Simply Seametrics

KatieSeametrics Inc. is pleased to introduce Katie Englin as Western Regional Manager. Katie brings a wealth of experience in Sales, Customer Service, Product Management, and Product Marketing. During her time at McCrometer, Katie was instrumental in winning the Smart Irrigation Month Award through the Irrigation Association. Throughout the impressive marketing campaign, Katie proved her ability to plan, execute, and rally many people around a common theme.

Katie resides in Spokane, Washington and is looking forward to serving Seametrics Representatives in the Western Region.

About Seametrics
Seametrics Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of flow metering products. Since 1990 the company has provided innovative solutions to users in industrial water treatment, energy management, irrigation, utilities, transportation, and chemical handling. Seametrics products have a reputation for durability and accuracy at a competitive price, and are sold largely through a network of domestic and international distributors.

The location just south of Seattle Washington is home to both the engineering and production groups. Seametrics employs just-in-time manufacturing methods and has a high commitment to continuous improvement. The company follows its ISO 9001 quality management system and employs lean design principles. A focus on innovation, product value and customer accessibility has resulted in two decades of continuous growth. Seametrics is dedicated to providing our customers with products that help in many different ways to make the world a better place.

KENT, WA – Seametrics Inc. announced that they have purchased the assets of Instrumentation Northwest, Inc. (INW), a leading manufacturer of water instrumentation, datalogging and telemetry equipment.

The acquisition of INW, based in Kirkland WA, further increases Seametrics’ ability to offer a more broadly based line of products to satisfy the needs of the industrial/municipal, irrigation, OEM, and environmental markets.

“We are very excited to have added technology which marries so well with our current line of flow meters for our current markets,” said Curt Burnett, Chairman of the Board. “We also now have the ability to bring a broad-based menu of products and technical expertise to enter markets we haven’t been before.”

INW Founder and President, Gregg Gustafson, commented further, “This acquisition will give INW products access to several new markets, while adding water level and quality parameters to INW products”.

The company will operate as INW, a division of Seametrics, with the full participation of its existing management and employees, and will relocate to the Seametrics factory in Kent, WA.

About Seametrics
Seametrics Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of flow metering products. Since 1990 the company has provided innovative solutions to users in industrial water treatment, energy management, irrigation, utilities, transportation, and chemical handling. Seametrics products have a reputation for durability and accuracy at a competitive price, and are sold largely through a network of domestic and international distributors.

The location just south of Seattle Washington is home to both the engineering and production groups. Seametrics employs just-in-time manufacturing methods and has a high commitment to continuous improvement. The company follows its ISO 9001 quality management system and employs lean design principles. A focus on innovation, product value and customer accessibility has resulted in two decades of continuous growth. Seametrics is dedicated to providing our customers with products that help in many different ways to make the world a better place.

Tom-smKENT, WA – Seametrics Inc. is pleased to introduce Tom Meacham is our Director of Engineering. Tom comes to us with extensive experience in engineering leadership within the instrumentation and control industry, having developed flow meters with American Meter, Drexelbrook, Emerson, ABB, and Mueller Water Products.

Tom most recently served as Engineering Product Development Manager for Mueller Systems and was responsible for development of new products and support of existing product lines. Prior to that Tom was US Flow Technology Manager/Sr. Manager of Product Engineering for ABB Inc. where he successfully provided project leadership to resources located in several countries. Tom considers himself an expert in mag meter design and looks forward to developing next generation technologies with the Engineering Team at Seametrics.

“I am excited for the wealth of experience Tom brings in developing cutting edge flow meter technology. He is going to lead Seametrics to a whole new level in what we have to offer to our current and future markets”, says Asrat Yitref, President & CEO at Seametrics.

About Seametrics
Seametrics Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of flow metering products. Since 1990 the company has provided innovative solutions to users in industrial water treatment, energy management, irrigation, utilities, transportation, and chemical handling. Seametrics products have a reputation for durability and accuracy at a competitive price, and are sold largely through a network of domestic and international distributors.

The location just south of Seattle Washington is home to both the engineering and production groups. Seametrics employs just-in-time manufacturing methods and has a high commitment to continuous improvement. The company follows its ISO 9001 quality management system and employs lean design principles. A focus on innovation, product value and customer accessibility has resulted in two decades of continuous growth. Seametrics is dedicated to providing our customers with products that help in many different ways to make the world a better place.

Paul EatonKENT, WA – Seametrics Inc. is pleased to introduce Paul Eaton as Director of Sales & Marketing. Paul has been with INW, a leading manufacturer of water instrumentation, datalogging and telemetry equipment, for the last five years as VP of Sales and Marketing. Paul was formerly a field services manager for a storm water filtration manufacturer, and has experience in the precast concrete industry. He brings a wealth of knowledge in product and sales process improvements that will complement and refine Seametrics’ offerings.

Paul received his BA in Management and Organization from Central Washington University.

About Seametrics
Seametrics Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of flow metering products. Since 1990 the company has provided innovative solutions to users in industrial water treatment, energy management, irrigation, utilities, transportation, and chemical handling. Seametrics products have a reputation for durability and accuracy at a competitive price, and are sold largely through a network of domestic and international distributors.

The location just south of Seattle Washington is home to both the engineering and production groups. Seametrics employs just-in-time manufacturing methods and has a high commitment to continuous improvement. The company follows its ISO 9001 quality management system and employs lean design principles. A focus on innovation, product value and customer accessibility has resulted in two decades of continuous growth. Seametrics is dedicated to providing our customers with products that help in many different ways to make the world a better place.

Atlantis, The PalmAtlantis is a luxurious resort on the man-made island of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It opened in September of 2008 and has used Seametrics products since it was built. The resort includes the hotel, Aquaventure Water Park, a dolphinarium, huge aquariums, and much more. Here are a few ways that Atlantis, The Palm incorporates Seametrics flow meters and controls to keep the aquarium running efficiently, saving countless man hours, water, and ultimately MONEY.

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Ambassador Lagoon is the main exhibit for the Atlantis Hotel and is the largest open air aquarium in the Middle East at just over 3 million gallons. This system utilizes more than 50 Seametrics insertion flow sensors which are linked to a SCADA control system to automate the filtration process.

Atlantis uses RK2 Fractionator systems for ozone injection to assist with filtering the water. Seametrics IP210P adjustable depth insertion paddlewheel sensors are used with FT415W displays to feed flow rates to a SCADA control system which then commands an actuated valve on the fractionator to control water flow rate through the fractionator. This is important for the proper operation of the fractionator.

 

Filtration System for the Ambassador Lagoon
IP210P sensors are installed in a PVC gate valve hot-tap with an FT415W display to measure water flow rates through the sand filters. The FT415W display feeds flow data into the SCADA control systems. This flow rate data can then be linked to dosing pumps to dispense proper amounts of various chemicals. It also allows the operator to optimize the operation of the system to maintain the 57,600 gallon per minute flow rate needed to keep the water clean and clear.

IP810P fixed depth insertiAtlantis4on paddlewheel sensors with FT415W displays are installed in the sea water line supplying the heat exchangers. As the outside air temperature reaches 50 degrees C in the summer, it’s important that the proper water flow rate is maintained through the heat exchanger to ensure maximum efficiency of the exchanger, thus allowing Atlantis to keep the entire 3 million gallon exhibit at 24 degrees C. The FT415W, installed for this purpose, not only gives the operator a visual indication of the correct flow but also feeds flow data into the SCADA system. The system in turn sends commands to an actuated valve to open or close to maintain the desired flow rate through the heat exchanger. Atlantis5atlantis6

A recent addition for Atlantis is the installation of the EX210S adjustable depth insertion magmeter installed in the backwash effluent line for the sand filters. Atlantis uses the EX model as the effluent flow can be high in solids which can lead to premature failure of the paddle wheel type flow meters. Correct effluent flow rates are essential to properly cleaning the filter media. Too low of a flow and the sand doesn’t get clean, too high of a flow and the sand is flushed out of the filter. With the use of the FT420W display, they feed flow data into the SCADA control system. The SCADA is programmed to adjust a valve position to increase or decrease the effluent flow to maintain the desired flow rate. The addition of these meters, integrated with their SCADA control system have removed the guess work from cleaning the sand filters as well as saved countless man hours through automation.

On October 8, 2014 Seametrics Inc. hosted a factory tour for attendees of WaterPro 2014, the National Rural Water Association’s national training conference and trade show which was held in Seattle WA.

This educational tour featured presentations explaining various processes followed at Seametrics before a product is shipped to our customers:

Curt Burnett, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, gave the welcome and presentation of Seametrics’ history and commitment to the rural water market; Fred Sutton, Chief Mechanical Engineer, gave a 3D presentation illustrating the product design process; John Kaiser, VP Operations, gave a hands-on tour as he explained the details of Seametrics’ lean manufacturing processes; Jim Hitchman, Physicist, hosted the group in the test lab and highlighted many of the rigid tests performed during research and development; and Jim Frederick, Manufacturing Engineer, explained the importance of calibration, the types performed on the various test benches at Seametrics, and the control methods utilized to assure accuracy in our flow meter calibrations and adherence to product specifications.

“It was a tremendous opportunity to show off what we do to provide quality products at a reasonable price to the rural water market, “ says Asrat Yitref, President & CEO. “We are committed to playing our part in global water conservation.”

About Seametrics
Seametrics Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of flow metering products. Since 1990 the company has provided innovative solutions to users in industrial water treatment, energy management, irrigation, utilities, transportation, and chemical handling. Seametrics products have a reputation for durability and accuracy at a competitive price, and are sold largely through a network of domestic and international distributors.

The location just south of Seattle Washington is home to both the engineering and production groups. Seametrics employs just-in-time manufacturing methods and has a high commitment to continuous improvement. The company follows its ISO 9001 quality management system and employs lean design principles. A focus on innovation, product value and customer accessibility has resulted in two decades of continuous growth. Seametrics is dedicated to providing our customers with products that help in many different ways to make the world a better place.

Changing Pulse Rates on the Seametrics MJ-Series Pulse Meter from Seametrics Inc. on Vimeo.

Passionate

by Craig Pfaff on May 8, 2014

The other day, I was sitting at my home office desk having a phone conversation, and my son overheard me. He grinned at me and remarked, “isn’t it interesting how passionate we get about work”.

I took a few minutes to chat with him, about the passion I feel about my job, and it caused me to stop and think, “Why? Why do I feel this way?”

It is kind of funny how things come around, because several years ago at a trade show, Curt Burnett (Seametrics Founder and Chairman of the Board) and I were talking after the show while we waited for the show crates to be delivered, and Curt told me he was looking for people who are passionate about the water industry. I told Curt I admired his thoughts, but that at the end of the day, Seametrics was just a job. How could I have known how I would feel years later? I have met so many people since then – hundreds if not thousands. Most of them were honest, hardworking people in different industries, all tied together by…water.

So I began to tell my son about some of the people I have met over the years, and the effect Seametrics has on these people.

If our meters don’t give a correct flow measurement, a farmer in Texas can’t properly set the drip lines and end guns on his pivots. So he can’t really know if he is consistently watering to a root depth of 12” or 14”, and the plant may suffer stress and be worth less on the market, or worth nothing at all. Keep in mind, in some cases, the meter is just not a tool for this measurement, it is a MISSION CRITICAL tool for this measurement. Growing crops in the Texas panhandle is a job that goes 24 hours a day for sometimes nine months straight. If even a brief time is taken to shut off a watering pivot to replace a defective meter, the crop is water-stressed, and will not recover. Less money for the crop means no reinvestment in new farm equipment, means jobs lost elsewhere, and on and on…

There are many, many meter installations where chemicals are added to insure health and safety. Meters are used to measure sodium hypochlorite, plain ol’ bleach, which is added to our drinking water to insure any/all bacteria are dead. If the meter fails to add the right amount, our neighbors and friends can be sickened by too much or too little of the chemical.

Some industries, gold processing for example, use incredibly toxic and caustic chemicals, such as sulphuric acid. Should the meter fail, the chemical spills into the environment, or worse, causes injury to someone’s father or mother, someone’s friend.

Am I passionate? You bet, and I feel it acutely. Each morning I get up, and try to see my customers get reliable, accurate equipment that will give many years of quality service, and maximize the money they spend with Seametrics. I don’t just build and sell product, I am taking care of my neighbors and friends. Come on out with me sometime to meet some of our customers, and maybe you will be passionate too.

(Craig Pfaff is Western Region Manager at Seametrics.)

MJ-Series in HospitalHigh performance buildings and hospitals usually don’t belong in the same category but there is one hospital that has proven that with a commitment from the owner, design and construction teams, high performance and hospitals can coexist.  That hospital is located in the Pacific Northwest city of Issaquah, WA.  When facilities personnel were in the planning stages for the new hospital the primary goal was to build and operate a high performing hospital.  But that doesn’t happen by chance.  Measuring and benchmarking utility water usage was important, but another somewhat forgotten water usage was also measured.  That water usage is the non-potable domestic water for closed loop systems such as heating water and chilled water.

Hospitals, like many other building owners and operators, have felt the pain reviewing a monthly water bill only to see a spike in usage.  Then there is a cascade effect of managers, supervisors and engineers searching through the building to find the culprit.  In large facilities such as a hospital it could take days and sometimes months to find where the water is going.  Installing an inexpensive but high quality water meter with a pulse output (gal/contact closure) connected to a building automation system can save time, wasted water consumption and of course money.  The operation is very simple — the water meter with pulse output will register water consumption.  On a closed loop system, assuming there are no leaks, that consumption would be 0.  But in the case of a leak that consumption would start to climb, sometimes slowly but often drastically.  A simple program in the Building Automation System (BAS) to alarm the facility operators that a closed loop meter is reading high water consumption in a short time period can drastically improve facility operations and help conserve a precious resource.

The featured hospital has Seametrics MJ-Series mechanical meters installed on all closed loop systems (heating and chilled water) as well as sub-metering irrigation make-up water for cooling towers.  If a meter reads 100-500 gallons in a ten minute period an alarm is registered and facilities personnel know exactly where to go to begin troubleshooting the alarm.

“There are a lot of reasons for installing water meters for sub-metering a facility’s water usage because if it isn’t measured then what good is it?  You cannot manage what you do not measure” says the Building Systems Engineer in charge of energy management at the hospital.  Other uses for water meters in such a facility would include:

1. Installation on make-up water to closed loop heat exchangers.  This can potentially save money not only on water usage but energy (natural gas, or district steam) usage as well.  With a small leak in the heat exchanger the heated fluid will decrease in energy content and the energy supply to the heat exchanger will also increase which results in increased utility costs and carbon emissions.  Again, facilities personnel would save valuable time by knowing exactly where the problem is.

2. Installation on make-up water to closed loop chilled water systems.  Sometimes in the freezing winter, a coil in an air handling system will freeze and break.  The water has to go somewhere so as the break happens the make-up meter will see an increase and facilities personnel will know that there is a problem and hopefully will be able to isolate it before water damage from the leak occurs.

Hats off to the team that planned ahead to use Seametrics flow meters to save time, save money, and conserve resources!

Dave Coppa KENT, WA – Seametrics Inc. is pleased to introduce David Coppa as Eastern Region Manager. Dave brings to Seametrics significant experience in sales management and business development in the flow meter and instrumentation industry. The first 20 years of his career were served as an Account Manager and an Independent Manufacturer’s Rep/Distributor for instrumentation and valve product lines. He followed with 8 years’ tenure at Endress+Hauser as a Key Account Manager for Monsanto, Solutia, and Dow Chemical. Most recently, Dave has served as Global Sales Manager for Spirax Sarco EMCO Flow Systems.

“I am very excited to have Dave Coppa as our Eastern Regional Sales Manager because he brings 30+ years of valuable experience in the process instrument and controls market,” says CEO Mike Yitref. “His experience in flow product management, key account management, sales and business development management coupled with his experience managing distributors/representatives is exactly what we need to over-proportionally grow our business in our niche markets”.

Dave holds professional memberships in: ISA (where he served as a past board member NE Michigan Section); ASHE (American Society of Hospital Engineers); APPA (Association of Physical Plant Administrators); and AWWA-WEF North Carolina Section.

He resides with his wife, Deb Coppa, in Waxhaw, NC and has two adult children and one grandchild.

About Seametrics
Seametrics Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of flow metering products. Since 1990 the company has provided innovative solutions to users in industrial water treatment, energy management, irrigation, utilities, transportation, and chemical handling. Seametrics products have a reputation for durability and accuracy at a competitive price, and are sold largely through a network of domestic and international distributors.

The location just south of Seattle Washington is home to both the engineering and production groups. Seametrics employs just-in-time manufacturing methods and has a high commitment to continuous improvement. The company follows its ISO 9001 quality management system and employs lean design principles. A focus on innovation, product value and customer accessibility has resulted in two decades of continuous growth. Seametrics is dedicated to providing our customers with products that help in many different ways to make the world a better place.