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Vauxhall Motors in trade effluent deal with Detectronic

Flood and pollution prevention specialist Detectronic has secured a maintenance contract with Vauxhall Motors to deliver ongoing trade effluent monitoring at the company's Ellesmere Port plant.

Two of Detectronic’s MSFM sensors monitoring the storm overflows from the plantTwo of Detectronic’s MSFM sensors monitoring the storm overflows from the plant

Detectronic first supplied trade effluent monitoring equipment for Ellesmere Port 20 years ago, but has recently extended its relationship after supplying two MSFM Lite Ultrasonic level monitors for stormwater monitoring to the plant last summer.

Phill Tuxford, sales and technical support engineer for Detectronic, said that he discussed with John Kenny, mechanical planning engineer for Vauxhall monitors, how the supplier could further help with the company’s monitoring, analysis and delivery of accurate results for the company’s trade effluent.

“John hired one of our MSFM monitors for an 8 week period to verify exactly what type of results it could provide and after just two weeks, he decided to buy the unit outright,” said Tuxford. “We now have three maintenance contracts for each of the three units and we also screen the data from those monitors on a daily basis on behalf of Vauxhall. Our dedicated data centre team is able to inform John immediately if there are any oddities in the data that comes through enabling him to deal quickly and efficiently with any issues before they even arise.

“The latest trade effluent unit we installed has also been set up on a separate login so that the representative from our respective water company can see the data directly for himself which is of great benefit for both parties.

“We are now in the process of setting up some bespoke alarms and a monthly export of data (with daily consumption totals) for the same water company representative, to provide even more robust trade effluent monitoring for the plant.”

John Kenny, mechanical planning engineer for Vauxhall Motors added: “Detectronic were recommended to me and from our initial work with Phill and the team last year to this latest project, I have been very impressed with their highly professional, step-by-step approach to all aspects of our requirements.

“We’re a very busy plant and we rely on Detectronic’s daily verification data to sense check exactly what’s happening with our trade effluent – I can rely on them to report even the slightest anomalies so we can address any issues before they even arise.

“At the same time, the monitors are important financially because they enable the water company to work out exact volumes of water in and effluent, they can then charge us accordingly. Having such accurate data is very useful because we can verify ourselves that we are being charged for the right amount, no more and no less.”

“Our environmental team also depends on the data the monitors provide. Compliance is a key factor in our industry – we must comply with numerous discharge limits to ensure we are not breaching too much effluent so having the monitors and data they deliver enables us to keep an extremely close eye on our trade effluent.”

Concludes Tuxford: “By working in partnership with John and his team, we have implemented a highly effective trade effluent monitoring system. As such, we’re focused on enabling companies just like Vauxhall Motors to manage their water consumption and wastewater disposal more efficiently with the aim of saving them money.”

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Treatment
Tags: maintenance , effluent , stormwater


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