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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