater lift station is a pumping station used to move wastewater from one elevation to another. They are required for the transportation of sewage to a wastewater treatment plant. Lift stations are an essential component of the wastewater industry's overall infrastructure. They increase the efficiency with which sewage is transported to treatment plants. They also lower the cost of putting in underground sewer pipes. Water treatment operators must closely monitor the health and efficiency of their equipment, paying close attention to alarms and notifications. Monitoring not only extends the equipment's life but also ensures public safety (sewage is a hazardous material that must be handled and transported with caution.) 

A functional wastewater lift pump station is made up of numerous operational parts and components. To collect and treat wastewater properly, everything from a power supply to remote monitoring and control must be operational. 

A Flow-Based Lift Station Operating System modifies the operation of the pumps in real-time based on the flow rate entering the lift station, increasing the capacity of the pumps by lowering the head. By lowering the lead level during high flow conditions, it improves its ability to deal with storm surges. To respond to rapidly changing conditions, real-time flow rate monitoring is required. 

A wastewater lift station must be monitored on a regular basis in order to function properly. Because they are simple, inexpensive, accurate, and accessible from anywhere, cloud-based monitoring systems are the most effective way to monitor and control a lift station. Such monitoring systems provide wastewater operators with data about their lift stations, including alert notifications and graphs and charts based on historical data. Monitoring ensures that the lift station equipment is in good working order and protects the public by providing important information about the wastewater being transported and processed. 

MAID (Municipal And Industrial Data) Labs developed the only wastewater pump station computer that uses existing equipment to significantly reduce electrical consumption. Some of the elements used to highlight the embryonic catastrophic situation are power consumption, pump efficiency, level behavior, and real-time high precision volumetric flow metering. The Volucalc™ Hybrid Series from MAID Labs is the future of lift station analysis and provides a better way to manage wastewater pump stations. 


The VOLUCALC™ HYBRID CS is a volumetric flow meter and an open channel flow meter that can be used in lift stations with constant speed pumps to report abnormal behavior using real-time diagnostics and flow and efficiency monitoring. Using the flow-based operating system, the CS has the potential to reduce electric bills by 15% to 30%. 


The VOLUCALC™ Hybrid VS is a volumetric flow meter, a derived flow-based flow meter, an open channel flow meter, a backup pump controller, and an efficiency optimizer used in lift stations with constant and variable speed pumps. Flow is calculated using a volumetric algorithm in constant speed pumps. The flow rate of variable speed pumps is calculated using the calibrated pump curves. For infiltration studies, a rain gauge can also be connected. 

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See the Teledyne ISCO Automatic Sampler In Action Detecting COVID-19 in Wastewater Systems

UC Berkeley researchers use an effective method for detecting the presence of the Coronavirus in wastewater flowing through municipal sewer systems. Wastewater testing will assist public policy makers in determining where and how to implement COVID-19 plans.

The UC Berkeley videos above show how the Teledyne ISCO sampler collects wastewater for COVID-19 detection in a real-world application.

Wastewater testing, also known as "wastewater quality indicators," refers to the various test methodologies used to assess water quality. These tests determine the physical, chemical, and biological properties of wastewater. In a single sample, wastewater naturally collects waste from hundreds to even millions of people. By drawing a representative sample of wastewater and analyzing it, you can gain a wealth of information that you would not be able to obtain by testing people individually. 

The amount of viral matter in a community's wastewater could reveal the prevalence of COVID-19 in the population. This information initiates the necessary mitigation and response initiatives, such as individual testing, contract tracking, and quarantine. It also allows for collecting data on a cross-section of the population, allowing for the monitoring of large-scale public health solutions. However, detecting tiny virus particles in the wastewater that flows through our sewage pipes is problematic. It includes toilet water, sink water, shower water, and everything else that goes down the drain. Teledyne ISCO is pioneering the use of water samplers to detect virus evidence in sewage. 

Teledyne ISCO is a leading manufacturer and supplier of rugged, dependable field-portable water quality monitoring instruments. Their automatic sampler readings analyze the Coronavirus characteristics and presence in parts per million quantities, which, compared to population numbers in a geographic area, aids in determining the presence and amount of virus in the wastewater. 

The video link is here.

The full article outlining UC Berkeley's initiative is here.

For more information about Teledyne ISCO samplers used for Covid detection in Western Pennsylvania, Northern Ohio, Western Maryland, and West Virginia contact Advance Instruments. Call 888-388-6446 or visit

A Non-contact Laser Level and Distance Transmitter for Just About Any Application: The Hawk Measurement OptioLaser L100 and L200

Hawk Measurement OptioLaser L100 and L200


The Hawk Measurement OptioLaser L100 and L200 are the ideal solution for a wide range of industrial applications such as plastics, mining, aggregates, water and wastewater, oil and gas, pulp and paper, pharma, food and beverages, and chemicals and petrochemicals.

The OptioLaser L100/L200 is a non-contact laser sensor used to measure the distance to solid and liquid surfaces, slurries, or murky water. Solid surfaces can be anything from a metal plate on the side of an overhead crane to the top of material stored in a silo. The L100 measures up to 164ft and the L200 up to 328ft. These devices include an easy-to-use menu system configurable for either distance or level measurement, and  provide high accuracy, long-range, and fast update rates. 

The OptioLaser L100/L200 uses a unique laser with a very narrow beam that can measure long and short distances at practically any angle. Furthermore, the OptioLaser L100/L200 is made entirely of stainless steel and is exceptionally tough and perfect for the harshest conditions. The OptioLaser L100/L200 Laser Level Transmitters are fully programmable and come with user-friendly software. Configuration is done via USB.  Their accuracy and durability make the OptioLaser ideal for a wide range of applications and industries, and where there is a need for level control, distance, positioning and blockage detection. Typical applications consist of block chute detection, stockpile monitoring, tank and silo level, collision detection, and truck or machine detection.

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Come Visit Advance Instruments at One Water Ohio - July 26-29, 2021

One Water Ohio

Advance Instruments will have an exhibit at One Water Ohio, a collaboration between the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) and the American Water Works Association's Ohio Section (AWWA). One Water Ohio is a four-day technical conference for water professionals in Cincinnati, Ohio. Daily technical programs on water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, utility management, collections, source water, and green technologies/stormwater are available to attendees.

One Water Technical Conference & Expo
July 26-29, 2021

Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Water and Wastewater Webinar Library from Teledyne ISCO

Water and Wastewater Webinar Library from Teledyne ISCO

Teledyne ISCO's Water & Wastewater Webinar Library is a valuable knowledge-base for water and wastewater experts. It is an excellent method to learn about water sampling technology and flow management. Teledyne ISCO webinars provide timely information from experts and the option to view at your leisure without incurring travel costs. 

Investigate their periodic and on-demand webinars on various product deployment methods and best practices for water sample analysis and data collection. Teledyne ISCO releases new content regularly, so check back frequently for new webinars.



  • PFAS Sampling Strategies 
  • What to Consider When Collecting Water Samples 
  • Cipher: Data Collection Anywhere, Anytime on Any Device
  • Ask ISCO: All About Portable Sampling
  • Fundamentals of Open Channel Flow Rate Measurement
  • Tips and Tricks for Winter Sampling Webinar
  • Measuring Flow Rates in Large Channels and Rivers
  • Measuring Flow in Difficult Conditions
  • Confirming the Accuracy of Open Channel Flow Data
  • Advanced Technologies for Monitoring COVID-19 in Wastewater
  • Confirming the Accuracy of Open Channel Flow Data
  • Laser & Radar Sensors for Open Channel Measurement Applications
  • Tracking COVID-19 in Wastewater
  • Open Channel Sensor Diagnostics
  • Increasing Safety & Minimizing Exposure with Collection System Flow Measurement
  • Firmware Updates to Improve Your Performance
  • Preparing for the Wet Weather Monitoring Season
  • Troubleshooting and Optimizing ISCO Communication Devices
  • Open-Channel Flow Measurement 101
  • Collecting Samples: Placement, Setup, and Programming
  • Measuring Flow in Hazardous Applications
  • Ask ISCO: Measuring Open Channel Flows
  • Ask ISCO: About Vacuum Sampler
  • Hazardous Areas and the LaserFlow Ex
  • Measuring Flow in Difficult Conditions
  • Ask ISCO: Collection System Flow Monitoring
  • Vacuum vs. Peristaltic Pump Samplers: Which is Right for You?
  • Efficient Ways to Do Stormwater Sampling
  • Things to Consider When Using Collection System Flow Meters
  • ASK ISCO: Portable Sampling
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Industrial and OEM Pressure Switches by NOSHOK

Industrial and OEM Pressure Switches

A pressure switch is a device that detects the presence of fluid pressure. Pressure switches use various sensing elements such as diaphragms, bellows, bourdon tubes, or pistons. The movement of these sensors, caused by pressure fluctuation, is transferred to a set of electrical contacts to open or close a circuit.

When selecting pressure switches, you must consider several critical criteria:

  • The electrical requirements (volts, amps, AC, or DC)
  • The area classification (hazardous, non-hazardous, general-purpose, water-tight)
  • The pressure sensing range
  • The body materials exposed to ambient contaminants
  • The wetted materials - parts exposed to the process media

Typical applications for mechanical pressure switches include hydraulics & pneumatics, pumps & compressors, tank monitoring, leak detection, and water management.

NOSHOK's new mechanical pressure switch program addresses a broader range of applications. It offers a significantly expanded selection of process and electrical connection options, including spade terminals, Hirschmann, Packard, Deutsch, M12 x 3-pin, flying leads, terminal screws, and both Weatherpack Tower and Weatherpack Shroud. Each of the four new NOSHOK switch series offers vacuum, low pressure, and high-pressure versions and is CE compliant for RFI, EMI, ESD suppression, and RoHS compliance.

The NOSHOK 100 Series Mechanical Compact SPST Pressure Switch has been updated with a creep action, low current switch. These switches have silver-plated contacts with switch adjustment ranges ranging from vacuum to 6,000 psi. The 100 Series switch series includes housing materials such as brass and zinc-nickel and wetted parts made of Buna-N or Kapton, depending on the model.

NOSHOK’s new 200 Series Mechanical Compact SPDT Pressure Switch is an SPST or SPDT snap-action switch with solid Silver contacts. This switch ranges from vacuum through 6,000 PSIG and Brass or Zinc-nickel housing material with Buna-N diaphragm wetted parts.

The new 300 Series Mechanical Compact SPDT with Adjustable Hysteresis Pressure Switch is an SPST or SPDT snap-action switch with solid Silver contacts. The 300 Series offers switch adjustment ranges from vacuum through 4,600 PSIG depending on model and a standard Zinc-nickel housing with Buna-N diaphragm wetted parts. The NOSHOK 300 Series switch provides an improved contact rating over the previous version of 6A 125V/250VAC and 6A 12/24VDC.

Lastly, NOSHOK’s new 400 Series Mechanical Heavy-Duty Pressure Switch is a snap-action, high current device that offers field adjustability. The 400 Series offers switch adjustment ranges from vacuum through 4,600 PSIG with a Standard Zinc-nickel with Buna-N diaphragm wetted parts. This switch also provides an improved contact rating over the previous version of 6A 125V/250VAC and 6A 12/24VDC.

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